Community calendar | Chamber luncheon set for June 2

The June Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon will feature Brad Worthley, an acclaimed customer service, leadership and motivational expert. Worthley’s presentation,  “Simple Steps to an Extraordinary Career & Life,” will offer the exact steps needed to make positive and lasting changes in one’s career and in one’s life. Lunch begins at noon and the door opens at 11:30, June 2, at the Community Center at Mercer View. RSVP at 232-3404.

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.

The Pure Food Kids Workshop: 1-3:30 p.m., June 1, Lakeridge Elementary School, 8215 S.E. 78th. The workshop does not tell kids what products are healthy for them and which are not, but empowers them with the knowledge to make their own healthy choices. The hands-on, interactive course is taught by Bill Marsh, formerly the athletic director and head football coach at Eastside Catholic.

Thursday | 2

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce June Membership Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., June 2, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Informal networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Speaker: Brad Worthley, an internationally acclaimed customer service, leadership and motivational expert. Topic: “Simple Steps to an Extraordinary Career & Life,” offering steps to make positive and lasting changes in one’s career and life. Cost: $15 (members), $18 (nonmembers). To RSVP, call or e-mail the Chamber office:, (206) 232-3404.

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 and June 11, 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.

The Olde Wine Store Tasting and Music: 12-4 p.m., June 4, 7858 S.E. 28th St., Suite 110. Latin American music and wines to taste, songs from Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina, harp, guitar, maracas and vocals.

Sunday | 5

Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 5, Mercerdale Hillside. Invasive plant removal.

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.

Monday | 6

Hadassah Breast Cancer Panel Discussion: 7-9 p.m., June 6, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. The Pacific Northwest Region and Seattle Chapter Hadassah present a panel discussion and conversation with Dr. Einat Carmon, to discuss advances in surgery and treatment options for breast cancer patients.


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, (206) 275-7752.

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.

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.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 18, Upper Luther Burbank Park. Invasive plant removal.

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 offers one-on-one assistance. Please make an appointment.

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


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.

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