This week's events – June 18 – 24

June 17, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from June 18 – 24 on Mercer Island:

Australian Winemaker’s Dinner – Luke Marquis

Monday, June 18, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Luke Marquis, now 22 years old, is the oldest child of Sarah and Sparky Marquis, founders of Mollydooker Winery. Luke himself will be coming all the way from Australia to Caruccio’s to host this Winemaker’s dinner. He will do the pouring of the beautiful wines that he made himself in his family’s vineyards. The chef for this elegant, wine-paired dinner is a local favorite, Chef Cody Castiglia. The menu includes Spring Vegetable Tartine, Hankerchief Pasta, Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad, Lamb Osso Buco, and a special Caruccio’s wine-infused dessert.

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African Music & Dance Showcase

Tuesday, June 19, 2 – 3 pm

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave SE

Presented by Gansango Dance Company, this family program is open to all ages. You won’t be able to resist dancing and enjoying yourself at this program! A talented group of musicians and dancers will entertain you with contemporary and traditional West African dance, drumming and songs.

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Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, June 20 & Friday, June 22, 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 with Sparkle! 

Wednesday, June 20, 10 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books’ regular Wednesday morning Storybook Corner goes glam with a visit from Sparkle Leigh, Seattle’s Premier Clownfish Mermaid! Sparkle will be reading stories of love and light, bravery and pride, and maybe even inspiring a dance party. They’ll be starting earlier than usual so we can have a full hour of fun.

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Wednesday, June 20, 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.

Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s

Wednesday, June 20, 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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SJFF Encore Film: Shalom Bollywood

Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Back by popular demand, SHALOM BOLLYWOOD is a surprising portrait of six Indian-Jewish Bollywood screen legends. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be for sale. SJFF 2018 passholders can enter for free.

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Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, June 21, 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]

A Midsummer Night in Europe with Rachel Linden

Thursday, June 21, 6:30 – 8 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

What better way to kick off the summer than with a vacation to foreign lands? Join Island Books as they celebrate the season with author Rachel Linden, who will take the audience on a virtual journey as she introduces Becoming the Talbot Sisters. Raise a refreshing glass of sparkling fröccs and be carried away by a story of hope, courage, romance, and a bit of whimsy.

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Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis

Saturday, June 23, 2 – 3 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This Seattle Art Museum exhibition, which runs from June 14 to September 9, 2018, presents a comprehensive collection of Edward S. Curtis’s magnificent portraits of Native Americans. Photographed during the turn of the last century, they now have an indelible place in the American consciousness, especially the works from the Pacific Northwest where he started his career.

This lecture by Tamara Moats will explore his life and work, and the key Northwest tribes he portrayed. Tamara Moats is a Seattle art historian, former curator of education at the UW Henry Art Gallery, and history teacher at the Bush School Upper School. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

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Chef Sepehr Sadrzadeh and Kramer Cirineo

Saturday, June 23, 6 – 9 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Chef Sepehr Sadrzadeh and Kramer Cirineo ready to make a huge splash in the food scene of the greater Seattle area. This dinner will be a top-notch, 6-course experience with a wine pairing. You will be welcomed with Caruccio’s bubbly and appetizers. For your plated, sit-down dinner, the chefs will be using seasonal produce and modern technique to create a supremely delicious and somewhat whimsical experience. Everything they do is grounded in solid fundamental technique and building delicious flavor, but they love to include fine-dining finesse and a little humor in their cooking. This dinner is sure to be a delicious, exciting meal served in a welcoming atmosphere without pretense.

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Mercer Island Farmers Market

Sunday, June 24, 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. Say hello to your favorite vendors and kick the season off with us. 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.

Juneteenth Celebration

Sunday, June 24, 1 – 3 pm

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

On Sunday, June 24, in partnership with the City, One Mercer Island will be presenting the community’s first Juneteenth Celebration. Come join us for music, food, fun, and education! One MI meets to discuss issues of race, equity and access and has formed advocacy groups to raise awareness of cultural diversity on Mercer Island. Come to this community event and learn more about Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the USA.

Jim Bailey, Author of The End of Healing

Sunday, June 24, 3 – 5 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books welcomes author Jim Bailey to the store. His new book, The End of Healing, tells the story of a young doctor’s journey through the healthcare underworld to confront his own demons, uncover the roots of corruption in American medicine, and find true healing. This novel will share unique insight and change your perspective on the U.S. medical system.

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