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Sunday | 4
Fourth of July Celebration: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., July 4, Luther Burbank Park. Join Conservative Enthusiasts for a picnic, barbecue, games, speeches and music. Speakers include Rob McKenna and Luke Esser.
Mercer Island Farmers Market: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., July 4, Mercerdale Park, S.E. 32nd St. Celebrate Independence Day. Features a chef demo and berry sampling. There will be food, live music, and a kids activity table. www.mifarmersmarket.org.
Wednesday | 7
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.
Thursday | 8
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, email@example.com.
Saturday | 10
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. www.mercyvet.com.
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. www.earthcorps.org.
Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration!: July 10-11, downtown Mercer Island, 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street. Community festival. www.misummercelebration.com.
3rd Thursday Community Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., July 15, Mercer Island Town Center. Family event with local artists in the Town Center. Meet your local business owners. Features tastings, entertainment, raffle prize. Watch for the orange balloons. www.mercergov.org/artscouncil.
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. www.MI50.org.
Free Oral Health Classes: 10-11 a.m., July 21, every third Friday, CCMV, with Dental Hygienics.
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
Reading Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, July 5-26. Ages 5 to 8. Read with a local teen with literacy training.
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 freshwater 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
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 CampOut: 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 s’mores. Bring your tent, personal items and sleeping bags. $35/adults, teens; $25/kids.
Itsy Bitsy Islanders Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Friday, through 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.
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.