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MIHS Baccalaureate is at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 13, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 8501 S.E. 40th Ave. Join representatives of the Mercer Island Clergy, students, faculty and administration at this interfaith community gathering to celebrate the senior class. The celebration is open to all family and friends. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

MIHS Commencement Ceremony is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Wamu Theater at the Qwest Field Exhibition Center. Tickets required. Call 236-3345 for more information.

Book signing by Clay Eals, author of “Steve Goodman, Facing the Music,” is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at Island Books. Eals is a local journalist. For more information call Island Books at 232-6920.

Spring fishing auction is at 6:30 p.m. on June 14 at CCMV. Sponsored by Lake Washington Puget Sound Anglers, everyone is welcome. Items include Scotty 30-inch electric downrigger, fishing trips, rods, reels, tackle and more. Contact Steve Marsh at (425) 885-3689 smarsh02@nwlink.com for more information.

AARP Safe Driving Program for adults 50 and older is in two four-hour sessions, starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 26 at the JCC. Insurance companies in Washington give a discount to participants age 55 and older who complete the course. JCC or AARP memberships are not required. Fee is $10. For more details and registration contact Herb Kotkins at (425) 653-5958.

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.

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 alisaowens17@aol.com.

“Get Outside” volunteer projects: Upper Luther Burbank Park 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.

MIHS 35-year reunion for class of 1972 is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 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 johncwoodson@earthlink.net.

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.

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.

Clubs

Pacific Northwest Audio Society meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on June 14 at the Congregational Church of Mercer Island basement, 4545 Island Crest Way. The club has been dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine audio and music since it’s founding in 1978. It brings together people with a common interest in hearing music reproduced at its best, for their mutual edification and pleasure. Contact Carolyn Koh at carolyn@audiosociety.org for more information.

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 Senior Foundation is accepting grant applications until June 15. The foundation is looking for ways to help develop and empower community-based non-profit programs and services which enhance the health and well-being of Mercer Island seniors citizens. Applications can be downloaded from www.seniorfoundation.org or may be requested by phone at 232-4597.

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 Preschool Association June coffee social will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 21 at Dragon Park. This will be the last MIPA-sponsored social of the school year. Contact Jeanne Schreuder at 275-4515 for more information.

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.

Girl Scout Troops are forming for fall. The Mercer Island Girl Scouts, through partnership with trained and committed adults, offers enriching activities for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Troops generally have about 10 to15 girls and meet after school, in the evenings or on weekends, depending on leader’s and girls’ schedules. Now is the time to join a Mercer Island Girl Scout troop for the fall, or to consider helping to lead a troop for your daughter. For more information and to be placed on a list to join a troop, please contact Anne Hritzay at 275-2322 or ahritzay@comcast.net.

Classes/Schools

Sogetsu School of Ikebana will offer Japanese flower arrangement classes, June 1 to July 13 (no class on July 6). Classes are held each Friday from 10 a.m. The cost is $60 for six classes. Call 236-3545 or Shirley (425) 558-0889 or e-mail hillshirley@comcast.net www.misogetsu.org for more information.

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 crazycrystal@gmail.com to reserve a space.

Mary Wayte Pool: For schedules and information on upcoming classes and events at the pool see the new City Parks and Recreation Spring Catalog.

  • Adapted aquatic lessons for children and adults with special needs are now being offered. Instructors are trained through the Children’s Hospital Adapted Aquatics program. Lessons are one-on-one for optimal individualization. Cost is $9 per lesson. Call 296-4370 for more information.

    Library

    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.

    Annual Sonnet Writing Contest entries are now being accepted. Submit entries to the Library or Island Books by June 18. Selected sonnet read-off and prizes will be awarded at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21 at Island Books. Google “sonnet writing rules” for format specifics. Contact the library reference desk for details and for more information.

    Summer Reader program starts June 15, and registration is currently underway. Visit www.kcls.org/srp or visit the library to pick up a Summer Reading booklet and reading log. Start reading to earn great prizes.

    Mother & daughter book group is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. Share ideas, thoughts, controversies and discussion with one another — share a book! The June selection is Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak.” Though the book group is open to any interested teen and an accompanying adult, the material and discussion is most suitable for a mature girl aged 14 or older, and an important female adult in her life.

    Book Buddies training and orientation is at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 25. Teens: Help a child learn to love reading and make a friend in the process. Applications are due June 18.

    “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.

    Teen Academic Mentors are available from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. for children in second through eighth grade. Stop by for some casual homework help. High school students are available in nearly every subject.

    Teen Advisory Board is at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Voice opinions on materials, services and programs the library should provide for teens. Earn one volunteer credit hour.

    Teen Anime and Manga Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.

    SCORE Counseling for business owners is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noon the third Thursday of each month. Call to register.

    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.

    Summer camp registration is now underway. Check out www.mipositiveplace.org for weekly day camps for all ages between 5 and 14 — Island Adventures for 5 to 9-year-olds; Adventure Camp for 10- and 11-year-olds; and Teen Camp for middle school students. All camps include well-trained and positive leadership, many diverse weekly themes, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, snack and an opportunity to make new friends! Adventure and Teen Camps include daily field trips, and overnight trips.

    Teen Scene after school for middle school students, is from 3 to 6 p.m. Register online. The cost is $75 per month per person.

    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.

    Puppy and dog manners foundation class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Wednesdays, June 13 through July 25. Class cost is $95. Call for more information.

    Birding trip: Songbirds East of the Mountains is from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Cost is $66. Call for more information and 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 the community center 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 6 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.

    Seniors

    Senior adult widowed men and women who have lost a spouse or partner support group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at CCMV. If you would like to join, please call Betsy Zuber at 236-3525. It is free.

    Parkinson’s disease caregivers support group us frin 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 in the CCMV Health Room.

    Adult children of loved ones with Parkinson’s disease support group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18 in the CCMV Board Room.

    Parkinson’s disease support group meets from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 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.

    JCC

    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 the first Wednesday of the month. 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.

    Free computer classes, Internet 1, 2, 3 are from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on June 11, 18 and 25. Beginner computer classes taught by The King County Library System. The class will cover the following topics: Internet 1 (June 11): Introduction to internet, what it is, how it works and definitions. Internet 2 (June 18): Browsers, links and navigation Internet 3 (June 25): Search engines. Please register with Roni Antebi at 232-7115 ext. 269

    Political Revolutions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 12 through July 3. Cost is $45 (member) and $55 (non-member). By instructor Richard Gemson, the examination of four political revolutions in a series of four lectures — how they succeeded, where they failed. Please register with Roni Antebi at 232-7115 ext. 269

    JCC Seniors:

    All senior social programs will be held in the auditorium.

    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.

    Religion

    Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Youth group grades six through nine, is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bible Study groups are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. Adult Class, “A Hidden Wholeness” is at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Sunday Worship is at 10:30 a.m. and is High School Senior Recognition Sunday. Kindergarten through ninth-grade Sunday school is during worship. 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 mail@emmanuelmi.org

    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 fccsmi@attglobal.net. 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: Regular Sunday Services are at 8 and 10:15 a.m. The new Contemporary Service is at 5 p.m. and offers a different music style and an informal atmosphere. Sunday School is at 9 a.m., except for holidays or MI School vacations. Midweek Bible study is on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and men's Bible study is on the first and third Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. 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. 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: Sundays 8:15 a.m. breakfast worship; 9:15 a.m. Christian education for all ages; 10:35 a.m. traditional worship service; 5 p.m. contemporary worship service. Meet at 8 a.m. June 16 for Monte Christo summer hike, contact Brad Fowler at bradleyfowler@hotmail.com. Looking ahead: Vacation Bible School is July 9 through 13, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Contact Eliana Maxim at 232-5596 or elianam@mipc.org. For general information contact Ruth Ann Biggers at 232-5596, ext. 203 or ruthannb@mipc.org. or Dale Sewall at dales@mipc.org. 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.

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