This week's events from December 17 – 23

December 17, 2018 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from December 17 – 23 on Mercer Island:

Talk Time
Monday, December 17, 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.

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Swing Your Socks Off & Fabulous Foxtrot
Monday, December 17, 7 – 8 pm | 8:15 – 9:15 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Review basic swing steps and partnering, then learn fun and playful East Coast swing and “swing-blues” variations. Classes are beginning/intermediate levels. No partner needed. Take in conjunction with Foxtrot for a fabulous night of dance fundamentals!

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Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, December 17 – 23

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

Paintings by Valeree Cox
Paintings by Susanne Werner
Paper Vessels by Noble Golden

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

Persian Garden featuring Ceramics, Pottery, & Paintings by Monir & Mehdi Ghanbeigy  

MIVAL Gallery
Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE

Places Near and Far featuring Ceramics, Photography, & Paintings by local artists

Wine Wednesdays at Caruccio’s
Wednesday, December 19, 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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Play Chess at the Library 
Thursday, December 20, 4 – 6 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave S

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. 10 minutes/game on the Big Board. All ages and families welcome.

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Open Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover
Thursday, December 20, 7:30 – 9 pm 
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

In December, the Open Book Club will read and discuss Educated by Tara Westover. Island Book’s Open Book Club typically meets the last Thursday of every month, but please note that in December they will meet a week early due to the holidays. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. 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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Live Music with Chris Stevens and Jack Cook
Friday, December 21, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th ST #107

Chris Stevens and Jack Cook will be entertaining us again on Friday from 6 – 8 pm.  Stop in and celebrate the Winter Solstice with them, then head off to those Solstice parties with some Jazz tunes playing in your head.

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Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
Friday, December 21, 7:30 pm
Luther Burbank Swim Beach, 2040 84th Ave SE

The Argosy Christmas Ship is heading to Luther Burbank Park! Join us on the beach to welcome the ship and enjoy a 20 minute choir performance broadcast from the Christmas Ship.  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!

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