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THIS WEEK

Dance with your Valentine

Take your sweethearts out for dancing at the Parks and Rec.’s annual Family Valentine party between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Feb. 8, at the CCMV. There will be treats, photos, dancing, games and more. $16 per child and one adult. Just $5 more for another family member. Call 275-7609 for more info.

Valentine Tea and cakes

Mercer Island seniors are invited to a Sweet Cakes Valentine tea between 2 and 4 p.m., Feb. 14, at the CCMV. Call to register at 275-7609.

Wordsmiths needed

Island Vision wants your help in creating a slogan for the proposed Mercer Island Farmers Market. This slogan may be used on T-shirts and shopping bags, advertising and other promotions.

The slogan must be seven words or less. Poulsbo’s Farmers Market uses: “Get Fresh on the Fjord.” Send your entry by Feb. 22 to sloganberry@gmail.com along with your name, address, phone number and age (if you are under 18). Island Vision also has a Farmers Market survey at www.islandvision.org. Questions? Call Callie Ridolfi at 232-8402.

Help choose a new superintendent

The Mercer Island School District is conducting a series of community meetings to help define desired professional and personal characteristics in a new superintendent.

A session is set for 7 p.m., tonight, Feb. 6, at the School District Administrative Office Boardroom, 4160 86th Ave. S.E. Questions? Contact the superintendent’s office at 236-3300.

MI Community fund

The Mercer Island Community Fund 2008 grant application deadline is Feb. 9. Go to www.MICommunityFund.org for grant application details and FAQs.

Presidential Caucuses

Democrat and Republican caucuses: 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9. To participate, one must be a registered voter or, if 17, eligible to vote by the Nov. 4 election. You can register to vote at the Mercer Island Fire Stations. Registered voters need to sign in as a Democrat or Republican at the caucus.

Democrat Precinct Caucus Locations: Lakeridge Elementary, Island Park Elementary, West Mercer Elementary, Mercer Island High School. Republican Caucus Location: Islander Middle School. For more information, visit www.kcgop.org; www.wsrp.org; www.wa-democrats.org/caucusfinder; or http://41dems.org. The Presidential Primary will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Events

“In the Burning Darkness” MIHS drama: “En La Ardiente Oscuridad” by Antonio Buero-Vallejo, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8-9, MIHS Auditorium. $10/students, $15/adults, $5/advance tickets. http://misd.k12.wa.us/MIHSDrama.

Volunteer Community Environmental Restoration: 1-5 p.m., Feb. 10, Island Crest Park. Work with EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. to help restore Island Crest Park. Spread woodchips, remove invasive plants such as English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry. Please sign up in advance: www.earthcorps.org. Chris LaPointe, (206) 322-9296 ext. 217, chris@earthcorps.org.

"Have A Heart" fundraiser for MI Senior Foundation: 4-6 p.m., Feb. 10, Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th St., Suite 120. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, refreshments, vocal jazz performance; support health, safety, welfare of MI older adults. Free underground parking. $40/person. RSVP: Debra Alderman, (206) 524-1934, dalderman@antiochseattle.edu.

Celebrate Sweethearts: Valentine’s Jewelry Show, 4:30-8 p.m., Feb. 11-12, Zavida Gemstones, 6005 90th Ave. S.E. (206) 465-1533, sales@zavidagemstones.com, www.zavidagemstones.com.

“Pippin,” a musical: through Feb. 10, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Conservatory Ensemble performs story of quest. (206) 232-4145, www.youththeatre.org.

Glass Hearts for Valentine’s: for sale through Feb. 13 at Youth and Family Services offices, Community Center at Mercer View, MI Thrift Shop. Glass hearts made by local glass blowers Joni Johnson, Sean Star. Benefits YFS. Roger Kjos, (206) 275-7751, roger.kjos@mercergov.org.

Art Gallery Show: through Feb. 22, MI Community Center, Islander Laurel Nelms’ paintings, portraits.

Volunteers wanted at Mercer Island Thrift Shop: Join a creative team. Schedules are flexible, volunteers who work 12 hours a month can purchase items before public sale. S.E. 34th and 78th Ave. S.E. (206) 275-7760.

Classes

“Dealing with the Explosive Child and Teen”: 7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 11, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Peter Weiss, M.A., LMHC, Seattle Child Therapy. Sponsor: ADD Resources. Free. jscarlin@juno.com, www.addresources.org.

Italian Cooking Class: 5 p.m., through Feb. 15, Volk residence at 3021 70th Ave. S.E. Chef Biago Longo of Sorrento, Italy. $100/person. Reservations required. Patty Volk, (206) 769-8824, patty_volk@countrywide.com.

Amazing Minds: “What Babies & Toddlers Know,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 7, JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. $10/person, $17/couple. Please pre-register. Andy, (206) 232-7115 ext. 304, andyl@sjcc.org.

Health, Fitness and Wellness Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 10, JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Open to the public, free. Education booths, demonstrations, activities for all ages. Kathy Hutchinson, (206) 232-7115 ext. 273, www.sjcc.org.

Strategic Marketing for Small Business Owners: 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 13, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Dominic Canterbury, strategic marketing consultant. Free. Christine Kenyon, (206) 275-3779. Register: MI Parks and Recreation, (206) 275-7609.

Clubs

MI Probus Club: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 6, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Sam Mitsui, on volunteer Nisei 442 Regimental Combat Team’s heroism, sacrifice in WWII. Open to the public. Bob Simonds, (206) 236-2190.

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL): noon, Feb. 7, MI Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Board convenes: at 10:30 a.m. Diane Shyne, well-known artist, will demonstrate acrylic abstract art. All are welcome. Judith Roan, 236-0511. www.mival.us.

Second Saturday Stories: 11-11:30 a.m., Feb. 9, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Meg Lippert: “Fabulous Folk Tales.” Ages 3 and up. (206) 232-6920.

MI Interact Club: Vietnam Luncheon ’08, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 9, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. $25. All proceeds go toward Dong Ha School for Handicapped Children and DaNang Street Orphanage, Vietnam. Purchase tickets: mi.interactclub@gmail.com.

French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 26, Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. All levels of French are welcome. Jane Meyer Brahm, 232-0701.

MI Preschool Association, MI Youth and Family Services: “Give from the Heart” this February until Feb. 28 to support local families, children in need. MIPA hopes to raise $15,000 for its preschool scholarship goal to help fund children’s education. Tax-deductible donations. Linda Romary, (206) 232-2416, lromary@hotmail.com.

Volunteers needed: Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s Cancer Resource Center. Application, interview, orientation required before training. (425) 688-5369.

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 Class: Microsoft Word Level I, 9 a.m., Feb. 14, learn basics.

Opera Preview: “Tosca,” 7 p.m., Feb. 13. Lecture with Norm Hollingshead.

Children, Families

Must register for all.

Baby and Me Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Feb. 8. Ages 6-12 months with adult.

Up a Creek with Lewis and Clark: featuring Charlie the Noise Guy, 1:30 p.m., Feb. 8. For homeschool families. Ages 5-12.

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

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

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

Teens

Teen Zone: 1 p.m., Feb. 11, 25. Games, homework, hang out.

Afternoon Movie Club: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Watch movie based on Louis Sachar’s book, “Holes.”

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Feb. 19. Voice your opinions on library’s teen materials, services, programs. Earn one volunteer credit hour.

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., Thursdays through Feb. 7 (code 8070); Feb. 14-March 13 (8154); March 20-April 10 (8155), in Dance Room. For teens, adults. Instructor: Adrian Weaver. $66.

Valentine Family Party: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 8, Mercer Room. $16/child and one family member, $5/additional family members.

Hot Spot Basketball: Feb. 10, gym. Noon-1:30 p.m., ages 7-10; 1:30-3 p.m., ages 11-14. 12th Annual Hot Spot competition for boys and girls. Must bring a copy of your Birth Certificate to participate. Free.

“Giving From the Heart” Benefit Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m., Feb. 13. Seattle Foundation will match gifts of $150 or more on one-to-one basis. Event registration: 7 a.m. Sponsor: MI Youth and Family Services. Proceeds support MI social services. Volunteers, sponsors needed. Roger Kjos, Development Officer, (206) 275-7751, roger.kjos@mercergov.org.

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

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.

Understanding Your Computer: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursdays through Feb. 7. $66.

Family Valentine’s Party: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 8. Sign up now. $16/per child and one family member. $5/additional family members.

Jeff Johnson’s Cartooniversity: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 9. Ages 9-14. Bring unlined paper, pencils, eraser, sharpener, fine-point black Sharpie, lunch. $56. www.cartooniversity.com.

Belly Dancing: 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays through March 4. $81/12 weeks, $12/drop-in.

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

“Seniors Getting There Safely, Defensive Driving”: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 6, Clarke Room. $12.

Senior Ski Day trips: Feb. 11, Alpental; March 10, Stevens. $14/transportation. Reserve a spot.

“Sweet Cakes” Valentine’s Day Tea: 2-4 p.m., Feb. 14, CCMV. $4.25. Make old-fashioned valentine, bring favorite tea cup. Reserve a spot.

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. $4.25. Park at CCMV, ride shuttle to Covenant Shores; transportation available round trip from home if you don’t drive. 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.

Heart-A-Lishious: 1-4 p.m., Feb. 9. Make chocolate heart boxes filled with chocolate-covered strawberries. For grades 6-8. $30.

Growing Up Male: 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 12. Grades 4-7.

Creation Station Workshops preschool event: “Red, Pink & White,” 9:30-11 a.m., Feb. 12. Make arts and crafts with recycled products. Come dressed for a mess. $7/person, $10/family.

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

Lego Building: 4-5 p.m., Mondays through March 10, ages 6-9. LEGO System, Technic, Znap, Bionicle. Miniatures, mosaics, beginning sculpture. $60.

Motorized Mechanics: 5-6 p.m., Mondays through March 10, for ages 9-12. Make motorized Lego sculptures, vehicles. Led by Lego professional, Dan Parker. $70.

Guitar Classes: on Mondays, learn guitar or improve your skills with Brendan Bosworth of Musicworks. 3-3:55 p.m., ages 11 and under; 4-4:55 p.m., ages 12 and up; 5-5:55 p.m., Teen Rock Shop, for players with six months or more experience. $210/10 weeks, prorated.

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

Movie Making (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. Evergreen State Open Judo Tournament at Boys & Girls Club: April 5, 2008, free.

Preschool Rainy Day Gym: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays through May 1, 2008. Indoor playground. $3/visit.

Youth

Northwest Boychoir Open Auditions: Feb. 9, University Heights Community Center, Seattle. For boys ages 6-9. Past music training not necessary. Make appointment: (206) 524-3234. www.nwchoirs.org.

MIHS private girls’ lacrosse lessons: taught by MI High School varsity players for all levels, ages. Proceeds go to MI Girls Lacrosse Club. Kathryn Mahony, (206) 232-5859, mahonyfamily@comcast.net.

Mudville BHC: 14U Sandy Koufax team affiliated with Island Baseball Club, based on Mercer Island; looking for one or two additional players for the 2008 season. Andy or Richelle Bassetti, (206) 232-2688.

UW’s Hal and Nancy Robinson Center: Transition School/Early Entrance Program, Academy for Young Scholars — looking for academically gifted students. Accepting applications now for 10th graders interested in UW Academy; early entrance program for 7th, 8th-graders; Summer Challenge. Sarah Childers, (206) 543-4160, schilder@u.washington.edu.

JCC

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

JCC Book Club: 1 p.m., Feb. 6. Discuss “Broken for You” by Stephanie Kallos. Please RSVP.

“Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)”: Sunday Matinee, 4 p.m., Feb. 10. PG-13. Please RSVP.

Current event discussion group: 12:30 p.m., Feb. 11. Discuss “Doing the Right Thing — Ethical Dilemmas” with Al Ziontz. Free. Please RSVP.

Genealogy: “Exploring New Jewish Family History Resources on the LDS Web site, Using Local LDS Family History Libraries,” 7-9:30 p.m., Feb. 11. Speaker: Jerry Watt, High Councilor at Family History Center, North Seattle Stake. Free/JGSWS members, $5/guests at door. Refreshments served.

Poker game: 12:30-3 p.m., Feb. 12.

Introduction to Computers class: 10-11:15 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 13, 20, 27. Taught by King County Library System. Students must attend all 3 meetings. Please register.

Introduction to Mah Jongg: 2-4 p.m., Mondays through Feb. 25. Learn tiles, game rules. $10/members, $15/non-members. Please register.

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. Ash Wednesday Service: 7 p.m., Feb. 6. Men’s Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., Feb. 9. Middle School Youth Group: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. 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: morning minyan, 6:45 a.m., Monday, Thursday; 6:55 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. 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 services and Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., 10 a.m.; church school, nursery care; children’s choir, 11:30 a.m. Contemporary service: 5 p.m., Holy Eucharist in the chapel. Holy Eucharist, healing service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays. 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. 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. 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. High School Youth Group: 7 p.m., Thursdays. Women’s Prayer Ministry: 8 a.m., Thursdays. MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers): 9:30 a.m., Fridays. Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 a.m., Saturdays. Parenting Seminar, “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent”: 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through March 12. 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. Hoe Down: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 9, MI VFW Hall, dinner and western dancing; Ruth Ann Biggers, RuthAnnB@mipc.org, 232-5596 ext. 203. Professional Men’s Luncheon & Speaker: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 11, Top of the Market, downtown Seattle; speaker is Dr. Bill Robinson, Whitworth University’s president; Paul Barrett, paul@mipc.org. YAG (Young Adult Group): ages 20-early 30s, fun gatherings, book discussion; paul@mipc.org. Seekers/Joiners Class: 12:30-4:30 p.m., Feb. 24, childcare (on request) and lunch provided, Ruth Ann Biggers, RuthAnnB@mipc.org, 232-5596 ext. 203. 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). 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. All are welcome. The church is handicapped 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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