This week’s events – May 7 – 13

May 7, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events from May 7 – 13 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, May 7
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, May 8
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, May 9
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Mercer Island Art Guide
Monday – Sunday, April 23 – 28

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

“Spontaneous Expressions” – paintings by Barbara Bouman Jay & Scott Gibson

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

“AfroFuturism” – photography

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MIVAL Gallery
Avellino Building 2836 78th Ave SE

“Flora & Fauna” – a small format art show

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

“Outside the Lines” – Paintings by Seattle Co~Arts

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7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Paintings by Bryan Friel



ECS Parent Education Seminar: Effective Limits
Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 am
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Boundaries are healthy for children, protecting their safety and guiding them as they grow. What limits work for your family? How can they be best communicated, consistently so they are most effective? What are some strategies for adjusting expectations as children learn? Our discussion will be led by ECS Consultant Mekhala Koshy.

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Moms, Mocktails, and Mental Health
Tuesday, May 7, 5 – 8 pm
Terra Bella, 3028 78th Ave SE

Island Friends Junior Guild would like to invite you to Moms, Mocktails, and Mental Health! Come join us for shopping and mocktails at Terra Bella. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Island Friends Junior Guild which benenfits the mental health unit at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Each customer who supports the Guild will be entered into a raffle for a $120 prize donated by Terra Bella!

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National Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 8, all day
Mercer Island Schools

National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month. 

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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, May 8 & Friday, May 10, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Community Coffee Hour is offered every Wednesday and Friday. Stop by for a hot cup of jo’ and socialize with fellow community members in a fun and engaging atmostphere.

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

Alicia Peru Boutique Pop-Up
Wednesday, May 8, 4 – 7 pm
Barrels, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Barrels will host Alicia Peru Boutique from Bellevue. Alicia Peru is a fair trade premium alpaca knitwear company, designed in the USA and hand crafted in Peru in association with several groups of skilled artisans. Come and check out some great gifts for Mother’s Day!

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Wine Wednesday
Wednesday, May 8, 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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Israel Independence Day: Yom haAtzmaut
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 pm
Island Synagogue, 8685 SE 47th Street

Celebrate Israeli Independence Day at Island Synagogue with fireworks! Purchase dinner at the fabulous KoGo kosher food truck that will be parked at Island Synagogue for the occasion. At dark, enjoy an exciting fireworks display in honor of the 71st birthday of the state of Israel. Free to attend, but please donate or sponsor to help cover the cost of the fireworks.

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Chamber of Commerce May Luncheon
Thursday, May 9, Noon – 1 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

The Chamber of Commerce May Luncheon will be hosting Kevin Kelly from Recology, Mercer Island’s waste, recycling and compost provider starting in October 2019. Please join us!

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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, May 9, 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] 


Live Music
Thursday, May 9, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Patrick Daugherty returns to Barrels playing great hits from the 1960s through the 2000s. Come sing along as he plays all the songs we know by heart.

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Family Sing Along
Thursday, May 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Bring your guitar or other instrument for a true community sing-along with Nancy Stewart. Lyrics & chords will be projected on a screen so you can read, sing and play along. If you attend all five sing-alongs, your guitar-playing skills will get a good workout! Linda Ernst, Children’s Librarian will share special stories. All ages welcome!

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Glassybaby Pop-Up
Friday, May 10, 4 – 7 pm
Barrels, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Barrels is hosing a Glassybaby Pop-Up just in time to find the perfect Glassybaby gift for your mom on Mother’s Day. Shop for beautiful glass work and sip Rosé and Bubbles!

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3rd Annual Mother Son Game Night
Friday, May 10, 7 – 9 pm
Boys & Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave SE

It’s time to play! Boys and their moms, join us for a fun evening of obstacle courses, board games, dessert and other fun surprises. Laughs and memories are guaranteed, so grab your mom friends and join the fun! Please consider bringing a new or gently used book (K-2nd Grade level) to contribute to the MIBGC reading shelves and get a door prize ticket in return. Tickets are limited. $25 in advance. $40 at the door. 

Please register here


Youth Theatre Northwest presents “Sideways Stories from Wayside School”
Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 14, various times
Youth Theatre Northwest, 4400 86th Ave SE

Youth Theatre Northwest presents a play adapted from Louis Sachar “Wayside School” novels. Mrs. Jewls’ classroom on the 30th floor of the Wayside School is inhabited by 28 students, 2 teachers, 1 ghost, and a dead rat. The students are terrified of the kindly Mrs. Jewls. Mrs. Jewls is terrified of her adorable students. Through a series of amusing escapades they’ll learn that their problems may be ridiculous, but they’re not so terribly different after all. Best suited for ages 8+. Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. is a Free Tickets for Teachers day! All teachers can get 2 free tickets!

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Restoration Event
Saturday, May 11, 10 am – 2 pm
Clarke Beach, 7700 East Mercer Way

Join EarthCorps, Mercer Island Parks & Recreation, and community members to continue working in this great park. Clarke Beach is located on the shores of Lake Washington and hosts a wide variety of activities such as swimming, hiking and picnicking. The forested area of this park has received lots of help over the years, but still needs some work!



Soapstone Carving Workshops
Saturday, May 11, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Carve soft and colorful soapstone into a wolf, bear, or orca! Artist Kentaro Kojima will guide you through this 90-minute, multi-generational workshop and share diverse information about sculpture, geology, animals & nature, and much more. Have fun creating and shaping something as stubborn as a stone! All materials supplied by instructor. Must register 5 days prior to workshop.

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Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement
Saturday, May 11, 2 – 3 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

The summer exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, “Victorian Radicals”, presents the artwork of the major artists and designers of the rebellious Pre-Raphaelites of the 19th century. They wanted to connect art to everyday life and were committed to the handmade object. The exhibition will present 145 paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, textiles, and decorative arts. This lecture will preview the exhibition and explore these artists’ attention to detail, use of vibrant colors, and engagement with both literary themes and contemporary life. Tamara Moats is a Seattle art historian, history teacher at the Bush School Upper School, and former Curator of Education at the UW Henry Art Gallery.

SJFF Encore: “Shoelaces”
Saturday, May 11, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Winner of Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Film, “Shoelaces” is the heartwarming story of a complicated relationship between a special-needs adult son who wants to donate a kidney to his ailing father, who abandoned him as a child because of his disabilities. Winner of the Israeli Academy Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actor. Followed by community conversation with The Arc of King County‘s Rachel Nemhauser, Parent to Parent Program Supervisor.

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Awakening to Your Beautiful Self with Nancy Medwell
Sunday, May 12,1:30 – 3:30 pm
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street, #174

Join Nancy Medwell, this Mother’s Day at Yogabliss, in creating a supportive, sacred space to come home to yourself. Imagine what it would feel like to carve out intentional time just to be in your body and feel. In this 2-hour workshop you will awaken your 5 senses through experiential activities, learn self-care rituals from Ayurveda, the science of self-reliant healing, open your heart to feel and share your divine energy, and become inspired to create your life as an expression of who you truly are and your deepest gifts. Tuition: $40. Please register early to make sure you can join us.

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Talk Time
Monday, May 13, 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.


Mixed Media Art Studio with Genny Reese
Monday, May 13, 1 – 4 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Bring your own supplies, and join other artists in a bright, lakeview room to work on your art! MIVAL’s own Genny Rees facilitates this non-instructional, weekly studio at the Community Center. Meet other creators, and connect over your love for art. Please use non-toxic materials. $10 Drop in fee.

Register at or 206.275.7609.  


Movement Matters in Early Childhood
Monday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by Terry Goetz, School Director of Creative Dance Center, BrainDance is based on fundamental movement patterns for early childhood that support language and rhythmic development, socio-emotional intelligence and focuses on creating multi-sensory experiences for young children. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move and have fun. Provides (2) STARS training credit hours in Child Growth and Development. Adults only!