Community calendar | Arts Council art reception is Tuesday, Aug. 7

The Mercer Island Arts Council will hold a reception on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The reception is in honor of the installation of the Apollo spacecraft sculpture, “Orbits and Pieces.”

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. 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. New show opens at 12 p.m. The Gallery features 30 local artists representing thought-provoking artwork in a variety of mediums. Artwork is changed every month. A percentage of all sales is contributed to annual high school visual arts scholarships. Contact: Nannette Bassett, (206) 232-8148,

Sunday | 5

Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 5, Mercerdale Park. Band: Snake Suspenderz — cartoon jazz with a blend of hits from the 1920s and 1930s.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: The Mercer Island Farmers Market will not be in session on Sunday, Aug. 5, because of the Seafair festival.

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, organization, note-taking or time management. Cost: $25 per student. To register: (206) 659-4156,

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 and ask to be placed on the registration list.

Thursday | 9

Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 9, Mercerdale Park. Band: Rouge — French Café music.


Shakespeare in the Park: 7-9 p.m., Aug. 2-5, 9-12, performances of “Twelfth Night” and “A Winter’s Tale” at Luther Burbank Park Amphitheater, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. The performances, presented by the Arts Council, end Aug. 12. Double Feature presentation: Aug. 12, 7 p.m., “Twelfth Night”; 2 p.m., “A Winter’s Tale.” Learn more at


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.

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. Tools supplied. Contact: Lina Rose, (206) 793-2454, Sign up at

Free Electronic and Metal Recycling: Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. Annual, free recycling event for your “hard-to-get-rid-of” items. Drive up with your unwanted cargo and a crew will unload it. Restrictions: no wood furniture, paint, chemicals, tires, paper, plastic bottles, etc. Go to for details.

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

Top of the Island Vacation Bible School: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 13-17, co-sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Congregational Church of Mercer Island and Emmanuel Episcopal Church with time spent at each of the three churches. Daily drop-off/pick up at Emmanuel, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 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. Registration online. Middle and high school students may serve as counselors.

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,

Eastside Women’s Photo Forum: ongoing through Sept. 7, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Featured artists include Nancy Abel, Lorraine Day, DeAnna Foran, Barbara Lewis and Betty Span. For more information call (206) 275-7609.

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


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

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

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,


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.



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