This week’s events from January 7 – 13

January 7, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from January 7 – 13 on Mercer Island:

Drop In to Learn about eBooks 
Monday, January 7, 10 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Get started with KCLS eBooks! Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions.

Talk Time
Monday, January 7, 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.

NCL Membership Information Night
Wednesday, January 9, 7 – 9 pm 
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

National Charity League is a mother/daughter organization focused on leadership, cultural opportunities and philanthropic work. The Membership Drive runs from January 11th – through January 27th and is focused on filling the incoming 7th grade classes (Class of 2025). This year, the Lake Washington chapter has openings in the class of 2023 as well. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please join us at our Evergreen & Lake Washington Joint Information Night (for mothers only).

For questions, please email Laurie Raisys or Jen Sadlier.

Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, January 9 & Friday, January 11, 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 9, 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, 9, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

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

Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, January 9, Noon – 1 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Please join us for the Chamber of Commerce January Membership Luncheon.  Please note the date change due to scheduling conflicts.  The speaker will be Zack Ambrose from Sound Transit and he will be talking about the progress of the light rail on I-90, specifically as it relates to Mercer Island!

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Wine Wednesdays at Caruccio’s
Wednesday, January 9, 6 – 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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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, January 10, 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].

Artist’s Reception 
Thursday, January 10, 6:30 – 8 pm 
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

View works by the Northwest Artists in Action Guild and meet this group of seven artists, who specialize in fine art media such as oil painting, watercolor, and pastel. NWAIA enjoys creating and displaying art on-site, which allows viewers to see and discuss the artistic process in real time.

“Powerful Perspective” Celebration
Friday, January 11, 5 – 8 pm | Saturday, January 12, 1 – 5 pm
Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts, 7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts are opening 2019 with a celebration of their 2018 artists titled, “Powerful Perspective.” Each of the seven artists will be offering two of their personal favorite pieces. Be sure to stop by, chat with the attending artists, and have a glass of bubbly!

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Second Friday Art Walk
Friday, January 11

Come out for Mercer Island’s Second Friday Art Walk. Art galleries on Mercer Island will be hosting their art walk events on the second 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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Classics on Film : Pawn Sacrifice
Friday, January 11, 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, Pawn Sacrifice. Film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce and lead a Q&A following the film. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Parent’s Night Out
Saturday, January 12, 5 – 10 pm 
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Leave the kids and enjoy a date night! Your little ones will have a blast making crafts, playing games, eating pizza, and watching a movie! Cost is $29/child and $19/sibling.

Diamonds, Denim, & Dice : SJCC Casino Night & Fundraiser
Saturday, January 12, 7 – 10 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

We’re raising the stakes and doubling down! This celebration and fundraiser will replace the annual Circle of Friends Luncheon and we want you to be there. This grand evening will kick off the SJCC’s 50th year on Mercer Island. Hope you’re feeling lucky!

Play Chess at the Library
Sunday, January 13, 2 – 4 pm
Mercer Island Library, 3014 78th Ave SE 

Come to the library for an afternoon of chess and challenge yourself and others, hosted by Chouchanik Airapetian. Chess boards and other games will be provided. All ages and families welcome.