This week’s events – February 26 – March 4

February 26, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from February 26 – March 4 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 26
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, February 27
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, February 28
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm



Welcome and Kick-off Meeting for Scouts BSA Troop 678
Tuesday, February 26, 7:15 – 8:15 pm
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE

Bring your daughter and your daughter’s friends (must have completed 5th grade) to join us at MIPC to celebrate the Kick-off for Troop 678! This will be an opportunity to learn more about the troop, get your questions answered and meet our scouts, troop leaders, and scout parents.  At this session, scouts will choose their troop color, earn founder’s badge, and get special training opportunities! Please register if you plan to attend or have any questions.

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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, February 27, 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 27, 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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Opera Preview: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs 
Wednesday, February 27, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Learn more about the opera inspired by the creative and challenging life of Steve Jobs, presented by Theodore Deacon. Premiered in 2017 at the Santa Fe Opera, the story follows pivotal points in the life of Steve Jobs, from the infamous 1965 garage beginnings of Apple, to his death in 2011.


Mercer Island Schools Foundation Dine Out for Schools
Thursday, February 28, 11 am – 9 pm
Mo’s Pizza, 2630 77th Ave SE

Join us this Thursday, February 28th for lunch or dinner to support the MISF Dine Out for Schools. Grab your hungry family, best friends, or that special someone and join us in support of the MISF for an exceptional meal to remember. Takeout and delivery available.

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Medicare, Understanding Your Benefits
Thursday, February 28, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Holy Trinity Church, 8501 SE 40th Street

Join us for a presentation by Karen Nelson of Assurance Group, sponsored by Sunrise of Mercer Island, as we kick off our speaker series for seniors at Holy Trinity Church in Mercer Island. This speaker series is free to attend and our sponsors will provide complimentary lunch to all attendees.

Please call 206-232-6565 to RSVP or email [email protected].

Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, February 28, 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]

Community Open House: Aubrey Davis Master Plan
Thursday, February 28, 6 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is leading a master planning process in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to establish a shared community vision for the future of Aubrey Davis Park. Your input will help envision future improvements to the trails, sports facilities, art, playgrounds, and landscape in this cooridor.

Artist’s Reception: “Mercer Island In Focus”
Thursday, February 28, 6:30 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Meet the artists behind “MI in Focus”, a new exhibit showcasing nine photographers from Mercer Island. Explore their individual perspectives and unique visual eye while you enjoy live music and nibbles provided by the Mercer Island Arts Council. Can’t make it to the reception? Don’t miss this exhibit, on view until April 12, 2019.

Painting with Acrylics
Thursday, February 28, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Get creative in this fun and relaxing art class. Use acrylic paint to create your own masterpiece in whatever style you desire: whimsical, abstract, or realistic—artist’s choice!

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Films at the SJCC: Doubtful
Thursday, February 28, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

In the desert city of Be’ersheva, Assi (Ran Danker), an emotionally scarred writer, is sentenced to community service teaching juvenile delinquents. Using his skills in scriptwriting and poetry, he helps them take control of their narratives by filming the world around them. Winner of Best First Feature and Best Cinematography at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

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Open Book Club: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Thursday, February 28, 7:30 – 9 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

In February, our Open Book Club will read and discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Told from Frank’s perspective, forty years after a fateful summer in Minnesota, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book in the store you will get a 10% discount.

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First Fridays with Friends: Mocktails with a Mermaid
Friday, March 1, 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, March 1, 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].

“Poetic Embellishment” featuring Noble Golden and Agness Lee
Friday, March 1, 5 – 8 pm | Saturday, March  2, 1 – 5 pm
Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts, 7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts will feature two artists in two Art Walks with an opportunity to meet Noble Golden and Agnes Lee at both openings. Noble Golden is a passionate creator of unique paper compositions. Her embellished paper vessels, known as Spirit Bowls, are in collections across the US. Agnes Lee focuses her talents and her “chemistry” with words by mixing materials, techniques, textures, color and Chinese characters to create her dramatic paintings. This show runs through April with new works arriving weekly and it exemplifies the commitment we have to bringing notable artworks to Mercer Island and the NW.

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Wine Tasting with Gamba Winery
Friday, March 1, 4 – 6 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street

Gamba Winery is guided by the family heritage of over six generations of wine grape growing. It is a firm belief at Gamba that wines are made in the vineyard. Every Gamba Zinfandel is an individual expression of the vineyard with each unique vintage. Stop by and try some delicious wine!

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First Friday Art Walk
Friday, March 1

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, and SZ Gallery 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: The Dark Horse
Friday, March 1, 7:30 pm
Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave SE

The Classics on Film series, sponsored by the Arts Council, celebrates the amazing variety of chess-themed cinema with the film, The Dark Horse. Film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce and lead a Q&A following the film. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Restoration Event
Saturday, March 2, 10 am – 1 pm
Ellis Pond, SE 47th Street & 90th Ave SE

Meet: Park entrance of 90th Ave SE

Join the City of Mercer Island as they work together with the community in this one-of-a-kind park on Mercer Island. Ellis Pond is the only year-round pond habitat on Mercer Island and many bird and animal species call this pond home. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. All tools and supplies are provided.

PJ Story Time with Nancy Stewart
Saturday, March 2, 6 – 6:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

This month’s storyteller is our very own superstar children’s performer Nancy Stewart! Come read some books, sing some songs, and do a little dancing. Geared especially for children over three; refreshments will be served.

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Yemen Blues Concert with Ravid Kahalani
Saturday, March 2, Happy Hour at 7 pm | Show at 8 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Conceived from rising Israeli star Ravid Kahalani’s vision, Yemen Blues’ original music mixes Yemeni and West African influences with contemporary grooves, from funk to mambo, and the deep soul of old Mizrachi chants. Kahalani grew up in a traditional Jewish Yemenite family, and brings the language and rhythm of his origins together with blues, funk, classic operatic singing, North African soul, and Middle Eastern textures. Previously the lead singer of Idan Raichel’s World Music Project, Kahalani’s balladry is both boisterous and romantic, joyous and anguished.

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Reading with Rover
Sunday, March 3, 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.

Disney & Dessert Concert
Sunday, March 3, 1:30 – 4 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Disney & Dessert is a fun event for the entire family and the only fundraiser for all of MISD’s orchestras, for grades 5 through 12. Come for the delicious desserts, an hour of the orchestra playing Disney music, including favorite music from Disney’s latest hit movies and, new this year, “Pop & Win” Balloons. Everyone is a winner! Kids, please come in your favorite Disney costumes! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under age 5 and for one 5th grade orchestra student with a paying adult. 

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Talk Time
Monday, March 4, 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.