Mercer Island Community Calendar | Jan. 7


Off to See the Wizard in Winter Holiday Concert: rescheduled to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Emerald City Ringers (ECR), a nonprofit community handbell choir, to perform. Tickets: $10/adults, $8/seniors and students, $5/children, $25/family, suggested donations.

Christmas Tree Recycling: Jan. 10. Call (206) 232-1264 for the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club to pick up and recycle your Christmas tree.

Second Saturday Stories: 11-11:30 a.m., Jan. 10, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Farida Dowler: “Stories, Songs and String Games.” Ages 3 and up. 232-6920.

Luther Burbank Tree Planting: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 13, Friends of Luther Burbank Park, north parking lot. Tools supplied. Sue Stewart: 232-7402.

ParentMap Preschool Preview Night: 5:30-8 p.m., Jan. 14, Meydenbauer Center 4th Floor, Bellevue. Features 30 preschools. Free.

Rummage/Bake Sale for Holly Lynn Connor: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 17, Youth Theatre Northwest. Benefits Holly Lynn Connor, whose family is raising funds for the restoration of her eyesight. Donations including used/new items and baked goods accepted.

Island Books Reading and Signing: 7 p.m., Jan. 21, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Author Charles B. Neff to read from his new book, “Peace Corpse,” a mystery thriller. 232-6920.

Mercer Island Preschool Fair: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Jan. 24, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. For parents of kids up to age 6. Meet with representatives of approximately 25 Mercer Island preschools; enrichment and recreational programs; summer camps. Free.

2008-09 Crystal Mountain Multi-Week Program: Registration is open for ages 11 to 17 at Crystal Mountain Ski and Snowboard School. Six-week Saturday packages include discounted lift tickets, transportation, lessons. Limited space. Register: Doug Stevens,

Mercer Island High School Class of 1998 Reunion: March 14, 2009, Seattle. Seeking Class of 1998 alumni:


Mercer Island Arts Council Gallery: through Feb. 20, Community Center at Mercer View. Artists Reception: 6-8 p.m., Jan. 15. Featured artists: Csilla Tecsi, David Fishman.


Washington Fly Fishing Club: Beginner Fly-Tying Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26, Mercer Island Covenant Church. $45. Register: (206) 542-4623,

First Aid with Adult CPR: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 10; $30. Infant/Child/Adult CPR: 7-9 p.m., Jan. 22; $15. North Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Reservations: 275-7607.

The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: 7 p.m., Jan. 12, MIHS Performing Arts Center. Speaker: Dr. Ned Hallowell, on what matters in raising our children. Sponsor: Parent Education Committees of Island Park, Lakeridge, West Mercer, Islander Middle, Mercer Island High and St. Monica schools. Tickets available at Island Books, Island Park Elementary School: $10.

“Understanding How IEP’S and 504 Plans Can Help Struggling Students with ADHD”: 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 12, North Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Sponsor: ADD Resources. Speaker: Jeannette Cohen, M.Ed., J.D., Attorney at Law. Free.,

Topics in Practical Halacha: 7-8 p.m., Mondays, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Teacher: Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim. Free.


Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State: “Hidden Secrets of the National Archives,” 7 p.m., Jan. 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Carol Buswell. Free/JGSWS members, $5/nonmembers.

Lively Saints: luncheon, 12 p.m., Jan. 20, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Pastor Harvey Drake of Emerald City Bible Fellowship, on “Serving in the Congo.” $7. 232-1015.

Boys Lacrosse: Spring registration for grades 5-8 is now open online at Players are accepted on a first-come basis. Practices for the 2009 Middle School Lacrosse Season begin Feb. 9.

MI Covenant Church Knitting Group: last Monday. Knitting/crocheting garments for Russian orphans. Accepting contributions of leftover wool yarn, acrylic, needles, unfinished projects. Sallie: (425) 881-7210.

Toddlers of Mercer Island (TOMI by MIPA): 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Ages 0-6. $3/child, MIPA members; $5, nonmembers.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS): 9:30-11:30 a.m., first/third Friday, MI Covenant Church. For mothers with children ages birth-K. Childcare provided.

Mercer Island Children’s Hospital Guild: For the annual Mercer Island Directory, if you have moved, changed your address or phone number, or are new to the Island, contact the Guild at 232-7046, 

Mercer Island Community Fund: Accepting applications for grants. Deadline: Feb. 6. Organizations that apply must benefit the MI community in: arts and culture, environment and conservation, development, recreation, social service and health. Gail Steinitz:


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

Registration required:



Talk Time: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7-28. English conversation group.

Opera Preview: Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers,” 7 p.m., Jan. 7.

Mercer Island Library Saturday Matinee: “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956), 1 p.m., Jan. 10. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958), 1 p.m., Jan. 24. Discussion with film historian, Lance Rhoades.

Computer Classes: 9 a.m. Microsoft Word Level I: Jan. 15. Microsoft Word Level II: Jan. 22.

The Basics of eBay Selling: 1 p.m., Jan. 25. Free.

Children & Families

Terrific Twos Story Times: 10 a.m., Tuesday, through Jan. 27. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesday, through Jan. 27. Ages 3 to 5.

Wonderful Ones Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesday, through Jan. 28. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, 26.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Jan. 20.

Parks & Recreation

Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV), 8236 S.E. 24th St.


Parks & Rec. Seniors

Senior lunch at Covenant Shores: lunch is resuming.

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