Tuesday | 15

East Link Light Rail Community Workshops: 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 15, Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. June 15: "Understanding 112th Avenue Options and Community Interests." June 29: "Evaluating the 112th Avenue Options." July 7: "Identifying Community Preferences on 112th." Open House: July 14.

Thursday | 17

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.

Artist in Action With Hands-on Art: 12-8 p.m., June 17, MIVAL Gallery, 2836 78th Ave. S.E. During the 3rd Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sundays, starting June 20.

Saturday | 19

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.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Park Restoration: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 19, Luther Burbank Park, north wetlands. Invasive plant removal volunteer event. Meet in the parking lot. Sign up at

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,

Let’s Go Fishing: 1-3 p.m., June 19, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Students ages 6 to 15 with an adult will receive instruction on effective fishing techniques. Instructors: Roger and Linda Urbaniak. Fishing kit provided. Bring a fishing pole. Registration required. $22. (206) 275-7863.

Sunday | 20

Kayak Rides in Luther Burbank Park: 1-3 p.m., June 20, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Paddle in double-sit-on-top kayaks. Kayak Academy will provide necessary safety equipment. Rides limited to 20 minutes. Children ages 9-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (206) 275-7863.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, June 20-Oct. 17, Mercerdale Park, 32nd Street. Offers a variety of fresh, local edibles along with educational and community-building events.

Wednesday | 23

Silk Scarf Painting with Pia Messina: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 23, Aljoya. Use fabric dyes to create images on silk scarves. $50; includes materials. Space is limited. June Lindsey: (206) 232-8889,

Lunch and Concert With The Red Hot Chachkas: 12-1:30 p.m., June 23, Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Performers on violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, bass, and drums, the group plays traditional Eastern European dance tunes as a Northern California Klezmer band. Limited seating; reservations recommended. $7/SJCC members, $8/non-members. Sign up with Roni Antebi at or (206) 388-0832.

Thursday | 24

Pioneer Park Volunteer Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 24, Island Crest Way and S.E. 68th St., northwest corner. Work with Earthcorps and the city to plant native conifer trees; remove non-native plants such as ivy; and other site maintenance activities.

Monday | 28

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Class: 7-9 p.m., June 28, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. This is not a Health Care Provider Class. $15, check or cash, at event. Reserve a space: (206) 275-7607.


Nola Ahola “Ten Inch Canvas” Workshop: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., June 30, Aljoya. $65/person. MIVAL Gallery presents internationally known painter and collage artist, Nola Ahola, demonstrating and teaching the intricacies of her multi-medium “Ten Inch Canvas” fine artwork. Pat Howie: (206) 465-9395,

MercyVet Veterinary Clinic 10th Anniversary Celebration: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 10, 2707 76th Ave. S.E. A full-service integrative veterinary practice offering acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and traditional treatments is also celebrating its recent expansion.

Garfield High School Class of 1965 Reunion: Aug. 27-28. Contact: Doris Stephens-Hill, (206) 236-2738,

Library | Ongoing


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

“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.


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.

Groups | Ongoing

Men’s & Coed Softball Leagues: 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 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.

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.

Parks/Rec | Ongoing

Itsy Bitsy Islanders Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 28-July 30, West Mercer Elementary. Creative and educational themes include activities, games, arts and crafts: Pirates for Peace, Happy Campers, Princess Camp, Teddy Bear Picnic, Start Your Engines and Under the Sea. Ages 3-5. $127/week.

Summer Pre-Ballet: 3:10-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, July 7-19. Ages 3-4. $62 for 6 sessions.

Summer Ballet: 4-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, July 7-19. Ages 4-5. $62 for 6 sessions.

Community Camp Out: 12 p.m., July 17-12 p.m., July 18 (overnight), Luther Burbank Park. Camp Burbank’s community campout is a great way to get away from it all and still be close to home. Features activities and cooking plus campfire songs, skits and smores. Bring your tent, personal items and sleeping bags. $35/adults, teens; $25/kids.

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.

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