This week's events – November 12 – 18

November 12, 2018 | by Andrea Simpson

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

Thrift Store 43rd Anniversary Sale

Monday, November 12, 9 am – 7 pm

Mercer Island Thrift Store, 7710 SE 34th Street

Join staff and patrons at the Mercer Island Thrift Store as they celebrate 43 years as a volunteer-powered organization raising money to support Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. Customers will enjoy a store-wide discount of 30% on all manner of treasures: from toys for kids, holiday home decor, to luxury apparel, art, and housewares. Come enjoy personalized customer service and refreshments while you shop!

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School’s Out Camps at the J

Monday, November 12, 9 am – 4 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

When school’s out, the J is in! There are a variety of full and half-day camps during school breaks. Each day features activities centered on a special theme, plus kids will swim, play in the gym, and enjoy arts and crafts.

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Monday, November 12, 4 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

SixThirTeens is a community service group for Jewish 6th-12th graders in the Seattle area. Their goal is to have fun while performing mitzvot (good deeds). There are no membership or attendance requirements – serve one time or every time! In honor of Veteran’s Day, they will be writing letters of thanks and encouragement to veterans.

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Bullying and Kids: Strategies for Dealing with Bullying

Monday, November 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave S

What is considered bullying? Bullying affects all children whether they are victims, bullies or onlookers. What can you do to help a child when they are being bullied? What if they are the bully? Discover ways to deal with bullying in the early childhood classroom with Kathy Slattengren, M.ED., Priceless Parenting.

Book Fairs at Island Books

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books will be hosting Book Fairs for local schools on Mercer Island from November – December. If you mention the school’s name at checkout, Island Books will donate 20% of your purchase to that school! So start your holiday shopping and support your local school! There will be delicious bites and beverages while you shop and mingle with friends. The bookstore is open 9 am – 7 pm and the Book Fair schedule is listed below.

St. Monica School – November 13
Lakeridge Elementary School – November 15
Northwood Elementary School – November 16
Island Park Elementary School – November 28
West Mercer Elementary School – November 29
SJCC Early Childhood School – November 30
Island Middle School – December 4
Mercer Island High School – December 6

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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, November 13 
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, November 14 
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

Thursday, November 15
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, November 14, & Friday, November 16, 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 or tea while catching up with old acquaintances or meeting new friends.

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

Storybook Corner

Wednesday, November 14, 10:30 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

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

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Wine Wednesdays at Caruccio’s

Wednesday, November 14, 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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Joel Gamoran, Author of Cooking Scrappy

Wednesday, November 14, 6 – 7:30 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

We’re excited to welcome renowned chef and author Joel Gamoran to Island Books to discuss his new cookbook, Cooking Scrappy: 100 Recipes to Help You Stop Wasting Food, Save Money, and Love What You Eat. Joel is the National Chef of Sur La Table and the Host of the Award Winning A&E TV cooking series Scraps! Joel’s relatable, fun loving approach to cooking is why he inspires people all over the world to jump head first into their kitchens.

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Hoops for Kids Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, November 14, 7 – 10 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Join us for a 4×4 basketball tournament for adults and kids, ages 13 and up. All proceeds go toward Hoops for Kids, a basketball program for at risk youth in Kenya and Israel. There will be pizza and prizes!

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Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm

Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Learn evidence-based prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. Like first aid and CPR, this valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities. For parents/adults only.

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Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, November 15, 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]

Films at the SJCC: Like

Thursday, November 15, 7:30 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

The film, Like, by the producers of Screenagers and Angst, strives to inspire people of all ages to self-regulate their technology use, especially kids. It doesn’t focus on blame, but rather it encourages people to look in the mirror and feel empowered to create balance in their lives and learn to be there for each other. Includes post-film panel of experts, followed by Q&A.

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Thursday Food & Film Night at Caruccio’s

Thursday, November 15, 5 – 9 pm

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

This week’s film is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Watch featured movies projected on Caruccio’s big screen with subtitles and soft audio. Enjoy your wine by the glass along with complimentary appetizers inspired by the classic or foreign film of the evening.

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KnitLit: A Crafter Book Group

Friday, November 16, 10:30 am – noon

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Discuss A Week in Winter and share your knitting, crocheting or crafting techniques with others.

Winepaired Italian PNW Dinner by Chef Abby Canfield

Friday, November 16, 6 – 9 pm

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

Dinner by Chef Abby Canfield is prepared while you watch in the gorgeous, state-of-the-art open kitchen. You will experience the unique elegance and ease of her Italian inspired Pacific Northwest cuisine in a gorgeous six course meal.

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Youth Theatre Northwest presents: The Rules of Comedy

Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18

Parrish Hall Theatre at YTN, 4400 86th Ave SE

See what happens when slapstick meets Shakespeare! Join Youth Theatre Northwest for a side-splitting lesson in humor as they explore the Rules of Comedy, then put them into action as they find the funny in one of the most famous tragedies of all time – Hamlet. Following the rules has never been more fun.

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Shabbat Unplugged : Board Games

Saturday, November 17, 10:30 am – noon

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Spend your Saturday relaxing and playing with friends. There will be lots of board games, plus cornhole and pop-a-shot basketball!

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Author Talk: Nathan Englander

Saturday, November 17, 7 – 8:30 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Pulitzer-nominated, best-selling author Nathan Englander discusses his new political thriller, “Dinner at the Center of the Earth: A Novel,” about the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard of a dozen years. From these vastly different lives Englander weaves a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of Israel, a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined.

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Lyric Arts Ensemble & Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, November 17, 7 – 9 pm

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE

The sixteen voices of the Lyric Arts Ensemble welcome you to the first concert of the Christmas Season, “Christmas Anew”. Self funded, the singers and director, Kenneth DeJong, focus all their time and energy together on music-making. The group’s free concerts draw a loyal following to hear a mix of choral and chamber music.

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Mercer Island High School Fall Musical : Into the Woods

Thursday – Saturday, November 15 – 17, 7 – 9:30 pm

MIHS, 8236 SE 24th Street

The MIHS Drama Department is proud to present the fall musical, Into the Woods, lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, the Baker, the Baker’s Wife, Rapunzel, and a Witch set out on a journey into the woods. Their wishes are granted, but not without consequences. This enchanting, moving, and relevant modern fairy tale reminds us life doesn’t always end happily ever after.

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Mercer Island Farmers Market – Harvest Market

Sunday, November 18, 10 am – 3 pm

Mercerdale Park, North End, 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

The MI Farmers Market is excited to present this special holiday market where you can shop for delicious, quality farm-fresh ingredients from your favorite vendors for your Thanksgiving table along with local arts and crafts. This is the last Farmers Market of 2018!

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Fun with Friends – Mediterranean Platters

Sunday, November 18, 1 – 3:30 pm

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

Holiday parties are fast approaching! Come spend your Sunday afternoon with Lisa and Cindy as they show you how to put together beautiful Mediterranean inspired platters that will wow your guests and allow you to entertain stress free this holiday season.

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