Community calendar | YTN opening night gala for '42nd Street' is April 19

Youth Theatre Northwest will hold a special opening night gala on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. for the new production, “42nd Street.” The show will be performed April 19 through May 5. Learn more online at

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

Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., April 23, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Weekly meetings cover club activities and feature a guest speaker. The general public is welcome.

Cascade Lodge Sons of Norway Meeting: 6:30 p.m., April 23, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th St. After potluck supper, Roberta Morrow will present a program entitled “Vikings: Who Do You Think They Are?” Business session to follow. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (425) 957-7692.

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.

Wednesday | 24

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.

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

Thursday | 25

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 Mercer Gallery, 8236 S.E. 24th St. 2013 Open Show ends 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.

Friday | 26

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.

April in Paris: 7-9 p.m., April 26, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. A festive evening of browsing Island Books while enjoying a complimentary wine and cheese tasting and browsing French-related store items. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association.

Saturday | 27

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.

“From the Met to Broadway” 5th Annual Dinner Gala & Silent Auction: 6:30 p.m., April 27, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. Features top musical hits from Lincoln Center and Broadway productions. Five-course dinner and an evening of interactive theater and show tunes with noted Northwest performers. Silent auction. Benefits CCMI Choir. Tickets: $45.

Events | Ongoing

College Tutors Free Homework Help: ongoing through April 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.

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.

“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

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:

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., May 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee. Public welcome.


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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.

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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