Mercer Island Community Calendar | Feb. 4


“Wild Oats of the Caribbean”: 6:30 p.m., MIHS Performing Arts Center. General public performances: Feb. 4, Feb. 7. Students only: Feb. 5. MISD staff only: Feb. 6. Reservations:

CampFair 2009: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 7, St. Thomas School, 8300 N.E. 12th St., Medina. Find summer camp or program; meet directors and representatives from over 75 camps and programs for all ages, preschool to adult. Co-sponsors: St. Thomas School, ParentMap. Free.,

“Romeo and Juliet”: 7 p.m., Friday/Saturday; 2 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, through Feb. 8. Matinees: 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., Feb. 5. Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. $13. 232-4145,

“Giving from the Heart” Benefit Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m., Feb. 11, Community Center at Mercer View. Sponsor: Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation. Proceeds support critical services in counseling, prevention and intervention, court diversion, family assistance, employment, volunteer and leadership development. Roger Kjos: 275-7751,

Classics on Film: “The Killers”: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 12, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Film introduction: 6:15 p.m., with Lance Rhoades, film historian. Free. 275-7609.

Second Saturday Stories: 11-11:30 a.m., Feb. 14, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Kathie Currie: “Hatful of Heartfelt Stories.” Ages 3 and up. 232-6920.

“CRESCENDO” Concert: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Mark Andersen, Lynn Andersen, Genevieve Picard, Kelle Brown. 232-5595,

Mercer Island Arts Council Gallery: on display through Feb. 20, Community Center at Mercer View.

2008-09 Crystal Mountain Multi-Week Program: Registration is open for ages 11 to 17 at Crystal Mountain Ski and Snowboard School. Six-week Saturday packages include discounted lift tickets, transportation, lessons. Limited space. Register: Doug Stevens,

Mercer Island High School Class of 1998 Reunion: March 14, Seattle. Seeking Class of 1998 alumni:,


Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL): meeting, 12-2 p.m., Feb. 5, MI Library. Speaker: renowned NW artist Jennifer Bowman, presenting her acrylics and watercolor techniques. Open to the public.

Sea Kayak and Canoe Winter Seminar: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 8, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Washington Water Trails Association. $40/day. (206) 545-9161,,

Special Needs Forum with Pat Turner for Parents: meeting, 3:30-5 p.m., Feb. 8, MI Presbyterian Church. PTA parent coalition for parents of children with special education and learning differences. With Pat Turner, MISD Student Services director. Mike: 236-7229,

Kids and Socializing in a Cyber and Cell Phone World: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 9, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Parent education seminar. 236-3400.

Genealogy Software Today and Tomorrow: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9, Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Presenter: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Learn current and future trends in online software, genealogical “social networking,” how the use of online sites for genealogy can put you in touch with others. Speaker: Dawn Bingaman. Free admission/JGSWS members. $5/non-members.

“Discover 5 Essential Elements that Guarantee Successful Homeownership”: 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23-March 30, 2737 77th Ave. S.E., Suite 100. A volunteer panel of experts from real estate to title insurance will discuss buying topics and answer questions. Free parking. Registration: (206) 406-5232,

Into the Ring with Perry Lorenzo: “The Thoughts of Wagner’s Questioning Mind,” 6:30 p.m., Feb. 26, Community Center at Mercer View. Explore Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Free. Judy Leithe/Mercer Island Arts Council: 232-5413.

Washington Fly Fishing Club: Beginner Fly-Tying Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, through Feb. 26, Mercer Island Covenant Church. $45. Register: (206) 542-4623,

Prenatal Yoga: 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Mercerwood Shoreclub. Rachel: (206) 979-3008,

Topics in Practical Halacha: 7-8 p.m., Mondays, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Teacher: Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim. Free.


Women Painters of Washington: Gallery Reception, 4-6 p.m., Feb. 5. “Sojourns” Gallery exhibition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through May 1, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free. 624-0543,

Elementary Girls Lacrosse Grades 1-4: Informational Meeting and Registration Rally, 7 p.m., Feb. 5, Islander Middle School Library. Lacrosse season: March through May. Practices: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, IMS. Prior experience not necessary. Robin Moore: 275-0563,

Mercer Island Women’s Club: February Fundraiser Luncheon, Feb. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Benefits local MIWC selected charities. Speaker: Seattle mystery author, Mary Daheim. Social hour: 11 a.m. Lunch: noon. Reservation deadline: Jan. 31. Suzanne Travis: 236-1378.

League of Women Voters: meeting, 9:15 a.m., Feb. 12, MI Presbyterian Church Fireside Room. Discussion topic: the Seattle League’s stormwater management study. Panel discussion, “Follow The Water, a Study of Drainage”: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5, First Baptist Church at Harvard & Seneca in Seattle. Martha Jordan: (425) 883-9143.

Boys Lacrosse: Spring registration for grades 5-8 is now open online at Players are accepted on a first-come basis. Practices for the 2009 Middle School Lacrosse Season begin Feb. 9.

MI Covenant Church Knitting Group: last Monday. Knitting/crocheting garments for Russian orphans. Accepting contributions of leftover wool yarn, acrylic, needles, unfinished projects. Sallie: (425) 881-7210.

Toddlers of Mercer Island (TOMI by MIPA): 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Ages 0-6. $3/child, MIPA members; $5, nonmembers.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS): 9:30-11:30 a.m., first/third Friday, MI Covenant Church. For mothers with children ages birth-K. Childcare provided.

Mercer Island Children’s Hospital Guild: For the annual Mercer Island Directory, if you have moved, changed your address or phone number, or are new to the Island, contact the Guild at 232-7046, 

Mercer Island Community Fund: Accepting applications for grants. Deadline: Feb. 6. Organizations that apply must benefit the MI community in: arts and culture, environment and conservation, development, recreation, social service and health. Gail Steinitz:

Lake Washington Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW): seeking applications for annual Community Grants Program. Deadline: Feb. 28. Open to nonprofit agencies, schools and youth organizations in Bellevue, Lake Washington, Mercer Island and Issaquah school districts. Awarded to programs promoting the advancement of women, girls, gender equity, education, lifelong learning, positive community change. Penny Genise: (425) 869-8556,


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

Registration required:


Libraries closed for President’s Day: Feb. 16


Mercer Island Library Saturday Matinee: “The Hustler” (1961), 1 p.m., Feb. 7. Hud (1963): 1 p.m., Feb. 21. Discussion with film historian, Lance Rhoades. Free refreshments. Sponsor: Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Talk Time: 7 p.m., Feb. 7. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group. Learn more about American culture.

Computer Classes: 9 a.m. E-mail Level I, Feb. 12; beginners welcome, work with Yahoo e-mail account. E-mail Level II: 9 a.m., Feb. 19. E-mail Level III: 9 a.m., Feb. 26.

Opera Preview: “Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung,” 7 p.m., Feb. 18. Veteran opera lecturer, Norm Hollinghead, to speak. Sponsor: Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Library Databases: An Introduction, 9 a.m., Feb. 21. Learn to find magazine, newspaper, encyclopedia articles in databases.


Infant Blanket Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 20. Ages 1-8 months.

Bedtime with Maisy: 7 p.m., Feb. 23. Ages 2-3.

Baby Rhyme Time: 10:15 a.m., Feb. 27. Ages 9-14 months.

Terrific Two’s Story Time: 10 a.m., Tuesday. Stories, music, rhymes. Ages 2-3 with caregiver.

Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m., Tuesday. Stories, music, puppets, Early Literacy alphabet activities. Ages 3-5.


Dream It, Do It Workshop: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 11. Deborah Reber, author of “In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers,” to challenge teen girls to dream big about their careers.

Writing for the Young Adult Market: 1:30 p.m., Feb. 15. Author Amber Kizer to discuss how to develop a story and market it for young adults.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Feb. 17. Voice opinions on teen materials, services, programs. Earn one volunteer credit hour.

Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays. Hang out, do homework, play video games.

Boys & Girls Club

2825 West Mercer Way


Red Cross Basic Aid Training: 6-7 p.m., Feb. 17, March 5. Interactive presentation on first aid, emergency response, preparedness. Free. Registration: Joan Caldon, jcaldon@positiveplace.

Super Sitters: Feb. 24, March 3, 12, 26. Babysitting instruction, discussion, role play, video presentation, games, final quiz. $25/session.

Parks & Recreation

Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV), 8236 S.E. 24th St.


Knife Skills Cooking Class: 6-8 p.m., Feb. 5. Instructor: Lisa Odegard. $37.

Create “Fun” Projects with Microsoft Word: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, through Feb. 12, Groveland Room. Instructor: Delores Davis. $62.

Creating Memoirs: 1-3 p.m., through Feb. 12, Groveland Room. Instructor: Delores Davis. $62.

Senior Valentine’s Day Tea: 2-3 p.m., Feb. 12, Mercer Room. $5. Transportation available; request at time of registration.

Family Valentine’s Party: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 13, Dancing, refreshments, photos, games. Ages 2-12 with adult. $16/child and one family member; $5/additional family members.

Scottish Country Dance: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Sunday, through Feb. 15. Set to lively reel, jig, strathspey music. Instructor: Rachel Pusey. Ages 12 and up. $50.

Reifel Sanctuary and British Columbia Bird Trip: 6:30 a.m., Feb. 16. $77. Return early evening.


Babysitting Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 21. Training in basic babysitting skills, safety, infant child care. Bring lunch. Ages 11-15. $49.

Brain Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, March 7 and 14. Helps students identify/apply learning strengths. For middle/high school students. $225. (206) 533-2080,

Jeff Johnson’s Cartooniversity: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 28. Learn cartoon drawing from local editorial cartoonist Jeff Johnson. Ages 9-14. $57.

Process Painting: Movement, Music and Paint, 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, through March 4. Instructor: Gail Baker. Ages 13-18. $98.

Children’s Gamemaker Workshops: Apprentice Gamemaker: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, through March 12. Ages 6-8. $175. Gamemaker: 5:45-6:45 p.m., Thursday, through March 12. Ages 8-13. $155. Computer programming, video game design. Register:, 1-877-299-2546.

MIPR Dance Team: 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, through March 18. Learn to dance/improve technique. Instructor: Hayley Quinn. Ages 11-18. $152.

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