2007 Mercer Island Voters Forum: 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 17, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. MI City Council and School Board candidates will answer audience’s questions. Speakers will present for and against statements on Proposition 1: Roads and Transit funding and Initiative 67: Insurance. Moderator: Dave Ross. Doors open: 7 p.m. Refreshments available.

MI Community Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., Oct. 18, MI Town Center. Celebrate the final 3rd Thursday in costume. Music, treats, candy.

Laughs for Lunch: 11:45 a.m., Oct. 22, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th. MI Chamber of Commerce luncheon featuring MI’s Joel McHale from “The Soup,” “I.T. Crowd.” Make a reservation by noon, Oct. 18. $15/members, $18/non-members.

Puget Sound Blood Center Blood Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 26, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St., west gymnasium., 1-800-398-7888.

Trunk-or-Treat Halloween party: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. Pumpkin-carving, crafts, snacks, games, bouncer, prizes.

Pumpkin Patch Carnival: 4-6 p.m., Oct. 26, Boys & Girls Club, 2825 W. Mercer Way. Ages 3-10. Fun games, costume contest, face painting, fortuneteller, prizes, treats, bouncer, $3. Co-sponsor: MI Kiwanis. Teen Haunted House: 7-10 p.m., grades 6-8, $5.

MIPA Halloween Party: 10-2 p.m., Oct. 27, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Pr3eschoolers’ non-scary event. Games, prizes, Costume Parade, Bake Sale. (206) 236-3033,

Haunted House Extraordinaire: 7-11 p.m., Oct. 28, 29, Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. $5; $3 if you bring a Cup ’O Noodles contribution for the homeless.

Halloween Community Party: 3 p.m., Oct. 31, Sunrise of Mercer Island, 2959 76th Ave. S.E. Come in costume. Trick or treat, snacks, beverages, prizes. For children under age 8. (206) 232-6565.

Wild Waves Autumn Festival: 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 31, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Carnival games, prizes, candy, food, cake walk, costume contest. Game/food tickets required. 275-1042 ext. 3,

High School Reunions

Garfield High School Foundation Gala dinner and silent auction: 5-10 p.m., Nov. 10, HUB Ballroom, University of Washington campus.

MIHS football players toast to retiring football coach Dick Nicholl: Nov. 23, MIHS. “Reunions with Class,” (425) 644-1044.

Lincoln High School Class of 1958 50th reunion: Aug. 16, 2008, Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, Wash.;; The Lincoln Lynx Alumni Association, P.O. Box 31056, Seattle, WA 98103-1056.


MIVAL Holiday Art Show Grand Gallery Reception: 5:30 p.m., Oct.18, CCMV. Holiday Show: ongoing through Dec. 21, CCMV.

MIHS Youth Soccer Night game: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 18. All MI youth soccer players invited. Free posters, cocoa. Marilyn Jensen, 236-2516,

Ikebana 2007 Exhibition “Fragrant” presented by Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Seattle branch: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 20-21, Lynnwood’s Alderwood Mall. Nobuko Relnick, (425) 489-1992; Megumi Schacher, (425) 744-9751,

French Conversation evening: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 24, Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th. Sponsored by Mercer Island Sister City Association. All levels of French-speakers welcome. Jane Meyer Brahm, 232-0701.

Rotary Park work party: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 27. Bring work gloves. Blair Rasmussen, (206) 920-8177.

MI Women’s Club newcomers’ walk and lunch: Oct. 29, Alki Beach. 10 a.m.: carpool from MI Presbyterian Church. RSVP: Lenore Defliese, 232-7092,

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

Pumpkin Patch October Fundraiser: MI Youth and Family Services Foundation presents local artists’ blown glass in MI Town Center at participating merchants, Thrift Shop. Roger Kjos, (206) 236-3543,

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) artists’ art is on display through October and November at Island businesses: Mary McKelvy, Mercer Island Library; Cassandra Chamberlain, Countrywide Home Loans; Seiko Konya, Avellino Apts.; Sharon Driscoll, Dr. Troy Thomas; Marcie Roderick, Physical Therapy; Luccia Neagu, Fitness Together; Velma Segers, La Belle Spa; Wanda Hughes, Expressions Salon; Pia Messina, Chamber of Commerce.


MIHS to host Linfield College representative, Jay Smith: 3 p.m., Oct. 18.

Becoming Soulmates Seminar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 20, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Couples’ relationship seminar. To register: Katty Clark, 236-6496,

Lakeridge Elementary Scholastic Book Fair: Oct. 22-26, Lakeridge library. Theme: “Blizzard!” Includes a wide selection of new and favorite books — preschool, middle school and adult titles. All are invited. Hours: 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oct. 22, 26. 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 23-25. Family Shopping Night: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25.

Mazuma Retirement Investment workshop: 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 23, 2208 Second Ave., Seattle. Senior Services of Seattle/King County. Free. To sign up: (206) 268-6707,

Foundation Class — Fruits of the Spirit: 2-3 p.m., Sundays through Nov. 4, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. The biblical term “Fruit of the Spirit” sums up the nine attributes of a true Christian’s life with Jesus Christ, as listed in Galatians 5:22-23, Holy Bible. Taught by Ps. Tyson. To sign up:

Mercer Island Lacrosse Fall Ball for boys, grades 1-8, through Nov. 25. Weekly program. Clinics and scrimmages prepare current and prospective players for spring season. Grades 1-4 practice 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; grades 5-6, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.; and grades 7-8, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. To register: Chris Juergens, (206) 240-3745; Jody Beckwith, 232-1489.

Real-time Stock Market Investing class with investor Gatis Roze: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Nov. 7, CCMV. (425) 564-2263.

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

Senior Care Classes/Support Groups, fall 2007, offered by Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue. Alison Estep, (425) 688-5177,;


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.

Fall Book Sale, Friends of MI Library: Oct. 19-21, Large Meeting Room. Book Sale: over 10,000 books and media for sale, 4:45-8 p.m., Friday, members only, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Half price sale, 12-3 p.m., Sunday; 3-5 p.m., $1 a bag. Proceeds benefit library programs. (206) 236-3537.

Volunteer for MI Library Fall Book Sale: Oct. 18-21. Help set up, operate the sale. Sign up for a single day or the whole event: Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Wonderful Ones Story Times: 10 a.m., Oct. 17, Large Meeting Room. Ages 12-23 months and caregiver. Stories, rhymes, music. Registration required.

Internet for Beginners class: 9-10 a.m., Oct. 25. Discover new, fun ways to search the Internet. Get tips from a librarian. Registration required. Adults only.

Classics on Film: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” 1 p.m., Oct. 27, MI Library Halloween presentation by Lance Rhoades, film historian. Free. (206) 236-3545, 236-3537.

Toddler Story Time: 10 a.m., Tuesdays through Oct. 30, Large Meeting Room. Stories, music, fingerplays, activities for ages 24-36 months and caregiver. Registration required.

Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m., Tuesdays through Oct. 30, Large Meeting Room. Stories, early literacy activities, music, puppets for ages 3-5. Registration required.

Game On! 7 p.m., Oct. 23. Play GameCube, Wii, PS2 games. DDR, Guitar Hero, Mario Kart every fourth Tuesday of the month, meeting room.

Boys & Girls Club

All events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way, unless otherwise noted. To register: 232-4548,

Pumpkin Patch Carnival: 4-6 p.m., Oct. 26. Ages 3-10. Fun games, costume contest, face painting, fortuneteller, prizes, treats, bouncer, $3. Co-sponsor: MI Kiwanis. Teen Haunted House: 7-10 p.m., grades 6-8, $5.

Annual Business Breakfast, MI Boys & Girls Club: 7-8:15 a.m., Oct. 30. Speaker: Tod Leiweke, CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment and Seattle Seahawks. Club fundraiser. Free breakfast.

Create with Clay: 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesdays. Session 2. Grades 1-4. Create masks, animals, cool houses. $90 for six weeks.

Hip Hop Dance: Wednesdays through Oct. 22. Grades 3-5. $100.

Swing Into Salsa: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mondays. Grades 4-8. Six-week series. $75.

Music Works — Guitar: 3-3:55 p.m., Mondays, age 11 and younger; 4-4:55 p.m., Mondays, age 12 and older. Through Nov. 19. $210.

Art for Kids Workshop: 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesdays. Grades 2-5. Taught by Sue Miller. $90/six workshops, $20/class. Sign up online or call the club.

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

Lego Building: Mondays — 3-4 p.m., ages 6-8; 4-5 p.m., ages 8-10; 5-6 p.m., ages 10-13. Through Oct. 22. $60.

Writing Club: 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays. Grades 3-4. Author Barbara Winkelman. $80.

No-school days: activities include field trips, snack, arts, 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.

Parents & Me Art Explorations: weekly preschool art programs in October. (206) 232-4548,

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

Parks & Rec.

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.

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

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

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

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

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Flu Shot Clinic: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 17, Nov. 5, Congregational Church, by appointment. 236-3545. Free with Medicare Part B; $30/HMO members.

Hearing Tests: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 17, Congregational Church. No appointment required. Free.

Regional Reduced Fare Bus Permits: 10-11 a.m., Oct. 17, Congregational Church. $3.

Solemates: 8:30-11 a.m., Oct. 17, 24. Leaves from CCMV. $2.

Alzheimer’s Association Seminar, “Memory Problems? What you can do”: 12:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 18. Free. To register: Rosemary Como, (206) 529-3868.

Support Groups: Caregivers, 3-4:30 p.m., Oct. 18, CCMV Slater Room. Low Vision, 1:30-3 p.m., Oct. 25, CCMV Calkins Room.

Seattle Aquarium Trip: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oct. 19. $12. Reserve a spot: 236-3545.

Niner’s 9-hole senior golf program, Mondays through Oct. 22. To register: 236-3545.

Grocery shopping transportation: Wednesday mornings. 236-3456. $1 round trip.

Meals on Wheels: For home-bound seniors over 60. Jackie, (206) 230-6846.

Senior lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays, dining room. To reserve a spot: Jackie, 230-6846. $4.25.


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.

Barbara West, attorney to speak: 12:30 p.m., Oct. 18. Topic: abuse, exploitation of senior citizens. Reservations: 232-7115, ext. 269.

Shabbat Potluck Dinner: 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 19. For Jewish singles over 40. Co-sponsor: NW Jewish Singles. $5. Bring dairy/vegetarian potluck dish, candlesticks, Shabbat candles, Kiddush cup. Please RSVP.

The Sunday Exchange Club presents Jim McDermott: 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., Oct. 21, auditorium. $1.

“55 Alive” Driver Safety Course: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 24, 31. For motorists over 50. $10. Please register.

Jewish Meditation Classes: 3- 4 p.m., first and third Friday of the month. Co-sponsor: Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. Olivier BenHaim. Please register.

Introduction to Mah Jongg: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 18-Nov. 8. $10/members, $15/non-members. Please register.

Introduction to Internet: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6. Free. Please register.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sacrament meeting: 9 a.m. Sunday school: 10:10 a.m. 4001 Island Crest Way. 236-2957.

Congregational Church of Mercer Island Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m., with nursery care. Children’s Sunday school: 10:30 a.m. Senior lunch: after worship, Oct. 21. Haunted House Extraordinaire: 7-11 p.m., Oct. 28-29. “The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”: 9 a.m., Sundays. HS Youth Group/Sunday school: 6 p.m., Susan Moon’s home. MS Youth Group: 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays. Bible Studies: 7:45 p.m., Wednesdays; 6:15 p.m., Thursdays. Flu shots: Oct. 17. 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. NW 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, chapel. Holy Eucharist, healing service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572,

First Church of Christ, Scientist services, Sunday school: 10 a.m. Wednesday meetings: 7:30 p.m., with childcare. Reading Room: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays, 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.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation services: 6 p.m., Fridays; 9:15 a.m., Saturdays. Minyan: 7 a.m., daily; 9 a.m., Sundays, secular holidays. 3700 E. Mercer Way.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday worship: 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. Contemporary service: 5 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Sunday school: 9 a.m. Annual Trunk-or-Treat Halloween party: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24. “Musical Feast”: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27, opera, musical theatre, jazz; benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity/El Salvador mission. Reception for Pr. Paul and Chris Fauske: 11:30 a.m., Oct. 28. 8501 S.E. 40th St. (206) 232-3270,

Mercer Island Covenant Church worship services: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. MS Youth Group: 7 p.m., Tuesdays. Men’s Open Prayer Group: 6:15 a.m., Wednesdays. Community Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $3. HS Youth Group: 7 p.m., Thursdays. Women’s Prayer Ministry: 8 a.m., Thursdays. Men’s Bible Study: 6:30 a.m., Saturdays. Women’s Oasis (Precepts Study of Daniel): 9:15-11:30 a.m., Thursdays, childcare provided. MOPS: 9 a.m., first/third Friday (Oct. 19). Benefit Concert to stop human trafficking: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21. 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., 5 p.m., sanctuary; with nursery. Stewardship Dessert/special reception welcoming new staff: 9:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 6:15 p.m., Oct. 21, Courtyard. Super 60’s & Beyond: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 24, Fireside Room; guest speaker, Mike Cero. Women’s Retreat, “Who is My Neighbor?”: Nov 2-3; (206) 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. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044.

New Hope International Church Sunday services: 9 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). A prayer session for healing is available. Revival & Prayer Night: 8 p.m.-midnight, Oct. 19. Wild Waves Autumn Festival: 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 31. 9170 S.E. 64th St. 275-1042 ext. 3,

Redeemer Lutheran Church worship and kids’ services: 10 a.m. Fellowship, Bible study: 11 a.m. 6001 Island Crest Way. 232-1711.

St. Monica Catholic Church: RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation Adults) program, an opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith: 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays, St. Monica School Library; Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.

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