Artists Mary McKelvey and Sharon Driscoll laugh during the Third Thursday Art Walk on May 20. Both women had their artwork on display at the MIVAL gallery.  - Elizabeth Celms/Staff Photo
Artists Mary McKelvey and Sharon Driscoll laugh during the Third Thursday Art Walk on May 20. Both women had their artwork on display at the MIVAL gallery.
— image credit: Elizabeth Celms/Staff Photo

Thursday | 27

SJCC Movie Club: “Love Comes Lately” (2007), 12:30 p.m., May 27, SJCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Free, with coffee and bagels. Part of the SJCC Senior Social Programs. RSVP to (206) 232-7115, ext. 269.

Monday | 31

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

Wednesday | 2

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.

Saturday | 5

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.


“Taming Family Chaos”: 7-8:30 p.m., June 14, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. With Debbie Rosemont, CPO, Organizing Services, Seminars and Products. Sponsor: ADD Resources. Free presentation at ADHD Eastside Parent Support Group.,

3rd Thursday Art Walk: “Kids Art Fan Fare,” 5:30-8 p.m., June 17, Mercer Island Town Center. Family event promoting local artists and walk-ability in the Town Center. Meet local business owners, enjoy tastings, entertainment and culture. Watch for the orange balloons. Participate in the 3rd Thursday Raffle Prize; visit eight locations, get a stamp on your map and return the map to the MIVAL Gallery to enter.

Emergency Preparedness Class: “Disaster First Aid Training,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 19, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. The fourth class in the Emergency Volunteer Series. Training focuses on disaster medical first aid. Nine classes total with a (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Base; held monthly with a break in September for the Citywide Disaster Drill. RSVP: Officer Franklin, (206) 275-7905.

Aging Well Seminar: 10-11:30 a.m., June 19, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Betsy Zuber, geriatric specialist from MI Youth & Family Services, on heredity, lifestyle and emotional elasticity, and resources for adjusting to changing needs. Presented by MICC Lively Saints. Attendance of family members is encouraged. Free. RSVP: (206) 232-1015,

Islander Hoop Camp: June 21-24, June 28-July 1, Mercer Island High School. For boys entering grades 1-12. Put on by Mercer Island Boys Basketball Booster Club. Cost: $130/session.

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.



Rick Steves Travel Lecture: “Travel as a Volunteer,” 1 p.m., June 19. Joyce Major, author of Smiling at the World, shares her experience with “voluntourism” travels.

Book Group: 7:30 p.m., June 21. “Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner.

Children & Families

Summer Reading Program Ice Cream Kick-Off Party: 2:30 p.m., June 14. Build an ice cream sundae and watch a presentation about this summer’s library events.

“Slip, Slide or Dive into a Book”: 2 p.m., June 24. Costuming and a special Charles the Clown original story about a boat constructed entirely from balloons. Ages 3 and older with adult.

Reading Buddies: 2-4 p.m., June 28. Ages 5 to 8. Read with a local teen with literacy training.

“Puss in Boots in the Bayou”: 11 a.m., June 29. Presented by Oregon Shadow Theatre. Ages 4 and older with adult.


Teen Zone: 1:30 p.m., June 7 and 14. Ages 12 and older. Hang out, do homework, play board games or just chat.

Homework Time with Boys & Girls Club: 1:45 p.m., June 7 and 14. Start with Homework Time at the library and get help from Boys & Girls Club tutors. Then, catch a van to the Boys & Girls Club for games, crafts and activities. Contact Joan Calden or Ben Ramage to find out more about Teen Scene at (206) 436-1947.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., June 15. Voice your opinions on teen materials while earning one volunteer credit hour.

Training for Reading Buddies: 2 p.m., June 21. Training for Reading Buddies is a mandatory orientation for teens volunteering to read with children this summer. Volunteers need to have submitted a completed application to the library in order to participate in the training.

Parks/Rec | Ongoing

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Support group for senior adult men and women who have lost a spouse or partner in death meets monthly on the second Thursday. Free. Reservations: Betsy Zuber, (206) 275-7752.

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 Exhibit: MIHS scholarship winners’ artwork will be on display through June 11, Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. View and purchase their works at the gallery, including drawings, custom-painted shoes, photography. All items are for sale. Hours: Thursday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m.

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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