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Crest Plant Sale: Annual sale is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, to June 3, at Crest Learning Center, 4150 86th Ave. S.E.

All Island Garage Sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the North Mercer gym.

Rummage Sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. Monica's Church, 4301 88th S.E. St. to benefit the World Youth Day Fund.

IslandBooks Spring/Summer Storytelling: at 11 a.m. Saturdays. May 21, Roger Page, the man behind Island Books, will be the storyteller.

Book Signing by local author Jeffrey J. Pritchard for his recent novel, ``The Seventh Jewel,'' is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Island Books.

Information Forum for Parents regarding incoming Mercer Island High School freshman is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, in the library presentation room at the school. A panel of students, staff and parents will answer the most frequently asked questions about life for freshmen. Call Barb Shephard at 232-0876 or Beverly van Hartesvelt at 232-2650.

City of Mercer Island Spring Recycling Event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St.

Scholastic Book Fair is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, through Thursday, May 26, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the Island Park Elementary Library. Books for all ages. Proceeds go to the Island Park PTA. Everyone is welcome.

Seattle Storm players will make an appearance at Islander Middle School Monday, May 23, during intermission between the middle school girls versus teachers and high school girls versus teachers games. Call Christa Lilly at 232-5688.

The Mercer Island Sister City Association is co-hosting an open house and business card exchange with the French American Chamber of Commerce from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at ``Versailles in Seattle,'' a new shop at 903 Western Ave. in Seattle. Hors d'oeuvres and wine. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. R.S.V.P. to 443-4703.

Veteran's Recognition Public Art Project ``Standing Strong'' will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at Mercerdale Park. Bring lunch and stay for music after the ceremonies.

Islander Girls Soccer Summer Camp is Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29, at Mercer Island High School stadium field. For incoming sixth- to eighth-graders, from 10 a.m. to noon, and for ninth- to 12th-graders, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $110 per player. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. E-mail coach Bryan Mazza at bryanm@mazzafamily.com.

Clubs

All Island Book Club & Classics on Film presents: ``Shakespeare: An Authorship Debate'' at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Mercer Island Library.

Friends of Luther Burbank Park will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at the Mercer Island Library.

The ProBus Club of Mercer Island will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Presbyterian Church. The speaker will be Dr. Dan McDougall who spent four weeks in Indonesia after the recent tsunami and served in Serbia as a member of Northwest Medical Teams International. The public is welcome.

Mercer Island Preschool Association presents:

? Soundbridge Storytelling at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 19. Enjoy stories and songs with Bryan. Children will play the cello, piano, drums and more. To R.S.V.P. call Erinann at 232-9662 or erinann.childress@verizon.net.

? Explore Dragon Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Deane's Children Park, or, if raining, at Mercer Island Library common room.

? Folktales by Margaret Read MacDonald is at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Emmanuel Episcopal narthex. Presented by Mercer Island High School advanced acting ensemble Dreamstate Productions.

Sons of Norway meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 S.E. 24th St.

Mercer Island Radio Operators meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the north-end fire station. It is a volunteer organization that 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. The library will be closed Memorial Day Monday, May 30.

Free Homework Help for all students fourth through eighth grades provided by older teens, from 2 to 5:45 p.m. Mondays through June 13 in the small conference room. No appointment necessary.

Island Tales of Enchantment Writing Contest open to 10- to 12-, 13- to 15-, and 16- to 19-year-olds. Write a short story, under 501 words. Each first place winner from the age groups will have their story published in the Mercer Island Reporter and win an iPod shuffle! Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, June 3. Send entries to Mercer Island Public Library, c/o Daniel Masler, Enchanted Island Writing Contest, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. Winners will be announced Friday, July 15, at the Potterfest outdoor film event in Mercerdale Park. Categories will be first and second places each for all ages. Runners-up also will be honored.

``Read Three, Get One Free!'' for 12- to 18-year-olds. Read three books, write three short reviews and get a new paperback book free. Books read for school count for this program. Check with the library or www.kcls.org/read3 for more information and to register.

Talk Time English Conversation Class is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For adults of all languages. Improve your English conversation skills and meet new friends.

Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds summer reading program will begin after June 1. Bring your child to the library to sign up. There will be free programs, prizes and drawings as children read through the summer. Call the library for information.

Classes

Fishing Techniques for Lake Washington taught by Roger Urbaniak from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the north fire station. The cost is $12. Call Parks & Rec at 36-3545 for reservations or more information.

Information/support meetings for Mercer Island teens and parents experiencing the effects of teen suicide are from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, to June 4, at Bellefield Office Park. Space is limited. There is no charge. Call Vidya Vara @423-7909 or fax her at 232-0095 with questions.

Moving Your Career Forward is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, and Tuesday, June 28, at Herzl-Ner Tamid. A two-session workshop, led by Gary Kanter, Jewish Family Services Vocational Guidance counselor and nationally published career writer. Contact Marjorie Schnyder at 206-461-3240 ext. 3146 to register.

Parks & Rec

The following are programs run by the Parks & Recreation Department. For locations, go to www.miparks.net or call 236-3545.

League gymnastics is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, to Aug. 24, at the Mercer Island High School gymnastics room. The cost is $375.

Weight Loss With Hypnosis is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, May 19 to June 2, at the Boys & Girls Club. The cost is $81.

All Island Garage Sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the North Mercer gym.

Pilates Level 1 is from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, May 25 to June 22, at the Boys & Girls Club; Level 2 is from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $62.

Boys & Girls Club

Register early for all of the 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.

Growing up Male for fourth- through seventh-graders is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 19. For sons and their dads or moms. The fee is $15.

The Boys & Girls Club Spring Event: Saturday Night Fever is at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Boys & Girls Club gym. The 1970s band, The Afrodisiacs, will provide live dance music following dinner and an auction. The cost is $150 per couple. Contact Jeremy Peck at jpeck@positiveplace.org for information or tickets.

Judo program for all ages is from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $30 per month. Call 232-4548 to register.

Late Night for grades six through 12 is from 7 to 11 p.m. every Saturday. Come by for basketball, movies, video games, music and pizza. The cost is $3.

Seniors

All support groups, with the exception of the stroke group, meet at the Mercer Island Library. For locations or more information, check www.miparks.net or call 236-3545.

Caregivers support group is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Solemates will walk from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. today. The cost is $2. Meet at Luther Burbank Park main parking lot.

Musical Variety Show ``Cause for Joy'' for senior adults and their families is at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Farmers Life Insurance Building, 3003 78th S.E. St. Free admission. Refreshments will be provided.

The Strivers Monthly Lecture is at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the Mercer Island Library meeting room. The speaker is Ben Haslund, M.D. He will lecture on ``Optimal Health.''

Crafts On Your Own for seniors is from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, at Covenant Shores lodge. Bring your favorite craft hobby and meet new friends. The cost is $3.50.

Trip to Secret Gardens of the Skagit is from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The cost is $60. Call 236-3545 for reservations.

Galleries

Mercer Island Visual Art League's Junior Art Show registration for students in kindergarten through 12th grade is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Wells Fargo Bank, 3001 78th Ave. S.E. Participants may pick up entry forms after June 1 at Wells Fargo Bank and the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. Anyone interested in sponsoring an award should contact Genny Rees at 232-6354 or Dorothy Liberty at 328-3231.

The Chamber Art Gallery's one-woman show with Genny Rees, ``Master of Flowers,'' will run through June. The gallery is at the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7612 S.E. 27th St. Call 232-3404 for information.

Religion

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Adult ministries classes continue: Monday mornings Bible study for women is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room, studying the lectionary passage to be preached on the following Sunday. Super 60s & Beyond will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the Fireside Room. Guest speaker is John Hackett. Lunch will be served. Suggested donation is $5. Vacation Bible school ``Shouting in the Hush Arbor'' is from 1 to 3:15 p.m., July 11 to July 15. Young mothers are welcome to Moms & Tots, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Fridays. This is a program with fellowship, Bible study and education. Childcare is provided. Baccalaureate, an interfaith community celebration, is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the sanctuary. A reception will follow. The church is at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Weavers Women's Group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the sanctuary. The church is at 4545 Island Crest Way.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: All are welcome at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday for community dinner. The cost is $3 per person. Childcare is available. Vacation Bible camp is from Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29. The theme is ``Serengeti Trek.'' Registration begins Sunday, May 29. The camp is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grades. The church is at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday services are at 8 a.m. (Rite I) and 10 a.m. (Rite II.) Children's music program and adult education are at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to join our ``Layweeders'' in the Emmanuel gardens from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday. Come prepared to weed, prune and chat! The old office building will be remodeled into the Phil Lorenzen Teen Center. Usable furniture and appliances are solicited. Call Patricia at the church office if you have a donation. For information on church programs call 232-1572 or e-mail the church at mail@emmanuelmi.org. The church is at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S.E.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: ``Men cooking for Shabbat'' will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in the HNT kitchen. Materials fee is $65. For more information, contact Herzl-Ner Tamid at 232-8555. The synagogue is at 3700 East Mercer Way.

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, at 11 a.m. Sundays, and at 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 232-0175 for more information, or e-mail fccsmi@attglobal.net.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Worship services are Sunday at 8 a.m. in the chapel and at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary, with Holy Communion at both services. Wednesday family night starts with dinner at 5:45 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided. The men's Bible study and breakfast group meets at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Fellowship Hall. Knitters/Crocheters meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the atrium. May 22 at 9 a.m. there will be a semiannual congregational meeting. The church is at 8501 S.E. 40th St. It is open Monday through Friday until 5 p.m.

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Men's fellowship and prayer meetings are at 9:30 a.m. and women's fellowship and prayers are at 10 a.m., both every Tuesday. Family Retreat ``God's Circle of Life'' is Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, at Indianola. Call 232-3044 for registration. The church is at 7070 S.E. 24th St. Call 232-3044 for more information.

Congregation Shevet Achim: For more information or for Shabbat dinner reservations, call 275-1539, or visit the Web site at www.shevetachim.com. Congregation Shevet Achim is at 5017 90th Ave. S.E. in Northwest Yeshiva High School.

St. Monica Catholic Church: Married couples potluck is at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Call 232-9829 for more information. Special adult education ``Corpus Christi'' presentation with Mauricio Perez: ``Understanding the Bread of Life'' is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, and Sunday, May 29, in the School Commons. St. Monica Youth All Island Dance is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 20, at St. Monica's. The church is at 4301 88th S.E. St.

Redeemer Lutheran Church: The church is at 6001 Island Crest Way. For information call Pastor Bill at 232-1711 or go to www.RedeemerLutheranChurch.

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