This week's events – November 9 – 15

November 9, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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MICC-FundraiserHere’s my weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of November 9th – 15th on Mercer Island:

MICC Holiday Bazaar
Monday, November 9, 9 am to 1:30 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Country Club, 8700 SE 71st St

Here’s an opportunity to get a helpful jump start on all your holiday shopping. Shop ’til you drop and a portion of your purchases will be directed to the Mercer Island Schools Foundation to benefit our incredible Mercer Island students and their teachers!
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AARPAARP Fraud Watch Network
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money. Last year, 13 million people were victims of identity theft alone  that is one person every 2 seconds. The Fraud Watch Network presentation covers Fraud Trends and Behaviors, The Con Artist’s Playbook, and Prevention Strategies. Ultimately attendees will be able to safeguard against ID theft and fraud and help keep from becoming a victim.

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, November 11, 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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Story Times at the Library
Thursday, November 12
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

Dolly poster (1)Hello Dolly! Performance
Presented by MIHS Drama Department
Performances Thursday through Saturday, November 12th – 14th & November 19th – 21st, at 7 pm
Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd St

Please come join the MIHS Drama Department in our fall musical, HELLO, DOLLY!, as Dolly Levi does her best to bring love and companionship to the citizens of New York. A production filled with upbeat dance numbers and memorable songs like Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Hello, Dolly!, and It Only Takes a Moment, audience members of all ages are sure to enjoy their time watching this show.

borrowed-identityFilm Showing: A Borrowed Identity
Thursday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Based on the semi-autobiographical book by Sayed Kashua (“First Person Singular,” and the Israeli hit TV show “Arab Labor”), who also wrote the screenplay, “A Borrowed Identity,” is a multifaceted and novelistic film that features a strong cast and striking cinematography.
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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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Tree Planting at Gallagher Hill
Saturday, November 14, 9 am to 3 pm
Gallagher Hill Open Space, 3701 SE Gallagher Hill Rd

Join us while we partner with the City of Mercer Island to improve habitat throughout Gallagher Hill Open Space. The 11-acre natural area is part of Mercer Island’s open space system. Volunteers have worked hard to remove invasive blackberry and ivy to help restore this open space to its natural state. We will be planting native plants and shrubs to continue this restoration effort.

Before Ultron: Artificial Intelligence in the Movies
Saturday, November 14, 1 – 3 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

In this talk, illustrated with clips, “Seattle Weekly” film critic Robert Horton explores some of the most memorable manifestations of artificial intelligence, from the paranoid computer of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the perfect child of A.I. – Artificial Intelligence to the different personalities in Her and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Shabbat Unplugged
Saturdays, November 14, 2 – 4 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Unplug from technology and plug in to your family and community. Shabbat Unplugged offers families the chance to limit screen time and connect with each other, in various activities open to the entire community.  To slow down the frantic pace in which we live our lives, Shabbat Unplugged reminds us to think about the ways we experience our own lives.  We’ll have family yoga, a gym obstacle course, swimming, PJ Library® storytelling, and Shabbat arts and crafts, ending in a group song session.
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JulieBartonReading: Julie Barton, Author of Dog Medicine
Sunday, November 15, 4 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

At twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.

Psychiatrists, therapists and family tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker.

Dog Medicine captures in beautiful, elegiac language the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing way animals can heal even the most broken hearts and minds.
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