Mercer Island Community Calendar | Oct. 8

Wetland Invasive Plant Removal: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 11, Luther Burbank Park Wetlands. Meet in north parking lot, 9 a.m. Tools supplied. MI Parks & Rec., Friends of Luther Burbank Park. Sue Stewart: 232-7402.

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Wetland Invasive Plant Removal: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 11, Luther Burbank Park Wetlands. Meet in north parking lot, 9 a.m. Tools supplied. MI Parks & Rec., Friends of Luther Burbank Park. Sue Stewart: 232-7402.

Second Saturday Stories: “Fall Into Stories,” 11-11:30 a.m., Oct. 11, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Pat Peterson. Ages 3 and up. 232-6920.

Mercer Island Farmers Market Closing Day: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 12, Mercerdale Park. Pumpkin carvers. Sign up to order winter produce from local farmers.

Third Thursday Art Walk: Oct. 16. Tour Island businesses; food, entertainment. Watch for the balloons.

French Movie Night: “The Rules of the Game” (“La Regle du Jeu,” 1939), 6:15 p.m., Oct. 16, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. French/English subtitles. Intro/discussion with Lance Rhodes, film historian. Sponsors: MI Sister City Association, MI Arts Council. Free. Linda Todd, 232-4570.

Mercer Island High School Grand Homecoming Parade: 5 p.m., Oct. 17, Town Center. Features the Mercer Island High School Marching Band, class royalty, floats. Football game against Ingraham High School: 7:30 p.m.

Mercer Island Preschool Association Halloween Party: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 18, Islander Middle School. For preschoolers, kindergartners, parents. Games, treats, costume parade. $6/child, members; $8/child, nonmembers.,

Annual Voters Forum: 7 p.m., Oct. 21, Islander Middle School. Voters will hear from candidates for two state representative positions on Mercer Island parks funding initiatives and transportation issues. Come with questions. Sponsors: The League of Women Voters, Mercer Island Reporter. (425) 883-9143.

Fall Recycling Collection: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 25, Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way. See for a flyer listing acceptable items. 275-7608.

Islander Middle School PTSA Ski Swap: Consignment goods check-in, 3-8:30 p.m., Nov. 7, IMS Gym. Ski Swap Sale: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 8. 50%-off Sale: 3-4 p.m. Clothing, equipment. Sponsor: Sturtevant’s Winter Sports. Tanya Bednarski,, 275-0302.


Zen Tour: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 11, CCMV. Fine arts, martial arts, Rinzai Zen. Free.,

Indoor Art Gallery: regional visual artists’ paintings and artwork for sale, CCMV. Benefits Mercer Island Arts Council’s arts/cultural programs. Women Painters of Washington: through Oct. 17. MIVAL Holiday Show: Oct. 20-Dec. 19.

Women Painters of Washington: “Painting Out Loud” Gallery exhibition, through Oct. 31, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free.


“Understanding the Paradox of AD/HD; Unique Wiring, Hidden Gifts”: 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 13, MI Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Sponsor: ADD Resources. Free.,

Yoga classes: through Oct. 13, CCMV. Grades 4-5. Middle schoolers: 2-2:45 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. Register: 275-7609.

Grande Sized Publici-Tea Half-Day Workshop: 12:30-5 p.m., Oct. 17, CCMV. Speakers: Susan Harrow, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Getting Booked on Oprah”; Nancy S. Juetten, Main Street Media Savvy. $397. (425) 641-5214,

“Opening the Archives of the Holocaust International Tracing Service”: 7 p.m., Oct. 23, JCC auditorium. Speaker: Paul Shapiro, director of Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Free/JGSWS members; $5/non-members.

Adolescent Outpatient Treatment Group: 5:45-7:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Eastside Addiction Professionals, 1450 114th Ave. S.E., Ste. 100, Bellevue. Ages 14-17. Individual/family counseling. 12 weeks. (425) 462-8558.


League of Women Voters: 9:15 a.m., Oct. 9, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Discuss initiatives, propositions, MI parks levy for upcoming general election. Martha Jordan: (425) 883-9143.

Mercer Island Women’s Club: Newcomers’ walk/lunch, Alki Beach, Oct. 9; meet at 10 a.m., MI Presbyterian Church; potential new members welcome; Donna Riccobono, 232-2036. Lunch/meeting: 11 a.m., Oct. 14, Sahalee Country Club; Pat Scott, 275-0232.

Senior Foundation of Mercer Island: Fabulous Forties Tea fundraiser, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 11, MI Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. Honors ages 80 and up. $30/Adults; $15/Children under 14; $200/Reserved tables for 8. Reservations: 232-4597.

Daughters of the American Revolution Cascade Chapter: 10:30 a.m., Oct. 14, Red Lion Inn, 11211 Main St., Bellevue. Speaker: Marty LaFave, Battalion Chief-Commander, Emergency Medical Services (ESM) Division, Bellevue Fire Department. Karen Parsons, 232-7588.

MI Historical Society: meeting, 1 p.m., Oct. 20, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Islander Tony Nugent. 236-3274,

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 through June, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Crafts, Tactical Learning Stations, stories, songs, snacks. For parents, kids ages 0-6. $3/child, MIPA members; $5, nonmembers.

MI Business Women’s Group: luncheon meeting, 12-1:30 p.m., third Tuesday, Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th St. #120. Patty Volk: (206) 769-8824,

Mercer Island Probus Club: 10:30 a.m., first Wednesday, MI Presbyterian Church. $5/lunch. People interested in current affairs are invited. Chuck Reiling: (206) 850-3507,

Pacific Northwest Audio Society: 7:30 p.m., second Thursday, MI Congregational Church basement, 4545 Island Crest Way. Dedicated to exploration/enjoyment of fine audio and music since 1978.

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.


The following events take place at the Mercer Island library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Please call 236-3537 for more information or to register.


An Effective Parent’s Role in College Preparation: 7 p.m., Oct. 14.

Opera Preview: “Elektra” by Richard Strauss, 7 p.m., Oct. 15.

Classics on Film: “Red River,” 1 p.m., Oct. 18. “High Noon,” 1 p.m., Oct. 25.

STARS Workshop: “Conflict Resolution,” 7 p.m., Oct. 20. Learn how to help children develop strategies for conflict resolution. Sponsor: KCTS-9.

Telling True Stories: Nonfiction Writing Workshop, 7 p.m., Oct. 22. With contributors of “Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide.”

Getting Ready for Medicare: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 30. Informative presentation on specifics of Medicare. Free.

Talk Time: 7 p.m., Wednesdays in October. English conversation classes. Improve speaking/listening skills.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Oct. 21. Receive volunteer credit.

Write to Win: 7 p.m., Oct. 28. Strategies for successful college applications. Parents/guardians welcome.

Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays in October.

Afternoon Movie Club: 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays in October. Rated PG or lower.

Study Zone: Grades K-12. Free homework help from volunteer tutors.

Children & Families

Pajama Story Time: 7 p.m., Oct. 27. Ages 3-7. Wear pajamas. Stories, music, creative dramatics.

Story Times for Terrific Two’s: 10 a.m., Tuesdays in October. Ages 2-3.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., Tuesdays in October. Ages 3-5.

Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays in October. Ages 12-23 months with caregiver.

Parks & Recreation

Call (206) 275-7609 or register online at to receive a catalog of the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department events. Please register for all activities. All events are held at the Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV), 8236 S.E. 24th St., unless otherwise specified.

Adult Day Hikes: Darrington/Heather Lake Ascend, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 18. Meet in CCMV lobby.

Getting Paid to Talk: “Voice Overs,” 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 21, Clarke Room. For TV, radio, audio books, documentaries, Web. P.E.A.C.E. of Mind. For adults. $23.

Safe Kids, Safe Families: “Teaching Prevention Education to Your Kids Without Fear,” 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 21, Luther Room. For adults. $31.

Cooking For Kids: 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 25, Nov. 1, with Scott MacGregor. $81.

After-school Nature Program: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Monday. Ages 4-9. Hands-on with Nature Vision Naturalist. $61. $47.

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Defensive Driving: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 8. $11.

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 9. Free. Reservations: Betsy Zuber, 275-7752.

Solemates Walking Group: 8:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 15. Leaves CCMV. $2.

Flu Shot Clinics: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 15, Nov. 3, Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. By appointment only. Free with Medicare Part B; $30/HMO member.

High Tea & Country Village Shopping Trip: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 17. $26.

Senior lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Shuttle, transportation available. Sign up: 275-7895, press 2, leave message. $4.25.

Boys & Girls Club

All events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register: 232-4548,

Sign up now for fall programs: Grades 1-2 basketball; before- and after-school childcare.

Growing up Male: 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 14. For parents, children. $20.

Family Pumpkin Painting Party: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 24. Bring a pumpkin. Free.

Photography Class: 5-6:30 p.m., Monday, through Oct. 27. Ages 9-11. Photos will be entered into Art Exhibit in December. $60.

Movie Making 101: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Monday, through Oct. 27. Grades 2-4. $100.

Movie Making, Advanced: 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, through Oct. 28. Grades 4-6. Advanced editing techniques. $100.

Lego Building, Basic: 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, through Oct. 29. Ages 6-9. $65.

Motorized Mechanics: 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, through Oct. 29. Ages 8-12. Instructor: LEGO Professional Dan Parker. $65.

Pottery Workshop: 4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, through Nov. 4. Grades 1-5. Hand-building, sculpting, coil construction, glazing.

Pre-Teen Guitar: 3-4 p.m., Monday, through Nov. 10. Ages 5-11. Acoustic or electric guitar. $210.

Rock Shop: 4-5 p.m., Monday, through Nov. 10. Grades 6-8. For students on all instruments; jam session for beginners. $210.

My Gym Bellevue Classes: Wednesday, through Dec. 3. Terrific Tots, ages 2½-3½: 10-11 a.m. Mighty Mites, ages 3½-4½: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; $110.

Rainy Day Gym: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, through May 27. Active indoor play space for preschoolers, toddlers. $3/child.


All events take place at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Please contact Roni Antebi at (206) 232-7115 ext. 269 or to RSVP for all events.

Active Seniors: Richard E. Mitchell to speak on Sen. Obama, 10:30 a.m., Oct. 12; Darcy Burner to speak, 11 a.m., Oct. 29.

Deaf Education: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Oct. 16. Nancy Schaer, Speech Pathologist, Audiologist, MA in deaf education. Improve lip-reading skills.

Advance Directives: 12-1 p.m., Oct. 20. Learn about the process of creating advance directives and communicating your choices to your family and physician.

Roundtable Discussion: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Oct. 20. AZ Case Report: “The Evil Counselor.”

Opera Sings the Soul: An Evening with Schoenberg, 4-6 p.m., Oct. 26. $10.

Tulalip Casino Trip: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 27. Reservations: Dana, 232-7115 ext. 269. $1/members; $2/non-members.

Poker game: 12:30-3 p.m., Oct. 28.

Flu Shots: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Oct. 29. Visiting Nurse Services. Appointment required. Bring Medicare card.

Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, Polack Lounge. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Friday, Room 200. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Calling all chess players: JCC is trying to get a new group started. Joel Grossman, (206) 229-8663,


Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Haunted House: 7-11 p.m., Oct. 24-25. 4545 Island Crest Way, (206) 232-7800,,

Congregation Shevet Achim: High Holiday Services, through Oct. 21; Selichot Service, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah. Northwest Yeshiva High School sanctuary, 5017 90th Ave. S.E.; President Rich Gilmore, (206) 232-1060.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday worship services, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Contemporary: 5 p.m., chapel. Adult Education/Sunday School: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Installation of The Rev. Hunt Priest: 4 p.m., Oct. 26; reception follows. All Hallow’s Eve: 5 p.m., Oct. 31. Emmanuel Book Club: 9:30 p.m., first Monday. Healing Service: Wednesday. Covenant Shores Holy Eucharist: third Wednesday. Layweeders Volunteer Gardeners: Monday. Bible Study (Old Testament): Tuesday. Tea & Talk Knitting: Thursday. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572,

First Church of Christ, Scientist: services and Sunday School, 10 a.m. S.E. 47th & Island Crest Way. Wednesday meetings: 7:30 p.m. Childcare available. Reading Room: open weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 7605 S.E. 27th St. 232-0175,

First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: Christian Education, 9:15 a.m. Worship: 10:40 a.m., Sunday, Fireside Room. Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. (206) 232-5595.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: services, 6 p.m., Friday; 9:15 a.m., Saturday. Daily Minyan: 7 a.m. Minyan at 9 a.m. on Sundays, secular holidays. 3700 E. Mercer Way. (206) 232-8555,

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship services, 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., childcare provided. Education hour: 9 a.m. Registration for children’s Sunday School is still open. Pastor’s Bible Study: 10 a.m. “Fall Festival”: Oct. 18. 8501 S.E. 40th St., 232-3270.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: Sunday worship services; 8:30 a.m., Traditional Service; 9:45 a.m., Sunday School for all ages; 11 a.m., Contemporary Service. Wednesday Night Community Dinner: 5:30-6:30 p.m., $4/person. Middle school youth group: 7 p.m., Tuesday. High school youth group: 6:30 p.m., Sunday. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 232-1015, ext. 100,

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship — Breakfast Service, 8:15 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:35 a.m.; Evening Service, 5 p.m. Young Adult Dinners: 6-7:30 p.m., first/third Monday, Barretts’ home. Dance, Dance: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 12. Women’s Bible Study: 10-11:30 a.m., Monday, study Scripture for next sermon. T@I (“totty”): “Theology at the Islander [Pub],” 8:30 p.m., second/fourth Monday. Men’s Open Gym Pick-Up Basketball: 8:30 p.m., Thursday. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 232-5595,

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: new Sunday worship schedule: 11 a.m. Childcare available. Sunday School: 10 a.m. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044,

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 10 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). Prayer/Revival Night: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24. Autumn Festival: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 31, family-fun games/carnivals. A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. 275-1042,

Redeemer Lutheran Church: worship and kids’ services, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study: 11 a.m. All are welcome. Handicap-accessible. Uplifting, joyful worship. 6001 Island Crest Way. Pastor Bill Clements, 232-1711,

St. Monica Catholic Church: Faith Formation Programs ongoing; register at Preschool: 9:30 a.m., Sunday. Elementary: 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday. Middle school: 7-8:30 p.m., Monday. High school: 7-8:30 p.m., Sunday. Confirmation Class: 4:30-6 p.m., Sunday. RCIA: 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesday; Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.

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