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Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast fundraiser will take place Sunday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Have breakfast with the Boy Scout Troop #457 at Mercer Island Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. A menu of pancakes, sliced ham, fruit salad, juice, coffee and tea is prepared and served by the Boy Scouts themselves. Proceeds benefit Troop members for upcoming summer camp and provide funding to replace worn-out equipment. Tickets are available now from Troop members and they will be selling tickets soon at various locations around the Island. Prices are $15 for a family, $5 for an individual, and $3 for senior citizens.

A Treasure Trove Tea, sponsored by the Senior Foundation, will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Shores from 2 to 4 p.m. Harold and Sharry Broman will present their evaluations of antiques, collectibles, and other treasures, based on forms submitted in advance. The Antique Kids will do some line dancing. Please park at the City Hall where shuttle service will be available at 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, and 2 p.m. with corresponding return shuttles after the event. For forms and reservations, call Leslie Scott 232-4597. Cost is $10 a person.

IslandVision open discussion on creating a sustainable Island community will be at CCMV Room 101 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Please bring your ideas. Call Callie at 232-8402 for more information.

MIHS Baseball car wash: annual fundraiser is Sunday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until noon. Come get your car washed and help support the Mercer Island High School Baseball teams. The funds will be used to help purchase uniforms and other needed supplies. Contact Mark Scalzo MIHS Baseball Booster Club, 232-7509.

Community Yogathon Benefit will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at CCMV. It will include a variety of class styles taught by local instructors. Fees will be donated to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. All levels of experience are welcome, but classes will be taught with the beginner in mind. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or beach towel, water and a light lunch. For questions, call 236-3525. There is a minimum donation of $20 at the door.

Poetry on Buses 2007 is accepting submissions now through April 30. 4Culture’s Poetry on Buses program is a poetry competition open to residents of King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. The theme for the 2007 program is “Dreams;” poems may be submitted online at www.4culture.org.

Spring catalogs are now available for the city Parks and Rec. Dept. and the Stroum Jewish Community Center for classes and activities for Islanders of all ages. Go to www.mercergov.org. and www.sjcc.org to find out more.

Mercer Island Thrift Shop needs volunteers of all ages for sorting, pricing and displaying donated items. Training is under way for evening and Saturday cashier and customer service positions. Call Suzanne Philen at 236-3454 for an interview.

Kindergarten registration continues through April at all elementary schools.

Community Preparedness Week: Mercer Island Emergency Services have partnered with Communities That Care to present Community Preparedness Week April 22-29. Communities that Care and Mercer Island Emergency Services want you, your family, and our community to be safe and healthy. Please mark your calendar and plan to be part of Community Preparedness Week. A full schedule of events is available on the City’s Web site: www.mercergov.org/.

For questions regarding this community event, please contact Joy Bueling, City of Mercer Island communications coordinator at (206) 236.7238, joy.bueling@mercergov.org.

Clubs

Mercer Island Preschool Association Circus is coming. The annual event will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Everyone is invited. Admission is free, and tickets for games are $.50 each. Most games cost one ticket. Kids can earn prizes by simply enjoying the games.

All Island Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. April 26, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson; May 31, “The Highest Tide” by Jim Lynch.

Grief & Loss Support Group is a support group for senior adult widowed men and women who have lost a spouse or partner meets this month on April 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Group meets at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. If you would like to join, please call Betsy Zuber at 236-3525. It is free.

Senior Foundation of Mercer Island: Entertainment 2007 books are on sell for $30 each. They are available at: The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 S.E. 27th St.; Mercer Island Thrift Shop, 7710 S.E. 34th St.; and Hair It Is!, 7420 S.E. 24th St. Proceeds go to Senior Foundation of Mercer Island. Contact Alanna Burdell at 236-7668 or 232-0997.

Mercer Island Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m., the first Monday of each month at: Market House Deli & Catering, 7525 SE 24th St. Island Corporate Center Suite #100. Come for an informative discussion on community affairs and enjoy lunch of your choice. Virginia Hale will provide additional information 930-1564.

Classes/

Schools

Youth Theatre Northwest registration is underway for spring classes for children and teens, ages 3 to 18. Call 232-4145 or go to www.youththeatre.org to register online and for more information or to buy tickets for the theatre’s latest production, “King Arthur.”

Computer classes are on-going at the Community Center at Mercer View. Learn Tech basics and computer maintenance and security. All donations will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. A $20 donation per class is suggested. Contact 512-825-7549 or crazycrystal@gmail.com to reserve a space.

Little Acorn Sprouts Toddlers program for 1- to 2-year-olds has part-time and full-time openings. Call 232-0940 or e-mail Denisepaquette@msn.com for more information.

Mary Wayte Pool: For schedules and information on upcoming classes and events at the pool see the new City Parks and Recreation Spring Catalog.

  • April Pools Day is Monday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Join in on this annual day of education and water safety that is fun for the whole family. Everyone who walks through the door for this free event will be entered to win a Mustang life jacket and a free session of swim lessons.

  • Adapted aquatic lessons for children and adults with special needs are now being offered. Instructors are trained through the Children’s Hospital Adapted Aquatics program. Lessons are one-on-one for optimal individualization. Cost is $9 per lesson. Call 296-4370 for more information.

    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.

    Teen Academic Mentors are available from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. for children in second through eighth grade. Stop by for some casual homework help. High school students are available in nearly every subject.

    Teen Advisory Board is at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Voice opinions on materials, services and programs the library should provide for teens. Earn one volunteer credit hour.

    Teen Anime and Manga Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.

    SCORE Counseling for business owners is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noon the third Thursday of each month. Call to register.

    Boys & Girls Club

    Unless noted, all events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way. Register online at www.mipositiveplace.org or call 232-4548.

    Lego Building for Juniors, Mondays. Fee is $55 for two sessions.

  • LEGO-Duplo for Juniors, 3- to 6-year-olds is from 4 to 5 p.m. Session 2: April 16 through 30 and May 21.

  • LEGO Building, for 6- to 10-year-olds is from 5 to 6 p.m. Session 2: April 16 through 30 and May 7 through 21.

  • LEGO Building Advanced, for 10- to 14-year-olds is from 6 to 7 p.m. Session 2: April 16 through 30 and May 7 through 21.

    Smart Girls for 8- to 11-year-olds is from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Session 2: April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 11 and 12, sleep-over. Fee is $35. Session 3: May 17, 24, 31 and June 7 and 14. Fee is $25.

    Guitar basics for 11-year-olds and under, from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturdays, through May 19. Bring half or three-quarter size acoustic guitar. Books provided. Maximum five students. Fee is $210.

    Teen guitar for 12-year-olds and up, from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturdays, through May 19. Bring an acoustic guitar and a small amplifier. Books provided. Fee is $230.

    Teen Scene after school for middle school students, is from 3 to 6 p.m. Register on line. The cost is $75 per month per person.

    Teens: Need a place to hang out on Saturdays? Visit the Boys & Girls Club. The cost is only $3. Open gym, movies, XBOX, Internet, karaoke, and open mic nights. Play foosball, Ping-Pong or pool. Free pizza and soda. Sponsored by Sahara. Call Nate at 232-4548.

    Preschool Rainy Day Gym, indoor playground for pre-schoolers accompanied by parents, is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

    Preschool Messy Arts & Crafts, stuff you won’t do at home is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $5 per session. Call 232-4548 to reserve or drop-in. Limited to 10 parent/child.

    Parks & Rec.

    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.

    Thai Cooking Class on Wednesday, April 18 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost is $51.00.

    Mother & Daughter FEMME Safety is on Saturday, April 14 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 14 and up. $61.00 per mom/daughter.

    Beginning Guitar for Adults is on Mondays April 16 - June 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $141.

    Improv Acting for Adults is on Tuesdays April 17 through June 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $451.

    Young Actors Improv for ages 9 through 12. Classes held on Tuesdays April 17 through June 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $451.

    Beginning Guitar for Youth ages 7 through 11. Classes held on Mondays April 16 through June 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $76.

    Video Gamemaker for ages 9 through 10. Classes held on Thursdays April 19 through June 7 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Cost is $146. For ages 11 through 14, classes held on Thursdays April 19 through June 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $146.

    Sogetsu school of Ikebana Japanese flower arrangement classes are at 10 a.m. every Friday beginning March 23. Contact Shirley at (425) 558-0889.

    Bridge lessons are at 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $63 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Aidee Pokroy. Call 236-3545 for more information.

    Caregiver’s support group is Thursday, April 19 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Slater Room.

    Parkinson’s disease caregiver’s support group is Thursday, April 12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Health Room.

    Adult children of loved ones with Parkinson’s disease, support group meets Monday, April 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

    Investing workshop, “Everything You Need to Know About Investing You Learned in Kindergarten” is Monday, April 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Luther Room.

    Seniors

    Tulip Festival is Friday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Transportation provided from CCMV parking lot to the 24th Annual Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley. Experience tulips, daffodils and irises at the Roozengaarde Gardens and gift shop, then lunch and shopping in La Conner (lunch is not provided). Fee is $14. Call 236-3545 to register.

    A Treasure Trove Tea, sponsored by the Senior Foundation, will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Shores from 2-4 p.m. Harold and Sharry Broman will present their evaluations of antiques, collectibles, and other treasures, based on forms submitted in advance. The Antique Kids will do some line dancing. Please park at the City Hall where shuttle service will be available at 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, and 2:00 with corresponding return shuttles after the event. For forms and reservations, call Leslie Scott 232-4597. Cost is $10 a person.

    Niner’s 9-hole senior golf program, Mondays April 2 through Oct. 22. Call 236-3545 to register.

    Solemates: Four miles of walk and talk followed by a stop at a coffee shop. From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Meet in the lobby at the CCMV. The fee is $2 per person, per walk.

    Low-vision support group is Thursday April 26 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Meeting will take place at the Community Center at Mercer View in the Calkins room.

    Parkinson’s disease support group is Tuesday, April 17 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at the Community Center at Mercer View in the Calkins Room.

    Grocery shopping transportation: Pick up every Wednesday at your home, take you to one grocery store and a quick errand on the Island. Will carry your groceries into the house. Call 236-3456 and leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. The cost is $1 round trip.

    Senior Adult Newsletter mailing list. Contact 236-3545 if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

    Senior lunch program is Tuesdays and Thursdays. Served in the Covenant Shores dining room. Transportation provided from CCMV. Call us if you need a ride from home. Call 236-6845 to register. The cost is $4.25.

    JCC

    Unless noted, all events take place at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. For more information, call 232-7115.

    An inter-faith observance at the Holocaust Memorial outside the Stroum Jewish Community Center begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, and moves to Herzl-Ner Tamid at 4 p.m. “Holocaust Remembrance Day” honors the Hebrew words on Gizel Berman’s sculpture outside the center, urging “Thou Shalt Not Forget.”

    Sunday matinee movies: Are from 2 to 4 p.m. Call extension 269 for information. Preregistration is required.

    Mah Jongg ongoing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Please bring a Mah Jongg set if possible. Free for members. $2 for non-members.

    Bridge games: will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of each month. Free for JCC members, $2 for non-members.

    JCC Seniors:

    All senior social programs will be held in the auditorium.

    Ongoing programs, Mondays and Thursdays:

  • Senior chair exercises is from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Free for Basic members.

  • Senior water exercises is from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Open to Fitness members only.

  • Silver Sneakers Cardio is from 11 to 11:45 a.m. offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Religion

    Congregational Church of Mercer Island: On April 11, Easter Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m., Nursery care is provided, and an Easter Egg Hunt will follow the worship. Adult Class, “A Hidden Wholeness, the Journey Toward an Undivided Life” by Parker Palmer takes place Sundays at 9 a.m. Tuesdays will feature Living the Questions Video Series at 7 p.m. LOGOS is on Wednesdays after school until 6:45 p.m. Youth group grades six through nine is on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Bible Study group is on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. The church is located at 4545 Island Crest Way. Call 232-7800 or visit www.ucc-ccmi.org.

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Sacrament meeting is at 9 a.m. Sunday School is at 10:10 a.m. and Priesthood, Relief Society and Young Women meet at 11:10 a.m. Church is located at 4001 Island Crest Way. Call 236-2957 for more information.

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday services: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church School and nursery care; 11:30 a.m. children’s choir. 5 p.m. A new Contemporary service with guitar and piano, storytelling, and Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Healing service. The church is located at Southeast 44th Street and 86th Avenue Southeast. Contact: 232-1572 or e-mail mail@emmanuelmi.org

    First Church of Christ, Scientist: Church Services and Sunday school are held at 10 a.m., Wednesday evening meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Child care is available at all services and meetings. The community is welcome. The Reading Room, a place for individual worship and prayer, as well as study, and research is open to everyone on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7605 S.E. 27th St. Call 232-0175 for more information, or e-mail fccsmi@attglobal.net. The church is at Island Crest Way at S.E. 47th Street.

    Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: Services Friday at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Services Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Daily Minyan 7 a.m. and Sunday through Friday Minyan at 9 a.m. FirstFridays at HNT for young adults is at 7:30 p.m. The synagogue is at 3700 E. Mercer Way.

    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Regular Sunday Services are at 8 and 10:15 a.m. The new Contemporary Service is at 5 p.m. and offers a different music style and an informal atmosphere. Sunday School is at 9 a.m., except for holidays or MI School vacations. Midweek Bible Study is on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Men's Bible Study is on the first and third Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. April 22 and 29, Adult Forums with Mark Houglum will take place. The church is located at 8501 S.E. 40th St.

    Mercer Island Covenant Church: Sunday services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. High School Youth Group meets Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Middle School Youth Group meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Community Dinner is on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. There is no Community Dinner this Wednesday, April 11. It will resume April 18. Men’s Prayer Group meets on Wednesdays at 6:15 a.m. Women’s Prayer Ministry meets on Thursdays at 8 a.m. Women’s Oasis Study Groups is canceled for this Thursday. April 19 at 7 p.m. there will be a special seminar, “Helping Children Connect with God,” featuring Steve Berger. Tickets are $5. For additional information call 232-1015, ext. 100 or check our Web site, www.micc.org. The church is located at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

    Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship at 8:15, 10:35 a.m. and 5 p.m. On April 27, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Concert featuring Erik Floan, Directory of Worship, Music & Arts at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Bellevue. April 28 is the Habitat for Humanity work party, meet at MIPC at 8 a.m. Work on Snoqualmie Ridge site and return by 5 p.m., contact Sally Garrett for more information 206-236-0954 or sally.garrett@gmail.com. May 17-20 is Men’s Weekend in Malibu, BC, contact Dale Sewall at 206-232-5596, ext. 202 or dales@mipc.org. For general information contact Ruth Ann Biggers at 232-5596, ext. 203 or ruthannb@mipc.org. or Dale Sewall at dales@mipc.org. The church is at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

    Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. All are welcome. The church is at 7070 S.E. 24th St.

    New Hope International Church: Services at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays. The speaker is Dr. Peter Wyns. A prayer session for those who need healing in their family is available. The church is located at 170 S.E. 64th St. Call 275-1042, ext. 3 or www.newhic.org.

    Redeemer Lutheran Church: Worship and Kid’s Church services are at 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6001 Island Crest Way. Contact Pastor Bill Clements at 232-1711.

    St. Monica Catholic Church: Daily Masses: Monday through Friday 6:05 and 8 a.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil at 5 p.m., Sunday, 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and Benediction at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Moms’ Group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Juliana Stachurski at 275-9706 or Michelle Klecan at 425-373-1237. Rosary makers meet from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. in Rectory room. Church office phone number is 232-2900. Pastor is Father Dennis Kemp. The church is at 4301 88th Ave. S.E.

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