This week's events – August 13 – 19

August 12, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from August 13 – 19 on Mercer Island:

Kids’ Weeklong Pastry Cooking Camp

Monday – Friday, August 13 – 17, 9:30 am – 3 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Your child will learn cooking fundamentals and gain confidence in the kitchen during this hands-on weeklong pastry cooking camp for ages 7 – 12. Learn to make savory and sweet treats with Chef Mike using a bit of flour, science, and a lot of love. Sign up using the link below at to reserve your spot.

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Stories at Dragon Park

Tuesday, August 14, Noon – 12:30 pm

Deane’s Children’s Park, 5701 Island Crest Way

This family program is open to kids of all ages. Bring your lunch to the park and enjoy stories while you munch!

Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, August 15 & Friday, August 17, 9 – 10 am

Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

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, August 15, 10:30 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by Island Books’ staff or special guests.

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Wednesday, August 15, 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.

Stuff the Bus with Yogabliss

Wednesday, August 15, 11 am

Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street #174

Yogabliss is partnering with “Communities In Schools – Seattle” to support the annual summer drive to collect school supplies for kids who need them. Please help us “STUFF THE BUS” with everything from backpacks and basic tools to art supplies that help kids be successful in school and in life.

Bring a generous collection of the supplies listed below to our donation drive August 1-14th and put them in the big yellow box at the studio. Your donations will be sorted, counted and distributed to 11 Seattle Schools. Everything you give helps relieve the expensive burden of back-to-school time that lands on families and teachers.

Help kids get the supplies they need: Sturdy Backpacks, Zipper Binders w/ Strap, Composition Notebooks, Graphing & Lined Paper, Mechanical Pencils/Lead, Student planners (small), Folders, Dry Erase Markers, Pencil sharpeners, Graphing Calculators, Sticky Notes, Highlighters, Erasers, Pens, Markers & Colored pencils (No crayons), Paint & Paint brushes, Compass & Protractor, Dividers, Scissors, Printer Paper, Staplers, Boxes of Tissues, Hygiene Items, and Ethnic Hair Care/Deodorant/Feminine hygiene products.

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Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s

Wednesday, August 15, 5 – 9 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Purchase your wine by the glass from a rotating selection of wines. Each glass includes delicious appetizers served buffet-style. No need to purchase tickets for Wine Wednesday.

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Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, August 16, 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]

The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle with Historian Fred Brown

Thursday, August 16, 7 – 8 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Animals rarely appear in urban history books, but cows, horses, pigs, dogs, cats, and other wild creatures have played crucial roles in struggles over property and power in the changing city. Explore the hidden history of Seattle’s animal past and how it may help us think about our animals in the present. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with Mercer Island Historical Society.

Mostly Music in the Park 

Thursday, August 16, 7 – 8:30 pm

Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue SE & SE 32nd Street

Mostly Music in the Park is Mercer Island Arts Council’s annual summer concert series in Mercerdale Park.  Concerts feature various bands and artists from around the region performing a wide variety of music. This week’s featured group is the Ethan Keller Group, a contemporary rock group!

KnitLit: A Crafter Book Group

Friday, August 17, 10:30 am – Noon

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Discuss books and share your knitting, crocheting or crafting techniques with others. All experience levels welcome. This month’s book is My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

Russian Chamber Orchestra Concert in the Park

Saturday, August 18, 5 pm

Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle presents its annual Concert in the Park! This year features the artistry and virtuosity of the young winners of the Russian Piano/Chamber Music Competition. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and all your loved ones and experience the talents of these performers ages 12 – 18. This performance is free and suitable for all ages. Donations are appreciated to support this performance.

Movies in the Park: A Wrinkle in Time

Saturday, August 18, 8:30 – 10 pm

Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street

Join the City of Mercer Island for another great year of movies in Mercerdale. Free family movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. Participants should bring blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights. Movies are canceled during inclement weather, so please call the Mercer Island Community & Event Center at 206-275-7609 to confirm showings on bad weather days. Fun activities and crafts related to the movie will begin an hour before show time. Flashlights, warm blankets, and chairs are encouraged. Refreshments sold on site.

Mercer Island Farmers Market

Sunday, August 19, 10 am – 3 pm

Mercerdale Park, North End, 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

The Mercer Island Farmers Market is open every Sunday from June – October. Say hello to your favorite vendors and kick the season off with us. Enjoy the sunshine and check out the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season, as well as locally made food and drinks, artisan crafts, and fun activities for the whole family. Visit the website for weekly updates and special events.

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Stroum Jewish Community Center

Stroum Jewish Community Center

SJCC Service Event: Dinner at Our House

Sunday, August 19, 5 – 7 pm

SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way

Whisk, simmer, flip, bake, and blend as SJCC cooks a Sunday dinner for homeless teens. This is a great family activity to help make a difference for homeless teens. Dinners are delivered to YouthCare, a Seattle organization working to get homeless teens off the streets and prepared for life. Registration is free, but space is limited, so RSVP early.

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