Community calendar | Crest hosts plant sale this Saturday, May 7

Crest Learning Center’s 26th annual Crestfest and plant sale will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Planting With A Purpose,” featuring companion planting such as plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies, food crops and ornamental flowers. Hanging baskets, window boxes and fuchsias will be available. The horticulture program will also have a variety of herbs, vegetables and tomatoes on hand.

Wednesday | 4

Probus Club of Mercer Island Annual Spring Luncheon: 12 p.m., May 4, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. Buses will shuttle members and guests: 11:15-11:45 a.m., from the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Bob Simonds: (206) 232-2190.

Mercer Island All Island  Girls Lacrosse Night: 8 p.m., May 4, Mercer Island High School Stadium, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Sponsor: Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse Club. Annual celebration of girls lacrosse for grades 1-12 with goodie bags, raffle prizes, announcements at halftime. Parade onto the field with your team and coaches. Wear lax jersey or MI colors. Last home game for senior players. Contact: Kara Brodman,

Thursday | 5

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) General Membership Meeting: 12-2 p.m., May 5, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Avenue S.E. The program includes a potluck luncheon to celebrate the winners of the annual high school scholarship fund. The winning  students will be on hand to present their art. Open to the public.

Northwest Watercolor Society Evening of WINE AND WATERCOLOR: 6-8 p.m., May 5, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. 71st Annual Open International Exhibition. Wine tasting, artists’ demonstrations. Attendees can pick a painting from the exhibition to be reproduced on their wine purchases. Presenters: Northwest Cellars Winery, Northwest Watercolor Society. Tickets: $25.

Mercer Island Food Revolution Community Dinner: 6-8 p.m., May 5, Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. Mercer Island Food Revolution PTA group presents a community dinner prepared by Chef Tom of Experience Food Project. Cinco de Mayo-inspired dinner for the whole family. Suggested donation: $10 per adult.

Saturday | 7

Crest Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 7, Crest Learning Center. 26th annual Crestfest and plant sale. Theme: “Planting With A Purpose.” Features companion planting, such as plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies, food crops and ornamental flowers. Hanging baskets, window boxes and fuschias will also be available, along with a variety of herbs, vegetables and tomatoes on hand.

EarthCorps Clarke Beach Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 7, Clarke Beach, 7700 East Mercer Way. Remove a patch of blackberry and other invasive plants so that more trees can be planted; continue stewardship on restored areas. Snacks, tools, gloves provided.

Meet the Author: 7:30-9:30 p.m., May 7, Aljoya Theatre, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Erica Bauermeister, Seattle author of the New York Times bestseller, “The School of Essential Ingredients,” will discuss the inspiration of her novel. Includes sneak peek into her new novel, “Joy for Beginners.” A book signing will follow.

Sunday | 8

Mountains to Sound Greenway Luther Burbank Park Restoration: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 8, invasive removal at Upper Luther Burbank Park. Volunteers can sign up at

Monday | 9

Island Children’s Choir Auditions: 4-6:30 p.m., May 9; 5-7 p.m., May 12, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Girls currently in grades 3-5 may audition for a year of music education and performance skills and opportunities. Appointments, preparation not required. Contact: Marsha Woerner, (206) 232-8007,

Island Sound Auditions: 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 9, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. A performing company of girls in grades 7-12 is holding auditions for the 2011-12 season. Island Sound musicals feature ensemble and solo singing, varied choreography and dramatic skills. Girls currently in grades 6-11 may audition. Contact: Marsha Woerner, (206) 232-8007,

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., May 9, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space. This is not a health care provider class. Cost: $15 (check or cash). Contact: Jolene Judd by phone at (206) 275-7607.

150 Years of Jewish History in Washington State: 7:30 p.m., May 9, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Rabbi Jim Mirel, senior rabbi of Temple B’nai Torah. Nonmembers: $5.

Tuesday | 10

Walk for Israel: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., May 10. Meet at Northwest Yeshiva High School (5017 90th Ave. S.E.) and walk to Island Crust (7525 S.E. 24th). Walk for Israel in honor of Israel's 63rd anniversary of statehood. The community is welcome along with NYHS students and faculty members. Island Crust will be donating 10 percent of their proceeds to two Israeli children's charities: Sanhedria and Alyn.

MI Women’s Club General Meeting & Luncheon: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 10, Overlake Golf & Country Club. Guest speaker: Jane Meyer Brahm. Meal tickets: $28. RSVP required. Contact:

Mercer Island Kiwanis Club: 12-1:30 p.m., May 10, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Weekly meeting includes lunch and program. The new location, beginning May 10, is Aljoya. Guests are encouraged to attend. Please call (206) 236-1518 for reservations by Monday.

Thursday | 12

Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m., MI Presbyterian Church, Courtyard Rm., 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Registration: 5-5:30 p.m. Fund directors are hosting a reception to honor outstanding high school students and present the annual scholarship award. Keynote speaker: Karen Russell, civil rights attorney and reporter.

Saturday | 14

Rock of All Ages Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show: 12-2 p.m., May 14, Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. Chair Judy Weller will present an overview of fashions and fads for five decades and finish with a “here and now” fashion show from Kabionline. Proceeds will be used to purchase and assemble supplies for emergency preparedness kits for Island seniors. Advance reservation tickets: $15. Tickets at door: $18. Reserved tables for 8: $100. Contact: Judy Weller, (206) 236-4757,


Mercer Island Farmers Market Benefit Evening: May 15, Lilly’s Restaurant at Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Social & Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m. Second annual Celebration Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Tickets:

3rd Thursday Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., May 19, South end shopping center. Student art and music will be featured at the South end shopping center. Free family event. A prize drawing follows.

Seattle Co-Arts 61st Annual Juried Show: May 21, Mercer View Gallery, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The public is invited to the Artists Reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony: 3:30 p.m.. Gertrude Hollis, of Mercer Island, has been a member of Seattle Co-Arts for 39 years and will be honored at the reception. Contact: Judith Heim, (206) 542-3231.

“Islander Hoop Camp”: June 20-23, June 27-30, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. For boys entering grades 1-12. Cost: $140/session. Completed/signed applications for scholarships due by May 15.


Opera Preview: “Magic Flute,” 7 p.m., May 4. Veteran opera lecturer Norm Hollingshead will illustrate his commentary with musical excerpts from his own collection of recordings.


Haiku Magic and Rollicking Rhymes: 10 a.m., May 6. Creative poetry for home schoolers. Join creative writing teacher Peggy King Anderson as she incorporates creative activities such as sounds, music and a mysterious bag of objects. Learn about writing Haiku, rhymes, free verse poems.

Stories from Junk Puppet Land: 7 p.m., May 23. Presented by Zambini Brothers. All young children are welcome with an adult. Travel to Junk Puppet Land, where multicultural stories are told by whimsical characters constructed of household stuff most people throw away.


Red Pyramid Party: 2:30 p.m., May 9. Take a time quest through ancient Egypt featuring Rick Riordon’s book, “The Red Pyramid.” Come dressed in Egyptian costume and win a prize. Registration required.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., May 17. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments served.

Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., Mondays. Ages 12 and older. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

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