Events; Clubs; Library; Classes; JCC; Religion


Island Boy Scouts are collecting food over the next several weeks for the Eastside food bank of Hopelink. The annual collection helps offset the dip in food bank inventories after the holidays. Watch for doorknob hangers at your home.

Mailing day for 2005 Mercer Island Directories is at 9 a.m. Friday, March 18, in the Great Room at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Community volunteers are needed to prepare 6,500 directories for mailing. Men are need for lifting and carrying books.

MIHS Honor Society auction is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 in the MIHS commons. Botox treatments, Mariner's merchandise certificate and a trombone are a few of the many items available.

The Mercer Island Schools Foundation's second annual community business fund-raising breakfast is at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, at MIHS. The host is Dave Ross; the keynote speaker is Bob Watt, vice president of government and community relations for The Boeing Co.

MIHS-PTSA Parent Education Series, Parenting Gen Stress: Culture Toxicity, Parent Anxiety and the Pursuit of Excellence, a presentation by Laura Kastner is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at MIHS commons.

International Night 2005 is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Island Park Elementary School. Entertainment, food and an Irish dance troupe. Dinner is $5, and multicultural crafts for children is $5.

Entertainment is free.

Mercer Island boys basketball Booster Club team benefit game is Saturday, March 26, at the MIHS gym. The eighth-grade team plays at 5 p.m.; the sixth-grade team at 6:30 p.m.

MIHS student registration for those new to the school district will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m.Wed. March 23 at the Mercer Island High School Library.

Students must bring proof of Mercer Island residency. Call Sheryl Ehrlichman for details at 236-3354.


Mercer Island parent ADD support group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the Islander Middle School library. Call Michelle King at 232-3152 for more information.

Mercer Island Historical Society is at 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the Mercer Island Library. The speaker will be Dave Horsey, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist.

Mercer Island Preschool Association March events: € Monthly coffee social is from 10 a.m. to noon today. Open to all moms and their young children. Call Bridget at 275-3070 to RSVP and for directions.

* Library event is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21. Enjoy a special evening of entertainment by MIHS drama club. Age appropriate; pajamas encouraged.

* Soundbridge Storytelling is at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 22. Enjoy "My Little Piano" with Bryan. Children get to play cello, piano, drums and more.

R.S.V.P. to Erinann at 232-9662 or

* Mom's night out wine tasting event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. The cost is $10 in advance. R.S.V.P. to Leslie 275-2811.

* Thistle Theatre's puppet show of "Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold" is at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Factoria KidsQuest Children's Museum. The cost is $7 per person. R.S.V.P. to Erinann at 232-9662 or

Open book club is at 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Island Books. All are welcome to attend. Thursday, March 31, "The Girl Who Played Go" by Shan Sa.

All Island Book Club is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the library.

Leader Sandy Eacker will review "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates.

Mercer Island Radio Operators (MIRO) meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the north-end fire station. MIRO is a volunteer organization that provides back-up 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.

Storytimes for very young toddlers for 16 to 23 months and caregivers is at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through March 30. Stories, songs, finger plays and fun! Please register.

Lively Folk Tales in Story Theatre for 2- to 6-year-olds is at 7 p.m.

Monday, March 21. Performed by the MIHS Drama Department's Dreamstate Productions for "The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button." Directed by Karen Campbell.

"Between Past and Future," new photography and video from China is at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23, at the library. Presented by a staff member of the Seattle Art Museum.

Book signing at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, with Peg Kehret, author of "Abduction!" which received the 2005 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best children's mystery novel by the Mystery Writer's of America.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library spring booksale is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Friday, April 1, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Donations of books, videos, books on tape, cassettes and compact discs are appreciated.

"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 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.

SCORE counseling for businesses is every third Thursday, Call for an appointment for March 17.


CPR and first aid classes will be held at the north-end fire station.

Instructors are Mercer Island firefighters. To register, call 236-3600.

Class schedule is as follows: € Infant/child CPR from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. The fee is $15.

* Adult CPR from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. The fee is $15.

Healthy eating support group and learning lab starts Wednesday, March 16, at Island House with Susan A. Casserd. All are welcome. Call 425-941-8588 for details.

Power Vinyasa Yoga classes are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Sunnybeam School. Eight 90-minute classes. The cost is $100. This introductory series is presented by Yoga Bliss. To register, contact

Life transitions and your personal finances class is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the JCC. Seating is limited. Call Vicki Callaghan at 425-451-2322 for reservations.

Film/TV private, small classes. . On-camera training and talent management.

Interview required. Call The Actor's Studio N.W./CTM Management at 232-0591.

Kid's class, 11- to 13-year olds, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; adult class, 14 years+ from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. More information at

www.theactorsstudio.comParks & Rec The following are programs run by the Parks & Recreation Department. For locations, go to

www.miparks.netor call 236-3545.

Income tax help for taxpayers with middle and low incomes is from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays through April 9, and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through April 9 at the Mercer Island Library. Call 3545 for reservations.

"Investing tips you learned in kindergarten" is from 10 to noon Tuesday, March 22, at the north-end fire station. The cost is $3.

Lunch and Seattle Rep Theatre is from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

The cost is $43. Transportation from Luther Burbank Park.

"Camano Island Ramble" is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Transportation is from Mercer Island City Hall. The cost is $60.

Easter egg hunts: for 1- to 6- year-olds is at 3 p.m.; a flashlight hunt for 7- to 12-year-olds is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Mercerdale Park.

Sponsored by Parks & Recreation and Countrywide Mortgage. A $1 donation is requested.

Pilates: Wednesday through March 30, at the Boys & Girls Club. The cost is $62; Level l is from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., Level 2 is from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Seniors All support groups, with the exception of the Stroke Group, meet at the Mercer Island Library. For locations or more information, check

www.miparks.netor call 236-3545.

Caregivers support group is from 3 to 4:40 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Mercer Island Library.

Eastside stroke group is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at St.

Andrews Lutheran Church in Bellevue.

Solemates will meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Luther Burbank main parking lot.

Family caregivers support group is from 3 to 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, to May 4, at the Mercer Island Senior Health Center, 7707 S.E.

27th St. Call Karin Miller, MSW support group facilitator, at 425-688-5637 for more information.

Senior lunch is at noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in the lodge at Covenant Shores. The fee is $4.25. Call Lynda King at 236-3549 by 10 a.m. the day before to place your order. There is no parking at Covenant Shores, but a free shuttle service leaves at 11:45 a.m. from the south Luther Burbank parking lot and returns after lunch. Call 236-3456.

"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. Galleries The Chamber Art Gallery's new show continues through March 31, featuring paintings by Kevin Curry and Robert Pare. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday through Friday. The gallery is located at the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7612 S.E. 27th St.

Brenda Zager, Barry Riday and Esther Akrish are exhibiting at the Washington Mutual Plaza, 7900 S.E. 28th St., through March.

Colleen Mohn and Jean Davis will show their paintings at Ana's Restaurant, 2420 76th Ave. S.E., through March.

Wanda Hughes, Jean Jack and Franca Martin are exhibiting their paintings at Island House, 7810 S.E. 30th St., through April.


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

Seattle Jewish Film Festival matinee and lunch for seniors (55+) is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, in the JCC auditorium. Enjoy the Northwest premiere of the award-winning film "Watermarks." Reservations are required. Call Roni Antebi at ext. 269. Limited to first 150 people who respond.

Free community-wide annual Purim carnival and summer camp registration is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the JCC. Dress in your wildest costume! Games, prizes, live music and entertainment, food and carnival booths. Also, register for summer day camps for 2- to 16-year-olds. Call Zach Duitch at ext. 243 for more information.

Food talks will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays: March 24, "Mental gymnastics: Food and mood;" April 14, "Power eating: build muscle, boost energy, cut fat;" May 12, "Can 8-a-day keep cancer away? The latest science on water and health." Susan Kleiner is the lecturer. The cost is $15 per lecture or $55 for the entire series. To register, contact Karla Anderson at ext. 272 or e-mail

Live jazz at lunchtime is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Richard Dean plays piano. No cost, but a donation of $1 is suggested for refreshments.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Underwritten by Sunrise Assisted Living of Mercer Island.

Spiritual and surrealistic paintings by David Levinson are from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 27 through May 12, in Kafe Kineret.

Shabbat dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1 at the Stroum JCC in Seattle. RSVP with payment to 8606 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle. The cost is $25/family.

Slide show with Herbert Lipman: Equador and the Galapagos Islands is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31. No cost.

Beat the blues (55+) is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the JCC auditorium.

Sharon Romm, M.D., psychiatrist and therapist will speak about medicines, therapies, exercise.

"Spring is for Seniors" luncheon is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum will discuss spiritual preparation for Passover.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by flutists Linda Bailey and Danijela Djakovic. R.S.V.P. with payment by Monday, April 11. The cost is $7 by April 11, $10 after.


Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Every Thursday there is contemplative prayer from noon to 12:20 p.m., in our library. "The Marriage course" is a seven-week class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday evenings (including dinner) to April 25 (excluding April 11.) The cost is $90. James Watson's Thursday Night Bible Study discussing Matthew Chapter 6 is at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room. During Holy Week (March 20-27) MIPC will provide a labyrinth to walk in our Fellowship Hall, a time of prayer and contemplation. A Lenten Luncheon is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 with special guest-speaker Michael Ramos, director of Social Justice Ministries, Church Council of Greater Seattle. Maundy Thursday Worship is at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 24 in the sanctuary; Good Friday worship is at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25 in the sanctuary; Easter Sunday, March 27, there are four worship services: 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. A special breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall from 7 to 8 a.m. The church is located at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Weavers Women's Group will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 19, in the library. Palm Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m. March 20. Brunch after worship, nursery care is provided. Maundy Thursday communion service is at 7:30 p.m. March 24. Nursery care is provided. Good Friday Tenebrae service is at 7:30 p.m. March 25. Nursery care is provided. Easter Sunrise service is at 6 a.m. March 27, at Luther Burbank Park. Park in the west parking lot. Easter service is at 10:30 a.m.

March 27, followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Logos field trip is at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. First Friday dinner and discussion is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 1. Logos ends with "Spring has Sprung" family potluck dinner is Wednesday, April 6. For more information, call 232-7800.

The church is located at 4545 Island Crest Way.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: Women's ministry meetings are from 9:15 am.

to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, with free childcare available. This week marks the start of our new spring session study, "A Woman After God's Own Heart." All are welcome to the community dinner at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The cost is $3 per person. The last Kid's Club, for kindergarten through fifth grade, is at 6:15 p.m. tonight, followed by Alpha class at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is available. Good Friday Passion service will be at 7 p.m. March 25. The Easter Sunday musical drama "Believe!" will be from 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

March 27. For more information, call 232-1015. Covenant Church is located at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Registration is open to the public for Emmanuel Day School and for EDS and Emmanuel Church families. 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. Holy Week schedule: Palm Sunday is at 8 a.m.

Eucharist beginning in the Narthex, at 10 a.m. Palm Procession and Eucharist beginning in the Parish Hall; Monday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Eucharist n the Chapel; Tuesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. Eucharist in the chapel. Call 232-1572 or e-mail the church at The church is located 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. Tuesday evenings in the HNT kitchen. Materials fee is $65.

Adult Education is from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays, to March 27: Food for the Body and Soul: Breakfast and torah study "God: A Biography." For more information, contact Herzl-Ner Tamid at 232-8555. The synagogue is located at 3700 East Mercer Way.

The Christian Scientist Church: The Christian Science Reading Room has been relocated to the Christian Science Church at Island Crest Way and S.E. 47th St. 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: Services at 5 p.m. Saturdays have been discontinued. The new regular Wednesday evening schedule features a 6 p.m.

dinner, 6:30 p.m. worship, 7 to 8 p.m. education for all ages/outreach projects. There will be no Wednesday dinner/service/education on March 23.

Holy Week, March 20 to 27: Sunday services are at 8 and 10:15 a.m., special evening services are: at 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 24, Good Friday, March 25 and Easter Vigil March 26. Easter breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, by the confirmation youth. Easter egg hunts for various ages begin at 9:15 a.m. Call 232-3270 for more information. The church is located at 8501 S.E. 40th St.

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; men's prayer is at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays. Palm/Passion Sunday is at 11 a.m. March 20; Maundy (Holy) Thursday, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Fellowship Hall; Good Friday worship is at 7 p.m. March 25.

Easter breakfast celebration is at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 27, in honor of Dr.

Joe Iwano; the Children's Easter egg hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Be sure to bring a basket or bag. Followed by Festival Worship at 11 a.m. The church is located at 7070 S.E. 24th St. Call 232-3044 for more information.

Congregation Shevet Achim: For further information for Shabbat dinner reservations, call 275-1539, or visit the Web site at

Congregation Shevet Achim is located at 5017 90th Ave. S.E. in Northwest Yeshiva High School.

St. Monica Catholic Church: Friday night Lenten soup supper will be at 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent. The suppers will include hot soup and bread and a Lenten program that ends in time for the stations of the cross.

Apologetics with Tim Hope: "Relics and the Shroud of Turin" is at 7:30 p.m.

tonight, in the Family Center. "The Passion", by Mel Gibson: big screen and big sound is at 7 p.m. Palm Sunday, in the parish gym.

Off Island Nominate a teacher for Ivar's Teacher of the Year. Entry forms available at any Ivar's Seafood Bar, Acres of Clams, Ivar's Mukilteo Landing, Ivar's Salmon House, or any Kidd Valley restaurant. Deadline to enter is Friday, May 20.

Mitsuko Hokomori Sogetsu School of Ikebana is offering Japanese flower arrangement classes, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, April 12 through May 17, at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. South, Tukwila. The cost is $40/Tukwila resident and $48/non-resident.Call 206-768-2822 or Mitsuko at 232-4723.

"The Blooming Garden" exhibit is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 24, at the East Shore Gallery, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. A multi-media show featuring paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture and wall tiles with a floral motif. Ginny Reese, a Mercer Island watercolorist is a participating artist.

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