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Community calendar | Easter egg hunts this Saturday at Mercerdale Park
The annual Mercer Island Parks and Recreation egg hunts will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Mercerdale Park. The Lil’ Ones egg hunt will begin at 5 p.m. for 1 to 6-year-old kids. The flashlight egg hunt begins at 8:30 p.m. for kids ages 7-10. A $5 donation is suggested.
Wednesday | 27
Matzoh Ball Soup Class: 4-5 p.m., March 27, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Preschool through fifth grade. Join SJCC Enrichment Coordinator Katie London to make the soup. Kidstown: $5 (anyone enrolled in cooking class is free). SJCC members and guests: $8. www.sjcc.org.
Arti Gras Fine Arts Showcase: 5:30-8:30 p.m., March 27; 6-9 p.m., March 28, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Two-night showcase celebrates the arts in Island public schools. Wednesday: visual arts with hands-on art activities. Thursday: celebration of music. Cost: $15 (at door), $10 (in advance). www.mifineartsed.org.
YTN 30th Anniversary Summerstock Auditions: March 27, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Youth actors (grades 3-12) sought for “Godspell,” “Shrek: The Musical,” “Chaos Theory.” Audition appointment required. Contact: Jessi, (206) 232-4145, ext. 100. www.youththeatre.org.
Thursday | 28
The Strivers Lecture: 1:45 p.m., March 28, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Samuel John Youssef, M.D., a Yale-trained cardiothoracic surgeon at Swedish Medical Center who completed an apprenticeship with Professor Hugo Vanermen, the “father” of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, in Brussels, Belgium. Contact: (206) 232-0863.
SJCC Chocolate Family Seder: 5-6 p.m., March 28, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. A short traditional seder; everything will be made with chocolate. For families with kids of all ages. There is a cost for admission; Kidstown families free. www.sjcc.org.
SJCC Young Family Passover Seder: 6-7:30 p.m., March 28, Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 8th Ave. N.E. A seder for families with young children (under age 6); celebrate the Passover story with food, music, crafts. There is a cost for admission. Children under age 2 are free. www.sjcc.org.
Saturday | 30
Boy Scouts - Scouting for Food: 10 a.m., March 30, neighborhood around 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Boy Scouts Troop 252 will be collecting donations for the annual Scouting for Food in the MIHS neighborhood. To support the Troop, set your donation of canned foods on your porch for pick-up.
General Investing - Stocks, Bonds: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., US Bank, 2737 78th Ave. S.E. Class covers: stocks, bonds, annuities, managed accounts (how much do you really pay) and do-it-yourself investing. Presenter does not sell books or solicit accounts. Contact: Kevin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lil’ Ones Egg Hunt: 5 p.m., March 30, Mercerdale Park, S.E. 32nd Street and 78th Avenue S.E. Kids, hop on over to the park with your egg hunting basket. A separate section will be reserved for ages 1-3. Please, no children over age 6, and no parents on the field.
Flashlight Egg Hunt: 8:30 p.m., March 30, Mercerdale Park, S.E. 32nd Street and 78th Avenue S.E. Kids, hop on over with your egg hunting basket and flashlight. No parents on the field. Ages 7-10.
Tuesday | Apr. 2
Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., April 2, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The club meets every Tuesday. Each meeting covers club activities and features a weekly guest speaker. The general public is welcome to attend.
Wednesday | 3
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., April 3, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Ed Holmes, Mercer Island Chief of Police.
East Link Cost Savings Open House: 4-7 p.m., April 3, Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue invite the public to review and comment on the proposed East Link Cost Savings ideas before a final decision is made. www.soundtransit.org/eastlink.
Thursday | 4
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce April Membership Luncheon: 12-1:15 p.m., April 4, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Earl Bell, author of “Winning in Baseball,” business consultant and Little League baseball coach. Informal networking: 11:45 a.m. RSVP: info@MercerIslandchamberofcommerce.org, (206) 232-3404. Deadline: April 2. Cost: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers).
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., April 4, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. A consistent, caring place for group members to discuss the challenges/problems of the disease, share their feelings and find emotional support, and exchange information about Alzheimer’s. Free.
MIVAL 3rd Annual Treasures in Miniature Art Show and Artists Reception: 5:30 p.m., April 4, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Exhibit open: April 4-27. Paintings are less than 8 inches; 3-D art is less than 6 inches.
Mercer Island Freemasons: 6:30 p.m., April 4, VFW Post 5760, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Lodge #297, Free & Accepted Masons of WA, meets the first Thursday of every month. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Meeting: 7:30 p.m. To become a Mason, ask about membership. www.mercerislandmasons.org.
Saturday | 6
Clothed Model Paintings Exhibition: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., April 6, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Winter Session Clothed Model Class’s first exhibition. Refreshments served; meet facilitator McAlister Merchant and artists. Spring class: Fridays, April 5-June 21. (206) 275-7609, www.myparksandrecreation.com.
Events | Ongoing
MIYFS VOICE & SVP Registration: 10 a.m., March 27, through 5 p.m., April 24, at www.mercergov.org/voice. This summer, MIYFS offers two youth volunteer programs: VOICE (high school) and SVP (middle school). Contact: Tambi Cork, email@example.com, 275-7755.
“Video Animated Storytelling” Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camp: 10-11:30 a.m., April 1-5, Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club PEAK, 4120 86th Ave. S.E. Ages 7-13. Pick a fantasy scene and choose from computer animated avatars to tell a story. Cost: $139 (resident); $166 (nonresident).
“Green Screen Video Mania” Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camp: 12:30-4 p.m., April 1-5, Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club PEAK, 4120 86th Ave. S.E. Ages 9-14. Bring home a DVD of the video you produce. Cost: $184 (resident)/$220 (nonresident).
Parks & Recreation Senior Golf Program: Mondays, April 1-Oct. 28. Nine hole, 18 hole options, local golfing courses. Transportation available ($5), green fees on your own. Fee plus tax: $24 (resident); $28 (nonresident). Contact: Katie, (206) 275-7862.
Events | Upcoming
Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day Programs: April 7. Memorial service for Holocaust victims and their families: 10:30-11:30 a.m., SJCC Holocaust Memorial, 3801 East Mercer Way. Public lecture: 2:30-4:30 p.m., UW Kane Hall. Speakers: Leo Hymas, soldier who helped liberate Buchenwald; and Robbie Waisman, a Buchenwald survivor. Sponsors: The Holocaust Center, UW Jewish Studies Program. www.wsherc.org.
Jewish History in Washington State: 7:30 p.m., April 8, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Presented by Howard Droker, historian/author. Doors open: 7 p.m. Autographed copies of "Family of Strangers" will be available. Cost: $5. Free for JGSWS members. www.jgsws.org.
Parks and Recreation Senior Lunch and Conversation: 12-1 p.m., April 10, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Second Wednesday of every month, starting in April. Transportation available. Reservations required. Contact: (206) 275-7895, prompt #2. Limited drop-in availability. Age: 65+. Fee: $5 plus tax.
An Afternoon With Charles Fox: 2 p.m., April 28, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Charles Fox, renowned composer of many TV hit-show themes, film scores and the Grammy award winning song “Killing Me Softly,” will be at the piano to play his music and talk about his exceptional career. Part of SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series. Cost: $12 ($8 for SJCC members, seniors, students). www.sjcc.org.
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One-on-One Computer Assistance: 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m., April 5. Do you need extra help on the computer? A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. Please register.
Saturday Film Series Feast Your Eyes! Movies about Food: “Julie & Julia,” 1 p.m., April 6; “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” 1 p.m., April 13. Each screening will include an educational lecture and Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades.
A Place at the Table, Food Glorious Food: 7 p.m., April 9. Presented by Susan Olds. A survey on the theme of food in art. The program will cover over 100 images of cuisine through the centuries. Nonperishable food donations accepted for local food banks. www.kcls.org/cooks.
Computer Class: Microsoft Excel Level 2: 7 p.m., April 10. Registration required.
Sing with Our Kids: 7 p.m., April 11. Remember your favorite songs and learn fun and creative ways to share them with your children, grandchildren or children you work with as you pass down your family history and traditions.
Infant Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, April 2-30. Newborn to 12 months with adult.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, April 2-30. Ages 3-5 with adult.
Young Toddler Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, April 3-24. Ages 12-24 months with caregiver.
Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, April 3-24. Ages 2-3.
Lego Animation Network Workshop: 10 a.m., April 5. Ages 8-12. Bring in LEGO® pieces from home or use the ones brought by the instructor to create your own stop-motion movies. Registration required.
Libraries and Autism: March 30-April 6. In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, KCLS libraries are participating in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Come for story times, movies, educational programs, displays and more.
Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays. No Study Zone on April 2. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.
SAT Strategy Session: 11 a.m., April 20. Are you taking the SAT in May? Attend this workshop for tips, practice and take-aways. Learn how the test is structured, strategies for taking it and ask questions.
Use this session to get ready for the practice SAT test on Saturday, April 27.
Writing for Performance: 2 p.m., April 20. Create a piece you can perform. Learn ways to combine storytelling, theater and writing techniques. Please register.
Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., April 23. Voice your opinions on the programs and services the library offers you.
SAT Practice Test: 11 a.m., April 27. Practice for the May SAT. Receive the test back with answers the same day. There will be optional time for questions and essay help.
Poetry Cafe: 2 p.m., April 28. Read your poetry, read others’ poetry or simply listen.
Teen Zone: Study and Games: Mondays–Thursdays, after school. No Teen Zone April 1-5. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.