Puget Sound Blood Center Blood Drive: 1-7 p.m., July 2, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 1-800-398-7888,


Puget Sound Blood Center Blood Drive: 1-7 p.m., July 2, Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 1-800-398-7888,

Mercer Island Summer Celebration: July 12-13, Mercerdale and Luther Burbank parks. Annual community festival featuring parade, fireworks, arts and crafts, food, car show. Theme: Wild, Wild West.

MIHS Class of 1968 40-Year Reunion: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, MI Beach Club. Graduates’ night: 7 p.m., Sept. 19, Roanoke Inn. Call (425) 644-1044 with your contact information or that of hard-to-find friends.


MIVAL Junior Art Show: July 12-13, Wells Fargo Bank. Submit entries, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 7, at bank; pick up entry forms at bank, Chamber of Commerce, Cascade Frames, MI schools. Colleen Mohn, 232-2136; Genny Rees, 232-6354.

Shakespeare in the Parks: July 10-Aug. 3. “Romeo and Juliet”: 7 p.m., July 10-11, 17-19; 3 p.m., July 20, Luther Burbank Park; and 5 p.m., July 12, Mercerdale Park. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: 7 p.m., July 24-25, 27, 31, Aug. 1-3, Luther Burbank Park. Seattle Shakespeare Co. Wooden O Productions. Free. Jeff Fickes (206) 733-8228 ext. 214,

“PIGS! The Rock Musical”: July 11-20, Youth Theatre Northwest. 7 p.m., Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; 2 p.m., July 17. Alumni reunion on Opening Night. Tickets: $13 ($15 opening night). 232-4145,

Mostly Music in the Park kick-off: Portage Bay Big Band, 7-8:30 p.m., July 20, Mercerdale Park. Free. Beth Brennen, 232-7650.

Volunteer opportunities

Ellis Pond Park Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 14-18. Service opportunity for youth ages 13-18; remove invasive plants, spread woodchips, trail maintenance. Lina Rose, (206) 322.9296 ext. 225. Sign up: Grace McKinney, (206) 826-8929,

Island Crest Park Restoration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 21. Join EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. Tools, gloves, training provided. Please sign up in advance online:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Train to become a volunteer advocate in court for abused, neglected children. Must be at least 21, attend training. (206) 296-1120,,

Volunteers needed: MI Youth & Family Services seeks front desk office volunteers at the Luther Burbank building to provide customer service, staff assistance: 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fridays. Kim Richards, 275-7611;


Estate Planning for Artists: noon-2 p.m., July 10, 911 Media Arts Center, 402 9th Ave. N., Seattle. Speaker: Attorney Jeffrey Grieff. Tickets available in advance or at door for attorneys, paralegals, artists, students. Registration: 800-838-3006, RSVP: Washington Lawyers for the Arts, (206) 328-7053.

Tea Classes: 3 p.m., Sundays, July 13, 20, 27, Avellino Building at 2836 78th Ave. S.E. With Elizabeth Borges. Free tea tastings, recipes. (206) 347-0581,


Teen Photography Club: 7-9 p.m., July 2, first club meeting. Ages 13-16, all skill levels welcome. Bring digital camera. Meets every Wednesday night with occasional field trips. Free.

Probus Club of Mercer Island: 10:30 a.m., July 9, MI Presbyterian Church. Speaker: MI Deputy Mayor and Councilman El Jahncke on rescuing astronauts during the Apollo program. Bob Simonds, 236-2190.

Women Painters of Washington: “Mischief” exhibition, through Aug. 1, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free, open to the public. Reception: 4-6 p.m., July 3.


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. Registration is required.


Computer Classes: “Searching the Internet for Beginners,” 9 a.m., July 10. “Microsoft Word Level I”: 9 a.m., July 17. “Microsoft Word Level II”: 9 a.m., July 24.


Meet the Beetles: 11:30 a.m., July 2. Rowbes presents story about beetle friends who dream about becoming rock stars. Bring lunch.

Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms: 2 p.m., July 8. Ages 4 and up. Karen Haas presents stories on how bugs get out of their troubles.

Rita Hug and the Juggle Bugs: 11:30 a.m., July 9. Presenter: Linda Severt’s Juggletunes.

Bugs Don’t Bug Me: 2 p.m., July 15. Ages 3 and up. Presenter: Cyndi Soup. Stories, songs, imaginative camping adventure.

Buggy Folktales from Around the World: 11:30 a.m., July 16. Ages 3 and up. Presenter: Whitman Story Sampler. Storytelling, music. Bring lunch.

Story Times for Wonderful Ones: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, through July 22. Ages 12 to 23 months with adult.

Story Times for Terrific Twos: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, through July 22. Ages 2-3.

Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, through Aug. 11. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to read with a local literacy-trained teen for one 20-minute session. Drop-in.


Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., July 15. Voice your opinions on library’s teen materials, services, programs.

Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, through Aug. 11. Help a child love reading while making a new friend.

Parks &


Call (206) 275-7609 or register online at to receive a catalog of the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department events. Register for spring/summer activities online. All events are held at the Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV), 8236 S.E. 24th St., unless otherwise specified.

Fun Mobile: through July on Mercer Island. Scavenger Hunt: July 7, 28, Pioneer Park S.E. quadrant. Tie Dye T-shirts: noon-1:30 p.m., July 17, Deane’s Park. Water Wednesdays, Friday prizes. Jess, 275-7882.

MI Writing Club: 9:30-11 a.m., July 7-11. Grades 2-3. Group activities, individual writing and feedback. $151.

Dog Obedience: July 13, 20, 27. Joyce’s Dog Obedience Services, Inc. $96.


Youth Sailing Camps: Jr. Opti Camp, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m., July 7-11, ages 6-8, $226. Opti Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 4-8 and 11-15, ages 8-13, $351. In partnership with Sail Sand Point, at Luther Burbank Park.

Youth Kayak Camps: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m., July 21-25 and Aug. 25-29. Ages 11-15. $301.

Adult Kayak Tours: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., July 19; 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 23. $71.

Specialized Recreation Day Sails: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., July 25 and Aug. 22. Dannie, 275-7891. $21.

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Caregivers Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m., July 3, Slater Room.

Parkinson Disease Caregivers Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m., July 10, Health Room.

Senior Commission: 7-8:30 p.m., July 17.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday mornings. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. $1.

Senior lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: 275-7895, ext. 2. $4.25.

Volunteers needed: Parks & Rec. needs help with the Senior Transportation Program. Jeannette, 275-7841.

Summer Camps

Nate Robinson Basketball Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 29-Aug. 1, CCMV. For ages 6-16. $275. Registration deadline: July 25. 275-7609.

Youth Theatre Northwest Camps: through Aug. 29, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Week-long summer camps with half-day or full-day options for ages 3-18. Creative drama, acting foundation. 232-4145,

Kamp Rock: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday through August, CCMV. Ages 6-11. Arts and crafts, games, swimming, field trips. $185. 275-7609.

Little Champs Sports Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday through August, Island Crest Park. Ages 4-7. $82. 275-7609.

Itsy Bitsy Islanders: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday through August, W. Mercer Elementary. Ages 3-5. $125. 275-7609.

Boys &

Girls Club

All events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register: 232-4548,

Rock Shop: 4 p.m., Mondays. Jam session for beginners. 9 classes/$189.

MI Judo Dojo: practices 6:15-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Instructor: Harold Yamada.

Registration for Summer Camps: now open, Summer day camps for ages 5-14 include games, arts and crafts, cooking, field trips, special events. Activities: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Voyager and Explorer Day Camps: Grades K-3. Adventure Camps: Grades 4-5. Teen Travel Camps: Grades 6-8. Skyhawk Sports, Spanish Language, Art, Science Adventure camps.


Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. 4545 Island Crest Way, (206) 232-7800,,

Congregation Shevet Achim: Shabbat services, 9 a.m. between Sukkot, Pesach; 9:30 a.m. between Pesach, Sukkot. Northwest Yeshiva High School sanctuary, 5017 90th Ave. S.E.; President Rich Gilmore, (206) 232-1060.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday worship services/Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist: 5 p.m., chapel. Emmanuel Children’s Breakfast: 9 a.m. Children’s Choir: 9:30 a.m. Adult Education: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Choir rehearsal: 10 a.m., loft. Tai Chi classes: Mondays through July 7. Layweeders Volunteer Gardeners: 10-12 a.m., Monday. Family Summer Program: Praying as a Family, 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; dinner; $40/family, scholarships available. Accepting NW Harvest food donations. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572,

First Church of Christ, Scientist: services and Sunday School, 10 a.m. S.E. 47th & Island Crest Way. Wednesday meetings: 7:30 p.m. Childcare available. Reading Room: open weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 7605 S.E. 27th St. 232-0175,

First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: Christian Education, 9:15 a.m. Worship: 10:40 a.m., Sundays, Fireside Room. Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. (206) 232-5595.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: services, 6 p.m., Fridays and 9:15 a.m., Saturdays. Daily Minyan: 7 a.m. Minyan at 9 a.m. on Sundays, secular holidays. Pre-Neg: 5:30 p.m., Fridays. 3700 E. Mercer Way. (206) 232-8555,

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship service, 9 a.m. No Sunday School. 8501 S.E. 40th St. 232-3270.

Latter Day Saints Mormon Church: Sacrament meeting, 9 a.m. Sunday School: 10:10 a.m. Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women: 11:10 a.m. 4001 Island Crest Way. 236-2957.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: summer worship services, 9:30 a.m., Sundays. Sunday children’s program and one adult class: 9:30 a.m. Call for details about summer activities for youth. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 232-1015, ext. 100,

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship — Breakfast Service, 8:15 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:35 a.m.; Evening Service, 5 p.m. ONE worship service (no Christian Education): 10 a.m., July 6, potluck to follow. Ice Cream Social: 7-8:15 p.m., July 16; all ages, Jon Jenkins to lead piano sing-along. Cutthroat Lakes Hike: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 19, meet at MIPC. Young Adults BBQ: 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Paul and Devon Barrett’s home. Men’s Open Gym Pick-Up Basketball: 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, all are welcome. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 232-5595,

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: summer Sunday worship schedule: 10 a.m. Childcare available. No Sunday School. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044,

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 10 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). Church Camp: “Dive in, Go Deep, Have Fun,” July 13-17, Warm Beach Christian Camp; grow in a deeper walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. 275-1042,

Redeemer Lutheran Church: worship and kids’ services, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study: 11 a.m. All are welcome. Redeemer is handicap-accessible. Worship is uplifting, joyful. 6001 Island Crest Way. Pastor Bill Clements, 232-1711,

St. Monica Catholic Church: RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation Adults), 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays, St. Monica School Library, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. Childcare provided. Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.