Community calendar | ‘Leap for Green’ this Saturday, April 13

The Mercer Island City’s Leap for Green fair will be held this Saturday, April 13, at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by to learn about living green. There will be live music, educational booths and more.

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. Transportation available. Reservations required. Contact: (206) 275-7895, prompt #2. Age: 65+. Fee: $5 plus tax.

“Quiet Kids - Raising an Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”: 7 p.m., April 10, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. Speaker: Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author. For parents with kids of all ages.

Thursday | 11

Mercer Island-Lake Washington Chapter Puget Sound Anglers Meeting: 7 p.m., April 11, South Bellevue Community Center, 4509 S.E. Newport Way. Speaker: Dick Streater, Islander and Fishing Hall of Fame member. Topic: “Fishing Can Be Funny.” Public welcome. Free.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society Meeting: 7:30-9:30 p.m., April 11, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. Emmanuel Go of First Sound Audio (Renton) will demonstrate his line of handmade tube preamplifiers. Guests welcome.

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.

City of Mercer Island Spring Recycling Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 13, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. Safely dispose of old equipment, household items. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable items, go to

Leap for Green Fair: 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. Music, entertainment, education, 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.

Monday | 15

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 MI Guild. Topic: uncompensated care program that benefits from Directory fund.

College Tutors Free Homework Help: April 15-18, College Nannies & Tutors, 7605 S.E. 27th St. Sessions for Mercer Island middle/high school students. Free tutoring after school until 6:30 p.m. Appointment required; call Mackenzie Krause, (206) 659-4156.

Tuesday | 16

Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., April 16, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Each weekly meeting covers club activities and features a guest speaker. General public welcome.

Thursday | 18

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.

Friday | 19

Karate Workshop: 5-7 p.m., April 19, Karate West, 8451 S.E. 68th Street. Join Mercer Island Girl Scouts for two sessions (one hour each) of self-defense classes. Help raise money for the Kiran Anjali Project:

“42nd Street” Opening Night Gala: 7 p.m., April 19, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances: April 19-May 5. For ages 8+. Tickets: (206) 232-4145 ext. 109.

Saturday | 20

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.

Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Award Ceremony & Reception: 12-2 p.m., April 20, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Annual award for MIHS senior girls. Special guests: Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama; Katy Sewall, KUOW-NPR producer. Reception to follow.

Tuesday | 23

Cercle Francophone - French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., April 23, Brennen residence on Mercer Island. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. The only “rule” is to speak French. For directions, contact: Beth Brennen, 232-7650; Monica Howell, 232-2983.

Events | Ongoing

MIYFS VOICE & SVP Registration: open through 5 p.m., April 24, at MIYFS offers two youth volunteer summer programs: VOICE (high school) and SVP (middle school). Contact: Tambi Cork,, 275-7755.

Organic Herb & Veggie Starts Sale: 12-3 p.m., April 24-25, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. The J’s garden manager will offer organic herbs and veggie starts for sale. A portion of each sale will go to the SJCC Kesher Community Garden.

“Journey Into Abstraction”: May 2-June 2, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Artwork by Pia Messina. Born in Italy, Messina has painted flowers and figures with watercolors as a medium for 20 years. She also utilizes collage, sumi-e and pastel, and acrylic medium.

Parks & Recreation Senior Golf Program: Mondays, open through 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

St. Monica Parish School Open House: 8:45-10:45 a.m., April 24, St. Monica School, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. For parents, families. Free informational tours.

Emergency Volunteer Lead Quarterly Meeting: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 25, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Meetings consist of team leads from committees, but all interested emergency volunteers are welcome.

Northwest Watercolor Society Artists’ Reception & Award Ceremony: 6:30-8 p.m., April 25, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. 2013 Open Show is in the Mercer Gallery, April 15-May 31. Meet the artists. Refreshments served.

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. To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607.

Jazzercise Maui Style: 6-8 p.m., April 26, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Join Lori Mahalo and the Boogie Board. Donations benefit the National MS Society’s WALK MS campaign.

Earth Day Celebration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 27, Island Crest Park. Join EarthCorps and Parks and Recreation to restore the park. Help control invasive plants.

Medication Take Back Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 27, Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Dispose of expired, unused medication, behind the police station. (206) 275-7743.

Mercer Island Preschool Association Circus: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 27, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. 47th annual circus. New this year: food trucks (Bistro Box, Veraci’s Pizza, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt). Free admission.

An Afternoon With Charles Fox: 2 p.m., April 28, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Charles Fox, renowned composer of TV hit themes and film scores, will play piano. SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series. Cost for admission.

Fire & Feast Lag B’Omer Celebration: 5:30-7 p.m., April 28, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Meet in the Kesher Community Garden for a dinner picnic and campfire. Register:


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Sing with Our Kids: 7 p.m., April 11. Remember your favorite songs; 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.

Saturday Film Series Feast Your Eyes! Movies about Food: “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.

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. Find out about a local project bringing people together to talk about their favorite places on Mercer Island. Learn tips and techniques to interview someone; or learn tips about telling an interesting story.


Puppets Please Marionettes: 7 p.m., April 29. 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.


SAT Strategy Session: 11 a.m., April 20. Are you taking the SAT in May? Attend this workshop for tips, practice and takeaways. Learn how the test is structured, strategies for taking it and ask questions. Use this session to get ready for the practice SAT test (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.


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