Community calendar | MIHS Homecoming parade and game

The Mercer Island High School Homecoming parade and football game is set for this Friday evening, Sept. 20.

The Mercer Island High School Homecoming parade and football game is set for this Friday evening, Sept. 20.

The parade, featuring the MIHS marching band, cheerleaders and class floats, begins at 4:30 p.m. from the corner of 77th Avenue at S.E. 32nd Street in the Town Center.

The Islanders take on the Lake Washington ‘Kangs’ at the Homecoming football game at 7 p.m. at Islander Stadium.

Friday | 20

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.

Sunday | 22

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 22, Mercerdale Park, 7700 S.E. 32nd Street. Music: Podorythmie, French Canadian tunes, steps and crankies. Bring your dancing feet to the market. Washington grown produce, fresh eggs, farmstead cheese and dairy. Kids’ hands-on activities and Master Gardeners.

Monday | 23

SJCC Hut Hut in the Hut: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 23, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Monday Night Football in the sukkah in the SJCC Kesher Community Garden, featuring pizza, salad and a beer garden during Oakland vs. Denver game. Co-sponsor: Two Beers Brewing Co.

Jewish Genealogical Society Lecture: “One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools and Online Genealogical Research with Minimal Information and Misspellings,” 7 p.m., Sept. 23, LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, 98006. Speaker: Steve Morse, developer of the One-Step Website. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Free Jazzercise Classes for New Students: Sept. 23-29, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., and Bellevue NW Arts. Contact Lori Hollow:, (206) 232-2608.

Tuesday | 24

Cascade Lodge, Sons of Norway Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 24, Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th St. Following potluck supper, Deanna Egeland Dowell, expert genealogist, will present a program titled: “Slekthistorie (Family History) – The Basics in How to Learn About Your Ancestors from Norway to America.” (425) 313-0193.

Cercle Francophone – French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 24, Beth Brennen’s residence. The Mercer Island Sister City Association is sponsoring an informal French Conversation Evening for anybody who wants to improve his/her French. The only “rule” is to speak French. All levels are welcome. For driving directions, contact: Beth Brennen, 232-7650; Monica Howell, 232-2983.

Friday | 27

Liquidation & Bake Sale Benefiting City of Hope: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 27, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. Liquidation of new items (women’s and men’s clothing, men’s slippers, blankets and throws, kitchen towels, gift items and much more – all quantities limited) and a bake sale featuring fresh, homemade items. Cash and checks (with photo ID only) – no debit or credit cards accepted. All proceeds benefit City of Hope,

Saturday | 28

Boy Scout Troop 624 Popcorn Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 28-29, north and south Mercer Island QFC. Boy Scout Troop 624 Annual Popcorn Sale will be held at both Mercer Island QFCs. Buy popcorn and support Scouting. 70 percent goes to fund local programs.

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.

Wednesday | Oct. 2

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Oct. 2, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Alena Morris, co-founder of the UW Women’s Center, will discuss “The Male-Female Equation.” The public is welcome.

MIHS Little Cheer Football Clinic 2013: 4-5 p.m., Oct. 2, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Preschool and elementary ages welcome. Two-day clinic taught by MIHS Varsity Cheerleaders and performance at the Oct. 11 home game. T-shirts included. Cost: $55 (full day), $40 (one day). Contact: Jackie Roer,

Events | Ongoing

“Return to the Island” MIVAL: open through Sept. 29, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Gallery members showcase their talents in many mediums.

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

Events | Upcoming

MIVAL General Meeting: 11:30 a.m., Oct. 3, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Social hour: 11:30 a.m. General meeting and nomination of 2014 board members: 12 p.m. Followed by presentation by Kevin Au, metal sculptor, on “Metal Sculpture, A Short Introduction.” All are welcome.

MIVAL “Reflections” Opening Reception: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 3, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. MIVAL Gallery will feature watercolor artist Gamze Seckin: Reflections of love, hope, loss and patience are captured in the watercolor collection “Reflections-I” along with other Gallery members. Light refreshments served. Show: Oct. 3-Nov. 3.

“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+.

Free SAT or ACT Practice Test: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Oct. 5 and Nov. 9, College Tutors Mercer Island Learning Center, 7605 S.E. 27th Street #101. To register, please contact the Mercer Island Learning Center at (206) 659-4156. Registration closes 24 hours in advance of each test.

SJCC Blue Light Family Night: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 5, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. An activities night geared toward families with autistic children. Join us for an evening of swimming, activities in the gym, and arts and crafts in Kidstown.

MIPC Concert Series: Grace Notes, 7 p.m., Oct. 5, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. A thrilling performance by two pianists on two pianos.

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

SJCC Full Day School’s Out Camp: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Oct. 11, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. When school’s out, the J is in! Features activities centered on theme: “Rockstar Showdown.” Kids will swim, play in the gym, and enjoy arts and crafts.

Walk With Friendship: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Come show your support for The Friendship Circle, walking together to create awareness, solidarity and support for children with special needs and their families. Family 1K Walk or the 5K loop. After the walk, celebrate in the park with a free event open to the public.

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.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

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.


Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.