Community calendar | Pied pipers at firehouse Wednesday

The Eastside Pipes and Drums band is a traditional bagpipe and drum band comprised entirely of local firefighters, including Mercer Island’s own firefighter Mark Givens. The band will practice at the North end station through August. The public is encouraged to listen on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and noon when the full band will play together. Islanders who choose to stop by are asked to keep the front of the station clear so that on-duty firefighters can respond to emergencies without delay.

Friday | 24

Revival Night: 7:30 p.m., June 24, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Evening of prayer, worship.

Saturday | 25

First Aid and Adult CPR with AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 25, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. $30 (check or cash). This is not a health care provider class. Call (206) 275-7607 to reserve a space.

Sunday | 26

“A Jewish Girl in Shanghai” Film: 3-4:30 p.m., June 26, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. “A Jewish Girl in Shanghai” is an adaptation of the graphic novel by Wu Lin. General admission: $8. Kids 10 and under: $5. Appropriate for adults and children age 7 and up. Contact: Adult Program Manager Roni Antebi, (206) 388-0832,

Wednesday | 6

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., July 6, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Captain Angus McDonald, U.S. Navy, will relate interesting and often humorous vignettes from his three-year assignment on the E. Ring of the Pentagon. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

Thursday | 7

Summer Outdoor Theater: “The Comedy of Errors,” 7 p.m., July 7-8, 14-16, Aug. 4-7, Luther Burbank Park Amphitheater. Special Performance: 5 p.m., July 9, Mercerdale Park. “Macbeth”: 7 p.m., July 21-24, 28-30; special performance, 5 p.m., July 10, Mercerdale Park. Shakespeare Special Double Feature Event: July 17, “Comedy of Errors,” 2 p.m.; “Macbeth,” 7 p.m., Amphitheater. Sponsor: Mercer Island Arts Council. Presenter: Wooden-O Theater.

Saturday | 9

Boat Rides on Historic Steamship, Virginia V: 11 a.m. (boarding 10:30 a.m.), 1 p.m. (boarding 12:30 p.m.), 3 p.m. (boarding 2:30 p.m.), July 9, Luther Burbank Park. Tickets available at the Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St.

21st Annual Summer Celebration! Renaissance Revelry: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., July 9-10. Community event in the Town Center. Live entertainment and fireworks festivities: 7-10:30 p.m., July 9. Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. Bus shuttle service offered.

Summer Celebration Fireworks Cruise: 7:30-11 p.m., July 9. Passengers will board the historic Virginia V at Luther Burbank Park, where they will return. Ride features desserts, no-host bar. Sponsors: Mercer Island Sister City Association, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. For tickets, call the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce at 232-3404 or go to $50/person (by July 5) or $55 (after July 5).


New Hope’s Very Exciting Bible School: “Kids of the Kingdom,” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 18-22, New Hope International Church, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Registration open. $10 per person. Kids registered by June 26 will receive a free VBS T-shirt. K-6.


One-on-One Computer Assistance: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 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. This summer the Seattle Art Museum presents “Beauty and Bounty: American Art in the Age of Exploration.” In relation to the exhibit, Susan Olds offers this lecture featuring the artists who introduced images of the American wilderness.


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.

Stories of the Night Sky: 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., July 5. Presented by Pacific Science Center Science on the Go. Ages 5 to 8. View this summer’s sky from a new perspective via a portable planetarium. 30 free tickets for each session will be given out one week prior to this program. Space is limited; everyone must have a ticket to attend one of the sessions.

Summer Story Times: 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, July 6-27. Ages 2 and 3 with adult.

World Art Explorations - Japanese Art Forms: 2 p.m., July 7. Presented by Jeanne Dodds, Nature Consortium. Ages 8 and older with adult. In this mixed-media art class, students will try two art forms that reflect the unique culture of Japan. Registration required.

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