Community calendar | Letter carrier food drive this Saturday

The U.S. Postal Service letter carriers are holding their annual food drive on Saturday, May 12. Carriers will pick up nonperishable food items, left outside, as they deliver the mail.

Wednesday | 9

Celebrating Women in Business: 12-4 p.m., May 9, Plateau Club, 26526 E. Plateau Dr., Sammamish, 98074. Presented by the Mercer Island and Sammamish Chambers of Commerce. Speaker: Karen Bryant, Seattle Storm CEO. Program includes lunch, workshops and a fashion show. RSVP: (206) 232-3404, Cost: $45 (Chamber members), $55 (non-members).

Thursday | 10

Island Girls Choir 2012-13 Season auditions: 6:30-8 p.m., May 10, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Current third, fourth and fifth-grade girls are invited to try out. No appointment is necessary and nothing needs to be prepared. Contact: Marsha, (206) 232-8007,

Friday | 11

Snoqualmie Casino Adult Day Trip: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., May 11. Cost: $16. Register: (206) 275-7609 ext. 1,

Sunday | 13

Let’s Talk About It - Making Sense of the American Civil War Part 5: “War and Freedom,” 2-4 p.m., May 13, Mercer Island Library, Large Meeting Room, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. In commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial, the series encourages you to consider the legacy of the Civil War and Emancipation. Book Discussion: Selections from “America’s War.” Speaker: project scholar, Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, MOHAI Public Historian.

Monday | 14

Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History (1859-1914) Lecture by Professor Natan Meir: 7:30 p.m., May 14, Stroum Jewish Community Center auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Doors open at 7 p.m. The JGSWS library will be available. Author book signing and book purchases will be available. Cost: $5 (nonmembers). Free for JGSWS members.

Tuesday | 15

The Strivers Meeting: 1:45 p.m., May 15, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. Topic: Public transportation for seniors. Speaker: Amanda Bryant, with the Metro Transit Instruction Program. Free, open to the public.

Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund Reception: 7:30-8:45 p.m., May 15, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. The reception honors outstanding students and awards the annual scholarship. Special guests: Maya Soetoro-Ng (via Skype), daughter of Stanley Ann Dunham; and Jessica Lind-Diamond, Yes! Magazine development manager.

Thursday | 17

Island Park Elementary Book Fair: May 17-23, Island Park Elementary School, 5437 Island Crest Way. Scholastic Book Fair — library fundraiser. Family shopping: 3-4 p.m., every day; and all day, May 21.

Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., May 17, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Events | Ongoing

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

Vinyasa Yoga Class: 3:30-5 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, through May 30, MICEC Dance Room, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Build strength, flexibility and freedom in the spine. For students at all levels over age 16. Cost: $124 (resident); $148 (nonresident). Register: (206) 275-7609,

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,


Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., May 21, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Chip Wall, retired MIHS teacher. Perspective on past and future of Mercer Island school system.

“Green Fire,” Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time: 6:30 p.m., May 22, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Presented by Friends of Luther Burbank Park. Documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Free screening. Donations welcome.

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

MIHS Class of 1972 40th Reunion: Aug. 10-11, VFW Hall and Roanoke (MIHS Annex). On Facebook: MIHS Class of 72. RSVP to Contact: Pat Di Julio, (206) 730-6986.



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