Mercer Island Community Calendar | Feb. 25


Classics on Film: “Out of the Past” (1947), 6:30 p.m., Feb. 26. “Chinatown” (1974): 6:30 p.m., March 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.

Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drop-In Meeting: 6-8 p.m., March 3, Community Center at Mercer View. Comment at community meeting with the city and the Island Crest Way Citizen Panel, which will forward a recommendation to the City Council. Project Manager Anne Tonella-Howe:, 275-7813,

SJCC Purim Carnival: 12-3 p.m., March 8. Carnival games, hot-air inflatables. All families are invited. Free. Zach Duitch: 232-7115,

Island Crest Environmental Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 14. Sign up: Lina Anne Rose: (206) 322-9296 ext. 225.

St. Patrick’s Day Paw Promenade: 1 p.m., March 14, I-90 Trail to Luther Burbank Park off-leash dog park. Meet at City Hall, follow the trail to off-leash dog park. Pet related vendors, raffles, demonstrations, family activities, prizes for “most spirited” dog. Free. Parks & Recreation: 275-7862.

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

4th Annual Youth Employment Fair: 12-4 p.m., March 15, Community Center at Mercer View. Co-sponsors: MIYFS, Boys & Girls Club, MI Chamber of Commerce. For ages 14-22. Find summer employment, write an employment resume, find volunteer experience, speak with local employers. Cheryl Manriquez: 275-7869.

37th Annual Mercer Island Rotary Run: March 22, Community Center at Mercer View. Online registration open through March 20. Walkers: 7:30 a.m. Half Mile Kid’s Dash: 8:30 a.m. Half Marathon Run: 9 a.m. 5k Run and Walk: 9:30 a.m. 236-5323, ext. 1920,


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

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

PUSH Exercise Class: 11:15 a.m., Fridays, through Feb. 27, Community Center at Mercer View dance room. A mix of strength, sport drills, intervals, balance, flexibility, play. Instructor: Elizabeth Andrews. $20/drop-in. (206) 922-3218.

CPR Classes: First Aid with Adult CPR, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 28; $30. Infant/Child and Adult CPR Class: 7-9 p.m., March 11; $15. Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Reservations: 275-7607.

Women’s Wellness Seminar: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Feb. 28, Community Center at Mercer View Calkins Room. Speaker: Dr. Geri Marr Burdman, author of “Search for Significance: Finding Meaning in Times of Change, Challenge, and Chaos.” For women of all ages. 232-7029,

“The Homework Myth — Questioning Achievement Pressures In (and After) School”: 7-9 p.m., March 3, Mercer Island High School. Speaker: Alfie Kohn, author of education, parenting and human behavior books. Co-sponsors: Parent Education Committees of six Island schools. $18/advance, $25/at door. 1-800-838-3006,,

College Sorority Information Forum: 7 p.m., March 4, Bellevue Regional Library Conference Room 1, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Presenter: Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic. Open to high school girls, parents. Free. Debbie O’Brien: (425) 503-4472.

“Dementia — What Is It?”: 1-3 p.m., March 5, Community Center at Mercer View. Learn about dementia types, progression, behaviors and care techniques. Speaker: Betsy Zuber, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Geriatric Specialist. $10. Register: 275-7609.

Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton: “Withdrawing and Withholding Care at the End of Life and Organ Transplantation: A Halachic View,” 7:45 p.m., March 6; meal served with fee, 7 p.m.; reservations/pre-payment deadline, March 3. “The Burden of Knowledge: A Halachic Perspective on Genetic Testing and Stem Cell Research”: 1 p.m., March 7; childcare available; lunch at 12 p.m. Speaker: Rabbi Moshe Kletenik, of Seward Park’s Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath (BCMH). Congregation Shevet Achim (Northwest Yeshiva High School), 5017 90th Ave. S.E. RSVP:

“Transitioning to Independence”: 7-8:30 p.m., March 9, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Successfully launching the older teen/young adult with ADHD. Speaker: Ben Wahl, MSW. Sponsor: ADD Resources.,

“Discover 5 Essential Elements that Guarantee Successful Homeownership”: 6 p.m., Mondays, through March 30, 2737 77th Ave. S.E., Suite 100. Free parking. Registration: (206) 406-5232,

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.


Mercer Island Firefighters Fundraiser: 5-8 p.m., Feb. 26, March 5, North-end QFC. Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 275-7607.

Mercer Island Baha’i Community Prayer Meeting: 3:30 p.m., March 1, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Prayer meeting for seven persecuted Iranian Baha’i leaders in prison and oppressed peoples worldwide.

Probus Club of Mercer Island: meeting, 10:30 a.m., March 4, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Ben Grosof, Project Halo at Vulcan Inc. project manager. Topic: emerging concepts of infrastructure underlying Internet search. Bob Simonds: 236-2190.

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL): meeting, 12-2 p.m., March 5. Speaker: Gretchen Hancock, water color/pastels artist. The public is welcome. Susanne Foster: 232-9185.

Women’s Book Club of Mercer Island: 1-2:30 p.m., March 16, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Review “Medic,” by Islander Ben Sherman. RSVP: Raleigh Nowers, 232-8084.

The Lively Saints: luncheon, 12 p.m., March 17, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Dan Brannen from International Students, Inc. Topic: “How Christian Love and Hospitality Can Change the World.” Ages 50 and up. $7. 232-1015.

MI Covenant Church Knitting Group: last Monday of month. 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., Tuesdays, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Ages 0-6. $3/child, MIPA members; $5, nonmembers.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society: meeting, 7:30 p.m., second Thursday, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way.

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.

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,

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

Senior Men’s Tennis Doubles: seeking players, 6:45-8:15 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Location: Seattle Tennis (Amy Yee) Center, 2000 MLK Way, and Homestead Field during spring. Al Skinner: 232-3450.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

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Computer Classes: 9 a.m., Yahoo e-mail. E-mail Level III: Feb. 26.

Mercer Island Library Saturday Matinee: “Cool Hand Luke” (1967): 1 p.m., March 7. “The Sting” (1973): 1 p.m., March 14. Discussion with film historian, Lance Rhoades. Free refreshments. Sponsor: Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Talk Time: 7 p.m., Wednesdays in March. Improve speaking and listening skills in English conversation group.


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

Celebrate Hina Matsuri: Japanese Doll Day Festival, 3:30 p.m., March 2. Bring a doll and learn how the Japanese festival is celebrated. Ages 8 and up.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!: 7 p.m., March 2. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with books, activities, birthday cake. Ages 4 and up.

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

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

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

Toddler Times for Terrific Twos: 10 a.m., Tuesdays in March. Ages 2-3 with caregiver.

Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, March 11-25. Ages 12-24 months with caregiver.


Interviewing and Jobs for Teens: 3:30 p.m., March 10.

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

Boys & Girls Club

2825 West Mercer Way


Registration: Now open for girls spring soccer (ages 6-14), baseball (ages 8-18), softball & T-ball (ages 5-12). Registration for track (ages 6-12): opens March 2.

High School Vegas Night: 6-11 p.m., Feb. 28. $10.

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

Preschool Prince and Princess Party: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., March 4, Rainy Day Gym. For preschoolers. $5.

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

Make A Difference with Movie Making: 5-6:30 p.m., Mondays, through April 20. Class members will focus on documentaries and Public Service Announcements. Learn editing, film techniques, interviewing processes. Ages 8-11. $100.

Movie Making Advanced – Media in Sports: 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, through April 21. Trick photography, editing, storytelling techniques. Create short films, commercials, PSA. For students with previous multimedia experience. Ages 11-14. $100.

Parks & Recreation

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


Comfort Foods Cooking Class: 6-8 p.m., March 5. Detailed instructions, demonstration, recipes, meal. $52.

Thai Cooking Class: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., March 11. Instructor: Islander Noi Trevis. $72.


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.

Children’s Gamemaker Workshops: Apprentice Gamemaker: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursdays, 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.


Support Groups: Parkinson’s Disease, 2-3:30 p.m., March 3, Calkins Room. Caregivers: 3-4:30 p.m., March 5, Slater Room.

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., March 12. Free. Reservations: Betsy Zuber, 275-7752.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: call 275-7895, press 2, leave a message. $5.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday morning. Call 236-3456, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before. $1.

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