This week's events – June 12 – 18

June 9, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from June 12 – 18 on Mercer Island:

A Memorial Celebration of the Life of Brian Doyle
Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

No one in our present times was better able to articulate the joys and sorrows of the human condition than Brian Doyle was, and his death on May 27th of this year has diminished us all immeasurably. Join Island Books as they celebrate his life and work by sharing company and his wonderful words. Bring a favorite passage (or two or three) from Brian Doyle’s many books to read aloud.
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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, June 14 & Friday, June 16, 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, June 14, 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, June 14, 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.

Invasive Knotweed Control Workshop
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Community & Events Center,  8236 SE 24th Street

The King County Noxious Weed Program is hosting a workshop about what you can do to control invasive knotweed on your property, as well as the ongoing efforts by the City to control this aggressive invader across Mercer Island. For more information and to register, visit the website through the link below.
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Senior Foundation of Mercer Island Workshop
Thursday, June 15, 9:30 am – noon
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island (SFMI) will be hosting a workshop to help seniors stay independent. SFMI wants seniors to stay in their homes as long as possible, and they want to provide as much information as they can to make this goal a reality, such as critical information on senior transportation and logistics. At this FREE workshop, they will be providing information that will help with satisfying nutritional, medical, and social needs. Sign up by calling 206-232-4597 — seating is limited!

Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, June 15, 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].

Mediterranean Diet with a NSM Nutritionist 
Saturday, June 17, 10 – 11 am
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Ave SE

Known for their longevity, people living in the Mediterranean region must be doing something right. Many scientists attribute their vigor to what’s in their kitchens – an array of simple, wholesome ingredients, and of course, extra virgin olive oil. Come learn the benefits of this eating style and how to emulate it in your home. This event is free and registration is required.
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Mathblast Science Exhibit
Saturday, June 17, 11 am – 2 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by Pacific Science Center, this family program is open to kids of all ages. See how math comes to life as you explore interactive exhibits. Use spatial reasoning to build three-dimensional shapes and solve puzzles. Discover complex patterns and ways to use math every day. Stop by anytime between 11 am – 2 pm.

Artists Reception for “Harmony of Color” at Mercer Gallery
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

“Harmony of Color” was formed in 2009 by a group of women who came together every Saturday morning with a yearning to paint. Sharing their paintings and working together benefited them more than originally anticipated or imagined. They decided to share their work with the rest of the world in hopes of inspiring others to also find time in their busy schedules to reveal their hidden talents and discover the harmony of color through their artwork. Stop by for snacks and light refreshments! The exhibit will be open from June 5 – July 21.

Steps & Reps: Father’s Day Family Fitness Event
Sunday, June 18, 9 am
Mercerdale Park, 77th SE & SE 32nd

Join the community for the 3rd annual Steps & Reps Family Sweat Session. The one hour workout (designed for all ages and fitness levels) will be lead by professional trainers from MI Athletic Club and Renew Fitness, and consists of a brisk walk/run up and down the Mercerdale Park stairs and heart-pumping, boot-camp style exercises on the Mercerdale Park field. You can also compete on the Mercerdale Park fitness equipment for your chance to win fabulous prizes.

Registration fee is $20/adult and $5/child. All registration proceeds will be donated to the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department in support of purchasing a new piece of outdoor fitness equipment.

Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, June 18, 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, local artisan crafts, and fun activities for the whole family. Visit the website for weekly updates and special events.
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Father’s Day @ the J: On The Map
Sunday, June 18, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Calling all kids, dads, granddads, and the families that love them! Nosh on bagels and fruit while watching this heart-pounding story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team’s historic win in a SJFF encore screening of the movie On The Map.
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SJCC Service Event: Dinner at Our House
Sunday, June 18, 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. Please join us for a couple hours to help battle food insecurity among homeless teens!
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