This week's events – November 13 – 19

November 13, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from November 13 – 19 on Mercer Island:

Nancy Pearl, Author of George and Lizzie
Monday, November 13, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books is thrilled to welcome first-time novelist, “America’s librarian,” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl to discuss George and Lizzie, her emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

On Nancy’s monthly television show, “Book Lust with Nancy Pearl,” she has interviewed authors as diverse as E. L. Doctorow, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, and Terry Pratchett. Best known for her impeccable book recommendations, how does Nancy feel about writing with her own high standards in mind? What inspired her to take on a work of fiction at this point in her career? How much of George and Lizzie is autobiographical? Island Books plans to ask her the tough questions and can’t wait to hear what she has to say.
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Don’t Keep Putting It Off
Monday, November 13, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Presented by Sylvia Farias, MSW, this is a discussion led by an oncology social worker on end-of-life planning, including medical power-of-attorney, living wills, and hospice. Relevant handouts provided. This program is offered in collaboration with Swedish Medical Center.

Fall 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 November 14
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday November 16
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Mioposto: Dine Out Fundraiser for World Relief Seattle
Tuesday, November 14, 4 – 10 pm
Mioposto, 2601 76th Ave SE

Mioposto invites friends and neighbors to join them in support of a cause that means a lot to their team. They will donate a portion of the evening’s profits to World Relief Seattle, an organization that works to support and resettle immigrants and refugees from countries around the world.  Since 1979, World Relief Seattle has been providing immigrants and refugees from a variety of backgrounds with care and support through the first months and years of their transition. In addition to resettlement, World Relief Seattle provides English language training, immigration legal services, employment opportunities, and a loving community for the individuals and families who have left behind everything in their home country to begin again in the Northwest.

Stop by Mioposto’s Mercer Island (or any Mioposto location) for what’s sure to be a special evening. Happy hour runs from 4 – 6, and all delivery and pickup orders placed on Caviar will count towards the total donation.

Healthy Holidays Series with an NSM Nutritionist
Tuesday, November 14 | 5 – 5:30 pm, 6 – 6:30 pm
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Ave SE

During the month of November, New Seasons Market will be hosting 30-minute workshops on tips for a healthy holiday season. These events are free, but registration is required.

  • 5 – 5:30 pm – Baking Boosters
  • 6 – 6:30 pm – Travel Tips

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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, November 15 & Friday, November 17, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

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, November 15, 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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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, November 15, 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.

Congressman Adam Smith: Constituent Services Outreach
Wednesday, November 15, 11 am – 1 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Congressman Adam Smith’s office will be hosting mobile office hours to make their services more convenient and accessible to you. His staff members are able to assist constituents with Federal Agency issues such as Social Security, Internal Revenue Service, and State Department. They can also provide housing and financial support resources and help with federal grants.

Annual Thanksgiving Senior Luncheon
Thursday, November 16, Noon
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Join old and new friends for our Annual Thanksgiving Lunch. We’ll have all your traditional favorites including roast turkey with all the trimmings. For ages 65+. Luncheon costs $5.50. Registration required and transportation will be available. Call (206) 275-7609 to reserve your spot and a ride on the bus.

Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, November 16, 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].

Watercolor Your World
Friday, November 17, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join Silver Kite Community Arts for an interactive workshop, exploring ways to use watercolor paints to express landscapes and weather patterns. Registration is required.

9 to 5: The Musical 
November 9 – 18 | Friday – Sunday, 7 pm
MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Join the MIHS drama department as they present 9 to 5: The Musical. Three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. 9 to 5: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in 1979, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They can be purchased at school, from members of the cast, and online.
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Young Sherlock
November 3 – 19
Fridays & Saturdays, 7 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave SE

Youth Theatre Northwest presents their latest show, Young Sherlock. Take a trip back in time to jolly old England and the prestigious Butterworth Academy. When two girls are kidnapped from the school, John Watson hopes his friend and classmate Sherlock Holmes will be able to solve his first crime. The events take a turn towards the bizarre when a psychic, Madame Lulu, appears on the scene, guaranteeing to find the students. Bumbling Constable Bing begins his own investigation, but clearly justice will be served by Sherlock Holmes when he sets a trap to snare the criminal and free the innocent. This show is best for ages 6 and older; tickets are $13 for kids and $15 for adults.

Chess & Game Day
Saturday, November 18, noon – 4 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Come to the library for an afternoon of chess; all ages and families welcome! Chess boards and other games will be provided. You can play 10 minutes/game on the Big Board. Washington Women’s Champion, Chouchanik Airapetian, will host a Q&A for parents. There will be pizza; please register to ensure that enough pizza is ordered. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

“Hear the Angels…” Holiday Concert
Saturday, November 18, 7 pm
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE

The Lyric Arts Ensemble, a 16 voice Choir and Chamber Orchestra, is excited to welcome the holiday season with “Hear the Angels…”, a celebration of musical enlightenment and joy. Conducted by Kenneth De Jong, they are celebrating their 20th season with treasured musical favorites you know by composers you’ll love.

Turkey Drive 
Sunday, November 19, 9 – 11 am
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 SE 40th Street

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is doing a turkey drive to feed families in need over the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are looking for a wonderful way to give back to the community over this holiday season, please purchase a frozen turkey (any size; the bigger the better) and drop it off at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church! These turkeys will be donated to Immanuel Community Services (ICS). ICS is in need of up to 200 turkeys.

Please drop off frozen turkeys between 9 – 11am on Sunday — delivery to ICS will be at 11:30 am that day. If you have any questions, please email Melissa Coochise ([email protected]) or Julie Newcomer ([email protected]); they can arrange a different drop off time if the window above does not work for you.
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Mercer Island Farmers Market – Harvest Market
Sunday, November 19, 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 2017!
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Oy Vey Vegan: Talk at SJCC
Sunday, November 19,  2 pm
SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way

Author, food blogger, and regular TV guest Estee Raviv teaches simple, elegant healthy recipes, adding a Mediterranean flair to vegan fare; most are also gluten free. Cookbooks will be available for purchase.
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SJCC Service Event: Dinner at Our House
Sunday, November 19, 5 – 7 pm
SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way

Do you like to cook? How about helping those in need? SJCC is partnering with YouthCare, an organization working to fight homelessness among Seattle teens, to cook dinners in the SJCC kitchen. Dinner will then be delivered to YouthCare’s Jackson Street facility to be served that evening. Please join SJCC for a couple hours to help battle food insecurity among homeless teens!
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