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Events

Third Thursday Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., June 18, downtown Mercer Island. Theme: “Color MI Beautiful.” Join downtown merchants and the Mercer Island Arts Council for art, music, snacks and surprises from business to business, rain or shine. Amber Britton: 275-7864.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Days: June 20-21. Communities along I-90 will celebrate the beauty and amenities that the Mountains to Sound Greenway System provides. “Let’s Go Fishing”: 1-3 p.m., June 20, Luther Burbank Park; fishing instruction for ages 6-15. Kayak Rides: 1-3 p.m., June 21, Luther Burbank Park. Register: 275-7609.

“People Helping People” Evening Gala: 6:30-9 p.m., June 20, Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way. Presented by Senior Foundation of Mercer Island. $25. Reservations: 236-1389.

LIVESTRONG® Challenge on Mercer Island: 7:15-9:30 a.m., June 21. Lance Armstrong Foundation’s signature fundraising event raises money to fight against cancer. 2,500 cyclists will be making a counterclockwise circle around the Island. Intermittent road closures: 7:15-9 a.m., West Mercer Way; 7:45-9:30 a.m., East Mercer Way. www.livestrongchallenge.org.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, June 21-Oct. 11, Mercerdale Park on 32nd and 77th Streets. Closed July 12 for Summer Celebration and Aug. 2 for Seafair. Free parking at Farmers New World Insurance; handicapped parking at Rite Aid. www.mifarmersmarket.org.

Mercer Island Boys Summer Basketball Camp: 9-11:30 a.m. (grades 3-6) and 12:30-3 p.m. (grades 6-8), June 22-25; 9-11:30 a.m. (grades 3-6) and 4:30-7 p.m. (grades 9-12), June 29-July 2, Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. $125. Mike Huber: mthuber@hotmail.com. www.MIBasketball.org.

Wine Tasting: 4-6 p.m., Fridays, Cellar 46, 7650 S.E. 27th St., Suite 120. Free. (206) 407-3016.

Classes

“How To Make Your Home The One That Sells”: 7:30-8:30 p.m., June 17, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Learn how to evaluate and improve your home’s appeal to buyers. Suggested donation to MI Youth & Family Services. Presenters: Paul and Melinda Booth, Booth Construction, 232-0868; Elizabeth Baska and Sue Sherwood, the DreamMakerTeam, Coldwell Banker Bain, 236-0740.

“Greening Your Shorelines — Voluntary Approaches To Improving Shoreline Habitat” Workshop: 6-8 p.m., June 23, Community Center at Mercer View. Meet and greet with light refreshments from 5:30 to 6 p.m. For Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish shoreline owners. Free. Registration is required; space is limited. Register: Jeanne Fulcher, (425) 649-4318, jful461@ecy.wa.gov. www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/events/greenshorelines.html.

First Aid and Adult CPR Classes: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 27, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. $30 by check or cash at the event. Reserve a space: Jolene Judd, 275-7607.

“Buy A Home? Yes, You Can!”: 6-7:30 p.m., Mondays, through June 29, Mercer Island Windermere, 2737 77th Ave. S.E. Discussion, Q&A with a volunteer panel of experts. Free. Diane Rae Jones: (206) 406-5232. www.windermeremercerisland.com, www.WeHelpYouBuyAHome.com.

“The Interview As Opportunity”: 7-8:30 p.m., July 8, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 East Mercer Way. Presenter: Jewish Family Service. Free. Adam Halpern: (206) 861-8784, familylife@jfsseattle.org.

Topics in Practical Halacha: 7-8 p.m., Mondays, Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. S.E. Teacher: Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim. Free.

Aquarobics fitness classes: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Mercerwood Shoreclub Pool, 4150 E. Mercer Way. Time changes to 7 a.m. as of June 19. Carolyn Scott: (425) 894-0045, info@aquarobics.com.

Mercer Island Yoga: Baby Strollercise, 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Prenatal Yoga: 5:45 p.m., first/third Thursdays, Mercerwood Shoreclub. (206) 979-3008.

PUSH Exercise Class: 11:15 a.m., Fridays, through June, Community Center at Mercer View, Dance Room. A mix of strength, sports drills, intervals, balance, flexibility, play. Instructor: Elizabeth Andrews. $20/drop-in. (206) 922-3218.

Groups

Mercer Island Radio Operators: meeting, 7 p.m., June 18, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Topic: ham radio operating procedures on the HF (short wave) radio bands, presented by H. Ward Silver. Members and the public are invited. Dave Cook: (206) 230-0397. www.mirohams.org.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Luther Burbank Restoration Project: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 20, Luther Burbank North Wetlands. Invasive plant removal. Half-day option available. www.mtsgreenway.org.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Car Wash: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 20, North-end QFC. Fundraiser for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group mission trip to New Orleans in July. Kathy Fisher: 232-3270.

Earthcorps Volunteer Environmental Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 25, Clarke Beach; remove invasive plants; tools, gloves provided. Week-long Youth Project at Ellis Pond, "Keeping It Going": July 13-17; sign up at www.campfire-usa.org/YVC/opportunities.htm. Lina Anne Rose: (206) 322-9296, ext. 225. www.earthcorps.org.

Mercer Island Arts Council: New Mercer View Gallery show, “Expressions in Art,” runs through June 26. Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St.

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., July 1, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Topic: pros and cons of alternative energy, presented by Puget Sound Energy Senior Public Relations Consultant Andy Wappler. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: 236-2190.

Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL): Art works, paintings, collages, photography, sculptures, computer art and jewelry for the 35th Annual Junior Art Show, July 11-12, are being accepted. Deliver art: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 6, to Wells Fargo Bank, 3001 78th Ave. S.E. Open to grades K-12. Entry blanks are available at schools, Wells Fargo Bank, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and the MI Library. 232-2162.

Senior Men’s Tennis Doubles: seeking players, 6:45-8:15 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Location: Homestead Field, during spring. Al Skinner: 232-3450.

Toddlers of Mercer Island (TOMI by MIPA): 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Ages 0-6. $3/child, MIPA members; $5/nonmembers. www.mipreschoolassociation.org.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society: 7:30 p.m., second Thursday of month, Mercer Island Congregational Church (basement), 4545 Island Crest Way. Dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine audio and music since 1978. www.audiosociety.org.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS): 9:30-11:30 a.m., first/third Friday, MI Covenant Church. For mothers with children ages birth-K. Childcare provided. www.micc.org.

Women Painters of Washington: “Summer Dreaming” gallery exhibition, through July 31. 701 Fifth Ave., Suite 310. (206) 624-0543, www.womenpainters.com.

Mercer Island High School Class of 1979 Reunion: Sept. 12, Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10455 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue. (425) 644-1044. www.reunionswithclass.com.

Library

4400 88th Ave. S.E.

www.kcls.org/mercerisland

Registration required.

KCLS Summer Reading Programs

Be Creative @ Your Library — the 2009 Summer Reading Program, through Aug. 31. Read 500 minutes and receive a halfway prize; read 1,000, receive the finisher prize and be eligible for the grand prize drawing of a laptop computer. Prizes distributed beginning July 15. Grand prize winner announced in September.

Teens: Check out the Summer Edition of Read Three, Get One Free beginning this week. Read three books, write a review for each and get a free book. Earn prizes.

Adults

Talk Time: 7 p.m., Wednesdays, through June 17. Improve speaking and listening skills in English conversation group.

Break Into Fiction: 2 p.m., June 20. New York Times bestselling author Dianna Love and award-winning author Mary Buckham, co-authors of “Break Into Fiction® Power: Plot Your Novel,” offer aspiring writers advice and resources for starting a novel.

Children/Families

Creative Magical Conjuror: 2 p.m., June 25. Presenter: Jeff Evans. Show of magic tricks, wacky inventions, toys and more. Ages 5-12.

Reading Buddies: 2-4 p.m., June 29. Read with a local teen in the Children’s Area. Ages 5-8.

Shake, Rattle and Read: 10:30 a.m., June 30. Presenter: Harmonica Pocket. Hula hoops, ukuleles and more. Ages 3-6.

Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m., Tuesdays. Stories, music, puppets, Early Literacy alphabet activities. Ages 3-5.

Teens

Book Buddies Training: 3 p.m., June 22. A required orientation and training session for teens who will be reading with children this summer in the Book Buddies program.

SAT 10 Question Challenge: noon, June 30. Try 10 tough SAT questions and learn 10 strategies for answering them.

“Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition; Read, Flip, Win”: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book for free. This summer will also feature a video book review contest: Read a book, make a movie and put it on YouTube.

Parks & Recreation

Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV)

8236 S.E. 24th St.

275-7609

www.myparksandrecreation.com

Registration for summer camps and beginner adult sailing is open. See the spring/summer Recreation Guide for full descriptions or www.myparksandrecreation.com.

“Let’s Go Fishing”: 1-3 p.m., June 20, Luther Burbank Park, Boat Dock. Instructors: Roger and Linda Urbaniak. Learn how to fish from a dock to catch trout, perch and bass. Includes a tackle box with supplies. Ages 6-15 with adult. $22.

Mary Art Camp: June 22-26. Ages 5-7: 9:30-10:30 a.m.; $82. Ages 8-12: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; $112.

KAMP ROCK! Summer Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 29-Aug. 14. Theme weeks, field trips, games/crafts. Ages 6-11. $190/week; extended care available.

Cooking for Kids: July 1. Ages 5-8: 1:30-2:45 p.m. Ages 9-12: 3-4:15 p.m. $52.

Summer Celebration Parade: July 11. E-mail Katie Borden for any information and your application. Parade participation is free. Katie.borden@mercergov.org.

Summer Celebration! 2009: “Around the World,” July 11-12. Sponsors needed. Call Amber Britton at 275-7863. www.misummercelebration.com.

Men’s Softball Teams: The City of Mercer Island is looking for a few teams to round out its yearly softball league. Games will be played between mid-May and the end of August. Teams will play weekly on Wednesdays at 6 or 7:30 p.m. $677/team. 275-7863.

Seniors

Parks & Recreation Senior Golf Program: Mondays, “Niners” and “Handicappers” take weekly trips to various golf courses in the area.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: call 275-7895, press 2, leave a message. $5.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday morning. Call 236-3456, leave a message by 4 p.m., the day before. $1.

Stroum JCC

3801 East Mercer Way

232-7115

www.sjcc.org

Registration required.

Tacoma Art Museum tour: 10:30 a.m., June 18. Bus leaves the J at 10:30 a.m. and will be back by 3 p.m. Minimum sign up of 10 is needed. $5 for transportation. Free admission. Lunch on your own. Sign up by June 15.

Book Club: 1-3 p.m., fourth Monday, June 22. Discuss book themes, characters, plots and symbolism in “Broken For You,” by Stephanie Kallos. Presented with Herzl-Ner Tamid.

Poker Game: 12:30-3 p.m., June 23. Play Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Hi/Lo, Dealer’s Choice.

The Active Seniors Club Outing: Snoqualmie Casino Trip, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 24. Reservations: Helaine Goldstein, (425) 885-7323. Limited space. Free.

Jewish Humor series: 12:30 p.m., June 25. “You Don’t Have To Be Jewish” (1964). The set includes “A Call from Long Island,” “Home from the Office,” “The Jury,” “Secret Agent James Bondstein” and “My Son the Captain.”

Drop in Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays in June, Polack Lounge. Free/SJCC members, $2/nonmembers.

Drop in Bridge: 12:30-3 p.m., Wednesdays in June. All levels welcome, prior bridge playing experience necessary. Free/SJCC members, $2/nonmembers. Teens

Book Buddies Training: 3 p.m., June 22. A required orientation and training session for teens who will be reading with children this summer in the Book Buddies program.

SAT 10 Question Challenge: noon, June 30. Try 10 tough SAT questions and learn 10 strategies for answering them.

“Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition; Read, Flip, Win”: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book for free. This summer will also feature a video book review contest: Read a book, make a movie and put it on YouTube.

Parks & Recreation

Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV)

8236 S.E. 24th St.

275-7609

www.myparksandrecreation.com

Registration for summer camps and beginner adult sailing is open. See the spring/summer Recreation Guide for full descriptions or www.myparksandrecreation.com.

“Let’s Go Fishing”: 1-3 p.m., June 20, Luther Burbank Park, Boat Dock. Instructors: Roger and Linda Urbaniak. Learn how to fish from a dock to catch trout, perch and bass. Includes a tackle box with supplies. Ages 6-15 with adult. $22.

Mary Art Camp: June 22-26. Ages 5-7: 9:30-10:30 a.m.; $82. Ages 8-12: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; $112.

KAMP ROCK! Summer Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 29-Aug. 14. Theme weeks, field trips, games/crafts. Ages 6-11. $190/week; extended care available.

Cooking for Kids: July 1. Ages 5-8: 1:30-2:45 p.m. Ages 9-12: 3-4:15 p.m. $52.

Summer Celebration Parade: July 11. E-mail Katie Borden for any information and your application. Parade participation is free. Katie.borden@mercergov.org.

Summer Celebration! 2009: “Around the World,” July 11-12. Sponsors needed. Call Amber Britton at 275-7863. www.misummercelebration.com.

Men’s Softball Teams: The City of Mercer Island is looking for a few teams to round out its yearly softball league. Games will be played between mid-May and the end of August. Teams will play weekly on Wednesdays at 6 or 7:30 p.m. $677/team. 275-7863.

Seniors

Parks & Recreation Senior Golf Program: Mondays, “Niners” and “Handicappers” take weekly trips to various golf courses in the area.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: call 275-7895, press 2, leave a message. $5.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday morning. Call 236-3456, leave a message by 4 p.m., the day before. $1.

Stroum JCC

3801 East Mercer Way

232-7115

www.sjcc.org

Registration required.

Tacoma Art Museum tour: 10:30 a.m., June 18. Bus leaves the J at 10:30 a.m. and will be back by 3 p.m. Minimum sign up of 10 is needed. $5 for transportation. Free admission. Lunch on your own. Sign up by June 15.

Book Club: 1-3 p.m., fourth Monday, June 22. Discuss book themes, characters, plots and symbolism in “Broken For You,” by Stephanie Kallos. Presented with Herzl-Ner Tamid.

Poker Game: 12:30-3 p.m., June 23. Play Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Hi/Lo, Dealer’s Choice.

The Active Seniors Club Outing: Snoqualmie Casino Trip, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 24. Reservations: Helaine Goldstein, (425) 885-7323. Limited space. Free.

Jewish Humor series: 12:30 p.m., June 25. “You Don’t Have To Be Jewish” (1964). The set includes “A Call from Long Island,” “Home from the Office,” “The Jury,” “Secret Agent James Bondstein” and “My Son the Captain.”

Drop in Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays in June, Polack Lounge. Free/SJCC members, $2/nonmembers.

Drop in Bridge: 12:30-3 p.m., Wednesdays in June. All levels welcome, prior bridge playing experience necessary. Free/SJCC members, $2/nonmembers.

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