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The annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch is between 7 and 9 p.m., Dec. 7. The evening begins with the tree lighting and a sing-along in Mercerdale Park. The party then moves across the street to the ‘Munch’ — with music, Santa photos, chili, and more — at the North Fire Station. Bring unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots Drive. For information, call Parks & Recreation at (206) 236-3545.
Experience the Christmas story at Redeemer Lutheran Church’s “Mostly Live Nativity” in front of the church from 5-7 p.m., Dec. 9; at 6001 Island Crest Way. The nativity will feature children and families dressed as the holy family, shepherds, wise men and women. It will also include live animals — llamas, goats, sheep and a baby horse. Cookies, food and hot chocolate will be provided. Park behind the church. For information, call Pastor Clements at 232-1711.
The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island is accepting grant applications until Dec. 15. If you need funding to begin a service or program or augment one that benefits Island seniors, request an application at 232-4597.
Christmas tree sale
The Lions Club Christmas trees are on sale at the Farmer’s Insurance parking lot. Trees will be on sale afternoons and evenings on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays; and Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. Proceeds go to Mercer Island charitable and community organizations.
The Christmas Ship, Argosy’s Spirit of Seattle, will come to Mercer Island between 5:30-6:30 p.m., Dec. 16, at Luther Burbank Park Beach. Mercer Island Parks & Rec. will sponsor a beach bonfire with hot chocolate, coffee and treats. Bring unwrapped gift to donate to local charity, and flashlight. For more information, go to www.argosycruises.com/.
Holidoors: 10-11:30 a.m., Dec. 7, MI Covenant Shores. Island preschool classes will decorate doors, bringing holiday cheer to CS residents. MIPA, Kirstin Larson, (206) 232-6888; Dina Deitz, (425) 864-0947.
Holiday Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch: 7-9 p.m., Dec. 7. Tree lighting, sing-along in Mercerdale Park. The Munch features music, Santa photos, chili, refreshments in North Fire Station. Bring unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots Drive. Parks & Recreation, (206) 236-3545.
Holiday festivities at MI Covenant Church: Friday Fun Night for families, 7-9 p.m., Dec. 7, meet at Holiday Tree Lighting; have treats, holiday movie at MICC. Women’s Christmas Brunch, “Hassle-free Holiday”: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Dec. 8, author/speaker Betty Southard, $10. Christmas dessert theater, “A Christmas Prayer” musical: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14-15, $3. 3200 78th Ave. S.E., (206) 232-1015, www.micc.org.
Revival Night: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Seek God’s presence, as the Psalmist wrote, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (206) 275-1042, www.newhic.org.
“Mostly Live Nativity”: 5-7 p.m., Dec. 9, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6001 Island Crest Way. An MI community gathering around a live nativity scene in front of the church. Cookies, food, hot chocolate provided. Parking: behind facility. Proceeds benefit MI Youth and Family Services. Pastor Clements, 232-1711.
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. www.meowcatrescue.org.
Argosy 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. www.argosycruises.com.
Tatters Holiday Fundraiser for Youth & Family Services: Dec. 5-24, 7605 S.E. 27th St. #105. Proceeds from sales at Tatters, a women’s clothing store, will go to YFS. Roger Kjos, (206) 236-3543, email@example.com.
MI Visual Arts League Holiday Gallery: ongoing 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.
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.
“Angels”: 7 p.m., Dec. 8; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 9, MI High School. MI Island Sound Choir. Guest performer: KIRO’s Dave Ross. $12. Lynn Vanderwall, 230-8681.
“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” choral concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. $5 suggested donation. (425) 379-2553, www.SacredMusicChorale.org.
“An Old-Time Radio Holiday Show”: 7 p.m., Dec. 9, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Pontiac Bay Symphony Orchestra. 1940s. $12-$15 advance tickets. www.brownpapertickets.com, www.pontiacbay.org, (206) 364-0907.
Turn Strategy Into Action Seminar: 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Dec. 5, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Management consultant Terry Schmidt, Harvard MBA. Register: 8 a.m. Lunch. $495/Club members, $695/non-members. Groups of three or more: 10% discount. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, Club Office, (206) 624-4185.
Mazuma Retirement Investment workshop: 5:30-7 p.m., Dec. 5, 2208 2nd Ave., Seattle. Senior Services of Seattle/King County. Free. To sign up: (206) 268-6707, www.mazumaretirement.org.
“Biodiesel Production: Home or Small-Scale Commercial”: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dec. 8, CCMV Slater Room. Learn how to make quality biodiesel. Hands-on. Instructor: Lyle Rudensey, M. Ed., of BioLyle’s Biodiesel Workshop LLC. $61. Register: (206) 236-3545. http://biolyle.com.
A Wealth of World Jewish Records: 7-9:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Michael Goldstein, Jerusalem-based APG genealogist, on Israeli archives, Internet sites. $5. email@example.com, www.jgsws.org.
“Cool Tools for the Real Estate Investor” seminar: 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 two-day course: 5-9 p.m., Jan. 9-10, Jan. 22-23. MI Marine Patrol’s parks certified instructors. $15. Pre-register: Marine Patrol, (206) 236-5309, email@example.com. www.mercergov.org/boatersafety.
CCMV computer classes: ongoing. Learn tech basics, computer maintenance, security. Suggested donation: $20. Reserve a space: (512) 825-7549, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divorce Lifeline: Adult therapy groups for those dealing with divorce, separation. Lutheran Community Services Northwest. 433 Minor Ave. N., Seattle. (206) 694-5788, email@example.com.
MI Probus Club annual holiday luncheon: Dec. 5, Covenant Shores. Buses will shuttle members, guests from MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. between 11:15-11:45 a.m. Bob Simonds, (206) 236-2190.
MI Women’s Club annual Holiday Bazaar: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 11, Glendale Country Club in Bellevue. Fundraising event. Luncheon: noon. Make reservations by Nov. 30. Lynn Kloppenburg, (206) 230-9363.
The 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.
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 the best-sounding track and funniest track. Meetings are on the second Thursday of every month; dedicated to the exploration, enjoyment of fine audio, music. Founded in 1978. www.audiosociety.org.
MI Senior Foundation is 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 signups, ages 13-17. Chris Mead, (206) 963-2572; firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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.
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, Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”: 1 p.m., Dec. 8, MI Library. Presenter: Lance Rhoades, film historian. Free.
Gingerbread Story Time: 10 a.m., Dec. 11. Ages 2-3. Gingerbread stories, finger plays, decorate cookies. Please register.
Gingerbread Story Time Fun: 11 a.m., Dec. 11. Ages 3-5. Gingerbread stories, decorate gingerbread cookies. Please register.
SAT Practice Test & Scoreback Session: 1 p.m., Dec. 9. Timed practice test. Strategy session. Led by Princeton Review to help you improve your score. Practice test attendance not required.
Teen Zone: 1 p.m., Dec. 10, 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.
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.
Bellevue Botanical Gardens Trip: 5-8:30 p.m., Dec. 13. See the “Garden of Lights.” $6. Please reserve a spot.
Drop-in preschool at Community Center: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. $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. 5, starts at CCMV. $2.
Caregivers Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., Dec. 6, CCMV Slater Room.
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.
“The Princess Bride”: 7 p.m., Dec. 7; 3 and 7 p.m., Dec. 8; 3 p.m., Dec. 9, Lake Washington High School Cadle Theatre. Eastside Catholic High School adaptation of S. Morgenstern’s book. $10/adults, $7/students. Sarah Wolz, (206) 275-2423.
Broomball: 1:15-4 p.m., Dec. 9, meet at CCMV. For high schoolers. Transportation provided. Free. Sponsor: Communities That Care. Sign up: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org, (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, email@example.com.
Boys & Girls Club
All events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way, unless otherwise noted. To register: 232-4548, www.mipositiveplace.org.
Writing Club: 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays. Grades 3-4. Author Barbara Winkelman. Children present a reading at Starbucks at session’s end. $80.
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.
JCC’s Book Club: 1 p.m., Dec. 5. Discuss “Everyman,” by Philip Roth. Please RSVP.
A special conversation with a Rabbi: 12:45 p.m., Dec. 6. Rabbi Farkash of Eastside Torah center will talk about Hannukah’s history, rituals, meaning, importance. Enjoy Latkes, donuts. Bring questions. RSVP required.
Current event discussion group: 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 10. Al Ziontz, “What should the US do about Iraq?” Free. Please RSVP.
Poker game: 12:30-3 p.m., Dec. 11, second, fourth Tuesdays of the month. Watch out for sharks.
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.
Jewish Meditation classes: 3- 4 p.m., first, third Friday of the month. Co-sponsor: Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. Guide: Olivier BenHaim. Free, $5 suggested donation. Please register.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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.
Congregational Church of Mercer Island Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. Men’s Spiritual Group: 7 a.m., Dec. 7. Men’s Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., Dec. 8. Women’s Advent Luncheon: noon, Dec. 8. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: 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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Chanukah Party: 5-8 p.m., Dec. 9, dinner, silent auction, candle lighting, latkes; register online. 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 Wednesdays in Advent (Dec. 5, 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. www.htlcmi.org.
Mercer Island Covenant Church worship services: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 a.m. 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 7, Friday Fun Night for Families, meet at Holiday Tree Lighting in Mercerdale Park; treats, holiday movie at church. Women’s Christmas Brunch: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Dec. 8, $10/person. “A Christmas Prayer” musical: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14-15, $3/person. Middle School Youth Group: 7 p.m., Tuesdays. Men’s Open Prayer Group: 6:15 a.m., Wednesdays. Community Dinner: 5:30p.m., Wednesdays, $3/person. Women’s Prayer Ministry: 8 a.m., Thursdays. Women’s Oasis (Precepts Study of Daniel): 9:15 a.m., Thursdays, with childcare. High School Youth Group: 7 p.m., Thursdays. 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: Breakfast worship, 8:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall; worship,10:35 a.m. and 5 p.m., sanctuary; nursery available. Christmas Teas for all: Dec. 7, 12 p.m., Christmas music, story; 6 p.m., handbells, instrumentals in Courtyard; $10/person; reservations, Beth Johnson, (206) 232-4440, Ruth Ann Biggers, RuthAnnB@MIPC.org. Winter Walks: 8:30 a.m., Dec. 8, meet at MIPC, join others who will walk from Pier 54 to Madison Park. Bus to/from MIPC. Brad Fowler, (206) 232-3307, email@example.com. 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 worship 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. in the sanctuary. Kindermusik registration: Haley Montoya, (206) 325-1233, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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). Revival Night: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, seek God’s presence and intimacy, as the Psalmist wrote, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” 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. “Mostly Live Nativity”: 5-7 p.m., Dec. 9. All are welcome. 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.