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: $0.25. 25 tickets: $5. 55 tickets: $10. 80 tickets: $15.

Saturday | 21

Volunteer Search & Rescue Training Class: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 21, North 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.

Sunday | 22

St. Monica Bicycle Drive: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 22, St. Monica, 4301 88th Ave. S.E. Bicycles for Humanity Seattle is collecting bikes for shipment to the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Any working bicycles accepted, but sturdy mountain-type bikes preferred. Donations are tax-deductible. (206) 728-1777,

Monday | 23

“Magic Tricks In Acrylics”: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 23, Aljoya, 2430 16th Ave. S.E. Choose a specific item to paint with acrylics. Supply list will be sent to registered artists. Limited to eight. Instructor: Marcella Diamond, MIVAL member and gallery curator. Cost: $65. To register: Pat Taylor, (206) 236-0207,

Brain Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 23-26, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Teen study and organizational skills class. Acclaimed by school principals as “A Difference-Maker” for 7-12th graders who want to build skills for success in school subjects. Free. (206) 533-2080,

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.

Tuesday | 24

Islander Middle School Fee and Photo Day: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 24, Islander Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room. Volunteers are sought to help students get photos taken, pay fees and more. No experience necessary. Contact:

Wednesday | 25

Garden Party at Aljoya: 5-7 p.m., Aug. 25, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Features music and dinner in the courtyard. View a new display of art in the gallery. The public is invited to attend. Free. Reply to (206) 230-0150 by Aug. 23.

Saturday | 28

Free Outdoor Movie: “Planet 51” (PG), 8:30 p.m., Aug. 28, Mercerdale Park. Shown on a giant inflatable screen. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, flashlights. Concession treats for sale. Movies are cancelled during inclement weather. Call the Community Center at Mercer View, (206) 275-7609, to confirm cancellations on bad weather days.

Monday | 30

“Special Talk With Joel Connelly”: 12:30 p.m., Aug. 30, Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Topic: The November 2010 election: Will voters revolt? Joel Connelly, columnist, will discuss Washington state races and national trends. (206) 388-0832.


Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Chuck Wischman, M.D. Topic: Getting the most out of your first 100 years. 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,, or Ga Neille (Crocker) Hostvedt,

EVENTS | Ongoing

“Thoroughly Modern Millie”: Aug. 27-Sept. 5, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinee: 2 p.m. For age 9 and up. Tickets: $17/adults and $15/youth, seniors at Opening Night Gala. All other performances: $15/adults and $13/youth, seniors. (206) 232-4145 ext. 109.

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.

Men’s & Co-ed Softball Leagues: 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays in August. Location: Homestead Park. Intermediate and advanced. Games are played once a week. Ryan Daly: (206) 275-7863. $677/team.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: “Sustainability Day,” 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 22, Mercerdale Park, S.E. 32nd Street. Every Sunday, through Oct. 17. Bike, walk or carpool. MI Urban Farm Tour. Sampling: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Live music by Jill Cohn. Kids’ activity table: carrot top gardens, Pocket Plots.

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