Mercer Island Community Calendar | Jan. 28


East Link Light Rail Project Draft EIS Open House and Public Hearing: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 28, Bellevue High School, 10416 Wolverine Way. 3:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 29, Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.

Island Books Reading: “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: “Laura” (1944), 6:30 p.m., Jan. 29. “The Killers”: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 12, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Film introduction: 6:15 p.m., with Lance Rhodes, film historian. Free. 275-7609.

“Wild Oats of the Caribbean”: 6:30 p.m., MIHS Performing Arts Center. General public performances: Jan. 31, Feb. 4, Feb. 7. Students only: Jan. 30, Feb. 5. MISD staff only: Jan. 29, Feb. 6. Reservations:

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.

“Romeo and Juliet”: 7 p.m., Friday/Saturday; 2 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, through Feb. 8. Matinees: 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., Feb. 5. Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. $13. 232-4145,

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship 2009: 11 a.m., Feb. 1, St. Monica Gym. Winners will compete in the district competition: 11 a.m., Feb. 7, St. Monica. Ages 10-14. No entry fee. Matt Pangallo: 232-0319.

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.,

“Giving from the Heart” Benefit Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m., Feb. 11, Community Center at Mercer View. Sponsor: Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation. Proceeds support critical services in counseling, prevention and intervention, court diversion, family assistance, employment, volunteer and leadership development. Roger Kjos: 275-7751,

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.

“CRESCENDO” Concert: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Mark Andersen, Lynn Andersen, Genevieve Picard, Kelle Brown. 232-5595,

Mercer Island Arts Council Gallery: on display 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, Seattle. Seeking Class of 1998 alumni:,


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,,

“Discover 5 Essential Elements that Guarantee Successful Homeownership”: 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23-March 30, 2737 77th Ave. S.E., Suite 100. A volunteer panel of experts from real estate to title insurance will discuss buying topics and answer questions. Free parking. Registration: (206) 406-5232,

Washington Fly Fishing Club: Beginner Fly-Tying Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, 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.


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.

Women Painters of Washington: “Sojourns” Gallery exhibition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 3-May 1, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Gallery Reception: 4-6 p.m., Feb. 5. Free. 624-0543,

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

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.


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. $37.

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.

Senior Valentine’s Day Tea: 2-3 p.m., Feb. 12, Mercer Room. $5. Transportation available; request at time of registration.

Family Valentine’s Party: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 13, Dancing, refreshments, photos, games. Ages 2-12 with adult. $16/child and one family member; $5/additional family members.

Scottish Country Dance: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Sunday, through Feb. 15. Set to lively reel, jig, strathspey music. Instructor: Rachel Pusey. Ages 12 and up. $50.

Reifel Sanctuary and British Columbia Bird Trip: 6:30 a.m., Feb. 16. $77. Return early evening.


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

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,

Jeff Johnson’s Cartooniversity: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 28. Learn cartoon drawing from local editorial cartoonist Jeff Johnson. Ages 9-14. $57.

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

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

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