Yogathon benefit

The Mercer Island Yoga Community is sponsoring a Yogathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 17 at the CCMV to benefit Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. All levels of experience are welcome. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. A minimum donation of $20 is suggested. If you are interested in being a sponsor call 275-7751 or e-mail

Wetland work

A Wetland Restoration Project is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Luther Burbank Park. Meet at the north end parking lot. Tools and treats will be supplied. The project is in conjunction with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Everyone who participates is invited to Sammamish State Park at 1 p.m. to join other workers for their annual barbecue. RSVP to 232-7402 or e-mail

MIHS Spring musical

The Mercer Island High School spring play is here. ‘Bat Boy,’ a musical by Keythe Farle and Brian Flemming, will be showing at the MIHS Auditorium May 15-17. Curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets for discount price ($8) are available at the MIHS office. Door tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information visit

Graduate Grams

Time to order those Graduate Grams to congratulate Island graduates from kindergarten through college with a finely-done personalized certificate. Funds from the program benefit the PTA and school programs. Download order forms from the PTSA page at


The Design Commission will be holding a study session regarding the Boys and Girls Club’s proposed PEAK project tonight at 7:30 at City Hall.


Third Thursday Mercer Island Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., May 15, Town Center. Features BBQ, blues and brews.

IslandVision Community Sustainability Forum: 7 p.m., May 15, MI Library. On climate diet with local author, Jonathan Harrington. Callie, 232-8402.

Teen Driver Clinic/Autocross Classroom: 7 p.m., May 15, CCMV. Exercises: May 17, Bremerton Motorsports Park. Build skills, be safe, have fun. Registration required. $35/teen, $99/teen with parent. (206) 954-1889,

“Bat Boy the Musical” drama: 7:30 p.m., May 15-17, Mercer Island High School Auditorium. $8/advance tickets, $10/students, $15/adults. Tickets:

“Sideways Stories from Wayside School” drama: May 15-18, Youth Theatre Northwest. 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday; 2 p.m., Saturday, Sunday. Experience a wacky school with 30 classrooms stacked on top of each other and an extra-large playground. Tickets: $8. 232-4145 ext. 109.

Wetland Restoration Project: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 17, Luther Burbank Park North Wetland. Wear boots, weather gear. Tools supplied. “Day in the Greenway” work party location. Participants invited to Sammamish State Park for an annual BBQ. Sponsors: Friends of Luther Burbank Park, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. RSVP: 232-7402,

Yogathon: May 17, CCMV. 10 a.m. session for beginners. Noon session for those with one or more years of yoga experience. Presented by Mercer Island Yoga Community, yoga instructors, MI Youth & Family Services (MIYFS). Suggested donation of $20 to benefit MIYFS. 275-7751,

Free Pet Adoptions: “Second Chance for Love Tour,” 12-3 p.m., May 17, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. Adopt local, homeless cats, dogs. Hills partners with celebrity pet photographer Jim Dratfield, Seattle Shelter. (206) 386-7387; Lisa Giassa, (212) 798-9776.

MI School District Benefit: ticket sale through May 18 for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” at The Paramount Theatre in September. Benefits the Mercer Island Fine Arts Advisory Committee to support MISD fine arts education. Tickets:

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.

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. Contact (425) 644-1044, with your contact information or that of hard-to-find friends.

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.


Cascade Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution: 5:30 p.m., May 14, Red Lion Bellevue Inn, 11211 Main St., Bellevue. Speaker: Karen Hass, on “Sisters in Time.” Cascade Scholarship Award Winner will be announced. Reservations: Janea Klein, (206) 230-0123.

MI Business Women’s Group: May 20, Cellar 46. Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m. RSVP: Patty Volk, (206) 769-8824,

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.

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 14, 21. Speaker: Norm Hollingshead.

Computer Classes: E-mail Level I, 9 a.m., May 15; Yahoo e-mail, beginners welcome. E-mail Level II, 9 a.m., May 22. E-mail Level III: 9 a.m., May 29. Prerequisites.

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.

Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., May 19. Hang out, do homework, board games, DDR, Guitar Hero.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., May 20, Large Meeting Room. Discuss library’s materials, services, programs for teens. Earn one volunteer credit hour.

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

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

Parkinson Disease Support Group: 2-3:30 p.m., May 20, Calkins Room.

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.

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.

Health Talk: “Hearing Loss - What Are the Options?” 12:30 p.m., May 15. Speakers: Allison Zarkos, M.A., and Susan Bean, M.S., certified audiologists.

Current Event Discussion: 10:30 a.m., May 18. Active Seniors Club monthly meeting. Speaker: Al Ziontz, on “Hillary or Barack?”

“Big Helen”: 12:30-1:30 p.m., May 19. Speaker: retired lawyer Al Ziontz on law cases. Discussion, Q&A to follow.

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. Celebration luncheon: after 2nd service, May 18, for Rev. Charles and Courtney Searls Ridge. 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. Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting: 9 a.m., May 18; all voting members welcome. 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. Lively Saints Luncheon: noon, May 20, speaker is Janey Pinneo, a nurse at Children’s Hospital and Medical Teams International volunteer; topic is "getting a life after emptying the nest and how to find meaning in it"; $7. 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. MIPC Concert: 7:30 p.m., May 16, Jieun Kim Newland, organist. Adult Christian Education Forum: “A Sacred Conversation on Culture & Race,” 9:15 a.m., May 18. 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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