Community calendar | Mostly Music in the Park begins

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Shakespeare In the Park: “The Comedy of Errors,” 7 p.m., July 14-16, Aug. 4-7, Luther Burbank Park Amphitheater. “Macbeth”: 7 p.m., July 21-24, 28-30. 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.

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.

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Super Safe Sitters Basic babysitting skills and safety including: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., July 16, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Infant care, age appropriate toys and activities, what to find out from employers, fire prevention and home security, safety strategies for answering the door and phone, what to do in case of choking and first aid guidelines. Bring a lunch to class. Ages: 11-15. Cost: $40 (resident), $47 (nonresident).

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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.

Events | Ongoing

‘Wonderland’ Opening Night: July 15-17, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Based on “Alice In Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109.

Thrift Shop Summer Clearance Sale: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., July 27-Aug. 6, Mercer Island Thrift Shop, 7710 S.E. 34th St. Youth & Family Services summer clearance sale.

Qigong (Chi-Kung) Meditative Movement Classes: 6:15-7:15 p.m., Tuesdays, July 19-Aug. 23 (no class Aug. 16). Quiet the mind and re-energize with simple self-healing movements. Drop-ins welcome. All ages and fitness levels also welcome. Contact: Rebecca, (206) 599-9270.


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.

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.

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.

National Night Out: 6-9 p.m., Aug. 2. The City of Mercer Island is hosting the fourth annual National Night Out (NNO), bringing neighbors together to heighten crime prevention awareness, support emergency preparedness, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships. To register your neighborhood for NNO and for additional event details, please contact Officer Franklin at (206) 275-7905 or and ask to be placed on the NNO registration list.


eReader and Digital Downloads Demonstration: 2 p.m., July 23. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer during this Digital Downloads demonstration. Drop in to look at popular eReaders, OverDrive and Adobe Digital Editions software and ask questions.


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.

Reading Buddies: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mondays, through July 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.

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. Presented by Mad Science. Ages 5 and older with adult. Take an imaginary science field trip and learn how science is used in different countries.

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


Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition & Read•Flip•Win: Summer video book review contest. Ask at the library for details.


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