Former NBA player and motivational speaker James Donaldson will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 31 Kiwanis meeting and lunch. Donaldson will share his story of overcoming obstacles and reaching goals during tough challenges. The lunch will begin at noon on Thursday at Aljoya. RSVP to Aida Kouyoumjian at (206) 402-6752.
Wednesday | 30
I-90 Tolling Environmental Assessment: 4-7 p.m., Jan. 30, Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. The community can provide input during the WSDOT scoping period, through Feb. 22, online, by mail or in person at the meeting.
Thursday | 31
Emergency Volunteer Lead Quarterly Meeting: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 31, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. All interested emergency preparedness volunteers may attend. Contact: Officer Jennifer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.
Mercer Island Kiwanis Club Meeting: 12 p.m., Jan. 31, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Speaker: James Donaldson, author, veteran entrepreneur and former NBA All Star. RSVP to Aida Kouyoumjian, (206) 402-6752.
I-90 Tolling Environmental Assessment: 4-7 p.m., Jan. 31, Yesler Community Center, 917 East Yesler Way, Seattle 98122. Parking is accessible from Washington Street. The community can provide input during the WSDOT scoping period, through Feb. 22, online, by mail or in person at the meeting.
Friday | Feb. 1
MIVAL Gallery Artist Reception: 5-8 p.m., Feb. 1, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. “Passion From The Heart” is open through Feb. 26. www.mival.org.
Saturday | 2
Chinatown International District Lunar New Year Opening Celebration: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 2, Wing Luke Museum, S. King Street/8th Ave. S. Lion Dance: 11 a.m. New Year games, crafts, stuffed petting zoo. www.wingluke.org/2013newyear.
First Aid and Adult CPR: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 2, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35 (check/cash) at event. Reserve a space: (206) 275-7607.
Monday | 4
Mercer Island CERT Search & Rescue: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 4, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Join search and rescue volunteers for team training. Topic: forms, EOC procedures, field documentation and radio communication. www.mercergov.org.
Tuesday | 5
Mom’s Mornings: 9:30-11 a.m., Feb. 5, 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., Feb. 5, 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.
Wednesday | 6
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 6, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Scott Oki, former Microsoft executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, will discuss his book, “Outrageous Learning.” The public is welcome.
Events | Ongoing
Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” Musical: ongoing through Feb. 10, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. For ages 3+. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109. www.youththeatre.org.
Events | Parks & Recreation
Hatha Yoga: 10:30-11:45 a.m., Tuesdays; 9-10:15 a.m., Thursdays, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. For adults. Cost: $143 (resident), $170 (nonresident).
Yoga for Seniors: 9-10:15 a.m., Tuesdays, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Age: 65+. Cost: $81 (resident), $96 (nonresident).
Beginning Pilates: 10:45-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. For adults. Cost: $156 (resident), $186 (nonresident).
Events | Upcoming
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., Feb. 7, Mercer Island Senior Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A consistent, caring place for group members to discuss Alzheimer’s challenges and problems.
Mercer Island Freemasons: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 7, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Lodge #297, Free & Accepted Masons of WA, meets every first Thursday. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Meeting: 7:30 p.m. www.mercerislandmasons.org.
Stairway Walks: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 9, Mercerdale Hillside. Join the Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors on urban explorations of Seattle, Bellevue and Burien, based on Jake and Cathy Jaramillo’s new book, “Seattle Stairway Walks.” Space limited to 20; please RSVP. Contact: Darcy Edmunds, email@example.com, (206) 652-2310, ext. 5.
Chinatown International District Lunar New Year Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 9, Hing Hay Park, S. King Street/Maynard Ave. S. Food walk with $2 tasting menu, dragon/lion dances, kids’ costume parade contest, live reptile show. www.cidbia.org.
Boy Scout Troop 457’s Annual Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 10, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. All cooking, cleaning and serving will be done by the Scouts. Annual fundraiser supports the troop. Cost: $15 (family), $5 (single), $3 (senior).
Mercer Island Women’s Club Annual Fundraising Luncheon: 11 a.m., Feb. 11, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. Speaker: Erica Bauermeister, author. Benefits MIYFS, Parks & Rec., etc. Reservations deadline: Feb. 1. $26. Contact: JoAnne Jones, (206) 232-3903, mercerislandwomensclub.com.
“We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust”: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Ellen Cassidy, former columnist and author of “We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.” Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Cost: $5 (nonmembers). www.jgsws.org.
Giving From The Heart Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m., Feb. 13, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Join MIYFS for breakfast and shop all day at select Island shops/restaurants to benefit MIYFS.
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Drop In to Learn about eBooks: 7 p.m., Feb. 7. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet or phone for an introduction to downloading from the library’s growing catalog of titles.
Computer Classes: Internet Level 1, 10 a.m., Feb. 9. Internet Level 2: 10 a.m., Feb. 23. Please register.
Saturday Film Series “Feast Your Eyes! Movies About Food”: “Babette’s Feast,” 1 p.m., Feb. 9. “Big Night”: 1 p.m., Feb. 23. Saturdays in February, March and April. Each screening will include an educational lecture and Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades.
Opera Preview: “La Boheme,” 7 p.m., Feb. 20. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. Giacomo Puccini is the most popular opera composer of our time. Puccini’s genius at finding just the right melody to depict the happiness and heartache of the doomed couple, Mimi and Rodolfo, draws sell-out crowds wherever it is performed.
Sing with Our Kids: 7 p.m., Feb. 21. Presented by Nancy Stewart. Remember your favorite songs and learn fun and creative ways to share them with your children, grandchildren or kids you work with.
“Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master on Puget Sound”: 7 p.m., Feb. 28. Presented by Lorraine McConaghy. The story of a 13-year-old slave who escaped from Washington Territory to freedom in Canada on the West’s ‘Underground Railroad,’ on a steamer bound for Victoria.
Children & Families
Infant Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12 and 19. Ages 3-12 months with adult.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12 and 19. Ages 3-5 with adult.
Young Toddler Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 6-27. Ages 12-24 months with adult.
Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 6-27. Ages 2-3 with adult.
French Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23. Ages 3-7 with adult. Please register.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: 7 p.m., Feb. 25. Ages 4 and older with adult. Enjoy stories, songs and activities celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12 and 26. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.
Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Feb. 26. Voice your opinions on the programs and services the library offers.
Teen Zone: “Study and Games” is every day after school, with some exceptions. Do homework, play board games or check out books.