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Community calendar | Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall comes to Bellevue
The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be in Bellevue beginning on Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 1215 145th Place S.E. The display will be open 24 hours each day.
Wednesday | 29
MIVAL 50th Anniversary Artists Reception: 6-8 p.m., June 29. Gertrude Hollis, founder and oldest continuous MIVAL member, will be honored. The MIVAL 50th Anniversary Show is open through Aug. 5.
Thursday | 30
Summer PJ Story Time: 6:30-7 p.m., June 30, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Join the bookstore before bedtime for tuck-me-in tales and music with Kathy Currie. Come in pajamas or bring a teddy bear. Cookies provided. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
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 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. www.mercergov.org.
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. www.misummercelebration.com.
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. Tickets: Chamber of Commerce, 232-3404; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/175519. $50/person (by July 5) or $55 (after July 5).
MIPC Vacation Bible School: “Hometown of Nazareth,” July 11-15, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Activities will include wool tatting on spindles and wool carding, carpentry and more. Age 4 through 5th grade with Junior VBS for younger siblings. Cost: $75 per child. Scholarships available. www.mipc.org.
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. K-6. www.newhic.org.
Third Thursday Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., July 21, North end. The Arts Council is partnering with Mostly Music in the Park to feature the Mach One Jazz Orchestra with a prize drawing during intermission (you must be present to win and over 18 to enter). Features art, music, light snacks, jewelry vendors. Guitarist Matt Lome will sing at The Island Salon and Spa.
Emmanuel Episcopal Vacation Bible School: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., July 25-28, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Age 4 to (just completed) fifth grade. http://emmanuelmi.org.
MICC Vacation Bible Camp: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 25-29, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Basketball, soccer, cheerleading, crafts, drama. Age 4 through 6th grade. www.micc.org.
Events | Ongoing
SJCC Kesher Community Garden Lecture series: Learn about home and organic gardening, and gardening with your family. “Compost Happens”: 7 p.m., July 14. “Herbavoracious Cooking”: 7 p.m., Aug. 17. www.sjcc.org.
America the Beautiful: 19th Century Landscape Painting: 7 p.m., June 29. Lecture by Susan Olds features the artists who introduced images of the American wilderness.
eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 2 p.m., July 23. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer during this demonstration.
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. Presenter: Pacific Science Center Science on the Go. 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 in advance. Space is limited. Tickets required. Ages 5 to 8.
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. In this mixed-media art class, students will try two art forms that reflect the unique culture of Japan. Registration required. Ages 8 and older with adult.
Reading Buddies: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mondays, July 11-25. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to stop by the library for reading with a local teen. The teens have received training with librarians.
Take a Musical Mystery Tour: 11 a.m., July 12. Presenter: Eric Ode. Ages 4 and older with adult.
Around the World with Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies Concert: 11 a.m., July 19. Sing and dance with the band. Ages 2 and older with adult.
Little Bugs Big World Puppet Show: 2 p.m., July 21. Presented by Dragon Theatre Puppets. Ages 3 and older with adult.
A World of Stories: 11 a.m., July 26. Presented by Whitman Story Sampler. Ages 3 and older with adult.
Wonderful Wacky World of Science: 2 p.m., July 28. Learn how science is used in different countries. Presented by Mad Science. Ages 5 and older with adult.
Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition & Read•Flip•Win: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book, free. Read•Flip•Win is the summer video book review contest. Ask at the library for details.