Toxic toy testing

Eastside politician Darcy Burner and Islander Maureen Judge will be hosting an event for parents to bring in toys to be tested for possible contamination with lead or other toxic chemicals. The testing will be free. The event will be held between 6 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Island Park Elementary School.

Hanukkah party

Celebrate the Festival of Lights at the Jewish Community Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 16, in the auditorium. Presenter: Sunday Exchange Club. Please make reservations. The cost is $3. For more information, contact Roni Antebi, (206) 232-7115, ext. 269.

Music and dance

“Here Comes Our King” choral concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, there is a $5 suggested donation, (425) 379-2553,“Excerpts from the Nutcracker” will be performed by MI Island Youth Ballet and Children’s Dance Conservatory at 2 p.m., Dec. 15-16; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 20-21, at Youth Theatre Northwest. For more information, call 275-4750 or go to

Christmas ship

The Argosy Spirit of Seattle Christmas ship will arrive at Luther Burbank Park between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. this Saturday. There will be a bonfire with hot chocolate, coffee and treats. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to a local charity. For information, go to

Get in the book

The Mercer Island chapter of the Children’s Hospital Guild is preparing the 2008 Island Directory. Sales of the directory support uncompensated care at Children’s. To update or add your information, call 232-7046 or e-mail


MEOW Craft Bazaar, Bake Sale: 4-7 p.m., Dec. 16, Mercer Island/Eastside Orphans and Waifs (MEOW) Cat Rescue shelter, 10600 N.E. 68th, Kirkland. Open house to celebrate the holidays.

Christmas Ship festival: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Luther Burbank Park Beach. Argosy’s Spirit of Seattle ship. Beach bonfire, hot chocolate, coffee, treats. Bring unwrapped gift to donate to local charity, and flashlight.

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

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,

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,

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.

Holiday shows

“Excerpts from the Nutcracker”: 2 p.m., Dec. 15-16; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 20-21, Youth Theatre NW. MI Island Youth Ballet, Children’s Dance Conservatory. $20; reserved, $30. Lynn Vanderwall, 230-8681.

“Here Comes Our King”: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. Choral concert. $5 suggested donation. (425) 379-2553,


“Cool Tools for the Real Estate Investor”: 6:30-8 p.m., Dec. 12, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Christine Kenyon, (206) 275-3779. Register: MI Parks and Recreation, (206) 236-3545.

Parenting from the Heart: Positive discipline, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Dr. McVittie, parent educator, expert. $10/person; $17/couple. No JCC membership necessary. Pre-registration suggested. Andy,, (206) 232-7115 ext. 304.

Grief and the Holidays workshops: Dec. 13, Jan. 3, Providence Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N, Seattle 98109. Free. Ailey Armstrong, (206) 749-7702.

Boating Safety: 5-9 p.m., Jan. 9-10, Medina City Hall; Jan. 22-23, MI Fire Station 91. December course was cancelled. MI Marine Patrol’s parks certified instructors. $15. Pre-register: Marine Patrol, (206) 236-5309,

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

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


League of Women Voters meeting: 9:15 a.m., Dec. 13, Lisa Wells’ home, 7651 S.E. 40th. Speaker: Elizabeth Celms, MI Reporter education reporter, on her experiences returning home after visiting her land of origin. Martha Jordan, (425) 883-9143.

MI Youths InFocus Photovoice: 7-8:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Community Center. Communities that Cares Board will honor MI youth who have addressed issues of underage drinking, drug use on MI. Youth-driven photo expose, commentary on MI youth culture.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society meeting: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13, MI Congregational Church basement, 4545 Island Crest Way. Share holiday songs, get prizes for best-sounding, funniest tracks. Meetings are on the second Thursday of every month; dedicated to exploration, enjoyment of fine audio, music. Founded in 1978.

MI Senior Foundation: currently accepting grant applications until Dec. 15. If you need capital to begin a service/program or augment one that benefits Island seniors, request an application at 232-4597. Mail completed forms to P.O. Box 51, Mercer Island, 98040.

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;,

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.

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,

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;


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


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. Sponsors: MI Arts Council, Friends of MI Library.

Opera Preview: Pagliacci, 7 p.m., Jan. 9. Lecture by Norm Hollingshead. Sponsor: Friends of MI Library.

Study Zone tutors: Share your skills with kids who want to learn. 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,

Children, Families

Toddler Times for Twos: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29. Ages 2, 3. Registration required.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29. Ages 3, 5. Registration required.

Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 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 older. Music, dancing. Sponsor: Friends of MI Library, MI Preschool Association.


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.

Parks & Recreation

Call 236-3545 or register online at 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.

Bellevue Botanical Gardens trip: 5-8:30 p.m., Dec. 13. See the “Garden of Lights.” $6. Please reserve a spot.

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

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

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. 12, departs CCMV. $2.

Grief & Loss support group: 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 13, CCMV Board Room. Betsy Zuber, YFS.

Parkinson Disease support group: 2-3:30 p.m., Dec. 18, CCMV Calkins Room. Holiday party. Carin Mack, MSW.

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

Senior lunch, Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays, dining room. Ride CCMV shuttle. Transportation also available round-trip from home. Registration required. Jackie, 230-6846. $4.25.


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:, (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,

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. To register: 232-4548,

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.

Chess on Wednesdays: Beginning, 4-5 p.m. Intermediate, 5-6 p.m. Grades K-5. $108.

No-school days: activities include field trips, snack, arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor games, $45 per day. Care for teacher conferences: $25/day; $100/five days.

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

Teens: Hang out at the Boys & Girls Club on Saturdays. $3. Foosball, ping-pong, pool. Free pizza, soda. Nate, 232-4548.


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.

Health talk: “Posture — A Key Ingredient for Longevity,” 12:30 p.m., Dec. 13. Dr. Farrell Jolly of Mercer Wellness Chiropractic will present the importance of posture for health, wellness, pain-free living. Please RSVP.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Dec. 14, 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., Dec. 14, Fridays, Polack Lounge. Ancient Chinese game of skill, chance. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

JCC Hanukkah Party: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 16, auditorium. Celebrate life and Festival of Lights. Presenter: Sunday Exchange Club. Please make reservations. $3. Pay the Active Seniors Club through Ruth Gottheil.

Take Your Vitamins: 12:30 p.m., Dec. 17. Safe usage of common dietary supplements. Speaker: Naturopathic Physician, Adam Rinde, ND of Sound Integrative Health in Bellevue. Please RSVP.


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. Children’s Christmas Pageant: Dec. 16, during worship. Caroling Party: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16. 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: 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,

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. On Wednesdays in Advent (Dec. 12, 19), meet for Meditation & Prayer at 5:30 p.m., in Chapel; Soup Supper (freewill offering) at 6 p.m.; Advent Vespers at 7 p.m. Annual Progressive Dinner: Dec. 15, $20; please call the church office. Christmas Eve services: 4 p.m., 11 p.m. 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: Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. 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. “A Christmas Prayer,” Christmas musical dessert event: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14-15; $3. Christmas Eve services: Family Service with Build a Pageant, 5 p.m.; Candlelight and Carols Service, 11 p.m. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 232-1015, ext. 100,

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Breakfast worship, 8:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall; worship, 10:35 a.m. and 5 p.m., sanctuary; nursery available. Festival Christmas Choir presentation: 10:35 a.m., Dec. 16, sanctuary. Acoustic Christmas with Chad Dierickx, Brian Fennell, Brian Eichelberger: 5 p.m., Dec. 16. Longest Night Service: 7 p.m., Dec. 20, Fireside Room. Christmas Carol Sing-Along: 9:15 a.m., Dec. 23, sanctuary. MIPC Christmas Orchestra to play Christmas carols during worship: 10:35 a.m., Dec. 23. Christmas Eve Worship: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m., Dec. 24, in the sanctuary. Kindermusik registration: Haley Montoya, (206) 325-1233, 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). Christmas Celebration: Sunday service, 9 a.m., Dec. 23; Christmas Eve Candle Light, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 24. Holiday music, “Manger Masterpiece” drama. A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. (206) 275-1042 ext. 3,

Redeemer Lutheran Church: worship and kids’ services, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study: 11 a.m. All are welcome. 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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