Community calendar | First fall chamber lunch is Thursday

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its first member luncheon of the fall on Thursday, Sept. 6, at noon at the Community and Event Center.

The lunch will feature Craig Kinzer, the CEO of Kinzer Real Estate Services, to talk about what it takes to create a vibrant city.

The lunch is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP by calling (206) 232-3404.

Wednesday | 5

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 5, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: James Farrington, a survivor of the sinking of the carrier Yorktown during the 1942 Battle of Midway. The public is welcome.

Thursday | 6

Mercer Island Banner Bank Community Appreciation Day: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 6, Banner Bank, 2918 78th Ave. S.E. Free hotdogs, chips, pop.

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Luncheon: “What It Takes To Create A Vibrant City,” 12 p.m., Sept. 6, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Craig Kinzer, CEO Kinzer Real Estate Services. Informal networking: 11:30 a.m. Luncheon cost: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers and members without reservations). Contact: 232-3404, To pay by credit card, please call. The Chamber bills for reservations not cancelled 24 hours in advance.

Friday | 7

MIVAL Artist Reception: “Late Summer Harvest,” 5-8 p.m., Sept. 7, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. New exhibit is open Sept. 6-30. The theme for September is “Late Summer Harvest” and features art from 25 local artists.

Sunday | 9

Mercer Island Farmers Market: Farm To Table With Kids, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 9, along S.E. 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park. The market will feature Island chickens, goats and rabbits. Music: Casper Baby Pants (Chris Ballew) and Yammba-Conga Drum Group. Children’s Table activity: flower prints and collages.

SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series: Opening Lecture, “Jews, Magic & Houdini,” 4 p.m., Sept. 9, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Joshua Jay, internationally acclaimed lecturer and magician, explores why Jews are attracted to magic and illustrates with a performance. Emphasis on Harry Houdini. Cost: $8 (SJCC members, seniors, students), $12 (nonmembers). Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0823.

Monday | 10

“My Personal Brush With History” Presentation: 7 p.m., Sept. 10, Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Kurt Mayer, 81, who came to America with his parents as a 10-year-old Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. This will be Mayer’s last presentation. Presented by Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Doors open: 7 p.m. Presentation starts: 7:30 p.m. Book signing to follow lecture. $5 for nonmembers; free for JGSWS members.

Thursday | 13

Cub Scout Information Night: 7 p.m., Sept. 13, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Cub Scouts provides opportunities for first- through fifth-grade boys to learn new skills, help out the community and have fun. Opportunity for parents to have quality one-on-one time participating with sons in a broad range of activities.

Friday | 14

MIPC Russian Chamber Music: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The Russian Chamber Music Foundation begins its second year. For information, contact Natalya Ageyeva, artistic director:

Saturday | 15

Family and Friends Benefit Gala: 4-6 p.m., Sept. 15, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. The community is welcome. Proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts served at Fortuna Lodge dining room at 4 p.m. Pat Wright and Total Experience Gospel Choir will perform. Cost: $35. Reservation deadline: Sept. 7. Contact: Penny Zelinsky, (206) 268-3012.

MIHS Class of 1982 30-Year Reunion: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 15, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Contact: Carrie York Williams, To register, go to

Events | Upcoming

Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., Sept. 20, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

Events | Ongoing

Eastside Women’s Photo Forum: ongoing through Sept. 7, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Featured artists include Nancy Abel, Lorraine Day, DeAnna Foran, Barbara Lewis and Betty Span. For more information, call (206) 275-7609.

Master Gardener Free Clinics: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, ongoing through Oct. 14, Mercer Island Farmers Market, Mercerdale Park. Bring your gardening questions. Plant disease diagnosis available.

Senior Golf Program: Mondays, ongoing through Oct. 29, with Mercer Island Parks & Recreation. Nine and 18 hole options. Register: (206) 275-7609,

Mercer Island Farmers Market: Volunteers are needed for set up, take down and during the market, Sundays, through Sept. 30. Set up: 8-10 a.m. Take down: 3-5 p.m. During the market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact:


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

One-On-One Computer Assistance: 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m., Sept. 6. Do you need extra help on the computer? A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. Please register.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 1 p.m., Sept. 9 and Sept. 24. Library staff is available to get you started with KCLS eBooks.

Sing With Our Grandkids For Adults Only: 7 p.m., Sept. 13. Presented by Nancy Stewart. Remember your favorite songs and learn fun and creative ways to share them with your grandchildren in this monthly gathering.

Saturday Matinee Film Series - Occupied With Wall Street: “Wall Street,” 1 p.m., Sept. 15. “Barbarians at the Gate”: 1 p.m., Sept. 22.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Silent Auction Book Sale: ongoing through Sept. 25. Stop by and view a select offering of special books for auction.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Fall Book Sale: Sept. 27-30. Thursday, Sept. 27, is open to Friends members only. Get great bargains on books.

Children & Families

Fall Nature Garden Discoveries: 2:30 p.m., Sept. 12. Ages 6 to 10. Join Sarah Heller from Washington Park Arboretum. Enjoy stories, a scavenger hunt and other hands-on activities to help you discover some of the secrets of native plants and how the Native Americans used them. Make a pine cone critter out of natural materials. Please register.

Baby and Me Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 18, 25. Ages 3 to 12 months with caregiver.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 18, 25. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Wonderful Ones Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 19, 26. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Terrific Twos and Threes Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 19, 26. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.


Teen Zone: Study and Games, 2 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 10-24; 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 12-26. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

Study Zone: 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, ongoing through Sept. 25. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Online Teen Readers: Join local teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule online. Facebook: KCLS Online Teen Readers,


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