This week's events – November 6 – 12

November 5, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from November 6 – 12 on Mercer Island:

Steven M. Wells, Author of Yes Means Yes
Monday, November 6, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Steven M. Wells, a former Microsoft executive and current board trustee of the Microsoft Alumni Network, will be at Island Books to talk about his new novel, Yes Means Yes. Katie Russell is a struggling graduate student with a broken heart and mounting student loans. After a friend on campus is sexually assaulted and her assailant receives the weakest of sanctions, Katie partners with a stalwart police detective in a dangerous attempt to achieve justice.
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Felt Board Fun Workshop
Monday, November 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Drop in anytime during this two-hour Felt Board Fun Workshop with Nancy Stewart/Sing With Our Kids, and make a felt kit for your child! Make felt pieces for five popular songs and a pizza box felt board for playing and singing on the go. Adults only, please.

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 7
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday November 9
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Middle School Book Club
Tuesday, November 7, 4 – 5 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This book club is for middle school students who want to read books together, share books, and talk about books. Bring your own books to share! There will also be treats, too! Next meeting is on December 5.

Island Park Elementary Veterans Day Celebration
Tuesday, November 7, 7 – 8 pm
Island Park Elementary School, 5437 Island Crest Way

Please join the Island Park Choir, Student Council, and guests in celebrating Veterans and Veterans Day. There will be community singing, local boy and girl scouts to post and retire the colors, students sharing why Veterans Day is important to them, and an American flag created from cupcakes. Our guest speaker will be retired Marine Colonel and present MIHS math teacher Mark Shafer.
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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, November 8 & Friday, November 10, 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 8, 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 8, 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.

Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, November 9, 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].

Film & Cooking Class: HUMMUS! THE MOVIE
Thursday, November 9 | 7 pm cooking class; 8 pm film
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Discover the origins of hummus in this eclectic, touching film about the delicious superfood. Join us before the film for a hummus cooking class and taste-off, or buy a ticket just for the film. Open to ages 8+.

Washington at War: The Evergreen State in WWI
Thursday, November 9, 7pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Led by historian Lorraine McConaghy, the program begins with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes before offering a “Readers’ Theater”: A script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering. The script includes excerpts from newspapers, diaries, writings, speeches, and correspondence, and is based on extensive research in primary source material focused on the war’s impact on Washington—and how Washington impacted the war.

Learn about and discuss this dramatic period of immigration, wartime industrialization, women’s rights, social change, radical labor, epidemic disease, and worldwide turmoil. This event is part of the “Know Your History” program, in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society and Humanities Washington.

Full-Day Camp at SJCC
Friday, November 10, 9:30 am – 4 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

When school’s out, the J is in! Join SJCC for a day of adventure with camp friends, including some of your favorite counselors from summer. They’ll create art in honor of our veterans, take a trip to Pump it Up in Kirkland, go swimming, play gym games, and do so much more. This day camp is for kids in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.

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.

Restoration Event – Planting Event!
Saturday, November 11, 10 am – 2 pm
Pioneer Park, Island Crest Way & 68th Street
Meet: kiosk at the corner of Island Crest Way & SE 68th

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. *This event will be all about planting!*

Healthy Holidays Series with an NSM Nutritionist
Saturday, November 11 | 10 – 10:30 am, 11 – 11:30 am
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.

  • 10 – 10:30 am – Baking Boosters
  • 11 – 11:30 am – Travel Tips

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Yasmin Levy in Concert
Saturday, November 11
7 pm cash bar /  VIP reception, 8 pm show
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

With hauntingly beautiful vocals, Yasmin Levy revives the most romantic songs of her Ladino heritage and mixes them with modern-day, smoldering sounds of Andalusian flamenco. Concert will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Devin Naar from UW’s Sephardic Studies program. This event is co-presented by SJCC, Town Hall Seattle, and UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.
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Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy
Sunday, November 12, 2 – 3:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books is pleased to be the host for an altogether unique conversation centered on a compelling book. The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the legendary Lakota war leader Crazy Horse, and author William Matson will present the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways, the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.

This is living history, the likes of which aren’t available anywhere else — don’t miss it!
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