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Events Youth Theatre Northwest will perform Studs Terkel's "Working." Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3; and Sundays, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, at YTNW, 8805 S.E. 40th St. For tickets call 232-4145 ext. 100. Mercer Island High School new student and freshmen fall barbecue is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the MIHS amphitheater commons. Students and their families are invited for an evening of fun, dinner and a tour of the school. Meet the principals and 2009 class advisers. Dinner is $5 per person.
Islander Middle School Schedule: Pick-up/Photo Day is Thursday, Sept. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for incoming sixth graders; and from 1 to 3 p.m. for incoming seventh and eighth graders.
School Starts Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Parent Teachers Student Association Coffee and Volunteer sign-ups are Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Clubs Friends of Luther Burbank Park will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Mercer Island Library.
The Mercer Island Women's Club will hold a dessert potluck welcome at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the home of Lynne Beaufrere. Women interested in joining are invited. Contact Lynne at 236-6301 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sons of Norway meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th St. Mercer Island Radio Operators meet at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the north fire station. The group provides backup emergency communications for the Mercer Island Public Safety Department. For information, call Bill Ellis at 232-4881. 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. Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds summer reading program is under way. Bring your child to the library to sign up. There will be free programs, prizes and drawings as children read through the summer. One-on-One Computer Training is available by appointment. The Interact Club, a group of Mercer Island students sponsored by Rotary, provides the training.
Parks & Rec The following programs are run by the Parks & Recreation Department. For locations, go to www.miparks.net or call 236-3545. Outdoor Movie in Mercerdale Park is at 8:30 p.m. Sunday: Aug. 21 "Robots." Mercer Island Branch Sogetsu School of Ikebana Japanese flower arrangement is from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, to Aug. 19, at West Mercer Elementary, 4141 81st Ave. S.E. Register at Mercer Island Parks and Recreation at 236-3545. The cost is $48.50 for six classes. Seniors Caregivers Support Group is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Mercer Island Library.
Boys & Girls Club Register early for all summer camps. Register online at www.mipositiveplace.org for AM/PM Pals, dance camps, Teen and Adventure Travel camps, Summer Scene day camps, and Skyhawk sports camps. Call 232-4548.
Summer Scene Camps for 5- to 9-year-olds are under way. Register online at www.mipositiveplace.org: € Final Five! Monday, Aug. 22, to Monday, Aug. 29. Renton water slides will be the big splash. The cost is $135. Judo Program for all ages is from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $30 per month. Call to register. AM/PM Pals for children in full-day kindergarten through fifth grade. From 6:30 to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Staff members accompany your child to and from the school buses to the three public elementary schools, prepare nutritious snacks, plan arts and crafts, assist with homework, play large-group games, and supervise free play with Legos, board games, computer time and more. Register online at www.mipositiveplace.org or call Sue at 232-4548.
Summer Tutoring: For extra help in reading, math, or study skills, call Laurie Bowles, director of learning at Knowledge Points Tutoring Center, at 232-4548, ext. 107.
Galleries Chamber Art Gallery photography show. Featured photographers: Derek Juhl, a graduate of Mercer Island High School and the University of Washington; and husband and wife team Ron Reeder, who has reinvented an old technology in printing his photos, and Judith Roan, who prefers black and white classic images. The show will run through September. The gallery is at the Chamber of Commerce, 7613 S.E. 27th St.
Maggie LeMoie, Jean Jack and Jim Jaime will be exhibiting their artwork at the Washington Mutual Building through October. Helen Schwedenberg, Dave Tracy, and Don Stewart will be exhibiting their artwork at Island House, 7810 S.E. 30th St. to Nov. 15. JCC Unless noted, all events take place at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. For more information, call 232-7115. Art Reception: "Clickings," fine photography by David Silver, is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Come for wine and refreshments in Kafe Kineret. Online Registration For Fall Programs for kids and adults begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Contact registrar Beth Rosen at 232-7115, ext. 226, or www.sjcc.org.
Healthy Living Forum is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Information on living better with arthritis, including presentations by doctors, coaches and exercise experts. A free light brunch will be served. To register call Karla Anderson at ext. 272. Early Morning Exercise for ages 60-plus is from 7 to 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call Karla Anderson at ext. 272 for more information.
Reunions Mercer Island High School Class of 1965 Reunion is Sept. 10 at the Queen City Yacht Club, 2608 Boyer Ave. East, Seattle. Call 425-644-1044 or 800-954-1044.
Mercer Island High School Class of 1975 Reunion is Sept. 17 at Glendale Golf and Country Club, 13440 Main Street, Medina. Contact Eileen Amon-Kulman at EKulman@aol.com or Becky Giesa-Wilson at email@example.com for more information.
Religion Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Monday mornings Bible study is from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Child-care is provided. Paul Edwards will be the guest speaker on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the 8:15 and 10:35 a.m. services. The church is at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.
Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Summer worship is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Senior brunch is after worship Sunday, Aug. 21. Vacation Bible school for preschool through fifth grade is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, to Friday, Aug. 26, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The first and third Tuesdays the spiritual formation group meets at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 4545 Island Crest Way.
Mercer Island Covenant Church: Services are at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. For additional information call 232-1015, ext. 100. The church is at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.
Christian Science Church: The Christian Science Reading Room is temporarily located at the Christian Science Church at Island Crest Way and S.E. 47th Street. The room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays. Call 232-0175 for more information, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday services are at 8 a.m. (morning prayer) and 9:30 a.m. (Rite II). Adult education continues with movie nights tonight, and Sunday, Aug. 28, and a lecture program on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict on Wednesday, Sept. 14, both at 7 p.m. Yoga class is at 11:45 a.m. Mondays in the chapel. Vacation Bible school will be Monday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 26. The school is offered jointly with the Congregational Church. Call the office of the Episcopal church to register or for information on other programs. The church is at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S. E. E-mail: @emmanuelmi.org. Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: "Men Cooking for Shabbat" is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in the HNT kitchen. The materials fee is $65. Ironmensch HNT's summer triathlon series is at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at HNT. After the event, study, pray and breakfast with Rabbi Rosenbaum. The cost is $10. Israeli dance for families is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. The cost is $5 for adults and free for kids. Call Cindy Droker at 425-641-3288. For more information, contact Herzl-Ner Tamid at 232-8555. The synagogue is at 3700 East Mercer Way. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship and Holy Communion are at 9 a.m. Child-care is provided. At 6 p.m., Wednesday family night begins with worship in the atrium. Dinner will be served from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall followed by movies until 9:30 p.m. Fourth- and fifth-grade dog and car wash is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Parent volunteers are needed. Vacation Bible school is Monday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 26. This year's theme is "Jerusalem Marketplace." Be a counselor! Counselor events: pool party is Sunday, Aug. 21, and beach party, barbecue, service project is Thursday, Aug. 25. Call for times and places. Call Pastor Constance at 232-3270. The church is at 8501 S.E. 40th St. Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Worship is at 10 a.m. Sundays throughout summer. Men's fellowship and prayer meeting is at 9:30 a.m. and women's at 10 a.m., both every Tuesday. The church is at 7070 S.E. 24th St. St. Monica Catholic Church: St. Monica Youth Summer Nights is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday through Aug. 24. Friends of the Needy, FON, will help serve and deliver food to downtown shelters from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Meet in the church kitchen. Spots have opened up for World Youth Day, a two week pilgrimage to Italy, Paris and Germany. For information, contact the youth minister at email@example.com or 232-9829. The church is at 4301 88th Ave. S. E.