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Community calendar | Boy Scouts sell popcorn this weekend
Boy Scouts Troop 624 is selling popcorn for the troop's annual fundraiser at the North and South end QFCs this weekend, beginning Friday evening, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 22-23.
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. www.mirohams.org.
A New Look at an Old Case - The Murder of James Colman: 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 20, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, 98005. The audience is invited to participate in the investigation, looking for new questions to an old case. George Miller presumably murdered James Colman and Wilbur Patten at the South end in 1886. Presenters: Eastside Heritage Center, Bellevue Parks & Community Services. www.eastsideheritagecenter.org.
Friday | 21
Boy Scouts Troop 624 Popcorn Fundraiser: 5-7 p.m., Sept. 21; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 22-23, North and South end QFCs. Annual fundraiser selling popcorn to benefit the Boy Scouts.
“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 www.youththeatre.org for times. Best for ages 3 and up. Cost: $13 (adults), $10 (youth/seniors).
Saturday | 22
Worldwide Day of Play “Let’s Just Play” Event: 1-4 p.m., Sept. 22, Mercerdale Park. The Nickelodeon channel will go black for several hours to encourage families to make time for play. Free.
Sunday | 23
Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 23, along S.E. 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park. Chef demo with Chef Tracy Green and Newport High School Culinary Arts program students. Music: Podorythmie - French Canadian music with step dance. Children’s Table: “Amazing Spiders in Your Yard.” www.mifarmersmarket.org.
Mercer Island Boys Select Basketball Tryouts, Grades 5-8: 2-6 p.m., Sept. 23. Location: Mercer Island High School, Sept. 23. PEAK, Sept. 24. Try out for the MI Select ETL and Cascade Boys Basketball teams. Parent Info Meeting: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 19, MIHS Library. See website for times. Register now: www.mibasketball.org.
Tuesday | 25
Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Guest speaker: Scott Sedlik, INRIX Director of Marketing. Topic: “Clouds, Crowds, and the Connected Car.” The public is welcome.
Cascade Lodge - Sons of Norway Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th St. Potluck, followed by program by Lee Ehrheart: “The Vikings and How They Built Their Ships.” A business session concludes the meeting.
Mercer Island Sister City Association French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 25, Brennen residence. The first conversation evening of the fall. Informal gathering intended for anyone who wants to improve his/her French. All levels of French are welcome. RSVP to Beth: 232-7650.
Thursday | 27
Oktoberfest Senior Lunch and Root Beer Garden: 12-1:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Menu: Assorted brats with homemade sauerkraut, potato salad and root beer floats. Bingo will be played. For seniors age 65 and up. Reservations required. Call (206) 275-7609 to reserve your spot. Cost: $5 plus tax. Transportation is available.
Saturday | 29
Medication Take Back Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 29, Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Dispose of expired, unused medication. For more information: (206) 275-7743.
Sunday | 30
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 | Upcoming
Candidates Forum - The Silver Tsunami: A Forum on Washington’s Aging Readiness, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 1, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. This forum is coordinated by the Seattle King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services. Co-sponsors: multiple senior and human services organizations. Hear perspectives of state Legislature candidates. Free, open to the public. Lunch is also free. Registration required: www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council/advocacy.htm.
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Oct. 3, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Mike Lavelle, Museum of Flight Docent, will present “The History of the Boeing Company.” The public is welcome.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., Oct. 4, Mercer Island Senior Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A consistent, caring place for group members to discuss the challenges and problems of the disease, share their feelings and find emotional support. Free. Contact: Carin Mack, (206) 230-0166.
Fall Community Dinner: 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 4, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Chef Tom from Experience Food Project will create the menu. Entertainment provided by Mercer Island’s own Sophie Feldman. First come, first served. Suggested donation: $10 per adult. Contact: Amy Wolff, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Jewish Roots in Poland - JRI-Poland, The Records, and More: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Mark Halpern. Presented by Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. JGSWS library and WiFi available. Nonmembers: $5. www.jgsws.org.
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Saturday Matinee Film Series - Occupied With Wall Street: “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. Thousands of books and media on sale. Pocket paperbacks may be on sale as early as Wednesday. Members only presale: 5-9 p.m., Sept. 27.
Children & Families
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.
Baby and Me Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 25. Ages 3 to 12 months with caregiver.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 25. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.
Teen Zone: Study and Games, 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays; 2 p.m., Mondays. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.
Study Zone: 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, ongoing. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.