Community calendar | Letterboxing begins Saturday, June 1

Letterboxing on Mercer Island will begin on Saturday, June 1, during the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Trails Day celebration at Pioneer Park. Learn more at

Tuesday | 28

Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., May 28, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Weekly meeting covers club activities and features a guest speaker. General public is welcome.

Cercle Francophone - French Conversation Evening: 7-9 p.m., May 28, residence of Monica Howell. Sponsor: Mercer Island Sister City Association. The only rule is to speak French. All levels welcome. For address and driving directions, contact: Beth Brennen, 232-7650; Monica Howell, 232-2983.

Saturday | June 1

First Aid and Adult CPR w/ AED Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 1, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Non-health care provider class. Parking available behind fire station. Cost: $35 (check/cash). Call (206) 275-7607, Monday through Friday, to reserve a space.

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Trails Day and Letterboxing: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 1, Pioneer Park, Island Crest Way and S.E. 68th Street. Pick up your letterbox clue book, make a stamp and start hunting on June 1. Pioneer Park has 6.6 miles of trails. Follow the clues through the forest, and make a print of the hidden stamps in your clue book.

Sunday | 2

“In the Land of Rain and Salmon”: 2-4 p.m., June 2, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle, 98144. Cost: $18-$36. Washington State Jewish Historical Society and Book-It Repertory Theatre present a theatrical adaptation of “Family of Strangers, Building A Jewish Community In Washington State” and other stories.

Monday | 3

Mercer Island CERT Search & Rescue: “Team Drill,” 6-9 p.m., June 3, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Join the Mercer Island CERT Search & Rescue volunteers for team training.

Tuesday | 5

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., June 5, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Mountains To Sound Greenway spokesman, Doug Schindler, will describe the organization’s vision of the future I-90 corridor. Public welcome.

Thursday | 6

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., June 6, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. A consistent, caring place for group members to discuss the challenges and problems of the disease, share their feelings and find emotional support, and exchange information about Alzheimer’s.

MIVAL Gallery Artist Reception: “Nature’s Perspective,” 5-8 p.m., June 6, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Show is open June 6-30. Thirty artists with works of painting, jewelry, ceramics, photography, scarves and cards are members. Refreshments, wine served.

Mercer Island Freemasons Meeting: 6:30 p.m., June 6, VFW Post 5760, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Lodge #297, Free & Accepted Masons of WA, meets the first Thursday of every month except July and August. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

NYHS Spring Production- "The Diary of Anne Frank": 7 p.m., June 6, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. A play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Tickets:

Saturday | 8

Community Emergency Response Team Class: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., June 8, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th Street. Unit 5: Search & Rescue/Communications. Courses will review for the CERT test in October and test in November.

Events | Ongoing

Z-Ultimate Self-Defense Anniversary: May 31-June 1, Z-Ultimate Self-Defense, 7858 S.E. 28th St. The studio is offering a weekend full of martial arts activities for all ages and abilities, in addition to specials for new students who would like to try it over the summer.

“The Neverending Story”: ongoing through June 2, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. The gala includes an intermission dessert buffet. Final play of current school season. For ages 8 and up.

Mercer Gallery Early Summer Show: June 3-July 19, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Artists: Patrician Tamburini, Beni Chen O’Donnell, Ed McCarthy, Anna Macrae. Show opens on June 3.

Events | Upcoming

Mercer Island Library Renovation Public Meeting: 6:30-8 p.m., June 13, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Review and offer input about the design for a renovated library as presented by the architectural team Miller-Hull Partnership. For more information, contact Dri Ralph: (425) 369-3487.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Discover Your Family History - An Introduction to Genealogy: 2 p.m., June 9. Claudia Breland, a professional genealogist with over 35 years of experience, will walk you through the early steps of tracing your family history. For beginners. Registration required.

Computer Class - One-on-One Assistance: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., June 14. A KCLS volunteer instructor will provide one-on-one assistance. Registration required.

Drop-In to Learn About eBooks: 1 p.m., June 16. Get started with KCLS eBooks.

Computer Class - Microsoft Word Level 1: 7 p.m., June 19. Registration required.

Mercer Island Friends of the Library Hardback Bargain Sale: June 20-23. During library open hours. Get great bargains on books while supporting the library.

A Place at the Table - Meet Author Rick Browne: 7 p.m., June 20. Join Rick Browne, host of the PBS television show, “Barbeque America.” He is the author of four books. Demonstration, tasting included. Nonperishable food donations accepted for local King County food banks.

Opera Preview - “Ring” by Richard Wagner: 7 p.m., Tuesdays. “Das Rheingold,” June 25; “Die Walkure,” July 9; “Siegfried,” July 16; “Gotterdammerung,” July 23. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. “The Ring of the Nibelungen” was first performed at Bayreuth in 1876. Four complete operas; 16 hours of performing time.


Big Dig Concert: 10:30 a.m., June 18. Presented by Eric Ode. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Award-winning songwriter and author; high-participation music and poetry program.

Thumbelina Puppet Show: 2 p.m., June 25. Presented by Oregon Shadow Theatre. Ages 4 and older with adult. Enjoy a beautiful shadow puppet show with live music. Performance is held in a dark room and is not appropriate for very young children.

Miss Margaret’s Bon Voyage: 2 p.m., June 30. Come wish farewell to longtime Mercer Island Children’s Librarian Margaret Martin as she pursues new adventures. Drop by to say goodbye and enjoy cake, refreshments and a musical performance with Nancy Stewart at 2 p.m.

Summer Reading Program: starts June 1. Get reading, earn prizes and enjoy fun programs. Ask at the library for details.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., May 28. Teens, help plan programs in the library and in the community.

Study Zone: 4 p.m., Tuesdays. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Teen Zone - Study and Games: Mondays-Thursdays, after school with some exceptions. Hang out, do homework, play board games. No Teen Zone on May 27.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., June 18. Teens, voice your opinions on the programs and services that the library offers.

Reading Buddies Training: 1 p.m., June 26. This is the mandatory orientation for teens volunteering to read with children this summer. Topics covered include scheduling and program expectations, information about child literacy and tips for working with young readers. Teen volunteers need to have submitted a completed application to the library in order to participate in the training. Applications due: June 10. Call the library or email Carrie with questions,






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