This week's events – April 17 – 23

April 16, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from April 17 – 23 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 30-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, April 18
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday, April 20
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

April Senior Lunch & Conversation
Tuesday, April 18, 12 – 1 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Share a simple lunch and lively conversation with other interesting folks at the Mercer Island Community Center. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Registration required and transportation is available. Please call 206-275-7609 to register. For more information, search the miRecConnect page with the code #17156.

Poets, Places, & Times: Peter Ludwin and Megan Snyder-Camp
Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books will be hosting a night of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month. Poets Peter Ludwin and Megan Snyder-Camp will be reading from their collections, sharing what Island Books calls “a unique poetic exploration of the past, contemplating the effects Northwest history has on the region and the self.” Their works will be available for purchase at Island Books.
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Reduce Insomnia Stress: How to Create Restful Nights
Tuesday, April 18,  7 – 8:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Sondra Kornblatt, author of Restful Insomnia, will be holding a workshop for adults and seniors at SJCC on reducing insomnia stress and sleeping better. Restore your energy by learning to deeply rest your body, mind, and emotions, so you can get the benefits of sleep and open the door to slumber as well. In this class, you’ll learn the value of deep rest and tips on how to rest at night.

Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, April 19 & Friday, April 21, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Join Mercer Island Parks & Recreation for Community Coffee Hour every Wednesday and Friday! This is a free program for kids, teens, adults, seniors, and families. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee in a fun and engaging atmosphere with people from the community.

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

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by our staff or special guests.
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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art, and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

World Tour Wednesdays: French Market Night
Wednesday, April 19, 4 – 6 pm
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Avenue SE

Join us at the Mercer Island New Seasons Market for a French market experience including wine, cheese and bread from our organic bakery.
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Spring into Health: Healthy Fats with New Seasons Market Nutritionist
Wednesday, April 19, 5 – 6 pm
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Avenue SE

Meet with the nutrition team at New Seasons Market on Mercer Island for a free store tour, packed with nutrition tips and information on foundational tools you’ll need to develop new healthy habits, eat better, and feel great. This week, the theme is about healthy fats. Registration required.
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Rebecca Ross, Author of  Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are
Wednesday, April 19, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join author Rebecca Ross speak on concepts of home, identity, and relationships, from her book Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and is part of the “Everyone’s Talking about It” adult workshop program through the King County Library System.

Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, April 20, 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. The Community & Events Center has 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].

Let’s Start a Conversation… 
Thursday, April 20, 6 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Library (Conference Room), 4400 88th Ave SE

Join Sheldon Sweeney, Financial Adviser, and Mendi Carroll, attorney, for a free, informal roundtable conversation about financial and estate issues that concern families with special needs children and what they should consider in planning and protecting their loved ones. Chat with other parents and/or family members who are dealing with some of the same challenges.

Paula Becker, Author of Looking for Betty MacDonald 
Thursday, April 20, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books is delighted to welcome writer and historian Paula Becker as she reads from and signs copies of her biography, Looking for Betty MacDonald. The first ten people to place an order for the book through our website will get a 10% discount and be invited to meet with the author over drinks and snacks before the event.
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Youth Theatre Northwest presents Chaos Theory 
Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22, 7 pm
Parish Hall Theatre at Emmanuel Church, 4400 86th Ave SE

Improvisational comedy is not as easy as it looks. Youth Theatre Northwest’s improv group Chaos Theory jumps into its 5th season under the direction of Yolanda Suarez. Students will break out of their shells and think outside the box to perform unscripted scenes and stories. Best for ages 9+. Purchase tickets online or at their box office.

Bella Sala String Quartet in Concert

Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm
Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way

Come listen to the Bella Sala String Quartet, featuring guest artist violist Annie Chang Center, in their performance titled “Celebrate the Glorious Viola, Take 2.”

This performance will feature Mozart’s Quintet No. 4, K 516 and Brahms’ Quintet No. 2, Op. 111. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for The Sophia Way Women’s Shelter and Support Programs that assist women from homelessness to independence. Learn more about the organization at

Open Window School Book Fair at Island Books
Saturday, April 22, 9 am – 6 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Support Open Window School by shopping at Island Books any time on Saturday, April 22nd. Mention “Open Window” at checkout and Island Books will donate 20% of your purchase to the school.
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MIPA’s 51st Annual Circus 
Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 2 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St.

Hosted by the Mercer Island Preschool Association, this event is a homespun circus on a grand scale, with music, circus performers, pony rides, bouncy houses, face painting, dunk tank, magician, carnival games, food trucks, and more.You won’t want to miss it! For kids ages 2 – 8 and their families. $15 for all-access wrist bands (parents get in for free).

Earth Day at New Seasons Market
Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 3 pm
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Avenue SE

Join New Seasons Mercer Island for a fun-filled day of Earth Day activities, such as a bee workshop, a recycling event in the parking lot, a kids coloring activity, a seed giveaway, and Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center activities.
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Restoration Event
Saturday, April 22, 11 am – 1 pm
Wildwood Park, 7400 86th Ave SE
Meet: West entrance of park on 86th Ave SE

Each year, Mercer Island citizens donate hundreds of hours of their time to maintain the community’s parks and open spaces: picking up litter, planting trees, cutting down ivy, painting over graffiti, or repairing trails.

Parents’ Night Out!
Saturday, April 22, 5 – 10 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Leave the kids with us – go get dinner, grab a movie, go shopping or enjoy some alone time … you deserve it! Your little minions will have a blast with our staff; eating pizza, watching a movie, doing arts and crafts, and of course, playing a TON of games. Must register seven days prior to course date. Registration is required.

Russian Chamber Music Foundation presents “Rachmaninoff and Paintings” 
Saturday, April 22, 7 pm
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE

MI Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle and their exciting night of music and art. “Rachmaninoff and Paintings” will feature nine local pianists paired with nine original paintings created by local artists. This unique musical adventure will be narrated by KING FM’s own “Golden Voice,” Sean MacLean. There is no charge for this concert, but there will be an opportunity to make a donation. Visit for more information about the foundation.
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The Dybbuk
Sunday, April 23, 2 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Written in 1914 by S. Ansky and first performed by the Vilna Troupe in 1920, The Seattle Jewish Theater Company presents The Dybbuk, a tale of love caught between two worlds and a community dealing with mysterious, other-worldly forces. Performed in English and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass. You can purchase tickets online.
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