Community calendar | Chamber meeting is Thursday, Jan. 10

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its first 2013 meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at noon at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The lunch will feature King County Executive Dow Constantine and Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett. The lunch is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP by calling (206) 232-3404 or by emailing

Wednesday | 9

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.

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.

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse Registration Rally: 7-8 p.m., Jan. 9, Islander Middle School Library, 8225 S.E. 72nd Street. Learn about Mercer Island lacrosse at the girls (grades 1-8) rally and meeting. The girls lacrosse season is late February through early June.

Thursday | 10

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 to (206) 232-3404 or

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 or Dr. Harry Dingwall: (206) 232-0672. RSVP deadline: Jan. 9.

MIHS Basketball Little Cheer Clinic 2013: 4-5 p.m., Jan. 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,

Sing With Our Kids: 7 p.m., Jan. 10, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Remember your favorite songs and learn fun, creative ways to share them with your children, grandkids or children you work with.

Friday | 11

Classics in Film Series: "Laura" (Otto Preminger, 1944), 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Features an introduction from film historian Lance Rhoades. Q&A follows the screening. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Presented by the Mercer Island Arts Council.

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.

Saturday | 12

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.

Monday | 14

Using the Internet for Genealogical Research: 7-9 p.m., Jan. 14, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Mary Kathryn Kozy. Learn about useful sites and effective techniques. Acquire skills to use various search engines more effectively and look at important sites for original document research. $5 (nonmembers).

Tuesday | 15

Mom’s Mornings: 9:30-11 a.m., Jan. 15, 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.

Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Jan. 15, 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.

Understanding the Health care Crisis: 7 p.m., Jan. 15, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue S.E. Join Dr. Fredric Tobis, author of “The Healthcare Crisis: The Urgent Need for Physician Leadership” and principal at the Center for Physician Leadership Training, for an informative discussion on health care, including the current crisis, its history and the implications of the Affordable Care Act.

Events | Ongoing

Annual MIHS Drill Clinic: 3-4 p.m., Jan. 14-15, 17, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd Street. The Mercer Island High School Drill Team is holding its annual drill clinic for grades 6-8. Cost: $30. For information and registration, contact

Parks and Recreation Pre-Ballet: 3:10-4 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 15-March 26, or Thursdays, Jan. 17-March 28, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Dance Room, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Ages 3-4. Cost: $114 (resident), $136 (nonresident).

Parks and Recreation Ballet: 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 15-March 26, or Thursdays, Jan. 17-March 28, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Dance Room, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Ages 5-8. Cost: $114 (resident), $136 (nonresident).

Events | Upcoming

Seattle’s Annual Burns Night: 7-11 p.m., Jan. 19, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. An evening of dancing, music and poetry with a taste of haggis, neeps and tatties. Celebrate the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Presented by Seattle Branch Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Parks and Recreation Hot Spot Basketball Competition: 3:30-5 p.m., Jan. 20, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Annual basketball skills competition involves shooting from five “Hot Spots” marked on a basketball court. The competition tests young athletes’ all-around skill within a series of one-minute rounds. Open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Participants who win the local competition qualify to participate in the state event. No fee, no registration required.

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., Jan. 22, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Non-health care provider class. Cost: $20 (check/cash). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday. Parking available behind fire station.

Christie Neal Hogue Art at Mercer Park Dentistry: 4-6 p.m., Jan. 25, 3003 Island Crest Way, Suite 2. Event features Mercer Island trail scenes and wine and cheese. Open to the community.

Disney & Dessert: 2 p.m., Jan. 27, Mercer Island High School Commons, 9100 Southeast 42nd Street. Classic Disney tunes, sweets and fun. All proceeds benefit the 2013 MIHS Orchestra trip to the Anaheim Heritage Festival. Cost: $15 (donation in advance), $20 (at door). Tickets at Island Books or from orchestra students. Presented by Team O and the MIHS Orchestra.

I-90 Tolling Environmental Assessment: 4-7 p.m., Jan. 29, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. The community can provide input during the WSDOT scoping period: Jan. 22-Feb. 22, online, by mail or in person at the meeting. Additional meetings in Bellevue (Jan. 30) and Seattle (Jan. 31).


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

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.

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.

Drop In to Learn About eBooks: 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.

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. Ages 3-12 months with adult.

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

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

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

Pajama Story Time: 7 p.m., Jan. 28. Ages 3-7 with adult.


Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays. 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.


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