Wooden O Theater Shakespeare in the Park: “The Taming of the Shrew:” 7 p.m., July 30-31, Aug. 1-2, Luther Burbank Park Amphitheater, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Performances preceded by an introduction at 5 p.m., except Aug. 2, with speaker Amy Thone, Seattle Shakespeare lecturer. “Summer Outdoor Theater” sponsor: Mercer Island Arts Council. (206) 275-7609.

Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sundays, Mercerdale Park. Local bands play a variety of music under the covered Veteran’s Recognition Pergola. Stay Tuned (Bluegrass): July 30. Maya Soleil (world music): Aug. 2. Route 66 (swing band): Aug. 6. The Starlings (American folk and country): Aug. 9. The Raretones (American Oldies, rock ‘n’ roll): Aug. 13. Super Sones (Acoustic Cuban): Aug. 16. (206) 275-7609.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Practices and Shows: 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:15-2:30 p.m., July 30; 12:45-2:40 p.m., July 31, Aug. 1-2. The mainline I-90 bridge will be closed during these times. Closures may occur up to 30 minutes prior to posted times for pedestrians and bicyclists, and the Center Roadway will close up to two hours beforehand. The exits from westbound I-90 to Island Crest Way and East Mercer Way on Mercer Island will remain open.

Mercer Island High School Class of 1999 10-year reunion: 8 p.m.-12 a.m., July 31, Garage Billiards & Bowling Hall, 1130 Broadway Ave., Seattle. Tickets: $50, online or at the door. To buy tickets and for more details, visit

Book Signing with David C. Dykstra: 7 p.m., Aug. 12, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. “Lake Washington 130 Homes,” to be released Aug. 1. (206) 232-6920.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, through Oct. 11, Mercerdale Park, on 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street. Closed Aug. 2 for Seafair. Kids and Preschooler Day: Aug. 9, featuring Dino O’Dell, children’s entertainer, 12-1 p.m., Bicentennial Park; Music in the Market, Swamp Soul, 12-3 p.m.; Berry Ink painting at Kids Table, 11-3 p.m.; featured crop is blueberries and raspberries. Free parking at Farmers New World Insurance; handicapped parking at Rite Aid.

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Centennial Special Gallery Show: Aug. 3-Sept. 11, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Features Native Alaskan arts and crafts, history of the AYP and Mercer Island. “Day of Celebration”: 12-4 p.m., Aug. 16, with Salmon Bake, Native American storyteller, Inuksuk building contest for kids, art and more. Tickets required for the Salmon Bake are now available for pre-sale. 275-7609.

26th Annual National Night Out: 7-10 p.m., Aug. 4. Many Mercer Island neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from police and city officials, flashlight walks, contests and youth activities. To register your neighborhood for a visit, contact: the Mercer Island Police Department Records Section, (206) 275-7610, or

Island Jam Summer Carnival: 12-4 p.m., Aug. 14, Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street. Ages 5-12. Parks & Recreation Department end of summer tradition. Inflatable rides, slides, bouncers, the dunk tank, face painting, the cake walk, the Fun Mobile, tons of water, games and more. Bring dollars for concessions and ride/game tickets.

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


“Medications and Other Treatments for ADHD”: 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 10, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. ADD Resources sponsors a free presentation with Dr. Ted Mandelkorn, of Puget Sound Behavioral Medicine.,

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: 7-8:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Mercerwood Shoreclub Pool, 4150 E. Mercer Way. Carolyn Scott: (425) 894-0045,

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.


Probus Club of Mercer Island: meeting, 10:30 a.m., Aug. 5, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Bill Bryant, president of the Port of Seattle Commission. The public is welcome. Bob Simonds, 236-2190.

Earthcorps: Clarke Beach Restoration, Aug. 6, 7700 E. Mercer Way. Plant native trees, remove invasive plants. Tools, gloves, snacks provided. Lina Anne Rose: (206) 322-9296, ext. 225.

Mercer Island Boys Basketball Booster Club: Retirement Celebration for Coach Ed Pepple, 6 p.m., Aug. 7, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. 6th St., Bellevue. Cocktail Hour: 6-7 p.m. Dinner and Tribute: 7 p.m. Appetizers, three-course dinner. The community is invited. $55/person. Christine Poli, (206) 351-6735.

King County GOP Picnic: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 8, Homestead Park. Bring picnic blankets, sunscreen and family for an old-fashioned summer picnic where hamburgers and hotdogs will be served. Family activities include bouncy toys, tennis courts and a softball tournament. Republican candidates and office-holders will be present. Sponsor: King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn. RSVP to Space is available for booth vendors; call the KCGOP office at (425) 990-0404 for more information.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Camp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 10-14, Luther Burbank Park, Mercerdale Hillside. Specially designed for volunteers ages 13-16, this week-long event involves doing ecological restoration, trail work, outdoor education and games. Register at Amy Brockhaus: (206) 382-5565,

d’Elaine Johnson Gallery: open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. through July 31, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The art work is for sale with proceeds going to support arts and cultural programming by the Mercer Island Arts Council. Amber Britton: (206) 275-7864.

Women Painters of Washington: “Summer Dreaming” gallery exhibition, through July 31. 701 Fifth Ave., Suite 310. “Passages” gallery exhibition: Aug. 4-Oct. 30; Gallery Reception, 4-6 p.m., Aug. 6. (206) 624-0543,

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Gallery: features MIVAL artist Wanda Hughes, through Aug. 14, 7605 S.E. 27th St., #109. 232-3404.

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

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

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.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Train to become a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in court. Help the legal system work toward a safe, permanent home for children. Must be 21. References and 28 hours of training required. (206) 296-1120,


4400 88th Ave. S.E.


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 are distributed beginning July 15. The grand prize winner is announced in September. Teens: Check out the Summer Edition of Read Three, Get One Free. Read three books, write a review for each, get a free book and earn prizes.


Computer Classes: 9 a.m. Microsoft Word Level I: Aug. 13. Microsoft Word Level II: Aug. 20.


Reading Buddies: 2 p.m., Mondays, through Aug. 3. Read with a local teen who has literacy training. Ages 5-8.

Let’s Create a Clown Show: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 4. Create costumes and magic tricks from everyday objects to build your own clown show.


“Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition; Read, Flip, Win”: Read three books, write three 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.

Mercer Island Youth Art Gallery Show: Aug. 8-9. Juried show: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 8, featuring art produced by Mercer Island youth with a reception and refreshments; open to the public. Awards distributed: 1 p.m., Aug. 9. Submissions are due at the library by Aug. 6.

Game On! Tourney: 7 p.m., Aug. 11. Brawl, Guitar Hero World Tour, Mario Kart.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., Aug. 18. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour.

Parks & Recreation

Community Center at Mercerview (CCMV)

8236 S.E. 24th St.


Registration for summer camps and beginner adult sailing is open. See the summer Recreation Guide for full descriptions or

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

Let’s Go Fishing: 1-3 p.m., Aug. 15, Luther Burbank Park docks. Reporter garden columnist Linda Urbaniak and husband, Roger, will teach children how to catch trout, perch and bass from Lake Washington. Students will be provided with hooks, various dock fishing tackle and some bait. Participants should bring their own poles. Ages 6-15 (one adult must accompany each student). $22. Register online or call 275-7609.


Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Aug. 13. For senior adult men and women who have lost a spouse or partner in death. Free. To reserve a spot, call Betsy Zuber: (206) 275-7752.

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


Registration required.

The Book Club: 1-3 p.m., Aug. 24. Discuss themes, characters, plots and symbolism.

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

Drop in Bridge: 12:30-3 p.m., Fridays. All levels welcome. Coffee, tea provided. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free for SJCC members, $2 for nonmembers.

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