The Bellevue Arts Museum became the Rotarians' cup of tea Tuesday. More than 150 Rotary members from 13 Eastside clubs participated in an...

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The Bellevue Arts Museum became the Rotarians’ cup of tea Tuesday.

More than 150 Rotary members from 13 Eastside clubs participated in an evening social event that included tours of the revamped museum and its opening exhibit of teapot art.

Members say this is the first time the Eastside clubs have held an interclub social, but it also could be classified as a service project.

A group of Rotarians decided a good way to help the museum’s new launch was to build an audience. Chuck Doland of the Bellevue club took the lead and organized the party.

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Among the guests were Kathy Johnson of Issaquah and Sally Gray of Bellevue. Johnson recently finished her term as Rotary’s district governor and Gray was just installed as its current governor.

The hit of the evening was “The Artful Teapot” exhibit.

“It’s really fun to see how many different variations there are on such a commonplace item,” said Roxanne Shepherd of the Bellevue Rotary Club.

A date for wizards

Local Harry Potter fans will probably miss their bedtime tomorrow.

Parkplace Books in Kirkland holds a “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” party, starting at 10 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters in the popular series about the schooling of a boy wizard and his friends.

Traditionally at the Parkplace party, boxes of the new book are kept padlocked. Hagrid, the groundskeeper from Hogwarts Castle, roars into the party on his motorcycle. He brings the keys that unlock the boxes for the official midnight release.

Parkplace isn’t the only Eastside bookstore gearing up for Potter parties. The Barnes & Noble stores in Issaquah and downtown Bellevue and at Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue are holding similar events.

It appears wizards have cast a spell on Gilman Village in Issaquah.

“Gilman Village has transformed itself into Diagon Alley, the premier specialty shopping center for wizards,” said Mary McManus of the Revolution Gallery store.

Look for enchanted wares, tours and even copies of the “Daily Prophet,” the wizard newspaper. Lilypad Books, the bookstore in Gilman Village, will also be selling “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” just after midnight.

Party with heart

The Fourth Annual Fisher Family Golf Invitational, a benefit for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, raised more than $250,000 last weekend — about $150,000 more than the family had hoped.

The event started when Babs Fisher of Mercer Island was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died last year, but her husband, Eddie, and sons — Rod of Bellevue, Craig of Mercer Island and Eric of Chicago — have continued the project in her honor.

With this latest cash infusion, the Fisher family has raised more than $400,000 in four years.

Same old bridge

Despite the memo circulating at Microsoft in recent weeks, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge didn’t grow any longer over the weekend. The state Department of Transportation memo announced the Highway 520 bridge closure for maintenance and structural inspection.

It read, “The closure will extend the length of the bridge.”

Microsofties were highly entertained with the concept of a growing bridge — joking it would connect directly to the Redmond campus while bypassing the Interstate 405 junction traffic jams.

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