Community calendar | Party for Pastor Greg

A reception to celebrate Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos’ service at Mercer Island Covenant Church will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 28, at the Community Center at Mercer View.

Wednesday | 25

Lunch and Lecture for Seniors: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 25, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Speaker: Richard Benton, Hazel D. Cole Fellow at the UW Stroum Jewish Studies Program. Topic: “The Parting of the Ways: Judaism and Christianity in the First Century.”

Thursday | 26

Fostering Empathy in Children: 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 26, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Discussion with longtime SJCC educators on fostering empathy. SJCC members: $10. General admission: $15.

Saturday | 28

Open House for Pastor Greg: 1-3 p.m., May 28, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Celebrate Greg and Wendy Asimakoupoulos’ years of participation in Mercer Island Covenant Church and the community. Notes of appreciation may be sent to or MICC, PO Box 2, Mercer Island, Wash., 98040.

Wednesday | 1

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., June 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Hubert Locke, Ph.D., retired dean of the UW Evans School of Public Affairs, will discuss his “Reflections on the War on Terror.” The public is welcome. Contact: Bob Simonds, (206) 236-2190.

Saturday | 4

Celebrate National Trails Day at Island Crest Park: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 4, Island Crest Park. Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers partner with the city to build a new trail along Island Crest Way.

Early Learning Garden Planning Meeting: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 4, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. KCLS and the Pomegranate Center are planning an Early Learning Garden outside the Mercer Island Library. The community is invited to provide input. (206) 236-3537.

EarthCorps Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 4, Pioneer Park, at Island Crest Way and S.E. 68th Street. Restoration goals include planting native conifer trees, removing non-native plants. Snacks, tools and gloves provided.

Free Electronics Recycling Event: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 4, Mercer Island United Church of Christ, 4545 Island Crest Way. Proceeds from recycled raw materials fund operations and benefit local charities, homeless shelters and food banks.

Sunday | 5

Jewish Touch Series: “A Legacy for the Future,” 5:30 p.m., June 5, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Gerard Schwarz lectures on life after the Seattle Symphony and shares his compositions. Members, seniors: $5. General admission: $10.


Grief & Loss Support Group for Senior Adults: 1-2:30 p.m., June 9, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The MI Youth & Family Services group is for any senior adult who has experienced the loss of a spouse, partner, friend or family member. Registration required: contact Betsy Zuber at (206) 275-7752 or

MI Emergency Volunteer Drill: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., June 11, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Emergency preparedness class. Contact: Officer Jennifer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., June 13, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a health care provider class. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space. $15 (check or cash).

Carved In Stone: Tips For Cemetery Research: 7:30 p.m., June 13, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open: 7 p.m. Speaker: Deb Freedman. Presenter: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Members: free. Nonmembers: $5.

Events | Ongoing

“Gulliver’s Travels”: ongoing through June 12, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Performances: 7 p.m., Fridays. Matinees: 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109.

“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.


Intro to Bike Commuting, It’s How We Roll: 7 p.m., June 9, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club. Learn about riding through traffic safely or arriving in style for the first meeting of the day. Register online or call (206) 236-3537.

One-on-One Computer Assistance: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 14, 28; 6-8 p.m., June 29. A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. Please make an appointment.

America the Beautiful: 19th Century Landscape Painting: 7 p.m., June 29. In relation to the Seattle Art Museum’s “Beauty and Bounty: American Art in the Age of Exploration” exhibit, Susan Olds offers a lecture featuring the artists who introduced images of the American wilderness.


Summer Reading Sign-Up Party: 2:30 p.m., June 13. Ages 3 and older with adult. Build an ice cream sundae and watch a presentation on the library’s summer events.

Magic Around the World: 7 p.m., June 20. Presenter: Jeff Evans. Ages 5 and older with adult. Learn about the people, landmarks and history of countries around the world with maps and artifacts from each area.

Reading Buddies: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 27. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to the children’s area for reading with local teens who have received training with librarians.

Jack and the Dragon Puppet Show: 2 p.m., June 30. Ages 4 and older.


Teen Zone: 1:45 p.m., June 6. Ages 12 and older. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

Silent Study Time: 3:30 p.m., June 6-10, 14. Come to the small meeting room for silent study.

Group Study Time: 3:30 p.m., June 7-10, 14. Bring your books to the large meeting room.

Training for Reading Buddies: 2 p.m., June 20. Training for Reading Buddies is the mandatory orientation for teens volunteering to read with children this summer. Completed application is required. Applications are available in the library.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., June 21. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour and munching on light refreshments.

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