This week's events – July 10 – 16

July 7, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from July 10 – 16 on Mercer Island:

Where’s Waldo? Community Event
July 1 – July 31
At participating locations on Mercer Island

It’s the 30th anniversary for the world’s best-loved missing person, Waldo, and Island Books (along with other Mercer Island merchants) are celebrating! Throughout the month of July, look for businesses on Mercer Island with the “Shop Local–Find Waldo” sticker on their windows. Hidden somewhere within them, you’ll find a hidden Waldo or his friend Wenda. Get your passport stamped for proof. Three stamps earns you a button and a discount coupon; a stamp from every participating business enters you in a drawing for the grand prize at the end of the month! Local institutions on the Waldo hunting trail include: Island Books, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, Banner Bank, Mercer Island Orthodontics, and Yogabliss.
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Movies at the Library: Moana
Monday, July 10, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library, come watch Moana, a fun family movie!  In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. No pre-registration, but space is limited. Moana is rated PG.

Books, Brownies, and Beyond: IMS Book Club Meeting
Tuesday, July 11, 4 – 6 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join Mrs. Behnke, Ms. Bowman, and other book club members for summer meetings at the Mercer Island Library! Come get some ideas for reading, and if you want, bring a book to share. Drop by the small meeting room any time from 4 – 6 pm. There will also be cookie bar treats, too. Teens, tweens, and incoming 6th graders welcome! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Music Night with Grant Dermody & Forrest Gibson
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Playing together in the Improbabillies, they’ve transported thousands with their modern acoustic blues. They’ll be sharing that sound with our Mercer Island audience in the first of what Island Books hopes will be many Music Nights to come.
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Public Voice Control Workshop
Tuesday, July 11, 7 – 8 pm
Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Mercer Island allows dogs to be under voice control in most public places. Learn what voice control actually means, and why having off leash and on leash dogs together is an especially tricky environment for dogs and people. Learn how to set your dog and yourself up for success in public settings and discover voice control skills to practice with your dog even in the presence of distractions. This free workshop is for humans only. Meet near the tennis courts.

For more information, please call (206) 275-7833.

Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, July 12 & Friday, July 14, 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, July 12, 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, July 12, 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.

Introduction to Kerbal Space Program
Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by The Museum of Flight, this event is for kids ages 12 and older. Interested in space and rockets? Work in pairs to build a virtual rocket, launch it, and get it into orbit, as you learn how to play the award-winning game Kerbal Space Program! Please register online or call the library.

Community Construction Zone Storytelling
Wednesday, July 12, 7 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by The Whitman Tellers, this family program is open to kids of all ages. Push up your sleeves, grab your hard hat, and get ready for fun with stories! Hear lively folktales from around the world mixed with music and creative movement.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Thursday, July 13, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Mother Goose on the Loose is an award-winning, interactive literacy program for infants and toddlers and their caregiver. Enjoy rhymes, songs, and stories for the littlest members of the family. Free and no registration necessary.

Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, July 13, 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].

Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing
July 13 – 15 | Thursday – Saturday, 7 – 9 pm
Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Seattle Shakespeare Company will be performing in Luther Burbank Park for the next two weekends, FREE and open to the public! Bring a blanket or a chair and come watch an all-ages friendly performance of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s screwball romantic comedy. Schemes are afoot to ruin everyone’s happiness through dire accusations — will love win out in the end?
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Youth Theatre Northwest presents The Music Man Jr.
July 14 – 30
Thursdays, 11 am; Fridays & Saturdays, 7 pm; Sundays, 2 pm
MIHS Performing Arts Center,

Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Jr. features some of musical theater’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth, and good old-fashioned romance.
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Healthy Kids Summer Saturdays: Breakfast of Champions
Saturday, July 15, 10 – 11 am
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Ave SE

Join the NSM store nutritionist in the deli seating area on Saturdays to learn about healthy food. This week, it’s all about breakfast! Ages 5 – 12 yrs are welcome with their parents.
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Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, July 16, 10 am – 3 pm
Mercerdale Park, North End, 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

Celebrating their 10th season, the Mercer Island Farmers Market is open every Sunday from June – October! Enjoy the sunshine and check out the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season, as well as locally-made food and drinks, artisan crafts, and fun activities for the whole family. Visit the website for weekly updates and special events.
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SJCC Service Event: Dinner at Our House
Sunday, July 16, 5 – 7 pm
SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way

Do you like to cook? How about helping those in need? SJCC is partnering with YouthCare, an organization working to fight homelessness among Seattle teens, to cook dinners in the SJCC kitchen. Dinner will then be delivered to YouthCare’s Jackson Street facility to be served that evening.
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