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A free real estate market and trend presentation is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, at Countrywide Home Loans, 7650 S.E. 27th St., Suite 112. Free. Light refreshments will be served.

Dinner Theater - Murders of 1940 at 6:30 Thursdays Feb. 1 and 8; Fridays Feb. 2 and 9 and Saturdays Feb. 3 and 10, at Mercer Island Performing Arts Center, 9100 S. E. 42nd St. General public performance. Tickets are $30. Reservations required.E-mail: theater_tickets@misd.wednet.edu or call 236-3421.

Youth Theatre Northwest presents “Animal Farm.” Performances are: 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 2 and 9; from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10; and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. Tickets are $15 for opening night, call for time, includes an intermission dessert gala and $11 each for reserved seating during the run of the play. Call 232-4145, ext. 109 or on line at www.youththeatre.org

Mock SAT is Friday, Feb. 2 and Sat. Feb. 3, in the Mercer Island High School Commons. A new format, verbal, math and writing is offered by Princeton Review. A fund raiser for the 2007 class Senior party. Check the MIHS web site for registration forms and additional information. The cost of each test is $25, $30 if mailed or delivered after Sunday, Jan. 28. Contact Ann Marie Lewis at 230-0146 or winterbauerlewis@comcast.net.

Island Books Second Saturday Story Time for 3-year-olds and up, is 11 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at 3014 78th Ave. S.E.: Margaret Read MacDonald, “Pigs and Tales!” Folktales from around the world.

Giving from the Heart: Mercer Island Youth & Family Services 6th annual fund-raising breakfast is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St.

3rd Thursday! Mercer Island’s Art Walk Is Feb. 15.

Mercer Island Firefighters Association is conducting a warm clothes drive for the homeless and needy. Bring all warm clothes, especially coats, to Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Collected clothes will go to the Downtown Emergency Service Center in Seattle. Contact Ray Austin at 465-3319 for more information.

Winter 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.

Clubs

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will meet from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The speaker is Phyllis Campbell, CEO The Seattle Foundation. The luncheon cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members and those paying at the door. Call 232-3404 for reservations.

Island Books Open Book Club is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Island Books, 3014 78th St. The book is “Accidental Happiness” by Jean Reynolds Page. The author will attend.

The National Charity League Lake Washington Chapter informational meetings for incoming seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th graders’ mothers and daughters will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 5th, at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. The mission of the League is to foster mother-daughter relationships through the commitment to philanthropy, leadership development and cultural experiences. Join us to learn how to get involved.

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th S.E. Betty J. Fitzgerald, creative artist in multi-media, will demonstrate monoprints. The MIVAL Board will convene at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

The Mercer Island Women’s Club annual fund raiser luncheon is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. John Howie, chef/owner of SeaStar Restaurant & Raw Bar is the speaker. Rub It, Plank It, Sauce It, everything you need to know for plank cooking. Bring a friend. R.S.V.P. to Esther Barsher 232-9280 or Suzi Denmark at 236-8116.

Mercer Island Business Women’s Network will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Han’s Garden Restaurant, 3020 78th Ave. S.E. Contact Naomi Mason at 275-1181 for more information.

The ProBus Club of Mercer Island will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. A representative from Puget Energy Inc. will discuss their response to recent storm damage and power disruptions.

The Mercer Island Republican Women will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Planning 2007 format and installation of new officers. The speaker is Anne Adams.

Grief and Loss support group is a free support group for senior adult widowed men and women. Meetings are on the second Thursday of every month, at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Call Betsy Zuber at 236-3525 to register.

Senior Foundation of Mercer Island: Entertainment 2007 books are selling 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.

Classes

Mercer Island Radio Operators emergency communications class will be held at the North end Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Orientation and kickoff is Feb. 1; Class and license examination is Feb. 24 and 25. Fee is $20 for cost of the training manual. Morse code is not required. Register now through Mercer Island Parks and Recreation, 236-3545. For more information, contact Don Sandstrom at 232-3471, or Bill Ellis at 232-4881

Sunnybeam School is accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year. The Caterpillar class for 3-and 4-year-olds is Tuesday and Thursday mornings and the Butterfly class for 4-and 5-year-olds is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Registration applications are due by Friday, March 2, and are available at the school, 8635 S.E. 68th St. or by calling Stacey Thompson at 232-2979 for times and information.

Mary Wayte Pool:

  • For schedules and information on upcoming classes and events at the pool, check www.nwcenter.org.

  • Shallow water exercise, a drop-in exercise class to increase flexibility and range of motion during an aerobics workout, is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Friday.

  • Deep water exercise, a zero-impact exercise, highly aerobic for strength, conditioning and range of motion, is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

    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.

    Mercer Island Arts Council Classics on Film is at 1 p.m. Saturdays, at the library: “Top Hat-1935” with Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers is Feb. 3; “My Fair Lady- 1964” with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison is Feb. 24. Admission, popcorn and refreshments are complimentary.

    Teen zone is at 3 p.m. today. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat. Contact miya@kcls.org for more information.

    Talk Time is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group. Call for more information.

    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.

    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 Saturday? Visit the Boys & Girls Club. The cost is only $3. Open gym, movies, Xbox, Internet, Karaoke, and open mic nights. Play foosball, Ping-PO 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 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.

    Art for kids is Wednesdays through April 4: for 5- to 8-year-olds from 4 to 5 p.m.; for 9- to 12-year-olds from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. The cost is $188 for 12 weeks.

    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 for more information.

    Seniors:

  • Caregivers support group is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Slater room.

  • Parkinson Disease support group is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Calkins room.

  • Solemates: Four miles of walk and talk followed by a stop at a coffee shop. Wednesdays: today Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 28. Meet in the lobby. The fee is $2 per person per walk.

  • Trip to Tulalip Casino and Outlet Mall is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, from the lobby. The cost is $12. Call to register.

  • Contract bridge is from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Clarke 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.

    JCC

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

    Free beginning Ladino class is from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays, through Feb. 19. Particularly for those who don’t have prior experience speaking Ladino. Call Roni Antebi at ext. 269 to register. Bring friends.

    Music class with the Seattle Symphony is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Taught by Steven Lowe, annotator and lecturer for Seattle Symphony. Feb. 6, “The Modern Era.” The cost is $10 for JCC members, $15 per lecture for non-members. Call ext. 269 to register. Minimum of five is required for the class.

    Free TechLab computer classes: Beginner classes taught by King County Library System. From 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Tuesdays, in the library’s portable classroom in the JCC parking lot. Register with Roni Antebi at ext. 7115.

    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.

    GALLERIES

    Gallery at the Community Center at Mercer View: Puget Sound Sumi artists and Photography by Ruth Gross will be shown daily through March 9.

    Religion

    Christian Science First Church of Christ, Scientist: Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Child care is available at all services and meetings. The community is welcome. The reading room, a place for during-the-week 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 St.

    Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday services: Communion and Sunday school are at 10:30 a.m. followed by High School youth and confirmation class. BBC class “Heart of Christianity” by Marcus Borg, is at 9 a.m. Sundays. LOGOS is Wednesdays after school to 6:45 p.m. Living questions is at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Youth Group grades six to nine meet from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays; Bible study group is at 7:30 Wednesdays and at 6:15 p.m. Thursdays. Men’s breakfast is a 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Outside work party is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 10. All church workshop is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The church is at 4545 Island Crest Way.

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday services: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II; 10 a.m. Church school and nursery care; 11:30 a.m. children’s choir. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Healing service. The church is at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S.E., 232-1572, or e-mail at mail@emmanuelmi-org or visit our web page at http://www.emmanuelmi.org.

    Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: FirstFridays at HNT for young adults is at 7:30 p.m. Contact Melanie Berman at melanie@h-nt.org. Yiddish film series: is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7, “Der Primshpiler”. Films are in Yiddish with English subtitles. The cost is $7 per person. Crash course in Jewish history is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sundays in January. The cost is $40. Contact Erica Newman Nash at melanie@h-nt.org to register. HNT Men’s Club presents World Wide Wrap Superbowl Sunday, at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Contact Pinchas Zohav at 313-0303 for more information. The synagogue is at 3700 East Mercer Way.

    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday services are at 8 and 10:15 a.m. and the new Contemporary service is at 5 p.m. Sunday school and Adult education classes are at 9 a.m. Pastor’s Bible Study is every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Fireside Room. Ash Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The church is at 8501 S.E. 40th St.

    Mercer Island Covenant Church: Sunday services: are at 8:30, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Sunday school for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays: High School youth group meets at 6:30 p.m. Middle school youth group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays: Community dinner is at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $3 per person; Men’s prayer group meets at 6:15 a.m.; Kids Club for first- through fifth- grades is at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays: Women’s prayer group meets at 8 a.m.; Women’s Oasis study group meets at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will meet at 9:15 a.m. On Sunday, Feb. 4 come watch the Super Bowl at 3 p.m. and bring a $1 and a can of soup for area needy. For additional information check www.micc.org or call 232-1015, ext. 100. The church is at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

    Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday is at 8:15,10:35 a.m. and 5 p.m. Christian Education for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Western dance/barbeque from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Mercer Island VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Winter Walks: Saturdays, meet at 9 a.m. at MIPC: Feb. 17th to North Capitol Hill Loop,; March 24 to Pike Place Market. Cotact Brad Fowler at bradleyfowler@hotmail.com or 232-3307. Contact Ruth Ann Biggers at 232-5596, ext. 203 or ruthannb@mipc.org. or Dale Sewall at dales@mipc.org for more information. 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 “Build a Stronger Family” seminar is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 (church service). 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 for more information.

    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. Call the Parish Office whenever one is seriously ill. 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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