November 25, 2008 · Updated 3:21 PM
Symphony of Gardens is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 1. The tour features five beautiful, unique private gardens in Newport Shores, Clyde Hill and Mercer Island, and is self-guided. Tickets are $25, with proceeds supporting music education. Call 455-4171 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Summer Learning Fair is from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. The fair will have many booths with all sorts of activities for kids from the Pacific Science Center, Kidsquest Museum, Mercer Island Library, Mills Music, and many others. Plus, the first 500 kids at the fair will receive a free book from Usborne Books. Contact Sarah Shero at 232-7115, ext. 242, for more information.
Summer Celebration is July 14 and 15. This annunal event will feature a range of activities for all ages. Visit www.misummercelebration.com for full details.
Summer math fun for incoming fourth and fifth graders. Join the weekly free fun math practice lead by MIHS students. We will play games and celebrate the summer while stepping up our math skills. Space is limited. First come, first served. If interested, please contact Alisa Owens at 232 1476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Get Outside” volunteer projects: Upper Luther Burbank Park’s invasives removal is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14. Meet at 84th Avenue S.E. and 84th Avenue S.E. To register visit www.mtsgreenway.org.
Harry Potter celebration is from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 at the CCMV gym. Watch a Harry Potter movie, dress up, and participate in games and activities. When the clock strikes midnight, the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be yours. Contact 236-3545 for more information.
Mercer Island Gallery presents Gary Gumble and Eric Montoya through Aug. 2. Call 230-6849 for more information.
MIHS 35-year reunion for class of 1972 is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Takes place at the Sideline Sports Bar in Factoria. The upper outside bar area is where the class will meet. Sign up with classmates.com to RSVP. If you have any questions, contact John Woodson at 409-1930 or at email@example.com.
Mercer Island Toddlers have openings for parent/child classes beginning Fall 2007. The classes meet once a week with a preschool program for the children and parent education for the adults. Openings for Toddler Ones (must be age 1 by August 31) are on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Openings for Toddler Twos (must be age 2 by August 31) are Monday and Tuesday mornings. Sponsored by Bellevue Community College Parent Education Program. To register, call Sue at (425) 564-2365.
Community Art Walk is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, May through September. Organizers are looking for art to display and artists to demonstrate at various participating merchants and musicians and/or performers to come out and pass the hat and let people know about you. For those interested, please contact either Nola Nevers at 391-5903 or Helen Martin at 686-5808.
Mercer Island Thrift Shop needs volunteers of all ages for sorting, pricing and displaying donated items. Training is under way for evening and Saturday cashier and customer service positions. Call Suzanne Philen at 236-3454 for an interview.
Probus Club of Mercer Island will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Presbyterian Church 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The speaker will be Cecilia Mortenson, an accomplished mountaineer, who recently served as head of field safety training at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica, guiding NSF scientists and technicians through the hazards of working in harsh environments. Open to the public. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Girl Scout Troops are forming for fall. For more information and to be placed on a list to join a troop, please contact Anne Hritzay at 275-2322 or email@example.com.
Little Dribblers’ Ed Pepple summer basketball registration is now open. Camp is June 27 through June 30 and July 2 through July 6, and is for third through 12th graders. All ability levels are encouraged to participate. Cost is $125. For questions about M.I. Boys Basketball Booster Club, call Christine Poli at 351-6735 or Christinepoli@msn.com For more information about Mercer Island Basketball go to MIBasketball.org.
Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) Junior Art Show will be held July 14 and 15. Entries are being accepted at Wells Fargo Bank on Monday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a fee of $2 per entry. Show is open to kindergarten through high school. Contact 232-6354 for more information. Members’ work is currently being shown. Lucia Neagu, Avellino Apts. 2836 78th St.; Wanda Hughes, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E.; Esther Akrish, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce 7613S. E. 27th St.; Barbara Veldee and Dr. Troy Thomas, 2055 80th Ave.; Jean Jack, Mercer Island Florist, 3006 78th Ave. S. E.; Nola Nevers, La Belle Spa, 8425S. E. 68th St; Velma Seegers, Mercer Island Physical Therapy, 7900 S. E. 28th St., Suite 102; Laurie Malmfeldt, All the Best Pet Care, 3937 78th Ave. S.E.; Karen Amanda and Charlotte Haugen, Countrywide Home Loans, 7650 S.E. 27th St., #112; All showings will be exhibited through June.
Mercer Island Radio Operators meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the North-end fire station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Contact Don Sandstrom at 550-4148.
All Island Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m., the first Monday of each month at Market House Deli & Catering, 7525 SE 24th St. Island Corporate Center Suite #100. Come for an informative discussion on community affairs and enjoy lunch of your choice. Virginia Hale can provide additional information at 930-1564.
Youth Theatre Northwest is still accepting children ages 3 through 18 for summer camps. Visit www.youththeatre.com for more information. The 24th Summer Stock Season will begin in early July and run through Labor Day weekend with three productions over a 10-week timeline. The three plays are: “Footloose” (July 12 through July 22), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Aug. 3 through Aug. 11) and “Once Upon A Mattress” (Aug. 24 through Sept. 2). Each show will feature a new Thursday, midday performance. Additional information about the plays and the upcoming season is available online at www.youththeatre.org
Computer classes are ongoing at the CCMV. Learn Tech basics and computer maintenance and security. All donations will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. A $20 donation per class is suggested. Contact 512-825-7549 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Real estate seminar, “Stepping into Adulthood: Financial Savvy for the Next Stage of Your Life,” is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 at CCMV. The seminar is free, but please register by calling 236-3545.
Mary Wayte Pool: For schedules and information on upcoming classes and events at the pool see the new City Parks and Recreation Spring Catalog.
The following events take place at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., unless otherwise noted. Please call 236-3537 for more information.
“The Shoemaker and the Elf,” presented by Mary Shaver’s Marionette Theatre is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. All ages are welcome to this family program.
The FBI (Funny Bumble Institute) is at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3. Agent Linda will search for clues to solcve a silly mystery. Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
Anime and Manga Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, in the large meeting room. Watch anime videos with other like-minded fans and discuss them afterward. Also, check out the library’s offerings of manga and drawing books. Light refreshments will be served. Teens only, please.
Detective Science meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 for ages 5 and older. How do world famous detectives use science to solve their most baffling cases? Solving crimes and finding the culprit often involves logic, creative thinking skills and imagination. Can you solve “The Case of the Runaway Bubble Gum?” No registration required.
Microsoft Word Level I meets from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. Learn the basics of Microsoft Word, such as how to create and save a document, insert images and more. Join us for this fun computer class! Newcomers are always welcome. Call the library to register.
Summer Stories for twos and threes, is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31. Please register by calling the library.
Reading Buddies meets at 2 p.m. on Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30 in the Children’s Room. 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 between for a 20-minute reading session with a local teen with literacy training. Drop-in, no registration required.
Story Sleuths: Folktales to Figure Out meets at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 in the large meeting room. What’s the fastest way to count to 10? How can you wrap fire in paper? Ponder these questions and more as Nat and Jen Whitman share folktale riddles from around the world. No registration required.
Tiny Tot Summer Tales and Fun! meets at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, July 13 and 27 in the large meeting room for ages 15 to 23 months and caregiver. Stories, music, activities designed for the very young toddler.Call the library to register, 206.236.3537.
Teen Advisory Board is at 6:45 p.m. the Thursday, July 17. Voice opinions on materials, services and programs the library should provide for teens.
Boys & Girls Club
Unless noted, all events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way. Register online at www.mipositiveplace.org or call 232-4548.
Teens: Need a place to hang out on Saturdays? Visit the Boys & Girls Club. The cost is only $3. Open gym, movies, XBOX, Internet, karaoke, and open mic nights. Play foosball, Ping-Pong or pool. Free pizza and soda. Sponsored by Sahara. Call Nate at 232-4548.
Preschool Rainy Day Gym, indoor playground for pre-schoolers accompanied by parents, is from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Trikes, scooters, balls, and climbing equipment provided.
Parks & Rec.
Call 236-3545, or register online at www.myparksandrecreation.com to receive a catalog of the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department events. All events are held at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. unless otherwise specified.
Lunchtime Hoops join city employees for lunchtime basketball at the CCMV from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Call Harvey Barnes for details at 230-6848.
EcoDeals.org is a free online shopping guide that shows King County residents how to save money by purchasing products that are better for our environment. Visitors can find coupons to print and information about retailers, products and services that conserve resources, and offer real savings. For more tips, please visit www.mercergov.org/sustainability.
Fitness Boot Camp class starts June 27 and runs through July 25. The class is $91 and meets from 6 to 7 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call to register.
Summer Celebration boat ride around the Island tickets are now for sale at CCMV. Boat rides are Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. the cost is $10 a person. The fireworks cruise is from 8:30 to 11 p.m. and is $40 per person. Call CCMV for more information at 236-3545.
Summer Celebration is now accepting applications for the “Gang Way!” Parade. Call the Community Center at 236-3545 for more information or stop by for an application.
Bridge lessons are from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $63 for six weeks. The instructor is Aidee Pokroy. Call 236-3545 for more information.
Volunteer bus driver needed for senior transportation. Parks and Rec provides transportation to senior adults on the Island who no longer drive. The bus is easy to drive and no endorsements are needed. Please call Jeanette at 230-6845 to join this group of volunteers.
Parkinson’s disease support group is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 in the CCMV Calkins Room.
Niner’s 9-hole senior golf program, Mondays through Oct. 22. Call 236-3545 to register.
Solemates: Four miles of walk and talk followed by a stop at a coffee shop. From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays. No walks in June. Meet in the lobby at the CCMV. The fee is $2 per person, per walk.
Grocery shopping transportation: Pick up every Wednesday at your home, take you to one grocery store and a quick errand on the Island. Will carry your groceries into the house. Call 236-3456 and leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. The cost is $1 round trip.
Senior lunch program is Tuesdays and Thursdays. Served in the Covenant Shores dining room. Transportation provided from CCMV. Call us if you need a ride from home. Call 236-6845 to register. The cost is $4.25.
Senior Adult Newsletter mailing list. Contact 236-3545 if you wish to be added to the mailing list.
Unless noted, all events take place at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. For more information, call 232-7115.
Book Club meets at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult Cost: $1 per meeting for refreshments. If interested, call Roni Antebi 232-7115, Ext. 269.
Beginning Hebrew class at the SJCC from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays, June 1 through July 6. This class is designed for students who have little or no Hebrew background and are looking for basic reading and speaking skills beginning with the Alef-Bet, simple words, and grammar. Instructor: Hagit Shekel, A native Hebrew speaker and experienced teacher. Cost is $80 for member and $100 for non-member.
All senior social programs will be held in the auditorium.
Legal issues of the elderly seminar is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Attorney Barbara West will speak. Please register with Roni Antebi at 232-7115 ext. 269.
Casino trip to Tulalip is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. Free. Space is limited to 24 people. Sign up with Roni Antebi at 232-7115 ext. 269.
Mah Jongg ongoing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Please bring a Mah Jongg set if possible. Free for members., $2 for non-members.
Bridge games: will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of each month. Free for JCC members, $2 for non-members.
Sunday matinee movies: Are from 2 to 4 p.m. Call extension 269 for information. Preregistration is required.
Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Walk the Labyrinth is 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 30. Bible Study groups are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. Men’s Spirituality Group is at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 6. Adopt a Highway / Bellevue Way Exit Cleanup, is at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 7. Sunday Worship is at 9:30 a.m. (Summer schedule ). The church is located at 4545 Island Crest Way, 232-7800, www.ucc-ccmi.org.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Sacrament meeting is at 9 a.m. Sunday School is at 10:10 a.m. and Priesthood, Relief Society and Young Women meet at 11:10 a.m. Church is located at 4001 Island Crest Way. Call 236-2957 for more information.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday services: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church School and nursery care; 11:30 a.m. children’s choir, 5 p.m. A new Contemporary service with guitar and piano, storytelling, and Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist and healing service. The church is located at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S.E.. Contact: 232-1572 or e-mail email@example.com
First Church of Christ, Scientist: Church Services and Sunday school are held at 10 a.m., Wednesday evening meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Child care is available at all services and meetings. The community is welcome. The Reading Room, a place for individual worship and prayer, as well as study, and research is open to everyone on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7605 S.E. 27th St. Call 232-0175 for more information, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The church is at Island Crest Way and S.E. 47th Street.
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: Services Friday at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Services are at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Daily Minyan 7 a.m. and Sunday through Friday Minyan at 9 a.m. FirstFridays at HNT for young adults is at 7:30 p.m. The synagogue is at 3700 E. Mercer Way.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Summer hours begin on Sunday, June 17: One service will be at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary; there will be no 5 p.m. contemporary worship service until after Labor Day. Vacation Bible School is Aug. 20 through Aug. 24, registration forms are available at http://www.htlcmi.org or call the church office at 232-3270. Old-fashioned church picnic is at 11:30 a.m. on June 24 at Luther Burbank Park after the congregational meeting. Movies in August will be every Wednesday, complete with soda pop, candy and popcorn. Families — watch for us in the parade at the Mercer Island Summer Celebration on July 14 for pirate booty. The church is located at 8501 S.E. 40th St.
Mercer Island Covenant Church: Summer Sunday services are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. High school youth group meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Middle school youth group meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. There is no Community Dinner over the summer. Men’s open prayer group meets at 6:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. Women’s prayer ministry meets at 8 a.m. on Thursdays. Mothers of preschoolers will be having a Bible study at 9:15 a.m. every Friday, childcare is provided. Vacation Bible Camp is from 9:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. July 23 through July 27. The registration fee is $30 per child and registration ends July 6. For additional information call 232-1015, ext. 100, or check www.micc.org. The church is located at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday, July 1: Pancake breakfast in the fellowship all; worship to follow at 10 a.m. Plymouth Housing Group sizzling summer scavenger hunt and sensational smorgasbord is noon to 2 p.m., contact Kelly Nelson at 275-3013. Vacation Bible School is July 9 through 13, 9:30 a.m. to noon, contact Eliana Maxim at 232-5596 or email@example.com. Potluck at the Creswell’s house is Thursday, July 12; for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Hike to Blanca Lake, meet at church at 8 a.m. on July 14, contact Brad Fowler at 232-3307 or email@example.com. Urban IMPACT Summer Academy Lunch Program is July 16-19, contact Mikie Helman at 275-2377. For general information contact Ruth Ann Biggers at 232-5596, ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or Dale Sewall at email@example.com. The church is at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. All are welcome. The church is at 7070 S.E. 24th St.
New Hope International Church: Services at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays. The speaker is Dr. Peter Wyns. A prayer session for those who need healing in their family is available. The church is located at 170 S.E. 64th St. Call 275-1042, ext. 3 or www.newhic.org.
Redeemer Lutheran Church: Worship and kid’s church services are at 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6001 Island Crest Way. Contact Pastor Bill Clements at 232-1711.
St. Monica Catholic Church: daily masses: Monday through Friday 6:05 and 8 a.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. weekend masses: Saturday Vigil at 5 p.m., Sunday, 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and Benediction at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Moms’ group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Juliana Stachurski at 275-9706 or Michelle Klecan at 425-373-1237. Rosary makers meet from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. in Rectory room. Church office phone number is 232-2900. Pastor is Father Dennis Kemp. The church is at 4301 88th Ave. S.E.