Island Youth Ballet: Excerpts from the Nutcracker at Youth Theatre Northwest, including performances at 7 p.m. tonight and at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22. Come watch the young dancers create holiday magic. All unused tickets from last weekend are accepted at any performance.Tickets are $17. Call 232-2226 for information.

Toys for Tots annual toy drive official collection center is at Coldwell Banker Bain Associates’ real estate office, at 7808 S.E. 28th St. #128 in Island Square. Hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. For more information, contact John Deely at 232-4600.

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 206-465-3319 for more information.


Mercer Island Business Women’s Network will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 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, Jan. 3, at the Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The speaker will be Captain Dan Schwartz, commander of the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson, operated by the University of Washington School of Oceanography.

The Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) board will meet at 10:30 a.m., followed by a general meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Mercer Island Library conference room, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Members are invited to bring one piece of work for review and a pot-lunch. All are welcome.

Island Books Open Book Club is at 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of each month, at Island Books, 3014 78th St. Dec. 28, “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss. Everyone is welcome.

Mercer Island Chapter of BNI meets Thursdays at 8 a.m., at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Contact Dr. Jeff Parton at 551-5333 or Mavis Lamb at 425-204-9800 for more information.

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

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.


The Stock Market’s secret weapon: Reading charts for profit, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The instructor is G. Roze. Call 236-3545.

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, 2007; 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.

Mary Wayte Pool:

  • For schedules and information on upcoming classes and events at the pool, check

  • 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.

  • 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.


    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.

    Study Hall is at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Wednesdays, tonight and Dec. 27.

    Teen programs are offered from 7 to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Contact for more information.

    Toddler Story Times: for two- to- three year-olds is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to 23. Stories and music. Please register.

    Preschool Story Time: for 3- to 5-year-olds is at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to 23. Stories, music, and puppets. Please register.

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

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

    Words on Wheels needs volunteers to select, deliver and return library materials to at least one homebound patron per month. Training is provided and a one-year commitment is required. Must be 18 or older. Contact Susan LaFantasie at 425-369-3235 at the Traveling Library Center.

    SCORE Counseling for business owners is offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.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 or call 232-4548.

    Before and After School Childcare is from 6 to 8:45 a.m. (before school) and from 3 to 6 p.m. (after school) Tuition: Full time for both: $400 per month, part time for both $180 per month; a.m. $200 per month. Call Joan Caldon at 232-4548 for more information or to register at

    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 hangout 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 sponsored by Sahara and soda for you. Call Nate at 232-4548.

    Preschool Rainy Day Gym-Indoor Playground for pre-schoolers accompanied by parents:

  • 9:30 to noon Wednesdays, all the climbing and riding toys.

    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 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.

    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.


    Caregivers Support Group is from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 in the Slater room.

    Senior lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Take the bus from the CCMV to Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. The cost is $4.45 per person. Call for reservations.

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


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

    The Retired Men’s and Women’s Club Hanukkah Party is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. Celebrate life and the festival of lights. For more information call Helaine Goldstein at 425-885-7323.

    Holiday Outing with Marty! To North Bend Outlet mall. Van leaves at 10 a.m. returns by 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Cost is $3 for transportation. Register with Roni Antebi at ext. 269.

    Sunday matinee movies: Every first Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.: Jan. 7, “Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi.”

    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.

    Mah Jongg Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., ongoing. Free for members, $2 for non-members. Meet in room 207.

    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.


    Mercer Island Visual Arts (MIVAL) members’ work currently being shown: Esther Akrish, La Belle Spa, 8425 S.E. 68th St.; Cynthia Nuzzi and Jason Gambreth, Avelino Apts., 2836 78th St. S.E.; Laurie Malmfelt, All the Best Pet Care, 3937 78th Ave. S.E.; Karen Amanda, Dr. Troy Thomas, 2055 80th Ave. Suite 105 through December. Charolette Haugen and Jean Davis, Eques Restaurant, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, through February.


    Christian Science First Church of Christ, Scientist: The community is welcome to Sunday Service, Sunday School at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Child care is available at all services and meetings. 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. Call 232-0175 for more information, or e-mail The church is at Island Crest Way at S.E. 47th St.

    Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Christmas services: Worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24; Christmas Eve family service at 4 p.m., a presentation of the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with the chancel choir, leading Northwest singers directed by Erich Parce; Candle light service is at 11 p.m. Youth group for sixth- to ninth-grade is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays Dec. 27. Bible study group is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and at 6:15 p.m. Thursdays. The church is at 4545 Island Crest Way.

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Advent Contemplative Prayer is at 7 p.m. tonight. Christmas Eve services: 5 p.m. Family Service; 7:30 p.m. Baroque Christmas with the Emerald String Quartet; 10 p.m. Traditional Christmas Mass. There will be Carol singing 30 minutes before each service. The church is at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S.E., 232-1572, or e-mail

    Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: Make Room for Shabbat is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in the school auditorium. For families with five- to 8-year-olds (siblings welcome). The cost is $5 per person. Call 232-8555 to register as space is limited. Youth Shabbat for eighth to twelfth graders is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Contact Donna Peha at 425-277-8857. FirstFridays at HNT for young adults is at 7:30 p.m. Contact Melanie Berman at 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 to register. The synagogue is at 3700 East Mercer Way.

    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship is 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. “Soup Suppers” are at 6 p.m. tonight followed by Vesper Services at 7 p.m. The church is at 8501 S.E. 40th St.

    Mercer Island Covenant Church: Christmas Eve services are at 10 a.m. 5 and 11 p.m. There will be no Sunday school on Christmas Eve. On New Year’s Eve there will be one service at 10 a.m. There will be no community dinner until January 10, 2007. Church offices will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. For additional information call 232-1015, ext. 100. The church is at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

    Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. “The Longest Night: A Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness.” Christmas Eve services: Family Worship at 10 a.m., Contemporary Candlelight Worship service at 6p.m. Traditional Candlelight Worship service at 9 and 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship is at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Church offices are closed Dec. 25 and 26. Contact Ruth Ann Biggers at 232-5596, ext. 203 or or Dale Sewall at for more information. The church is at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

    Mercer Island United Methodist Church: The church welcomes the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. as pastor. Sunday school resumes 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 Church: Celebrate Christmas with the World! 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. The church is located at 9170 S.E. 64th St.

    Redeemer Lutheran Church: The morning worship service and communion begins at 10 a.m. Kid’s Church serves our children during the service. For information, call Pastor Bill at 232-1711. The church is at 6001 Island Crest Way.

    St. Monica Catholic Church: Christmas Mass Schedule: Sunday, Christmas Eve 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Monday, Christmas Day: 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. New Year’s Mass Schedule: Feast of Mary, Mother of God Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 at 8 and 9:30 a.m. 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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