Community calendar | Summer Celebration is July 14-15

This year, the city of Mercer Island’s annual Summer Celebration celebrates the Spirit of the Olympics, July 14-15. The parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, with the Mercer Mile Fun Run beginning at 9:30 a.m. before the parade. Other events include an arts and crafts fair, the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Rotary Club pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, a car show and booths for local community organizations and businesses.

Friday | 6

MIVAL Gallery Show Opening and Artist Reception: 5:30-8 p.m., July 6, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Free. Current show through July 8: “Insight and Memory - Personal Perspectives of Mercer Island by MIVAL Artists.” A percentage of all sales goes to annual high school visual arts scholarships. Art includes watercolors, acrylics, jewelry, glass, encaustics, metal, fiber arts, multi-mediums, photography, unique personal and home items. MIVAL will be hosting its Summer Celebration artists all month long.

Sunday | 8

Pie and Dessert Baking Contest: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 8, Mercer Island Farmers Market, 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street. Sponsor: Youth and Family Services (YFS) Advisory Board. Pies or desserts must be homemade and include seasonal fruits as at least one ingredient. Participants may make multiple entries. Entries are judged for flavor, texture, originality, and presentation. Rules and entry forms are posted on the city’s website. Contact: YFS Director Cynthia Goodwin, (206) 275-7749,

Wednesday | 11

Probus Club of Mercer Island July Meeting: 10:30 a.m., July 11, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Jennifer Wieland, project manager of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Elliot Bay Seawall Project, will discuss the planned replacement of the aging 75-year-old structure. The public is welcome. Contact Bob Simonds at (206) 236-2190 or with questions.

Thursday | 12

South-End Cash Mob: 6-8 p.m., July 12, Mercer Village Shopping Center, 8451 S.E. 68th St. Join the community for a “cash mob” to help local community small business owners by shopping in their stores and eating in their restaurants. Bring the family and enjoy dinner,  frozen yogurt, a foot massage or just a coffee/hot chocolate.

Saturday | 14

Calling all dachshunds: Join Betty, Wilma and friends and march with the Island Wieners in the Summer Celebration Grand Parade, July 14. Wear a red T-shirt, bring a leash and meet behind Tully’s at 9:30 a.m. before the parade on Saturday morning. The Wieners parade number will be printed next week. Call Marianne Bond at (206) 236-2469 for more information.

Calling all Westie dogs: Come and be part of the Mercer Island West Highland Terrier Club to march in the Summer Celebration Grand Parade on July 14. Wear a blue T-shirt and a smile, meet behind Tully’s at 9 a.m. Westies do not have to live on Mercer Island to participate. Call Miriam Beck at (206) 232-4217 for more information.

MIVAL Raffle at Summer Celebration: July 14 and 15, Mercer Island Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. Artworks will be exhibited at a large and small tent in the Wells Fargo Bank lot. Features a raffle for two $25 gift certificates to be used at the MIVAL Gallery. Entry forms may be picked up at the Gallery or at the tents during Summer Celebration. The drawing will take place at the Gallery at 4 p.m., July 15.


Mercer Island Radio Operators Meeting: 7 p.m., July 19, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness.

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

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


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537


Drop-In to Learn about e-Books: 7 p.m., July 11; 1 p.m., July 15. Library staff is available to get you started with KCLS eBooks. Bring your eReader, tablet, phone and questions.

Computer Class: Email Level 2, 9:30 a.m., July 14.


Star Search: Portable Planetarium Show, 1 p.m., July 5. Presented by Pacific Science Center-Science On Wheels. Ages 8 and older.

Up In the Sky: Portable Planetarium Show: 2 p.m., July 5. Presented by Pacific Science Center-Science On Wheels. Ages 4 to 8. Register online or by calling the Mercer Island Library.

Reading Buddies: 2-4 p.m., July 9 and 16. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to stop by for a 20-minute reading session with a local teen. Drop in.

Raccoon Tunes and Possum Tales Music Show: 10:30 a.m., July 10. Presented by Eric Ode. Ages 3 and older.

Summer Time Stories for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, July 11-25, Aug. 1. Ages 12 to 23 months with adult.

Summer Stories for Terrific Twos and Threes: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, July 11-25, Aug. 1. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

Create Nocturnal Clay Creatures: 1 and 2:30 p.m., July 12. Presented by Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys. Ages 5 and older. Register online or by calling the library.


SAT and ACT Practice Tests: 10 a.m., July 7.

SAT and ACT Test Results Workshop: 4:45 p.m., July 18. Presented by Kaplan Test Prep. This practice test will help you decide which test is right for you. You will receive feedback that compares your performance on each of the sections of the two exams. Please register.

Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition & Read-Film-Win: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book, free. This summer will also feature a video book review contest, Read-Film-Win. Ask at the library for details.

Online Teen Readers: Join local teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule online. Facebook: KCLS Online Teen Readers,


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