This week's events – August 20 – 26

August 19, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from August 20 – 26 on Mercer Island:

Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, August 22 & Friday, August 24, 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 22, 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 22, 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.

Tween Summer Book Club

Wednesday, August 22, 4 – 6 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Stop by to chat with teen librarian, Carrie Bowman, and former IMS teacher, Mrs. Behnke, about books you are reading this summer. They can’t wait to hear about your favorites! They’ll share their summer reading treats and the famous cookie bar treats, too. Come get some ideas for your own reading — no need to share if you don’t want to. Drop by the meeting room any time during the event. Incoming 6th graders welcome!

Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s

Wednesday, August 22, 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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Beading for a Cause

Wednesday, August 22, 6 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

A genuine mitzvah project: make beaded jewelry for women living in Seattle shelters so they can rebuild self-confidence. SJCC is joining with Project DVORA at Jewish Family Service, which is dedicated to domestic violence outreach, response, and advocacy. Space is limited. This event costs $10 for members and $15 for guests.

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Storytelling/Story Sharing Workshop

Thursday, August 23, 10:30 am – Noon

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

“How do I read and share stories with children? Children don’t sit still – how can I read to them? How do I know what kind of story is right to read?”

If these questions have crossed your mind, join the MI Library for a brief workshop on storytelling and story time. Ms. Linda has been sharing stories for many years and wants to help you share the fun of reading aloud to children. Teachers, parents, grandparents, and all adults interested in sharing the wonderful world of stories are invited. No registration necessary.

SixThirTeens Kick-Off Event + Fill Backpacks

Thursday, August 23, 11 am – Noon

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Kick off the school year by getting to know the SixThirTeens, a group of community service-minded 6th-12th graders! Join SJCC for donuts and snacks from 11 am to noon to learn more about this philanthropy program. Then, stick around to help them assemble backpacks full of school supplies to donate to low-income families in need at Leschi Elementary School (bagels and snacks provided).

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Car Wash and BBQ – Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association

Thursday, August 23, 1 – 3 pm

Sunrise of Mercer Island, 2959 76th Ave SE

Sunrise of Mercer Island will be hosting a Car Wash and BBQ in preparation for this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Help them raise money to help support the Alzheimer’s Association to further their care, support, and research efforts.

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Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, August 23, 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]

Wellness Strategies Primer with Dr. Dirk Farrell

Thursday, August 23, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

OsteoStrong Mercer Island, 7803 SE 27th St, Suite 176

OsteoStrong Mercer Island presents “It’s Not Too Late,” a wellness primer for everyone. Dr. Dirk Farrell of Align Wellness will cover strategies for wellness, both general and specific. Subjects covered include nutrition, strength, and conditioning programs for all ages. You will walk away with great information on current scientifically proven methods to improve both performance and longevity, on your terms. Refreshments will be served and there is no charge for this event. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended by visiting their website.

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Restoration Event

Friday, August 24, 10 am – 2 pm

Wildwood Park, 7265 87th Ave SE

Meet: west entrance 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.

Mostly Music in the Park & National Women’s Equality Day Celebration

Friday, August 24, 5 – 8 pm

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

This is the last concert of the season! 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 Infinity Project, a Journey Tribute band!

For the final concert, this event will begin at 5 pm with a Food Truck Rodeo, and the concert will begin at 6 pm. Bring the family for dinner and stay to enjoy the music. They will also be celebrating National Women’s Equality Day!

Camp Shabbat Dinner

Friday, August 24, 5 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Gather your camp friends for the final Shabbat of J Camp! Join SJCC for dinner and s’mores in the Kesher Community Garden as they say thanks to their amazing camp counselors and celebrate a summer of great memories. Please register by August 22. Tickets are $10 per person; kids under 3 are free.

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Mercer Island Farmers Market

Sunday, August 26, 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.