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The first swimmers in the two-mile race cross the finish line of the Swim Across America event last Saturday. - Jenny Manning/Staff Photo
The first swimmers in the two-mile race cross the finish line of the Swim Across America event last Saturday.
— image credit: Jenny Manning/Staff Photo

Thursday | 16

Third Thursday Art Walk: “Alive After 5,” 5:30-8 p.m., Sept. 16, downtown Mercer Island. Family event promoting local artists and walkability in the town center. Meet local business owners, enjoy tastings, entertainment and culture. Watch for the orange balloons. 3rd Thursday Raffle Prize: visit eight locations, get a stamp on your map and return the map to the MIVAL Gallery.

Saturday | 18

MTS Greenway Luther Burbank Volunteer Event: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sept. 18, Luther Burbank Park, north wetlands. Meet at the parking lot. Register at www.mtsgreenway.org.

Public Safety Days: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 18, Mercer Island Fire Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. The event, hosted by MI fire and police departments, includes a canned food drive to benefit Northwest Harvest. Canned food donations accepted. Features face painting, a 19-foot fire truck slide, fire demonstrations, hot dogs, popcorn. www.mercergov.org.

Island Books Reading: 1-4 p.m., Sept. 18, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Author Michael Sherer. Book: “Death on a Budget,” Emerson Ward mystery series. 232-6920.

Wednesday | 22

Citywide Emergency Drill: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 22, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. This drill involves city staff, citizen volunteers, the school district and the CCMV with the potential of including the business district and faith community. Officer Jennifer Franklin: (206) 275-7905. www.mercergov.org.

MIHS 2010 Football Little Cheer Clinic: 4-5:30 p.m., Sept. 22-23, MIHS Gym. All elementary students are invited. Cost: $50 for both clinic days. $35 for one day. Participants receive a T-shirt and can join the varsity squad at the MIHS home football game on Sept. 24. To register: contact Sandra Pangallo, 232-0319, SandPang@yahoo.com.

Saturday | 25

Cooking Class: “How to Make Baby Food,” 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Sept. 25, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. For adults. $44. www.myparksandrecreation.com.

Worldwide Day of Play: 1-4 p.m., Sept. 25, Mercerdale Park. Equipment is provided to promote going outdoors and playing with your kids.

Sukkot Family Fair and Feast: 4-6:30 p.m., Sept. 26, Stroum JCC. PJ Library storytelling, arts and crafts projects, sing alongs, demonstrations, dinner representing the seven native species of Israel. Register online at www.sjcc.org.

Library

www.kcls.org/mercerisland

Teens

Online Teen Readers: Join OTRs (ott-ers): teens who are reading and talking about books on their own schedule online. http://blogs.kcls.org/onlineteenreaders.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Sept. 21. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs; earn one volunteer credit hour.

Events | Ongoing

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 19, Mercerdale Park. Produce-Only Market will feature new vendors: Molly Moon ice cream and Skillet. Local produce is fresh, pesticide free. Kids' Table activity: make slug traps. Events booth offers produce sampling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.mifarmersmarket.org.

Pre-Ballet: 3:10-4 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 21-Dec. 7, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. For ages 3-4. $112.

Ballet: 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 21-Dec. 7, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. For ages 5-6. $112.

Ballroom Dancing: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 7, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. For adults. $62.

Groups | Ongoing

MIVAL Gallery: New Exhibit and Gallery Reception, “Portraits of Life,” 12-6 p.m., Sept. 16. “Power of Color” Artwork for Sale. Gallery Hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday: 12-4 p.m. www.mival.us.

MICC Lively Saints (50+ years young): 12 p.m., Sept. 28, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: local author Ken Lottis. Topic: Is the biblical message of Jesus Christ, his life, his teaching, the Kingdom of God being properly understood in a given ethnic or cultural group? Discussion from Lottis’ new book “Will This Rock in Rio?” to illustrate the practice of indigeneity in Brazil. Cost: $7. (206) 232-1015.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: Tuesday and Thursday, 12 p.m. Park at CCMV and ride the shuttle to Covenant Shores. Transportation is also available round-trip from home. Cost: $5. Reserve a lunch spot: call 275-7895, press 2 and leave a message.

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. $2. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping.

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