Community calendar | Summer Celebration begins Saturday

Get ready for fun, food, shopping and more at Summer Celebration, July 9 and 10. It all starts with the Grand Parade at 10 a.m. in the Town Center. See celebrities, kids, patriots, dachshunds and more. Immediately following the parade, stop at Mercerdale Park for a salute to our soldiers, then head off to taste and see delights of all varieties. Need a handy pocket-sized schedule? Stop by the Reporter booth or find a copy of 98040.

Thursday | 7

Shakespeare In the Park: “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.

Friday | 8

‘Wonderland’ Opening Night: July 8, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances are July 8-17. Based on “Alice In Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109.

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: MI Sister City Association, MI Chamber of Commerce. Tickets: 232-3404; $55/person.

Thursday | 14

MI Youth & Family Services Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. For senior adults who have experienced the loss of a spouse, partner, friend or family member. Registration required; contact Betsy Zuber at (206) 275-7752 or

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.


Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., Mercerdale Park. The Arts Council’s annual summer concert series: Sunday, Thursday. July 17: Swamp Soul, Cajun, Creole and Zydeco dance music. July 21: Mach One Jazz Orchestra, 17-piece big band.

MIPC Vacation Bible School: “Hometown of Nazareth,” July 11-15, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Age 4 through 5th grade with Junior VBS for younger siblings. Cost: $75 per child. Scholarships available.

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.

Third Thursday Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., July 21, North end. Music by 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.

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.



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.


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