Islander Sarah Fletcher takes a stroll with her nephew, Reiley Fletcher, 10, along 78th Avenue S.E. on Mercer Island, Wednesday, Sept. 30. - Rebecca Mar/Mercer Island Reporter
Islander Sarah Fletcher takes a stroll with her nephew, Reiley Fletcher, 10, along 78th Avenue S.E. on Mercer Island, Wednesday, Sept. 30.
— image credit: Rebecca Mar/Mercer Island Reporter


Island Books Reading: Alvin Ziontz, “A Lawyer in Indian Country,” 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 7, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. (206) 232-6920.

Opera-Toberfest Concert: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. Vocalists will perform selections from opera, musical theater, classical, pop. Benefits Agros International, East King County Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans relief efforts, future HTLC Youth Missions projects. Free admission, with donations encouraged.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 11, Mercerdale Park, on 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street. Featured crop is pumpkins and winter squashes; City of Mercer Island Fall Tree Sale; Music in the Market, 11-3 p.m., Patrick and Friends. Free parking at Farmers New World Insurance; handicapped parking at Rite Aid.

East Link Light Rail Public Workshops: 5-7:30 p.m. Overlake/Redmond: Oct. 12, VFW Building, 4330 148th Ave. N.E., Redmond. South Bellevue: Oct. 14, Bellevue High School (cafeteria), 10416 Wolverine Way, Bellevue. Bel-Red: Oct. 15, Stevenson Elementary School (Gymnasium), 14220 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue.

Lakeridge Elementary Scholastic Book Fair: Oct. 12-16. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday. Family Shopping Night: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 15. Theme: “Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World!” The fair offers a wide selection of books for all ages, including preschool, elementary, middle school and adult titles. The community is welcome.

Mercer Island Candidate Forum: 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 14, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd. Reception: 7-7:30 p.m. Dave Ross, KIRO 97.3 FM, will moderate with candidates for King County executive, Mercer Island City Council and Mercer Island School District Board of Directors. Sponsors: The League of Women Voters, Mercer Island Reporter. Martha Jordan: (425) 883-9143, Harriett Morton: (206) 232-6149.

Third Thursday Art Walk: “Harvest Festival,” 5:30-8 p.m., Oct. 15. Join downtown merchants and the Mercer Island Arts Council for art, music and snacks from business to business. Amber Britton: (206) 275-7864.

Community Open House Regarding Tent City: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22, Community Center at Mercer View. The city will hold a communitywide open house to provide a forum for additional public input to discuss the lessons learned from the Tent City experience, and to provide an overview of the draft Temporary Encampment ordinance. Comments and questions can be directed to George Steirer, Principal Planner: (206) 275-7719,

Fall Recycling Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 24, I-90 Boat Launch, S.E. 36th Street and East Mercer Way. Safely dispose of old equipment and household items. For a list of acceptable items, go to (206) 275-7608.


“Cultivating Your AD/HD Child’s Superpower Strengths”: 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 12, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Sponsor: ADD Resources. Free presentation with Jaymi Garvett, certified ADHD coach.,

CPR Classes: Infant/Child/Adult CPR Class, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 13; $15. First Aid with Adult CPR: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 17; $30. Location: Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Reservations: (206) 275-7607.

Aquarobics fitness classes: 7-8:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Mercerwood Shoreclub Pool, 4150 E. Mercer Way. Carolyn Scott: (425) 894-0045,

Real-Time Stock Market Investing with Gatis Roze: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, through Nov. 11, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. (425) 564-2263.

Sogetsu School of Ikebana Mercer Island Branch Japanese Flower Arranging Class: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Fridays, through Dec. 4, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24 St. $80 for eight classes. Shirley: (425) 558-0889, (206) 954-3833,


Mercer Island League of Women Voters: meeting, 9:15 a.m., Oct. 8, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Learn about important issues on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, including I-1033 (limits on government spending) and Ref. 71 (expansion of domestic partnership rights). Speaker: City of MI Finance Director Chip Corder. Coffee and snacks. Lucy Copass: (206) 232-7687,

Earthcorps Urban Forest Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 10, Clarke Beach; Oct. 24, Ellis Pond. Help keep Mercer Island green and make the parks healthier forests. Snacks, tools, gloves are provided. Groups are welcome. Sign up in advance:

Mercer Island Women’s Club: Oct. 13, Toscano at the Bellitini, Bellevue. Fashion show hosted by Mercer Island business “Tatters.” Preview fall 2009 fashion and find what style works for you. Information for new members to join: Reservation deadline: Oct. 9. Helen Hitchcock: (206) 232-1154,

MI Chamber of Commerce Gallery Artists Reception: 5:30-8 p.m., Oct. 15, 7605 S.E. 27th St., #109. Current gallery display through Oct. 30: “Backyard Birds,” by photographers Judith Roan and Ron Reeder.

Mercer Island Radio Operators: meeting, 7 p.m., Oct. 15, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness. MIRO Chairman Dave Cook: (206) 230-0397.

Mercer Island Historical Society: meeting, 1 p.m., Oct. 19, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Greg Asimakoupoulos, pastor of Mercer Island Covenant Church. (206) 236-3274,

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Volunteer Tree Planting: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 31, Luther Burbank Park. Half-day option available: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Halloween costume event. Sign up: (206) 812-0122,

Islander Middle School New Family Coffee: 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 12, IMS Library, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Join other new families, IMS staff and PTA members. Get questions about IMS or Mercer Island answered. Connie Sotelo, IMS New Family chair: (206) 275-0230,

Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital: The Guild is currently seeking new members and meets every third Friday of each month. The all-volunteer fundraising organization supports uncompensated health care for children and will kick off the 2010 Mercer Island Directory project. MaryAnn Lusby, membership director: (206) 232-5836.

Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser: blown glass pumpkins and jewelry are now available for purchase. Sales proceeds benefit Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Pumpkins are sold at: CCMV, City Hall, MIYFS (Luther Burbank Park), Island Books, Mercer Island Florist, Mercer Island Thrift Shop, Finders, Chamber of Commerce, Banner Bank, David Weed’s office, Expressions Spa, Pilates on Mercer, Six Walls, South Mercer Chevron, Sterling Savings Bank. Pumpkins will also be available at the South-end Starbucks, Oct. 10; Tabit Square Starbucks, Oct. 17; Albertsons, Oct. 23.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.


Registration required.


Talk Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 7-28. Improve speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group.

Opera Preview: “La Traviata,” 7 p.m., Oct. 14.

Computer Classes: 9 a.m. E-mail Level I: Oct. 15. E-mail Level II: Oct. 22. E-mail Level III: Oct. 29.

Mercer Island Library Saturday Matinee: 1 p.m., Oct. 17: “Spartacus.” 1 p.m., Oct. 31: “The Shining.” Stanley Kubrick films with commentary by film historian Lance Rhoades.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24. Presale for members only, join at the door: 5-9 p.m., Oct. 22. Half Price Sale: 1-5 p.m., Oct. 25.


Write to Win: College Entrance Success, 10:30 a.m., Oct. 10. College administrator Jonathan Brown provides strategies for putting together successful college application materials, including the admissions essay. Registration required.

Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 12, 19. Hang out, do homework, play board games. Ages 12 and older.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Oct. 20. Voice opinions on library materials, services and programs.

Homework Time with Boys & Girls Club: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, through Oct. 26. Join Mercer Island’s Teen Scene. Start with Homework Time at the library with help from Boys & Girls Club tutors. Then, catch a van to the Boys & Girls Club for games, crafts, activities. Joan Calden, Ben Ramage: (206) 436-1947. Register online:

Bookstock: 7 p.m., Oct. 27. Hear music of all varieties from bands and individual performers.

Study Zone Online: Grades K-12. Use a library computer to connect with a Study Zone tutor online. Visit for tutoring schedules.


Story Time for Terrific Twos: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 13, 27. Age 2 with adult.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 13, 27. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Story Time for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 28. Age 1 with adult.

Scarecrow Fest: 7 p.m., Oct. 26. Bring old jeans, shirts, hats, shoes and whatever you like to create your own scarecrow. Listen to Halloween stories and enjoy treats. Please register.

Parks & Recreation

Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV)

8236 S.E. 24th St.


See the Fall/Winter Recreation Guide for more information. To sign up, go to or call (206) 275-7609.

Beginning Salsa: 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 4. Adults. $50.

Cooking Class with Lisa Odegard: Skills 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 10. Learn how to properly pick out knives that will work best for you and learn how to slice, dice, mine, julienne. You will take the food home that is prepped. Bring cutting board, sharp chef’s knife and paring knife. For adults. $44.

Dog Obedience: Sundays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 11-Nov. 22, North Mercer Gym. Ages 14+. $96.

Winterize Your Bike Commute Class: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 14. Join Cascade Bicycle Club to learn the basics of winter bike commuting at a two-hour clinic. Students may bring their bikes, lights and reflective clothing for a “night check” at the conclusion of the class. Free. Pre-registration required.

Children’s Technology Workshops: Robotics Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 15-Dec. 10. This workshop introduces kids to construction techniques and programming as they complete LEGO-based control systems and robotics projects. Ages 8-13. $155. To register: 1-877-299-2546, Video Game Design: 5:45-6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 15-Dec. 10. Get your own laptop during class to create a variety of age-appropriate, non-violent computer games using CTW’s Gamemaker tutorials. Ages 8-13. $155. 1-877-299-2546,

Computer Basics: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursdays, through Oct. 22. For adults. $62.

After School Nature Program: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Mondays, through Oct. 26. Hands-on programs with a Nature Vision Naturalist. “Wetland Connections”: Oct. 19. “Wetland Field”: Oct. 26. Explore a nature topic, share a story; snacks provided by Friends of Luther Burbank Park. Notify of any food allergies at time of sign-up. Ages 4-9. $47.

Beginning Ballroom: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., through Nov. 4. $50.

Beginning Guitar: Mondays, through Nov. 23. Youth: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Teens: 4-5:30 p.m. Adults: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Writing Club: Grades 2-3, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Tuesdays, through Dec. 8. $122. Grades 4-6: 4-6 p.m., Thursdays, through Dec. 10. $122.

Hula Hoop Dance Class: Level One, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Sundays, through Dec. 17; $108. Level Two: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Dec. 17; $222. Half-sessions available. Drop-in fee: $15. Instructors: Marcie Spahi, Merissa Sweetland. Age 16 and up.

Ballet: 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays/Thursdays, through Dec. 17. Ages 5-6. $132.

Pre-Ballet: 3:10-4 p.m., Tuesdays/Thursdays, through Dec. 17. Ages 3-4. $132.


Widow & Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 8. A support group for senior adult men and women who have lost a spouse or partner in death. Free. To reserve a spot, call Betsy Zuber at (206) 275-7752.

Flu Shot Clinic: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 14, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. By appointment only. For age 65 and up, those with chronic illness or health care providers. Transportation available. No fee with Medicare Part B; Medicare card required. $30/HMO members. (206) 275-7609.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: 12 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays. Shuttle goes from CCMV to Covenant Shores, and transportation is available round-trip from home. Registration required: call 275-7895 and press 2 to leave a message.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesdays. Transportation provided to one grocery store and errand. Call 236-3456 and leave a message by 4 p.m., the day before shopping. $2 round trip.

Boys & Girls Club

2825 West Mercer Way


No School Day — Island Pride Teen Overnight: Oct. 9. Go to the movies for the day and return to watch the football team home game at 7 p.m. Sleepover at the club with games, movies. Drop off: 9 a.m., Oct. 9. Pick up: 9 a.m., Oct. 10. Grades 6-8. $60.

No School Day — Down on the Farm Day Camp: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 9. Pick pumpkins, visit with animals. Leave at 9 a.m., return at 4 p.m. Grades K-5. $45.

Lango Foreign Language Classes for Kids: Spanish Classes: 1-1:45 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 19-Dec. 9. Ages 4-5. $266 plus $35 materials fee. Mandarin Classes: 1-1:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 20-Dec. 10. Ages 4-5. $285 plus $25 materials fee.

Annual Fundraising Breakfast with Husky Football Coach: 7-8:15 a.m., Oct. 27. Guest speaker: Husky coach Steve Sarkisian. Free; suggested donation is $150. Reservations: Mary Lynn Thompson, (206) 436-1949,

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