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Community calendar | Yom Hashoah events
This weekend, in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, several events are being held. On Sunday, April 7, a memorial service for Holocaust survivors and their families will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the SJCC Holocaust Memorial on East Mercer Way. Public lectures will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at UW’s Kane Hall. To learn more, visit www.wsherc.org.
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, City of Bellevue invite the public to review/comment on the proposed East Link Cost Savings ideas before final decision. 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.” Informal networking: 11:45 a.m. RSVP: info@MercerIslandchamberofcommerce.org, (206) 232-3404. 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 monthly on the first Thursday. 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.
Sunday | 7
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, Robbie Waisman. Sponsors: The Holocaust Center, UW Jewish Studies Program. www.wsherc.org.
Monday | 8
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.
Tuesday | 9
Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., April 9, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Each weekly meeting covers club activities and features a guest speaker. The general public is welcome to attend.
Wednesday | 10
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.
Saturday | 13
Community Emergency Response Team Class: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., April 13, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. CERT Unit 3: Disaster Medical - Part 1. www.mercergov.org/emergencyprep.
Spring Recycling Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 13, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. Safely dispose of old equipment and household items. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable items, go to www.mercergov.org.
Leap for Green: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 13, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Earth Day Family Fair. Theme: “There’s no place like home.” Resources for green, healthy, sustainable living on the Island. Enjoy music, entertainment, education and food. Free. Sponsors: IslandVision, City of Mercer Island.
Leap for Green Birding & Nature Walk: 11 a.m., April 13. Depart from the Friends of Luther Burbank Park booth inside MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Explore Luther Burbank wetlands. Led by Audubon master birder, Judith Roan. Free.
Events | Ongoing
“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.
MIYFS VOICE & SVP Registration: open 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 275-7755.
Events | Upcoming
Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., April 15, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Wendy Funicello, Compliance and Guild Projects Manager, Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association and Panel Members of Mercer Island Guild, celebrating its 85th anniversary. Topic: uncompensated care program that benefits from the Directory fund. www.mihistory.org.
College Tutors Free Homework Help: April 15-18, College Nannies & Tutors, 7605 S.E. 27th St. Sessions for Mercer Island middle and high school students. Free tutoring after school until 6:30 p.m. each night. Appointment required. To reserve your spot, call Mackenzie Krause: (206) 659-4156. www.collegetutors.com.
Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., April 18, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications, emergency preparedness. www.mirohams.org.
First Aid and Adult CPR w/ AED: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., April 20, Mercer Island Fire Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. Cost: $35 (check/cash). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607.
Cercle Francophone - French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., April 23, Brennen residence on Mercer Island. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. Informal evening. The only “rule” is to speak French. All levels welcome. For driving directions, contact: Beth Brennen, 232-7650; or Monica Howell, 232-2983.
Emergency Volunteer Lead Quarterly Meeting: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Meetings consist of team leads from committees, but all interested emergency volunteers are welcome to attend.
Northwest Watercolor Society Artists’ Reception & Award Ceremony: 6:30-8 p.m., April 25, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The Northwest Watercolor Society 2013 Open Show is in the Mercer Gallery, April 15-May 31. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and entertainment at the artists’ reception.
Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., April 25, Mercer Island Fire Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. Cost: $20 (check/cash). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607.
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 and film scores, will play piano and talk about his exceptional career. SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series. Cost: $12 ($8 for SJCC members, seniors, students). www.sjcc.org.
MIHS Class of 1993 20-Year Reunion: Aug. 16-17. Grad Night at the Roanoke Inn Tavern: Aug. 16. Garage: Aug. 17. Tickets: $36/person. Spouses and significant others welcome. RSVP and payment due: May 15. MIHS Class of ‘93 Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/498131986866831. Contact: Becca (Culver) Bishop, email@example.com.
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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.
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.
Drop In to Learn about eBooks: 1 p.m., April 22. Get started with KCLS eBooks.
Place-Based Oral History on Mercer Island: 7 p.m., April 30. Oral history interviews are a way to learn about people and places in our community. Find out about a local project bringing people together to talk about their favorite places on Mercer Island. If you want to interview someone, come to this workshop for tips and techniques. If you want to reminisce about your favorite place, come to the workshop for tips about telling an interesting story.
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. Learn how to operate a digital camera, construct props and backgrounds, and add sound effects and voice-overs. Registration required.
Libraries and Autism: through 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.
Infant Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays. Newborn to 12 months with adult.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays. Ages 3-5 with adult.
Young Toddler Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays. Ages 12-24 months with caregiver.
Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays. Ages 2-3.
Puppets Please Marionettes: 7 p.m., April 29. Presented by Puppets Please Marionettes. Ages 2 and older with adult. Have your camera ready as colorful animal characters sing, dance and roller skate. This program is part of the El Dia-Children’s Book Day Celebration.
Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays. 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.