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IslandVision MI Farmers Market Community Meeting: 7 p.m., July 24, MI library. Callie, 232-8402.
Mercer Island firefighters will be using their boots on Thursday, July 24, to help local adults and children with neuromuscular diseases in the 53rd annual “Fill the Boot” drive. Firefighters will be at 40th & Island Crest Way on Mercer Island from 7 to 11 a.m. Motorists are encouraged to donate cash and checks to help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The money raised will support research, clinic services, equipment and a week-long summer camp for kids. “Fill the Boot” events throughout King County will contribute more than $150,000 to these services this year alone.
Puget Sound Blood Drives: 1-7 p.m., July 18, Mercer Island Covenant Church Fellowship Hall, 3200 78th Ave. S.E.; 1-7 p.m., July 21, Farmers New World Life, 3003 77th Ave. S.E. 1-800-398-7888, www.psbc.org.
Pat Sprague of Mercer Island was recently awarded an Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the local community. With this award comes a $500 grant from The Allstate Foundation to the nonprofit organization at which he volunteers.
A court hearing regarding a lawsuit filed last Thursday against Tent City coming to Mercer Island has been postponed. The hearing was previously scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. Monday July 14. The hearing has not yet been rescheduled.
Cause remains under investigation
Promising Islanders a rematch featuring a stronger and better challenger, GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi made a campaign stop on Mercer Island earlier today, sharing his plans to make Washington the “worst place to be a criminal and the best place to start a business.”
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, www.psbc.org.
Backyard pools and spas are the most common site for drowning of small children, but a recent Washington state code requires homes with pools and spas to have proper barriers for children. Beginning July of last year, all new private pools and spas in Washington must have barriers. The regulation applies only to new pools and spas, but these safer standards are recommended for older pools and spas as well.
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: www.earthcorps.org.
“Tonight we honor a fixture in our community who has been involved in almost everything for decades,” said Mayor Jim Pearman June 16 in naming Jim Trombold Mercer Island Citizen of the Year. In addition to being a respected physician and Rotarian, Trombold has been a community activist, environmentalist and defender of MI parks.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported that consumer prices in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area increased 0.7 percent for two months, ending in April 2008. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for transportation. From April 2007 to April 2008, overall prices rose 3.4 percent, while the all-items less food and energy index increased 2.6 percent.
The Mercer Island Yoga Community is sponsoring a Yogathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 17 at the CCMV to benefit Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. All levels of experience are welcome. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. A minimum donation of $20 is suggested. If you are interested in being a sponsor call 275-7751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate spring with fresh, healthy and locally grown produce and other agricultural products as King County farmers markets open for the season.
More than 90 percent of high school seniors in Washington state met the WASL requirement for high school graduation this spring.
One of the nation’s biggest names in real estate, Sotheby’s International Realty, will be launching a new office in downtown Bellevue this week, tapping into western Washington’s luxury property market.