This week’s events – February 19 – 25

February 19, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from February 15 – 25 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, February 19
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, February 20
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, February 21
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm



Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, February 18 – 24

Stop by and check out the art currently on display at the art galleries around Mercer Island!

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

“Powerful Perspective” – a celebration of our 2018 artists

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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

“Light Revealed” – paintings by Debra Van Tuinen
“Love Birds” – paintings by Mehdi Ghanbeigy

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MIVAL Gallery
Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE

“Whatever Your Heart Desires” – group show by local artists

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Mercer Island Community & Event Center Gallery
8236 SE 24th Street

Works of art by Northwest Artists in Action Guild

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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, February 20, 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, February 20, 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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Live Music 
Wednesday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm | Thursday, February 21, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street

Stop in for a glass of wine and enjoy live music on Wednesday night with Patrick Daugherty and on Thursday night with “…And All That Jazz!”

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, February 21, 4 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

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]



Osher at the J: The US Health Care Crisis
Thursday, February 21, Lunch at 12:30 | Speaker at 1 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

The US spends twice as much as any other developed nation on health care, but Americans aren’t receiving twice the benefits. Join Dr. Fred Tobis, a cardiologist, phyisican leader, author, and healthcare consultant, as he explores the unique aspects of healthcare spending, the political struggles involved in addressing it, and the tradeoffs we may need to make to move forward.

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Meet the Scientist: Dr. John Jaquish, PhD
Thursday, February 21, 6 – 8 pm
Osteostrong, 7803 SE 27th Street, Suite 176

John Jaquish, PhD, the inventor of the OsteoStrong program, will be in town to share the story of how he helped his mom go from osteoporosis to the bone density of a 30 year old version of herself. After the presentation, John will demonstrate his unique invention and answer questions. Space is limited.

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Wine Tasting with Lisa Warr-King Packer
Friday, February 22, 4 – 6 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street

Warr-King Wines is a boutique winery located in the heart of Woodinville. They offer carefully crafted, high quality, limited production wines. Stop by to try her stunning wines!

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BYOB: Shabbat and Swim
Saturday, February 23, 9:20 am
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Celebrate Shabbat at the J! Splash with your little ones in our indoor pool and share a kid-friendly Shabbat service. Recommended for parents with babies 2 years old and under (older siblings are also welcome).

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Restoration Event
Saturday, February 23, 10 am – 2 pm
Wildwood Park, 7400 86th Ave SE

Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island as they work in Wildwood Park! This is a great neighborhood ‘pocket park’ that dedicated community members have been working in for years but could use some extra helping hands. Dress for the weather and get ready to have fun in the park!


Play Chess
Sunday, February 24, 2 – 4 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Come to the library for an afternoon of chess hosted by Chouchanik Airapetian! Challenge yourself and others. Chess boards and other games will be provided. All ages and families welcome.



Doug Walsh, Author of Tailwinds Past Florence
Sunday, February 24, 4 – 5:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

We are excited to welcome local author Doug Walsh to Island Books in celebration of his upcoming release, Tailwinds Past Florence. Doug is an author, a bicyclist, and a travel lecturer, discussing his two-year journey on bike from Seattle to Singapore. The Pacific Northwest Writers Association-award-winning novel follows much of the same route he and his wife took, while incorporating fictional historical characters in a contemporary story. One of Doug’s goals with this book was to wrap a magical love story around an authentic bicycle touring experience.

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Talk Time
Monday, February 25, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Improve your speaking and listening skills in this conversation group for English language learners. Walk-ins welcome.