Emergency Communications Open House is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the City of Mercer Island City Hall Council Chambers. Learn with Mercer Island Radio Operators (MIRO) about the role of emergency communications in a disaster event.

``The Mouse That Roared'' presented by Mercer Island High School Dinner Theatre. Performances will be Thursday, May 12, for Mercer Island School District staff; Friday, May 13, for students; and Saturday, May 14, for the general public. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the public and $20 for students and staff. Advanced reservations required. For details, e-mail, or call 236-3421.

Crest Plant Sale: Annual sale is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Crest Learning Center, 4150 86th Ave. S.E. The sale continues from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, May 16 to June 3, at the center.

Island Books Spring/Summer Storytelling: at 11 a.m. Saturdays. May 14, Tia, ``Hurray it's May! Sing, Dance and Play!'' May 21, Roger Page, the man behind Island Books, will be the storyteller.

Mercer Island Girls Scouts Recruitment Event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Join Junior Troop 315 for an afternoon of activities, crafts, songs, and snacks. Free for all girls entering K-12 in the fall of 2005. Please bring a toiletry item for our community service project.

Information Forum for Parents regarding incoming Mercer Island High School freshman is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the library presentation room at the school. A panel of students, staff and parents will answer the most frequently asked questions about life for freshmen. Call Barb Shephard at 232-0876 or Beverly van Hartesvelt at 232-2650.

Lakeridge Literature Night is Thursday, May 12, at Lakeridge Elementary School. At 7 p.m. local children's author Alan Johnson will sign his books: ``My Brother's Story,'' ``The Butterpop Cafe'' and ``Picker McClikker.''

City of Mercer Island Spring Recycling Event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St.

Seattle Storm players will make an appearance at Islander Middle School Monday, May 23, during intermission between the middle school girls versus teachers and high school girls versus teachers games. Call Christa Lilly at 232-5688.

Islander Girls' Soccer Summer Camp is Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29, at Mercer Island High School stadium field. For incoming sixth- to eighth-graders from 10 a.m. to noon and for ninth- to 12th- graders from 1to 3 p.m. The cost is $110 per player. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Email coach Bryan Mazza at


The Mercer Island Preschool Association's monthly coffee social is from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 12. Open to all moms and their young children. R.S.V.P., and for directions call Lisa at 352-8129.

The Mercer Island Preschool Association is hosting ``A Trip to Paradise'' gala evening for parents at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Beach Club. Contact Kimberly at 232-8479 or for reservations.

The Mercer Island Women's Club is hosting a newcomers' potluck dessert and wine soiree from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Any woman new to the island or interested in learning about the club is welcome to attend. Call Margaret at 232-8197 for information and directions.

The Mercer Island Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Mercer Island Library. The speaker will be Al Ziontz, an attorney who will talk on ``Indian Tribes and the State of Washington: From Conflict to Cooperation.''

The Mercer Island ADD Support Group will meet at 7 p.m., May 16, in the Islander Middle School library. Call Michelle King at 232-3152 for more information.

All Island Book Club & Classics on Film presents: ``From the Streets of Shakespeare to the Court of Elizabeth'' at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, and ``Shakespeare: An Authorship Debate'' at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the library.

Friends of Luther Burbank Park will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Mercer Island Library.

Mercer Island Preschool Association presents Soundbridge Storytelling at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 19. Enjoy stories and songs with Bryan. Children will play the cello, piano, drums and more. To R.S.V.P. call Erinann at 232-9662 or

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

Mercer Island Radio Operators meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the north-end fire station. It is a volunteer organization that provides backup emergency communications for the Mercer Island Public Safety Department. For information, call Bill Ellis at 232-4881.


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.

Island Tales of Enchantment Writing Contest open to 10-12, 13-15 and 16-19 year-olds. Write a short story, under 501 words. Each first place winner from the age groups will have their story published in the Mercer Island Reporter and win an iPod shuffle! Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, June 3. Send all entries to Mercer Island Public Library, c/o Daniel Masler, Enchanted Island Writing contest, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Winners will be announced Friday, July 15, at Potterfest outdoor film event in Mercerdale Park. Categories will be first and second places each for all ages. Runners-up also will be honored.

``Read Three, Get One Free!'' for 12- to 18-year-olds. Read three books, write three short reviews and get a new paperback book free. Books read for school count for this program. Check with the library or for more information and to register.

Talk Time English Conversation Class is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For adults of all languages. Improve your English conversation skills and meet new friends.


Information/support meetings for Mercer Island teens and parents experiencing the effects of teen suicide are from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, to June 4, at Bellefield Office Park. Space is limited. There is no charge. Call Vidya Vara @423-7909 or fax her at 232-0095 with questions.

Boys & Girls Club

Register early for all of the summer camps. Register online at for AM/PM Pals, dance camps, Teen and Adventure Travel camps, Summer Scene day camps, and Skyhawk sports camps.

Growing up Female for fourth- through seventh-graders is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12. For daughters and their moms or dads. The fee is $15. You must pre-register by Friday, May 6.

Growing up Male for fourth- through seventh-graders is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 19. For sons and their dads or moms. The fee is $15. You must pre-register by Friday, May 13.

The Boys & Girls Club Spring Event: Saturday Night Fever is at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Boys & Girls Club gym. The 70's band, The Afrodisiacs, will provide live dance music following dinner and an auction. The cost is $150 per couple. Contact Jeremy Peck at for information or tickets.

Judo program for all ages is from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Taught by Harold Yamada. The cost is $30 per month. Call 232-4548 to register.

Late Night for grades six through 12 is from 7 to 11 p.m. every Saturday. Come by for basketball, movies, video games, music and pizza. The cost is $3.

Parks & Rec

The following are programs run by the Parks & Recreation Department. For locations, go to or call 236-3545.

League gymnastics is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, to Aug. 24, at the Mercer Island High School gymnastics room. Instructed by Cascade Elite Gymnastics. The cost is $375.

Weight Loss With Hypnosis is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, May 19 to June 2, at the Boys & Girls Club. The instructor is Robert Felix. The cost is $81.

Pilates Level 1 is from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, May 25 to June 22, at the Boys & Girls Club; Level 2 is from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $62.

All Island Garage Sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the North Mercer gym.


All support groups, with the exception of the stroke group, meet at the Mercer Island Library. For locations or more information, check or call 236-3545.

Defensive Driving is from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the north fire station.

Grief and Loss Support Group is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Mercer Island Library.

Free Health Screening for Seniors is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Mercer Island Senior Health Center, 7707 S.E. 27th St.

Eastside Stroke Group is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue.

Parkinson Support Group is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Mercer Island Library.

Solemates will walk from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. The cost is $2. Meet at Luther Burbank Park main parking lot.

Crafts On Your Own for seniors is from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, at Covenant Shores lodge. Bring your favorite craft hobby and meet new friends. The cost is $3.50.


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

Can Eight-a-Day Keep Cancer Away? The latest science on water and health, is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Dr. Susan Kleiner will be the speaker. For more information and to R.S.V.P. call Karla Anderson at the JCC ext. 272 or e-mail

Photography Art Shows: ``Traveling Man'' photography art show by Leonard DeFranchesco runs through May 12. Contact Shlomit Weil-Piechenick, curator, at 425-417-7609 for more information.

Social Singles Dance 45+ is at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the JCC auditorium. The cost is $25 at the door. Dance under the mirror ball to the DJ music or Paul Thompson, ``Hits to Go'' from Big Band to music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. E-mail to be placed on the mailing list. Send check payable to JCC to 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Attention: Spring Dance.


The Mercer Island Visual Art League's Spring Arts Show will be held through Monday, May 16, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. There are 30 MIVAL artists in the show.

The Chamber Art Gallery's one-woman show with Genny Rees, ``Master of Flowers,'' will run through June. The gallery is at the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7612 S.E. 27th St. Call 232-3404 for information.


Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Adult ministries classes continue: Monday Mornings Bible Study for Women is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room, studying the lectionary passage to be preached on the following Sunday. Vacation Bible School ``Shouting in the Hush Arbor'' is from 1 to 3:15 p.m., July 11 to July 15th. Young mothers are welcome to our Moms & Tots, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday mornings. This is a program with fellowship, Bible study and education. Childcare is provided. The church is at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

Congregational Church of Mercer Island: The Luncheon and Vintage Fashion Show is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The cost is $12 per person. Call the church at 232-7800 for tickets. Yard cleanup work party is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14. Men's breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Goodwill and Fellowship Committee is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Senior brunch is Sunday, May 15, after worship. Weavers Women's Group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the sanctuary. Barbara Miller, singer, and Beth Kirchhoff, accompanist, will give a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in the church sanctuary. The church is at 4545 Island Crest Way.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: All are welcome at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday for community dinner. The cost is $3 per person. Childcare is available. Vacation Bible Camp is from Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29. The theme is ``Serengeti Trek.'' Registration begins Sunday, May 29. The camp is open to all children from kindergarten through sixth grades. The church is at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday services are at 8 a.m. (Rite I) and 10 a.m. (Rite II.) Children's music program and adult education are at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to join our ``Layweeders'' in the Emmanuel gardens from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday. Come prepared to weed, prune and chat! The old office building will be remodeled into the Phil Lorenzen Teen Center. Usable furniture and appliances are solicited. Call Patricia at the church office if you have a donation. For information on church programs call 232-1572 or e-mail the church at The church is at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S.E.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: ``Men cooking for Shabbat'' will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in the HNT kitchen. Materials fee is $65. For more information, contact Herzl-Ner Tamid at 232-8555. The synagogue is at 3700 East Mercer Way.

Christian Science Church: The Christian Science Reading Room is temporarily located at the Christian Science Church at Island Crest Way and S.E. 47th Street. The room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, at 11 a.m. Sundays, and at 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 232-0175 for more information, or e-mail

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Worship services are held Sunday at 8 a.m. in the chapel and at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary, with Holy Communion at both services. Wednesday night family night starts with dinner at 5:45 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided. Senior Lunch Bunch meets at noon Thursday, May 18, with a program relating to identity theft. A confirmation retreat will be held for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders from 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Knitters/Crocheters meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the atrium. The church is at 8501 S.E. 40th St. It is open Monday through Friday until 5 p.m.

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Men's fellowship and prayer meetings are at 9:30 a.m. and women's fellowship and prayers are at 10 a.m., both every Tuesday. The church is at 7070 S.E. 24th St. Call 232-3044 for more information.

Congregation Shevet Achim: For more information or for Shabbat dinner reservations, call 275-1539, or visit the Web site at Congregation Shevet Achim is at 5017 90th Ave. S.E. in Northwest Yeshiva High School.

St. Monica Catholic Church: Day of Reconciliation is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Monica's school library. Lunch will be provided. Call 232-9829. St. Monica Youth All Island Dance is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Redeemer Lutheran Church: The church is at 6001 Island Crest Way. For information call Pastor Bill at 232-1711 or go to www.RedeemerLutheranChurch.

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