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.

Saturday | 26

Mercer Island Radio Operators Field Day: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 26, Rotary Park, 4320 88th Ave. S.E. MIRO will be demonstrating amateur radio at this annual event. The public is invited to see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get a FCC radio license. The objective is to work as many stations as possible, excluding the use of certain (WARC) bands, and to practice setting up and operating in abnormal situations in less than optimal situations. Open to all hams within IARU Region 2.

Sunday | 27

Mercer Island Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 27, Mercerdale Park and S.E. 32nd Street. Featuring food, live music, and a kids’ activity table.

Master Gardener Day at MI Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 27. Learn about vegetable and herb container gardening. Children are welcome.

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.

Tuesday | 29

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

Wednesday | 30

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,


Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., July 7, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Russell Cheetham, investment advisor, on “Global Turmoil: Can we avoid double-dip recession?” The public is welcome. Bob Simonds: (206) 236-2190.

Community Marching Band Dress Rehearsal: 7 p.m., July 8, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Rehearse prior to parade at staging area: 9:30 a.m., July 10; parade starts at 10 a.m. Bert Pound: (206) 232-0762,

Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration!: July 10-11, downtown Mercer Island, 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street. Community festival.

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.

Earthcorps Volunteer Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pioneer Park: July 10. Island Crest Park: July 22. Work with Earthcorps and the city to plant native trees; remove non-native plants such as ivy; and other site maintenance activities.

3rd Thursday Community Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., July 15, Mercer Island Town Center. Family event designed to promote local artists and walkability in the Town Center. Meet your local business owners. Features tastings, entertainment, raffle prize. Watch for the orange balloons.

Mercerversary: 6-7 p.m., July 18, Mercerdale Park. Celebrate the city of Mercer Island’s 50th anniversary of incorporation and its history, community and people. Free.

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

Library | Ongoing


One-on-One Computer Assistance: A KCLS volunteer instructor can provide computer assistance. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Mercer Island Library: (206) 236-3537. All assistance is provided using a library laptop.

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 up with adult.

Reading Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, June 28, July 5-26. 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 up with adult.

Kerplunk!: 10 a.m., July 6. Presented by Tim Noah and Cyndi Soup. Songs, celebration, puppets and more. Ages 3 and up with adult.

Story Time for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, July 7-28. Ages 12-24 months and caregiver.

Story Time for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, July 7-28. Ages 24-36 months and caregiver.

Draw and Paint Marine Wildlife: 2 p.m., July 8. Learn how to paint beach favorites like Orca whales, sea stars and moon snails using pencil and watercolor. Please register. Ages 8 and up with adult.

Jumping Jellyfish! Fishy Folktales From Around the World: 10 a.m., July 13. Presented by Whitman Story Sampler. Ages 3 and up with adult.

Magical Adventures of Aquifer Man: 2 p.m., July 15. Presented by Jeff Evans. Ages 5 and up with adult.

Water, Water, Water!: 10 a.m., July 20. Presented by Dan Crow, family entertainer, recording artist and songwriter; composer of “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” title songs. Ages 3 and up with adult.

Fire and Ice: 2 p.m., July 22. Science demonstrations presented by Mad Science. Ages 5 and up with adult.

20,000 Volts Under the Sea: 10 a.m., July 27. Deep-sea rock musical includes interactive games. Presented by Brian Waite Band. Ages 3 and up with adult.

Water Wildlife: 2 p.m., July 29. Learn about local fresh water and marine ecosystems. Presented by Nature Vision. Ages 6 and up with adult. Please register.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., July 20. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour.

Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition & Read•Flip•Win: Read three books, write three thoughtful 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 your movie on YouTube. Enter to win a “Flip” Video Camera.

Groups | Ongoing

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., July 8, 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. Free. Reserve a spot: Betsy Zuber, (206) 275-7752.

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 or to the MI Farmers Market clinic, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays, through Oct. 17.

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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