Community calendar | Schools Foundation Breakfast of Champions set for April 24

The Mercer Island Schools Foundation is holding its 30th annual ‘Breakfast of Champions’ at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at Mercer Island High School. The event is to raise money for the foundation’s ‘Bridge the Gap’ campaign in order to hire more teachers and provide more resources for education in light of the state’s budget cuts to schools. For information, to become a table captain or sponsor, go to or call 275-2550.

Thursday | 19

Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., April 19, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Friday | 20

Senior Adult Tulip Festival Trip: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., April 20, carpool from Mercer Island Community and Event Center lobby, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. 29th annual Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley. Visit Roozengaarde gardens and gift shop. Have lunch in LaConner, on your own. Fee: $16.

Saturday | 21

Creation Workshop For Kids: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 21, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Register early for this family event. A scientific hands-on workshop for kids, grades K-6. The public is welcome. Cost: $5 per child. (206) 275-1042,

Leap for Green Family Fair: “The Food Edition,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 21, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Indoor/outdoor activities, fresh food. Bring a nonperishable food item for the YFS food pantry. Presented by City of Mercer Island, Island Vision. (206) 275-7609,

Sunday | 22

An Evening of Kosher Wine Appreciation & Tasting: 7-9 p.m., April 22, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. A fundraiser for the Morrie Buttnick Fund for Child and Adult Torah Education. The community is welcome. Snacks provided. RSVP to (206) 232-1919 or email Cost per person: $25.

Monday | 23

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Lectures: “Breaking Through Brick Walls,” by Michael Goldstein; “Researching Israeli Resources From Your Couch,” by Daniel Horowitz, 7 p.m., April 23, Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Nonmembers: $5.

Tuesday | 24

New Fire Station 92 Design Process Open House: 5-7 p.m., April 24, Station 92, 8473 S.E. 68th Street. Open House will introduce design process. Project architect Miller Hull will have representatives on hand. City staff will be present. A brief presentation begins at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to express their thoughts. Contact: Assistant City Manager Glenn Boettcher, (206) 275-7802,

Cascade Lodge Sons of Norway Potluck & Meeting: 6:30 p.m., April 24, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th Street. Interested in things Nordic and Nordic-American? Obert Ronnestad will present the history and the role of Alaska’s Waterfall Fish Cannery in the fishing industry. Contact: (425) 957-7692.

French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., April 24, Brennen residence, Mercer Island. An informal evening to improve one’s French. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. There’s no format or agenda; the only “rule” is to speak French. All levels welcome. Call for address and directions: Beth, 232-7650, or Monica, 232-2983.

Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness Class: 7:30-8:30 p.m., April 24, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Emergency preparedness overview. Discuss the roles of the Mercer Island volunteer teams and opportunities to assist in preparing the Island to respond to and recover from disasters. Sponsor: Officer Jennifer Franklin and senior care lead Beth Cordova, (206) 275-7905.

Wednesday | 25

Community Dinner: 5:30-7 p.m., April 25, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd Street. Mercer Island Food Revolution, a PTA group, and Chartwells invite all Mercer Islanders to a springtime community dinner. Admission is first come, first served, and by donation. Contact: Linda Floyd, (206) 755-3527,

April in Paris at Island Books: 7 p.m., April 25, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Features complimentary wine and cheese tasting, and all things French-related, including French Moulin Roty stuffed dolls and animals. 20 percent of sales will benefit the Mercer Island Sister City Association scholarship fund. Contact: Judy Leithe, 232-5413.

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., April 25, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. Cost: $20 (check/cash at event). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space.

Thursday | 26

Planning for Long-Term Care: 7:30-8:30 p.m., April 26, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. You spend your whole adult life saving up your nest egg for retirement. But an unexpected illness, accident or the normal process of aging could wipe out that nest egg. How do you protect yourself, your family or parents from this financial disaster? Cost: Free. Contact: Maria Myers, (206) 963-3459,

Friday | 27

Natalya Ageyeva Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 27, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Pianist Natalya Ageyeva performs works of romantic composers. Freewill offering. The public is invited. Contact: Sue Sherwood, 236-0740, or MIPC, 232-5595.

Saturday | 28

Medicine Takeback Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 28, City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Dispose of expired or unused medication. The city will safely dispose of them, no questions asked. Sponsor: Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Contact: Sharon Broz, MI Youth & Family Services, (206) 275-7743.

Sunday | 29

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast (Annual Boy Scout Fundraiser): 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., April 29, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. This annual fundraiser is hosted by Boy Scout Troop 457 members. Pancakes, ham, fruit salad, juice, coffee, tea and hot cocoa served. (206) 922-3009.

Events | Ongoing

MIVAL 2nd Annual Treasures in Miniature Art Show: ongoing through April 28, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. The exhibit features dozens of painters, sculptors, photographers and more from Mercer Island and surrounding communities. Hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday.

Tricking and Cinematic Martial Arts Workshop: 7-7:45 p.m., Mondays (teens, adults); 4:15 p.m., Fridays (children), ongoing through April, Mercer Island Martial Arts, 2630 77th Avenue S.E. Learn how to do a martial arts “tricking” or cinematic martial arts. Contact: MeLisa Strongheart,, (206) 230-9050.

Wild Wednesday: ongoing through April 30, Wednesdays, All The Best Pet Care, 3037 78th Ave. S.E. Free samples of raw pet food are offered. Learn about the mother nature model and what a “biologically appropriate” diet is. Free. (206) 232-4377,

“Our Town”: 7:30 p.m., May 3-5, 10-12, Mercer Island High School, Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Performances by MIHS drama department. Tickets: $10 (presage), $15 (at door).

Nancy Schaps Memorial Grant: The Mercer Island PTA Council is accepting applications for the Nancy Schaps Memorial Grant through May 15. The grant serves children who: are currently experience the terminal illness of a parent, have recently lost a parent or have a parent on active military duty. Request information or applications from Mercer Island public school counselors or Paula Orehek, grant administrator:

Master Gardener Free Clinics: Fridays, 1-5 p.m., ongoing through June 8, Rite Aid, 3023 78th Ave. S.E.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, June 17-Oct. 14 (no clinic Aug. 5), Mercer Island Farmers Market, Mercerdale Park. Your gardening questions are welcome. Plant disease diagnosis is also available. Annual fundraising Plant Sale: May 5-6, Center for Urban Horticulture.

Abrakadoodle Art Enrichment: 10:15-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, ongoing through June 19, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236  S.E. 24th Street. Visual arts education: each art class offers a unique educational experience. For children ages 3-6. Contact to register for classes:

Senior Golf Program: Mondays, ongoing through Oct. 29, with Mercer Island Parks & Recreation. 9 and 18 hole options. Round trip bus transportation for a $5 fee; green fees on your own. Register: (206) 275-7609,


Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., May 2, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Former U.S. senator Slade Gorton will discuss the Island’s future in the new 9th congressional district. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

SJCC Parenting Center Class: Birthing From Within, 6:30-8 p.m., May 3, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. A holistic approach to birth preparation to help you build pain-coping techniques for a meaningful birth. Contact: Dana Weiner, (206) 388-1992,

SJCC Community Shabbat hosted by Kids B’Kef: 5:30-7 p.m., May 4, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Features shabbat traditions with prayers and songs led by SJCC Kids B’Kef classes and ECS music specialist Joe Johnson. Picnic dinner in the Kesher Community Garden. Cost: $12-$17. Contact: Katie London, (206) 388-0828,

Lively Saints of Mercer Island Covenant Church: 12 p.m., May 8, MICC, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. The Lively Saints (50+ years young) presents The Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound luncheon program, old-time radio entertainment featuring the series “Vic and Sade” (1932-1946). Cost: $7. Tickets available through office: (206) 232-1015,

Town Hall Meeting: Mercer Island Communities That Care, 7-8:30 p.m., May 8, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. For more information, call:  (206) 275-7743.

MIHS Class of 1962 Reunion: July 28, Broadmoor Golf & Country Club. Celebrating 50 years. Spouses invited. Cost: $80 per person by May 15. RSVP to Charlie Burdell at (206) 442-1684 or, or send check to MIHS Reunion, 1425 4th Avenue #300, Seattle, Wash., 98101.

MIHS Class of 1972 Reunion: Aug. 10-11, VFW Hall and Roanoke (MIHS Annex). Come join “A Celebration of the Lives of One of the Finest Graduating Classes to Come Out of Mercer Island High School: The Class Of 1972.” On Facebook: MIHS Class of 72. RSVP to Contact: Pat Di Julio, (206) 730-6986.


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