Mercer Island Community Calendar | Feb. 11


Classics on Film: 6:30 p.m. “The Killers” (1946): Feb. 12. “Out of the Past”: Feb. 26 (1947), Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Film introduction: 6:15 p.m., with Lance Rhoades, film historian. Free. 275-7609.

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.

Luther Burbank Park Wetland Restoration Project: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 14, Luther Burbank Park North Wetland and/or Wallace Pond. Meet at the north end of the parking lot. Wear boots, appropriate weather gear. Bring tools, gloves. With Friends of Luther Burbank Park. Sue Stewart: 232-7402.

“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,

Chamber Gallery Open House: 6-8 p.m., Feb. 19, 7605 S.E. 27th St., Suite 109. Featured artist: Seiko Konya. Art display: through March 28. 232-3404.

Mercerdale Park Invasive Plant Removal: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 21, Mercerdale Hillside Park. Half-day options available. Sign up:, (206) 812-0122.

MIPC Hoe Down: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 21, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Barbecue and Western dancing.

Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drop-In Meeting: 6-8 p.m., March 3, Community Center at Mercer View. Comment at a community drop-in meeting with the city and the Island Crest Way Citizen Panel, which will forward a recommendation to the City Council for consideration. Project Manager Anne Tonella-Howe:, 275-7813,

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:,


Pacific Northwest Audio Society: meeting, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. Featuring a shootout of the latest DACs with recent advances in digital playback.

PUSH Exercise Class: 11:15 a.m., Fridays, Feb. 13-27, Community Center at Mercer View dance room. A mix of strength, sport drills, intervals, balance, flexibility, play. Instructor: Elizabeth Andrews. $20/drop-in. (206) 922-3218.

“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,

Into the Ring with Perry Lorenzo: “The Thoughts of Wagner’s Questioning Mind,” 6:30 p.m., Feb. 26, Community Center at Mercer View. Explore Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Free. Judy Leithe/Mercer Island Arts Council: 232-5413.

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.


League of Women Voters: meeting, 9:15 a.m., Feb. 12, MI Presbyterian Church Fireside Room. Discussion topic: the Seattle League’s stormwater management study. Martha Jordan: (425) 883-9143.

MI Covenant Church Knitting Group: last Monday of month. 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.

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,

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

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

Boys & Girls Club

2825 West Mercer Way


Registration: now open for girls spring soccer (ages 6-14), baseball (ages 8-18), softball & T-ball (ages 5-12). Registration for track (ages 6-12): open March 2.

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.

Make A Difference with Movie Making: 5-6:30 p.m., Feb. 23-April 22. Class members will focus on documentaries and Public Service Announcements. Learn editing, film techniques, interviewing processes. Ages 8-11. $100.

Movie Making Advanced - Media in Sports: 5-6:30 p.m., Feb. 24-April 21. Trick photography, editing, storytelling techniques. Create short films, commercials, PSA. For students with previous multimedia experience. Ages 11-14. $100.

Preschool Prince and Princess Party: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., March 4, Rainy Day Gym. For preschoolers. $5.


Middle School Dance: 7-10 p.m., Feb. 20. $5/ASB card, $8/without card.

High School Vegas Night: 6-11 p.m., Feb. 28. $10.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

Registration required:


KCLS libraries closed for President’s Day: Feb. 16


Computer Classes: 9 a.m. E-mail Level I, Feb. 12; beginners welcome, work with Yahoo e-mail account. E-mail Level II: 9 a.m., Feb. 19. E-mail Level III: 9 a.m., Feb. 26.

Opera Preview: “Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung,” 7 p.m., Feb. 18. Veteran opera lecturer, Norm Hollinghead, to speak. Sponsor: Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Library Databases: “An Introduction,” 9 a.m., Feb. 21. Learn to find magazine, newspaper, encyclopedia articles in databases.

Mercer Island Library Saturday Matinee: “Hud” (1963): 1 p.m., Feb. 21. Discussion with film historian, Lance Rhoades. Free refreshments. Sponsor: Friends of the Mercer Island Library.


Infant Blanket Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 20. Ages 1-8 months.

Bedtime with Maisy: 7 p.m., Feb. 23. Ages 2-3.

Baby Rhyme Time: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 27. Ages 9-14 months.

Terrific Two’s Story Time: 10 a.m., Tuesday. Stories, music, rhymes. Ages 2-3 with caregiver.

Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m., Tuesday. Stories, music, puppets, Early Literacy alphabet activities. Ages 3-5.


Writing for the Young Adult Market: 1:30 p.m., Feb. 15. Author Amber Kizer to discuss how to develop a story and market it for young adults.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Feb. 17. Voice opinions on teen materials, services, programs. Earn one volunteer credit hour.

Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays. Hang out, do homework, play video games.

Parks & Recreation

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


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.


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.

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

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.


Support Groups: Parkinson’s Disease Partners, 1:30-3 p.m., Feb. 12, CCMV Health Room. Parkinson’s Disease: 2-3:30 p.m., Feb. 17, Calkins Room. Caregivers: 3-4:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Slater Room. Adult Children of Loved Ones with Parkinson’s Disease: 7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 23, Board Room.

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

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: call 275-7895, press 2, leave a message. $5.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday morning. Call 236-3456, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before. $1.

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