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A crow steals food from a child’s unattended lunch at Calkins Point in Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last week. - Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter
A crow steals food from a child’s unattended lunch at Calkins Point in Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last week.
— image credit: Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter

Events

Clarke Beach Volunteer Opportunity: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 26. Join EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. for urban forest restoration. Tools, gloves, training provided. Sign up: www.earthcorps.org.

Music For Hope Tour: 6:30 p.m., June 26, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. For all ages. Benefits the American Cancer Society, cancer research and awareness. Tickets: $8/advance, $10/door. Robin Fairbanks, (425) 761-5638; www.myspace.com/musicforhopetour.

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk: 9 a.m., June 28, Mercer Island High School track. Registration: 8-9 a.m. Benefits the new Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish/Cherry Hill in Seattle. Individuals’ pre-registration fee: $25. Teams: group of five or more. Register: www.braincancerwalk.org. (206) 320-7162, info@braincancerwalk.org.

ZRII Meeting: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., June 28, CCMV. Introduction to ZRII, a nutritional beverage endorsed and inspired by world-famous physician Deepak Chopra, MD. Dr. Cheryl Hayes, karma.seattle@gmail.com; www.seattle.myzrii.com.

“Seattle to Ghana” Auction Fundraiser & Free Concert: 12 p.m.-4 p.m., June 29, Luther Burbank Park. Benefits new school in Ghana for disadvantaged children. Food, concert, auction, raffle, vendors. Free. (425) 941-5644, www.seattletoghana.info.

5th Annual Definitive Dance Studio Extravaganza Recital: 12 p.m.-4 p.m., June 29, Sammamish High School. Tickets: $12. 275-3993.

Puget Sound Blood Center Blood Drive: 1-7 p.m., July 2, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 1-800-398-7888, www.psbc.org.

Mercer Island Summer Celebration: July 12-13, Mercerdale and Luther Burbank parks. Annual community festival featuring parade, fireworks, arts & crafts, food, car show. Theme: Wild, Wild West. www.misummercelebration.com.

MIVAL Junior Art Show: July 12-13, Wells Fargo Bank. Submit entries, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 7, at bank; pick up entry forms at bank, Chamber of Commerce, Cascade Frames, MI schools. Colleen Mohn, 232-2136; Genny Rees, 232-6354.

Shakespeare in the Parks: July 10-Aug. 3. “Romeo and Juliet”: 7 p.m., July 10-11, 17-19; 3 p.m., July 20, Luther Burbank Park; and 5 p.m., July 12, Mercerdale Park. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: 7 p.m., July 24-25, 27, 31, Aug. 1-3, Luther Burbank Park. Seattle Shakespeare Co. Wooden O Productions. Free. Jeff Fickes (206) 733-8228 ext. 214, JeffF@seattleshakespeare.org.

Ellis Pond Park Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 14-18. Service opportunity for youth ages 13-18; remove invasive plants, spread woodchips, trail maintenance. Lina Rose, (206) 322.9296 ext. 225. Sign up: Grace McKinney, (206) 826-8929, gracemcampfire-usa.org.

MIHS Class of 1968 40-Year Reunion: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, MI Beach Club. Graduates’ 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.

Youth Theatre Northwest Camps: open now, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Week-long summer camps, with half-day or full-day options, for youth ages 3-18. Creative drama, acting foundation. 232-4145 ext. 100, www.youththeatre.org.

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.

Classes

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary class: “America’s Boating Course,” 2-6 p.m., June 25, 27, Mercerwood Shore Club, 4150 E. Mercer Way. Instructors: Keith and Bonnie Harding, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 25. Get Boating Education Safety Card. $25. (425) 226-9228, bkhardingwa@earthlink.net.

West Coast Tolling & Traffic Management Workshop: 11:30-4:45 p.m., June 26, Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle. Forum by Cascadia Center, West Coast Corridor Coalition. Lunch, reception. $25. Mollie Tschida, (206) 292-0401 ext. 111; www.cascadiaproject.org.

Health Talk: “Fun and Safe in the Sun,” 12:30 p.m., June 26, JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Speaker: Allison Hughes MD, PhD, of Mercer Island Dermatology, on the warning signs of skin cancer and the tools for prevention. RSVP: Roni Antebi, 232-7115 ext. 269.

Wellness Lecture Series: “Home Safety,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., June 26. Speaker: MI police officer Jennifer Franklin, on crime prevention, identity theft. Free. Kathy Hutchinson; 232-7115 ext. 273, www.sjcc.org/fitness/wellness.

Mercer Island Martial Arts lessons: free lessons in exchange for “Kung Fu Panda” movie ticket stub, through June 30, 2557 76th Ave. S.E. (206) 230-9050, info@MercerIslandMartialArts.com.

Clubs

Teen Photography Club: 7-9 p.m., July 2, first club meeting. Ages 13-16, all skill levels welcome. Bring digital camera. Meets every Wednesday night with occasional field trips. Free. IslanderShutterbugs@gmail.com.

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., July 9, MI Presbyterian Church. Speaker: MI Deputy Mayor and Councilman El Jahncke on rescuing astronauts during the Apollo program. Bob Simonds, 236-2190.

“Mischief” exhibition: through Aug. 1, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free, open to the public. www.womenpainters.com.

Library

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.

Adults

Computer Classes: Searching the Internet for Beginners, 9 a.m., July 10. Microsoft Word Level I: 9 a.m., July 17. Microsoft Word Level II: 9 a.m., July 24.

Children

Beetlemania: 7 p.m., June 26. Presented by Brian Waite Band. Ages 3 and up. “Beetle Brian,” “Termite Todd,” “Cricket Clif” perform at the legendary “Twigstock” peace festival.

Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, July 1-22. Ages 12 to 23 months with adult.

Story Times for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, July 1-22. Ages 2-3.

Waiter, There’s a Fly in My Song: 2 p.m., July 1. Presenter: Eric Ode. Sing-along, dance-along concert features silly songs, puppets.

Meet the Beetles: 11:30 a.m., July 2. Rowbes presents story about beetle friends who dream about becoming rock stars. Bring lunch.

Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms: 2 p.m., July 8. Ages 4 and up. Karen Haas presents stories on how bugs get out of their troubles.

Rita Hug and the Juggle Bugs: 11:30 a.m., July 9. Presenter: Linda Severt’s Juggletunes.

Bugs Don’t Bug Me: 2 p.m., July 15. Ages 3 and up. Presenter: Cyndi Soup. Stories, songs, imaginative camping adventure.

Buggy Folktales from Around the World: 11:30 a.m., July 16. Ages 3 and up. Presenter: Whitman Story Sampler. Storytelling, music. Bring lunch.

Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, through Aug. 11. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to read with a local literacy-trained teen for one 20-minute session. Drop-in.

Teens

Anime Movie Night: “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” 7 p.m., July 1.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., July 15. Voice your opinions on library’s teen materials, services, programs.

Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, through Aug. 11. Help a child love reading while making a new friend.

Parks &

Recreation

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.

Fun Mobile: 12-1:30 p.m., Deane’s Park; and 3-4:30 p.m., Homestead Park, June 25. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Luther Burbank, Meadow; and 2-3:30 p.m., Groveland Beach, June 27. Jess, 275-7882.

“Let’s Go Fishing”: 1-3 p.m., June 28, Luther Burbank Park. Bait your hook, cast your line. For children ages 8 to 13 with adult. Instructor: Roger Urbaniak of Puget Sound Anglers. Receive a fishing kit. Pre-registration required. $21.

MI Writing Club: 9:30-11 a.m., July 7-11. Grades 2-3. Group activities, individual writing and feedback. $151.

Dog Obedience: July 13, 20, 27. Joyce’s Dog Obedience Services, Inc. $96.

Boating

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

Low Vision Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m., June 26, Calkins Room.

Parkinson Disease Support Group: 2-3:30 p.m., July 1, Calkins Room.

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.

Summer Camps

Call 275-7609 to sign up. Camps are open now through August.

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.

Boys &

Girls Club

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.

JCC

All events are located at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Please contact Roni Antebi at (206) 232-7115 ext. 269 or ronia@sjcc.org to RSVP and register for all events.

Casino Trip - Clearwater: 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 25, meet at JCC. Transportation: $1/JCC members; $2/non-JCC members.

Mah Jongg: 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, Polack Lounge. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Religion

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, office@ucc-ccmi.net, 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: 9:30 a.m. Adult Education: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Choir rehearsal: 10 a.m., loft. Tai Chi classes: Mondays through July 7. Layweeders Volunteer Gardeners: 10-12 a.m., Monday. Family Summer Program: Praying as a Family, 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; dinner; $40/family, scholarships available. Accepting NW Harvest food donations. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572, mail@emmanuelmi.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, fccsmi@hotmail.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 service, 9 a.m. No Sunday School. 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: summer worship services, 9:30 a.m., Sundays. Sunday children’s program and one adult class: 9:30 a.m. Call for details about summer activities for youth. 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. ONE worship service (no Christian Education): 10 a.m., July 6. Young Adults BBQ: 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Paul and Devon Barrett’s home. Men’s Open Gym Pick-Up Basketball: 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, all are welcome. 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. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044, www.miumc.org.

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 10 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). Children’s VeBS (Bible School): “Building a Sure Foundation,” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., weekdays, through June 27. Men’s Brunch: 10 a.m., June 28. Church Camp: “Dive in, Go Deep, Have Fun,” July 13-17, Warm Beach Christian Camp; grow in a deeper walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. 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. Childcare provided. Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.

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