Kids’ Fun Mobile: 12 p.m., Island Crest Park, and 3 p.m., Luther Burbank Beach, July 30. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays through August. (206) 793-7185,

Seafair I-90 Bridge closures: all I-90 lanes between I-5 and Island Crest Way closed, 9:45 a.m.-noon, 1:15-2:30 p.m., July 31; 12:45 -2:40 p.m., Aug. 1-3. Closures may occur up to 30 minutes prior to posted times. West I-90 exits at Island Crest Way, East Mercer Way to remain open.

SR-520 Tolling Open Houses: 5-7:30 p.m.; July 31, Spirit of Washington Events Ctr., Renton; Aug. 5, S. Lake Union Naval Reserve, Seattle; Aug. 6, Bellevue City Hall; Aug. 7, Kirkland Performance Ctr., Kirkland. Learn about tolling options. 520 Tolling Implementation Committee seeks public input by Aug. 31.

“National Night Out” on Mercer Island: 7-10 p.m., Aug. 5. Spend the evening outside with neighbors to heighten crime prevention awareness; generate support for family emergency preparedness; strengthen neighborhood spirit, police-community partnerships. Register your neighborhood for a visit from city staff/officials: 275-7610.

Summer Carnival: 12-4 p.m., Aug. 15, Mercerdale Park. Annual Island tradition. Arts & crafts, face painting, tye-dye, games, pie-eating contests, cake walks, dunk tank, bouncy toys, concessions. Sponsor: Parks & Recreation. Ages 5-10. Katie Borden, 275-7862.

Movies in the Park: 8 p.m. or dusk, Aug. 16, “Ratatouille.” 8 p.m./dusk, Aug. 23, “Meet the Robinsons,” Mercerdale Park. Bring blankets, chairs, flashlights. Children’s activities before movie. Free. 275-7862.

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.


Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sundays, Mercerdale Park; Lost in the Fog (bluegrass), July 31; Billy Joe and the Dusty 45’s (rock), Aug. 3; Rouge (French Cabaret), Aug. 7; Hot Club Sandwich (Django Jazz), Aug. 10; Orchestra Zarabanda (Kinetic Cuban Dance), Aug. 14; Emerald City Jugband, Aug. 17. MI Preschool Association Kids’ Concert: Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m., games/activities; 6:30 p.m., Recess Monkeys. Free. Beth Brennen, 232-7650.

“Charlotte’s Web” drama: Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. 7 p.m., Fri.-Sun., Aug. 1-10; 2 p.m., Sat.-Sun.; 2 p.m., Aug. 7. $13 ($15, opening night). 232-4145 ext. 109,

Shakespeare in the Parks: through Aug. 3. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: 7 p.m., July 31, Aug. 1-3, Luther Burbank Park. Pre-play presentation by Perry Lorenzo: 5:30 p.m., Aug. 2, Luther Burbank ampitheater. Seattle Shakespeare Co. Wooden O Productions. Free. Jeff Fickes (206) 733-8228 ext. 214,


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


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

MI Probus Club: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 6, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Jim Veseley, Seattle Times Editorial Page Editor. Bob Simonds, 236-2190.

MI Business Women’s Group: luncheon meeting, 12-1:30 p.m., Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th St. #120. Patty Volk: (206) 769-8824,

Eastside Quilters: 10 a.m., 7 p.m., third Thursday of the month, Aug. 21, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. (425) 643-9742,

MI Covenant Church Crocheting/Knitting Group: 10 a.m., last Monday of the month; knit/crochet garments for Russian orphans; accepting unfinished knitting projects, leftover (85%-100%) wool yarn, acrylic/partial wool yarns, needles; Sallie, (425) 881-7210.




Richard Boehmer Fundraiser: Mercer Island Wells Fargo Bank, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Make a Wish Foundation are accepting donations. Mercer Island resident Richard Boehmer is a cancer patient. 232-1993.

MI Farmers Market: seeking help for Farmers Market, Sundays, starting Aug. 10. Help with signage, set-up, greet customers, facilitate parking, maintain operations, close down. 3-4 hour shifts.; Ellen Jeffcott, 232-7155.

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;

Volunteer Board Position Available: A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH). Give input on affordable housing funding/programs by joining the ARCH Citizen Advisory Board (CAB). Meets monthly, Wednesday evening. Apply: Arthur Sullivan, (425) 861-3677,

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,

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,,


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.


“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.

Computer Classes: E-mail Level I, 9 a.m., Aug. 14. E-mail Level II: 9 a.m., Aug. 21. E-mail Level III: 9 a.m., Aug. 28.


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

Family Movie Night: 7 p.m., Aug. 4. Come in your pajamas, bring a pillow for G-rated movie.

Thumbelina: 3 p.m., Aug. 5. Presenter: Oregon Shadow Theatre. Colorful shadow puppets tell story of the original flower child; performed in dark room, not appropriate for young children. Ages 4 and up.

Bee Boppin’ Bugs: 11:30 a.m., Aug. 6. Presenter: Nancy Stewart. Sing-along concert featuring songs about super silly bugs, slugs. Ages 3-6.

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.


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

Teen Movie Night: 7 p.m., Aug. 12. Popcorn served.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Aug. 19. Voice opinions on library’s teen materials, services, programs; earn one volunteer credit hour.

Game On: 7 p.m., Aug. 26. Wii, PS2, GameCube.

“Read Three, Get One Free” Summer Reading Program Auction: 3:30 p.m., Aug. 27. Spend your BookBucks on prizes, magazine subscriptions, books.

Parks &


Call (206) 275-7609 or register online at 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.

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

MI Writing Club: 1-3 p.m., Aug. 4-8, grades 2-3. Group activities, individual writing, feedback. Instructor: author Barbara Winkleman. $151.

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. $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.


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.

Specialized Recreation Day Sails: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 22. Dannie, 275-7891. $21.

Adult Kayak Tours: 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 23. $71.

Youth Kayak Camps: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m., Aug. 25-29. Ages 11-15. $301.

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Celebrate National Senior Citizen’s Day: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 20. Free activities, raffles, door prizes, BBQ lunch. Reservations for transportation, lunch: 275-7609.

Trip to Flower World, Maltby Cafe: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 29. Meet in CCMV lobby at 10 a.m. $15.

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.

Summer Camps

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

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,

MI Judo Dojo: practices 6:15-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Instructor: Harold Yamada.

Registration for Summer Camps: now open, 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.


All events take place at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Please contact Roni Antebi at (206) 232-7115 ext. 269 or to RSVP for all events.

Picasa Class: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., July 30. Organize, share your photos. KCLS instructor. Free.

The Movie Club: “The Merchant of Venice” (2004), 12:30 p.m., July 31. Bagels, coffee served.

Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Aug. 1, Polack Lounge. Ancient Chinese game of skill, chance. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Aug. 1, Room 200. All levels welcome, prior bridge playing experience necessary. Bring brown bag lunch. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.


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,,

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.; 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., July 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,

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,

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,

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.

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,

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship — Breakfast Service, 8:15 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:35 a.m.; Evening Service, 5 p.m. Hike to Tolmie Peak: meet at MIPC, 8 a.m., Aug. 23, easy hike along timberline until 5 p.m. Young Adults BBQ: 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Paul and Devon Barrett’s home; bring side dish. Men’s Open Gym Pick-Up Basketball: 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, all are welcome. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 232-5595,

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: summer Sunday worship schedule: 10 a.m. Childcare available. No Sunday School. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044,

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,

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,

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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