This week's events – Jan 18 – 24

January 17, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of January 18th – 24th for Mercer Island:

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, January 20, 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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Play and Learn at the Library
Wednesday, January 20, 10:30 am to Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English. Sponsored by the Mercer Island Friends of the Library.

Town Center Visioning Public Hearing
Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 – 9 pm
West Mercer Elementary, 4141 81 Ave SE

The City of Mercer Island is hosting the first of three public hearings this week, designed to solicit feedback on the Town Center vision and development code updates being considered. This week’s hearing is focused on four Town Center topics: vision; building heights; building setbacks and massing; and affordable housing. The evening will start with an open house at 6:30pm, a brief presentation at 7:00pm, and then a public comment period.

Science Fun for Little Ones – Sensational Shapes
Thursday, January 21, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Shapes are the building blocks to so many things. Experiment with how shapes can change when they are mixed together, flipped around or enlarged. Get ready to explore all sides of shapes and play in a world of imagination. Registration not required but space is limited. Sponsored by the Mercer Island Friends of the Library. Ages 2 to 6 with adult.

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Presented by Youth Theatre Northwest
January 22 – February 7
Friday, 7 pm; Saturday 2 pm & 7 pm; Sunday 2 pm
Stroum Jewish Community, 3801 East Mercer Way

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in this fantastic musical extravaganza! Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, our feline narrator (in a very large hat) tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. The story takes off and away when Horton is also called upon to guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care. Best for ages 5+
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thumbnailMIPA Preschool Fair
Saturday, January 23, 10 am – Noon
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Looking for a preschool, enrichment program, or childcare on Mercer Island? Don’t miss the Mercer Island Preschool Association’s 17th Annual Preschool Fair. Representatives from various programs on the island will be on-hand to answer your questions about their curriculum, enrollment, tuition, and program options. The fair is FREE and open to all interested parents and caregivers.
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i_love_poetryJump Start Your Creativity!
Saturday, January 23, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have you secretly dreamed of sharing your thoughts, experiences, emotions and fears? Believe it or not, we are all writers. Explore your hidden talents using a variety of creative writing techniques. Share the power of words with a local poet! Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

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Saturday, January 23, 5 – 10 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

It may be called Parents Night Out, but let’s be honest… it’s really for the kids! All evenings will be gym and swim: your favorite games and splashin’ in the pool, followed by dinner and a movie.
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