Community calendar | Chamber lunch is Thursday, Sept. 5

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Membership luncheon is Thursday, Sept. 5. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The speaker is a local Emmy-winning television producer who will speak on the role of creativity in business. Reservations are requested and can be made via the chamber website or by calling 232-3404.

Wednesday | 4

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 4, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Probus member, Werner Glass. Topic: “Growing Up In Shanghai: 1933-1947.” The public is welcome.

Thursday | 5

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon: 12 p.m., Sept. 5, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Bill Stainton, ‘Connect the Dots.’ Informal networking: 11:30 a.m. Stainton is an award-winning TV producer, writer and performer of “Almost Live” fame. (206) 232-3404,

Mercer Island Kiwanis Luncheon: 12 p.m., Sept. 5, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Speaker: William A. Hanlin, Jr., founder of Hanlin Moss, P.S.

MIVAL General Meeting: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 5, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Socializing: 11:30 a.m. Demonstration by Kathy Collins, a watercolorist:

Sunday | 8

Seattle Escape From The Rock Triathlon: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Sept. 8, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Sprint event features a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 2.5-mile run. Registration required.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 8, Mercerdale Park, 7700 S.E. 32nd Street. Washington grown produce, fresh eggs, farmstead cheese and dairy. Kids’ hands-on activities and Master Gardeners.

Mercer Island Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour: Sept. 8. First annual Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour for Mercer Island Is Habitat. For details contact Rita or Susan at or

Monday | 9

Stroum Jewish Community Center’s 56th Annual Meeting: 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 9, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Awards will be presented. Guests must RSVP to Marcie Wirth:, (206) 388-1998.

Volunteer CERT Search & Rescue Training: 7-8 p.m., Sept. 9, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. “Disaster Search Dogs,” presented by Port of Seattle Assistant Fire Chief Keith Taylor, of the Northwest Disaster Search Dogs. Free.

Tuesday | 10

Mercer Island Women’s Club Fall General Luncheon: 11 a.m., Sept. 10, Sahalee Country Club, 21200 N.E. Sahalee Country Club Dr., Sammamish. Guest speaker: Mercer Island Police Chief Ed Holmes. For reservations, contact

Outing to Chihuly Garden and Glass: 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Sept. 10. Visit the Chihuly Garden, see artist Dale Chihuly’s work. Self-guided tour. Presented by Endless Opportunities. RSVP to: (206) 461-3240 or

Wednesday | 11

Mercer Island Emergency Volunteer Appreciation Party: 5-8 p.m., Sept. 11, Mercerwood Shoreclub, 4150 East Mercer Way. RSVP to Officer Jennifer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.

Thursday | 12

“Return to the Island” MIVAL Opening Night Reception: 5-8 p.m., Sept. 12, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. “Return to the Island” is open Sept. 5-29. Gallery members showcase their talents in many mediums.

“Autumn Sonata” Artists’ Reception: 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 12, Mercer Gallery, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Presented by Mercer Island Arts Council. Features Christine Neal Hogue, Grace Mahoney, Susan Melrath, Patrice Tullai.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 12, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. First class of Mercer Island’s second 2013 CERT course, to be held weekly on Thursdays.

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 12, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $20, check or cash. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

Saturday | 14

International 9/11 Heroes Run: 8 a.m., Sept. 14, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. 5k plus 1 mile fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels, ages.

First Aid and Adult CPR: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 14, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35, check or cash. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

Sunday | 15

Annual Jewish Family Service Food Drive, Food Sort Event: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 15. Fill bags for the JFS Food Bank with Endless Opportunities. Registration is required at or (206) 861-3155. Your entry ticket is a bag of groceries or a grocery store gift card for the Polack Food Bank along with your completed registration form.

Events | Ongoing

Youth Theatre Northwest Auditions: Sept. 7-12, 8805 S.E. 40th St. All actors (grades 1-12) must schedule an audition appointment for the 30th aniversary school season. Upcoming productions include “Night of the Living Dead,” “The Hobbit,” “Pinkalicious,” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Events | Upcoming

Stroum Jewish Community Center Parents Night Out: Sept. 28. Wacky Tacky: A night of games and neon colors, glowstick gaga and costumes. For age 5 through 5th grade. Kids 6 months through age 4 can participate through the JCC drop-in babysitting program. Contact: Daliah Silver, or (206) 388-0839.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Silent Book Auction: Sept. 4-23, during library open hours. Bid on a select offering of special books.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 7 p.m., Sept. 10. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone.

Computer Classes: Sept. 11. Microsoft Excel Level 3: 1 p.m. One-on-One Assistance: 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 p.m., with a KCLS volunteer instructor. Registration required.

Author Event with John Sager: 2 p.m., Sept. 15. Ex-CIA operations officer John Sager will read from and discuss his new memoir, “Uncovered: My Half-Century with the CIA.”


Study Zone: 4 p.m., Sept. 10-24 (Tuesdays). Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.


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