Islander Maynard Smith watches as his son gives him the ‘a-OK’ while backing the family boat into Lake Washington at the Mercer Island boat launch on May 8. - Elizabeth Celms/Staff Photo
Islander Maynard Smith watches as his son gives him the ‘a-OK’ while backing the family boat into Lake Washington at the Mercer Island boat launch on May 8.
— image credit: Elizabeth Celms/Staff Photo


Third Thursday Art Walk: 5-8 p.m., May 20, Mercer Island Town Center. Join downtown merchants and the Mercer Island Arts Council for art, music and snacks from business to business in the Town Center.

MIVAL Gallery Opening Reception: 5-8 p.m., May 20, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. New display open from May 20-June 12.

Mercer Island Radio Operators meeting: 7 p.m., May 20, Mercer Island Fire Station 91, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness. MIRO Chairman Dave Cook: (206) 230-0397.

“Mindset: Positive Skills For Powerful Kids”: 7-9 p.m., May 20, Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Speaker: Carol Dweck, Ph.D. Learn how to encourage the “growth” mindset and create a love of learning and resilience. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door.

Great Singers — Three Post-War Italian Tenor Greats: Carlo Bergonzi, 7 p.m., May 20, MI Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Lectures presented by lecturer Norm Hollingshead, with musical excerpts.


Revival Night: 7:30-9:30 p.m., May 21, New Hope International Church, Mercer Island Campus, 9170 S.E. 64th St. Includes prayer and worship.


Chinese Story Times: 10:30 a.m., May 22, MI Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. For children ages 3-7 with adult.

Mercer Island Medical Imaging Grand Opening: Sports Health Talks, 12-3 p.m., May 22, 9655 SE 36th St., Suite #107. Join orthopedic sports medicine physicians for an interactive talk about preventing sports-related injuries. Maxine Weyant, M.D.: 12 p.m. Samuel S. Koo, M.D., M.P.H.: 1 p.m. Vincent M. Santoro, M.D.: 2 p.m.

Meet the Author: Laurie Halse Anderson, 1 p.m., May 22, MI Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Laurie Halse Anderson will discuss her works, “Speak,” “Chains” and “Wintergirls,” and take questions from the audience via video conference. For teens.

Island Books Reading: 3 p.m., May 22, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Grady J. Gratt will read from his newly released “Bloody Foundations.”

Pioneers of Cinema Multimedia Series with Lance Rhoades: “The Talent,” 7:30 p.m., May 22, Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Features Mary Pickford, America’s ‘sweetheart’ and businesswoman.


YTN “PALOOZA”: 5-8 p.m., May 23, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Celebrate youth and the arts. Silent auction to support YTN. All live entertainment and food included in ticket price. Advance tickets: Families/$50, adults/$25, kids/$15. At event: Families/$65, adults/$30, kids/$20. (206) 232-4145, ext. 100.

Concert of Classical Arias: 3:30 p.m., May 23, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Performed by singers in Seattle Opera’s Young Artists program. Refreshments served following the concert. Free admission. Sponsor: Opera Plus. Donations toward the program are accepted.

“The Jewish Touch” Lecture Series: “The Three Cantors,” 4 p.m., May 23, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Explore the dynamic history and traditions of cantorial liturgy with Hazzanim Ike Azose, Brad Kurland and David Serkin-Poole. The discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Bob Maslan. Listen to musical examples and liturgy sung by The Three Cantors. SJCC Adult Programs Coordinator Roni Antebi:, (206) 232-7115, ext. 269.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers: 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m., May 24, Community Center at Mercer View, Clarke Room, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Educational series to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative with a chronic illness.

Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., May 24, MI Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Hang out, do homework, play board games. Ages 12 and up.

Great Singers — Three Post-War Italian Tenor Greats: Luciano Pavarotti, 7 p.m., May 24, MI Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Lectures presented by lecturer Norm Hollingshead, with musical excerpts.


Introduction to Computers Class: 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., May 25, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Roni Antebi: (206) 232-7115, ext. 269. Minimum sign up of 6 is required to open the class.


Homework Time with Boys & Girls Club: 1:45 p.m., May 31, MI Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Start with Homework Time at the library and get help from Boys & Girls Club tutors. Then, catch a van to the club for games, crafts, activities. Contact (206) 436-1947. Register at

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., June 2, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Island resident and former Air Force pilot, Dave Wellman, on “The B-52 and Me 2.” The public is welcome.

First Aid and Adult CPR with AED: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 5, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. $30 check/cash at event. Reserve a space: (206) 275-7607.

National Trails Day “Trail Trek”: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 5, Pioneer Park northwest quadrant along 68th (picnic area across from South-end QFC; watch for colored balloons). Pioneer Park will go “Medieval” for a special themed trail event. Activities include a letterboxing kick-off, arts and crafts, Elizabethan games. Open to all: activities will be geared for ages 4-12.

“You Powered” Block Party and Trails Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 5. The City of Mercer Island and Green Ribbon Commission are planning a free community event in Mercer Island’s South-end shopping area with local merchants and various “You Powered” organizations to celebrate the benefits of shopping locally and using alternative transportation options.

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED: 7-9 p.m., June 28, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. $15 check/cash at event. Reserve a space: (206) 275-7607.

Parks/Rec | Ongoing

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores: 12 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9150 Fortuna Drive. Park at Community Center at Mercer View and ride the shuttle; transportation is also available round-trip from your home. $5. Registration required: call 275-7895 and press 2 to leave a message.

Grocery Shopping Transportation for Seniors: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Get transportation to a North-end grocery store and one errand. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. $2.

Groups | Ongoing

MIVAL Gallery Art Show: “Spring Inspirations” can be seen in the gallery through this month. Features local Mercer Island artists’ paintings, photographic artwork, fiber art, jewelry, ceramics, glass, multi-mediums, recycled art. Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Men’s & Coed Softball Leagues: 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, May through August. Location: Homestead Park. Each league has two divisions: intermediate and advanced. Games are played once a week. Ryan Daly: (206) 275-7863. $677/team.

Mercer Island Chamber: elementary art from Island schools is on display through June 11 at 7605 S.E. 27th St., Suite 109. (206) 232-3404.

Master Gardener Plant/Information Clinics: 1-5 p.m., Fridays, through Aug. 27, Rite Aid, 3023 78th Ave. S.E. Bring your gardening questions to the clinic.

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