This week's events – May 7 – 13

May 6, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from May 7 – 13 on Mercer Island:

Spring 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 30-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday May 8
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

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

Jennifer Worick, Author of What’s Your M.O.?: Live Your Best Life the Michelle Obama Way

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 – 8 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books is honored to welcome bestselling author Jennifer Worick to discuss her newest book, What’s Your M.O.?: Live Your Best Life the Michelle Obama Way. Using examples, actual events, and inspiring quotations from Michelle’s life during and prior to her time as first lady, What’s Your M.O. simultaneously celebrates Michelle’s accomplishments and provides useful advice for a wide array of life’s challenges.

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Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, May 9 & Friday, May 11, 9 – 10 am

Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

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, May 9, 10:30 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by Island Books’ staff or special guests.

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Wednesday, May 9, 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.

KING FM’s Instrument Petting Zoo

Wednesday, May 9, 1 – 3 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by KING FM Radio, this family program is open to people of all ages. Curious what it’s like to hold a violin bow or try a clarinet? Now you and your family can find out! Through this hands-on program, you can touch, hear, and play many instruments and be introduced to the world of music!

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Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s

Wednesday, May 9, 5 – 9 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Purchase your wine by the glass from a rotating selection of wines. Each glass includes delicious appetizers served buffet-style. No need to purchase tickets for Wine Wednesday.

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SJCC Circle of Friends Luncheon

Thursday, May 10, 11:30 – 1 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Join SJCC for their annual SJCC Circle of Friends Luncheon to celebrate the J and support their mission to inspire connections, create outstanding programs, and welcome everyone to learn, grow, and celebrate Jewish life and culture in and around the Puget Sound. Check-in begins at 11:30 am; the program is from noon to 1 pm. A minimum donation of $180 per guest is requested.

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Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, May 10, 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].

A Park System for All: The Olmsted Vision for Seattle

Thursday, May 10, 7 – 8:30 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

In 1903, Seattle’s Board of Park Commissioners invited John Charles Olmsted to design a park system for Seattle. Over the next three decades, his plans guided the creation of an interconnected network of parkways, parks, and playfields. The system provides access across the city to the restorative benefits of green spaces and forms the foundation of Seattle’s flourishing park system today. Presented by local historian and author, Jennifer Ott, as part of the Know Your History program through KCLS.

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Lunchtime Lesson: “Springtime in Italy”

Friday, May 11, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Join Chef Abby Canfield for a special lunch demonstration and meal focusing on “Springtime in Italy.” Come to Caruccio’s casual lunch counter to watch, learn, and chat while Abby shows you how to make two dishes and a dessert.

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Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

May 4 – 20

Fridays & Saturdays, 7 pm, Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm

Parish Theatre, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave SE

Youth Theatre Northwest presents an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s story, “Through the Looking Glass.” This production is the culminating show of the Kamishibai project, YTN’s collaboration with Japanese artists. Join Alice as she embarks on a peculiar and thrilling adventure from one quirky world to the next in pursuit of her beloved but tempestuous cat. Along the way, there are outrageous characters to meet: Red Queen, White Queen, Tweedle Dee, and Humpty Dumpty. Everyone has a story to share while painting a dreamy and hilarious picture of Wonderland. *Please read special note on website regarding the performance.*

MIHS Drama Showcase

Friday, May 11, 7 – 9 pm

MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd St

An evening showcase the work and learning of MIHS’ Drama 1 students. Come support our young thespians!

Restoration Event

Saturday, May 12, 10 am – 2 pm

Island Crest Park, 5800 Island Crest Way

Meet: parking lot.

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.

Five Course Mother’s Day Special with Meesha

Saturday, May 12, 7 – 10 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Come to Caruccio’s to celebrate all the special women in your life on the day before Mother’s Day. Enjoy a 5-course, artfully inspired meal, including a glass of bubbly, amuse bouche, and palate cleanser, with Meesha, the modern Indian pop-up restaurant that has taken Seattle by storm.

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