This week's events – July 9 – 15

July 9, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from July 9 – 15 on Mercer Island:

44th Annual MIVAL Jr Art Show

Monday, July 2 – Saturday, July 14, 9 am – 6 pm

Mercer Island Wells Fargo Bank, 3001 78th Ave SE

This fantastic event will once again showcase the amazing artistic talents of the young people on Mercer Island. All work will be on public display and cash prizes are awarded. The pieces will be on display at Wells Fargo Bank until July 14th, and the award ceremony will be during Summer Celebration.

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Where’s Waldo? Community Event

Friday, July 6 – Tuesday, July 31

At participating locations on Mercer Island

Waldo, the iconic children’s book character, is back again this summer, and Island Books and 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. When you do, get your passport stamped for proof. Three stamps earn 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, Pagliacci Pizza, and Island Treats.

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Summer Sidewalk Sale

Friday, July 6, 9 am to Friday, July 13, 7 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books needs to make room for new inventory, so they are hosting a Sidewalk Sale! Stop by and save on books, toys, cards, gifts, and more.

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SAT Practice Test

Tuesday, July 10, 10 am – 2 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Take a FREE full length SAT practice test offered by Revolution Prep. All practice exams include a detailed score report to help you determine the best plan of action to tackle standardize testing. In addition, each student can set up a free 30-minute review with Sharon Centala. During review sessions, Sharon will help students determine their strengths and weaknesses and develop a custom plan to help prepare for the official exam. Please register by calling or emailing Sharon at 425-633-2257 or [email protected]

Stories at Dragon Park

Tuesday, July 10, Noon – 12:30 pm

Deane’s Children’s Park, 5701 Island Crest Way

This family program is open to kids of all ages. Bring your lunch to the park and enjoy stories while you munch!

Let’s Write a Song Workshop

Tuesday, July 10, 3 – 4 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by Morgan Taylor, this event is for middle and high school students. This Grammy nominee guides you through a fun and accessible introduction into the art of songwriting. Discover how to brainstorm lyrical concepts and explore rhythm, cadence, and poetic rhyme structures. Witness the magic of pulling inspiration out of thin air, and then they will sing a song that they will write together.

Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, July 11 & Friday, July 13, 9 – 10 am

Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

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 11, 10:30 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by Island Books’ staff or special guests.

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Wednesday, July 11, 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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All Comers Track Meet

Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St

Join MIXC for the 4th annual MI All Comers Track Meet! This is an all ages community event put on by the MIHS Track & Field team and the MI Track & XC Booster Club. There have been upwards of 200 participants in past years, and although the preschool, elementary, and middle school age groups are the most popular, they will have participants in all age groups. The best part is you can put together your own family relays!

Enjoy dinner from a food truck, meet MIHS athletes from our state champion girls 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams, and be active with your family, friends, and neighbors. There is a $5 participation fee.
For questions, please email Coach Nicole or Coach Amy.

Too Much Noise! Meowing & Growling Musical Tales

Wednesday, July 11, 7 – 8 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by The Whitman Story Sampler, this family program is open to all ages. Let’s make some noise and music, too! Join these tandem storytellers as they blend fun music, movement, and your participation with howling good tales from around the world.

Summer Mini Book Sale 

Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

While it’s a mini-sale, there are so many great books available to purchase! You’ll have no trouble finding lovely books for your family and friends or a special book for yourself. Open during regular hours of operation.

Sound Storm Maker Workshop

Thursday, July 12, 11 am – Noon

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by KidsQuest Children’s Museum, this event is for ages 5 and older. Fascinated by weather and storms? Come learn how to make musical instruments out of recycled materials to emulate a rain storm and even thunder claps. Discover how a “lightning” circuit works and learn all about the science of thunderstorms. Registration is not required, but space is limited.

College Essay Writing Drop-In Writing Lab

Thursday, July 12, 2 – 4 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Even if you could not attend the workshops in June, you can stop by the library in July (July 12 and 19) for feedback, tips, and writing help on your college essays. Mercer Island High School teachers and counselors will be on hand, as well as Collegewise staff.

Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, July 12, 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: The Merry Wives of Windsor 

July 12 – 14 | Thursday & Friday, 7 – 9 pm, Saturday, 2 – 4 pm

Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Seattle Shakespeare Company will be performing free shows in Luther Burbank Park, family-friendly and open to the public! Bring a blanket or a chair and come watch an all-ages friendly performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor. In the sleepy suburb of Windsor, the knight John Falstaff hopes to score a pretty penny by seducing two of the town’s wealthy wives, Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But it’s the women who know how to play the game better. They soon orchestrate a scheme to scam the scammer. This play is a warm-hearted and antic romp with some of Shakespeare’s most clever and comic characters.

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Restoration Event

Saturday, July 14, 9 am – 1 pm

Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Meet: north parking lot

Each year, Mercer Island citizens donate hundreds of hours of their time to maintain the community’s parks and open spaces: picking up litter, planting trees, cutting down ivy, painting over graffiti, or repairing trails.

28th Annual Mercer Island Summer Celebration – “Island Vibes”

Saturday, July 14, 10 am – 11 pm, & Sunday, July 15, 10 am – 5 pm

Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street

Mercer Island’s only community-wide festival draws crowds between 20,000 and 30,000 over the festival weekend.  Held annually on the second full weekend in July and boasting a new theme each year, the festival consists of many events: a parade, car show, fireworks, children’s rides, art/craft vendors, food vendors, musical entertainment, Swedish Pancake Breakfast, and boat rides around the Island. Special activities this year include Sk8te the Rock 2018, Sand in the City sculptures, Meet Moana!, Dig & Create Sandbox, and much more.

Check out our My MI Guide to Summer Celebration & learn more at the City of Mercer Island website >>

Sk8te the Rock 2018

Sunday, July 15, 1 – 3 pm

Mercerdale Skate Park, 77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street

Mercer Island Parks & Recreation is partnering with Bellevue Parks & Recreation for their second annual skate event as a part of Summer Celebration! Contestants can choose from three age divisions and will have 60 seconds to skate their best run. Giveaways, demos, and prizes for winners of each age division. There will be guest appearances, music, and much more.

SJCC Service Event: Dinner at Our House

Sunday, July 15, 5 – 7 pm

SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way

Whisk, simmer, flip, bake, and blend as SJCC cooks a Sunday dinner for homeless teens. This is 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. Registration is free, but space is limited, so RSVP early.

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