Mercer Island Community Calendar | Jan. 14


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.

Classics on Film: “Double Indemnity” (1944), 6:30 p.m., Jan. 22, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. “Laura” (1944): Jan. 29. Film introduction: 6:15 p.m., with Lance Rhodes, film historian. Free. 275-7609.

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.

East Link Light Rail Project Draft EIS Public Hearing: Jan. 27, CCMV. Open House: 4-7 p.m. Public hearing: 5 p.m. Review maps and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, ask questions of Sound Transit staff, comment on the Draft EIS for East Link Light Rail over Mercer Island.

CampFair 2009: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 7, St. Thomas School, 8300 N.E. 12th St., Medina. Find summer camp or program; meet directors and representatives from over 75 camps and programs for all ages, preschool to adult. Co-sponsors: St. Thomas School, ParentMap. 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.


“Education Funding Crisis: How Did We Get Here?”: 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 15, MI Library Great Room. Speaker: Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters. Sponsor: PTA Advocacy/Legislation Team. 275-3660.

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

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

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.


Girls 5th-8th Grade Lacrosse: Registration is open through Jan. 16. Practices begin in early March. Barb Wingerson:,

Lively Saints: luncheon, 12 p.m., Jan. 27, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Pastor Harvey Drake of Emerald City Bible Fellowship, on “Serving in the Congo.” Ages 50 and up. $7. 232-1015.

Emmanuel Book Club: 9:30 p.m., Feb. 2, Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Library, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. “The Whistling Season,” by Ivan Doig. 232-1572,

Mercer Island Republican Women: meeting, 11:15 a.m., Feb. 3, Hans Garden Chinese Restaurant, 3020 78th Ave. S.E. Discussion topics: Candidates running for Mercer Island City Council, and Island Crest traffic lane design changes. RSVP by Feb. 2: Gwen Kuhn, 232-0583.

Mercer Island Women’s Club: February Fundraiser Luncheon, Feb. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Benefits local MIWC selected charities. Speaker: Seattle mystery author, Mary Daheim. Social hour: 11 a.m. Lunch: noon. Reservation deadline: Jan. 31. Suzanne Travis: 236-1378.

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:



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

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

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

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

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

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

Parks & Recreation

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


Digital Photography: 6-9 p.m., Jan. 14. Instructor: Duke Coonrad. Ages 16 and up. $42.

Skagit Eagle Watch River Rafting Trip: Jan. 17. Instructor: Wildwater River Tours Professional River Guides. Ages 6 to adult. $87/youth; $92/adult.

MIPR Dance Team: 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14-March 18. Learn to dance/improve technique. Instructor: Hayley Quinn. Ages 11-18. $152.

Children’s Gamemaker Workshops: Apprentice Gamemaker: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22-March 12. Ages 6-8. $175. Gamemaker: 5:45-6:45 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22-March 12. Ages 8-13. $155. Computer programming, video game design. Register:, 1-877-299-2546.

Hot Spot Basketball: 12-2:30 p.m., Jan. 25, gym. Basketball skills competition. Birth Certificate copy required for participation. Ages 7-14. Free.

Process Painting: Movement, Music and Paint, 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28-March 4. Instructor: Gail Baker. Ages 13-18. $98.

Senior Day Trip: Snoqualmie Casino, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jan. 30. $15.

Babysitting Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 21. Training in basic babysitting skills, safety, infant child care. Bring lunch. Ages 11-15. $49.

Brain Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, March 7 and 14. Helps students identify/apply learning strengths. For middle school/high school students. $225. (206) 533-2080,


Thai Cooking Classes: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 21. $72.

Create “Fun” Projects with Microsoft Word: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 12, Groveland Room. Instructor: Delores Davis. $62.

Creating Memoirs: 1-3 p.m., Jan. 15-Feb. 12, Groveland Room. Instructor: Delores Davis. $62.

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