Mercer Island Community Calendar | Jan. 21


Island Books Readings: “Peace Corpse,” Charles B. Neff, 7 p.m., Jan. 21. “Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley,” William Emery and Scott Squire: 7 p.m., Jan. 28. 3014 78th Ave. S.E. 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.

Envision Sustainable Prosperity Strategic Planning Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 31, MI Library. Hosted by IslandVision with Andy Wappler, kick-off on green living. Lunch served. Callie: (206) 403-8188.

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.,

Second Saturday Stories: 11-11:30 a.m., Feb. 14, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Kathie Currie: “Hatful of Heartfelt Stories.” Ages 3 and up. 232-6920.

Mercer Island Arts Council Gallery: through Feb. 20, Community Center at Mercer View.

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:


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

Cellar 46 Wine Class: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Jan. 31, 7650 S.E. 27th St., Suite 120. For new and experienced wine drinkers. Reservations: (206) 407-3016.

Sea Kayak and Canoe Winter Seminar: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 8, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Washington Water Trails Association. $40/day. (206) 545-9161,,

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.


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. Topics: City transportation issues and tolls on I-90; Island Crest Way redesign. RSVP by Feb. 2: Gwen Kuhn, 232-0583.

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 4, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Col. Bruce Meyers, on WWII, Korea and Vietnam experiences. Open to the public. Bob Simonds: 236-2190.

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:

Lake Washington Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW): seeking applications for annual Community Grants Program. Deadline: Feb. 28. Open to nonprofit agencies, schools and youth organizations in Bellevue, Lake Washington, Mercer Island and Issaquah school districts. Awarded to programs promoting the advancement of women, girls, gender equity, education, lifelong learning, positive community change. Penny Genise: (425) 869-8556,


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

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Computer Classes: 9 a.m. 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 Zone: 1:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26.

Boys & Girls Club

2825 West Mercer Way


Red Cross Basic Aid Training: 6-7 p.m., Feb. 17, March 5. Interactive presentation on first aid, emergency response, preparedness. Free. Registration: Joan Caldon, jcaldon@positiveplace.

Super Sitters: Feb. 24, March 3, 12, 26. Babysitting instruction, discussion, role play, video presentation, games, final quiz. $25/session.

Parks & Recreation

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


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.

Knife Skills Cooking Class: 6-8 p.m., Feb. 5. Instructor: Lisa Odegard. For adults. $37.

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/high school students. $225. (206) 533-2080,

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


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

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

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