Community calendar | Health care reform discussion

The Mercer Island Historical Society will sponsor a talk by Islander Chuck Wischman, M.D., concerning ‘health care reform and what you need to know’ at their next regular meeting at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. All are welcome.

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 various activities.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 13, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. Guest speaker: Joel Durand, professor of composition and associate director of UW School of Music. Guests are welcome. Free.

Friday | 14

French Classics on Film: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Wine and cheese: 6:45 p.m. The Mercer Island Sister City Association and Mercer Island Arts Council present: "The Lady and the Duke" (2001), French with English subtitles.

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 and presents the Seattle Violin Virtuosi, directed by Michael Miropolsky, joined by pianist Deborah Dewey and artistic director Natalya Ageyeva. For information, contact

Saturday | 15

Family and Friends Benefit Gala: 4-6 p.m., Sept. 15, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. 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. The community is welcome. Proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. 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

Sunday | 16

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 16, along S.E. 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park. Sample and taste apples and pears. Music: Down the Road (Bluegrass). Children’s Table activity: apple prints.

Girl Scout Recruitment Information Session: 3-5 p.m., Sept. 16, Mercer Island Library, Large Meeting Room, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. The event will describe the Girl Scout program and how to get involved; includes hands-on activities. For girls and their families. Contact:

Helping Link’s 19th Anniversary Gala: Song of Many Voices, 5:30-9 p.m., Sept. 16, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Purchase tickets at or (206) 781-4246.

Monday | 17

Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., Sept. 17, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Dr. Chuck Wischman, M.D. Topic: “Health Care Reform: History, Development and What It Means To You.”

Tuesday | 18

Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Guest speaker: Susan Adler, NW Assn. of Biomedical Research executive director. Topic: Ethics in medical trials and testing. The public is welcome.

Thursday | 20

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.

Friday | 21

“The Zaniac” Opening Night: 7 p.m., Sept. 21, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Alex Zerbe, two-time Guinness World Record holder, will perform a 60-minute routine of juggling artistry. Performances Sept. 21-23; see for times. Best for ages 3 and up. Cost: $13 (adults), $10 (youth/seniors).

Events | Upcoming

First Aid and Adult CPR w/ AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 30, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35 (check or cash). Parking is available behind fire station. Contact: Jolene Judd, (206) 275-7607.

Events | Ongoing

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:

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,


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

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.

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

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, 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 12-26; 2 p.m., Mondays, through Sept. 24. 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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