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St. Monica fundraiser

St. Monica Church of Mercer Island raised the second highest amount of money for the annual Roman Catholic Church’s “Peter’s Pence” collection from the 170 parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle. St. Monica Parish raised $19,562, second only to the St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Tacoma, which contributed $26,000. The money is collected for the spiritual and charitable works of the Pope. It is used by the Pope to respond to need created by wars, oppression and natural disasters across the globe.

Summer music

Mostly Music in the Park continues on Thursday, July 24, with Craicmore (Celtic music), and Sunday, July 27, with How’s Bayou (Zydeco/Cajun) at 7 p.m. in Mercerdale Park, for free.

“Charlotte’s Web” drama

Youth Theatre Northwest’s popular spin on the classic children’s story “Charlotte’s Web” will be performed at 7 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun, Aug. 1-10; 2 p.m., Sat/Sun; 2 p.m., Aug. 7, at 8805 S.E. 40th St. Tickets cost $13 ($15, opening night). 232-4145 ext. 109, www.youththeatre.org.

Color MI Beautiful award winners

Color MI Beautiful Contest awards for the best downtown planters were presented by Mayor Jim Pearman to six businesses during Summer Celebration! on July 12. The first-place “Merci Bouquet” award was divided into three categories.

“Merci Bouquet” - Tribute to Our Sister City

(Overall Best Planter)

MIYFS Thrift Shop

“Merci Bouquet” - Tribute to Our Sister City

(2nd Place in the Category of Overall Best Planter)

The Avellino

“Merci Bouquet” - Tribute to Our Sister City

(Honorable Mention in the Category of Overall Best Planter)

Cascade Frames

“Creatively Colorful”

(Most Artistic Planter)

Mercer Island Florist

“Simply Sustainable”

(Best Resource-Conscious Planter)

Mercer Wellness

“Edible Flowers & Herbs”

(Best Use of Edible Plants)

QFC, North end

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