This week's events – June 5 – 11

June 2, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from June 5 – 11 on Mercer Island:

When Anxiety Rears its Head at Night
Tuesday, June 6, 7 – 8:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Sondra Kornblatt, author of Restful Insomnia, will be holding a workshop for adults and seniors at SJCC on what to do when you’re feeling anxious at night. Anxiety can take up your whole body, mind, and awareness. And once that begins to take hold, it can dominate the whole night. This class shares perspectives and tips on how to manage anxiety so you are more able to renew, and do what really needs to be done during the day.

Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, June 7 & Friday, June 9, 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 7, 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 7, 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.

Mediterranean Diet with a NSM Nutritionist 
Wednesday, June 7, 5 – 6 pm
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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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, June 8, 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].

Restoration Event
Saturday, June 10, 10 am – 2 pm
Ellis Pond, SE 47th Street & 90th Ave SE
Meet: South entrance of park on 90th Ave SE, north of SE 47th St.

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.

Mozart for a Cure
Saturday, June 10, 1:30 pm
Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way

Mozart for a Cure is a benefit concert at CCMI that will feature string players from the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, including cellist Roberta Rominger, who will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Portenas. 100% of the donations received at the door will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Come enjoy classical music for a great cause!

Island Youth Ballet: Excerpts from Cinderella
Saturday, June 10, 7 pm & Sunday, June 11, 2 pm
MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Island Youth Ballet’s Excerpts from Cinderella continues an Island tradition with a springtime ballet full of hope and magic at the Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center. More than 40 Mercer Island ballet students will perform highlights from the classic story of a young girl who discovers her prince with the loving help of friendly forest creatures and a fairy godmother. Tickets may be purchased by calling 206 – 275 – 4750, at the door, or online.
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Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, June 11, 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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Youth Theatre Northwest: Faculty Showcase 2017
Sunday, June 11, 7 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave SE

In this rare, once-a-season, performance event, Youth Theatre’s faculty and staff perform on the Mainstage. Witness artists and educators perform astounding feats of skill and foolishness-all to benefit YTN and its programs.
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Noam Vazana Sephardic Jazz Trio
Sunday, June 11, 7 pm (Cash Bar Happy Hour at 6 pm)
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

If Nina Simone and Tori Amos would go a little crazier, played trombone and piano at the same time, and had the versatility to switch between North African, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern music and jazz, they would produce the hypnotizing sounds and charismatic vocals of this fresh talent on the global music scene. Born in Israel and hailing from Amsterdam, Vazana’s trio combines the ancient Ladino language with relevant electronic and jazz influences, creating a co-existence of past and present. Come see them live at SJCC; tickets available online or at the box office.
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