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Community calendar | ‘Food Revolution’ and farmers market dinners ahead
The Mercer Island Food Revolution will hold a community dinner at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Kurt Dammeier, owner of Bennett’s and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, will be preparing a family meal celebrating the fall harvest. To learn more, visit: www.mifoodrevolution.org.
Also, the Mercer Island Farmers Market will hold an Oktoberfest dinner between 6 and 8:30 p.m., Oct. 13, at the Mercer Island Beach Club. Local beer, food and wine will be served. For questions or to make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The last market of the season is Nov. 24.
Wednesday | 2
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Oct. 2, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Alena Morris, co-founder of the UW Women’s Center, will discuss “The Male-Female Equation.”
Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island Presentation: 4-5 p.m., Oct. 2, Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave. S.E. Dr. Kara McCulloch will help educate youth about the importance of excellent oral hygiene through proper tooth brushing techniques and other measures.
MIHS Little Cheer Football Clinic 2013: 4-5 p.m., Oct. 2, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Preschool and elementary ages welcome. Two-day clinic taught by MIHS varsity cheerleaders and performance at Oct. 11 home game. Cost: $55 (full day), $40 (one day). Contact: Jackie Roer, email@example.com.
Thursday | 3
MIVAL General Meeting: 11:30 a.m., Oct. 3, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Social hour, general meeting and nomination of 2014 board members. Presentation by Kevin Au, metal sculptor, on “Metal Sculpture, A Short Introduction.” www.mival.org.
Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon: 12-1:15 p.m., Oct. 3, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. WSDOT representatives will speak. Business people may speak to WSDOT about the impact that tolling would have on their businesses, employees, and the viability of doing business on the Island. Cost: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers). Contact: 232-3404, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIVAL “Reflections” Opening Reception: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 3, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. MIVAL Gallery will feature watercolor artist Gamze Seckin. Light refreshments served. Show: Oct. 3-Nov. 3.
Mercer Island Food Revolution Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. The featured chef is Mercer Island’s own Kurt Dammeier, owner of Bennett’s and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Tickets are available for purchase at www.mifoodrevolution.org.
Community Emergency Response Team Class: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 3, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. CERT Unit 4: Disaster Medical – Part 2. www.mercergov.org/emergencyprep.
Friday | 4
“I’m/Migration”: Oct. 4-6, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Presented by World Writers Alliance and YTN. Performance features native storytelling, drama, poetry, hip-hop. For ages 11+. www.youththeatre.org.
Saturday | 5
SJCC Blue Light Family Night: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 5, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. An activities night geared toward families with autistic children. Evening of swimming, gym activities, arts and crafts in Kidstown. www.sjcc.org.
MIPC Concert Series: Grace Notes, 7 p.m., Oct. 5, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. A thrilling performance by two pianists on two pianos.
SAT and ACT Practice Tests: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Oct. 5 & Nov. 9, College Tutors Mercer Island Learning Center, 7605 S.E. 27th St. #101. For college-bound 10th and 11th-graders. Free. To register, call (206) 659-4156.
Sunday | 6
Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 6, Mercerdale Park, 7700 S.E. 32nd Street. Washington grown produce, fresh eggs, farmstead cheese and dairy. Music, kids’ hands-on activities, Master Gardeners. www.mifarmersmarket.org.
Monday | 7
Volunteer CERT Search & Rescue Training: 7-8 p.m., Oct. 7, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Topic: discussion on equipment and your Go-Packs. Helps all volunteers and citizens of Mercer Island prepare for disasters. Free.
Thursday | 10
Luther Burbank Park Playground Ribbon-Cutting: 4 p.m., Oct. 10, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Join Parks and Recreation in celebrating the completion of the new playground.
I-90 Tolling Public Comment Meeting: 4-7 p.m., Oct. 10, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Cir. S.E. WSDOT’s additional public scoping process for the now required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 6.
Meet the Author: Diana E. Ruiz, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 10, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Ruiz is the author of “Healing Your Life With Water.” Event also features Patrick Snow, bestselling author, and Enrique Hanao, international entertainer.
Community Emergency Response Team Class: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 10, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. CERT Unit 5: Search & Rescue / Comms. www.mercergov.org/emergencyprep.
Friday | 11
SJCC Full Day School’s Out Camp: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Oct. 11, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. When school’s out, the J is in! Features activities centered on theme: “Rockstar Showdown.” Swim, play in the gym, do arts and crafts.
Saturday | 12
Friends of Mercer Island Preschool Association Information Meeting: 10 a.m., Oct. 12, MICEC, Room 104. MIPA is starting a new outreach effort toward the larger community. The goal is to connect the community to what MIPA is doing and give people the opportunity to volunteer at our events. Contact: email@example.com.
Sunday | 13
Walk With Friendship: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. The Friendship Circle’s walk to create awareness, solidarity and support for children with special needs and their families. Family 1K Walk or the 5K loop. After the walk, celebrate in the park with a free event open to the public. www.walkwithfriendship.com.
Oktoberfest - Mercer Island Farmers Market Benefit: 6-8:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Drive. Celebrate a successful sixth year and kick off the new fall campaign. Local beer, food and wine from selected farmers and vendors. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. www.mifarmersmarket.org.
Events | Ongoing
“Autumn Sonata” Artists’ Reception: open through Oct. 25, Mercer Gallery, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Presented by Mercer Island Arts Council. Features Christine Neal Hogue, Grace Mahoney, Susan Melrath, Patrice Tullai.
Events | Upcoming
Mercer Island Parent Edge: Annie Murphy Paul, 7 p.m., Oct. 15, MIHS Performing Arts Center. “Brilliant – The New Science of Smart,” new research on learning. For parents with kids of all ages. www.anniemurphypaul.com.
Daytimers Fall Film Series: “Watermarks,” 11:30 a.m., Oct. 16, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 East Mercer Way. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Film screening: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $7. The story of the Hakoah Vienna Jewish women’s swim team. Hebrew with English subtitles. For reservations contact (206) 232-8555 or www.h-nt.org.
Puget Sound Blood Center Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 17, Farmers New World Life, 3003 77th Ave. S.E. Blood drive is located in Room 1. Closed 10-11 a.m.
“Night of the Living Dead” Opening Night: 7 p.m., Oct. 18, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performs Oct. 18-Nov. 2. Based on film by George Romero and John Russo. For ages 9+. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109. www.youththeatre.org.
Walk With Friendship: 12:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 21, Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue and 32nd Street. The Friendship Circle will host its first annual Walk With Friendship event, a walk-a-thon to show support and raise awareness for children and teens with special needs. Participants will complete either the 1K Family Walk or the 5K Loop around downtown Mercer Island. Afterward there will be food and entertainment; live music, a bouncy house, raffles, carnival games, face painting and booths from event sponsors. Free and open to the public.
I-90 Tolling Public Comment Meeting: 4:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 21, MIHS, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. WSDOT’s additional public scoping process for the now required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 6.
French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22, Monica Howell residence. The Mercer Island Sister City Association will sponsor an informal French Conversation Evening for anybody who wants to improve his/her French at the home of Monica Howell on Mercer Island. The only “rule” is to speak French. All levels are welcome. For driving directions, contact Beth Brennen, 232-7650; or Monica Howell, 232-2983.