This week’s events – March 12 – 18

March 11, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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

Story Times at the Library
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join the Mercer Island Children’s Librarian for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun in these programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, March 12
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, March 13 
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, March 14
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

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Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, March 11 – 17

Stop by and check out the art currently on display at the art galleries around Mercer Island!

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

“Poetic Embellishment” – paper vessels by Nobel Golden & paintings by Agness Lee

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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

“Light Revealed” – paintings by Debra Van Tuinen
“Love Birds” – paintings by Mehdi Ghanbeigy

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MIVAL Gallery
Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE

“Shades of Gray” – paintings, photography, fiber art, ceramics, glass and jewelry by local artists

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Mercer Island Community & Event Center Gallery
8236 SE 24th Street

“Mercer Island in Focus” – photography by local photographers

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Mercer Island Women’s Club with Lauren Danner
Tuesday, March 12, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive

The Mercer Island Women’s Club is holding a fundraiser lunch with guest speaker Lauren Danner. She will be available to sign books that can be preordered from Island Books. Open to the general public.

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IMS/MIHS Cheer Clinic
Tuesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 14, 5 -7 pm
Mercer Island High School Gym, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Ever wanted to be a cheerleader?  Here is your chance to see what it’s like! Mercer Island HS Cheer is hosting a 2 day cheer clinic for 6th, 7th, & 8th graders! They will teach dances, cheers, and other cheer skills. No prior experience is necessary for this clinic, just a positive attitude!

Questions, please email Julie Ogata Ciobanu.


Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, March 12, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join us to talk about books and topics of the day. Express your opinion! Plan events for the community and focus on issues that are important to you and you can earn volunteer credit. Light snacks provided.

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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, March 13, 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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Mess Around with Modeling Clay
Wednesday, March 13, 3 – 5 pm
Boys & Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave SE

Stop by to create your own sculpture with modeling clay and basic tools. You can help construct and test a catapult, too!

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Wine Wednesday
Wednesday, March 13, 5 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Stop by for the community-inspired Wine Wednesday.  When you purchase your wine by the glass or bottle from our rotating selection of wines, you may enjoy an aperitivo-style buffet on our 21 foot curved countertop.

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St. Patrick’s Day Senior Lunch
Thursday, March 14, 12 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Join us for a traditional Irish lunch, music, games, and a bit of the blarney! Ages 65+.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected]


Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, March 14, 4 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

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]


Felt Board Fun Workshop
Thursday, March 14, 6:30 – 8 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Drop in anytime during this workshop and make a felt song kit for your child! You’ll make felt pieces for five popular songs, and a pizza box felt board for playing and singing on the go. Adults only.

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Live Music at Barrels Wine Bar
Friday, March 15, 6 – 8 pm 
Barrles Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Have a glass of wine and listen music by to Chris Stevens and Jack Cook. Chris also teaches guitar if anyone is interested.  Information is available at Barrels Wine Bar. 

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Classics on Film: Queen to Play (La Joueuse) 
Friday, March 15, 7:30 pm
Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave SE

The Classics on Film series, sponsored by the Arts Council, celebrates the amazing variety of chess-themed cinema with the film, Queen to Play, a French film with English subtitles. Film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce and lead a Q&A following the film. All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored in partnership with the Mercer Island Sister City Association. Enjoy wine and cheese starting at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Aljoya.

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Restoration Event
Saturday, March 16, 10 am – 2 pm
Homestead Park Playground, 8100 SE 40th Street

Join EarthCorps, Mercer Island Parks & Recreation, and Friends of Homestead Park to help restore the forested areas of Homestead Park. While Homestead is host to ball fields and playgrounds it is also home to around 2.5 acres of urban forest in need of rescue from invasive weeds!

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Barre Rev Launch Party
Saturday, March 16, 3 – 5 pm
Barre Rev, 2441 76th Ave SE Suite 120 

Kaelyn Adams, the new owner, is excited to be taking over the studio space from The Dailey Method and creating Barre Rev. Due to the snowstorm, the Launch Party is rescheduled for Saturday, March 16. There will be an Open House from 3 – 5 pm with a raffle drawing and door prizes. Everyone welcome!

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Wine Tasting at Barrels Wine Bar
Saturday, March 16, 2 – 5 pm 
Barrles Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Join winemakers and owners Kendall Mix (Lawrelin Wine Co), Josh Maloney (Maloney Wines), and Marco De Santis (Radix Winery) as they pour their wines at Barrels Wine Bar. Kendall Mix will be pouring Lawrelin vintage wines from 2001 – 2006.  Josh Maloney will be pouring a “diagonal” of his single varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon), single vineyard (never to be repeated) 2012 – 2016 Cabs.  Marco De Santis owner of Radix Wines will be pouring both his Laevus (co-fermented Syrah/Petite Sirah) and Dexter (co-fermented Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc) wines both 2016 vintages.  All wines will be available to purchase at the wine bar.

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Author Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones and the Six
Saturday, March 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Come mingle with Taylor Jenkins Reid to celebrate her newest release, Daisy Jones and the Six, a gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. Tickets required for the event. A book, a signature cocktail, and food included with purchase. Signing will happen after the event.

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Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 17, 11 am – 2 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Get ready for our biggest carnival yet! Join us “On the Boardwalk” for our annual Purim Carnival, featuring The Ultimate Melt and Falafel Salaam food trucks, tons of games, crafts, prizes, Purim characters, and more! Don’t forget to come in your best costume! The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged to make the check-in process easier the day of the event.

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Dinner at Our House
Sunday, March 17, 5 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Whisk, simmer, flip, bake, and blend as we cook a Sunday dinner in the SJCC kitchen for homeless teens. 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.

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Talk Time
Monday, March 18, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Improve your speaking and listening skills in this conversation group for English language learners. Walk-ins welcome.

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Dance Classes: Waltz & Latin 
Monday, March 18, 7:30 – 8:30 pm | 8:35 – 9:35 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Join world-class dance teacher Ari Levitt for a beginner dance series this winter. No partner needed! Learn to effortlessly glide across the floor with cross-step waltz and fun patterns like shadow waltzing in “Intro to Shadow Waltzing.”  Stay for “A Fun Swing Sampler” and learn Lindy hop, east coast swing, shag, and more!

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