This week’s events – July 16 – 22

July 16, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events from July 16 – 22 on Mercer Island:

Mercer Island Art Guide
Stop by and check out the art currently on display at the art galleries around Mercer Island!

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

“Crazy in Love II” – art by Sharon Carr

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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

“Tropic Iconic” – paintings by Kosta Kulundzic

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45th Annual Junior Art Show
Wells Fargo, 3001 78th Ave SE

Two and three dimensional artwork by students in Kindergarten – 12th grade

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Mercer Island Community & Event Center Gallery
8236 SE 24th Street

Photographs and paintings by Jan Viney, Annelle Hollingsworth, & Shawn Marie Johnson

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7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Paintings by Ruby Lindner

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Stories at Dragon Park
Tuesday, July 16, Noon
Deane’s Children’s Park, 5701 Island Crest Way

Family program, all ages welcome. Bring your lunch to the park and enjoy stories while you munch!



Elena Louise Richmond, Author of Advancing the Retreat
Tuesday, July 16, 6 – 7 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Elena Louise Richmond will be reading from her newest book Advancing the Retreat on July 16th. We will gather together for a reading at 6 pm. In this new novel, April March wants nothing more than to be left alone to putter in her garden, but her husband has joined the church across the street and April gets pulled into the schemes and secret of the congregation.



Stars Big Dream Puppet Show
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Star’s biggest dream is to become an astronaut and explore space. One day she discovers a special book in the library and her galactic wish comes true, presented by Penny’s Puppet Productions. Family program, all ages welcome. 




Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, July 17 & Friday, July 19, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Community Coffee Hour is offered every Wednesday and Friday. Stop by for a hot cup of jo’ and socialize with fellow community members in a fun and engaging atmostphere.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7609 or email at [email protected]



Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Bring your kids ages 5 and younger to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, art, and play!



Storybook Corner
Wednesday, July 17, 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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BYO-Baby Boot Camp
Wednesday, July 17, Noon
Mercerdale Park, 3009 77th Ave SE

Perfect for busy parents, one hour to exercise with your little one in this invigorating stroller workout class. $10 per class.

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Drop-In College Essay Writing Lab
Wednesday, July 17, 2 – 4 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Stop by the library for feedback, tips, and writing help on your college essays. Mercer Island High School teachers and counselors will be on hand.



OsteoStrong Anniversary Open House
Wednesday, July 17, 4 – 7 pm
OsteoStrong, 7803 SE 27th St, Suite 176

OsteoStrong is celebrating one year in business on Mercer Island! Join us on Wednesday, July 17 to celebrate our first year of business on Mercer Island. The festivities begin at 4 pm with snacks, beverages, music, games and conversation.

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Open House
Wednesday, July 17, 4 – 7:30 pm
Mercer Island Law Group, 2448 76th Avenue Southeast, Suite 100

Mercer Island Law Group is proud to announce it’s newest attorneys, Patricia Kuderer and Andre La Roche! Join us for a fun open house event. Meet our attorneys, mingle with local professionals, and enjoy light appetizers and drinks.

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Wine Wednesday
Wednesday, July 17, 5 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Stop by for the community-inspired Wine Wednesday. 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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Cook the Book: “Ottolenghi Simple” Desserts
Wednesday, July 17, 7 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

In this hands-on class, pastry chef Laurie Pfalzer teaches how to make delicious desserts from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook “Ottolenghi Simple” that are distinctly “Ottolenghi” but with minimum hassle and maximum joy. Known as the undisputed master of the multi-ingredient recipe, Ottolenghi’s new recipes are simple— most containing 10 ingredients or less, made in 30 minutes or less, and an easy joy to knock-out.  Register early, last year’s class sold out.

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Infant Story Time
Thursday, July 18, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

An introduction to stories, rhymes and songs for ages, newborn to 12 months, with an adult. Designed for baby to be in caregiver’s lap while caregiver helps baby participate. Social time follows.

Mostly Music in the Park: Donovan Keith 
Thursday, July 18, Pre-concert activities at 6 pm | Live music at 7 pm
Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street

The Mercer Island Arts Council is proud to announce Soul/Pop Sensation from Texas, Donovan Keith. Round up your friends and family, pack a picnic, and meet us in Mercerdale park for live music, family friendly activities, and fun times! Concert begins at 7 pm but come early for more fun!

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Shakespeare in the Park
Twelfth Night: July 18-20; August 8 & 11
Romeo and Juliet: July 21 & 25-27; August 1-4 & 9-11
Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Join the Mercer Island Arts Council, Mercer Island Parks & Recreation, and Seattle Shakespeare Company for productions of two of Shakespeare’s most recognizable plays – Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Find a spot in our open-seating amphitheater at Luther Burbank Park, and watch the Bard’s stories come to life in their originally intended setting. All performances are free and begin at 7 pm, with a special “doubleheader” performance of both plays beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, August 11.


Live Music
Friday, July 19, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Stop by for a glass of wine and listen to live music with Tom Cox!

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Restoration Event
Saturday, July 20, 10 am – 2 pm
Pioneer Park, SE 68th Street & 84th Ave SE
Homestead Park, 8100 SE 40th Street

Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island as we work in Pioneer Park! The park is 113 acres of forested habitat, the largest forested park on Mercer Island. It is home to over 70 types of birds and 12 different mammals. It also offers the most extensive trail system on the island. You can also help restore the forested areas of Homestead Park. While Homestead is host to ball fields and playgrounds it is also home to around 2.5 acres of urban forest in need of rescue from invasive weeds!

Blast It: Rocket Fuel Reactions Science Workshop
Saturday, July 20, 2 – 3 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

If you want to launch a rocket into space, you need fuel. Become a rocket scientist and experiment with chemical reactions before designing and building a ready-to-launch rocket. This workshop is presented by KidsQuest Museum for ages 5 to 11. Limited space, first come first served.

Apollo Anniversary Party
Saturday, July 20, 4 – 6 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

We will be having an Apollo Party for Apollo 11’s moon landing 50th anniversary. Join us for lunar-themed discounts and activities, a signature drink, and raffles! Fun for the whole family to commemorate this out-of-this-world event.

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Farmers Market
Sunday, July 21, 10 am – 3 pm
Mercerdale Park, North End, 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

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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Movie & a Mitzvah: “Zootopia”
Sunday, July 21, 10:30 am
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Watch the animated story set in a city of animals large and small, where a fox and a rabbit form a partnership to protect them all. Rated PG. In partnership with PJ Library.

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Yoga for Kids
Sunday, July 21 1- 3 pm
BarreRev, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 120

Join Heather Feldman of Yellow Yoga for a fun, healthy, and creative summer kids yoga workshop! We will incorporate yoga, mindfulness, techniques to de-stress, and cool crafts for a fun-filled summer afternoon that will leave your child feeling strong, healthy, balanced, and chill! We hope your child, ages 10-14, will join us for this special summer workshop!

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Family Yoga
Sunday, July 21 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street, #174

This is a fun family yoga class intended for kids ages 5-12 and their adult(s). We will make lots of movement, learn about yoga poses & even explore how quiet & stillness can be healthy. Tuition: $20 for 1 adult & 1 child, or $30 for 2 adults & 2 children. Registration highly recommended, as this class usually sells out. Please bring your own mats or beach towels for your children.

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Dinner at Our House
Sunday, July 21, 5 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Whisk, simmer, flip, bake, and blend as we cook a Sunday dinner in the SJCC kitchen for homeless teens. A great family activity to help make a difference for homeless teens. Dinners are delivered to YouthCare, a Seattle organization working to get homeless teens off the streets and prepared for life.

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Talk Time
Monday, July 22, 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. Walk-ins welcome.

Out of this World Magic Show
Monday, July 22, 7 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

How much would you weigh on the moon? Have UFO’s actually landed on Earth? Do space aliens exist? Have interstellar fun as you learn more about space. This program is presented by Jeff Evans, Edumazement for ages 5 and older.