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Community calendar | Alpenland Oktoberfest is Saturday, Oct. 27
Don’t miss Oktoberfest at Alpenland from 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 27. New owners Dianne and Chris Masaoka, who now have a liquor license for the restaurant, are continuing this tasty Island tradition at 2707 78th Ave. S.E.
Saturday | 27
MIUMC Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 27, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th Street. Designer clothes and shoes, children’s and household items.
City of Mercer Island Fall Recycling Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 27, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. This community event is a chance to safely dispose of old equipment and household items cluttering basements and garages. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable items, go to the city’s website at www.mercergov.org.
MIPA Halloween Party: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Oct. 27, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A Halloween party designed for preschoolers with Halloween-themed crafts, games, activities and tricks or treats. Wear a costume for the costume show and dance party. www.mipreschoolassociation.org/events.
South QFC Halloween Party: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 27, South end QFC, 8421 S.E. 68th Street. Trick or treat event for kids. Games and treats offered. The fire department will be present. Costumes are encouraged.
Mercer Island Martial Arts Annual Halloween Party and Food Drive: 1-4 p.m., Oct. 27, 2630 77th Ave. S.E., #106-108. An event to raise money for the Mercer Island food bank. Halloween/Homework Fall Kickoff event. The community is welcome to attend. www.mercerislandmartialarts.com.
Alpenland Delicatessen Oktoberfest Celebration: 6-9 p.m., Oct. 27, 2707 78th Ave. S.E. Celebrate Oktoberfest and the addition of the deli’s new beer and wine license. Dinner menu features house favorites, seasonal specialties and discounts on imported beer and wine. Come meet the owners and staff of Alpenland.
Monday | 29
Dr. Fredric Tobis Book Talk on Health Care Crisis: 7 p.m., Oct. 29, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Come discuss the health care issues and solutions with Dr. Fredric Tobis and his new book, “The Healthcare Crisis: The Urgent Need for Physician Leadership.” Book signing. Dr. Tobis is the founder of the Center for Physician Leadership Training and current chairman of one of Washington State’s District Healthcare Advisory Committees. Free. www.mercerislandbooks.com.
Tuesday | 30
Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Oct. 30, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. The club meets every Tuesday. Each meeting covers club activities and features a weekly guest speaker. The general public is welcome to attend.
Debunking Marijuana Myths: 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 30, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Learn about marijuana and its effects. This program is suitable for adults and high school students. Mercer Island Communities That Care, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services.
Wednesday | 31
Annual Chamber of Commerce Kids’ Trick-or-Treating Event: 3-5 p.m., Oct. 31, downtown Mercer Island. Join the Town Center and South end businesses for this annual event. There is no cost to participate except for candy and costumes/masks (costume or mask required). Bring a donation for the Mercer Island Food Bank. Participating businesses will receive posters for their doors or windows — call or email the Chamber to sign up.
Thursday | 1
MIVAL Meeting: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 1, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. Potluck lunch: 12-2 p.m. Board member election. www.mival.org.
MIVAL Holiday Show Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Awards presentation: 7 p.m. www.mival.org.
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce November Membership Luncheon: 12-1:15 p.m., Nov. 1, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Matt Youngquist. Informal Networking: 11:45 a.m. Topic: how to utilize the Linked-In social media platform to enhance your networking and personal branding. Luncheon cost: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers and members without reservations). Reservations deadline: 4 p.m., Oct. 30. (206) 232-3404, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3 p.m., Nov. 1, Mercer Island Senior Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent and caring place for group members to discuss the challenges and problems of the disease, share their feelings and find emotional support, and exchange information and educate themselves about Alzheimer’s disease. Free. Contact: Carin Mack, (206) 230-0166.
Mercer Island Freemasons Meeting: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Nov. 1, VFW Post 5760, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Lodge #297, Free & Accepted Masons of Washington, meets every first Thursday at the VFW Post. Membership is by request. Contact: John Gebhart, email@example.com. www.mercerislandmasons.org.
Friday | 2
MIVAL Special Artists Reception: 5-8 p.m., Nov. 2, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. “Fall Celebrations” exhibits at the gallery for the month of November. www.mival.org.
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Opening Night: 7 p.m., Nov. 2, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances are Nov. 2-18. YTN’s production takes the story back to its original roots with The Brothers Grimm, expanding an already lush fairy tale with new characters and intricate story lines. Tickets: www.youththeatre.org.
Saturday | 3
Islander Middle School PTSA Ski and Snowboard Sale and Swap: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 3, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd Street. IMS and Sturtevants will host the 29th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap and More. Sturtevants will offer a wide range of ski, snowboard gear and clothing in addition to your consignments. New this year: a new section with a variety of consignment sporting goods. All proceeds will be donated to IMS educational and after-school programming. mi-skiswap.com.
Sunday | 4
SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series: “Jewish Themes in Modern Dance,” 2 p.m., Nov. 4, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Donald Byrd, Seattle’s renowned contemporary dance choreographer, discusses “The Theater of Needless Talents,” an award-winning work depicting his vision of the Holocaust. Tickets: $8 (members), $12 (nonmembers). www.sjcc.org.
Wednesday | 7
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Nov. 7, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Steven C. Marshall will present “Transforming Transportation in Century 21,” a summary of highlights from the conference that he organized and formed as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. The public is welcome.
Events | Ongoing
MIVAL Holiday Art Show: Oct. 27-Dec. 14, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. www.mival.org.
‘Senseless’ - Mercer Island’s 4th Annual Haunted Forest: ongoing through Oct. 28, Island Crest Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. Youth Theatre Northwest’s 40-minute guided performance/tour. For ages 8+. For younger children over age 3, “Once Upon A Halloween” will perform during the daytime on Sundays. Tickets: www.mercerislandshauntedforest.com.
Little Champs Sports Sampler - Soccer: 11-11:45 a.m., ongoing through Nov. 14, Boys & Girls Club, PEAK, 4120 86th Ave. S.E. Learn dribbling, passing, shooting, heading. Ages 3-5.
Figure Drawing: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, ongoing through Nov. 28. Life drawing class is an open workshop that allows each participant, regardless of age or experience, to practice, learn and improve their skills. Unclothed models are employed. Two breaks between hours.
Thursday Night Music at Emmanuel Episcopal: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, ongoing through the month of November, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. The community is invited for West African drumming and dancing.
Events | Upcoming
Mercer Island Women’s Club Meeting and Luncheon: 11 a.m., Nov. 13, Maplewood Golf Course, Renton. Members’ and guests’ registration deadline: Nov. 1. The program, CAbi (Carol Anderson by invitation) Fall Fashion Show, will be presented by Marcia Underwood, fashion consultant. Club members will model the latest in fall fashion.
Boy Scouts Troop 457 60th Anniversary Celebration: 6 p.m., Nov. 13. Former Scouts or adult leaders in Troop 457 are invited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mercer Island Time Bank Meeting: 7-8 p.m., Nov. 15, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A Time Bank is a service exchange where one hour of work counts for another hour of work. For the public. No charge. Sponsors: Eastside Time Bank, City of Mercer Island, TIMI.
Mercer Island Farmers Market: Harvest Market, Nov. 18, along S.E. 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park. A special farmers market is held before Thanksgiving. www.mifarmersmarket.org.
Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: “Are You Prepared For An Emergency?” 1 p.m., Nov. 19, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Officer Jennifer Franklin. www.mihistory.org.