Community calendar | Mercer Island Parent Edge event is Oct. 15

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul will speak about her coming book, “Brilliant - The New Science of Smart,” about new research on learning that can help everyone expand their intelligence. This MI Parent Edge event is set for 7 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free for Mercer Island PTA members, and $10 for nonmembers. Contact Susan Gibbons at (206) 940-3398.

Wednesday | 9

MIPC Moms - Creating Community for Women with Kids of All Ages: 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. “How I Changed My Life & Went for My Dream & How That Affected My Children.” Guest speaker: Tess Thompson, local novelist, playwright. Light snack, discussion. Child care provided (suggested donation: $10/family).

Northwest Yeshiva High School Open House: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 9, NYHS, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. For prospective students and their families. NYHS is the Pacific Northwest’s premier dual curriculum, college preparatory Jewish high school located on Mercer Island. Meet teachers, students and alumni.

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 EIS Scoping Public 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) ends 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.

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:

Sunday | 13

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 13, 7700 S.E. 32nd St. Last market until the Nov. 24 Harvest Market. Washington grown fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, farmstead cheese and dairy. Food trucks, parkside seating. Music, kids’ hands-on activities, master gardeners and more.

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 at free event in the park.

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

Tuesday | 15

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.

Wednesday | 16

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

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 16, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space. Cost: $20 (check or cash). Parking available behind fire station.

Thursday | 17

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.

Community Emergency Response Team Class: 6:30-9:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Unit 6 & 7: CERT Organization and Disaster Psychology.

Friday | 18

“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.

Saturday | 19

First Aid and Adult CPR: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 19, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space. Cost: $35 (check or cash). Parking available behind fire station.

Mountains To Sound Greenway Trail Maintenance on Mercer Island: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 19, S.E. 53rd Place Open Space. 25 acres of natural, wooded ravine. The trail needs maintenance; repair tread, build a new retaining wall and more. Sign up at

EarthCorps Restoration Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 19, Ellis Pond. Volunteers who want to assist in helping to restore this one-of-a-kind park may sign up at

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.

MIVAL “Reflections”: open through Nov. 3, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. MIVAL Gallery is featuring watercolor artist Gamze Seckin. Alongside her, 25 local Gallery members will show their many talents in copious mediums, styles and price ranges.

Events | Upcoming

Prenatal Yoga Workshop: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Yogabliss, 7803 S.E. 27th Street #174. Welcome pregnant women in any trimester. Learn ways to help support your pregnancy and labor through yoga. Meet other moms in the community. No yoga experience required.

I-90 Tolling EIS Scoping Public Meeting: 4:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 21, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd Street. WSDOT’s additional public scoping process for the now required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will run through Nov. 6.

French Conversation Evening - Cercle Francophone: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22, Monica Howell residence. Sponsor: the Mercer Island Sister City Association. Informal evening for anybody who wants to improve his/her French. The only “rule” is to speak French. All levels welcome. For directions, contact Beth Brennen, 232-7650; or Monica Howell, 232-2983.

I-90 Tolling EIS Scoping Public Meeting: 4-7 p.m., Oct. 23, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 South Massachusetts St., Seattle, 98144. WSDOT’s additional public scoping process for the now required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will run through Nov. 6.

Emergency Volunteer Lead Quarterly Meeting: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 24, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. This meeting is held quarterly on the third Thursday of the month. Meetings consist of team leads from the following committees, but all interested emergency volunteers are welcome to attend.

Community Emergency Response Team Review: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. CERT test review for both courses.

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Monster Mash Dash: 10 a.m., Oct. 26, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Dress up in your costume for this one-mile family fun run. Don’t forget Fido; he’s welcome too. Costume contests for you and your dog. Treats/prizes for all runners/walkers. Features special guests from Youth Theatre Northwest. Starts at south end of park near beach area.

MIPA Halloween Party: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Oct. 26, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Parents of preschoolers, bring your kids dressed up in costume to this annual Halloween party. Non-spooky party, for ages 1 to 6. Halloween-themed crafts, games, activities, tricks and treats.

Medication Take Back Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 26, Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Dispose of expired, unused medication, behind the police station. For more information, call (206) 275-7743.

Fall Recycling Event & Rain Barrels: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 26, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. Safely dispose of old equipment and household items. For a list of acceptable items, go to the city’s website. Residents can also pick up a rain barrel at a highly discounted rate, for water conservation projects around the garden.

SJCC Parents’ Night Out: Oct. 26, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. 90s Night: remember the 90s? Play “Pin the Platform Shoe on the Spice Girl,” have singing contests, and compete in a musical dance party. Includes dinner. Age 5 years through fifth grade.

SAT and ACT Practice Test: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 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.

Jewish Touch Series: An Afternoon with Hollywood’s Anne Frank: 2 p.m., Oct. 27, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E. Mercer Way. Admission: $8 (members), $12 (guests). Foster Hirsch, professor of film at Brooklyn College, will interview Millie Perkins, star of George Steven’s acclaimed 1959 film, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Reception will follow.


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Affordable Health Care Sign-up: 10 a.m., Oct. 11. Presented by Public Health-Seattle & King County. One-on-one assistance for those enrolling in the new exchange, Washington Health Plan finder. Registration not required; first come, first serve.

Opera Preview: “The Daughter of the Regiment,” 7 p.m., Oct. 16. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. Audiences have grown to love the lovely melodies and zany comedy of this wonderful piece.

Fall Film Series: Women in the Lead, 1 p.m., Oct. 19. Movie: “Gorillas in the Mist.”

Drop In to Learn about eBooks: 11 a.m., Oct. 21. Get started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

Computer Class: Email Level 2, 7 p.m., Oct. 24.


Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Young Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., Wednesdays. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays. Ages 24 to 36 months with adult.

French Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays. Ages 3 to 7 with adult.


Life After High School: Finding the Right Colleges for You, 7 p.m., Oct. 15. Presented by Katie Konrad Moore, Collegewise. This seminar will teach you how to be a savvy college shopper. Learn ways to recognize a good college fit, considering size, location, majors, etc. Parents welcome.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Oct. 22. Teens, voice your opinions on the programs and services the library offers you. Come at 6:30 p.m. if you want to talk about books.


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