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Mercer Island School District Fine Arts Showcase presents ``We Dream'' at the Mercer Island High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. today for visual arts viewing, and at 6:30 p.m., musical performances begin. Food donations accepted at the door to benefit the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services food bank.

Firefighters' pancake breakfast is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 12 at the north-end fire station. Food donations to benefit Northwest Harvest and the Mercer Island food bank are welcome.

Islander Middle School's drama club presents ``Grease'' at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, Saturday, March 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Islander Middle School. Tickets are $5 at the door. A sock hop will be held after the Saturday night show.

Island Books storytelling is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. March 12, Pat Peterson, ``Springing into Stories;'' March 19, Charlie Williams, ``Noisy Tales!;'' March 26, Naomi Battuck with Bea and Elly, ``One Size Fits All.''

Mercer Island Classics on Film is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Mercer Island Library. Showing ``The Irish R.M.'' (Episodes I and II). A dramatic comedy about a retired English army officer who is appointed resident magistrate for the West of Ireland in 1897, the days before Irish independence. Sponsored by the Mercer Island Arts Council and the Mercer Island Library. No cost. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

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 to Island residents. Men are welcomed for lifting and carrying books.

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.

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.

Clubs

Mercer Island Preschool Association March events:

  • Monthly coffee social is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 16. Open to all moms and their young children. RSVP for directions to Bridget 275-3070.
  • 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. No cost with MIPA. Children get to play cello, piano, drums and more. R.S.V.P. to Erinann at 232-9662 or erinann.childress@verizon.net
  • Mom's night out wine tasting event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. The cost is $10 in advance. RSVP to Leslie 275-28

The Mercer Island Women's Club will hold its March luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Seattle Yacht Club. Molbaks Nursery will present a program on container garden design. Call Bobbie at 232-0603 by March 7 for information or reservations. New members are welcome.

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.

Library

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.

Great singers of the century is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, with lecturer Norm Hollingshead reviewing the life and accomplishments of Lily Pons.

Storytimes for very young toddlers: for 16 to 23 months and caregiver, 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.

``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 www.kcls.org/read3 for more information and to register.

``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.

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 business owners is every third Thursday, Call to register for an appointment for March 17.

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.

Classes

Natural eating, non-dieting weight management skills is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, at Island House Retirement Center. No cost. Facilitated by Susan A. Casserd, CPC. R.S.V.P. to 230-4117 or 425-941-8588, susiearts@earthlink.net or just drop by.

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. Wednesday, March 16. The fee is $15.

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

Power Vinyasa Yoga classes are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Lakeview Schoolhouse (Sunnybeam). Eight 90-minute classes. The cost is $100. This introductory series is presented by Yoga Bliss. To register, contact YogaBliss4u@hotmail.com

Parks & Rec

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

Income tax help for taxpayers with middle and low incomes is at 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 236-3545 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.net or call 236-3545.

Family caregivers support group is from 3 to 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month beginning today, 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.

Grief & loss support group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the library.

``Dementia, what is it?'' is from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 10, at the north-end fire station. The cost is $3.

Eastside stroke group is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Bellevue.

Retirement asset management is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the north fire station. Park at Rite Aid across the street. The cost is $3.

Parkinson support group is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the library.

Solemates will meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Luther Burbank main parking lot.

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.

JCC

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

``Taking care of our children: drug awareness and prevention,'' is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. The speaker will be Steve Morris, Jewish Family Services director of counseling.

Raising boys: A discussion with parents about their sons' emotional development is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today. The workshop is led by Andrew Koerner, Jewish Family Services clinical therapist. The cost is $15 per person.

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 karlaa@sjcc.org

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.

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

Religion

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Student Ministries auction begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 12. The community is invited. Every Thursday, Contemplative Prayer is noon to 12:20 p.m., in the library. ``The marriage course'' is a seven-week class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday evenings (including dinner) from March 7 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 the Fellowship Hall, a time of prayer and contemplation. The 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 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: Men's breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, followed by an outside work party from 9 a.m. to noon. 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. The winter session will explore various topics via video and a guest speaker. All are welcome to the community dinner at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The cost is $3 per person. Kid's Club, for kindergarten through fifth grade, is at 6:15 p.m., followed by Alpha class at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Childcare is available. Registration has begun for the women's retreat, held March 11-13 at Camp Cascades in Yelm. Call the church for a registration form. The men's breakfast is at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, March 12. The cost is $5. Men of all ages are invited. 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 in the Chapel; Tuesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. Eucharist in the chapel. Call 232-1572 or e-mail the church at mail@emmanuelmi.org . The church is located at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S.E.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: 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 fccsmi@attglobal.net

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

St. Monica's Catholic Church: Friday night Lenten soup supper will be at 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent. The suppers will offer hot soup and bread and a Lenten program that ends in time for the stations of the cross. St. Patrick's Day dinner dance is from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Reserved seating only; tickets will not be available at the door.

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