Community calendar | VFW Buddy Poppies bloom this weekend

Members of VFW Post 5760 will be providing “Buddy Poppies” for donations this weekend, May 26-27, at the Mercer Island Albertsons and QFCs. The group will be taking donations and giving out the bright red poppies for the Veterans Relief Fund. To learn more, visit

Thursday | 24

Mercer Island Farmers Market Informational Meeting and Training: 7 p.m., May 24, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Farmers market opening day: June 10. MIFM is seeking volunteers. Contact:

Wednesday | 30

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., May 30, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. $20 (check or cash at event). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space. This is not a health care provider class. Parking is available behind the fire station.

Friday | 1

MIVAL Gallery "Spring in Full Swing": 5-8 p.m., June 1, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. First Friday of every month. Artist reception, food and drink. Meet your local artists. "Spring in Full Swing" will captivate your eyes. More info:

Book Signing & Reading with Aida Kouyoumjian: 7-8:30 p.m., June 1, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Book: "Between the Two Rivers - A Story of the Armenian Genocide" (2nd Edition, 2011).

Z-Ultimate Anniversary Celebration: June 1-2, Z-Ultimate Self-Defense Studio, 7858 S.E. 28th St. #105. Features free introductory classes, a kids party and special offers. Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar: 12 p.m., June 2. A raffle and food drive will benefit Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and the Food Pantry; drawing will be held at 1:30 p.m., June 2.

Saturday | 2

Earthcorps Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 2, Pioneer Park, northwest corner of Island Crest Way and S.E. 68th Street. Work with EarthCorps and the city of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Dept. to help restore Pioneer Park. Restoration goals include planting native conifer trees; removing non-native plants, such as ivy, which prevents native plants from growing; and site maintenance activities. Snacks, tools, gloves provided.

Sunday | 3

Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 3, Mercerdale Hillside. Invasive plant removal. Half-day shifts available.

Tuesday | 5

Citywide Emergency Drill: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 5, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Emergency Preparedness. The city of Mercer Island will be participating in a regional disaster drill that will test the city's ability to respond and work with outside agencies in the instance that the region is hit by catastrophic earthquakes. Contact: Officer Jennifer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.

Wednesday | 6

Probus Club of Mercer Island Annual Spring Luncheon: 12 p.m., June 6, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E.


Summer Jazz Jam: 2-4 p.m., June 10, South end Starbucks, 8415 S.E. 68th Street, #100. Mercer Island High School students and alumni will perform jazz standards. Anyone from the community is welcome to bring their instrument or voice and join. Sheet music, microphones and amplification will be provided.

Genealogy Gadgets for the 21st Century Lecture: 7:30 p.m., June 11, Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. Doors open: 7 p.m. Learn about the new types of devices that can be used for genealogical research, including family history mobile phone apps, GPS or QR codes to track down headstones, iPad tablet computing. Presenter: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Free (members); $5 (nonmembers).

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED Class: 7-9 p.m., June 13, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. $20 (check or cash at event). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space. This is not a health care provider class. Parking is available behind the fire station.

Disaster First Aid Training: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., June 16, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Fourth disaster preparedness class in the Emergency Volunteer Series. This training focuses on disaster medical first aid.  The series is 10 classes in total with a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base. Classes are held monthly at no cost. RSVP to Officer Franklin if you wish to attend: (206) 275-7905.

MIRO (Mercer Island Ham Radio Operator) Field Day: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., June 23, Rotary Park, 4320 88th Ave. S.E. The Mercer Island Ham Radio Operators are hosting a Ham Radio Field Day. Everyone is welcome to see how Ham radio operators work and assist in a disaster. Contact: Officer Jennifer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.

MIHS Class of 1962 50th Reunion: July 28, Broadmoor Golf & Country Club. Spouses invited. RSVP to Charlie Burdell: (206) 442-1684 or

MIHS Class of 1972 40th Reunion: Aug. 10-11, VFW Hall and Roanoke (MIHS Annex). On Facebook: MIHS Class of 72. RSVP to Contact: Pat Di Julio, (206) 730-6986.

Events | Ongoing

MIVAL Gallery “Road to Paradise”: ongoing through May, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Pat Howie will be featured throughout the month. Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday.

Free Speech and Language screenings: ongoing through May, Mercer Island Speech Pathology, The Globe Building, 9725 S.E. 36th Street, Suite 203. For children ages 2-8. The screenings will take approximately 15 minutes, completed by a certified speech-language pathologist. Call for an appointment: (206) 232-2046.

Master Gardener Free Clinics: Fridays, 1-5 p.m., ongoing through June 8, Rite Aid, 3023 78th Ave. S.E.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, June 17-Oct. 14 (no clinic Aug. 5) at Mercer Island Farmers Market, Mercerdale Park. Your gardening questions are welcome. Plant disease diagnosis is also available.

“Enchanted Tales”: ongoing through June 10, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. The production is based on fairy tales adapted by Gillian Jorgensen. Performance times: 7 p.m., Fridays; 2 p.m., Saturday/Sunday matinees.

Abrakadoodle Art Enrichment: 10:15-11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, ongoing through June 19, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Visual arts education: each art class offers a unique educational experience. For children ages 3-6. Contact to register for classes:

Senior Golf Program: Mondays, ongoing through Oct. 29, with Mercer Island Parks & Recreation. 9 and 18 hole options. Register: (206) 275-7609,



Online Teen Readers: Wonder what other teens in the area are reading? Online Teen Readers are teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule online. Facebook: KCLS Online Teen Readers,


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