This week’s events – February 5 – 11

February 5, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from February 5 – 11 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 5
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, February 6
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, Feburary 7
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

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Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, February 4 – 10
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 
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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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Wine Tasting at Barrels Wine Bar
Tuesday, February 5, 3 – 9 pm 
Barrles Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Join us as we bring in Chinese Lunar New Year with a flight of wines that would be a great accompaniment to Asian inspired cuisine.  We will include Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France, Riesling from Mosel, Germany, and Grüner Veltliner from Kremstal, Austria. The flight will be available until the bottles are gone. 

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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, February 6 & Friday, February 8, 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 or tea while catching up with old acquaintances or meeting new friends.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, February 6, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones to enjoy popular picture books read by Island Books’ staff or special guests.

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Wine Wednesdays at Caruccio’s
Wednesday, February 6, 5 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

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 at Barrels Wine Bar
Wednesday, February 6, 6 – 8 pm 
Barrles Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Have a glass of wine and listen to Pat Daugherty and Edgar Steinitz strum some great tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. 

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Cook the Book: “Ottolenghi Simple Desserts
Wednesday, February 6, 7 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

In this hands-on class, pastry chef Laurie Pfalzer teaches how to make delicious desserts from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook “Ottolenghi Simple” that are distinctly “Ottolenghi” but with minimum hassle and maximum joy. Known as the undisputed master of the multi-ingredient recipe, Ottolenghi’s new recipes are simple— most containing 10 ingredients or less, made in 30 minutes or less, and an easy joy to knock-out. Register early, last year’s class sold out.

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Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
Thursday, February 7, Noon – 1 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

The Chamber is honored to welcome King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknect to the next member luncheon. Come to our February luncheon to hear from Sheriff Johanknect and leave feeling proud of the King County Sheriff department and what they do for Mercer Island and our entire King County region.

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, February 7, 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 7, 6 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Join us for the Aubrey Davis Master Plan Community Open House! For those unable to attend in person that evening, there will be an online Open House at

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7609.

Mercer Island High School Winter Play “Metamorphoses”
Thursday, February 7 – February 9, times vary
MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Join Mercer Island High School Drama for its winter play, Metamorphoses, by Mary Zimmerman. Aphrodite, Zeus, Orpheus, Eurydice, Midas and other famous mythological characters are meeting onstage to share their stories in this modern adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage, this beautiful play reflects the persistence of humanity in the face of inevitable change. This show is recommended for audiences 13 years and older. Presale tickets are $10, and $15 at the door. Seniors 65-plus are $5. Tickets can be purchased from members of the cast or online.

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Restoration Event
Saturday, February 9, 10 am – 2 pm
Wildwood Park, 7265 87th Ave SE

Join our partners at Earth Corps and Mountains to Sound Greenway to shower our forested parks and open spaces with love! We will be doing lots of winter planting and some invasive plant removal. Dress for the weather and get ready to have fun in the forest!

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New Seasons Market Bike Drive for Bike Works
Saturday, February 9, 10 am – 4 pm
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Ave SE

Do you have any unwanted bikes, bike parts, or bike accessories? Get them out of your garage and back on the road by donating them to Bike Works. Join us for a Bike Drive for Bike Works sponsored by New Seasons Market on Mercer Island.

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Barre Rev Launch Party
Saturday, February 9, 3 – 5 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Kaelyn Adams, the new owner, is excited to be taking over the studio space from The Dailey Method and creating Barre Rev. Join us for the launch party! There will be an Open House from 3 – 5pm with a raffle drawing and door prizes. Everyone welcome!

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Pastel Art Master Series
Saturday, February 9, 6 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Enjoy spending time with friends and making new ones while you create works of art inspired by great impressionist artists! Learn techniques of drawing with the colorful medium of pastels. You will go home each class with your own original piece of art. Our instructor is award-winning book illustrator and pastel drawing expert, Maja Sereda. No experience necessary – all skill levels are welcome. 

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BYOB: Intro to Judaism
Sunday, February 10, 1:30 – 3 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Join the J and Herzl-Ner T amid for this two-part class. Discover ways to incorporate Judaism into your little one’s life. Led by Rabbi Miriam Green, HNT’s new Rabbi for Community Engagement. Babies under the age of 9 months are welcome to join mom and dad.

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Renata Lubinsky: “Around Seattle in 80 Dates”
Sunday, February 10, 2 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

In local author Renata Lubinsky’s memoir, “Around Seattle in 80 Dates: An Online Dating Journey,” a woman in her forties finds herself suddenly single after 32 years with the same man. Her story includes heading off to a resort on the Indian Ocean, becoming a stand-up comedian, and conquering the online dating world by scheduling three or four dates a day for several years. Filled with insights and lessons, Lubinsky’s memoir is both entertaining and heartbreaking. Join us for an afternoon of anecdotes from the author’s journey and search for love in Seattle. Book sales and signing.

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Talk Time
Monday, February 11, 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. Learn more about American culture and meet people from around the world. Walk-ins welcome.

Dance Classes: Waltz & Latin 
Monday, February 11, 7:30 – 8:30 pm | 8:35 – 9:35 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Join world-class dance teacher Ari Levitt for a beginner dance series this winter. No partner needed! Learn the two most popular social waltz styles: cross step and rotary! Learn the perfect intro to three popular Latin dances done in the northwest: salsa, bachata, and merengue!

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