This week's events – November 7 – 13

November 7, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from November 7 – 13 on Mercer Island:

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 to 45-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, November 8
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11:00 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

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

Mercer Island LibraryDon’t Keep Putting It Off
Tuesday, November 8, 7 –  8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

A social worker leads a discussion on end-of-life planning, including medical power-of-attorney, living wills, and hospice. Relevant handouts provided. Presented in collaboration with the Swedish Cancer Institute.  Ages 50+.

Play and Learn
Wednesday, November 9, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing.

Computer-simulation image of new I-90 configuration with Light Rail and new HOV lanes. Credit Sound Transit

Credit: Sound Transit

Light Rail Community Meeting
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

The City is hosting an opportunity for community members to discuss light rail issues in more depth, following up on new studies and analysis that will be released at the Monday, November 7th Council Meeting.

The City encourages all interested residents to watch the Monday Council meeting live on MI-TV Channel 21, or watch live online at, starting at 6:00 pm. Archived meeting footage is also available online in the following days.

Engineering firm KPG will present its analysis of the traffic impacts expected if the Westbound Island Crest Way on-ramp to I-90 becomes HOV-only when light rail construction begins. And the Interim City Manager will enumerate and explain a range of potential I-90 vehicle access alternatives identified by an interagency working group over the past two months. The options explore various ways to accommodate vehicles wishing to enter or exit I-90 on the Island after the start of light rail construction.

Community members who wish to discuss these issues in more detail are invited to attend the Wednesday, November 9th community meeting, where Council and staff will explain the traffic impacts study and the I-90 Vehicle Access alternatives analysis, solicit comments on the I-90 access options, and gather suggestions for other viable alternatives. All interested residents are invited to attend. The presentation begins at 7:00pm.

lahsLife after High School Series: Welcome to Bellevue College
Wednesday, November 9, 7 – 9 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This workshop offers an overview of Bellevue College, its programs, campus view, education opportunities, and support services. Both students and parents welcome. No registration. Presented by Bellevue College Outreach Services.

Munich ’72 and Beyond
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way
Cost: $12 | $8 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

A timely monument of remembrance, this documentary provides a deeper understanding of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians during the 1972 Munich Olympics. Seattle premiere. Special guest: Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated executive producer Michael Cascio. Rated PG.
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ytn_treasureisland_ad-2Youth Theatre Northwest Presents Treasure Island
A play based on the novel by Robert Luis Stevenson. Adapted by Tina LaPlant. Directed by Zoe Wilson.
November 4 – 20 – Friday & Saturday evenings at 7 pm; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 pm
Parish Hall Theatre, 4400 86th Ave SE

Youth Theatre is excited to commence its 33rd School Season by bringing back one of its most popular shows of all time. Join us on an epic journey to the seafaring days when pirates roamed the open oceans in search of treasure. Based on the classic novel by Robert Luis Stevenson and adapted by Tina LaPlant, Treasure Island follows in the footsteps of Jim Hawkins as he pursues the clues on a dusty old map to the legendary Treasure Island.

beyond-measureFilm: Beyond Measure
Thursday, November 10, 7 – 9 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
Cost: $15

To fix America’s troubled education system, we’re told that we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse? From the makers of “Race to Nowhere.” Rated PG. Co-presented by the Stroum Jewish Community Center & ParentMap.

urinetownposterjpgMIHS Drama Presents Urinetown, a Musical
Performances: November 10, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7 pm & November 12 at 1:30 pm
Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd St

There’s a water shortage in town, and Urine Good Company, a big money corporation owns all the restrooms. Citizens are forced to pay to use the restroom, and so the poor cannot afford to pee. A revolution ensues. Join the Drama department in Urinetown, a satirical musical that pokes fun at all other musicals and makes a social commentary on big money and our treatment of the poor.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-1-28-12-pmMercer Island Local Artists Studio Show & Sale
Reception – Friday, November 11, 3 – 7 pm | Show: November 11 – 13
Two Mercer Island locations: 8406 SE 80th St and 8551 SE 82nd St

Everyone is invited for the opening of this Local Artists Studio Show presenting the unique artworks from 15+ artists.  Join us for a reception on Friday, November 11th from 3 to 7 pm. Enjoy wine and cheese samples from our very own Island Treats and Seven Red Tagines. Also, introducing Nicole with gluten-free baked goods! 10% of proceeds will be donated to MIYFS.
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Restoration / Planting Event
Saturday, November 12, 10 am – 2 pm
Clarke Beach Park, East Mercer Way at the 7700 block

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.

A Cinematic Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, November 12, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Hollywood has a long-running relationship with war efforts, and a great number of actors have also served. This multimedia presentation (including film clips) celebrates the close ties between the movies and servicemen and women – and the many ways in which Hollywood has helped us commemorate their sacrifices. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library. Presented by local film historian Lance Rhoades.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-1-14-43-pmJust for Teens: Sunday Night Football: Seahawks vs. Patriots
Sunday, November 13, 5 – 9 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way
Cost: Teen SJCC members $8/Teen guests $12

Teens, don your favorite 12th man gear and watch Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and the rest of the hometown Seahawks battle the New England Patriots (and avenge their Super Bowl loss!). Registration fee is for beverages, snacks, and pizza. We’ll award prizes for the most spirited participants.