This week’s events – March 19 – 25

March 19, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from March 19 – 25 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 19
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, March 20 
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, March 21
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, March 18 – 25

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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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, March 20, 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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Music Mends Minds
Wednesday, March 20, 2 – 4 pm
Covenant Shores, 9150 Fortuna Drive

Music is medicine for the mind, and the Music Mends Minds project aims to help manage cognitive impairments. Join the new “Mercer Island Band” at our monthly sing-a-long on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Shores, Mercer Island. This is a free service to the community, and we invite everyone to come make music with us! Anyone living with neurodegenerative diseases, along with your caregiver, are especially encouraged to attend. These musical support groups foster a community between the musicians and singers, as well as their families, friends, and caregivers, all of whom thrive on the socialization and music making. Contact John Nelson with questions at [email protected] or (206) 947-7429. 

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Wine Wednesday
Wednesday, March 20, 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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Lenten Community Service Project
Wednesday, March 20, 6:15 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 SE 40th Street

Looking for more ways to get involved and give back to the community? Join us each Wednesday during the season of Lent for our Lenten community service projects. All ages welcome! This week we will be assembling feminine hygiene kits for the organization, Days for Girls. RSVP with Melissa at [email protected].

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Live Music at Barrels Wine Bar
Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels Wine Bar, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Stop by for a glass of wine and listen to some great music by Patrick Daugherty on Wednesday night and “… And All That Jazz” on Thursday night.

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First Aid & CPR Class
Wednesday, March 20, 7 – 9 pm & Saturday, March 23, 9 – 2 pm
Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave SE

First Aid and CPR classes taught by Mercer Island Firefighters. This class is for infant, child, and adult CPR. The cost will be $75 per hour of instruction plus $22 per person for the certification cards. 

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Osher at the J: Toward Precision Medicine with Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, March 21, Bring your own lunch at Noon | Speaker at 12:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

At the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, scientists seek to advance research in genetic risk, develop neuroimaging markers and biomarkers for early detection, and discover novel therapeutics that can be tailored to address the underlying molecular causes of an individual’s disease. This talk highlights the most recent advances in understanding risk and resilience in Alzheimer’s disease in order to improve the care, functioning, and quality of life of both patients and caregivers. The speaker is Dr. Suman Jayadev, neurologist and Director of the UW Neurogenetics Clinic.

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, March 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]


Play Chess
Friday, March 22, 12:15 – 2:15 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Come to the library for an afternoon of chess hosted by Chouchanik Airapetian! Challenge yourself and others. Chess boards and other games will be provided. All ages and families welcome.

Orangetheory Fitness Two Year Anniversary
Friday, March 22, 4 – 6 pm
Orangetheory Fitness, 2601 76th Ave SE, Suite 101

Come celebrate our two years on Mercer Island and the completion of the 2019 Transformation Challenge! See a short class demo, eat, drink, enter our raffle and congratulate the male and female 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the TC. There will be amazing raffle prizes from many Mercer Island businesses. Bring your friends, family, neighbors and show them why so many people are passionate about Orangetheory Fitness.

Classics on Film: King of Chess (Qi wang) 
Friday, March 22, 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, King of Chess. Film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce and lead a Q&A following the film. All screenings are free and open to the public. 


Restoration Event at Gallagher Hill Open Space
Saturday, March 23, 10 am – 2 pm
City Hall Parking Lot, 9611 SE 36th Street

Gallagher Hill is an 11 acre natural area that is part of Mercer Island’s open space system that includes 35 parks, 350 acres of open space and over 50 miles of trails. Volunteers recently worked to build a new trail through this open space that serves as an important connection between City Hall on SE 36th Street and residential areas along E Shorewood Drive, encouraging pedestrian access through the area and increasing walkability around the island. 


Musical Trip Around the World
Saturday, March 23, 2 – 3 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Learn songs from Latin America and Japan, presented by Miho and Diego! Discover some rare instruments from other countries and play along by clapping and stamping out rhythms. Ages 5 and older.


Dinner Church: Spaghetti & Youth Group Fundraiser
Saturday, March 23, 5 – 8 pm
Emmanuel Church, 4400 86th Ave SE

A unique way to do church! We will gather for a meal while also gathering for worship. There will be live music, great food, and an opportunity to support the youth mission trip through their silent auction! This is a great way to attend church on Saturday night if you are running the half marathon the next day! This should be fun for ALL ages. Newcomers welcome!

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St. Monica Catholic School Dad & Daughter Dance
Saturday, March 23, 6 pm 
St. Monica Catholic Church Gym, 4320 87th Ave SE

St. Monica Catholic School’s Parent Club is excited to host the annual Dad & Daughter Dance.  Any dad & daughter(s) in our school, parish, and greater community are welcome to attend. Cost is $40 for Dad/Daughter (each additional daughter $10), price includes dinner, dancing and dessert! Please RSVP and submit payment to reserve your spot today.

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Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon
Sunday March, 24, 7:30 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Join thousands of competitive athletes, recreational runners, walkers and active families for the Spring kick-off event to Puget Sound’s running season!  There is a Half Marathon Run/Walk, 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk and 1/2 mile Kids’ Dash for those 10 years and younger. The event raises colon cancer awareness and funds colon cancer victim and family support as well as Rotary supported charities locally, regionally, and internationally. 

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Family Yoga with Rae Lowe
Sunday, March 24, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street #174 

A family yoga class intended for kids ages 5-12 and their adult(s). Spend time with your family exploring yoga together! We’ll get in lots of movement and have fun learning about yoga poses. We will discover how our body and breath move together, and ways to bring calmness and relaxation to our day. Registration highly recommended. Please bring your own mats or beach towels for your children. Class fee is $20 for 1 adult & 1 child, $30 for 2 adults & 2 children, and an additional $5/child. 

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Talk Time
Monday, March 25, 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.


Dance Classes: Waltz & Latin 
Monday, March 25, 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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