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Thursday | 12
Garden Art, Mosaic Birdbaths: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12, Community Center at Mercer View, Art Room. Learn the basic technique of mosaic art. Use stain glass remnants, glass mosaic tiles and florist gems to create a birdbath in this 3-hour class. Age: Adult. Fee: $74.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug 12, Luther Burbank Park. Group opportunities available. Contact: (206) 812-0122. www.mtsgreenway.org.
Saturday | 14
King County Republican Party annual picnic: 11 a.m., Aug. 14, Homestead Park. Hear from elected officials and candidates. Features lunch and bouncy toys for children. $5 per person, $10 per family. Contact: King County Republican Party office, (425) 990-0404, email@example.com.
Earthcorps VOLUNTEER event: Aug. 14, Ellis Pond. Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island to restore the health of Mercer Island forests. Sign up through the Earthcorps Volunteer Calendar at www.earthcorps.org.
Sunday | 15
Meet the Author, Aida Kouyoumjian: 1:30 p.m., Aug. 15, Mercer Island library. “Between the Two Rivers” is a memoir of the local Mercer Island author Kouyoumjian’s mother, Mannig, who grew up Orthodox in a Muslim land following the Armenian Genocide.
Thursday | 19
National Senior Citizen Day Celebration: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 19, Mercer Island Community Center, Mercer Room. Celebrate the older citizens of Mercer Island with activities and a BBQ lunch. Ages 55 and up. Free. Transportation available. Call 275-7609 to reserve a spot for lunch and request a ride.
Third Thursday Art Walk: "Arts Council 25th Anniversary & Street Bazaar," 5:30-8 p.m., Aug. 19, Mercer Island Town Center. Family event with local artists. Meet local business owners. Features tastings, entertainment, raffle prize. Watch for the orange balloons. www.mercergov.org/artscouncil.
Friday | 20
Summer Carnival: 12-4 p.m., Aug. 20, Mercerdale Park. Annual summer blowout features inflatables, games, Fun Mobile, pizza, candy and soda. Tickets can be purchased at the carnival. Single ticket: $.25. 25 tickets: $5. 55 tickets: $10. 80 tickets: $15. www.mercergov.org.
Saturday | 21
Volunteer Search & Rescue Training Class: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 21, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Sixth disaster preparedness class in the Emergency Volunteer Series. Focuses on light search and rescue taught by Mercer Island Fire. The series includes 9 classes with a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base. RSVP to Officer Jennifer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.
Playball Sports Camp: Aug. 23-27, Luther Burbank Park tennis courts. Playball introduces boys and girls of all abilities to a wide variety of sports and teaches basic skills used in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and hockey. Cost: $55. Contact Lisa Hokama: (425) 444-0886, or Jamie Annett: (360) 909-1222. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.usaplayball.com.
Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Stephen Grate, of the Issaquah History Museum. Topic: little-known history of Issaquah and its pioneers. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.
Mercer Island High School Class of 1960 Reunion: Sept. 9-12. Alumni are encouraged to let other alumni know about the 50th reunion. For reservations and event information, contact: Linnet (Dunden) Botkin, email@example.com, or Ga Neille (Crocker) Hostvedt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events | Ongoing
Free Outdoor Movies: “Twilight Saga New Moon,” 9 p.m., Aug. 14. “Planet 51”: 8:30 p.m., Aug. 28. Films are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. Participants should bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. Concession treats are sold on site. Movies are cancelled during inclement weather. Call the Community Center at Mercer View at (206) 275-7609 to confirm cancellations on bad weather days.
Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., Mercerdale Park. Bring a picnic dinner to a free evening of entertainment, every Sunday and Thursday, through Aug. 15.
Youth Theatre Northwest Presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’: Through Aug. 15. For a performance schedule, call (206) 232-4145 or visit www.youththeatre.org.
Master Gardener Plant/Information Clinics: 1-5 p.m., Fridays, through Aug. 27, Rite Aid, 3023 78th Ave. S.E. Bring your gardening questions to the clinic or to the MI Farmers Market clinic, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, through Oct. 17.
Men’s & Co-ed Softball Leagues: 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, through August. Location: Homestead Park. Intermediate and advanced. Games are played once a week. Ryan Daly: (206) 275-7863. $677/team.
Groups | Ongoing
Grocery Shopping Transportation for Seniors: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Parks & Recreation offers transportation to a North-end grocery store and one errand. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. $2.