This week's events – June 26 – July 2

June 22, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from June 26 – July 2 on Mercer Island:

Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, June 28 & Friday, June 30, 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 28, 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 28, 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.

Raise the Roof and Sing Concert
Wednesday, June 28, 7 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Throughout history, people have used songs to inspire change, help work go faster, celebrate, and make the planet a happier place. Sing along with Nancy Stewart to new and familiar songs! This family program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and is open to all ages.

Mercer Island Library Birthday Party
Wednesday, June 28, 8 – 8:45 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Following Nancy Stewart’s sing-a-long, celebrate the 72nd birthday of the Mercer Island Library, open to all ages! Check out old photos and stories of our history. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

MIVAL’s 43rd Annual Junior Art Show 
June 29 – July 9, 9 am – 6 pm
Mercer Island Wells Fargo Bank, 3001 78th Ave SE

MIVAL is excited to once again recognize our young, creative and emerging artists. June 29th is the opening day for the art show! Awards and prizes are generously donated by Wells Fargo, MIVAL, and the Mercer Island community. Entries are open to all students grades K through 12. Come view the incredible art pieces in the Wells Fargo Bank lobby!

Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, June 29, 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].

Paddle with the J 
Thursday, June 29, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Meet at the Herzl waterfront (across the street from the J) to spend an evening on the water! We’ll get out the J’s kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards and enjoy some sunshine, get exercise, and meet new friends. Each trip is two hours. There will be a lifeguard on duty. This event is $10 for SJCC members and $15 for guests.

Open Book Club: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Thursday, June 29, 7:30 – 9 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

For our June Open Book Club, we’ll be reading The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. This bestselling novel tells multiple stories, beginning with the story behind Sara de Vos, the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Open Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store, you’ll get a 10% discount.
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Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, July 2, 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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Writers Read Out
Sunday, July 2, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Writers read 5 minutes of their unpublished work. We welcome funny, feisty, fantastic, historic, erotic, mysterious, poetic, genre-bending, device wielding, shape-shifting, mind-blowing, but no drama over the time limit. 5 means 5. Want to read? Reserve a spot online at our website. Questions? Contact [email protected]. Ages 18+. Listeners welcome!