Community calendar | Northwest Yeshiva food and dessert auction is May 9

Northwest Yeshiva High School will be holding a food and dessert auction on Thursday, May 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is taking place at the Isaac Varon and Susan Marks residence and is open to the public. To RSVP to the event, contact Melissa Rivkin at or call (206) 232-5272.

Thursday | 9

NYHS Gourmet Food & Dessert Auction: 6:30-9 p.m., May 9, Seward Park, residence of Isaac Varon and Susan Marks. Free event open to all. Handcrafted delicacies to be auctioned. Benefits NYHS. RSVP to: Joy Maimon,, or Melissa Rivkin,, (206) 232-5272.

“RENT: School Edition”: 7:30-10 p.m., May 9-11, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. See the MIHS Drama Department’s spring production, by Johnathan Larson, based on Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Rock opera. Tickets: $10 (presale), $15 (door). Canned food donations accepted for Lifelong Aids Alliance kitchen. For age 13 and up.

Saturday | 11

Native Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 11, Mercerdale Park, S.E. 32nd Street and 77th Avenue S.E. Benefits Central Puget Sound Chapter Washington Native Plant Society.

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club Spring Party and Auction: 6 p.m., May 11, West Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, 2825 W. Mercer Way. Theme: Prom “Forever Young.” Register online:

Monday | 13

“My Grandfather Came From Poison” and “Who The Heck Is Ida Gerskill: Some Challenges of Researching Jewish Names”: 7 p.m., May 13, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Presenter: Meredith Hoffman, professional genealogist from Boston. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 (nonmembers).

Tuesday | 14

Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., May 14, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Weekly meetings cover club activities and feature a guest speaker. General public welcome.

Friday | 17

Mercer Island Sister City Association Annual Soirée: 7:30-9:30 p.m., May 17, Kaspar’s Restaurant on Lower Queen Anne in Seattle. No-host wine reception, five-course French-inspired feast. Reservation deadline: May 10.

Events | Upcoming

Eastside Symphony Concert: 7:30 p.m., May 18, Redmond Performing Arts Center, 17272 N.E. 104th St., Redmond. Last concert of season. Features Islander Natalya Ageyeva on piano.

Prenatal Yoga Workshop: 1:30-3:30 p.m., May 19, Yogabliss, 7803 S.E. 27th Street, #174. Open to all moms-to-be at any trimester. Learn ways to ease pregnancy-related symptoms, get ready for labor and meet other moms in the community. No yoga experience necessary; all levels welcome.

“A Jewish Dueling Piano Revue” - SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series: 4 p.m., May 19, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Musical entertainment featuring Jewish greatest hits and popular music. Featured performers are Cantor David Serkin-Poole and Music Director Peter Pundy at the two pianos, with Chava Mirel as guest performer and Rabbi Bob Maslan as commentator.

Mercer Island Farmers Market For The Love of Food Benefit Dinner: 6-9 p.m., May 19, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Deadline to buy tickets: May 12. Eat, shop and learn about 2013 MIFM season. Online registration:

Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., May 20, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Speaker: Scott Greenberg, director, Mercer Island Development Services to discuss his perspective on how Island city planning has changed since the 1980s when he was the principal planner.

MIHS Class of 1993 20-Year Reunion: Aug. 16-17. RSVP, payment due: May 15. Contact: Becca (Culver) Bishop,


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Sing With Our Kids - For Adults Only: 7 p.m., May 9. Remember your favorite songs; learn fun and creative ways to share them.

Computer Class: One-on-One Assistance, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., May 18. Registration required.

Drop-In to Learn About eBooks: 1 p.m., May 19. Get started with KCLS eBooks.

Parenting Teens: Internet Safety and Cyberbullying, 7 p.m., May 21. Join Seattle Police Department’s Stefanie Thomas to learn about the reality of teens as targets online. Thomas will address issues of privacy and the protection of personal information. Specifically, learn about ways to recognize and prevent cyberbullying and how to monitor your teen’s social networking behavior.


Spring Nature Sketching: 1:30 p.m., May 11. Presented by Molly Hashimoto. Ages 8 and older. Let the spring buds and blooms you see in Mercer Island Library’s Learning Garden inspire you to draw and paint; use pencil, pen and watercolor to capture the beauty of the emerging season.

Infant Story Times: 10 a.m., May 14. Newborn to 12 months with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., May 14. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Young Toddler Story Times: 10 a.m., May 15. Ages 12-24 months with caregiver.

Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m., May 15. Ages 2-3.

Musical Fun with Alleyoop: 7 p.m., May 16. Ages 3 and older with adult. Join storyteller and musician Al Hirsch for stories, music, activities and fun.


SAT Practice Test: 1 p.m., May 18. Practice for the May SAT. Receive the test back with answers the same day. There will be optional time for questions and essay help. Presented by Kaplan Pre-College Test Prep. Get tips and your scores back at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at the library. Please register.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., May 28. Teens, help plan programs in the library and in the community.

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 with some exceptions. Hang out, do homework, play board games. No Teen Zone on May 27.



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