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Island Youth Ballet: Excerpts from the Nutcracker at Youth Theatre Northwest, including performances at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16, 17 and 21; and at 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 21 and 22. Come watch the young dancers who have practiced five to 10 hours per week all season to create holiday magic for Islanders’ enjoyment.
A concert by Suzuki Harp Northwest will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Mercer Island Library. Youth harpists include Islander Masami Cookson. Refreshments will be served. Explore the “Leavenworth for Four-Inch Bears” created by Tami Szerlip. Play “Can You Find It”. Discover holiday art of Anni Leedy. The meeting room will be reserved as a quiet reading area during the concert.
Argosy Christmas Ship Festival is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Luther Burbank Beach. Bring a flashlight! Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Holiday showing of Marsha Karr’s new giclee prints is from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6829 96th Ave. S.E. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation to honor Joan Fink.
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 City Councilman Steve Litzow will answer questions from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the south-end Starbucks, 8417 S.E. 68th St.
Mercer Island Preschool Association general membership meeting, including hors d’oeuvres, is from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, at 8330 S.E. 61st St.
The League of Women Voters will meet at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Lissa Wells’ home, 7651 S.E. 40th St. Call Martha Jordan at 425-883-9143 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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
Game day is 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. Fun board games and light refreshments.
Study Hall is 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18; at 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 19 and 26 and Wednesday, Dec. 6, 20 and 27.
Teen Advisory Board is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Review materials, services and programs the library offers teens and earn one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments will be served.
Teen programs are offered from 7 to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.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 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 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 www.mipositiveplace.org 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 www.mipositiveplace.org.
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:
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.
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.
Solemates Walking Group is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. today and Wednesday, Dec. 20th, from the lobby. The cost is $2.
Parkinson Carers’ Support Group is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the health room.
Parkinson Support Group is from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19th in the Clarke room.
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.
Bridge Group meets from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in the auditorium. All levels welcome. Prior bridge playing experience necessary. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring a brown bag lunch.
NO Sunday Exchange Club meeting Sunday, Dec. 17.
Community Wide Hanukkah Celebration is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at the JCC. Candle lighting ceremony, entertainment make menorahs and dreidles. Sponsored by KidsQuest Children’s Museum and My Gym in Bellevue. Free and open to everyone. Contact Roni Antibe at ext. 269.
Hanukkah candle lighting for seniors is at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.
Beginning Hebrew classes are from 6:30 to 7:30 Mondays to Dec. 18. The cost is $80 per member or $100 per non-member. To register contact Roni Antebi at ext. 269 or email@example.com.
The Retired Men’s and Women’s Club Hanukkah Party is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. Celebrate life and the festival of lights. For more information call Helaine Goldstein at 425-885-7323.
Sunday matinee movies: Every first Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.: Jan. 7, “Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi.”
Free TechLab computer classes:
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 Bible lesson for each weeks Sunday service can be previewed in the recently opened Reading Room, a bookstore, library, and study area 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 and Wednesday, Dec. 20. Children’s Christmas Program is at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. 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. 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 http://www.emmanuelmi.org.
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: FirstFridays at HNT for young adults is at 7:30 p.m. Speaking of God: is from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. tonight. Contact Melanie Berman at email@example.com. Chanukah party is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, featuring Flying Latkes: Brothers from Different Mothers. 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.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, Soup Suppers is at 6 p.m., followed by Vesper Services at 7 p.m. The church is 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. The last High School Youth Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Men’s open prayer meets every Wednesday at 6:15 a.m. Women’s prayer group meets at 8 a.m. every Thursday. The last meeting for Women’s Oasis Study is at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. There will be no community dinner until January 2007. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will meet at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15. No blood drive at the church on Tuesday Dec. 19. For additional information call 232-1015, ext. 100. The church is at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday, Dec. 17 Worship services : 8:15, 10:35 a.m. and at 5 p.m. there will be a special Acoustic Christmas Worship Service. At 9:15 a.m. there is a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long for all ages. Christmas Concert and Wassail Fest is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 featuring Chancel and Handbell choirs. Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. “The Longest Night: A Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness.” Christmas Eve: Worship is at 10 a.m., 6, 9 and 11 p.m. in the sanctuary.
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. Thanksgiving at Plymouth on Stewart. Join by preparing and serving a Thanksgiving feast. Many jobs for many people. Contact Elaine Bolger at 275-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: Services: Preschool/Kindergarten, Sunday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Confirmation, Sunday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; High School Youth Night, Sunday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Middle School Youth Night, Monday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Elementary Focus program is Wednesday, 4 to 5:30; RCIA/Adult Education, Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Contact 232-9829 for more information. Rosary makers is every Thursday from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. in Rectory room A. Legion of Mary is every Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. in Rectory room A. 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.