This week's events from December 31 – January 6

December 31, 2018 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from December 31 – January 6 on Mercer Island:

SJCC: Winter Break Camp 
Monday, December 31 – Friday, January, 4, 9 am – 4 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Full-day camps for children in Kindergarten – 5th Grade. There will be swimming, active group games, energetic song sessions, messy science, and creative art projects—register with a friend!

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New Year Labyrinth
Monday, December 31 – Tuesday, January 1, 12 – 4 pm 
Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way

The Congregational Church on Mercer Island has set up a labyrinth in their church sanctuary. The church will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, if you’d like to come and walk. There is a sheet of questions to prod your reflections, but you are welcome to sit or walk with your own thoughts as well.

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Love Messages to Your Body
Tuesday, January 1, 2 – 3:30 pm 
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street

The mind and body are intrinsically connected. Your beliefs create the state of your health and your life. This workshop with Josephine Silverwolf is designed to address your many layers of emotions stored in the body. Release unhealthy negative thought patterns and replace them with life affirming, peaceful and empowering messages.

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SJCC: Winter X Camp 
Wednesday, January 2 – Friday, January, 4, 9 am – 4 pm 
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Getting ready to be an X Camper this summer or just miss your favorite X Camp friends? 4th – 8th graders, please join us for a three-day adventure! It’s Snow Week and we’re heading out to ice skate, snow tube, and snowshoe! Limited spots available.

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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, January 2 & Friday, January 4, 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, January 2, 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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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn 
Wednesday, January, 2, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Bring your children, 5 years and younger, and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, art, and play!

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

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
Wednesday, January 2 – Saturday, January 5, 11 am- 6 pm
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

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

Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
Wednesday, January 2 – Sunday, January 6, by appointment only
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

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

Live Music at Barrels Wine Bar
Wednesday, January, 2, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join us for some wine and be entertained by guitarist Patrick Daugherty! It’s a great way to bring in the New Year!

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, January 3, 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].

Opera Preview: Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi 
Thursday, January 3, 7 – 8:30 pm 
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Theodore Deacon presents a preview of Verdi’s masterpiece Il Trovatore, with musical excerpts.

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Sound Bath with Megan Sloan
Friday, January 4, 6:15 – 7:30 pm 
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street

Join Megan for an evening of relaxation. The evening will open with a meditation to help activate energy centers in the body and allow for a time to set intentions. Students will then be invited into a supported savasana (a reclining position with the support of yoga props), during which Megan will play crystal singing bowls to help bring them into a deeper state of relaxation and healing.

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First Fridays with Friends: Muffins with the Mayor
Friday, January 4, 10:30 – 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! This week, meet the mayor and learn about their role in our community!

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

Stories & Sing-Alongs in Leap’s Pad
Friday, January 4, 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].

Forest Stewardship
Saturday, January 5, 10 am – 1 pm 
Homestead Park playground, 8100 SE 40th Street

Nature lovers of all ages are invited to connect with nature and have fun in the forest! Together, we can restore the long-term health and sustainability of Mercer Island’s natural areas. Volunteers will remove invasive plants. All tools and supplies will be provided.

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Mercer Island Lacrosse Christmas Tree Pickup
Pick up dates: January 5, 6, 12, & 13

This is the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club’s largest annual fundraiser and represents a significant portion of our program funding allowing us to provide a high-quality, rewarding experience for our boys. Sign up for a pick up day, put your tree out by the curb by 9 AM on the day you selected and leave the hauling to our boys and parent volunteers!

Click here to register

PJ Story Time with Nancy Stewart
Saturday, January 5, 6 – 6:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

This month’s storyteller is Mercer Island’s own superstar children’s performer, Nancy Stewart. Come and read books, sing some songs, and do a little dancing. Geared especially for children ages 3 and up; refreshments will be served.

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