This week’s events – March 5 – 11

March 4, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from March 5 – 11 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 5
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, March 6
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, March 7
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 4 – 10

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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City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 5, 6 pm
City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street

City Council will hold their regular meeting on the first and third Tuesday of the month.  You can watch the meeting live!

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Shop Local & Support MIYFS
Wednesday, March 6, all day
Various Locations

Eleven local business will open their doors and their hearts and donate 20% of their proceeds to support the programs and services of MIYFS. All the Best Pet Care, Au Courant, Auto Spa, Island Books, Island Treats, Mercer Island Athletic Club, Mioposto Pizzeria & Bar, Pete’s South Mercer Chevron, Studio 904, Terra Bella, and Yogabliss are participating in Shop Local. Be sure to stop by, shop, and thank your local business owners!

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Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation Annual Breakfast 
Wednesday, March 6, 7 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Every year the local community comes together to celebrate and support Mercer Island Youth and Family Services at its biggest fundraising event of the year. We encourage everyone to give from the heart so MIYFS can continue to support all Mercer Islanders.

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Performance with Japanese Taiko Drummers & MIHS Percussionists
Wednesday, March 6, 7 – 8 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd Street

“CHIKIRI,” featuring Ringtaro, Asako and Sohshun Tateishi, will perform Japanese Taiko drumming at the Mercer Island High School’s Performing Arts Center. This performance is the capstone of an eight-week artist-in-residence program for percussion students at the high school. The performance will include the MIHS Wind Ensemble percussionists playing “SHOGUN”, the MIHS Percussion Ensemble playing two Taiko pieces arranged especially for the ensemble, and a special 30-minute performance by the CHIKIRI and performing members of The School of Taiko, which Ringtaro has been teaching.

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Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
Thursday, March 7, Noon – 1 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Please join us, as we welcome Mercer Island School District Superintendent Donna Colosky to the next member luncheon.

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Spring Book Sale
Thursday – Saturday, March 7 – 10, during library open hours
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

While it’s a mini-sale, there are so many great books, you will have no trouble finding lovely books for family and friends or a special book for yourself.

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, March 7, 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]


Opening Party for LEGO® Posters by IMS Art II Students
Thursday, March 7, 5 – 6:30 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

What do superheroes look like? How can we be superheroes? Consider these ideas as you explore this new Community Arts Exhibit! Islander Middle School students in Julie Biggs’s Art II classes designed personal superheroes inspired by the Salish artist Jeffrey Veregge and Ruth Carter, the Academy Award® winning costume designer of Black Panther. Students then collaborated in teams to combine their ideas into eleven culturally rich hero designs. They worked with local artist Alice Finch to transform their ideas into LEGO® posters promoting diversity and social justice. Discover the superhero qualities in all of us as you view these colorful works of art. 

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Book Club with Kitty Zeldis, Not Our Kind
Thursday, March 7, 7 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Join our first book club with author Kitty Zeldis. Receive an advance copy of her new book, “Not Our Kind” to prepare for an intimate, author-led discussion. This thought-provoking novel set in postwar New York City illuminates the lives of two women—one Jewish, one not—on the cusp of change, and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting.  Gripping and vividly told, Not Our Kind asks how much our past can and should define our future.

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Robert Tsai, Author of Practical Equality 
Friday, March 8, 6 – 7:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Equality is easy to grasp in theory but often hard to achieve in reality. In this accessible and wide-ranging work, American University law professor Robert L. Tsai offers a stirring account of how legal ideas that aren’t necessarily about equality at all – ensuring fair play, behaving reasonably, avoiding cruelty, and protecting free speech – have often been used to overcome resistance to justice and remain vital today. Join us Friday evening for a Mercer Island Democratic Association meeting with Robert Tsai. He will discuss his book and have a Q&A session about the his research and the current state of affairs in America and the world.

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Seattle Humane Fundraiser Vinyasa Class
Friday, March 8, 6:15 pm
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street, #174

Support local animals while practicing yoga! Flow through some animal inspired asanas in this donation based vinyasa class, raising funds for Seattle Humane. All funds raised from this event will be donated to Seattle Humane in the name and memory of Madeline Galbreath, yogi, animal lover, and friend. All levels welcome. Minimum suggested donation $10. Cash or check only.

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Classics on Film: Bobby Fischer Against the World 
Friday, March 8, 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, Bobby Fischer Against the World. Film historian Lance Rhoades will introduce and lead a Q&A following the film. All screenings are free and open to the public.

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New Seasons Market Bike Drive
Saturday, March 9, 10 am – 4 pm
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Ave SE

Please join us in supporting Bike Works. If you have a bicycle, bike parts, or accessories you would like to donate, please drop them off at the New Seasons Market.

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Youth Theatre Northwest Gala Fundraiser
Saturday, March 9, 5:30 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle

For over 30 years, Youth Theatre Northwest has been one of the region’s premier youth arts organizations, providing a wide range of dynamic programming for thousands of children and young adults, ages 3 to 18. Please join us as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary at our annual Gala Fundraiser, Live Out Loud! Events of the evening include a Silent Auction with an open bar and cocktails, gourmet dinner, Live Auction with renowned actioneer and former YTN educator, Matt Smith, performances by YTN students, and a Dessert Dash.

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Sweet and Savory Hamantashen Cooking Class
Sunday, March 10, 2 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

Put a creative spin on the classic Purim hamantashen recipe in this hands-on, all-levels class. We’ll make both sweet and savory versions of this festive three-sided holiday dessert. All ages welcome!

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Talk Time
Monday, March 11, 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 11, 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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