Community calendar | Medication Take Back Day is Saturday, Sept. 29

This Saturday, Sept. 29, the Mercer Island Police Department will once again host the Medication Take Back Day for Islanders to dispose of expired or unneeded medication. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mercer Island City Hall. To learn more, contact (206) 275-7743.

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.

Friday | 28

Owl & Pussycat at YTN: Sept. 28-30, 7 p.m. Friday and Satruday and Sunday 2 p.m. Special extended performances of the classic poem by Edward Lear. Learn more online at

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, behind the police station. 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.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 30, along S.E. 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park. Theme: "Sampling and Tasting Apples or Pears." Music: Hot Cider String Band. Children's Table: Amazing Squashes.

Monday | Oct. 1

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:

Wednesday | 3

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.

Thursday | 4

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,

Events | Upcoming

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.

Mercer Island Women’s Club Meeting & Luncheon: 11 a.m., Oct. 9, Palisade Waterfront Restaurant, Seattle. Guest speaker: Robert Nellam, Seattle Center director. His presentation will cover the past and future of the 50-year-old landmark. Reservation deadline: Oct. 1. To attend, contact

St. Monica Parish School Open House: 8:45-10:45 a.m., Oct. 10, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. Tour the school.

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:

MIVAL Harvest Art Show: Over 20 local area artists are featured in September, exhibiting new experiences and expressions of art. Gallery is renewed at the end of each month.

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.

1st Annual Mercer Island Art Gallery Juried Art Exhibit: open through Oct. 26, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Original works of art by 44 local artists. Juried by Paula Stokes, Exhibition and Scholarship Programs manager at Pratt Fine Arts Center.

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

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.

Opera Preview: “Fidelio,” 7 p.m., Oct. 3. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) composed nine symphonies, five piano concerti and over two dozen piano sonatas in his 57 years, but only one opera, Fidelio (1814).

Computer Class: Internet Level 1, 7 p.m., Oct. 4.

Saturday Matinee Film Series - Occupied With Wall Street: “The Corporation,” 1 p.m., Oct. 6.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 1 p.m., Oct. 7; 7 p.m., Oct. 24. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, or phone for an introduction to downloading from our growing catalog of titles.

Children & Families

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

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

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

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


Life After High School Series: “The Money Maze & The Scholarship Market,” 6:30 p.m., Oct. 2. Presented by College Planning Network. The presentation includes a review of grants, scholarships, work study and student loan programs. Series continues Oct. 16 and Oct. 30.

Planes, Rockets and Other Things that Fly: 2:30 p.m., Oct. 17. Ages 8 to 12. Presented by Cascades Science Center Foundation. In this hands-on workshop, learn about the parts and movement of a plane as you build a model airplane. Join in a paper airplane competition. Registration required.

Teen Zone: Study and Games, 2 p.m., Mondays; 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Hang out, read, do homework and play board games.

Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays, ongoing. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.


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