Community

Events

Puget Sound Blood Drives: 1-7 p.m., July 18, Mercer Island Covenant Church Fellowship Hall, 3200 78th Ave. S.E.; 1-7 p.m., July 21, Farmers New World Life, 3003 77th Ave. S.E. 1-800-398-7888, www.psbc.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.

Arts

3rd Thursday Art Walk: “Fun in the Sun,” 5:30-8 p.m., July 17. Fun Mobile, wine tasting, snacks, raffle, follow the orange balloons. Sidewalk Chalk Contest: 2-3:30 p.m., North end QFC; for ages 9-11; chalk, prizes provided. www.OurMercerIsland.com.

“PIGS! The Rock Musical”: through July 20, Youth Theatre Northwest. 7 p.m., Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; 2 p.m., July 17. Alumni reunion on Opening Night. Tickets: $13. 232-4145, www.youththeatre.org.

Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sundays, Mercerdale Park; Portage Bay Big Band, July 20; Craicmore (Celtic), July 24; How’s Bayou (cajun/zydeco), July 27; Lost in the Fog (bluegrass), July 31; Billy Joe and the Dusty 45’s (rock), Aug. 3. Free. Beth Brennen, 232-7650.

MI Chamber Gallery Exhibit: Cissy Gray’s paintings on display, July 21-Sept. 12, 7613 S.E. 27th St. Gallery Opening: 4:30-6:30 p.m., July 24.

Shakespeare in the Parks: through Aug. 3. “Romeo and Juliet”: 7 p.m., July 17-19; 3 p.m., July 20, Luther Burbank 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.

Volunteer

opportunities

Ellis Pond Park Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through July 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.

Island Crest Park Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 21. Join EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. Tools, gloves, training provided. Please sign up in advance online: www.earthcorps.org.

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.

Crisis Clinic Training: volunteer openings for fall training session, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturdays, 1515 Dexter Ave. N. Ste. 300, Seattle. Advanced communication techniques, crisis intervention methods. Work on crisis lines. (206) 461-3210 ext. 697, www.crisisclinic.org.

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, casa.group@kingcounty.gov, www.metrokc.gov/kcsc/depcasa.htm.

Classes

Estate Planning Seminar: 1-3 p.m., July 16, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Speaker: Stephen M. Waltar, Estate Planning Attorney. Free. Reservations: (425) 455-6788, www.waltar.com.

Tea Classes: 3 p.m., Sundays, July 20, 27, Avellino Building at 2836 78th Ave. S.E. With Elizabeth Borges. Free tea tastings, recipes. (206) 347-0581, www.teatreasures.org.

Take Charge of Your Go-To-Market Skills: 6–8:30 p.m., July 23, CCMV, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Opportunity for networking. Join Product Management Consortium, Illuminate Public Relations, local marketing professionals to refresh product launch skills. $35/PMC members; $55/non-members. Register: www.pmcnw.org.

Wellness Lecture Series: “Skin Cancer in the Pacific Northwest,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., July 24, JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Speaker: Allison Hughes, MD, PhD of MI Dermatology, on skin cancer basics, risk, prevention. Free. Kathy Hutchinson, 232-7115 ext. 273, kathyh@sjcc.org; www.sjcc.org/fitness/wellness.

Wellness Workshop: 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays in July, Mercer Wellness, 7605 S.E. 27th St., Suite 103. “Hands-on” Jelly Donuts, Rubberbands in fun, interactive way; learn about spine, nervous system, how to treat/prevent pain. Dr. Farrell Jolly, DC. Reservations: 275-4870.

Clubs

Women Painters of Washington: “Mischief” exhibition, through Aug. 1, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. “Painting Out Loud” exhibition: begins Aug. 5; Gallery Reception, 4-6 p.m., Aug. 7. Free. www.womenpainters.com.

Library

The following events take place at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Please call 236-3537 for more information or to register.

Adults

Computer Classes: “Microsoft Word Level I”: 9 a.m., July 17. “Microsoft Word Level II”: 9 a.m., July 24.

“Writing the Synopsis That Gets Noticed”: 7 p.m., July 30. Renowned writing instructor Robert Dugoni will give advice on writing a query letter and synopsis to catch an agent’s interest.

Children

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

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

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

A Bug’s Eye View: 2 p.m., July 22. Books, games, activities. Ages 5 and up.

A Bug’s Tale: 11:30 a.m., July 23. Presenter: Courtney Campbell. Ages 3 and up.

Buzz, Smack, Splat–the Dangerous Lives of Bugs: 2 p.m., July 29. Slapstick stories. Presenter: Charlie Williams, The Noiseguy. Ages 4 and up.

Miss Spider’s Tea Party: A Puppet Show, 11:30 a.m., July 30. Ages 3 and up.

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

Game On!: 7 p.m., July 22. Wii, PS2, GameCube.

“Read. Flip. Win. Video Book Review Film Shoot”: 3:30 p.m., July 23. Use the library’s cameras, editing software to record book reviews and upload them to YouTube.

Celebrate the Release of “Breaking Dawn”: 7 p.m., July 29. Get a Fast Pass to avoid the lines at Island Books.

“Read Three, Get One Free” Summer Edition & Video Book Review Contest: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a free prize book. Forms available at KCLS libraries. Submit form to be eligible for monthly prize and Grand Prize drawings.

Video book review contest: “Read. Flip. Win!” Read a book, make a movie, put it on YouTube, enter Grand Prize drawing.

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.

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

MI Writing Club: 1–3 p.m., July 21-26, grades 4-6; 1-3 p.m., July 28-Aug. 1, grades 6-9; 1-3 p.m., Aug. 4-8, grades 2-3. Group activities, individual writing, feedback. Instructor: author Barbara Winkleman. $151.

Fun Mobile: through July on Mercer Island. Tie Dye T-shirts: noon-1:30 p.m., July 17, Deane’s Park. Scavenger Hunt: July 28, Pioneer Park S.E. quadrant. Water Wednesdays, Friday prizes. Jess, 275-7882.

Cooking For Kids: 1-2:30 p.m., July 23-24, and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 4 & 6, ages 5-8; 3-4:30 p.m., July 23-24, and 1-2:30 p.m., Aug. 4 & 6, ages 9-12. Instructors: Scott and Charisma MacGregor. $81.

Mary Art Adventures: Rainforest Exploration, Aug. 4-8; 9:30–10:30 a.m., ages 5-7, $81; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., ages 8-12, $111; draw rainforest animals. African Adventure: draw African animals, Aug. 11-15; 9:30-10:30 a.m., ages 5-7, $81; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., ages 8-12, $111.

Jeff Johnson’s Cartooniversity Camp: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 4-8, Art Room. Ages 9-15. Learn cartoon drawing from local editorial cartoonist Jeff Johnson. Each child’s own style is developed in positive, encouraging environment with multiple projects. www.cartooniversity.com. $251.

Ping Pong: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Mondays; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, through August. $1/ball; free if you bring your own ping pong ball.

Boating

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.

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.

Youth Sailing Camps: 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.

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Senior Commission: 7-8:30 p.m., July 17.

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

Nate Robinson Basketball Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 29-Aug. 1, CCMV. For ages 6-16. $275. Registration deadline: July 25. 275-7609.

Youth Theatre Northwest Camps: through Aug. 29, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Week-long summer camps with half-day or full-day options for ages 3-18. Creative drama, acting foundation. 232-4145, www.youththeatre.org.

Kamp Rock: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday through August, CCMV. Ages 6-11. Arts and crafts, games, swimming, field trips. $185. 275-7609.

Little Champs Sports Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday through August, Island Crest Park. Ages 4-7. $82. 275-7609.

Itsy Bitsy Islanders: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday through August, W. Mercer Elementary. Ages 3-5. $125. 275-7609.

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.

Religion

Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. 4545 Island Crest Way, (206) 232-7800, office@ucc-ccmi.org, 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. Emmanuel Annual Golf Tournament: 1 p.m., Aug. 8, Mt. Si Golf Course. Layweeders Volunteer Gardeners: 10-12 a.m., Monday. Family Summer Program: “Praying as a Family,” 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesdays, July 16, 23, 30; dinner served. Healing Service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday. Tea & Talk Knitting: 2 p.m., Thursday. 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. Vacation Bible School: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 18-22; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., preschoolers. Theme: “Justice & Grace.” $85/camper, grades K-5; $50/preschooler; please register. 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. Vacation Bible Camp: “Group’s Power Lab: Discovering Jesus’ Miraculous Power,” July 21-25, grades K-6. Calling All Unfinished Knitting Projects: knit/crochet garments for Russian orphans, contribute leftover (85%-100%) wool yarn, acrylic/partial wool yarns, needles, unfinished projects; bring to MICC; Sallie, (425) 881-7210. 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. Ice Cream Social: 7-8:15 p.m., July 16; all ages, Clint Gawthrop to lead patriotic piano sing-along. Cutthroat Lakes Hike: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 19, meet at MIPC. 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: summer Sunday worship schedule: 10 a.m. Childcare available. No Sunday School. 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. Childcare provided. Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.

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