Community calendar | Farmers market begins this Sunday

The Mercer Island Farmers Market will begin this Sunday, June 9, for the summer. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays through October.

Wednesday | 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

Mercer island Chamber of Commerce June Membership Luncheon: 12 p.m., June 6, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Legislators Judy Clibborn, Steve Litzow and Marcie Maxwell will speak and answer questions. Reservations required. Please call 232-3404.

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, 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 are members with works of painting, jewelry, ceramics, photography, scarves and cards. 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

Become A Successful Investor: 9 a.m., June 8-15, U.S. Bank, 2755 77th Ave. S.E. Presented by Investors & Options Trading Institute. Learn successful investing from a retired pro from Pacific Stock Exchange and a major brokerage firm in Beverly Hills. Cost: $150. Contact: 1-888-981-2512,

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.

Sunday | 9

Mercer Island Farmers Market Opening Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 9, 7700 S.E. 32nd St. Produce-only market with more than 50 local, sustainable farmers and vendors each week. Music: original blues by Garrett and Westcott, acoustic duo from Seattle. Kids activities: “Time to Plant a Sunflower, Come Play With Judy.” Special event: “Garden Days at the Market.” Ask the expert: Visit the master gardener’s booth.

Monday | 10

Online Genealogy Research - Specializing in Sephardic Genealogy of the Ottoman Empire: 7:30-9 p.m., June 10, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Find out how Victor Alkana researched and compiled 160,000 people, primarily of Sephardic origin. Presented by Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Cost: $5 (nonmembers).

Tuesday | 11

Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., June 11, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Weekly meeting covers club activities and features a guest speaker. General public is welcome.

Wednesday | 12

Senior Lunch & Conversation: 12-1 p.m., June 12, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Reservations due by 4 p.m. on the day before. Call (206) 275-7895, prompt #2. Transportation available. Lunch fee: $5 plus tax.

Events | Upcoming

Mercer Gallery Early Summer Show Artists’ Reception: 6:30-8 p.m., June 13, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Show open through July 19. Artists: Patricia Tamburini, Beni Chen O’Donnell, Ed McCarthy, Anna Macrae.

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.

“Excerpts From Cinderella”: 7 p.m., June 13, Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Members of Island Youth Ballet and Children’s Dance Conservatory perform. General admission: $20.

2nd Annual “Live vs. Recorded” Event: 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 13, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. Presented by Pacific Northwest Audio Society, featuring Seattle Opera soprano Kimberly Giordano and violin soloist Marie Rossano. Open to the public. Food, drinks provided.

Child Car Seat Check-up: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 14, Renton Public Health Center, 3001 N.E. 4th St. Free. Bring your car, car seat and child and learn how to properly install your car seat.

Free Recycling & Shredding Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 15, Windermere Real Estate, 2737 77th Ave. S.E. Presented by Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and local nonprofit Green Planet. For more, go to or contact (206) 232-0446.


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,” and 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.


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

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; 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.


Teen Zone - Study and Games: 3:15 p.m., June 6; 2 p.m., Mondays/Wednesdays through June 12. Hang out, do homework, play board games.

Study Zone: 4 p.m., June 11. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

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. Mandatory orientation for teens volunteering to read with children this summer. Applications due: June 10. Contact: Carrie,




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