This week's events – February 26 – March 4

February 23, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from February 26 – March 4 on Mercer Island:

Winter 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 30-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday February 27
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

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

Middle School Book Club
Tuesday, February 27, 3 – 4 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This book club is for middle school students who want to read books together, share books, and talk about books. Bring your own books to share. There will be treats, too. Please note: This will be taking place at the Mercer Island Library!

Medicare Made Clear
Tuesday, February 27, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D) and its supplements, what they cover, and how they work. There will be a discussion about the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros and cons of each, as well as the approximate costs. They will also cover enrollment and eligibility guidelines. The goal of the meeting is to provide useful information that will put you in a better position to make an informed decision on your Medicare coverage. The presenter is not connected to the Federal Medicare program.

Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, February 28 & Friday, March 2, 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].

Free Mat Pilates Class
Wednesday, February 28, 10 – 11 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center

Club Pilates is offering a free mat Pilates class at the Mercer Island Community & Events Center following Community Coffee Hour. The class will be led by Pilates instructor Karen Swift.
Learn more about Club Pilates >>

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, February 28, 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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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, February 28, 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.

Dr. Natalya Ageyeva Master Class Q & A with Students
Wednesday, February 28, 12:30 – 1:15 pm
MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Attend a conversational performance with Dr. Natalya Ageyeva, acclaimed pianist. Dr. Ageyeva will perform and discuss personal and professional options of pianists, how to optimize your practice, Russian versus American piano education, and more! All are welcome.

Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s
Wednesday, February 28, 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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Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
Thursday, March 1, noon – 1:15 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

This month’s featured speaker is George Tamblyn from Mercer Island Law Group. He will be speaking about Washington’s employment laws from the Employer and Employees perspective. The guest speaker will be Debbie Bertlin, City of Mercer Island Mayor. Luncheon cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and members without reservations. Register online, call 206-232-3404 or email your reservation.
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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, March 1, 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].

Robin Oliveira, Author of Winter Sisters
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books is excited to welcome local author Robin Oliveira to discuss her newest novel, Winter Sisters, the sequel to My Name Is Mary Sutter and the winner of the Michael Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction. Robin holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit the event page to learn more about her novel!
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We the Voters: Films for the People
Thursday, March 1, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Join the League of Women Voters for their March forum, where they’ll be screening videos from “We the Voters,” a groundbreaking digital campaign that the League of Women Voters has partnered with to inspire and activate voters across the country. They’ll be focusing on three issues that impact our voting patterns, attitudes, and behaviors: our media consumption habits, the historical struggle for voting rights, and the power of protest. Following the screening, they’ll have a lively discussion about what influences our votes. They’ll also hear from Brian Glanz, Hive Media Lab Director, about a pilot project to determine if quick, creative, and non-partisan Public Service Announcements (PSAs) can reduce the spread of fake news among eligible voters in the United States.
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Lunchtime Lessons with Sarah Boyd
Friday, March 2, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Join Caruccio’s for another “Lunchtime Lesson” and delightful lunch with the ever popular personal chef, Sarah Boyd. Sarah will teach you how to whip up delicious and healthy Chicken & Veggie Quinoa Bowls topped with an avocado chimichurri. This dish can be easily adapted for vegetarians. You’ll learn how to create these dishes, eat a tasty lunch, and recreate the meal at home!
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First Friday Art Walk
Friday, March 2

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 and SZ Gallery will be participating.

Clarke + Clarke Art + Artifacts
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
7605 SE 27th Street Suite 105
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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160
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Clarke + Clarke: Matt Timo, “Elusive Introspection”
Friday, March 2, 5 – 8 pm
Clarke + Clarke Art + Artifacts, 7605 SE 27th Street Suite 105

“Elusive Introspection” will premiere during the First Friday Art Walk on March 2nd. Featuring artist Matt Timo, this show will run from March 2 – 31. Matt Timo is a Seattle native who acquired his Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting in 1973 at the UW and a second Masters in 1979 at CWU, Ellensburg. He began a noted lifelong art career and accumulation of awards beginning in 1978. Timo works primarily in mixed media formats using acrylics, colored pencil, molded paper and collage. By taking challenging risks in combining elements he achieves a dramatic three dimensional sense in his work. Bubbles and bonbons will be served.

Restoration Event
Saturday, March 3, 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.

Free Family Yoga Morning
Saturday, March 3, 10 am – Noon
Bright Horizons at Mercer Island, 9555 SE 36th Street

Join us for a morning of family yoga with instructor Emily Tidball from Village Green Yoga. During each yoga session, parents and children will go through basic yoga poses together. Sessions are geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. There will be four sessions. Spaces are limited! Please RSVP to [email protected] with your name, your child’s name & age, and the session you would like to attend.
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PJ Story Time with Terina Beckwith Black and Nancy Stewart
Saturday, March 3, 6 – 6:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

This month’s storyteller is Terina Beckwith Black. Terina loves books, children, and sharing information. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science and worked as a children’s librarian in the Seattle Public Libraries.

Geared especially for children ages 3 and up; Nancy Stewart will be the musical guest! Refreshments will be served.
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For What It’s Worth: Pop-Up Dinner at Caruccio’s
Sunday, March 4, 6 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE

Caruccio’s is pleased to announce this unique pop-up dinner concept “FWIW” (a modern culinary take on meaningful life moments that are centered around food and shared experiences).  This five course, gourmet dinner will be created by three established Woodinville chefs coming together from different backgrounds and experiences.  The chefs will dazzle you with their creativity, standing by their commitment to use ingredients that are sourced locally, in a sustainable manner.  You will enjoy this dinner party style evening with appetizers, a welcome drink, and dinner & conversation with the chefs and your community table.
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