Community calendar | Outdoor movie night is free in Mercerdale Park

An outdoor movie will be shown for free in Mercerdale Park on Saturday evening, Aug. 25: “How to Train Your Dragon,” rated PG. The movie begins at approximately 8 p.m. and is 98 minutes. Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, this animated film is set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons. Staff will be on site with special activities inspired from the movie beginning at 7 p.m.

Thursday | 23

National Senior Citizen’s Day Celebration: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 23, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Barbecue lunch: 12 p.m., $5 plus tax. Metro will issue Orca passes. The fire department, a Senior Services of Seattle/King Co. representative, UW Physical Medicine Department and pharmacy and optometry students will be present. Covenant Shores will discuss living options. For age 65+. Transportation available. Lunch reservations required: call (206) 275-7609.

Saturday | 25

Mercer Island Emergency Volunteer Drill: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Aug. 25, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. RSVP to Officer Franklin: (206) 275-7607.

Mountains To Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 25, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Invasive plant removal. Contact: (206) 812-0122,

Sunday | 26

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 26, Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street. Weekly produce-only market. Books & Bites. Cookbook authors and recipes. Local Washington state farmers and prepared food vendors. Music: Sassafras - Cajun Female Fiddlers. Children’s Table: Garlic sprouts.

Blessing of the Backpacks: 10:10 a.m., Aug. 26, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue S.E. Special, family-focused service of worship featuring kid-friendly songs and a kid-friendly sermon preached by Jennifer Paterson, Director of Ministries for Children and Families. Bring your kids’ backpacks with you for the commissioning. A gift will be given to all kids in attendance. All are welcome.

Outdoor Family Movie: “Bee Movie,” 8:30 p.m., Aug. 26, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Bring your friends and family to the SJCC Kesher Community Garden. Bring your lawn chairs. S’mores will be made in the campfire area. Free.

Tuesday | 28

Mercer Island Rotary Club Meeting: 12-1:30 p.m., Aug. 28, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The club meets every Tuesday. Each meeting covers club activities and features a weekly guest speaker. The general public is welcome.

Tuesday | Sept. 4

Infant/Child and Adult CPR with AED Class (non-health care provider): 7-9 p.m., Sept. 4, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $20 (check or cash). To reserve a spot, call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday. A private class at your location with an instructor may also be arranged.

Wednesday | 5

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 5, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: James Farrington, a survivor of the sinking of the carrier Yorktown during the 1942 Battle of Midway. The public is welcome.

Events | Upcoming

SJCC Jewish Touch Lecture Series: Opening Lecture, “Jews, Magic & Houdini,” 4 p.m., Sept. 9, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Joshua Jay, internationally acclaimed lecturer and magician, explores why Jews are attracted to magic and illustrates with a performance. Emphasis on Harry Houdini. Cost: $8 (SJCC members, seniors, students), $12 (nonmembers). Contact: Kim Lawson, (206) 388-0823.

Family and Friends Benefit Gala: 4-6 p.m., Sept. 15, Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive. The community is welcome. Proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts served at Fortuna Lodge dining room at 4 p.m. Pat Wright and Total Experience Gospel Choir will perform. Cost: $35. Reservation deadline: Sept. 7. Contact: Penny Zelinsky, (206) 268-3012.

MIHS Class of 1982 30-Year Reunion: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 15, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Contact: Carrie York Williams, To register, go to

Events | Ongoing

“Cinderella Rockin’ the ’80s”: ongoing through Aug. 26, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. The summer season closes with a retro spin on a classic fairy tale. Tickets: $10. Box office: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109.

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.


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