Yo Mercer, located on the South end, will hold a benefit day for the Mercer Island High School orchestra on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The orchestra is trying to raise money for a trip to Disneyland. On Saturday, anyone who mentions the MIHS orchestra when they buy yogurt will have 20 percent of the purchase go to the group. To learn more about Yo Mercer, visit their website.
Thursday | 17
Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., Jan. 17, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications, emergency preparedness. www.mirohams.org.
Friday | 18
Classics in Film Series: “Hangover Square” (John Brahm, 1945), 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18, 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.
Saturday | 19
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. rscds-seattle.org.
Sunday | 20
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.
Tuesday | 22
Mom’s Mornings: 9:30-11 a.m., Jan. 22, 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 Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., Jan. 22, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Joseph Breidenbach, attorney. Topic: Evolving DUI laws in Washington state. The general public is welcome to attend.
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. www.mercergov.org.
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Parks and Recreation Senior Trip: Black Diamond Bakery & Outing, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 25. Depart and return from Mercer Island Community and Event Center parking lot at 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Cost: $12 plus tax.
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.
Saturday | 26
Kix and Spinz Grand Opening: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 26, 8451 S.E. 68th St., Suite #105. New fitness studio offers group classes, bootcamps and one-on-one personal training for adults and youth. www.facebook.com/kixandspinz.
Sunday | 27
St. Monica School Open House: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 27, St. Monica Parish School, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. Free informational tour of school for parents and families. www.stmonicasea.org.
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.
Tuesday | 29
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). www.wsdot.wa.gov/Tolling/I90.
Events | Ongoing
Parks and Recreation Pre-Ballet: 3:10-4 p.m., 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., 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
Mercer Island Women’s Club Annual Fundraising Luncheon: 11 a.m., Feb. 11, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. The community is invited to attend. Speaker: Erica Bauermeister, Seattle author of “The Lost Art of Mixing.” Proceeds help support many Mercer Island organizations such as Youth and Family Services and Parks and Recreation. Reservations deadline: Feb. 1. Cost: $26. Contact: JoAnne Jones, (206) 232-3903. www.mercerislandwomensclub.com.
Giving From The Heart Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m., Feb. 13, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Join Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and the community for breakfast and then shop all day at select Island shops and restaurants where 20 percent of all purchases benefits MIYFS.
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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
Pajama Story Time: 7 p.m., Jan. 28. Ages 3-7 with adult.
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.
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.
Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays. Drop in for free homework help from volunteer tutors.