This week's events – November 2 – 8

November 1, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of November 2nd – 8th on Mercer Island:

The World as Your Classroom

Tuesday, November 3, 7 – 8:30 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have you dreamed of traveling the globe, but assumed it was out of reach? This workshop will explore ways to make your dreams come true. Topics covered include working abroad, taking a gap year, participating in study abroad programs, and earning your entire degree in a foreign country. Learn about scholarships, foreign colleges where classes are taught in English, colleges that are free to international students, and local colleges that have the best study abroad options. Students and parents welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library. This program is part of the Life After High School series.

Storybook Corner

Wednesday, November 4, 10:30 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to the charming children’s section of Island Books to enjoy popular picture books read by our staff.
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EV3-RoboticsEV3 Robotics

Wednesday, November 4, 3 – 5 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

The hottest selling LEGO brand, Mindstorms EV3 combines classic Lego Building with the world of robotics, using motors, sensors and software. Learn how to design and program your Lego ‘bots that can perform all kinds of tasks. Sponsored by the Mercer Island Friends of the Library.

Story Times at the Library

Thursday, November 5

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join the Mercer Island Children’s Librarian for stories, songs, rhymes and fun in these 30 to 45-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:15 – 10:45 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:15 – 11:45 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:45 pm

band-together3rd Annual Band Together

Thursday, November 7, 6 – 10 pm

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

Please join us as we come together to support our fantastic Mercer Island Band Program at our 3rd Annual Band Together event! Tickets are selling quickly for this “don’t-miss” adults-only gala open to all current and alumni band parents and our supporting community at large.  It is time to celebrate our Pride of the Island!

MICECMercer Island Community & Event Center 10th Anniversary Party

Thursday, November 5, 6:30 – 8 pm

MICEC, 8236 SE 24th St

Join staff and patrons as we celebrate with an Open House from 6:30–8:00pm, alongside the Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) Holiday Show, presented by the Mercer Island Arts Council. Also, stop by earlier during the day to learn about the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department, and enjoy snacks! Evening festivities will include a trivia contest, cake, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and much more!

Youth Theatre Northwest presents: Robin Hood & His Band

November 6 – 22; Friday & Saturday evening shows at 7 pm

Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 pm

YTN Black Box Theatre at Emmanuel Church, 4400 86th Ave SE

Fighting for justice and compassion, Robin, Marian, and their merry band of outlaws triumph over evil and greed with selflessness and courage. Sword fights, bows and arrows, rough and tumble rogues, and a dashing romance drive this remarkable tale. After taking in this adventurous spectacle, your youthful brood will be shouting, “To the life of Robin Hood!” Best for ages 8+
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Toy-SwapMIPA Toy Swap

Saturday, November 7, 9 am – 11 am | Noon – 1 pm (Half-price sale)

Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd Street

Every year, the Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA) organizes a giant consignment sale of gently used toys, children’s clothes, and equipment. Clean out your closets and be a seller, and/or come for the sale and pick up great bargains. The proceeds (35% of consignment sales and 100% of donations sales) go toward funding MIPA charities and operations.
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MIVAL-Holiday-Show-2015MIVAL Holiday Show & Reception

Show: Sunday, November 2 – December 18

Reception: Thursday, November 5, 6:30 – 8 pm

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

The MIVAL Holiday Show and Reception are presented by the Mercer Island Arts Council in conjunction with Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and the Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL). Featured art includes the painting, sculpture, jewelry, fabric art, cards and other work of the talented MIVAL artists and is a wonderful place to shop for quality artwork and holiday gifts. This year’s juror is artist Susan E. Walker Please join us for the Opening Reception and Award Ceremony, with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and live music.

Mercer Island Library Day of Stories & Songs

Saturday, November 7

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Come and join us for a day-long Celebration of Stories & Songs at the Mercer Island Library on Saturday, November 7th. From 10 am to 5 pm the library will be filled with programs, crafts, and fun-filled experiences for everyone! Enjoy some of the 14 programs offered that day including Nancy Stewart, Charlie Williams (the Noise Guy), Book-it Theater, and Live Paint! View the flyer with full information and schedule of events (PDF)

EarthCorpsEarthcorps Event: Fall Planting at Clarke Beach

Saturday, November 7, 10 am – 2 pm

Clarke Beach, 7700 block of 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!

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katIsland Books PJ Storytime

Saturday, November 7, 6:30 – 7 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

This month’s singer/storyteller is Katherine Gee Perrone. Geared especially for children three and up; refreshments will be served. And don’t miss our special guest opener, musician and singer Nancy Stewart!
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Mattress-SaleMattress Sale – Mercer Island Football Booster Club Fundraiser

Sunday, November 8, 10 am – 5 pm

Old Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, 2825 W Mercer Way

Need a new mattress? Mercer Island Football is working with Custom Fundraising Solutions on their first ever mattress fundraiser. Groups all across the nation have benefited from this event.  Locally, Kentwood Football earned $15,740, Bothell Football earned $13,505, and many more. Help us have a successful sale too. All purchases go towards supporting Mercer Island Football.
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rick-steves-aug2015Travel to the Holy Land with Rick Steves

Sunday, November 8, 7:30 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Cost: $15 | $10 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares photos and personal insights from his travels in the Holy Land.  Watch this episode before attending. Signed books will be available for purchase.
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