Graduate grams

It is time to order your 2008 graduate grams. Graduate grams are handsome hand-lettered, personalized certificates that congratulate students on the completion of their studies. The grams raise money for the PTA Community Scholarship Program that honors high school graduates with scholarships. Go to for the order form or e-mail The PTA Council is happy to take contributions for these scholarships at any time. Scholarship contributions may be made at any time to the PTA at P.O. Box 124, Mercer Island, WA.

Summer School

The Mercer Island School District is taking registrations for its 2008 summer programs, “Keeping Pace,” through Friday, May 23. Classes will be held between July 7 and August 7. For information and for a student registration form, go to

Contractor alert

The Mercer Island School District is requesting applicants for their small works contractor roster. All contractors are encouraged to fill out an application. The district uses this information to hire contractors for smaller projects where a formal bidding process is not required. Contact Karen Hubbert (206) 236-3310 or go to if you need additional information.

Teen jobs and more

The City of Mercer Island has many openings for seasonal positions, including several for recreational leaders for kids’ summer programs from tennis instructors to beach lifeguards to camp counselors. Go to for information and job listings.

Healthy sleep

Find out ways to get and stay asleep. 12:30 p.m., May 22, at the JCC. Dr. Adam Rinde will speak on “Naturopathic Therapies for Insomnia,” the causes of sleep problems, what contributes to the problem and natural ways to get sleep. For information, go to


Memorial Day Bridge Tournament: May 23-26, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Host: Seattle Bridge Unit #446, local chapter of American Contract Bridge League. Laurie Sayer, (425) 226-7521,,

Coffee with the Senior Commission: open house reception, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 30, CCMV Groveland Room. The City Council-appointed Senior Commission invites Island residents ages 55 and up. Refreshments served. Discuss new senior programs and services. 232-0738.

“Phantom Tollbooth”: May 30-June 14, Youth Theatre Northwest. 7 p.m., Friday; 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Milo’s adventures in the Land of Wisdom, rescuing banished princesses from the Land of Ignorance. Tickets: $13 ($15 opening night), 232-4145 ext. 109,

Third Annual Rain Forest Carnival: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 2, Luther Burbank Park picnic area near tennis courts. For children ages 1-6. An event created and staffed by children with adult supervision. Booths, baked goods, puppet show, prizes. Benefits Rain Forest Alliance.

MIHS Class of 1968 40-Year Reunion: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, MI Beach Club. Grads’ night: 7 p.m., Sept. 19, Roanoke Inn. Call (425) 644-1044 with your contact information or that of hard-to-find friends.

Student Art Display: through June 13, Mercer Island Chamber Gallery, 7613 S.E. 27th St. Student art from West Mercer Elementary's fourth-graders.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Train to become a volunteer advocate in court for abused, neglected children. Must be at least 21, attend training. (206) 296-1120,,

Volunteers needed: MI Youth & Family Services seeks front desk office volunteers at the Luther Burbank building to provide customer service, staff assistance: 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fridays. Kim Richards, 275-7611;


Wellness Lecture Series: “Enhance Your Effectiveness,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., May 22, JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Speaker: Matt Liebsohn, Ph.D. Free, open to the public. Kathy Hutchinson, 232-7115 ext. 273,

The Marriage Course: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, through May 28, Mercer Island Covenant Church. Childcare available. Features dessert, video presentation, discussion; an opportunity to spend time together as a couple, looking at important issues in your marriage. $60/couple.

Tea History: 3 p.m., Sundays in May, Tea Treasures, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Elizabeth Borges. Tea tasting follows classes. (206) 347-0581.


Mercer Island Senior Commission: “Connecting the Generations” display, through May, Mercer Island Library. Honors older Americans during “Celebrate Older Americans Month.” Senior needs/interests surveys for programs/services available at library, Community Center, JCC, Chamber of Commerce, Island Books.

Probus Club: annual spring luncheon, June 4, Covenant Shores. Buses to shuttle members/guests from MI Presbyterian Church, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Bob Simonds, 236-2190.

Women Painters of Washington: Gallery receptions, 4-6 p.m., first Thursday. “Mischief” exhibition: through Aug. 1, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free, open to the public.


The following events take place at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., unless otherwise noted. Please call 236-3537 for more information. Registration is required.


Great Singers lecture series: Three Viennese Operatic “Greats,” 7 p.m., May 21. Speaker: Norm Hollingshead.

Computer Classes: E-mail Level II, 9 a.m., May 22. E-mail Level III: 9 a.m., May 29. Prerequisites: E-mail I, II.

A History of Hats: “Talk with Many Colorful Sides” and “The Hat Toss,” 3 p.m., May 30. Speaker: Dr. Beverly Chico, chair of the Metropolitan State College in Denver, on the role of hats in history and the U.S. military.


Afternoon Movie Club: 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays.

Game On: 7 p.m., May 27. Wii, PS2, GameCube, Mario Kart, DDR, Super Smash Brothers, Guitar Hero.

Hands-on Henna: 3:30 p.m., May 28. Henna traditions, meanings, designs, modern practices with Mehndi Madness. Create hand design.

Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., June 2, 9. Hang out, do homework, play board games, DDR, Guitar Hero.

Finals Study Sessions: 3 p.m., June 9-12, small meeting room.

Parks & Recreation

Call (206) 275-7609 or register online at to receive a catalog of the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department events. Register for spring/summer activities online. All events are held at the Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV), 8236 S.E. 24th St., unless otherwise specified.

Drop-in preschool: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. $5/hour.


Must register: call 275-7609.

Belly Dancing: 7-8 p.m., through May 27, Dance Room. $81, 8 weeks; $12/drop-in.

MI Writing Club: 4:15-6:15 p.m., through May 27. Grades 2-3. $115.

Children’s Technology Workshop: Junior Gamemaker, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursdays through June 5; Grades 3-5; $156. Senior Gamemaker: 5:45-6:45 p.m., Thursdays through June 5; Grades 5-8; $156.

Intermediate Italian: 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays through June 10. Ages 16 and up. $161.

Hula Hoop Dance Class: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., through June 12, Dance Room. Instructor: Marcie Spahi. For adults. 10 weeks/$121; drop-in/$12.

ABC & Reading: 2-3 p.m., Fridays, through June 27, Slater Room. For ages 3-5. 12 weeks/$325; sibling/$292.

Spanish through Creative Arts & Games: 3:30-5 p.m., Fridays, through June 27, Slater Room. For ages 3-5. 12 weeks/$325; sibling/$292.

Golf Program: Mondays through Oct. 27. Nine and 18 Hole offered. Transportation available. $20/membership. Kirk Willms, 275-7863.

Jazzercise: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Writing Club: 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays. For grades 2-5.

Bridge lessons: 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays. Instructor: Aidee Pokroy. $63/six weeks.

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Solemates Walking Group: depart CCMV at 8:30 a.m., May 21, 28. $2.

Tulalip Casino and Outlet Mall Trip: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 23. Departs CCMV, 10 a.m. $15.

Low Vision Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m., May 29, Calkins Room.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday mornings. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. $1.

Senior lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: 275-7895, ext. 2. $4.25.

Volunteers needed: Parks & Rec. needs help with the Senior Transportation Program. Jeannette, 275-7841.

Boys & Girls Club

All events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register: 232-4548,

Rock Shop: 4 p.m., Mondays. Jam session for beginners. 9 classes/$189.

MI Judo Dojo: practices 6:15-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Instructor: Harold Yamada.

Registration for Summer Camps: now open, Summer day camps for ages 5-14 include games, arts and crafts, cooking, field trips, special events. Activities: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Voyager and Explorer Day Camps: Grades K-3. Adventure Camps: Grades 4-5. Teen Travel Camps: Grades 6-8. Skyhawk Sports, Spanish Language, Art, Science Adventure camps.


All events are located at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Please contact Roni Antebi at (206) 232-7115 ext. 269 or to RSVP and register for all events.

Naturopathic Therapies for Insomnia: 12:30 p.m., May 22. Speaker: Dr. Adam Rinde, on the causes of sleep destructions, what contributes to the problem and natural ways to get sleep.

Poker game: 12:30-3 p.m., May 27.

The “God Strategy” — Faith as a Political Weapon: 10:30 a.m., May 28. Active Seniors Club. Speaker: David Domke, associate professor/head of journalism at University of Washington, on religion’s role in politics.

Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Fridays, Polack Lounge. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Fridays, Room 200. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.


Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. Adult Education: 9 a.m., Sundays. High School Youth Group/Sunday School: 6 p.m. 4545 Island Crest Way, (206) 232-7800,,

Congregation Shevet Achim: Shabbat services, 9 a.m. between Sukkot, Pesach; 9:30 a.m. between Pesach, Sukkot. Northwest Yeshiva High School sanctuary, 5017 90th Ave. S.E.; President Rich Gilmore, (206) 232-1060.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday worship services/Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist: 5 p.m., chapel. Emmanuel Children’s Breakfast: 9 a.m. Children’s Choir rehearsal: 9:30 a.m. Adult Education: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Lyric Arts Ensemble Concert: May 31, all are welcome. Rev. Nedi Rivera, Olympia Bishop Suffragan, to preach: 10:30 a.m., June 1, reception following. Emmanuel Book Club: June 9, “Rise and Shine” by Anna Quindlen. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572,

First Church of Christ, Scientist: services and Sunday School, 10 a.m. S.E. 47th & Island Crest Way. Wednesday meetings: 7:30 p.m. Childcare available. Reading Room: open weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 7605 S.E. 27th St. 232-0175,

First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: Christian Education, 9:15 a.m. Worship: 10:40 a.m., Sundays, Fireside Room. Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. (206) 232-5595.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: services, 6 p.m., Fridays and 9:15 a.m., Saturdays. Daily Minyan: 7 a.m. Minyan at 9 a.m. on Sundays, secular holidays. Pre-Neg: 5:30 p.m., Fridays. 3700 E. Mercer Way. (206) 232-8555,

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship schedule, 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. (childcare available). Sunday School/education hour: 9 a.m. 8501 S.E. 40th St. 232-3270.

Latter Day Saints Mormon Church: Sacrament meeting, 9 a.m. Sunday School: 10:10 a.m. Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women: 11:10 a.m. 4001 Island Crest Way. 236-2957.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Sundays. Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 a.m. High School Youth Group: 6:30 p.m., Sundays. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 232-1015, ext. 100,

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship — Breakfast Service, 8:15 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:35 a.m.; Evening Service, 5 p.m. Young Adult BBQ’s: 6-7:30 p.m., Mondays, Paul and Devon Barrett’s home. Women’s Bible Study: 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays. New Women’s Bible Study on Psalm 23: 9:30-11 a.m., Fridays through June 6. Super 60s & Beyond lunch: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., May 28; special guest, Ben Sherman, local author. Dinner/Auction benefiting Museum without Walls multicultural scholars: 6 p.m., May 30, Total Experience Gospel Choir. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 232-5595,

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Childcare available. All are welcome. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044,

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 10 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. 275-1042,

Redeemer Lutheran Church: worship and kids’ services, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study: 11 a.m. All are welcome. Redeemer is handicap-accessible. Worship is uplifting, joyful. 6001 Island Crest Way. Pastor Bill Clements, 232-1711,

St. Monica Catholic Church: RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation Adults), 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays, St. Monica School Library, 4320 87th Ave. S.E.; Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. Childcare provided. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.

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