This week's events – Jan 11 – 17

January 10, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of  January 11th – 17th for Mercer Island:

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College for Students with Learning Differences
Monday, January 11, 6 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St

This presentation will target families of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have been diagnosed with a learning difference. College at a four-year college IS possible! Learn what needs to be done at the high school level and what to expect once the student has matriculated to the college.
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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, January 13, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to the charming children’s section of Island Books to enjoy popular picture books read by our staff.
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Senior Lunch & Conversation
Wednesday, January 13, Noon to 1 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Are you tired of eating alone? Would you like to share a simple lunch and lively conversation with other interesting folks? Come join this group! Reservations are required, and transportation is available. Call (206) 275-7895, prompt #2 by 4:00pm on the day before to reserve your spot. Cost: $5.50

Opera Preview: The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This is a nearly perfect opera-hilarious comedy versus class conflict with touching pathos thrown in. Mozart, in his first collaboration with Lorenzo DaPonte, lavished so much glorious music on DaPonte’s libretto that The Marriage of Figaro, even though it caused a scandal when it was first presented in 1784, has never been out of the repertory. Audiences wouldn’t allow it! This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Science Fun for Little Ones – Amazing Colors
Thursday, January 14, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

How do you make all the colors of the rainbow? Explore primary and secondary colors through scientific explorations. Hands-on activities too! Registration not required but space is limited. Sponsored by the Mercer Island Friends of the Library. Ages 3 to 6 with adult.

Bright Horizons at Mercer Island Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, January 16, 10 am – 1 pm
Bright Horizons at Mercer Island,  9555 SE 36th St

Community families are invited to Bright Horizon’s at Mercer Island’s Grand Opening Celebration. Event highlights include: children’s activities, musical performance by Recess Monkey, face painting, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and more!
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Mercer Island Arts Council Show & Reception
Reception: Saturday, January, 16, 1 – 3 pm
Show: Jan 11 – Feb 26
Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St

The Mercer Island Arts Council is pleased to present works by Korean-American Artists of Washington state.  All are invited to the reception to mingle with the artists and view the artwork.
Learn more about the Mercer Island Arts Council >>

Film Screening: Mission Impossible–Rogue Nation
Saturday, January 16, 1:00 – 3:15 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate-highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.