Readers browse through books at the Mercer Island library during the annual spring book sale. - File photo/Mercer Island Reporter
Readers browse through books at the Mercer Island library during the annual spring book sale.
— image credit: File photo/Mercer Island Reporter


Solar4MIHS: A ribbon cutting under the sun, 1:30-2:30 p.m., April 9. The high school’s solar panel system will be unveiled. Contact Harry Bolson with questions: (206) 518-2066.

Mercer Island Youth Employment & Volunteer Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 10, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. For ages 14-22. Bring resume to share with local employers; receive feedback on resume content and design; connect with volunteer organizations. Co-sponsors: MIYFS, Boys & Girls Club, MI Chamber of Commerce. Employers who would like to host a booth may contact Cheryl Manriquez: 275-7869,

Mercer Island Preschool Association Circus Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 10, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. A carnival-style event for kids ages 1-7. Highlights include pony rides, bouncy houses and Lego man.

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) SJCC Community Commemoration: 1-3:30 p.m., April 11. All events free and open to the public. There will be a panel of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, a choir, “Voices of Hope” play and montage of poems, diary entries and stories, art exhibits, children’s art areas.

Floraleda Sacchi Harp Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 21, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Admission: $10. Discounted $5 youth tickets available at Bli Music on Mercer Island, 3631 82nd Ave. S.E.

Wine Tasting: 4-6 p.m., Fridays, Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th St. Free. (206) 407-3016.


Katan Art Workshop Series: Tea Party, 10-11 a.m., April 11, 18, Katan, 2856 80th Ave. S.E. First session includes a snack, tea party story and an introduction to basic clay techniques; create two ceramic tea cups. Second session: glaze tea cups, create a blend of tea with herbs and loose tea leaves. $38 per child, includes materials. For ages 4 and up. To register: (206) 399-2199,

Hidden Treasures of the JGSWS Library: 7 p.m., April 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Presented by Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. JGSWS library will be on display. Local experts will be available to answer questions. Free/JGSWS members; $5/non-members.

Volunteer Emergency Well Operation Training: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., April 17, Mercer Island Emergency Well, 4320 88th Ave. S.E. Second disaster preparedness class in the Emergency Volunteer Series; designed to instruct volunteers on emergency well operation. With a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base. Classes are held monthly. RSVP to Officer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.

CPR Classes: First Aid and Adult CPR with AED, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., April 17; $30 check or cash at event. Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., April 22; $15 check/cash at event. Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Reserve a space: (206) 275-7607.

Stroller Strides Class: 11:30 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Fridays, Club Emerald, 3028 78th Ave. S.E. A nationally acclaimed program that allows moms to exercise with their babies. Dawn Minter: (425) 466-3737,


League of Women Voters: meeting, 9:15 a.m., April 8, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church Fireside Room, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Discussion on “Making Democracy Work.” Coffee and snacks provided. The public is welcome. Lucy Copass: (206) 232-7687,

Earthcorps Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ellis Pond: April 10, general site maintenance, remove invasive plants. Clarke Beach: April 18, remove blackberry patch, English ivy. Snacks, tools, gloves provided. Sign up online:

Noah Alper at SJCC: 7:30 p.m., April 15, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Noah Alper, founder of Noah’s New York Bagels and author of “Business Mensch,” talks on entrepreneurism and incorporating Jewish values into your life and career. $15 general admission.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: Invasive plant removal at Mercerdale Hillside Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 17.

Mercer Island Historical Society: meeting, 1 p.m., April 19, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. “A Look Back 100 Years: The Coal Mines of Cougar Mountain.” Speaker: Stephen Grate. (206) 236-3274,

Emergency Volunteer Lead Quarterly Meeting: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 29, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Emergency preparedness meeting held quarterly and consists of team leads from committees such as Disaster Medical, Search & Rescue, Shelter. Officer Jennifer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale: April 8-11, library lobby. During library open hours. This mini-sale will feature adult and children’s fiction, non-fiction and multimedia. New items will be added daily.


Saturday Matinee Film Series: “One, Two, Three”: 1 p.m., April 17. Screenings of Billy Wilder’s most notable films, including refreshments and commentary by film historian, Lance Rhoades.

STARS Workshop: “Making Science Fun,” 1 p.m., April 22. Discover ideas for designing creative science activities with low-cost materials and ways to teach basic science concepts. Speaker: Dr. Sobey, author of “Wacky Water Fun With Science” and “Fantastic Flying Fun With Science.” Provides 2 hours of STARS credit in Curriculum Development.

Talk Time: 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group.


Story Time for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, April 7-21. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Story Time for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, April 7-21. Ages 2-3 with adult.

Chinese Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, April 10-24. Ages 3-7 with caregiver.

Italian Story Time: 1 p.m., April 11. Ages 3-7 with caregiver.

Baby Rhyming Times: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, through April 27. Books, music, nursery rhymes, tickles, bounces and fun for pre-walkers. Ages 3-12 months with caregiver.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, through April 27. Ages 3-5. Please register.


SAT Prep with Sandweiss: 2-5 p.m., Sundays, through April 25. The series includes three prep sessions, a practice test and a review of test results. Participants must register for and attend all five sessions.

Homework Time with Boys & Girls Club: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, through April 26. Start with Homework Time at the library and get help from Boys & Girls Club tutors. Then, catch a van to the Boys & Girls Club for games, crafts, activities. Contact (206) 436-1947. Register at

Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., Mondays, through April 26. Hang out, do homework, play board games. Ages 12 and up.

Parks & Recreation

Events take place at the Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV) unless otherwise noted.

8236 S.E. 24th St.

(206) 275-7609

Spring/Summer 2010 Registration: The new catalog is available on line or at the library or the Parks and Recreation office. Sign up online or call 275-7609 for spring classes and secure a spot in summer camps.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m., Mondays, April 19-May 24. Educational series is designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative with a chronic illness. Clarke Room. Facilitators: Carin Mack, Terry Schuler. Fee: donation. Registration required.

Walla Walla Wine Weekend: May 7-9. The weekend will highlight the region’s best wineries, along with the legendary Walla Walla Balloon Stampede, juried arts and crafts show, farmers market, Saturday Nite Glow, classic car show. Depart/return from CCMV. $297 per person/double occupancy; fee includes transportation, accommodations (double occupancy) and some meals. Register by April 5.

Senior Golf: Mondays, through Oct. 25. Registration is required for any golf outings: $22/season.


Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., April 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: (206) 275-7752.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: 12 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Park at CCMV and ride the shuttle; transportation is also available round-trip from your home. $5. Registration required: call 275-7895 and press 2 to leave a message to reserve a spot.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Get transportation to a North-end grocery store and one errand. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. $2.


Women Painters of Washington Gallery: “2010 Annual Members’ Show,” through April 27, Kaewyn Gallery, 10101 Main St., Bothell. Free. Open to the public.

“Dreams From My Childhood” will take place at 7 p.m. on April 15 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Tickets ($15-$50) are available at (206) 287-9998 or online at

MIHS senior Leah Li is performing and producing an Asian arts and dance show as part of her high school culminating project. Li’s show is sponsored by American Asian Performing Arts Theatre and Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. Li has invited some renowned Chinese artists from the greater Seattle area to be a part of the performance. These performers include Kai Chen, Mary Li Ma, Daisy Chen, Shelby Christ, Katie Au, Rated Next Generation, the Northwest Wushu Academy, the Hengda Dance Academy and more.

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