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THIS WEEK

PEAK meeting

The Planning Commission continues their deliberations on PEAK tonight at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. To learn more about the PEAK permit application review process, visit: www.mercergov.org/PEAK.

IslandVision

An IslandVision community meeting will be held at 7 p.m., March 20, at the Mercer Island library. All citizens are invited to help with the Sustainability Fair and Farmer’s Market events. Call Callie at 232-8402.

Food drive

Island Boy Scouts will pick up food donations for MIYFS food bank on Saturday morning, March 22. Place the non-perishable donations outside your front door for the Scouts to pick up.

Dare Dinner

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

Schools Foundation Breakfast

Join your friends and neighbors at the annual Mercer Island Schools Foundation Community Business breakfast 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 25 at Mercer Island High School. Hear from teachers, students and administrators about how the foundation contributes to Island education.

Easter egg hunts

Just for children 6 and under, there will be an egg hunt at 3 p.m. sharp, Saturday, March 22 at Mercerdale Park.

An egg hunt by flashlight for children 7 to 10 will be at 8:30 p.m. sharp on Saturday, March 22 at Mercerdale Park. Donation $1 per child. For information call Parks and Rec at 275-7609.

Spring begins today

Spring begins tonight at 10:48 p.m., the Vernal Equinox.

Events

Cellar 46: celebrates its one-year anniversary this week. Free appetizers, 46-percent dinner discount: 4-6 p.m., March 19. Dual Walla Walla winemaker dinner with Eric Dunham (Dunham Cellars), Justin Wylie (Va Piano Vineyard): March 21. Live jazz: Thursday, Saturday evenings. Reservations: (206) 407-3016.

Planning Commission meeting: continued PEAK hearings, 6:30 p.m., March 19. Learn more about the PEAK permit application review process at www.mercergov.org/PEAK.

IslandVision Community Meeting: 7 p.m., March 20, MI Library. All citizens are invited to create the Sustainability Fair and Farmer’s Market events. Callie, 232-8402.

“A Night of Fright” drama: IMS presents two plays, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “The Infamous Soothing System of Professor Maillard,” 7 p.m., March 20-22, Islander Middle School. $10/adults, $5/students.

Mercer Island Directory work party: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., March 21, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall. Help stuff envelopes, mail out Mercer Island Directory 2008. Benefits Children’s Hospital. Sponsor: Mercer Island Guild. Open to anyone. Coffee, snacks. Martha Weiss, 232-1844; Jan Giles, 232-6204.

Friends of Luther Burbank Park work parties: Upper Luther Burbank Forest Invasive Plant Removal Project: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 22, meet on 84th Avenue at 32nd Street. Wear boots, appropriate weather gear. Tools, brownies supplied. Sue Stewart, 232-7402.

Island Boy Scouts donations pick-up: Donations may be placed outside your home, Saturday morning, March 22, for the Scouts to pick up.

“A Little Princess” musical: through March 23, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. 7 p.m., Fridays; 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays. $13. Tickets: Box Office, 232-4145 ext. 100, www.YouthTheatre.org.

Summer Youth Volunteer Programs: online registration, March 24-April 11, www.mercergov.org/voice for high schoolers, www.mercergov.org/svp for 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 and community events. VOICE volunteers serve on up to eight projects. SVP volunteers serve on six projects.

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, cheryl.hudson@mercergov.org.

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

“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. Meet Speigner in person: 12-2:30 p.m., March 22, hear tales of Cambodia and the foundation. Larry Meece, (425) 455-2126, omega@omegaphoto.biz, www.omegaphoto.biz.

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, casa.group@kingcounty.gov, www.metrokc.gov/kcsc/depcasa.htm.

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

Classes

CPR classes through MI Fire Department: Adult, infant, child CPR: 7-9 p.m., March 19. Sign up: 275-7607.

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, www.myparksandrecreation.com.

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, kathyh@sjcc.org. www.sjcc.org/fitness/wellness.

“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, Caesar@newhic.org.

“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.

Clubs

American Association of Individual Investors: bimonthly meeting, 7 p.m., March 19, CCMV, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Anthony Muhlenkamp, of Muhlenkamp Mutual Fund, on “How to make Money in the Current Environment.”

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, probobus@comcast.net.

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 www.mercerislandlacrosse.com for grades 1-4. Games played on Sundays.

Library

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.

Adults

Computer classes: E-mail Level II, 9 a.m., March 20. Prerequisite: E-mail Level I.

Children, families

Must register for all.

Toddler Story Times for Twos: 10 a.m., Tuesdays in March. Ages 2-3.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays in March. Ages 3-5.

Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays in March. Ages 12-23 months.

Teens

Afternoon Movie Club: 3:30 p.m., March 19, 26. Popcorn, pretzels.

Teen Zone: 1 p.m., March 24, 31. Games, homework, hang out.

Parks & Recreation

Call (206) 275-7609 or register online at www.myparksandrecreation.com 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.

Wing Tsjun Self-Defense: 7-8:30 p.m., March 20-April 10 (8155), in Dance Room. For teens, adults. Instructor: Adrian Weaver. $66.

Egg Hunts: Lil’ Ones Hunt, 3 p.m., March 22, Mercerdale Park. Ages 1-6.

Flashlight Hunt: 8:30 p.m., March 22, Mercerdale Park. Ages 7-10.

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

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

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

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.

Winter Classes

Must register: call (206) 275-7609.

Creating Memory Books: 1-3 p.m., through March 20, Luther Room. Interactive presentation on developing/writing memoirs on trends, themes, life stories. For adults. $61.

MIPR Dance Team: 3:30-5 p.m., through March 26, ages 11-14. $151.

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.

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

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

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Solemates walking group: March 19. Depart CCMV: 8:30 a.m. $2.

Caregivers Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., March 21, CCMV Slater Room.

Grocery shopping transportation: Wednesday mornings. Call 275-7895, ext. 1, leave a message by 4 p.m., the 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: (206) 232-4548, www.mipositiveplace.org.

Movie Making: grades 3-6, 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays through March 19. Grades 7-11: 4-6 p.m., Thursdays through March 20. Create short commercials, movie posters, short films of members’ interest. $100 with snack provided.

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

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 or more. Rhythm, lead playing, classic rock songs, basic 12-bar blues structure. $189, 9 classes.

Preschool

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 www.mipositiveplace.org 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.

JCC

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

Computer Class, Internet: 10-11:15 a.m., March 19. Instructor is trained on King County Library System’s Techlab. Learn how to use browsers, search engines, understand Internet security.

Conversation with the Rabbi for Purim: 12:30 p.m., March 20. Explore Purim’s meaning with Rabbi Toban of the Seattle Kollel. Kosher Hamantashen served.

Sunday Matinee at the J: 4 p.m., March 23. Movie: “Ballets Russes” (2005), about the legendary Ballets Russes troupe of Russian dancers.

The Rabbi’s Will: 12:30-1:30 p.m., March 24. New program on the third Monday of each month. Speaker: retired lawyer Al Ziontz, on law cases from his files. Discussion, question and answer session after presentation.

Poker game: 12:30- 3 p.m., March 25.

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

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.

Religion

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, office@ucc-ccmi.net, www.ucc-ccmi.org.

Congregation Shevet Achim: Shabbat services, 9 a.m. between Sukkot, Pesach; 9:30 a.m. between Pesach, Sukkot. Northwest Yeshiva High School sanctuary. Hospitality@shevetachim.com; President Rich Gilmore, (206) 232-1060.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday worship services/Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Emmanuel Children’s breakfast: 9 a.m. Children’s Choir: 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist: 5 p.m., chapel. Tai Chi classes: 6:30 p.m., Mondays. Bible Study: 1 p.m., Tuesdays. Healing Service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Tea and Talk Knitting Group: 2 p.m., Thursdays. Holy Week Services — Holy Eucharist: 7 p.m., March 19, chapel. Maundy Thursday: Liturgies and Eucharist, 6 p.m., March 20. Good Friday Liturgy: 12 p.m., 7 p.m., March 21, with Stations of the Cross at 4 p.m. Holy Saturday Liturgy: 10 a.m., March 22. Easter Day: The Great Vigil and Eucharist, 5 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., 10:30 p.m., March 23. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572, mail@emmanuelmi.org.

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, fccsmi@hotmail.com.

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, www.h-nt.org.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship schedule, 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. (childcare available). Sunday School/education hour: 9 a.m. Holy Week: On March 20 and 21, remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ passion in the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, both at 7 p.m. Festive Easter Sunday services: 8 and 10:15 a.m., March 23. Easter Egg Hunts: 9:30, 9:45 a.m., for toddlers through 5th grade. Easter Breakfast: 8:30-10:30 a.m. (freewill offering benefits local hunger projects). Compline Service: a new ongoing worship offering, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings. Let your voice ring out in the Atrium. Bible Study: 10 a.m., Thursday mornings. 8501 S.E. 40th St. (206) 232-3270. www.htlcmi.org.

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, www.micc.org.

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship — Breakfast Service, 8:15 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:35 a.m.; Evening Service, 5 p.m. Maundy Thursday Communion Service: 7 p.m., March 20. Good Friday Tenebrae Service: 8 p.m., March 21. Easter services: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., March 23, with Breakfast in Fellowship Hall at 7 a.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. Bridge Ministries Dinner: 5 p.m., March 30, Fellowship Hall; Georgia Quick, (206) 236-6248 or Glo Ceteznik, gloc@mipc.org. Women’s Bible Study: 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays, Fireside Room; Linda Fowler, 232-3307, Linda.fowler@comcast.net. YAG (Young Adult Group): ages 20-early 30s, fun gatherings, book discussion; Paul Barrett, paul@mipc.org. 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. Holy Week special services — Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m., March 20. Good Friday: 1 p.m., March 21. Easter Sunday: Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.; Easter Service, 11 a.m., March 23. All are welcome. 7070 S.E. 24th St. (206) 232-3044, www.miumc.org.

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 9 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). Good Friday Revival Service: 7:30 p.m., March 21. Resurrection Sunday: March 23, how your life can change now that you know Jesus is alive. “To Have and To Hold” series: 1-2 p.m., March 30, MI Library. “Creation Workshop”: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 5. A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. (206) 275-1042 ext. 3, www.newhic.org.

Redeemer Lutheran Church: worship and kids’ services, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study: 11 a.m. Holy Week Services — Holy Thursday: 7 p.m., March 20, a meal to celebrate, remember Passover Night. Good Friday: 7 p.m., March 21, a service of meditation on the Cross of Christ. Easter Sunday: March 23, Potluck Breakfast at 9 a.m.; Easter Celebration Service, 10 a.m., with Kids’ Church. All are welcome. Redeemer is handicap-accessible. Worship is uplifting, joyful. 6001 Island Crest Way. Pastor Bill Clements, (206) 232-1711, www.redeemerlutheranchurch.us.

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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