This week's events – November 19 – 25

November 19, 2018 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from November 19 – 25 on Mercer Island:

Mercer Island Professional Firefighter’s Annual Food Drive

Wednesday, November 21, 10 – 5 pm

North QFC – 7823 SE 28th Street, South QFC –  8421 SE 68th Street

The Mercer Island Firefighters will be holding their Annual Food Drive benefiting the Mercer Island Food Pantry. Firefighters will be at both QFCs collecting food and accepting monetary donations. Money donated will be used to purchase fresh produce and meat.  You can drop off donations at the Main Fire Station from Sunday, November 18 – Wednesday, November 21 between 8 am – 8pm.

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School’s Out Camp at the SJCC

Monday – Wednesday, November 19 – 21, 9 am – 4 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Full day camps with your favorite J Camp counselors for kids in grades Kindergarten – 5th. There will be swimming, active group games, energetic song sessions, messy science, and creative art projects – bring a friend!!

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Talk Time

Monday, November 19, 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. Learn more about American culture and meet people from around the world. Walk-ins welcome.

Mercer Island Art Guide

Monday – Sunday, November 19 – 25

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
Paintings by Valeree Cox
Paintings by Susanne Werner
Paper Vessels by Noble Golden

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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160
Paintings by Lucia Neagu
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MIVAL Gallery
Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE
Ceramics, Photography & Paintings by local artists
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Mercer Island Community & Event Center Gallery
8236 SE 24th Street
MIVAL Holiday Show featuring Ceramics, Photography, Fiber Art, & Paintings by local artists
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Swing Your Socks Off & Fabulous Foxtrot

Monday, November 19, 7 – 8 pm, 8:15 – 9:15 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Review basic swing steps and partnering, then learn fun and playful East Coast swing and “swing-blues” variations. Classes are beginning/intermediate levels. No partner needed. Take in conjunction with Foxtrot for a fabulous night of dance fundamentals!

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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 20 
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Financing the College Education

Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Mercer Island High School Auditorium, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Learn about several helpful methods to finance the college education in addition to financial aid. Also, learn about the financial aid application process and methodologies used in determining financial need. Guest speakers will be in attendance.

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Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, November 21,  9 – 10 am

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

Join Mercer Island Parks & Recreation for Community Coffee Hour! 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].

Infant, Child, Adult CPR with AED

Wednesday, November 21, 7 – 9 pm

Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave SE

The CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking. Upon completion of this course, students receive a Completion Card that is valid for two years.

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Practice of Gratitude: Thanksgiving at Yogabliss

Thursday, November 22, 8 – 11:50 am

Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street, Suite #174

On Thanksgiving morning, Yogabliss will be hosting their annual “Practice of Gratitude.” They will offer 5 classes where they hope to bring the community together to offer up gratitude for the abundance in our lives and the blessings we share. These classes are donation based, and all proceeds will be given to Shanti Bhavan school, in support of Sinchana, the sweet young student that our community sponsors. There is a minimum donation of $25, and they will have a donation box in the studio all week for those that can not join.

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Mercer Island Christmas Tree Lot

Saturday, November 24, 10 am – 5 pm

Former Tully’s lot, 7810 SE 27th Street

Buy a quality tree and give back to our local community! Choose from Noble, Nordmann and Douglas Firs in sizes from 5ft to 10ft tall. Be sure to get your mixed green wreaths and cedar garlands as well. All proceeds support Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and Mercer Island Lions Club charitable giving. The lot is open Thursdays 1 – 7 pm, Fridays 1- 7pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 10 am – 5 pm.  They only accept credit cards via Square, cash will not be accepted. They are also looking for volunteers if you are interested in helping at the tree lot.

Small Business Saturday/Indies First

Saturday, November 24, 9 am – 6 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Small Business Saturday is when shoppers across the country get together to support the local businesses that make our communities strong. Support Island Books and help them launch a fun-filled and joyous holiday season!

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Community Dance with Little Bill & the Blue Notes

Saturday, November 24, 7 – 11 pm

VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave SE

Learn the “Simple, Super, Smooth Joy of Traveling Blues” at a dance lesson with Dean Paton and Jodi Fleischman. Then enjoy Little Bill and the Blue Notes, local favorites who have wowed audiences with their take on Rhythm & Blues since 1956. Open to all ages and no partner necessary!