Community calendar | ‘Little Women’ at YTN, March 8-24

Youth Theatre Northwest continues its 2012-2013 school season with the classic “Little Women,” by author Louisa May Alcott, beginning Friday, March 8. Learn more online at

Wednesday | 6

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., March 6, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Topic: “How Boeing Got Into the Jet Business.” Speaker: Barry Latter, Museum of Flight docent. The public is welcome.

Thursday | 7

MIVAL Meeting: 11:30 a.m., March 7, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Social: 11:30 a.m. General meeting: 12-2 p.m., features watercolor demonstration by Kathy Collins. All are welcome.

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon: 12-1:15 p.m., March 7, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: King County Sheriff John Urquhart, who joined the sheriff’s office in 1988. Retiring in early 2012, he filed to run for sheriff and was elected last November. Informal networking: 11:45 a.m. Open to the community; advance reservations required. Cost: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers). RSVP: (206) 232-3404,

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., March 7, Mercer Island Senior Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A consistent, caring place for group members to discuss Alzheimer’s challenges and problems.

“Inter-Twinings” MIVAL Gallery Artist Reception: 5-8 p.m., March 7, Avellino building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. MIVAL Gallery presents Susanne Foster as the March featured artist. Refreshments served. Foster’s art may be viewed March 7-31.

Mercer Island Freemasons: 6:30 p.m., March 7, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Lodge #297, Free & Accepted Masons of WA, meets every first Thursday. The March meeting will welcome the Academic Achievement Award and Scholarship applicants from Mercer Island High School. Pizza party followed by awards ceremony.

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

Saturday | 9

Community Emergency Response Team Class: Fire Safety, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., March 9, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. The series reviews for the October CERT test. Series is six classes plus one summer class on Emergency Well Operation.

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., March 9, north QFC; 1-3 p.m., south QFC. Sponsored by the Mercer Island Fire Department and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the program urges Americans to adopt a life-saving habit: change smoke alarm batteries when clocks are changed in the spring and fall. QFC is donating 9V batteries to give away on March 9 while supplies last.

Sunday | 10

Herzl-Ner Tamid 2nd Annual Day of Service: 9:30 a.m., March 10, 3700 East Mercer Way. HNT is providing needed services in the greater Seattle community. Morning Minyan: 8:30 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast: 9:30 a.m. Service projects begin: 10 a.m. Projects include annual blood drive, Habitat for Humanity, Hopelink, etc. Register at

Monday | 11

“I’ve Had My DNA Tested - Now What?”: 7:30 p.m., March 11, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Come and learn what DNA testing is, what it can and can’t tell you, and get some help with interpreting those results. Doors open at 7 p.m. Speaker: Mary Kathryn Kozy. Presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Nonmembers: $5.

Tuesday | 12

Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Each meeting covers club activities and features a weekly guest speaker. The general public is welcome to attend.

Thursday | 14

St. Patrick’s Day Senior Lunch: 12-1 p.m., March 14, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Join Parks and Recreation for a “bit of the blarney” to celebrate this Irish holiday. Be sure to wear your green. Corned beef and cabbage lunch will be served. Cost: $5 plus tax. Reservations required. To reserve your spot, call 275-7609. Transportation will be available.

Friday | 15

Mercer Island Directory Mailing Day: 9 a.m., March 15, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Volunteers are needed to help the members of the Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital prepare the 2013 Directory for mailing. Interested in joining the Guild? Contact the membership chairwoman at

Saturday | 16

23rd Annual Sogetsu Ikebana Annual Exhibition: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., March 16; 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., March 17, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Demonstration both days at 2 p.m. (free admission). Group arrangement display is at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., March 11-24.

Lyric Arts Ensemble: "Positively Divine," 7-8:30 p.m., March 16, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 16 voices and chamber orchestra of the Lyric Arts Ensemble present sacred music by Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and 21st-century composers. Will Simpson, organist. Kenneth L. DeJong, conductor.

Events | Upcoming

Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., March 18, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Bruce Fletcher, director of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation. The management team will give a presentation and discussion will include recreation programs and events, and managing 460 acres of parks/open space, 30 miles of trails and the MICEC — with an update of upcoming parks projects.

Medicare and New Health Care Law Event: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., March 21, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Learn about Medicare options, costs, coverage. Lunch provided. Free, open to the public. Sponsors: Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), AARP Foundation. Pre-registration is required at 1-877-926-8300 or

French Film: “Quai des Orfèvres,” 7:30 p.m., March 22, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. When a wealthy businessman is found murdered, police inspector Antoine finds that an ambitious singer, her jealous husband, and her obsessive photographer friend all have motives. In French with English subtitles. Free.

Cercle Francophone - French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., March 26, Howell residence. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. Informal French conversation evening for anybody who wants to improve his/her French. The only "rule" is to speak French. All levels of French welcome. For location and driving directions, contact: Beth Brennen, 232-7650; Monica Howell, 232-2983.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Computer Class: Introduction to Computers, 10 a.m., March 9. Please register.

Design a Kitchen for the Way You Live: 1 p.m., March 9. Presented by Wendy Albee, Albee Interior Design. Through examples of actual projects and pictures, learn how to design a kitchen through the eyes of a professional.

Sing with Our Kids for Adults Only: 7 p.m., March 14. Presented by Nancy Stewart. Remember your favorite songs and learn fun and creative ways to share them with your children, grandchildren or children you work with.

Saturday Film Series - A Place at the Table: “Mondovino,” 1 p.m., March 16. “Kings of Pastry”: 1 p.m., March 23. Each screening includes an educational lecture and Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades. KCLS invites everyone to find ‘a place at the table.’ Discuss fresh ideas about food, cooking, nutrition and growing and using locally produced food. Nonperishable food donations accepted for local food banks.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 10 a.m., March 23. Get started with KCLS eBooks.

One-on-One Computer Assistance: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., March 23. Do you need extra help on the computer? A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. Please register.

Children & Families

Lego Animation for Home Schoolers: 10 a.m., March 8. Ages 8 to 12. Presented by Lego Animation Network. Bring in LEGO® pieces from home or use the ones brought by the instructor to create your own stop-motion LEGO® movies. Learn how to operate a digital camera, construct props and backgrounds, sound effects and voice-overs. Registration required at

French Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, March 9-16. Ages 3-7 with adult. Please register.

Infant Story Times: 10 a.m., March 12. Newborn to 12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., March 12. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Young Toddler Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, March 6-13. Ages 12-24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, March 6-13. Ages 2-3 with adult.

Wombat Stew Puppet Show: 7 p.m., March 25. Performed by Melody and Charlie Williams. A gooey, yummy, zany, funny, puppet-show based on Marcia Vaughan’s popular books. Brimming with songs and stories, this variety show is noisy fun for all ages.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., March 26. Teens, voice your opinions on the programs and services the library offers you.

Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Teen Zone: Study and Games, Mondays–Thursdays, after school. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.



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