The upcoming lecture in the SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series is “Jewish Comedians in 1950s Hollywood,” at 2 p.m., Jan. 6, at the Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. The speaker is Foster Hirsch, professor of film at Brooklyn College, who will explore comedians including Danny Kaye, Judy Holliday, Jerry Lewis, etc. Tickets: $8 (members), $12 (nonmembers). www.sjcc.org.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., Jan. 3, 2013, Mercer Island Senior Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A consistent, caring place for group members to discuss Alzheimer’s challenges and problems.
MIVAL Gallery Artist Reception: 5-8 p.m., Jan. 3, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Features new work by 31 local artists. Paintings, scarves, ceramics, photography and jewelry are featured. Refreshments and hot cider will be served. Regular hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday.
Mercer Island Freemasons Meeting: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 3, Keewaydin Clubhouse, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Lodge #297, Free and Accepted Masons of WA, meets the first Thursday of every month except July and August. Dinner at 6:30. www.mercerislandmasons.org.
Mom’s Mornings: 9:30-11 a.m., Jan. 8, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th Street. A safe, happy place for moms to gather every Tuesday, presented by the HTLC Christian Education Committee. Child care provided. Schedule follows MISD schedule. www.htlcmi.org/momsmornings.
Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Jan. 8, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The club meets every Tuesday. Each meeting covers club activities and features a weekly guest speaker. The general public is welcome to attend.
MIHS Basketball Little Cheer Clinic 2013: 4-5 p.m., Jan. 8 and 10, West Mercer Elementary, 4141 81st Ave. S.E. All preschool and elementary ages welcome. Cost: $55 (full clinic), $40 (one day). Registration required. Contact: Charlene Steinhauer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Monica Parish School Open House: 8:45-10:45 a.m., Jan. 9, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. Families and parents are invited to this informational tour of the school. www.stmonicasea.org.
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Jan. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Topic: “Everything You Wanted To Know” about the Social Security Administration. Speaker: Kirk Larson, SSA Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist. The public is welcome.
Events | Upcoming
Mercer Island Kiwanis Meeting: 12 p.m., Jan. 10, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. This regular meeting will include a special presentation by Robert Munger about U-2 piloting during the Cold War. The public is invited. Please RSVP to email@example.com or calling Dr. Harry Dingwall: (206) 232-0672. RSVP deadline: Jan. 9.
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Meeting: 12 p.m., Jan. 10, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The lunch will feature King County Executive Dow Constantine and Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett. Cost of lunch: $15 (members); $20 (nonmembers). RSVP by Jan. 7 to (206) 232-3404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIPC Concert Series: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. “A Thirty Finger Festival - One Piano, Six Hands.” Natalya Ageyeva, Deborah Dewey, Lisa Bergman. An evening of piano feats and fireworks by three virtuosi.
First Aid and Adult CPR Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 12, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35 (check or cash). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607. www.mercergov.org.
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Computer Class: Microsoft Excel Level 1: 7 p.m., Jan. 3, 2013. Registration required.
Drop In to Learn About eBooks: 1 p.m., Jan. 7; 7 p.m., Jan. 16; 1 p.m., Jan. 27. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet or phone for an introduction to downloading from the library’s growing catalog of titles.
Opera Preview: “La Cenerentola,” 7 p.m., Jan. 9. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. Gioachino Rossini’s retelling of “Cinderella” includes no magic; only hilarious and irresistible tunes.
Sing With Our Kids: 7 p.m., Jan. 10. Remember your favorite songs and learn fun, creative ways to share them with your children, grandkids or children you work with.
One-on-One Computer Assistance: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Jan. 11. A KCLS volunteer instructor can provide one-on-one assistance. Please register.
Understanding the Health Care Crisis: 7 p.m., Jan. 15. Join Fredric Tobis, a Mercer Island resident and Center for Physician Leadership Training principal, for an informative discussion.
Saturday Film Series Feast For Your Eyes - Movies About Food: “Tampopo,” 1 p.m., Jan. 26. Includes an introduction and Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades.
Children & Families
Baby And Me Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 8-29. Ages 3-12 months with adult.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 8-29. Ages 3-5 with adult.
Wonderful Ones Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30. Ages 12-24 months with adult.
Terrific Twos Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30. Ages 2-3 with adult.
Pajama Story Time: 7 p.m., Jan. 28. Ages 3-7 with adult.
Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 8. Drop in for free homework help from volunteer tutors.
SAT Strategy Session: 1 p.m., Jan. 19. Learn how the test is structured, strategies for taking it and have a chance to ask questions. Practice answering real SAT questions and get help with them.
Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Jan. 22. Voice your opinions on the library’s programs and services.
Teen Zone: Study and Games, 2 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. No Teen Zone on Jan. 21 and 30. Hang out, do homework, play board games or chat.