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On Sunday, May 4, the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center will commemorate Yom Hashoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) with a communitywide interfaith event. A short memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at the site of the Holocaust Memorial at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island.
People will then walk across the street to Herzl-Ner Tamid for the program at 3:30 p.m. Special guests will participate in a candle-lighting ceremony. For information, go to www.wsherc.org.
May is Older Americans Month
The Mercer Island Senior Commission launches “Older Americans Month” with a special showcase at the Mercer Island Library. Entitled “Connecting The Generations,” the display can be viewed through the month of May, the traditional Older Americans Month since the 1960s.
Registration for summer school classes is underway for Crest through May 22. For information on classes, fees and more, go to www.misd.k12.wa.us and click on the Crest Learning Center link.
The annual Crest Fest and plant sale will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.
Part of the celebration on Friday includes the first annual Crest Film Fest and Poetry Slam. On Saturday, students will be selling organic veggies, hanging baskets, flowers and herbs.
In addition, the math classes will be hosting a coffee stand and bake sale as well as selling T-shirts and garden stepping stones.
Finally, come view student art work, essays, poetry, and more. Rumor has it there will be the first-ever air guitar competition, live musicians, and maybe even karaoke. The grand finale will be an ultimate frisbee match.
National Day of Prayer Community Observance: 6 a.m.-9 p.m., May 1, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Evening prayer service: 7:30-9 p.m. Community members are invited to contribute a prayer, song, Scripture reading or insight from the Bible.
Crest Fest Annual Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 3, Crest Learning Center (next to MISD admin. building). Sponsor: MIHS Horticulture class. Organic veggies, flowers, fragrant herbs, hanging baskets. Rose Chaffee-Cohen, 236-3344.
Island Children’s Choir 2008-09 auditions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., through May 3, MI Covenant Church. Open to grades 3-4. No appointments necessary. Marsha Woerner, 232-8007, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Crossings annual spring gathering: 10 a.m.-noon, May 3, Luther Burbank Park. Providence Hospice of Seattle’s program for grieving children, teens, families to support one another, share stories, create a special art project to honor loved ones who died. (206) 749-7691.
Emerald City Ringers handbell choir concert: 7:30 p.m., May 3, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Sacred music, show tunes, marches. 232-5595.
Holocaust Remembrance Community Commemoration: Yom HaShoah, 3 p.m., May 4, Stroum Jewish Community Center. Free, open to the public. Marie, (206) 441-5747.
Sunnybeam Spring Picnic/Dedication: 11:30 a.m., May 4, in honor of founder, Nukki Fellows. Community is welcome to join the celebration. Petra Varney, (206) 860.0602.
A Voice for the Voiceless — Saving AIDS Orphans in Uganda: open house, 6 p.m., May 4, MI VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E. Local nonprofit of UW students, volunteers, on world’s food crisis, widows empowerment project, Ugandan orphans’/vulnerable children’s education. $5 suggested donation. Suzanne Philen, 275-7753.
West Mercer Creative Writing Contest: May 7, West Mercer Elementary. Mary Jane Beaufrand, local author, writing teacher and Island Books staffer, will lead grade-level writing seminars as part of a PTA literacy event. Formulate ideas, inspiration for creative writing. 236-3430.
“The Monkey King”: through May 10, Youth Theatre Northwest. Performances by Conservatory Troupe. Tickets: 232-4145, ext. 109, www.youththeatre.org.
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