Community Calendar | Seattle Mariners president at Chamber luncheon

A look at the events happening around the Island in the coming week and beyond.

Join members of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce to hear Kevin Mather, president of the Seattle Mariners, at the January membership luncheon. With a new general manager and all the trades he’s made, the 2016 Mariners will definitely have a new look, but the team will still have King Felix!

Event begins at 12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

For more, contact Terry Moreman at 206-232-3404.


Probus Club meeting: 1:30 p.m., Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Capt. Joe Raymond, Puget Sound Sector Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District, will speak on the many aspects of his command. Bring a friend.

Town Center Visioning Joint Commission Meeting: 6-9 p.m., City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St. The Planning and Design Commissions are convening together as the “Joint Commission” for the next phase of recommendations for actual Town Center development code language and directly-related updates to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. This is a working meeting and will not take public comment. Interested residents may use the Town Center Visioning online form to submit comments.


Mercer Island Visual Arts League Monthly Meeting: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. Monthly general meetings are the first Thursday of every month and open to the public. Discover what MIVAL does and meet many artists of all mediums. Become a member and make new friendships through visual arts. For more, visit

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Sign up online at or or via telephone at 206-275-7847. Cost is $30. For more, contact Jolene Judd at 206-275-7607.


Mercer Island Murder Mystery – A New Look at an Old Case: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80 St., Redmond. On the morning of Feb. 8, 1886, James M. Colman and family friend Wilbur Patten were on their way to Seattle. They were ambushed at the south end of Mercer Island, neither making their destinations. Tom Hitzroth will share the results of his personal detective work: exploring the crime, the investigation and the trials. Speaker subject to change. For more, visit


College Night Series – College for Students with Learning Differences: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, Mercer Island High School Library, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. College at a four-year school is possible! Learn what needs to be done at the high school level and what to expect once the student has matriculated to their college.


Mercer Island Utility Board Meeting: 7 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. The Mercer Island Utility Board is an advisory board to the City Council on matters regarding all utilities on the Island. The Utility Board meets on the second Tuesday of the month unless otherwise posted. For more, visit


Arts Council regular meeting: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St. For questions, contact Amber Britton at or 206-275-7864.


School Board Regular Meeting: 7 p.m., City Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. Agenda can be found at


MI Lacrosse Christmas Tree Recycle Fundraiser: Dec. 27-Jan. 10. Once again this year, the Mercer Island Boys Lacrosse Club will come to your curb, pick up your tree, haul it away and have it composted for you. You have your choice of the following weekend days: Dec. 27, Jan. 2-3, Jan. 9-10. All proceeds go directly to operating expenses of the club. Please visit to select your pickup date.


Grand Opening of Dynamic Balance Natural Health and Wagner Family Medicine: 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, Bassi Jones Building, 7834 S.E. 32nd St., Suite 203. Join Melony Cable (licensed acupuncturist and East Asian medical practitioner) and Laura Wagner (naturopathic doctor and massage therapist) at their grand opening on Mercer Island. Learn about new health and wellness options available on Mercer Island while enjoying a glass of wine or beer, a hor d’oeuvres, and fabulous door prizes. Free. For more, visit


Shabbat Unplugged: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. Unplug from technology and plug into your community and family. Every Shabbat Unplugged features a variety of activities including family yoga, a gym obstacle course, art projects and more. For more information, contact Daliah Silver at or 206-388-0839.

Parents Night Out: 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. It may be called Parents Night Out, but it’s really for the kids. All evenings will be gym and swim: your favorite games and splashing in the pool, followed by dinner and a movie. Cost ranges $40-60. For more, contact Emily Schankerman at or 206-388-0828.

SJCC Early Childhood School Open House: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12. The SJCC Early Childhood School is a school of excellence rooted in Jewish values, with a curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Learn more about our curriculum, visit our classrooms and meet our teachers. RSVP for an open house. New family registration for the 2016-17 school year begins Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Mindful Interactions: 9:45-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 12-June 7. Taught by renowned parenting educator Vicki Smolke, this class provides an opportunity for parents to focus on nurturing and establishing an authentic and trusting relationship with their child through observation and interactions. The infant-oriented environment will encourage the infants to focus on exploring and mastering new tasks at their own pace. $340-408. Ages 7-14 months with parent or caregiver.

Listening Mothers: 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesdays, Jan. 20-March 9. This eight-week series offers a unique opportunity for parents of babies, birth through six months of age, to discover the joys of parenting. For more information or to register, visit or call 206-275-0104.

Mommy Matters: 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 26-March 29. Mommy Matters is an opportunity for moms to get support and learn about what matters most as your child moves through the toddler and preschool years. Contact instructor Melissa Benaroya, LICSW, for more information and to register,


Children & Families

Science Fun for Little Ones – Amazing Colors: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14. How do you make all the colors of the rainbow? We’ll explore primary & secondary colors through scientific explorations. Hands-on activities too! Ages 3 to 6 with adult. Registration not required, but space is limited.


Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12. Voice your opinions on the programs and services the library offers you! Come with feedback and bring your ideas to discuss. Munch pizza, too. Earn volunteer credit!

Study Zone: 3:30 p.m., Thursdays, grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors. Proofreading help is available. Check at the desk for location.


Opera Preview – The Marriage of Figaro: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13. This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited.




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