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French Conversation Evening, sponsored by the Mercer Island Sister City Association, is from 7 to 9 p.m. on tonight at the home of Pete and Agi Day, 6915 S.E. 33rd St. on Mercer Island’s First Hill. All levels of French are welcome; refreshments will be served. For information and directions, call Pete Day at 232-6510.
Northwest Harvest all-Island emergency baby-food drive is underway. Donations of formula, rice cereal and baby food jars are being accepted at all Mercer Island schools (except Island Park Elementary), at CCMV, the JCC and through YFS at Luther Burbank Park. Contact Andy Capelluto at 275-0995 for more information.
IslandVision public forum is 6:30 p.m. May 31 at the library. Meeting the climate challenges forum. A multi-media science-based presentation from The Climate Project will be followed by discussion on local solutions. For more information, call Callie at 232-8402.
“Invisible Children” showing is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Students will be hosting a fundraiser showing of the movie “Invisible Children” at the Crest Learning Center. Viewing is free, donations greatly appreciated. Donations will go to helping the displaced children in Uganda. For more information on this cause go to Invisiblechildren.com or call Emelie at 890-8045 or Chelsea at 965-0916.
“The Beat Goes On,” presented by Island Children’s Choir will be performed at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at the MIHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 and available at the door. The first half of the show spotlights several complicated, multi-part, classical pieces followed by the 42-member Prep Choir. The second half of the show follows the history of music from the 1890s through today with solo vocalists and dances. For more information, contact Marsha Woerner 232-8007 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lyric Arts Ensemble all-Baroque concert is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Music selections will vary, with the most known composers presented being Bach, Handel and Purcell. The 15 singers will be accompanied by an 11-piece chamber orchestra. Admission is free. Contact Kenneth L. DeJong at (425) 746-2529, ext. 17, for more information.
Rain Forest Alliance carnival is from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. on June 3 at Luther Burbank Park (close to the tennis courts). Zoey Pressey, a fourth grader and Mercer Island resident is organizing a carnival for children ages 1 through 6 to benefit the non-profit Rain Forest Alliance. All of the activities are organized by Zoey and her classmates. Prizes were donated by school friends, slightly used toys garnered from other carnivals and parties. There will be game booths, original puppet shows put on by the children, contests, crafts, home-baked cookies and lemonade. This event will be low key, perfect for young children, and a lot of fun. Contact Zoey Pressey at email@example.com.
“Overcoming Adversity, Celebrating Diversity” speaker Mary Matsuda Gruenewald will present at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at the Congregational Church of Mercer Island. Gruenewald is the author of “Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps,” and hopes to break the silence about U.S.-mandated internment. Open to the community. Contact 232-7800 for more information.
Crest plant sale is from 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday throughout May at the Crest Learning Center 4150 86th Ave. S.E. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Get Outside” volunteer projects: Mercerdale Hillside invasives removal and plant prep is from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 3. Meet at S.E. 34th Street and 76th Avenue S.E. Pioneer Park invasives removal is from 2 to 5 p.m. on June 4. Meet at Island Crest Way and S.E. 68th Street. Upper Luther Burbank Park invasives removal is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9. Meet at 84th Avenue S.E. and 84th Avenue S.E. To register, visit www.earthcorps.org. For Luther Burbank registration visit www.mtsgreenway.org.
Safe ‘n Sounds awareness rock concert for teens is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at CCMV. Hosted by a group of MIHS students and sponsored by a local State Farm Insurance Company, the purpose is to promote safety for teenagers on the road. Admission is free. Merchandise and concession stands will be available. The bands include: The Mighty Giant, The Sutures, Don't Tell Sophie, and Left at the Castle. Contact Elena Feldman at 799-0036 for more information.
Northwest Senior Games are June 8 through June 16. The City of Mercer Island is sponsoring the Pickleball Tournament at CCMV. Other event locations include the Southwest Community Center, High Point Community Center, Peter Kirk Swimming Pool, Enatai Beach Park, Grass Lawn Park, Perrigo Park, and West Seattle Golf Course. Events will include badminton, golf, table tennis, ice hockey, kayaking, tennis, dancing, pickleball, track & field, swimming and softball. Come see what fun they have! All ages are welcome to watch. Please visit www.northwestseniorgames.org.