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Community calendar | Islander Aquathon kicks off Wednesday
Wednesday | 3
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 3, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue S.E. Speaker: Rob McKenna, Washington state Attorney General, will describe “High Performance State Government — Not an Oxymoron,” an outline of his management and leadership philosophy. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.
Islander Aquathon: 6:15 p.m., Aug. 3 and Aug. 31, Luther Burbank Park. Pacific Aquathon Series. 500 meter swim/5k run or 1k swim/10k run. Presented by Dilettante.
Thursday | 4
Shrinking Heads: 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 4, Mercerdale Park. Rhythm & blues cover tunes. Part of the Arts Council’s Mostly Music in the Park concert series.
“The Comedy of Errors”: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Aug. 4-7. Sponsor: Mercer Island Arts Council. Presenter: Wooden O Theater.
Sunday | 7
Back Burner: 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 7, Mercerdale Park. Bluegrass, swing, country and blues. Part of the Arts Council’s Mostly Music in the Park concert series.
Thursday | 11
Grief & Loss Support Group for Senior Adults: 1-2:30 p.m., Aug. 11, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. The group is open to any senior adult who has experienced the loss of a spouse, partner, friend or family member, and is strictly confidential. Facilitator: MI Youth & Family Services Geriatric Specialist Betsy Zuber. Registration required. Free. (206) 275-7752, email@example.com.
Sunday | 14
The African Children’s Choir: 10:10 a.m., Aug. 14, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The children in the choir are from Uganda and Kenya. www.mipc.org.
Back To School Special Event Sale: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 15-20, Mercer Island Thrift Shop, 7710 S.E. 34th Street. Come get all your Back-to-School needs at the Mercer Island Thrift Store with help from National Charity League girls as fashion consultants.
SJCC Kesher Community Garden Lecture: Learn about home and organic gardening, and gardening with your family. “Herbavoracious Cooking”: 7 p.m., Aug. 17. www.sjcc.org.
Mercer Island High School Class of 1961 50-Year Reunion: Sept. 9-10. Reunion includes a boat ride around Mercer Island, no-host gathering at the Roanoke, dinner on Saturday night. Contacts: Trudy Webster Krastins, (425) 641-3976, firstname.lastname@example.org; Missy Martine Day, (425) 868-1451, email@example.com.
Events | Ongoing
Thrift Shop Summer Clearance Sale: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., ongoing through Aug. 6, Mercer Island Thrift Shop, 7710 S.E. 34th St. Youth & Family Services summer clearance sale. www.mercergov.org.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: Aug. 12-28, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Fridays/Saturdays: 7 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Wednesdays/Thursdays: 2 p.m. For tickets and information: (206) 232-4145 ext. 109. www.youththeatre.org.
Qigong (Chi-Kung) Meditative Movement Classes: 6:15-7:15 p.m., Tuesdays, ongoing through Aug. 23 (no class Aug. 16). Drop-ins welcome. Contact: Rebecca, (206) 599-9270. www.elementalharmony.info.
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale & Silent Auction: Aug. 16–Sept. 6. Features a selection of special books and media. Friday, Sept. 9–11, during library open hours. Most items priced 50 cents to $2.
A Reader’s Journal Workshop: 1 p.m., Aug. 20. Presented by Susan Olds. Learn how to create a unique journal for recording your books. Bring a blank journal of any size. A handout will be provided to take home with instructions on creating your interior pages. Limited to 12 people. Please register.
“The Fog Machine,” Pre-publication Event: 2 p.m., Aug. 21. Author Susan Follett is sharing her pre-published manuscript to hear how it resonates with you. “The Fog Machine” follows three people from the hills of Mississippi to the shores of Lake Michigan, from 1954 to 2002. For more information, contact Vicki Heck: firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 236-3537.
Create Your Own Comic Book: 2 p.m., Aug. 3. Presented by David Laskey. Ages 10 and older. Learn how to get started in comics by designing your own simple character and planning a short story. Registration required.
Reading Buddies: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 8. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to stop by the library for reading with a local teen. Ask at the library for details.
Online Teen Readers: Summer reading is here. Go to blogs.kcls.org/onlineteenreaders or Facebook: KCLS Online Teen Readers.
Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition & Read•Flip•Win: Summer video book review contest. Ask at the library for details.