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Coffee with the Senior Commission: open house reception, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 30, CCMV Groveland Room. The City Council-appointed Senior Commission invites Island residents ages 55 and up. Refreshments served. Discuss new senior programs and services. 232-0738.
“Phantom Tollbooth”: May 30-June 14, Youth Theatre Northwest. Tickets: $13 ($15 opening night). 25th anniversary line-up unveiled: 7 p.m., May 31, 10 plays, fan favorites from the past 24 years during “Phantom Tollbooth,” show tickets required. 232-4145 ext. 109, www.youththeatre.org.
S.E. 53rd Forest Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 31. Join EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. in 25-acre open space. Tools, gloves, training provided. Sign up: www.earthcorps.org.
Third Annual Rain Forest Carnival: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 2, Luther Burbank Park picnic area near tennis courts. For children ages 1-6. An event created and staffed by children with adult supervision. Booths, baked goods, puppet show, prizes. Benefits Rain Forest Alliance.
Auditions for Short Film Series: 6-9 p.m., June 3, MI library. “Pizza Delivery,” “Mistaken Identity,” and more. Premieres on Mercer Island in July. Actors receive copy/meal, Internet exposure, festival submission, viewing by casting directors in L.A. Ages: 16 and up. Must sign up: Cassandra Chamberlain, The Actor’s Studio NW/International, 232-0591, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theactorsstudio.com.
Pioneer Park Forest Restoration: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 7. Join EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. Tools, gloves, training provided. Sign up: www.earthcorps.org.
Student Art Display: through June 13, Mercer Island Chamber Gallery, 7613 S.E. 27th St. Student art from West Mercer Elementary’s fourth-graders.
MIVAL Junior Art Show: submit entries, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 7, Wells Fargo Bank. Pick up entry forms at Wells Fargo Bank, Chamber of Commerce, Cascade Frames, MI schools. Colleen Mohn, 232-2136; Genny Rees, 232-6354.
MIHS Class of 1968 40-Year Reunion: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, MI Beach Club. Grads’ night: 7 p.m., Sept. 19, Roanoke Inn. Call (425) 644-1044 with your contact information or that of hard-to-find friends. www.ReunionsWithClass.com.
Mercer Island School District Preschool Program: openings available for fall 2008. For ages 3-5. Pick up forms at West Mercer Elementary School. $300/month. Leslie Waters, 236-3329.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Train to become a volunteer advocate in court for abused, neglected children. Must be at least 21, attend training. (206) 296-1120, email@example.com, www.metrokc.gov/kcsc/depcasa.htm.
Volunteers needed: MI Youth & Family Services seeks front desk office volunteers at the Luther Burbank building to provide customer service, staff assistance: 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fridays. Kim Richards, 275-7611; www.mercergov.org/yfs.
The Marriage Course: last session, 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 28, Mercer Island Covenant Church. www.micc.org.
Tea History: 3 p.m., Sundays in May, Tea Treasures, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Elizabeth Borges. Tea tasting follows classes. (206) 347-0581.
Washington Health Care Caucus: Town hall meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 19, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle. Healthy Washington Coalition invites the community to discuss Washington health care issues and reform. Free, open to the public.
Mercer Island Senior Commission: “Connecting the Generations” display, through May, Mercer Island Library. Honors older Americans during “Celebrate Older Americans Month.” Senior needs/interests surveys for programs/services available at library, Community Center, JCC, Chamber of Commerce, Island Books.
Probus Club: annual spring luncheon, June 4, Covenant Shores. Buses to shuttle members/guests from MI Presbyterian Church, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Bob Simonds, 236-2190.
Women Painters of Washington: Gallery receptions, 4-6 p.m., first Thursday. “Mischief” exhibition: through Aug. 1, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free, open to the public. www.womenpainters.com.
The following events take place at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., unless otherwise noted. Please call 236-3537 for more information. Registration is required.
Computer Classes: E-mail Level III: 9 a.m., May 29. Prerequisites: E-mail I, II.
A History of Hats: “Talk with Many Colorful Sides” and “The Hat Toss,” 3 p.m., May 30. Speaker: Dr. Beverly Chico, chair of the Metropolitan State College in Denver, on the role of hats in history and the U.S. military.
The Original Idea — The Core of Writing and Selling: 7 p.m., June 4. Presented by Bob Mayer, New York Times best-selling author. Learn how to stay on course while writing a book.
Afternoon Movie Club: 3:30 p.m., June 4.
Hands-on Henna: 3:30 p.m., May 28. Henna traditions, meanings, designs, modern practices with Mehndi Madness. Create hand design.
Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., June 2, 9. Hang out, do homework, play board games, DDR, Guitar Hero.
Finals Study Sessions: 3 p.m., June 9-12, small meeting room.
Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party: 3:30 p.m., June 13. Celebrate the last day of school and Teen Summer Reading program kick-off. Ice cream sundae, video games, Summer Reading forms, prizes.
Book Buddy Training Orientation: 2 p.m., June 16. Help a child learn to love reading and make a new friend. Book Buddy volunteer applications available at library, due before orientation.
Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., June 17. Discuss library’s teen materials, services, programs, earn one volunteer credit hour.
Girls vs. Guys - How to Draw Manga Bodies: 3:30 p.m., June 18. Learn Manga-style drawing basics from NDP Comics.
Call (206) 275-7609 or register online at www.myparksandrecreation.com to receive a catalog of the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department events. Register for spring/summer activities online. All events are held at the Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV), 8236 S.E. 24th St., unless otherwise specified.
All-Island Garage Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 14, Mercer Room.
Perfect Picnic Food with Lisa Odegard: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m., June 5. $56.
Thai Cooking: June 11. $71.
Dog Obedience: June 1, 8, 22, July 13, 20, 27. Joyce’s Dog Obedience Services, Inc. No dogs the first night. $96.
Call 275-7609 to sign up. Camps begin during the week of June 23.
Kamp Rock: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday, CCMV. Ages: 6-11. Arts and crafts, games, swimming, field trips. $185.
Little Champs Sports Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday, Island Crest Park. Ages: 4-7. $82.
Itsy Bitsy Islanders: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday, W. Mercer Elementary. Ages: 3-5. $125.
National Trails Day hike: 1 p.m., June 7, Pioneer Park northeast quadrant. “C.S.I. mystery and crime-solving” Trail Trek, a family hike in Pioneer Park. Search for bones, match fingerprints, investigatd shoeprints, identify counterfeit money. The first 75 youth hikers receive activity kits to solve the “mystery crime.”
Youth Sailing Camps: Jr. Opti Camp, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m., July 7-11, ages 6-8, $226. Opti Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 4-8 and 11-15, ages 8-13, $351. In partnership with Sail Sand Point, at Luther Burbank Park.
Youth Kayak Camps: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m., July 21-25 and Aug. 25-29, ages 11-15, $301.
Adult Kayak Tours: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., July 19; 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 23. $71.
Specialized Recreation Day Sails: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., July 25 and Aug. 22. Dannie, 275-7891. $21.
Parks & Rec. Seniors
Solemates Walking Group: depart CCMV at 8:30 a.m., May 28. $2.
Low Vision Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m., May 29, Calkins Room.
Parkinson Disease Support Group: 2-3:30 p.m., June 3, Calkins Room.
Caregivers Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., June 5, Slater Room.
Cougar Mountain Zoo trip: depart CCMV, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 13. $21.
Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday mornings. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. $1.
Senior lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: 275-7895, ext. 2. $4.25.
Volunteers needed: Parks & Rec. needs help with the Senior Transportation Program. Jeannette, 275-7841.
All events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register: 232-4548, www.mipositiveplace.org.
Rock Shop: 4 p.m., Mondays. Jam session for beginners. 9 classes/$189.
MI Judo Dojo: practices 6:15-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Instructor: Harold Yamada.
Registration for Summer Camps: now open, www.mipositiveplace.org. Summer day camps for ages 5-14 include games, arts and crafts, cooking, field trips, special events. Activities: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Voyager and Explorer Day Camps: Grades K-3. Adventure Camps: Grades 4-5. Teen Travel Camps: Grades 6-8. Skyhawk Sports, Spanish Language, Art, Science Adventure camps.
All events are located at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Please contact Roni Antebi at (206) 232-7115 ext. 269 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and register for all events.
The “God Strategy” — Faith as a Political Weapon: 10:30 a.m., May 28. Active Seniors Club. Speaker: David Domke, associate professor/head of journalism at University of Washington, on religion’s role in politics.
JCC’S Outing: Muckleshoot Casino, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 29. $4/JCC members, $5/non-JCC members.
“La Juive” (The Jewess): 4-5:30 p.m., June 1. “Opera Sings the Soul” series. Presented by SJCC, Seattle Opera. Refreshments served. $10.
Current Event Discussion Group: 12:30 p.m., June 2. Discussion with Al Ziontz on “Israel: the next 60 years.” Free.
Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Fridays, Polack Lounge. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.
Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Fridays, Room 200. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.
Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. Adult Education: 9 a.m., Sundays. High School Youth Group/Sunday School: 6 p.m. 4545 Island Crest Way, (206) 232-7800, email@example.com, www.ucc-ccmi.org.
Congregation Shevet Achim: Shabbat services, 9 a.m. between Sukkot, Pesach; 9:30 a.m. between Pesach, Sukkot. Northwest Yeshiva High School sanctuary, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Hospitality@shevetachim.com; President Rich Gilmore, (206) 232-1060.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday worship services/Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist: 5 p.m., chapel. Emmanuel Children’s Breakfast: 9 a.m. Children’s Choir rehearsal: 9:30 a.m. Adult Education: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Lyric Arts Ensemble Baroque and Jazz Concert: 7 p.m., May 31, free. Rev. Nedi Rivera, Olympia Bishop Suffragan, to preach: 10:30 a.m., June 1, reception following. Emmanuel Book Club: June 9, “Rise and Shine” by Anna Quindlen. All-parish BBQ: June 15, meet new rector Rev. William Hunt Priest. Tai Chi classes: Mondays through July 7. Layweeders (volunteer gardeners): 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday. Healing Service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday. Tea and Talk Knitting Group: 2 p.m., Thursday. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572, firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Church of Christ, Scientist: services and Sunday School, 10 a.m. S.E. 47th & Island Crest Way. Wednesday meetings: 7:30 p.m. Childcare available. Reading Room: open weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 7605 S.E. 27th St. 232-0175, email@example.com.
First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: Christian Education, 9:15 a.m. Worship: 10:40 a.m., Sundays, Fireside Room. Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. (206) 232-5595.
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: services, 6 p.m., Fridays and 9:15 a.m., Saturdays. Daily Minyan: 7 a.m. Minyan at 9 a.m. on Sundays, secular holidays. Pre-Neg: 5:30 p.m., Fridays. 3700 E. Mercer Way. (206) 232-8555, www.h-nt.org.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship schedule, 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. (childcare available). Sunday School/education hour: 9 a.m. 8501 S.E. 40th St. 232-3270. www.htlcmi.org.
Latter Day Saints Mormon Church: Sacrament meeting, 9 a.m. Sunday School: 10:10 a.m. Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women: 11:10 a.m. 4001 Island Crest Way. 236-2957.
Mercer Island Covenant Church: worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Sundays. Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 a.m. High School Youth Group: 6:30 p.m., Sundays. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 232-1015, ext. 100, www.micc.org.
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship — Breakfast Service, 8:15 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:35 a.m.; Evening Service, 5 p.m. Young Adult BBQ’s: 6-7:30 p.m., Mondays, Paul and Devon Barrett’s home. Women’s Bible Study: 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays. New Women’s Bible Study on Psalm 23: 9:30-11 a.m., Fridays through June 6. Super 60s & Beyond lunch: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., May 28; special guest, Ben Sherman, local author. Dinner/Auction benefiting Museum without Walls multicultural scholars: 6 p.m., May 30, Total Experience Gospel Choir. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 232-5595, www.mipc.org.
Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Childcare available. All are welcome. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044, www.miumc.org.
New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 10 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. 275-1042, www.newhic.org.
Redeemer Lutheran Church: worship and kids’ services, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study: 11 a.m. All are welcome. Redeemer is handicap-accessible. Worship is uplifting, joyful. 6001 Island Crest Way. Pastor Bill Clements, 232-1711, www.redeemerlutheranchurch.us.
St. Monica Catholic Church: RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation Adults), 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays, St. Monica School Library, 4320 87th Ave. S.E.; Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. Childcare provided. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.