Third Thursday Community Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., June 19, MI Town Center. Look for orange balloons. Theme: “Color MI Beautiful.”

Third Thursday Community Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., June 19, MI Town Center. Look for orange balloons. Theme: “Color MI Beautiful.”

IslandVision Farmers Market Community Meeting: 7 p.m., June 19, MI library. Callie, 232-8402.

Youth Theatre Northwest Camps: June 23, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Week-long camps with half-day/full-day options. For ages 3-18. Creative drama, acting foundation, specialty camps. 232-4145 ext. 100,

Clarke Beach Volunteer Opportunity: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 26. Join EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. for urban forest restoration. Tools, gloves, training provided. Sign up:

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk: 9 a.m., June 28, Mercer Island High School track. Registration: 8-9 a.m. Benefits the new Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish/Cherry Hill in Seattle. Individuals’ pre-registration fee: $25. Teams: group of five or more. Register: (206) 320-7162,

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,

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

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.

Mercer Island School District Preschool Program: openings available for fall 2008. For ages 3-5. Pick up forms at West Mercer Elementary School. $300/month. Leslie Waters, 236-3329.

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;


“Life and Drama after High School”: 7 p.m., June 18, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. A panel of college and post-grad Youth Theatre Northwest alumni meet with high school students interested in pursuing drama after graduation. Free.

Washington Health Care Caucus: Town hall meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 19, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle. Healthy Washington Coalition invites the community to discuss Washington health care issues and reform. Free.

Wellness Lecture Series: “Home Safety,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., June 26. Speaker: MI police officer Jennifer Franklin, on crime prevention, identity theft. Free, open to the public. Kathy Hutchinson; 232-7115 ext. 273,

Hammer & Nails Kids’ School of Woodworking Workshops: Classes available this week and next week at Mercer Island Montessori School. Learn how to use hand tools to build a project out of wood. Materials, safety gear provided. Ages 4-5, $75. Ages 6-10, $85. Register: Brad Meyer, Montessori teacher and craftsman, (425) 562-3071,


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.

“Mischief” exhibition: through Aug. 1, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free, open to the public.


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.


Get Organized – Get Writing: 7 p.m., June 18. Speaker: Alexis Morgan, bestselling author, on how to get organized to write, and setting goals to achieve success in your writing career.


Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, June 23-Aug. 11. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to read with a local literacy-trained teen for one 20-minute session. Drop-in.

Incredible Insects: 2 p.m., June 24. Presented by Pacific Science Center. Ages 5 and up. Explore the world of insects and see a live Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Learn to use a microscope and how to separate insects from arthropods. Limited space.

Beetlemania: 7 p.m., June 26. Presented by Brian Waite Band. Ages 3 and up. “Beetle Brian,” “Termite Todd,” “Cricket Clif” perform at the legendary “Twigstock” peace festival.


Girls vs. Guys – How to Draw Manga Bodies: 3:30 p.m., June 18. Learn Manga-style drawing basics from NDP Comics.

Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, June 23-Aug. 11. Help a child love reading while making a new friend.

Game On: 7 p.m., June 24. Wii, PS2, GameCube, Mario Kart, DDR, Super Smash Brothers, Wii Sports, Guitar Hero.

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.

Dog Obedience: June 22, July 13, 20, 27. Joyce’s Dog Obedience Services, Inc. No dogs the first night. $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

Senior Commission: 7-8:30 p.m., June 19.

Low Vision Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m., June 26, Calkins Room.

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

Call 275-7609 to sign up. Camps begin during the week of June 23.

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

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

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

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.


All events are located at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Please contact Roni Antebi at (206) 232-7115 ext. 269 or to RSVP and register for all events.

Birthdays and Bingo: 12:30 p.m., June 19. Join your friends in celebration of their birthdays, anniversaries, simchas. Bingo prizes, complimentary massage.

Bellevue Arts Museum Lecture: 12:30 p.m., June 23. Speakers: Peggy Ostrander and Sharon Shimatani, BAM Speaker’s Bureau docents, on BAM’s past 60 years. Art pieces to be introduced: Sherry Markovitz’ career retrospective of paintings, sculptures; Anna Skibska’s linear glass compositions; Mandy Greer’s theatrical creations.

Poker game: 12:30-3 p.m., June 24.

Casino Trip – Clearwater: 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 25, meet at JCC. Transportation: $1/JCC members; $2/non-JCC members.

Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Fridays, Polack Lounge. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Fridays, Room 200. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.


Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. Adult Education: 9 a.m., Sundays. High School Youth Group/Sunday School: 6 p.m. 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 rehearsal: 9:30 a.m. Adult Education: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Summer Choir begins June 22; 10 a.m. rehearsal, Choir Loft. Tai Chi classes: Mondays through July 7. Family Summer Program: Praying as a Family, 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 16, 23, 30; dinner served; learn how to talk about faith, pray in the home; participants from any faith tradition welcome; $40/family (scholarships available). Layweeders Volunteer Gardeners: 10-12 a.m., Monday. Healing Service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday. Tea & Talk Knitting Group: 2 p.m., Thursday. Accepting Northwest 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 schedule, 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. (childcare available). Sunday School/education hour: 9 a.m. Vacation Bible School “Justice & Grace”: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 18-22 (preschoolers: 9 a.m.-noon); $85/grades K-5. $50/preschool; registration forms available at church and Web site. 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. Summer Hike: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 21, destination TBA. Senior Road Trip (Super 60s & Beyond): 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 25, to Snoqualmie Pass. Young Adults BBQ: 6-7:30 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: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Childcare available. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044,

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 10 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). Children’s VeBS (Bible School): “Building a Sure Foundation,” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., weekdays, June 23-27. Men’s Brunch: 10 a.m., June 28. 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.