Dana Heyum, bottom right, dips 9-month-old Carter Heyum’s toes in the water. It was Carter’s second introduction to the cooling qualities of Lake Washington, his mother said. - Jenny Manning/Mercer Island Reporter
Dana Heyum, bottom right, dips 9-month-old Carter Heyum’s toes in the water. It was Carter’s second introduction to the cooling qualities of Lake Washington, his mother said.
— image credit: Jenny Manning/Mercer Island Reporter

Thursday | 29

Kids Create Art Class: “Drawing and Painting for Children,” 9:30-11:30 a.m., July 29, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Ages 8-11. Add color and value to paint a portrait. Presented by MIVAL. $35. To register and for materials list, contact: Pat Taylor, (206) 236-0207,

Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 29, Mercerdale Hillside. Half-day options available. (206) 812-0122,

Saturday | 31

Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 31, Luther Burbank Park. Half-day options available. (206) 812-0122,

Monday | 2

Reading Buddies: 2-4p.m., Aug. 2. Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Help your child really love reading while making a new friend! Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to stop by the children’s area for reading with a local teen with literacy training. (206)236-3537.

Tuesday | 3

Yo Ho! A Pirate Concert: 10 a.m., Aug. 3. Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Presented by Eric Ode. Ages 3 and older with adult. Climb aboard as we set sail for high seas adventure with this award winning song-writer. (206) 236-3537.

OTRs Cupcakes and Books: 7 p.m. Aug. 3. Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Teens come decorate and eat your own yummy cupcake. Browse our selection of free books and find out how you can get more from KCLS Online Teen Readers by reading and talking. (206)236-3537.

MIVAL Family Get Together Through Art: Aug. 3 and Aug. 5. In this stress free fun class, families work together on a single project. Sample projects are family umbrellas and family mandalas.Teacher: Linda Solomon, Contact Pat Taylor: (206) 236-0207

Wednesday | 4

Probus Club of Mercer Island meeting: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 4, MI Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Speaker: Probus member and gerontologist, Chuck Wischman, M.D. Topic: Getting the most out of your first 100 years. The public is welcome. (206) 236-2190.

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

Thursday | 5

Splash! Treasure Island and other Watery Tales: 2 p.m., Aug. 5. Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Presented by Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater. Ages 4 and older with adult. See the story of the great white whale, Moby Dick and meet Long John Silver and his crew from Treasure Island and enjoy the fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. (206) 236-3537.

Keep Mercer Island Green: Join EarthCorps and the City of MI to work to restore the health of the forests at Pioneer Park. For more info and to sign up for events:

Meet the Author of “A House Divided”: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 5. Stroum JCC Mercer Island Campus. 3801 E. Mercer Way. Meet author Noah Friedland, a Seattle electrical and aeronautical engineer who has written his first fictional novel. “A House Divided” follows a young Amercian-born Jew who returns to Israel after the mysterious death of his younger brother killed in the line of duty in the Israeli army. Free. Please RSVP to Roni Antebi at 206.388.0832.


Garden Art, Mosaic Birdbaths: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12. Comm. Ctr., Art Room. Learn the basic technique of mosaic art. Use stain glass remnants, glass mosaic tiles and florist gems to create a birdbath in this 3 hour class. Age: Adult. Fee: $74

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.

Incredible Art of Bubble Magic: 10 a.m., Aug. 10. Ages 3 and older with adult. Watch and wonder as this award-winning performer creates dancing caterpillars, merry-go-rounds and even square bubbles right before your eyes!

Swimmy!: 2 p.m., Aug. 12. Use all your senses to jump right into this story and become one of the characters.Presented by Youth Theatre Northwest. Ages 4 and older with adult.

Events | Ongoing

Mostly Music in the Park: 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to a free evening of entertainment, every Sunday and Thursday through Aug. 15.

Shakespeare in the Park: Performances 7 p.m., July 29, 30 and 31. “Othello.” Pack a picnic dinner or get take-out from local merchants and join us at Luther Burbank Park with your friends and neighbors for an evening of Shakespearean delight.

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

Groups | Ongoing

Grocery Shopping Transportation for Seniors: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Parks & Recreation offers 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.

Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery: Marcella Diamond presents two color stories at the Chamber Gallery during July, through Aug. 5. Works include acrylics, watercolors, pastels and encaustic.

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.

Meet the Author, Aida Kouyoumjian: 1:30 p.m., Aug. 15. Between the Two Rivers is the story of Mannig, a young girl growing up in the years following the Armenian Genocide. This is a candid and moving memoir of the author’s mother, who endured indescribable atrocities and hardship growing up Orthodox in a Muslim land.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Voice your opinions on teen materials, services and programs while earning one volunteer credit hour and munching on light refreshments.

Children & Families

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

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

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