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Community calendar | Final art walk next Thursday

The final Third Thursday Art Walk will take place next Thursday, Aug. 18. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature two professional singers who work on Mercer Island. Erich Parce is the choir director for the Congregational Church of Mercer Island, while his wife, Jenny Knapp, is the cantor at St. Monica Catholic Church. There will also be a drawing for a gift basket after the concert.

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. Registration required. Free. (206) 275-7752, betsy.zuber@mercergov.org.

Black River Blues: Mostly Music in the Park concert series, 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 11, Mercerdale Park. Classic electric rocking blues.

Friday | 12

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Opening Night: 7 p.m., Aug. 12, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Ongoing through Aug. 28. 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.

Saturday | 13

Outdoor Movie: "The Karate Kid," Aug. 13, Mercerdale Park. The movie begins at dusk or approximately 9 p.m. PG-13. Martial arts studios will offer martial arts events at 7:45 p.m.

Sunday | 14

The African Children’s Choir: 10:10 a.m., Aug. 14, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The children are from Uganda and Kenya. www.mipc.org.

85th Street Big Band: Mostly Music in the Park concert series, 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 14, Mercerdale Park. Big Band oldies but goodies.

Wednesday | 17

SJCC Kesher Community Garden Lecture: “Herbavoracious Cooking,” 7 p.m., Aug. 17. Learn about home and organic gardening with your family. www.sjcc.org.

Thursday | 18

3rd Thursday Community Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., Aug. 18, North end town center, northwest downtown zone. Family event. Meet local business owners, enjoy tastings and entertainment. www.mercergov.org.

Saturday | 20

Volunteer Search & Rescue Training: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 20, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. 6th Disaster Preparedness Class in the Emergency Volunteer Series. This training focuses on light search and rescue taught by Mercer Island Fire. RSVP to Officer Franklin: (206) 275-7905.

Monday | 22

Back To School Special Event Sale: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 22-27, Mercer Island Thrift Shop, 7710 S.E. 34th Street. Features National Charity League girls as fashion consultants. The entire store is discounted on Aug. 22.

Jazzercise One-Day Sale: New customers can register Aug. 22 for Jazzercise at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street, for $0, no joining fee and the first month of unlimited classes for free with unlimited passes. Buy online Aug. 19-22: jazzercise.com (click “Find a Class”).

Saturday | 27

Outdoor Movie: Disney's "Tangled," Aug. 27, Mercerdale Park. The movie begins at dusk or approximately 8:30 p.m. PG. Costumes are encouraged for a Prince & Princess party at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday | 31

Islander Aquathon: 6:15 p.m., Aug. 31, Luther Burbank Park. Pacific Aquathon Series. 500 meter swim/5k run or 1k swim/10k run. Presented by Dilettante.

Upcoming

Mercer Island High School Class of 1981 30-Year Reunion: Sept. 16-17. All 1981 classmates are invited to attend the reunion events, Friday and Saturday. If you know of classmates who would like to attend, please pass on the information. Wormburner Golf Tournament: Sept. 16, Willows Run Golf Course. Evening Get-Together: Sept. 16, Roanoke Inn. Reunion Dinner: Sept. 17, Mercer Island Community Center. To sign up, go to: www.mihsclassof81.com.

Library

Mercer Island/Pomegranate Early Literacy Garden Project: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 10-13. Volunteers with expertise in welding, woodworking, digging, art and gardening are needed to help install the garden. Three shifts: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2-6 p.m. Sign up: email Deborah Bagg, dbagg@kcls.org, with Mercer Island Literacy Garden in the subject line.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale: Sept. 9-11, during library open hours. Pre-sale for members: Sept. 8. Over 10,000 books of all genres plus media. Most items priced 50 cents to $2. New items will be added daily. Silent auction: Aug. 16-Sept. 6.

Children

Mercer Island Library Early Learning Garden Art Project: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m., large meeting room, Aug. 11. Children ages 5 and older are invited to help sponge-paint images of creatures and plants on banners that will be used in the Early Learning Garden. Participants are asked to sign up for either session by calling the library at (206) 236-3537.

How Does Your Garden Grow Musical Concert: 3 p.m., Aug. 13, Early Learning Garden.

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