Islanders Sarah Peshkin, left, and Kari Scanlan enjoy the sun and a Lemon Drop outside Bennett’s last Friday afternoon. - Elizabeth Celms/Mercer Island Reporter
Islanders Sarah Peshkin, left, and Kari Scanlan enjoy the sun and a Lemon Drop outside Bennett’s last Friday afternoon.
— image credit: Elizabeth Celms/Mercer Island Reporter


Ladies Night of Indulgence: 5-9 p.m., May 13, Mercer Wellness Chiropractic, 2630 77th Ave. S.E. Features complimentary age-slowing and hormone balancing nutrition consultations, posture evaluations, and advice on exercise, jewelry and hairstyle, including free hand and neck massages. Suggested donation: $5 for the YFS Food Pantry or a donation of nonperishable foods or toiletry products benefiting the food pantry. RSVP: (206) 275-4870.

Farmers Market Auction and celebration: 5:30 p.m., May 16, Lilly’s Restaurant in Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Celebrate the farmers market opening presented by the Mercer Island Farmers Market board members and underwritten by Aljoya. Dinner, silent auction, music and dancing. Limited seating. Tickets: $40,

2011-2016 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Public Hearing: 7 p.m., May 17, City Hall. The public is invited to the Mercer Island City Council’s hearing to discuss the preliminary draft of the 2011-2016 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), which covers roadway, pedestrian, bicycle and other transportation projects planned for the six-year period beginning in 2011.

Third Thursday Art Walk: 5-8 p.m., May 20, Mercer Island Town Center. Join downtown merchants and the Mercer Island Arts Council for art, music and snacks from business to business in the Town Center.

Concert of Classical Arias: 3:30 p.m., May 23, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Performed by singers in Seattle Opera’s Young Artists program. Refreshments served following the concert. Free admission. Sponsor: Opera Plus. Donations toward the program are accepted.

National Trails Day “Trail Trek”: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Pioneer Park northwest quadrant along 68th (picnic area across from South-end QFC; watch for colored balloons). Pioneer Park will go “Medieval” for a special themed trail event. Activities include a Renaissance story along the trail, letterboxing adventures kick-off, arts and crafts, Elizabethan games and other Medieval surprises. Open to all: activities will be geared for ages 4-12.

“You Powered” Block Party and Trails Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 5. The City of Mercer Island and Green Ribbon Commission are planning a free community event in Mercer Island’s South-end shopping area. The event will bring together local merchants and various “You Powered” organizations to celebrate the benefits of shopping locally and using alternative transportation options.


Special presentation: The American String Project: 12:30 p.m., May 13, Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. The American String Project is a conductorless string orchestra made up of 15 high-caliber artists from all over the world. Barry Lieberman, artistic director, will explain what the Project is and how they transform string quartets into string symphonies, followed by a Q&A session.

Mercer Island Historical Society meeting: 1 p.m., May 17, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Harry Rutstein, author of “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo: A Twentieth Century Odyssey.”

Lively Saints of Mercer Island Covenant Church luncheon: 12 p.m., May 18, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Luncheon program for the community: “From China to Japan (A 25-Year Journey)”. Mel Metcalf, a Covenant missionary, will speak on having prepared to go to China in 1948 and then suddenly being rerouted to minister in Japan. $7. Registrations accepted. Ages 50+ years.

MIVAL Gallery Opening Reception: 5-8 p.m., May 20, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. New display open from May 20-June 12.

Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., May 20, Mercer Island Fire Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness. MIRO Chairman Dave Cook: (206) 230-0397.

MIVAL Gallery Art Show: “Spring Inspirations” can be seen in the gallery through this month. Features local Mercer Island artists’ paintings, photographic artwork, fiber art, jewelry, ceramics, glass, multi-mediums, recycled art. Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Mercer Island Chamber: elementary art from Island schools is on display through June 11 at 7605 S.E. 27th St., Suite 109. (206) 232-3404.


Volunteer Emergency Communications: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., May 15, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Third disaster preparedness class of nine in the Emergency Volunteer Series, to focus on emergency communications. With a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base. RSVP to Officer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.

CPR Classes: Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., May 18, June 28; $15 check/cash at event. First Aid and Adult CPR with AED: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 5; $30 check/cash at event. Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Reserve a space: (206) 275-7607.

“Inroads: A Spiritual Path to Inner Freedom, Wisdom and Creativity”: 1 p.m., May 15, Congregation Shevet Achim, 5017 90th Avenue S.E. Speaker: Rabbi Mark Spiro, “LivingJudaism” executive director. Child care available.

Pioneers of Cinema Multimedia Series with Lance Rhoades: “The Inventors Behind the Camera,” 7:30 p.m., May 15; developer of cinematic sound and the first “Talkie,” and other innovators. “The Talent”: 7:30 p.m., May 22; featuring Mary Pickford, America’s ‘sweetheart’ and businesswoman. Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E.

“Shavuot Style”: 7:30-9 p.m., May 17, Congregation Shevet Achim, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Part B in “The Way to Pray” Series. Speaker: Rabbi Kornfeld, on the structure of the Shabbos davening.

Computer Class: 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., May 18, SJCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Introduction to Computers: 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., May 25. Roni Antebi: (206) 232-7115, ext. 269. Minimum sign up of 6 is required to open the class.

“Mindset: Positive Skills for Powerful Kids”: 7-9 p.m., May 20, Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Speaker: Carol Dweck, Ph.D. Learn how to encourage the “growth” mindset and create a love of learning and resilience. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door.

Master Gardener Plant/Information Clinics: 1-5 p.m., Fridays, through Aug. 27, Rite Aid, 3023 78th Ave. S.E. Bring your gardening questions to the clinic.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537


Urban Chickens 101: 2 p.m., May 15. Get a brief, general overview on what to consider when raising chickens. Registration required.

Book Group: “Digging to America,” by Anne Tyler, 7:30 p.m., May 17.

Great Singers — Three Post-War Italian Tenor Greats: 7 p.m., May 20, Carlo Bergonzi; 7 p.m., May 24, Luciano Pavarotti. Lectures presented by lecturer Norm Hollingshead, with musical excerpts.


Chinese Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, through May 22. Ages 3-7 with adult.


SAT Prep Series with Kaplan: 12 p.m., May 15. Join Kaplan for a practice SAT, as well as a score and strategy session. Registration required.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., May 18. Earn one volunteer credit hour and voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs.

Meet the Author: Laurie Halse Anderson, 1 p.m., May 22. Laurie Halse Anderson will discuss her works, “Speak,” “Chains” and “Wintergirls,” and take questions from the audience via video conference.

Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., Mondays, through May 24. Hang out, do homework, play board games. Ages 12 and up.

Homework Time with Boys & Girls Club: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, through May 31. Start with Homework Time at the library and get help from Boys & Girls Club tutors. Then, catch a van to the club for games, crafts, activities. Contact (206) 436-1947. Register at

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 online, at the library and the Parks and Recreation office. Sign up online or call 275-7609 for spring classes and summer camps.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m., Mondays, through May 24, Clarke Room. Educational series to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative with a chronic illness.

Men’s & Coed Softball Leagues: 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, May through August. Each league has two divisions: intermediate and advanced. Games are played once a week. Ryan Daly: (206) 275-7863. $677/team. Location: Homestead Park.


Senior Spring Brunch and Pancake Toss: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., May 13, Mercer Room. $5. Reservations required: call 275-7609.

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., May 13. Free. To reserve a spot, call Betsy Zuber at (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.

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.

Parks & Rec. Senior Transportation Program: seeking a sub driver for Mercer Island driving only. No special endorsements required. Contact Jeannette: (206) 275-7841.

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