This week's events – January 22 – 28

January 19, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from January 22 – 28 on Mercer Island:

Winter Story Times at the Library
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join the Mercer Island Children’s Librarian for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun in these 30-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday January 23
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday January 25
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Middle School Book Club
Tuesday, January 23, 3 – 4 pm
Islander Middle School, 7447 84th Avenue SE

This book club is for middle school students who want to read books together, share books, and talk about books. Bring your own books to share. There will be treats, too! Please note: This will be taking place at the Islander Middle School Library!

#NewYear’sGoals with an NSM Nutritionist
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Ave SE

New Seasons Market has come up with a simple plan to help you eat better and feel great. Join a New Seasons Market nutritionist for events to help you meet your New Year’s goals. These events are free, but registration is required.

Tuesday January 23
Healthy Fats — 5 – 6 pm

Saturday January 27
Shape-shifting Vegetables — 10 – 11 am
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What Every Wine Lover Should Know About Wine!
Tuesday, January 23, 6 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

A fun and educational evening with one of Seattle’s most well known Sommeliers, David LeClaire, founder of Seattle Uncorked Wine Club. Limited seating, so be sure to reserve your spot today.
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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, January 24 & Friday, January 26, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

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 in a fun and engaging atmosphere with people from the community.

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

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by our staff or special guests.
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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art, and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
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Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s
Wednesday, January 24, 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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Singing Circle with Panim Hadashot
Wednesday, January 24, 7 – 8:30 pm
SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way

Find your voice and joy at our weekly song sessions. SJCC is partnering with Panim Hadashot:New Faces and Rabbi Dov Gartenberg to bring their singing circle to the J. Every week will feature singing, teaching, and storytelling, culminating in a Shabbat dinner and music session on Friday, February 23.
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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, January 25, 4 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

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].

Game Night: Triangul8
Thursday, January 25, 6 – 7:30pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Meet designer James Hutt and play a round or two of the fiendishly simple, endlessly replayable new game, Triangul8. Place the red triangle to start, then take turns placing triangles of your own color around it. Whoever captures the red triangle first wins. Easy, right? A game that’s both diversion and lifelong pursuit, a child can learn Triangul8 in five minutes, but a player can spend years trying to master it.
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MIHS Drama presents Good Kids
January 25th – 27th & February 1st – 3rd
MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd St

Please join MIHS’ Drama Department as they present their winter play, Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka: Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can’t remember & everyone is talking about. Set at a midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook, Twitter & smartphones, Good Kids explores a traumatic sexual encounter and its very public aftermath.
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Open Book Club: Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
Thursday, January 25, 7:30 – 9 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

In January, Island Books’ Open Book Club will read and discuss Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst. How far will a mother go to save her family? Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris (the book’s Nick Carraway), this is a unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable. Island Books’ open book club meets the last Thursday of every month. The staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book at the store, you’ll always get a 10% discount.
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Classics on Film: Winter Series
Friday, January 26, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Aljoya – Theater, 2430 76th Ave SE

This week’s film is Gigi (1958). The Mercer Island Arts Council, with support from The Mercer Island Sister City Association, presents the Classics on Film Series. Screenings begin with an introduction by film historian Lance Rhoades and end with a Q&A session. Free and open to the public, with refreshments provided courtesy of Aljoya. All films are presented with English subtitles unless otherwise indicated.

World Travels: China
Saturday, January 27, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

International scholar (and traveler) Lance Rhoades offers a look at China, past and present, as seen through his experiences teaching at universities in two of its largest cities: Beijing and Shanghai. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Pastrome Pop-up
Sunday, January 28, 11 am – 3 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Pastrome’s back with another Pastrami Pop-up! They will be selling their pastrami sandwiches along with their famous house cured pickles and other incredible treats. No need to register or buy tickets; just stop by and ‘eat-in’ or ‘take-out’!
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