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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. www.probus.org/usmercer.htm.
Community Discussion on Recycle Center Future: 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 2, Mercer Island Library, Large Community Meeting Room, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Help determine the future of the Mercer Island Recycling Center. Residents are invited to a community discussion to share their ideas and suggestions. The city has invited graduate students from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) to assist in the development of a community engagement plan to discuss options that best serve the needs of the community and the legacy of the Mercer Island Recycling Center. Residents may participate in a survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/mercerislandrecyclecenter.
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. www.mercergov.org.
“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. www.mercergov.org.
Sunday | 6
Mercer Island Baccalaureate: 2 p.m., June 6, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 S.E. 40th St. Student-led baccalaureate service with the theme: “A Step of Faith.” Interfaith celebration for all high school graduates who live on Mercer Island. This event is not a school-sponsored program.
Mercerart Dance Spring Concert: 6:30 p.m., June 6, Carco Theatre, 1717 S.E. Maple Valley Highway, Renton. The concert will feature ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap. www.mercerart.com.
Thursday | 10
Mercer Island Chamber Membership Luncheon: 12-1:15 p.m., June 10, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Informal networking: 11:30-11:55 a.m. Speakers: King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Deputy Exec. Fred Jarrett. Cost: $18. Reservations deadline: June 8. RSVP: 232-3404, email@example.com.
Learning Labbers Celebration: 12 p.m., June 13, MI Boys & Girls Club, back play area. Celebrate the passing of the location of Mercer Island Learning Lab of 24 years. Learning Lab will move into PEAK this summer. Dessert will be provided along with lemonade. http://mercerislandlearninglab.org.
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.addresources.org.
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 walkability in the Town Center. Meet local business owners, enjoy tastings, entertainment and culture. Watch for the orange balloons. Participate in the raffle; visit eight locations, get a stamp on your map and return the map to the MIVAL Gallery to enter. www.mercergov.org.
Emergency Preparedness Class: “Disaster First Aid Training,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 19, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. 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. 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, www.micc.org.
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. www.mipositiveplace.org.
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 must submit a completed application.
Parks/Rec | Ongoing
Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., June 10, 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. www.mival.us.
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. www.mival.us.
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.