D.A.R.E. dinner tonight

The annual D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Pasta Dinner, co-sponsored by the Island Masons and the VFW, is from 5 to 7:30 p.m Wednesday, March 26, at Islander Middle School at 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Along with good food, there will be a raffle for prizes donated by Mercer Island merchants.

Teen Job Fair

A Teen Job Fair is set for this Saturday, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., March 29, at MI Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Employers will present job and internship opportunities. Sponsored by MI Youth and Family Services. Cheryl Hudson Manriquez, 275-7869,

Summer youth volunteers wanted

Registration has begun for the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services’ youth volunteer programs: Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere (VOICE) for high school youth, and Summer Volunteer Program (SVP) for middle school youth. The programs raise the social awareness of Mercer Island youth by providing structured group community service opportunities. To sign up, go to is open through April 11.

The right wine

John Sarich, culinary director of Chateau Ste. Michelle, will demonstrate cooking and paired wines from 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the north end QFC. He is a former host of “Taste of the Northwest” and also consulted on behalf of the winery with executive chefs in Pacific Coast restaurants.

Sign up for Spring

The City of Mercer Island’s Recreation Guide was delivered to Island homes last week. Check it to find out all about activities for young and old throughout the Island. Find it at the library and city offices or go to


Summer Youth Volunteer Programs: online registration, March 24-April 11, (high schoolers), (middle schoolers). MI Youth & Family Services presents eight-week Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere (VOICE) for high schoolers and Summer Volunteer Program (SVP) for middle schoolers. Work with children, immigrants, refugees, homeless. Participate in environmental projects, community events.

Island Books author receptions: “Primavera” reading by author Mary Jane Beaufrand, 7:30 p.m., March 27, with discussion and book signing to follow. “Island Life” celebration with author Michael Sherer: 7-8:30 p.m., March 29, 3014 78th Ave. S.E.

Spring Job Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., March 29, MI Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. MI Youth & Family Services. Island employers will present employment, internship opportunities. Cheryl Hudson Manriquez, 275-7869,

Puget Sound Blood Drive: 2-8 p.m., March 31, Herzl Ner Tamid Social Hall, 3700 E. Mercer Way. 1-800-398-7888,

Cantoral Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 2, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 East Mercer Way. Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, Cantor David Propis to perform. Tickets: $15, (206) 232-8555., (206) 232-1984.

“A Taste of Broadway” festivals: 8 p.m., April 10-12, Youth Theatre Northwest. High school students performing selections from the “Great White Way’s” past and present, “Parade,” “Fantasticks,” “The Little Shop of Horrors.” Tickets: $8., (206) 232-4145, ext. 100.

Artist Reception: Charlotte Segal, Paintings and Gwen Jones, Quilts, 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 27, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Show Dates: through April 11. Eileen Hemmis Trifts, (206) 275-7609,

Community Volunteer Environmental Restoration: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., April 5, Ellis Pond. Work with EarthCorps, local neighbors, Parks and Recreation to restore the park. Remove invasive plants, spread woodchips. Sign up: Chris LaPointe, (206) 322-9296 ext. 217,

Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 457: All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.-noon, April 13, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. $5/single; $15/family; $3/senior. Sunnie Parkman, (206) 230-9634.

Adaptive Activities: recreational respite programs, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays starting April 14, Highland Community Center. Nonprofit charity provides programs for people with developmental disabilities: exercise, karaoke, cooking, arts and crafts, lifeskills. Tobie Parnell, (425) 457-6913, Qualifies for Washington State Respite Hours payment.

“Beyond Angkor Wat — The Children of Cambodia” photo exhibition: now through April 15, Omega Photo, 1100 Bellevue Way N.E., #6, Bellevue. Photos by Kirkland photographer, Jeff Speigner, winner of 2005 Carol Duke People’s Choice Award at the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair. Benefits Ponheary Ly Foundation and children. Larry Meece, (425) 455-2126,,

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Train to become a volunteer advocate for abused, neglected children in court. Help the legal system work toward safe, permanent homes for children. Must be 21, have excellent references, attend 28 hours of training.

(206) 296-1120,,

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


Cancer WellFit: small group class, 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, through March 27. Instructor: Duncan Hansing. Promotes wellness for cancer patients, survivors. Nutrition, cardiovascular exercise and more. $57. Register: 275-7609,

Wellness Lecture Series: “Eat Your Way to Better Health,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., March 27, JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Speaker: Judy Simon, MS, RD, CD, of University of Washington Medical Center, Mind Body Nutrition, PLLC. Learn what foods can nourish a healthy mind, body. Hear local professionals speak on health/wellness, the fourth Thursday of each month. Free, open to the public. Kathy Hutchinson, (206) 232-7115 ext. 273,

“To Have and To Hold” series: 1-2 p.m., March 30, MI Library. Titles include: “God’s Dream for Your Marriage”; “Four Keys to Intimacy”; “Conflict Resolution: How to Fight Fair in Marriage.” Limited childcare. Ps. Caesar Prelow, 275-1042 ext. 4,

“Race In America” class: 9:15 a.m., March 20, MI Presbyterian Church, Adult Ed B room. Speaker: Suzzanne Lacey, director of the Multicultural Scholars program at Mercer Island and Franklin High Schools, on the program’s impact on young adults with regard to racism. Opportunity for young adults to travel in the South, study civil rights. Ruth Ann Biggers,

“Creation Workshop”: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 5, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. A scientific hands-on workshop for kids (grades K-6) and parents to do science experiments together. Instructors: Bruce Barton, vice president of Creation Association of Puget Sound, and Sandra Barton, science department head at Academy Northwest. Snacks served. Register by March 30. $5/child. 275-1042.

Foundation Class - Overcoming Series Part II: 1-2 p.m., Sundays in April, New Hope International Church. “Raise your self-esteem”: April 6. “Change your critical attitude”: April 13. “Let go of fear and worry”: April 20. “Live a life of discipline”: April 27. Sign up in church lobby. 275-1042.


Mercer Island Probus Club: meeting, 10:30 a.m., April 2, MIPC, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Jean Floten, president of Bellevue Community College since 1989. Open to the public. Bob Simonds, 236-2190,

Mercer Island Women’s Club: monthly luncheon, April 7, Seattle Tennis Club. Social hour: 11 a.m. Lunch: 12 p.m. Fashion show by Blue Willi’s. Barbara Stevens, (206) 234-1992; Colleen Gaeto, (425) 793-9757.

Women Painters of Washington: “Visions” exhibition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 25, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free, open to the public.

Mercer Island Boys Youth Lacrosse: register at for grades 1-4. Games played on Sundays.

Parks & Recreation

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

Nature Vision: Binoculars on Birds, 3-4 p.m., March 29, Luther Burbank Park north lot. $11/child and parent; $5/sibling.

MI Writing Club: 4:15-6:15 p.m., April 8-May 27. Grades 2-3. Group activities, individual writing and feedback. Idea rounds, plot-action ball, autobiography poems, movie-scene characterizations, zany mood stories and description guessing games. Snacks provided. $115.

Wing Tsjun Self-Defense: 7-8:30 p.m., through April 10 (8155), in Dance Room. For teens, adults. Instructor: Adrian Weaver. $66.

Volunteer bus drivers: needed for Island senior transportation. No endorsements necessary. Jeanette, 230-6845.

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


Must register: call 275-7609.

Hoop, Breathe & Dance: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays until March 27.

Ikebana: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Fridays through March 28. $121.

BK Play: Fridays through March 28. Ages 3-5. Spanish through Arts & Games: 9:30-11 a.m. ABC & Reading: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $325.

Dog Obedience Classes: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Sundays, March 30-May 18. No dogs the first night. $96/six weeks.

Hula Hoop Dance Class: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., April 8-June 12, Dance Room. Instructor: Marcie Spahi. For adults. Use adult-size hula hoops, move with music. 10 weeks/$121; drop-in/$12.

“Parenting Your 1-4-year-old”: 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays, April 9-23, Calkins Room. Active Parenting is a skills-based program for parents of young children. Instructor: Donna Ellis, M.C. Learn helpful techniques for parenting this phase in your child’s development and gain confidence and greater ease. $61/individual; $91/couple.

ABC & Reading: 2-3 p.m., Fridays, April 11-June 27, Slater Room. For ages 3-5. Class focuses on words in the environment; explores letters, sounds, site works through routines, activities, games that train children’s eyes, ears, minds for reading in a fun way. 12 weeks/$325; sibling/$292.

Spanish through Creative Arts & Games: 3:30-5 p.m., Fridays, April 11-June 27, Slater Room. For ages 3-5. 12 weeks/$325; sibling/$292.

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

Grocery shopping transportation: Wednesday mornings. Call 275-7895, ext. 1, leave a message by 4 p.m., day before shopping. $1.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays. Park at CCMV, ride shuttle to Covenant Shores; transportation available round-trip from home if you don’t drive. $4.25. Registration required: 275-7895, ext. 2, leave message.

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,

6th Annual Evergreen State Open Judo Tournament: April 5. Free. Harold Yamada, (206) 618-5790.

Champions Gymnastics (K-3rd grade) class: registration is open. Session 1: 5-5:45 p.m., through April 30. $100. My Gym, Bellevue.

Guitar Classes: pre-teen guitar, 3 p.m., Mondays, April 7, 14, 28. Instructor: Brendan Bosworth of MusicWorks. Ages 11 and under.

Rock Shop: 4 p.m., Mondays. For students on all instruments, Rock Shop is a jam session for beginners who have had six months of lessons. Rhythm, lead playing, classic rock songs, basic 12-bar blues structure. 9 classes/$189.

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


Paisley the Clown: 10-11 a.m., March 26. Magic, songs, stories, parachute games. $6 includes Rainy Day Gym.

Preschool Rainy Day Gym: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays through May 1. Indoor playground. $3/visit.

Spring Break Camps

Register online at for summer camps, including Voyager and Explorer Day Camps (grades K-3), Adventure Camps (4-5), Teen Travel Camps (6-8), Skyhawk Sports Camps, Spanish Language Camps, Art Camps, Science Adventure Camps.

“Dinosaur Days”: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., March 31-April 4. For MISD students, grades K-5. Dinosaur-related activities, field trips, fossil digs, Burke Museum, swimming. $180, 5 days.

“Spring Into Action”: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., April 7-11. Swimming, Whirligig at Seattle Center, Kelsey Creek Farm. For grades K-5.

“Bounce Into Spring”: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., April 17-28. Swimming, 3-2-1-Bounce, Pioneer Farms. $280, 8 days.


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.

“The Tough Problems Facing Washington State”: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 26. Speaker: Representative Judy Clibborn, House Transportation Committee chair.

“Opera Sings the Soul: Exploring Opera’s Cultural Connections”: 7 p.m., April 14. New lecture series presented by the SJCC, Seattle Opera. Free kick-off preview.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Fridays, Room 200. Prior Bridge playing experience required. Coffee, tea. Bring brown bag lunch. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Fridays, Polack Lounge. Ancient Chinese game of skill, chance. 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. Middle School Youth Group: 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays. Bible Studies: 7:45 p.m., Wednesdays; 6:15 p.m., Thursdays. 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.; 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. Emmanuel Book Club: April 14, discussion on “The Color of Water” by James McBride. Tai Chi classes: 6:30 p.m., Mondays. Bible Study: 1 p.m., Tuesdays, Parish Library. Healing Service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Tea and Talk Knitting Group: 2 p.m., Thursdays. 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. 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. Midweek Compline service: a new ongoing worship offering, 7 p.m., Wednesdays. “Worship Workshop” with David Locke: 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, explore the whys and hows of liturgy, then let your voice ring out in the Atrium for evening prayers. Bible Study: 10 a.m., Thursdays. 8501 S.E. 40th St. (206) 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. Middle School Youth Group: 7 p.m., Tuesdays. Men’s Open Prayer Group: 6:15 a.m., Wednesdays. Community Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $3. Women’s Oasis Bible Study: 9:15 a.m., Thursdays, childcare provided. Women’s Prayer Ministry: 8 a.m., Thursdays. MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers): 9:30 a.m., first/third Fridays. Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 a.m., Saturdays. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. (206) 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. Super 60’s & Beyond: 10 a.m., March 26, fellowship and delicious lunch; speakers Boyd and Susan Stockdale, on the history of racism in South Africa and what MIPC is doing through Child Academy in Tembisa. New Women’s Bible Study, “A Shephard’s Look at Psalm 23”: 9:30-11 a.m., Fridays, March 28-June 6 except April 4, Fireside Room; Stephanie Creswell,, or Amy Johnson, Bridge Ministries Dinner: 5 p.m., March 30, Fellowship Hall; Georgia Quick, (206) 236-6248 or Glo Ceteznik, Jitterbug! Dance Lessons: after 5 p.m. worship service, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, Fellowship Hall, taught by Rich Stillman; Ruth Ann, Women’s Bible Study: 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays, Fireside Room; Linda Fowler, 232-3307, YAG (Young Adult Group): ages 20-early 30s, fun gatherings, book discussion; Paul Barrett, Bridge Ministries Dinner: 5 p.m., March 30, Fellowship Hall. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. (206) 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. (206) 232-3044,

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 9 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). “To Have and To Hold” series: 1-2 p.m., March 30, MI Library. “Creation Workshop”: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 5. Foundation Class - Overcoming Series Part II: 1-2 p.m., Sundays in April, sign up in church lobby. A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. (206) 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, (206) 232-1711,

St. Monica Catholic Church: Are you interested about the Catholic faith? You are invited to join St. Monica Catholic Church’s RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation Adults) program, an ancient church process to enable anyone to learn about and participate in the Roman Catholic faith. All are welcome. The class meets 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. (206) 232-2900.

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