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THIS WEEK

MI Women’s Club

The Mercer Island Women’s Club’s annual fundraising luncheon will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. The keynote speaker will be Ciscoe Morris, who will share gardening tips in his unique and lively fashion. Social hour begins at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. Cost is $21. RSVP to Carol Shafer at 420-4181 or aloha4now@gmail.com. Seating is limited to 200 people, so reserve early!

MI Youth & Family Services

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services’ annual Giving from the Heart Breakfast, to raise money for the agency, will take place at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Community Center at Mercerview. Seattle Foundation will match gifts of $150 or more on one-to-one basis. Event registration starts at 7 a.m. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. The event is brief, letting people out at 8:30 to honor work and school commitments. If you wish to attend or if you would like to be a sponsor, please call Mercer Island Youth and Family Services at 275-7751 or e-mail roger.kjos@mercergov.org.

Mary Wayte Pool

The Northwest Center, the nonprofit that operates the Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island, has announced a capital campaign to make needed repairs on the pool. NWC hopes to raise $150,000 to replace the pool liner, renovate the locker rooms and upgrade the heating and ventilation systems. The NWC has already invested in new equipment for people with disabilities, roofing, lighting, painting, filters, diving boards and starting blocks. For information on how to give or about NWC programs, go to www.nwcenter.org/pools, call 285-9140 or stop by the pool at 8815 S.E. 40th St.

Kindergarten Round-up

Kindergarten Round-up has been re-scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at Island Park Elementary. 236-3330.

Events

Allen Vizzutti in concert: UW School of Music Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31, Meany Theater, UW Campus. $15/adult, $10/student, senior. Jazz, Latin, contemporary groove with unique stylings of Vizzutti, an international trumpet soloist, recording artist, composer. (206) 543-4880, www.music.washington.edu/events.

“In the Burning Darkness” MIHS drama: “En La Ardiente Oscuridad” by Antonio Buero-Vallejo, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2, 7-9, MIHS Auditorium. $10/students, $15/adults, $5/advance tickets. http://misd.k12.wa.us/MIHSDrama.

Friends of Luther Burbank Park: meeting, 7-9 p.m., Jan. 31, MI Library. Discuss important new projects, topics: 1) Youth Nature Program, 2) Wetlands Restoration Project, 3) issues in the Parks Levy underdevelopment. Bring a friend who cares about the park. 232-5945.

Celebrate Sweethearts: Valentine’s Jewelry Show, 4:30-8 p.m., Feb. 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 2; 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.

Classes

Italian Cooking Class: 5 p.m., Feb. 1-15, 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.

2008 Sea Kayak and Canoe Winter Seminar: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 2; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 3, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Meet with paddling experts, instructors, vendors, enthusiasts. $60/weekend pass, $35/day pass. Free Paddler’s Market open to the public. Wash. Water Trails Association, (206) 545-9161, seminar@wwta.org, www.wwta.org/seminar.

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

National Charity League Lake Washington Chapter: informational meeting, 7-8 p.m., Jan. 30, MI Library. For next fall’s incoming 7th, 9th, 10th grade daughters and their mothers. NCL’s mission: to foster mother-daughter relationships. Paige Linton, 230-9033, pglinton@aol.com.

MI Women’s Club fundraising luncheon: Feb. 4, MI Presbyterian Church. Speaker: Ciscoe Morris, TV host of “Gardening with Ciscoe,” on gardening tips. Social hour: 11 a.m. Luncheon: noon. $21; proceeds go to charities. Seating limited to 200 people. RSVP by Jan. 26: Carol Shafer, (206) 420-4181, aloha4now@gmail.com.

MI Republican Women meeting: 11:30 a.m., Feb. 4, Market House Deli & Catering, 7525 S.E. 24th St. Discussion, lunch. Virginia Hale, (206) 930-1564.

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.

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 Classes: Searching the Internet for Beginners, 9 a.m., Jan. 31. Microsoft Word Level I: 9 a.m., Feb. 14, learn basics.

Classics on Film: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train,” 1 p.m., Feb. 2. Discussion with film historian Lance Rhoades. Free refreshments.

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. 4, 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. Sponsor: MI Youth and Family Services. Celebration with testimonials. Proceeds support MI social services. Volunteers, sponsors needed. Roger Kjos, Development Officer, (206) 275-7751, or 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.

Taking Care of your Aging Family: 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 31. $10.

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

Parkinson Disease Support Group: 2-3:30 p.m., Feb. 5, Calkins Room.

“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.

Movie Making (grades 3-6): 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 19. Create short commercials, movie posters, short films of members’ interest. $100 with snack provided.

Reptile Man preschool event: Scott Anderson, 10-10:45 a.m., Jan. 30, Rainy Day Gym, with 15 different reptiles. Pet a baby alligator or boa constrictor. $6.

Movie Making (grades 7-11): 4-6 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 31-March 20. Create short commercials, movie posters, short films of members’ interest. $100 with snack provided.

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.

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

St. Monica School Open House: 8:45-10:30 a.m., Jan. 30. Kindergarten registration through Feb. 1, pick up form at school office, 4320 87th Ave. S.E., (206) 232-5432, www.stmonicasea.org.

MIHS Information Night for 8th Grade Parents: 7 p.m., Jan. 31, Mercer Island High School, Library Presentation Room. Host: John Harrison, principal. (206) 236-3345.

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.

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

Please register.

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

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, 10:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. Adult Education: 9 a.m., Sundays. 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. Winter Walks: Feb. 2, along Alki Beach to lighthouse; Brad Fowler, bradleyfowler@hotmail.com, 232-3307. 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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