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THIS WEEK

Holiday cheer

Stop in this afternoon at Countrywide Banking and Home Loan office for holiday treats, shopping and good cheer between 2 and 4:30 p.m. at 7650 S.E. 27th St., #112.

Need a break? Stop in at Cellar 46 for a wine tasting held between 2 and 6 p.m. every Saturday at 7650 S.E. 27th St., Suite 120, in The Mercer.

Attention shoppers

Looking for a holiday gift with a hometown touch? Why not get a copy of “Dawn on the Island,” an entertaining and informative film by John Gordon Hill featuring the history of Mercer Island. DVDs are available at Island Books for $12. Proceeds go to the Mercer Island Community Fund and Mercer Island Historical Society. While at Island Books, purchase an ornament for the Dream project that helps Seattle kids get to college.

Something for everyone can be found at businesses throughout the Island from certificates for a meal or a gift, from hardware to yoga lessons, salon services to art and framing, to fashions for home and closet, to holiday sweets and much, much more.

Sugarplum fairies

Performances of “Excerpts from the Nutcracker” will be at 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 20 and 21, at Youth Theatre Northwest. For information, call 230-8681.

Blood drive

Blood is always needed. There will be a blood drive between 1 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the Mercer Island Covenant Church at 3200 78th Ave. S.E. in the Fellowship Hall. For information, call 232-1015 or go to www.psbc.org.

Extra greetings

Our annual Holiday Greeting card to our readers is included in this issue. This Reporter tradition showcases delightful drawings by Island children matched with Island businesses, city departments and Island service clubs. For extra copies, come by the Reporter office at 7845 S.E. 30th St.

Events

Holiday Song & Storytelling: 7-9 p.m., Dec. 19, Youth Theatre Northwest Studio Stage. Open to anyone. Holiday songs, storytelling, cider, conversation. Free.

“Excerpts from the Nutcracker”: 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 20-21, Youth Theatre Northwest. MI Island Youth Ballet, Children’s Dance Conservatory. $20; reserved, $30. Lynn Vanderwall, 230-8681.

Puget Sound Blood Drive: 1-7 p.m., Dec. 21, MI Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E., Fellowship Hall. 1-800-398-7888, www.psbc.org.

MI Visual Arts League Holiday Gallery: through Dec. 21, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Diane Mortenson, (206) 230-6849. MIVAL artists’ art is on display during November at Island businesses.

Christmas Celebration: Sunday service, 9 a.m., Dec. 23; Christmas Eve Candle Light, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 24, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Holiday music, “Manger Masterpiece” drama. (206) 275-1042, www.newhic.org.

Tatters Holiday Fundraiser: through Dec. 24, 7605 S.E. 27th St. #105. Proceeds from sales at Tatters, a women’s clothing store, will go to Youth & Family Services. Roger Kjos, (206) 236-3543, roger.kjos@mercergov.org.

"Riley Girls" dedication ceremony: 11 a.m., Dec. 27, Mercerdale Park. Employees of the 1980s era "Riley's Gifts," then in Island Market Square — known as "the little department store with class" — will deliver their final gift to the Island. Gloria Riley's former employees Jan Eichler, Mary Lou Lake, Dee Travis, Cleo Nelson and Maggie Robertson will sit on the bench they have donated in Mercerdale Park. The late-proprietor's husband, Bill Riley, will serve wine and chocolates to them. Rotarians, Chamber members, Gloria's April Birthday Club, St. Monica's friends, Parks officials and others will join in the brief ceremony.

Christmas tree sale: The Lions Club Christmas trees are on sale afternoons and evenings on weekdays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays; beginning at 10 a.m., Sundays; Farmer’s Insurance parking lot. Proceeds go to Mercer Island charitable and community organizations.

The Dream Project: Seattle holiday ornaments are available for purchase through December at Island Books. Proceeds benefit Dream Project, helping disadvantaged high school students attend college. www.dreamproject.washington.edu.

Classes

Grief and the Holidays workshops: Jan. 3, Providence Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N, Seattle 98109. Free. Ailey Armstrong, (206) 749-7702.

“Secrets of the Successful Landlord”: 6:30-8 p.m., Jan. 9, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Christine Kenyon, (206) 275-3779. Register: MI Parks and Recreation, (206) 236-3545.

Boating Safety: 5-9 p.m., Jan. 8-9, Medina City Hall; Jan. 22-23, MI Fire Station 91. MI Marine Patrol’s parks certified instructors. $15. Pre-register: Marine Patrol, (206) 236-5309, keith.mcdonough@mercergov.org. www.mercergov.org/boatersafety.

CCMV computer classes: ongoing. Learn tech basics, computer maintenance, security. Suggested donation: $20. Reserve a space: (512) 825-7549, crazycrystal@gmail.com.

Divorce Lifeline: Adult therapy groups for those dealing with divorce, separation. Lutheran Community Services Northwest. 433 Minor Ave. N., Seattle. (206) 694-5788, braynor@lcsnw.org.

Clubs

Probus Club meeting: 10:30 a.m., Jan. 2, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: WA Attorney General Rob McKenna. Open to the public. Bob Simonds, probobus@comcast.net.

Second Saturday Stories: 11-11:30 a.m., Jan. 12, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Margaret Read MacDonald: “Little Rooster Pecks up a Tale.” Ages 3 and up. (206) 232-6920.

Island Baseball Club: Open registration for MI spring boys baseball, now through Jan. 31. MI Pony Baseball sign-ups, ages 13-17. Chris Mead, (206) 963-2572; islandbaseballclub@yahoo.com, http://eteamz.active.com/IslandBaseballClub/index.cfm.

MI Republican Women: 11:30 a.m., first Monday of the month, Market House Deli & Catering, 7525 S.E. 24th St., Suite #100. Virginia Hale, (206) 930-1564.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5760: 7:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. (206) 232-6390.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society: second Thursday of the month; dedicated to exploration, enjoyment of fine audio, music. Founded in 1978. www.audiosociety.org.

MI Radio Operators: 7 p.m., third Thursday of the month, North end fire station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Don Sandstrom, 550-4148.

National Charity League, Evergreen Chapter: If you are a former member who has a 6th grade daughter and would like to become re-involved with NCL, please call Nancy Bird, (206) 232-0880, by Jan. 15, 2008.

Cellar 46 wine tasting: 2-6 p.m., Saturdays, Mercer Building, 7650 S.E. 27th St., Suite 120. Free. Ryan Allison, (206) 407-3016, www.cellar46.com/events.

MI Directory: If you are new to MI, have moved or changed address/telephone numbers on MI, please let the Mercer Island Telephone Book know for the updated 2008 Book. Non-profit, benefits Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Karin Pangborn, (206) 232-7046; Lynn0308@aol.com.

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.

Holiday closures

Christmas Eve: Dec. 24

Christmas Day: Dec. 25

New Year’s Eve: 5 p.m., Dec. 31

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Adults

Classics on Film: “Notorious,” 1 p.m., Jan. 5. “Shadow of a Doubt,” 1 p.m., Jan. 19. Alfred Hitchcock films; discussion with film historian, Lance Rhoades. Refreshments provided.

Opera Preview: “Pagliacci,” 7 p.m., Jan. 9. Lecture by Norm Hollingshead. Study Zone tutors: Share your skills with kids. KCLS is recruiting volunteer Study Zone tutors for elementary, high school students. Two-hour weekly commitment or availability for flexible substitute scheduling. Student volunteers can receive academic community service. Annie Poyner, (425) 369-3312, aholloma@kcls.org.

Children, Families

Toddler Times for Twos: 10 a.m., Tuesdays in January. Ages 2, 3. Registration required.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays in January. Ages 3, 5. Registration required.

Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30. Ages 12 to 23 months. Registration required.

Baby Story Time: 10:30 a.m., Jan. 11. Ages 6 to 12 months. Registration required.

Recess Monkeys: Musical Concert for young children, 7 p.m., Jan. 17. Ages 2 and up. Music, dancing. Sponsor: Friends of MI Library, MI Preschool Association.

Teens

Teen Zone: 1 p.m., Dec. 17. Hang out, do homework, play board games, DDR, Guitar Hero, chat. Complete group work for school, catch up with friends.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Dec. 18. Voice opinions on library’s teen materials, services, programs. Earn one volunteer credit hour. Refreshments.

Study Zone: Drop in for homework help. Volunteers help with math, science, WASL, SAT test preparation. Free. www.kcls.org/studyzone.

Parks & Recreation

Call 236-3545 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 Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., unless otherwise specified.

Drop-in preschool: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. $5/hour. 236-3545.

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

Bridge lessons: 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays. $63/six weeks. Instructor: Aidee Pokroy. 236-3545.

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

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Solemates walking group: 8:30 a.m., Dec. 19, departs CCMV. $2.

Caregivers support group: 3-4:30 p.m., Dec. 20, CCMV Slater Room. Carin Mack, 230-0166.

Grocery shopping transportation: Wednesday mornings. Call 236-3456; leave a message by 4 p.m., the day before shopping. $1.

Youth

International Academy of Soccer Futsal Clinic: middle schoolers, 1-3 p.m., Dec. 20-22; high schoolers, 3-5 p.m., Dec. 20-22; located at MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. $90. daddison@spu.edu.

MIHS Winter Cheer Clinic: 1-3 p.m., Jan. 13, 27, CCMV. $40/1 day, $60/2 days. For elementary students interested in cheerleading. Paige Linton, (206) 230-9033, pglinton@aol.com.

MIHS Band Concert: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23, 2008, MIHS Performing Arts Center. MIHS Wind and Jazz Ensembles, world-famous Allan Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino. Musicians’ reception, MIHS Commons area. Fundraising effort for MIHS China tour, March 2008. Tickets: cathy-ramsay@comcast.net, (206) 236-1958.

Childfind: the MI School District is offering to locate, evaluate students ages birth-21 with suspected disabilities who live on MI. If your child’s development is of concern, contact Student Services Department, (206) 236-3329.

Kids Corps: Does your child need some extra help with school? Kids Corps, the MIHS tutoring club, has volunteer tutors available for elementary school-aged students. Abby Trimble, abbyjean@trimble.net.

Little Leaps Preschool: new in-home preschool on MI’s North end is now enrolling for 2008. Curriculum: pre-math and pre-literacy skills, hands-on art projects, social skills, indoor and outdoor play, story time, circle time, songs, games. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ages 3-5. Elysia Sloan, (206) 962-1789.

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.

MI Judo Dojo: practices 6:15-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Instructor: Harold Yamada. Sign up: ongoing. Evergreen State Open Judo Tournament at Boys & Girls Club: April 5, 2008, free.

Preschool Rainy Day Gym: 9:30-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays through May 1, 2008. Indoor playground for toddlers, preschoolers. $3 per visit.

Winter Break Camps: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 20-Jan. 2. Ages 5-11. Early supervision available. K-2nd graders: Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo, Winter Fest ice skating, Creation Station crafts, 321 Bounce. 3-5th graders: Museum of Flight, inner-tubing, ice skating. Sign up for one or all days.

Winter Break Teen Camp: for middle-schoolers. Trips to fun places for teens.

Special preschool events: January through March.

“Winter Wonderland”: 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 7. Stories and crafts by MI Librarian, Margaret Martin. Flannel board, finger plays, songs. Share the wonders of snow. Make a snowman with paper, paint, glitter. $2.

Champions (K-3rd grade) Gymnastics class: registration opens Jan. 15. Session 1: 5-5:45 p.m., March 5-April 30. $100. My Gym, Bellevue. Introduces physical skill, cooperative group activities. Effort, diligence, spirit of camaraderie, fair play and teamwork emphasized.

Baseball/softball: registration open now through Jan. 18. Late registration opens Jan. 19. $25 late fee. Limited space. Boys and girls, ages 5-12. Season: March to mid-June, not including All-Stars. T-Ball, $90; Sluggers, Minors, $90; Rookies, $115; Softball, Player Pitch, $135; plus current annual membership, $30.

JCC

All events take place at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, unless noted. Please contact Roni Antebi, (206) 232-7115, ext. 269, to register or RSVP for all events.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Fridays, room 200. All levels welcome, prior bridge-playing experience necessary. 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. Family Christmas Service: “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” 5 p.m., Dec. 24. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 11 p.m., Dec. 24. 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. On Advent Wednesday, Dec. 19, meet for Meditation and Prayer at 5:30 p.m., in Chapel; Soup Supper (freewill offering) at 6 p.m.; Advent Vespers at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve services: 4 p.m., 11 p.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. Regularly scheduled meetings are breaking for the holiday season. Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 a.m., Saturdays. Christmas Eve services, Dec. 24: family service with “Build a Pageant” for kids, come with appropriate costume to tell the Christmas story or use one available, 5 p.m.; festive “Candlelight and Carols Service,” 11 p.m. One service at 10 a.m.: Dec. 30. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. (206) 232-1015, ext. 100, www.micc.org.

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Breakfast worship, 8:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall; worship, 10:35 a.m. and 5 p.m., sanctuary; nursery available. Longest Night Service: 7 p.m., Dec. 20, Fireside Room, for those who are in pain or grieving during this season. Christmas Carol Sing-Along: 9:15 a.m., Dec. 23, courtyard. MIPC Christmas Orchestra to play Christmas carols during worship: 10:35 a.m., Dec. 23. Christmas Eve Worship: 4 p.m. (traditional Children’s Ministries Christmas Pageant); 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. (traditional candlelight services), Dec. 24, in the sanctuary. Kindermusik registration: Haley Montoya, (206) 325-1233, adovesong@gmail.com. 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). Downtown Outreach Christmas Dinner: 6:45 p.m., Dec. 21, St. Josephine, Seattle, library’s 2nd floor. Christmas Celebration Sunday service: 9 a.m., Dec. 23. Christmas Candle Light Service: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 24, with holiday music, “Manger Masterpiece” drama. Prayer & Revival Service: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 4. Winter Apparel Drive: through Jan. 26, accepting donations of socks, scarves, pants, sweats, gloves, blankets; items must be new or used in good condition. Register for Truth Project class: Jan. 11-12, PJ Hancock, (206) 275-1042. 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: Christmas service, Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. with all your favorite Christmas carols. Christmas Eve Candlelight service: 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24. Pastor Bill's sermon is entitled "What's so Special about Christmas." Please feel free to join in. The church is handicapped accessible, and the worship is uplifting and 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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