This week's events – December 18 – 24

December 18, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from December 18 – 24 on Mercer Island:

Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, December 20 & Friday, December 22, 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].

Congressman Adam Smith: Constituent Services Outreach
Wednesday, December 20, 11 am – 1 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Congressman Adam Smith’s office will be hosting mobile office hours to make their services more convenient and accessible to you. His staff members are able to assist constituents with Federal Agency issues such as Social Security, Internal Revenue Service, and State Department. They can also provide housing and financial support resources and help with federal grants.

Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s
Wednesday, December 20, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Avenue 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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Sip, Shop, and Socialize 
Thursday, December 21, 11 am – 7 pm
Clarke + Clarke Art + Artifacts, 7605 SE 27th Street, #105

For the holidays, Clarke + Clarke is open on Thursdays for a sip of something bubbly and a sweet treat while treasure hunting for a gift or a decorative piece for your home or collection.
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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, December 21, 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].

Open Book Club: Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun
Thursday, December 21, 7:30 – 9 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

In December, Island Books’ Open Book Club will read and discuss Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun. To celebrate the holiday season, they’ll be sharing wedding toast anecdotes of their own too (or at least toast to all that!), so come prepared!

In Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, Ada Calhoun presents an unflinching but also loving portrait of her own marriage, opening a long-overdue conversation about the institution as it truly is: not the happy ending of a love story or a relic doomed by high divorce rates, but the beginning of a challenging new chapter of which “the first twenty years are the hardest.” Both realistic and openhearted, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give offers a refreshing new way to think about marriage as a brave, tough, creative decision to stay with another person for the rest of your life.

Island Books’ open book club meets on the last Thursday of every month. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book in the store you’ll always get a 10% discount.
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Argosy Holiday Ship Festival
Friday, December 22, 7:30 – 9 pm
Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

It’s back! The Argosy Holiday Ship will be heading to Luther Burbank with their onboard choir that will sing carols from the boat to beach goers. Attendees will be cozy on the shore, feeling the warmth of a beach bonfire and warm drinks. Come one, come all, and join us for some holiday fun — and it’s free! Meet at the south end swimming beach at Luther Burbank Park.