Community calendar | Annual Summer Celebration! next weekend, July 13-14

Mercer Island’s annual Summer Celebration! will be held next weekend, July 13-14, in downtown Mercer Island. For a full schedule of events, visit the city’s website at

Wednesday | 3

Probus Club of Mercer Island Meeting: 10:30 a.m., July 3, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Dr. James P. AuBuchon, Puget Sound Blood Center president and CEO. The public is welcome.

Sunday | 7

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 7, Mercerdale Park, 7700 S.E. 32nd Street. Washington-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, farmstead cheese and dairy. Music, kids’ hands-on activities, master gardeners.

Monday | 8

Islander Hoop Camp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 8, MIHS and IMS. Basketball hoopsters (grades 1-12), join MIHS boys varsity coach Gavin Cree and his staff for camp. Morning and afternoon sessions are available where participants will work on skills, drills and fundamentals. Cost: $140. Register at:

MIPC Vacation Bible School 2013: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., July 8-12, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Theme: “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.” Scholarships available with advance registration. Experience God’s love at VBS. Adventures include interactive Bible fun, great music, super science, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, global games and more.

Tuesday | 9

Mercer Island Rotary Club Luncheon: 12-1:30 p.m., July 9, MICEC, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Weekly meeting covers club activities and features a guest speaker. The public is welcome.

Thursday | 11

MIVAL Gallery Reception: 5-8 p.m., July 11, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Summer Celebration at MIVAL Gallery is July 5-28.

Friday | 12

‘Godspell’ Opening Night Gala: 7 p.m., July 12, Mercer Island Emmanuel Episcopal Church courtyard, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12-21. Based on the New Testament Gospel according to St. Matthew. A unique reflection on the life of Jesus, presented by Youth Theatre Northwest. Tickets: (206) 232-4145, ext. 109,

Saturday | 13

Summer Celebration Mercer Mile Fun Run: 9:30-9:45 a.m., July 13, Mercerdale Park. A one-mile dash at Summer Celebration. Register at, #14021.

Summer Celebration Sunset Fireworks Cruise: 7-11 p.m., July 13, aboard Argosy ship ‘Celebrations.’ Appetizers, desserts, no-host bar and chance to win a raffle basket. For tickets ($60/person) or more information, call the MI Chamber Office at 232-3404 or view online:

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) at Summer Celebration: MI Art Street Fair, July 13-14, with a MIVAL art tent and the Junior Art Show at Wells Fargo Bank, for all students K-12 with prizes.

Events | Upcoming

Cours de Cuisine à Thonon: Register by July 15 to travel with the Mercer Island Sister City Association to the Island’s sister city, Thonon-les-Bains, France, Oct. 12-20. The trip focuses on cooking classes for adults at Thonon’s famous Lycee École Hôtelière Savoie-Léman.

Mercer Island Covenant Church Vacation Bible Camp: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 22-26, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. All kids ages 4-11 are invited to join the fun. Activities to choose from include basketball, soccer, drama, crafts. Also included are Bible stories, songs, snacks. Register online at under “Give/Registrations.” Cost: $55 per camper.

Free Electronics Recycling Event by 1 Green Planet: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 27, Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way. Bring your old computers, printers, scanners etc. appliances, televisions, stereos,  bicycles, barbecues, lawn mowers and anything else that is metal and electronic. Benefits local charities, homeless, shelters and food banks, including Seattle Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Events | Ongoing

Chinese Songs & Stories: 4-4:45 p.m., Mondays, through Aug. 26, Shorewood Heights Community Center, 9011 West Shorewood Drive.


4400 88th Ave. S.E.

(206) 236-3537

Opera Preview - “Ring” by Richard Wagner: 7 p.m., Tuesdays. “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.

Computer Class - Microsoft Publisher: 1 p.m., July 10. Registration required.

Computer Class - One-on-One Assistance: 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m., July 10. A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. Registration required.

Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 10 a.m., July 13. Come in and learn about KCLS eBooks.

Computer Class - Microsoft Word Level 2: 10 a.m., July 26. Registration required.

A Place at the Table: KCLS invites everyone to find ‘A Place at the Table.’ Toss around fresh ideas about food, cooking, nutrition and growing and using locally produced food. Nonperishable food donations accepted for local King County food banks.


Young Toddler Story Times: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, July 10-31. Ages 12-24 months with adult.

Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, July 10-31. Ages 2-3 with adult.

Reading Buddies: 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays, July 10-31. Help your child practice reading while making a new friend. Ages 5-8 are invited. 20-minute reading session with a local teen.

Make a Meerkat Pop-Up Puppet Art Workshop: 2 p.m., July 11. Presented by Cheryl Hadley. Ages 8 and older with adult. Create a pop-up meerkat puppet. Please register.

“The Barber’s Wife, A Play”: 10:30 a.m., July 16. Presented by Last Leaf Productions. Ages 3 and older with adult. Punjabi folktale.

Rock and Roll Science Show: 2 p.m., July 25. Presented by Pacific Science Center on Wheels. Ages 7 and older with adult.

Take a glimpse into the underground geological forces throughout the Northwest.

Tops and Bottoms Drama Workshop: 2 p.m., July 29. Presented by Youth Theatre Northwest. Ages 3-7 with adult. “Tops and Bottoms” is a story by Janet Stevens.

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


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., July 23. Teens, voice your opinions on the programs and services the library offers you.

“Beneath the Surface” Teen Summer Reading Program: Visit or ask at the library for details.






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