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Community calendar | Scouts annual pancake breakfast is Sunday, Feb. 10
Boy Scout Troop 457’s annual pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. All cooking is done by the Scouts. The cost is $15 (families), $5 for singles or $3 for seniors.
Thursday | 7
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Luncheon: 12-1:15 p.m., Feb. 7, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Craig Stone, WSDOT Toll Division assistant secretary, who will be available to take and answer questions. Cost: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers). Call the Chamber office, 232-3404, or email your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIVAL Gallery First Thursday Art Reception: 12-8 p.m., Feb. 7, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. “GalleryTalk”: 5-8 p.m., a new feature. Member artists are present to talk about their art, techniques, entry into the art world, inspirations and learning avenues. The public can ask questions about life as an artist. The show “Winter Blues” continues until March 3. www.mival.org or (206) 619-6276.
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.
Saturday | 9
Community Emergency Response Team Class: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 9, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Saturday, Feb. 9, begins Mercer Island's fourth Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course. Mercer Island is offering two CERT courses this year. The first course will be held monthly on the second Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The second course will held weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 12. www.mercergov.org/emergencyprep.
Stairway Walks: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 9, Mercerdale Hillside. Join the Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors, based on Jake and Cathy Jaramillo’s new book, “Seattle Stairway Walks.” Space limited to 20. RSVP to: 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.
MIPC Concert Series: “Fire, Music of Passion,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The performance features Morten Lauridsen’s Fire Madrigals, set to Italian Renaissance poetry steeped in unrequited love. Suggested donation: $20 (general), $10 (youth/seniors); free for children under 8. Call (206) 300-0313 or go to seattlepromusica.org for more information.
Sunday | 10
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).
Monday | 11
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. Cost: $26. Contact: JoAnne Jones, (206) 232-3903, mercerislandwomensclub.com.
Chinese New Year Open House: 12:30-2 p.m., Feb. 11, Able Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Clinic, 2448 76th Ave. S.E., #212. Celebrate the Chinese New Year (year of the snake). Chinese lunch provided.
“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, author and former columnist. Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Cost: $5 (nonmembers). www.jgsws.org.
Tuesday | 12
Mom’s Mornings: 9:30-11 a.m., Feb. 12, 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.
Inaugural TEDx Mercer Island Library: 7-8 p.m., Feb. 12, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. TED Talks are devoted to spreading positive ideas from the most creative members of society. First theme is “Inspirational Leadership.” www.ted.com, www.facebook.com/TEDxMercerIslandLibrary. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday | 13
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.
Friday | 15
Mercer Island Directory Work Party: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 15, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Come help members of the Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital get ready to mail the 2013 Directory. Label 5,000 envelopes; no licking required. All volunteers are welcome. If you are interested in joining the Guild, this is a good opportunity to learn about activities firsthand.
Events | Ongoing
Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” Musical: ongoing through Feb. 10, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109. www.youththeatre.org.
4400 88th Ave. S.E.
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. Popular opera composer Giacomo 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,’ a steamer bound for Victoria.
Children & Families
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.
Infant Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 19. Ages 3-12 months with adult.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 19. Ages 3-5 with adult.
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. 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.