Community calendar | Library's annual winter book sale is this week

‘Purple Hat,
‘Purple Hat,' an acrylic by Pia Messina, is available for purchase in the MIVAL Holiday Show through Dec. 14 at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center.
— image credit: Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo

The winter book sale put on by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library begins tomorrow, Nov. 29, and is open through Dec. 2, during library hours. Browse thousands of books and media for all ages. The library is located at 4400 88th Ave. S.E.

Thursday | 29

Thursday Night Music at Emmanuel Episcopal: 7-8:30 p.m., Nov. 29, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. The community is invited for West African drumming and dancing.

Friday | 30

Tot Shabbat: 9:45-10:45 a.m., Nov. 30, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Presented by PJ Library® and SJCC. Singing, storytelling and challah. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a PJ Library® activity for kids, ages 3-5.

Sunday | Dec. 2

“Song of the Waterwheel” Book Signing: 10 a.m., Dec. 2, Lake Sammamish Foursquare Church, 14434 N.E. 8th Street, Bellevue, 98007. Former Islander John Hansen’s new book documents his inspirational 28-year marriage. Though the Hansens faced trials, they stayed strong in their love and faith. Book signing is during and after 10 a.m. service.

Tuesday | 4

Reflective Parenting Class: 9:45-11:45 a.m., Dec. 4, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. This eight-week workshop is for parents of children, ages 1½-8. The aim is to help parents develop skills to enhance their ability to understand and build stronger relationships with their kids.

Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Dec. 4, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A presentation, “Ethics in Medical Trials and Biomedicine,” will be presented by Susan Adler, executive director of the NW Association of BioMedical Research. Each meeting covers club activities and features a guest speaker. The general public is welcome.

Wednesday | 5

Alison Johnston, “Thyme in My Pocket”: 7 p.m., Dec. 5, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. “Thyme in My Pocket” is a visual memoir of four seasons spent in the rural French countryside. In word and watercolor, artist and writer Alison Johnston takes the reader on an intimate journey home to a country of heart and a sense of place.

Thursday | 6

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 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 Alzheimer’s disease, share their feelings, find emotional support and exchange information. Free.

Mercer Island Freemasons: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Annual installation of officers, a rare opportunity for non-Masons to attend a Masonic ceremony. Mercer Island Lodge #297, Free & Accepted Masons of Washington, meets every first Thursday. Membership is by request. Contact: John Gebhart,

Friday | 7

MIVAL Gallery Artist Reception: 5-8 p.m., Dec. 7, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Festivities, food and friends. “Family Gatherings” is showing Dec. 6-27. A unique cooperative gallery with 30 local artists representing artwork in various mediums. A percentage of all sales is contributed to annual high school visual arts scholarships.

Saturday | 8

Cartooniversity Workshop: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 8, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. For kids of any skill level to learn all aspects of cartoon drawing from local editorial cartoonist Jeff Johnson. All supplies provided. Bring a sack lunch. Age: 9-14. Fee: $56 (residents), $66 (nonresidents).

Monday | 10

“How To Interview Aunt Marcy” With Dr. Stephen Adler: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open at 7 p.m. Stephen Adler is a member and past chair of the Jewish Archive Committee of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. Presented by JGSWS. Admission: $5 (nonmembers); members free.

Events | Ongoing

“Really Rosie”: Nov. 30-Dec. 16, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. 7 p.m., Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. YTN continues its 29th season with a tribute to children’s writer Maurice Sendak. Tickets: $10.

Bond Family Art Show: Island Crust Cafe, 7525 S.E. 24th Street, Suite 100. Island Crust Cafe presents the Bond family’s art show — Marianne, Eddie and Anna — now through Jan. 10.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Winter Book Sale: Nov. 29-Dec. 2, during library open hours. Browse thousands of books and media for all ages.

Drop-In to Learn About eBooks: 10 a.m., Dec. 1; 1 p.m., Dec. 2. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet or phone for an introduction to downloading library titles.

Sing with our Kids for Adults Only: 7-8:45 p.m., Dec. 6. Remember your favorite songs and learn fun and creative ways to share them with your children, grandchildren or kids you work with.

Facebook Basics Computer Class: 9:30 a.m., Dec. 7.

“Occupied With Wall Street” Saturday Matinee Film Series: “Margin Call,” 1-4 p.m., Dec. 8. Includes an educational lecture and Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades.

Email Level 2 Computer Class: 9:30 a.m., Dec. 21.

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

Children & Families

Little Ditties Music for 2 and 3-Year-Olds: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 5 and 12. Ages 2-3 with adult. Enjoy musical activities and fun. Registration required.

Ducks and Drakes Winter Waterfowl Journal Workshop: 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 9. Learn how to sketch and paint in watercolor. For students in grades 4 and up. Please register.


Teen Zone: Study and Games, 2 p.m., Mondays, 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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