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Community calendar | ‘E.T.’ appears at Mercerdale Park
This Saturday, “E.T.” will appear on the giant inflatable movie screen in Mercerdale Park. Islanders should bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. Concession treats are sold on site.
Call the Community Center at (206) 275-7609 to confirm cancellations on bad weather days, as movies are cancelled during inclement weather.
Staff will be on site with special activities inspired from the movie beginning at 7:30 p.m. The movie will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday | 25
College Tours and Interviews - Tricks of the Trade: 10 a.m., July 25, College Tutors Mercer Island Learning Center, 7605 S.E. 27th St. #101. Cost is per student plus one free Test Prep tutoring session with registration. (206) 659-4156.
Thursday | 26
Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., July 26, Mercerdale Park. Eclectic Approach performs original songs of blended poetic hip-hop infiltrated with rock.
Saturday | 28
Invasive Removal at Luther Burbank Park: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 28, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Directions and project info given upon registration. Contact: (206) 812-0122, email@example.com.
Movie in the Park: “E.T.”, 8:30 p.m., July 28, Mercerdale Park. Films are shown on a giant inflatable screen. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. Concession treats are sold on site. Staff will be on site with special activities inspired from the movie beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday | 29
Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 29, Mercerdale Park. Cooking demonstration by Chef Lesa Sullivan, instructor at the award-winning Fare Start program, PCC and Pacific Culinary Studio, as well as a Personal Chef extraordinaire. She will show how easy it is to combine pure flavors from market foods; demo starts at 11:30 a.m. Music by MIHS alum Eddie Bond. The market will be closed Aug. 5 for Seafair.
Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., July 29, Mercerdale Park. Convergence Zone Bluegrass performs bluegrass and country, folk and a little pop.
Wednesday | 1
The Fit - Finding the Best College for You: 12:30 p.m., Aug. 1, College Tutors Mercer Island Learning Center, 7605 S.E. 27th St. #101. Cost is per student plus one free Test Prep tutoring session with registration. (206) 659-4156.
Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Island resident, Chuck Wischman, M.D., will discuss health care reform and health insurance, the history of their development and significance to all. The public is welcome.
Friday | 3
Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery Artist Reception: 5:30-8 p.m., Aug. 3, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Free. Contact: Nannette Bassett, (206) 232-8148, firstname.lastname@example.org. Show opens at 12 p.m. The Gallery features 30 local artists representing thought-provoking artwork in variety of mediums. Artwork is changed every month. A percentage of all sales is contributed to annual high school visual arts scholarships. www.mival.org.
Tuesday | 7
Study Skills Workshop: Workshop 1, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., middle school students. Workshop 2: 12:30-3 p.m., high school students. Location: Mercer Island Learning Center. For children who struggle with test-taking strategies, organization, note-taking or time management. Cost: $25 per student. Mercer Island Learning Center. To register: (206) 659-4156, email@example.com.
5th Annual National Night Out: 6-9 p.m., Aug. 7, neighborhood event. This is the city’s crime prevention and preparedness event. Neighborhoods nationwide are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, police and fire officials, and city staff. To register your neighborhood, contact Officer Franklin at (206) 275-7905 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be placed on the registration list. www.mercergov.org/emergencyprep.
Earthcorps at Clarke Beach: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 11, Clarke Beach, 7700 East Mercer Way. Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island to improve the health of Mercer Island forests. Volunteer work includes removing invasive plants from forested parks. Tools supplied. Contact: Lina Rose, (206) 793-2454, email@example.com. Sign up at www.earthcorps.org.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival Best of Fest: “My Lovely Sister,” 2-4 p.m., Aug. 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles; screening for adults. Blending Sephardic superstition, magical realism and an Eastern-flavored score, this film about sibling rivalry and reconciliation is based on a Moroccan Jewish folk tale. Cost: $6-$8. Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0825 KLawson@sjcc.org. www.sjcc.org.
Vacation Bible School: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 13-17, co-sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mercer Island Congregational Church and Emmanuel Episcopal Church with time spent at each of the three churches. Drop-off/pick up at Emmanuel every day. For children 3 years old through rising 5th graders. Preschool: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Games, Bible stories, music, snacks and community building. Cost: $75 (K-5) per child. $50 for each preschool camper.
Study Skills Workshop: Workshop 3, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 15, high school students. Workshop 4: 12:30-3 p.m., Aug. 15, middle school students. Location: Mercer Island Learning Center. For children who struggle with test-taking strategies, organization, note-taking or time management. Cost: $25 per student. To register: (206) 659-4156, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Sound of Music” at Youth Theatre Northwest: 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings; 2 p.m., Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, ongoing through July 29, YTN Mainstage, 8805 S.E. 40th St. YTN’s season opener is directed by Mimi Katano with musical direction by Julie Parsons. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for youth/seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (206) 232-4145, ext. 109, or online by visiting www.youththeatre.org.
4400 88th Ave. S.E.
Summer Time Stories for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., July 25, Aug. 1. Ages 12 to 23 months with adult.
Summer Stories for Terrific Twos and Threes: 11 a.m., July 25, Aug. 1. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.
Rocking, Reading, Dreaming Concert: 2 p.m., July 26. Presented by Not-Its. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. This up-tempo, rockin’ performance will have you bouncing around with fun, danceable music, movement and audience participation.
Dream a Dream Concert: 10:30 a.m., July 31. Presented by Caspar Babypants. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Enjoy songs about bedtime, sleepy time and dream time mixed with traditional folk songs, nursery rhymes and original music. Tickets given out 1/2 hour before the concert as space is limited.
Dream It, Read It, Do It Magic Show: 2 p.m., Aug. 9. Presented by Jeff Evans. Ages 5 and older with adult. In this show of mysterious tricks, discover that anything you dream about and want to learn can be found in books.
PSAT Practice Test: 10 a.m., Aug. 11. Presented by Kaplan Test Prep. For students entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall. Check your test-taking skills at this PSAT test simulating the real thing. A fully proctored practice PSAT will show you what to expect in a test-like environment. Please register.
PSAT Test Results Workshop: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 20. Find out how you scored on the Aug. 11 test and learn some strategies for improvement. Teens are encouraged to attend with their parents. Registration not required.
Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition & Read-Film-Win: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book, free. Turn in your forms by Aug. 31 to be entered in the prize drawings on Sept. 7. 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, blogs.kcls.org/onlineteenreaders.
Computer Class: Introduction to Computers: 7 p.m., July 26.
Opera Preview: “Turandot,” 7 p.m., Aug. 1. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. “Turandot” (1926) is Puccini’s last opera. He died after finishing the first scene of the last act, leaving the final scene to be completed by another hand. But there is enough vintage Puccini in “Turandot” to keep audiences thrilled.
Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 7 p.m., Aug. 8; 1 p.m., Aug. 12. Library staff is available to get you started with KCLS eBooks.