This week's events – Oct 12 – 18

October 12, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of October 12th – 18th on Mercer Island:

photo_color_sittingFamily Sing-Along & Stories

Monday, October 12, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Drop in for a fun relaxing bedtime event. Wear your PJs if you’d like! Bring your guitar or other instrument for a true community sing-along. Lyrics and chords will be projected on a screen so you can read, sing, and play along. If you attend all five sings-alongs, your guitar-playing skills will get a good workout! Nancy will be glad to tune your guitar and help you with chords before we start. And Mercer Islands Library’s Children’s Librarian, Linda Ernst, will share a special bedtime story before you leave. Family program, all ages welcome with adult.

Mercer Island LibraryMI Library Renovation Community Forum

Tuesday, October 13th, 6 – 7:30 pm

Mercer Island Library

KCLS invites the public to a community forum to discuss and answer questions about the Mercer Island Library Renovation. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to meet the architects working on the renovation and see draft plans and recommended changes for the library.

Storybook Corner

Wednesday, October 14, 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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League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

Wednesday, October 14, 7 – 9 pm

Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer WayThe League of Women Voters of Mercer Island has invited the School Board and City Council candidates to answer questions and present their views. Bill Radke of KUOW will moderate. The forum is also sponsored by Sound Publishing and the Mercer Island Reporter. Note: The SJCC will ask everyone to sign in for security reasons. Please arrive early – the program starts at 7:00.

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PearlFishersOpera Preview: The Pearl Fishers

Wednesday, October 14, 7- 8:30 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Georges Bizet, the composer of Carmen, was only 24 in 1863 when The Pearl Fishers, his second opera, was first performed. Bizet was only given six weeks to compose the score, but his melodic genius was able to transform the weak story, set in ancient Ceylon, into one of the most popular operas of our times. Modern audiences just adore The Pearl Fishers for its lovely and original melodies–the most famous being the beloved “Duet from the Pearl Fishers” for tenor and baritone. This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical entertainment. Space is limited, first come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Story Times at the Library

Thursday, October 15

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

Mercer Island Food Revolution Community Dinner

Thursday, October 15, 5:30 pm or 7 pm seating

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

Mercer Island Food Revolution invites families to take a night off from cooking and to join us for a delicious community dinner featuring chef Kurt Dammeier, owner of Bennett’s and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Dammeier will be preparing a full-course delicious, nutritious family meal celebrating the fall harvest. The menu is Maximus Minimus grilled chicken thighs, cilantro brown rice, pickled vegetables, kimchi, homemade Sriracha/peppers, salad, and Grand Central Bakery’s famous potato rolls.

Michelle CartmelHealth & Wellness Class: Slim down and shape up! 

Thursday, October 15, 7 – 8 pm

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

Cost: $20 residents / $24 non-residents

With strength training and superfoods, coaches Michelle Cartmel and Laura Anderson will lead you through their top tips on how to integrate super foods and strength training into your daily routine to promote weight loss and increase muscle tone.  All ages.

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michael-scheinBook Reading: Michael Schein, author of John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away

Thursday, October 15, 7 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Get ready for a thrilling exposition of conspiracy and a fugitive’s spectacular two-year flight from the law, all focused on an enigmatic young man: John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away. Your guide is Michael Schein, author of the acclaimed historical novels Bones Beneath Our Feet and Just Deceits. Renowned Lincoln historian Edward Steers, Jr. says, “In this well-researched, beautifully written account of John Surratt, Schein brings historical justice to a man who has been given a pass for too long.”
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Bloodworks-NorthwestCommunity Blood Drive

Friday, October 16, 2 – 5 pm

McDonald’s at 78th Ave SE

Give the gift of life. John L. Scott / The Shay Group is hosting a blood drive in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest. Participants encouraged to eat and hydrate before donating and to bring a photo ID.
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Polaroid-Organ“Pipes, Pedals & Praise” Concert

Friday, October 16, 7:30 pm

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE

The concert is in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the installation of the MIPC pipe organ.  The concert will feature Dr. Seung Min Oh, Principal Organist, St. Mary’s Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Portland, Oregon.
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EarthCorpsEarthcorps Stewardship Event: Ellis Pond

Saturday, October 17, 10 am – 2 pm

End of street at SE 47th and 90th Ave

Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island as we assist this dedicated community in working in this one-of-a-kind park on Mercer Island. Ellis Pond is the only year round pond habitat on Mercer Island and many bird and animal species call this pond home. The local neighbors have been stewards of the pond for many years and could use your help!
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