30th Anniversary Celebration of the Mercer Island Recycling Center is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the recycling center at Mercerdale Park. Treats, conversation about the past and future of the recycling center. Everyone welcome.

Island Books Fall Storytelling is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Sept. 17, Debbie Deutsch, Welcome Fall; Sept. 24, Meg Lippert, Fabulous Folktales; Oct. 1, Kathy Currie, Fantasy and Tales.

Mercer Island Senior Resource Fair is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8355 S.E. 40th St. Free health screenings. No cost to attend. For more information, call 425-466-5345.

Blood Drive is from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

Greg Williamson Pony Boy All-Star Big Dance Band will entertain from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at 78th Ave. S.E. in front of the Interstate 90 sculpture garden.

Mock Scholastic Aptitude Test Exam is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Mercer Island High School commons. Preregistration is encouraged to ensure space. The cost is $20 before Wednesday, Sept. 21. Bring pencils and a calculator. The test is open to anyone. A follow-up session is from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the MIHS lower commons. Proceeds benefit the MIHS PTSA Senior Party. Call Kim York, at 230-9237, or if you have questions.

Congregation Shevet Achim presents Ari Goldwag, singer, songwriter, and Chazzan, live in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children under 3 are free.


The Mercer Island Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. The speaker will be Ed Lightfoot who will discuss his family's history on the Island. The video ``Dawn on the Island'' also will be shown.

The Mercer Island Preschool Association:

? The Fall Potluck Picnic is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the picnic shelter at Lid Park. To R.S.V.P. and for directions, contact Sarah at 275-3059.

? A Coffee Social is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 21. To R.S.V.P. and for directions, call Lauren at 275-3709. Open to all moms and their young children.

? Mercer Island Fire Station Tour is at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Check out the trucks and equipment! Limited space available. Contact Kristine at 709-8343.

? Parents Night Out is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at The Islander, 7440 S.E. 27th St. To R.S.V.P., contact Beth at 633-7911.

The Mercer Island Peacemakers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Mercer Island Library meeting room.

The Mercer Island Women's Club will hold a potluck lunch at 11:30 Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Barbara Stevens' home. All interested in joining the club are welcome. For directions and to R.S.V.P. contact Stevens at 275-3220 or

The ProBus Club of Mercer Island will host a forum at 11:45 a. m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Mike Grady and Brenda Finkenbinder, candidates for City Council position #6, will answer questions.

Sons of Norway meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th St.

Mercer Island Radio Operators meet at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the north fire station. The group provides backup emergency communications for the Mercer Island Public Safety Department. For information, call Bill Ellis at 232-4881.

The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island is planning a ``Nonagenarian Tea and Silent Auction'' in October 2005 to honor 90-year-old Mercer Island residents and to raise money for the foundation. In preparation for the event, names of senior honorees as well as small auction donations or services are requested. For more information, contact Angela Decker at 232-6600 ext. 223.


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.

Toddler Story Times for 2- to 3-year-olds with caregiver is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 25. Registration is required.

Preschool Story Times for 3- to 5-year-olds is at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 25. Registration is required.

Very Young Toddler Story Time for 16 months to 23 months with caregiver, is at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26. Registration is required.

Talk Time English conversation class is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 21.

SCORE Counseling for business owners is at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. every third Thursday, starting Sept. 15. Please register for an appointment prior to Sept. 15.

Computer Classes:

? E-mail Basics is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Registration is required.

? Microsoft Word Basics is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn how to create and save a document, insert images and more. Registration is required.

Boys & Girls Club

Register early for all summer camps. Register online at for AM/PM Pals, dance camps, Teen and Adventure Travel camps, and Skyhawk sports camps. Call 232-4548.

Judo Program for 6- to 15-years-old is from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $35 per month. Call to register.

Hip-Hop for children 10 and over is from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 21. The instructor is Kevin Caraco. The cost for eight hours is $100. Please register online.

Ballet/Jazz for 7- to 9-years-old is from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22 to Dec. 8. The instructor is Debbie Nittrouer. The cost for nine classes is $90. Register online.

Amazing Arts Workshops for 6- to 10-year-olds. Jazzy Jewelry is Thursdays, Sept. 22 to Oct. 6. The cost is $30. Call for times and to register.

Fun with Clay for first to fifth grades is from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5 to Oct. 26. The cost is $45. Call to register.

AM/PM Pals for children in full-day kindergarten through fifth grade. From 6:30 to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Staff members accompany your child to and from the school buses to the three public elementary schools, prepare nutritious snacks, plan arts and crafts, assist with homework, play large-group games, and supervise free play with Legos, board games, computer time and more. Register online at or call Sue at 232-4548.


``Strategies in Increasing Positive Outcomes for Your Child and Teen Dealing with AD/HD, Anxiety, Depression and Related Conditions'' will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. The speaker will be Dave Pomery M.D., of Brain Health NW, a new Eastside medical practice devoted to diagnosis and ongoing treatment of AD/HD and related conditions. There is no cost.

Infant/Child CPR is from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The cost is $15; First Aid with CPR is from 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The cost is $30. Both classes are at the north-end fire station, 3030 78th Ave. S. E.

Mercer Island Branch School of Ikebana Japanese flower arrangement is from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Sept. 16 to Nov. 4, in the Boys & Girls Club boardroom. Call Parks & Recreation at 236-3545 to register.

A presentation entitled ``Learn How to Identify and Improve your Emotional Intelligence,'' with guest speaker Dr. Jeanne Anne Craig, is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4001 Island Crest Way.

Parks & Rec

The following programs are run by the Parks & Recreation Department. Call 236-3545, or register online at

Fitness Boot Camp is from 6 to 7 a.m. Mondays through Fridays to Oct. 7 at the North Mercer Gym, 8817 S.E. 40th Street. The cost for three days per week is $90, for five days per week is $150.

Stretching and Abdominal Class is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 28, at North Mercer Gym, 8817 S. E. 40th St. S.E. The cost is $70.

Ballet is Tuesdays or Thursdays from Sept. 20 to Dec. 6 at the Boys & Girls Club. For 3- to 4-year- olds at 3 p.m.; for 5- to 6-year olds at 4 p.m.; for 7- to 9-year olds at 5 p.m. The cost is $91.

Solemates will walk from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the main Luther Burbank parking lot.

Clay Sculpting for 5- to 7-year-olds is from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 4, at the Boys & Girls Club boardroom. The cost is $76. Code #4787.

Garden Art for 3- to 4-year-olds is from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 1, at the Boys & Girls Club boardroom. The cost is $85.


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

``The Joys and Challenges of Child-Raising'' lecture is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Vicki Smolke from Bellevue Community College will be the speaker. The cost is $15 per individual and $25 per couple for non-member families. To register, contact Carla Hershman at 232-7115, ext. 304.

Live Jazz at lunchtime for seniors is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the auditorium.

Shabbat Dinner for singles 40 years old and older is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. An evening of company and a catered kosher dinner. The cost is $11. R.S.V.P. to Roni Antebi at ext. 269.

Transcendental Meditation presentation is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the library and at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in room 207. Learn how this simple mental technique is an efective antidote to the stresses andchallenges of modern life. Open to the public, preregistration is required at 206-366-0499 or No cost.

Author Reading and book signing is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Eva Etzioni-Halevy, author of ``The Song of Hannah,'' will read from her book and autograph copies.

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