This week’s events – April 2 – 8

April 2, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events from April 2 – 8 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 2
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, April 3
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, April 4
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 2, 6 pm 
City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St

City Council will hold their regular meeting on the first and third Tuesday of the month. You can watch the meeting live!

Parent Edge screening of the film, LIKE
Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening? LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us and help us self-regulate. Join us for a resource fair from 6:30-7 pm. The film starts at 7 pm. A panel discussion and Q&A follow the film. Panelists include Jo Langford, therapist, sex-educator and author; Christy Keating, CEO Savvy Parents Safe Kids; and Blake DeYoung, Principal, Bellevue Christian School.

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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, April 3, 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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Wine Wednesday
Wednesday, April 3, 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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Lenten Community Service Project
Wednesday, April 3, 6:15 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 SE 40th Street

Looking for more ways to get involved and give back to the community? Join us each Wednesday during the season of Lent for our Lenten community service projects. All ages welcome! This week we will be assembling fidget kits for Wonderland Kids. Please RSVP by email to Melissa.

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Parent Edge presents Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents
Wednesday, April 3, 7 pm
Islander Middle School, 7447 84th Ave SE

Free event for adults/parents only. Learn evidence-based prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. Like first aid and CPR, this valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities.

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CPR classes with AED
Wednesday, April 3, 7 – 9 pm | Sunday, April 7, 9 am – 2 pm
Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave SE

The CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking. Upon completion of this course, students receive a Completion Card that is valid for two years. There are 2 classes offered: Infant, Child, & Adult CPR on April 3 and First Aid & Adult CPR on April 7.



Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
Thursday, April 4, Noon – 1 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

The Chamber is honored to welcome Meara Clark, President and Founder of Work with Candor, to the next membership luncheon. Meara is a savvy leadership coach. Clients that work with her report more confidence in giving/receiving feedback, influencing others, and making tough decisions. Clients appreciate her straight-forward approach to the complexity inherent in human change management.

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, April 4, 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 at Barrels Wine Bar
Thursday, April 4, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Stop by for a glass of wine and listen to some great music by Patrick Daugherty.

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First Fridays with Friends: Latkes with a Librarian!
Friday, April 5, 10:45 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Bring your kids of all ages and enjoy interactive games during Indoor Playground, snacks and a special guest who will join in on the play!

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


Stories & Sing-Alongs in Leap’s Pad
Friday, April 5, 11:30 am – 12 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Join the mascot, Leap the Frog, on the first Friday of each month to sing songs and tell stories with Nancy Stewart and Sue Anderson in Leap’s Pad! Through music and stories, explore and learn about nature and the environment in the nature themed children’s play area.

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

Suzanne Zahr Anniversary Party
Friday, April 5, 5 – 8 pm
Suzanne Zahr, 2441 76th Ave SE

Join us as we celebrate our 3rd Anniversary! The SZ Gallery proudly presents a display of talented photographers selected during PICHA’s annual call to artists. This year’s topical theme is “AfroFuturism” – a movement in literature, music, and art featuring futuristic or science fiction themes, which incorporate elements of black history and culture. The drive behind this project comes from one of PICHA’s core brand values, empowering African photographers and proving that local creatives produce work worthy of global attention. Come & enjoy signature wines from Northwest Cellars and seasonal bites by Caruccio’s. A culturally rich evening to remember, not to be missed!

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Treasures in Miniature Art Show
Friday, April 5, 5 – 8 pm
MIVAL, 2836 78th Ave SE

Join us for our 9th Annual Treasures in Miniature Art Show.  This show is rapidly becoming our most popular show and is open to MIVAL members and non-members. We are grateful to the community and artists who create such a wonderful event!  The reception starts at 5 pm and prizes will be awarded at 7 pm.

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First Friday Art Walk
Friday, April 5

Come out for Mercer Island’s First Friday Art Walk. Art galleries on Mercer Island will be hosting their art walk events on the first Friday of the month (and some have free wine!). Clarke + Clarke, MIVAL Gallery, SZ Gallery, and Barrels Wine Bar will be participating.

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

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MIVAL Gallery
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE

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Barrels Wine Bar
Hours: 5 – 9 pm
7605 SE 27th Street

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Classics on Film: My Best Friend (Mon Meilleur Ami)
Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave SE

The Classics on Film series, sponsored by the Arts Council & Mercer Island Sister City Association, celebrates the amazing variety of chess-themed cinema with the film, My Best Friend. Film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce and lead a Q&A following the film and all screenings are free and open to the public.  Enjoy wine and cheese starting at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Aljoya.



Restoration Event
Saturday, April 6, 10 am – 2 pm
Clark Beach, 7700 East Mercer Way

Join EarthCorps, Mercer Island Parks & Recreation, and community members to continue working in this great park. Clarke Beach is located on the shores of Lake Washington and hosts a wide variety of activities such as swimming, hiking and picnicking. The forested area of this park has received lots of help over the years, but still needs some work!


PJ Story Time with Nancy Stewart
Saturday, April 6, 6 – 6:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

This month’s storyteller and musical guest is Nancy Stewart. Geared especially for children ages 3 and up; refreshments will be served.

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Reading with Rover
Sunday, April 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Build reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog in a welcoming environment. Reading with Rover is a community-based literacy program working with schools and libraries throughout the greater Seattle area. Space is limited and there will be a sign-up sheet at the door.


Dance Classes: Waltz & Latin
Monday, April 8, 7:30 – 8:30 pm | 8:35 – 9:35 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Join world-class dance teacher Ari Levitt for a beginner dance series this winter. No partner needed! Learn to effortlessly glide across the floor with cross-step waltz and fun patterns like shadow waltzing in “Intro to Shadow Waltzing.”  Stay for “A Fun Swing Sampler” and learn Lindy hop, east coast swing, shag, and more!

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