Winter & Spring 2019 Classes for Adults

January 7, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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In addition to a wide range of local classes offered for kids, there are ample enrichment opportunities for adults and seniors on Mercer Island. Many of the classes that are open to the public are organized by one of the three following organizations, though smaller organizations and businesses (like Island Books, Oh! Chocolate, and others) also offer exciting and interesting classes and events.

City of Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department – most of the City’s programs, classes, and events are offered through the Parks & Recreation Department, often with partnering organizations. For a comprehensive list of current and upcoming programs, visit the City’s Winter 2018 Recreation Guide.

Mercer Island Library (Local branch of the King County Library System) – the Mercer Island Library offers programs for people of all ages. In addition to reading and literacy programs, the library offers educational programs, arts and music classes, and hosts special lectures on a broad range of topics.  Visit the Mercer Island library website to learn more.

Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) – the SJCC offers a wide variety of classes and activities for participants of all ages, including an impressive annual line-up of Arts + Ideas performances, lectures, film showings, culinary events, and more.  Visit the SJCC’s website to learn more.

Find a class by reviewing our list below – classes and activities are organized by category.  

Art & Enrichment

Explore the Rhineland – Palatinate
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE
Saturday, February 16, 10:30 – 11:30 am

The wine-making area of the Rheinland-Pfalz, or Rhineland-Palatinate, in southwest Germany is rich in history, museums, local festivals, and wine tours. This presentation offers an overview of some of the most intriguing aspects of the region for travelers, genealogists, and those who enjoy learning more about other cultures, places, and times.

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Driftwood Sculpture
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 7 – March 25; Mondays,  10 am – Noon

Create a unique driftwood sculpture! Learn how to clean, scrape, and oil wood to discover the beauty that hides under layers of dirt and decay. Tool kits available for purchase from instructor for $8.00. Driftwood provided!

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Ikebana “Japanese Flower Arrangement”
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 11 – March 22; Fridays, 10:30 am – Noon

This creative class will focus on a special theme each week and operate as a workshop. Fresh flowers and branches, dried flowers, driftwood, bleached and unconventional materials will be used. The instructor will demonstrate and introduce materials. Must register seven days prior to program start date.

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Mixed Media Art Studio
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 7 – March 25; Mondays, 1 – 4 pm

Do you paint, draw, craft, or color? Join other artists in a bright sun-lit, lake-view room to work on your art. This is a great opportunity to meet other artists and share your love for art. Please bring all of your own supplies, use non-toxic paints and materials.

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Pastel Art – Master Series
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 12, February 9, March 9; Saturdays, 6 – 8 pm

Enjoy spending time with friends and making new ones while you create works of art inspired by great impressionist artists! Learn techniques of drawing with the colorful medium of pastels. You will go home from each class with your own original piece of art. Our instructor is Maja Sereda, an award-winning book illustrator and expert on drawing with pastels. No experience necessary – all skill levels are welcome.

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Aquatics

Masters Swim
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6 – 7 am | Fridays at 9 – 10 am

Swim workouts focus on stroke technique, endurance, and overall swim fitness. Pre-requisite: All participants must be able to swim at least 100 yards crawl stroke and have basic knowledge of back stroke and breast stroke.

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Senior Splash
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
Mondays & Thursdays, 11:30 am

This aquatic exercise class offers lots of fun and shallow water moves to improve agility, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. No swimming ability is required.

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Aquatic Sport
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 – 10 am

This heart-pumping workout in the pool exercises your entire body with no added impact on your joints. Intermediate to advanced.

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Mary Wayte Swim Lessons
Mary Wayte Swimming Pool, 8815 SE 40th Street
January 2 – April 7; Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 – 6:55 pm
Saturdays 9 – 9:25 am & 9:30 – 9:55 am

Adult lessons are geared toward beginner swimmers. We keep classes small to provide the greatest amount of individual attention. Classes are offered multiple times per week so there are options for everyone!

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Shallow Water Fitness
Mary Wayte Swimming Pool, 8815 SE 40th Street
January 2 – April 7; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:30 – 8:30 am & Noon – 1 pm

Shallow Water Fitness is a low to mid-intensity class designed to increase range of motion, cardiovascular fitness, while lowering the impact to joints. The class is a challenge for all fitness levels. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Deep Water Fitness
Mary Wayte Swimming Pool, 8815 SE 40th Street
January 2 – April 7; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Deep Water Fitness is a mid to high-intensity, high-energy exercise class for those who prefer a zero-impact workout. The class provides a combination of aerobic and strength-training exercises to create a balanced workout. Comfort in deep water is a requirement of this class. In addition, there are others swimming regularly during the class, and you may get splashed.

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Nurturing Water Therapies Swimming Lessons
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
Class times vary

Adaptive swim lessons use techniques that place emphasis on swimming skills modified or adapted to accommodate individual abilities, needs, and goals, regardless of age. Lessons are created for, but not limited to, those with anxiety, physical, sensory, communication, or behavior challenges.

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Athletics & Fitness

Men’s 5-On-5 Basketball League
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
Various Dates & Times

The Stroum Jewish Community Center Men’s 5-on-5 basketball league is open to all ages and abilities! Create your own team or register as a free agent. Registration includes eight regular season games and playoffs.
We have three leagues: a masters division for seasoned vets, and two different all-ages leagues that are hand-designed to provide an optimal competitive experience for you and your team. You can register and pay as an individual or take advantage of our team rate and register your entire team as a unit. Come see what the hype is about!

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Men’s Flag Football
South Mercer Playfields, SE 78th Street & 84th Ave SE
February 10 – March 24; Sundays, 5 – 9 pm

Comeback Sports was founded by a group of people who wanted to provide a superior social and sporting experience. Whether you are looking to relive your glory days, or meet new people at the sponsor bar after the game, Comeback has you covered.

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Coed & Men’s Basketball League
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Starts January; Sundays, Various Times

Attention all hoopers! Grab your friends, dust off those kicks, and hit the Mercer Island Hardwoods! Our league is designed for the recreational player, with an emphasis on fun, fitness, and friendly competition. Each team will be guaranteed seven regular season games with an end-of-season playoff. To register your team, contact C.J. Stanford at (206) 275-7863.

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Looking for more fitness classes and opportunities?  Check out our My MI Fitness Guide >>


Cooking

Cooking Classes
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Come and enjoy these all level, hands-on cooking classes at the J!

  • Sunday, March 3 – Cook the Book: “Ottolenghi Simple” Desserts
  • Sunday, April 14 – Sweet and Savory Hamantashen Cooking Class
  • Wednesday, June 5 – Sephardic Passover Table

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Oh! Chocolate Cooking Classes
Oh! Chocolate, 2703 76th Ave SE
January 19, February 23; Saturdays, 7 pm

Oh! Chocolate hosts “Chocolate” classes at its Mercer Island chocolate shop for those who want to know more about their favorite indulgence and for those who just want to “play in the chocolate!”

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Dance

Ballet
Creation Dance Studio, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 120
Class times vary

CDS adult ballet and pointe classes are located at the Dailey Method in Mercer Island. All classes are drop-in and require no registration ahead of time. You must be at least 16 years of age to attend; however, special exceptions can be made under specific circumstances. Please arrive 10 minutes early before your first class. Form-fitting clothing and ballet shoes are required.

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Dance Mixx by Jazzercise
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Class times vary

Jazzercise is the original dance party workout. Blending dance with Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and strength training, one 55-minute session can burn up to 800 calories. The results? Long, lean muscles and an undeniable mood boost.

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Aerobic Dance – Low Impact
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 2 – March 27; Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 pm

Dance lovers will enjoy these dance moves to all the recent hit songs plus a few oldies! This class includes a warm-up, floor work, weights, dance routines (at your own level), and a cool-down. Come join the fun and tone up! Drop-ins welcome.

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Dance Classes: Waltz & Latin
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
January 7 – February 11; Mondays 7:30 – 8:30 pm | 8:35 – 9:35 pm

Join world-class dance teacher Ari Levitt for a beginner dance series this winter. No partner needed! Learn the two most popular social waltz styles: cross step and rotary! Learn the perfect intro to three popular Latin dances done in the northwest: salsa, bachata, and merengue!

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Film & Literature

Island Books Open Book Club
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE
Starts January 31; Thursdays, 7:30 pm

We like to discuss books with you over the counter, but what’s even better is when we get together to rehash a good title! Everyone is welcome to attend even if you haven’t read the book, and if you purchase your copy at the book store, you’ll always get a 10% discount.

Coming up in 2019:

  • January 31 – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • February 28 – Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • March 28 – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • April 25 – The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

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91st Academy Award Viewing Party
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE
Sunday, February 17, 2:00 -3:30 pm

In anticipation of the Academy Awards airing on February 24th, film historian Lance Rhoades will share the highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies and discuss the current nominees. He will even offer his own Oscars predictions! We all love a good party, especially the Oscars!

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Games

Contract Bridge
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Starts January 12; Tuesdays & Thursdays, Noon – 3 pm

You do not need a partner to play with this friendly group of players. Play bridge, make new friends, and play leisurely. New players are always welcome.

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Bridge
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
Various days and times

Have you always wanted to learn to play bridge or would like to improve your skills? SJCC past Board President and ACBL-accredited bridge teacher Alan Tesler will teach you the game.  Many classes are offered and most are drop-in – Bridge Basics 1, 2, & 3, Declarer Play, Polishing Your Basics, Supervised Play, Lesson-Review Supervised Play, Special Supervised Play Using Challenging Lesson Hands, Potpourri, and Duplicate Bridge.

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Languages

French – Intermediate
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 7 – March 25; Mondays, 11 am – 12 pm

Parlez-vous francais? Join this social and fun atmosphere as you expand your French language skills. This intermediate course requires at least one year of previous French experience. Culture and language skills stressed.

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French – Advanced
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 7 – April 25; Mondays, 9 – 11 am

Join this social and fun atmosphere as you expand your French language skills. This class is for students who have at least two years experience in grammar and conversational French.

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Martial Arts

Karate West (organization)
8451 SE 68th Street (South end)
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 pm

Karate West Training Centers are owned by Randy Holeman and Jan Stockton. Their goal was to build a martial arts school that offered not only an effective self-defense program for children and adults, but also a comprehensive program of personal growth and development. They place an emphasis on teaching the life skills of leadership, integrity, goal setting, self-discipline, and academic excellence, to name a few.

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Mercer Island Martial Arts (organization)
2630 77th Ave SE, Suite 106-108 (Town Center)
Class times vary

Mercer Island Martial Arts is a whole system intentionally designed with the most modern psychological principals, emphasizing the new field of positive psychology, along with the latest research in exercise methodology, and the ancient and most practical traditions of the martial arts. Our adult and teen classes are a fun and engaging way to learn self defense, meet your exercise goals, all within a positive and supportive community.

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Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios (organization)
7858 SE 28th St. Suite A105 (Town Center)
Class times vary

Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, LLC – ZUSDS – is a part of a family of martial arts companies formed with one goal in mind – to provide “Z-Ultimate” martial arts experience for students and their families by providing life-changing and character-building experiences through world-class personalized martial arts instruction. It is one of the largest martial arts company of its kind, with locations in the Midwest and on the West Coast.

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Tai Chi: Beginning
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 5 – March 30; Tuesdays 9:30 – 10:45 am & Saturdays, Noon – 1:15 pm

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art focused on breathing and fluid motions. Consistent practice provides valuable help in lessening tension and increasing physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

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Kendo “Way of the Sword”
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 4 – March 31; Fridays & Sundays 7 – 9 pm

Learn the art and traditions of Kendo, “The Way of the Sword.” Become skilled in this Japanese samurai style of swordsmanship. Kendo’s powerful and graceful posing challenges build character, mind, and body.

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Naginata
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 5 – March 30; Saturdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm

This Japanese martial art shows both power and grace. It is characterized by the grandeur of the sweeping movements of the Naginata. This art is for those interested in either competitive fighting or in the physical beauty of choreographed movements called kata. All levels welcome.

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Nature & Outdoors

Solemates
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January – March; Wednesdays, 8:30 – 11:30 am

Come join us every Wednesday for neighborhood walks in Seattle and Eastside areas! Dress for the weather, we go rain or shine. Four miles of walk and talk, followed by a stop at a coffee shop. No sign-ups necessary. Solemates welcomes you!

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Trailmates
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January – March; Thursdays, 8:45 – 3:30 am

Lace up your lightweight hiking boots for moderate 5 to 7 mile hikes in the beautiful Northwest for seniors! Come along as we visit a variety of locations within an hour’s drive. Space is limited to 10 to 13 hikers per trip. Registration is required. Call (206) 275-7609 to register.

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Yoga & Pilates

Enjoy Barre
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
January 9 – March 27; Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:15 pm

Barre is a challenging total body workout that combines the positions, moves, and grace of ballet with the core strength and alignment of Pilates and the flexibility of Yoga. Barre is a fun, safe, choreographed workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform a range of small isometric movements and stretches in time to upbeat music. The main focus is on lifting the bottom, sculpting the legs and arms, whilst at the same time burning fat and strengthening the core.

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Yoga – Hatha Style
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
Class times vary

This style of Hatha Yoga (Bikram Influenced minus the extreme heat) is a series of poses with variations to work the entire body, which are always done in the same progressive order. Work at your own pace. All levels of experience welcome. Bring a towel or yoga mat, a water bottle, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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Additional Mercer Island classes will be added to this list as they come available. If you have a class that you’d like us to include in this post, please get in touch!

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