This week’s events – April 16 – 22

April 16, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events from April 16 – 22 on Mercer Island:

Story Times at the Library
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join the Mercer Island Children’s Librarian for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun in these programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, April 16
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, April 17
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, April 18
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, April 15 – 21

Stop by and check out the art currently on display at the art galleries around Mercer Island!

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

“Poetic Embellishment” – paper vessels by Nobel Golden & paintings by Agnes Lee

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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

“AfroFuturism” – photography

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MIVAL Gallery
Avellino Building 2836 78th Ave SE

“Treasures in Miniature” – a small format art show

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Mercer Island Community & Event Center Gallery
8236 SE 24th Street

“Outside the Lines” – Paintings by Seattle Co~Arts

Youth in High Achieving Schools Survey (HASS) findings presentation
Tuesday, April 16, 6 to 7:30 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St

Dr. Suniya Luthar, Executive Director of Authentic Connections, is visiting Mercer Island April 16th and 17th and will present an overview of findings from the March 2019 High Achieving Schools Survey (HASS) at the Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center.

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Chamber Coffee – Retail Improvement Discussion
Wednesday, April 17, 10 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 109

Calling all retailers – restaurants, beauty, fitness, art… Join the Chamber in a collaborative session to discuss, plan and execute on ideas to help the Mercer Island retail sector continue to grow and prosper.

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Storybook Corner with Karen Robbins
Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by local author Karen Robbins. Her read-aloud session will be inspired by her new book I Think I Can. Karen Robbins is an award-winning children’s author, book/toy designer, and educator who specializes in the young child. She holds a master’s of education degree. Rachael Brunson holds a BFA from Northwest College of Art and Design and lives in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Wine Wednesday
Wednesday, April 17, 5 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Stop by for the community-inspired Wine Wednesday.  When you purchase your wine by the glass or bottle from our rotating selection of wines, you may enjoy an aperitivo-style buffet on our 21 foot curved countertop.

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, April 18, 4 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Drop by for an afternoon of board games, video games, playing pool or ping-pong, and hanging out. There’s a huge selection of games, and the staff is always up to taking on a new competitor. Games include: Codenames, Mission Red Planet, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Connect 4, Monopoly, and more. Free for ages 7 – 14.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected]



Live Music
Thursday, April 18, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Have a glass of wine and listen to some great music with “… All That Jazz!”

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Opera Preview: Carmen by Georges Bizet
Thursday, April 18, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Theodore Deacon presents a preview of Carmen, just perhaps the world’s favorite opera. Carmen has it all: passion, vivid characters, high drama–and show-stopping music. What more can one ask for? Mr. Deacon’s preview contains recorded musical excerpts.

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Restoration Event
Saturday, April 20, 11 am – 1 pm
Wildwood Park, 3009 77th Ave SE

Meet at: West entrance of park on 86th Ave SE

Volunteer and restore Mercer Island parks and open spaces for future generations, create strong community and promote health and wellness.



PJ Arabic Story Time with Laila Taji
Saturday, April 20, 6 – 6:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Laila Taji will be leading a 30-minute story time at Island Books. She is the local author of These Chicks (هالصيصان), a beloved nursery rhyme, well-known in the Levant; much like “Hey Diddle Diddle” in the States. The author will play interactive games and sing songs in Arabic, as well as read her book. It will be great for all ages but geared towards 18 month – 4 year olds.

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Talk Time
Monday, April 22, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Improve your speaking and listening skills in this conversation group for English language learners. Walk-ins welcome.


Mixed Media Art Studio with Genny Rees
Monday, April 22, 1 – 4 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Bring your own supplies, and join other artists in a bright, lakeview room to work on your art! MIVAL’s own Genny Rees facilitates this non-instructional, weekly studio at the Community Center. Meet other creators, and connect over your love for art. Please use non-toxic materials. $10 Drop in fee.

Register at or 206.275.7609.


Dance Classes: Country Two-Step & Dance the Blues
Monday, April 22, 7:30 – 8:30 pm | 8:35 – 9:35 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Are you ready to upgrade your country two-step skills? Join us for Two Step classes! These classes are great for couples, singles, dancers, and non-dancers alike. No partner or experience necessary.

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