Community calendar | Friday concert is ‘Russian Kaleidoscope’

Two violinists will perform with pianist Natalya Ageyeva at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. The concert, presented by the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle, will feature works by Russian composers.

Two violinists will perform with pianist Natalya Ageyeva at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The concert, presented by the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle, will feature works by Russian composers.

Wednesday | 11

Mercer Island Emergency Volunteer Appreciation Party: 5-8 p.m., Sept. 11, Mercerwood Shoreclub, 4150 East Mercer Way. RSVP to Officer Jennifer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.

Thursday | 12

“Return to the Island” MIVAL Opening Night Reception: 5-8 p.m., Sept. 12, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. “Return to the Island” is open through Sept. 29. Gallery members showcase their talents in many mediums.

“Autumn Sonata” Artists’ Reception: 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 12, Mercer Gallery, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Presented by Mercer Island Arts Council. Features Christine Neal Hogue, Grace Mahoney, Susan Melrath, Patrice Tullai. “Autumn Sonata” is open through Oct. 25.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 12, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. First class of Mercer Island’s second 2013 CERT course, held weekly on Thursdays.

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 12, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $20, check or cash. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

Friday | 13

Russian Kaleidoscope Concert: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Featuring works by Russian composers, presented by the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle.

Saturday | 14

International 9/11 Heroes Run: 8 a.m., Sept. 14, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. 5k plus 1 mile fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels, ages.

SAT and ACT Practice Tests: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Sept. 14, College Tutors Mercer Island Learning Center, 7605 S.E. 27th St. #101. For college-bound 10th and 11th-graders. Additional dates are Oct. 5, Nov. 9. Free. To register, call (206) 659-4156. Registration closes 24 hours in advance of each test.

First Aid and Adult CPR: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 14, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35, check or cash. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

Sunday | 15

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 15, Mercerdale Park, 7700 S.E. 32nd Street. Music: Mike Faast, country/jazz singer and Northwest band leader. Washington grown produce, fresh eggs, farmstead cheese and dairy. Kids’ hands-on activities and Master Gardeners.

Annual Jewish Family Service Food Drive, Food Sort Event: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 15. Fill bags for the JFS Food Bank with Endless Opportunities. Registration is required at or (206) 861-3155. Your entry ticket is a bag of groceries or a grocery store gift card for the Polack Food Bank along with your completed registration form.

Mercer Island Girl Scouts New Troop Formation: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sept. 15, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Mercer Island has over 30 Girl Scout troops with over 500 registered girls and volunteers. Troop levels range from K to 12th grade. If your daughter would like to join a troop this year or you’d like more information, sign up here: All ages welcome.

Monday | 16

Mercer Island Historical Society Meeting: 1 p.m., Sept. 16, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Dr. Bob Lewis. Topic: “North Korea – A Weird, Creepy, Odd Place.” Dr. Lewis will share his views and experiences from his North Korea experience.

Tuesday | 17

SJCC Back-to-School Lunches Cooking Class: 9:45 a.m., Sept. 17, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Part 1 of a three-part cooking class series led by Teri Esensten of Cafe Estellina Catering. Branch out from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Hands-on class with creative school lunch ideas to make your kids excited to open their lunchbox every day. Cost: $25 (guests), $20 (members).

Events | Upcoming

SJCC Family Sukkot Dinner: 5:30-7 p.m., Sept. 20, Stroum Jewish Community Center Kesher Community Garden, 3801 East Mercer Way. Fall-inspired dinner of macaroni and cheese, salad, and butternut squash soup. Activities for kids, a special dessert treat, and story around the campfire with PJ Library.

Stroum Jewish Community Center Parents Night Out: Sept. 28. Wacky Tacky: A night of games and neon colors, including glowstick gaga and crazy costumes. For age 5 through 5th grade. Kids 6 months through age 4 can participate through the JCC drop-in babysitting program. Contact: Daliah Silver, or (206) 388-0839.

“I’m/Migration”: Oct. 4-6, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Presented by World Writers Alliance and YTN. Performance features native storytelling, drama, poetry and hip-hop. For ages 11+.

Oktoberfest – Mercer Island Farmers Market Benefit: 6-8:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Drive. Celebrate a successful sixth year and kick off the new fall campaign. Local beer, food and wine from selected farmers and local vendors. RSVP to

Mercer Island Parent Edge: Annie Murphy Paul, 7 p.m., Oct. 15, MIHS Performing Arts Center. “Brilliant – The New Science of Smart,” new research on learning. A second presentation will also take place — location and time TBD. For parents with kids of all ages.


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Computer Classes: Sept. 11. Microsoft Excel Level 3: 1 p.m. One-on-One Assistance: 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 p.m., with a KCLS volunteer instructor. Registration required.

Author Event with John Sager: 2 p.m., Sept. 15. Ex-CIA operations officer John Sager will read from and discuss his new memoir, “Uncovered: My Half-Century with the CIA.”

Fall Film Series, ‘Women in the Lead’: “I Know Where I’m Going!” (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1945), 1 p.m., Sept. 21. All screenings feature an introduction and Q&A with film historian Lance Rhoades.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Silent Book Auction: ongoing through Sept. 23, during library open hours. Bid on a select offering of special books.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Fall Book Sale: Sept. 25-29, during library open hours. Friends’ Members Only Pre-Sale: Sept. 25. Browse thousands of fabulous books and media.

A Place At The Table Series: Toss around fresh ideas about food, cooking, nutrition and growing and using locally produced food. In addition to offering new food ideas, preparation and planning skills, and handy online classes, videos and resources, the series will help everyone create a nourishing table by accepting nonperishable food donations, to be distributed to local King County food banks.


Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m., Sept. 24. Ages 3 to 5 with adult.

Young Toddler Story Time: 10:15 a.m., Sept. 25. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Time: 11 a.m., Sept. 25. Ages 24 to 36 months with adult.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Sept. 17. Teens, voice your opinions on the programs and services that the library offers. Come at 6:30 p.m. if you want to talk about books.

Study Zone: 4 p.m., ongoing through Sept. 24 (Tuesdays). Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.