Community calendar | IMS Ski Swap is this Saturday, Nov. 3

The annual Islander Middle School ski swap will be held this Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the half-price sale from 3 to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit

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. Bring a donation for the Mercer Island Food Bank. Participating businesses have a pumpkin poster in the window.

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: 11:30 a.m. Potluck lunch: 12-2 p.m. Board member election.

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). (206) 232-3404,

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 members to discuss the disease, find emotional support, exchange information and educate themselves about Alzheimer’s disease. Free. Contact: Carin Mack, (206) 230-0166.

13th Annual Artists Studio Holiday Sale: 5-9 p.m., Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 2, Ad Lib Studio, Leslie West residence, 8798 N. Mercer Way. Features glass art, jewelry, mixed media, encaustic painting, note cards, furnishings and more, handcrafted by regional artists. Free; food item donation for Mercer Island Food Bank requested.

MIVAL Holiday Show Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Nov. 1, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Awards presentation: 7 p.m.

Mercer Island Sister City Association Women’s Art Gallery Opening Reception: Elles: Mercer Island/Thonon les Bains, 6:30-8 p.m., Nov. 1, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 S.E. 27th Street, Suite 109. Gallery is open Oct. 29-Nov. 30. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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,

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.

“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 the fairy tale with new characters and intricate story lines. Tickets:

Saturday | 3

29th Annual 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. Hosted by IMS and Sturtevants. Ski, snowboard gear and clothing offered with your consignments. New this year: a section of consignment sporting goods. Proceeds will be donated to IMS educational and after-school programming.

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 depiction of his vision of the Holocaust. Tickets: $8 (members), $12 (nonmembers).

Tuesday | 6

Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Nov. 6, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. The Mercer Island Rotary Club meets every Tuesday. Each meeting covers club activities and features a weekly guest speaker. The general public is welcome to attend.

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 was part of the Seattle World’s Fair 50th anniversary celebration. The public is welcome.

Thursday | 8

Island Park Elementary Veterans Day Celebration: 7-8 p.m., Nov. 8, Island Park Elementary Multipurpose Room, 5437 Island Crest Way. In honor of Veterans Day, the Island Park Choir and guests will present community songs, a guest speaker, featured MIHS student and IP staff musicians, and IP student presentations.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society Meeting: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Nov. 8, 4545 Island Crest Way. Speaker: DSD Pioneer, Andreas Koch of Playback Designs, one of the most renowned engineers in the digital audio world.

Saturday | 10

IMS Toy Swap 2012: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 10, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd Street. A giant consignment sale of gently used toys, children’s clothes and equipment. Clean out your closets and be a seller, and/or come for bargains. A portion of the proceeds goes to fund MIPA charities and operations.

Events | Ongoing

MIHS Drama Department’s “D is for Doctor”: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Nov. 8-10, 15-17, MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. Local playwright Matt Lyman has adapted Moliere’s famous comedy, “A Doctor In Spite of Himself.” $10 (advance), $15 (at door).

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.

MIVAL Holiday Art Show: ongoing through 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.

Events | Upcoming

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Meeting: "Probate Records," 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open at 7 p.m. Speaker: Karen V. Sipe. Probate files can offer a researcher additional valuable information. Learn more about probate and wills, their value to family history, and how and where to find them. Admission: $5 (nonmembers), free (members).

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 for more information.

Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., Nov. 15, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

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.

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.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Art Preview: A Century of Women Artists, presented by Susan Olds, through January 2013. The Seattle Art Museum presents another blockbuster exhibit from Europe, “Elles: Women Artists” from the Centre Pompidou, Paris. SAM is the only U.S. venue in the exhibition’s world tour.


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.

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.



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