This week's events – October 1 – 7

October 1, 2018 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from October 1-7 on Mercer Island:

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

Thursday, October 4
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

The Five Estate Planning Questions Everyone Should Answer

Tuesday, October 2, 4 – 5:30 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join Mark Reinhardt, an estate planning attorney with more than 20 years of experience, as he explains the different estate planning tools. Whether you are just starting to think about writing your will or want to make sure you are up to date with your existing plans, this seminar is for you. Light refreshments will be served. Space is Limited.

How to Find the Right Colleges for You

Tuesday, October 2, 7 – 9 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join Collegewise, as they share different ways to recognize a good college fit, discuss how to evaluate factors that need to be considered, and share some of the insights they have gathered from students. Families who attend this seminar are usually able to better identify what they’re looking for in colleges, which helps kids choose where to apply.

Storybook Corner

Wednesday, October 3, 10:30 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones to enjoy popular picture books read by Island Books’ staff or special guests.

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Lok-It-Up: Promoting Safe Storage of Firearms

Wednesday, October 3, 7 – 9 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join Karyn Brownson, a Community Safety Manager for Violence & Injury Prevention, to learn about promoting safety in our communities through safe storage of firearms.

Wine Wednesdays at Caruccio’s

Wednesday, October 3, 5 – 9 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Purchase your wine by the glass from a rotating selection of wines. Each glass includes delicious appetizers served buffet-style. No need to purchase tickets for Wine Wednesday.

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Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, October 3 & Friday, October 5, 9 – 10 am

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

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 or tea while catching up with old acquaintances or meeting new friends.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].

Chamber of Commerce October Member Luncheon / MI Tax Levy Forum

Thursday, October 4, Noon to 1:30 pm

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

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber organization and the community to its October membership luncheon. You will have the opportunity to hear from the appointed community members from the pro and con committees of the upcoming ballot measure Proposition No. 1 – Levy Lift for Public Safety, Youth, Family & Senior Services, and Parks & Recreation.

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Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, October 4, 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]

Thursday Food & Film Night at Caruccio’s

Thursday, October 4, 5 – 9 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

This week’s film is Casablanca. Watch featured movies projected on Caruccio’s big screen with subtitles and soft audio. Enjoy your wine by the glass along with complimentary appetizers inspired by the classic or foreign film of the evening.

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Film : Humor Me

Thursday, October 4, 7:30 pm

SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

The SJCC is showing the film, Humor Me, this week. Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement star in this father-son comedy from the writer of “Old Jews Telling Jokes.” There will be concessions and wine/beer for sale. Recommended for ages 15+.

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First Fridays with Friends : Apples with an Arborist

Friday, October 5, 10:30 – 11:30 am

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

Bring your kids of all ages and enjoy interactive games during Indoor Playground, snacks and a special guest who will join in on the play! This week, meet an arborist and learn about their role in our community!

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].

Stories & Sing-alongs in Leap’s Pad

Friday, October 5, 11:30 am – 12 pm

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

Join the mascot, Leap the Frog, on the first Friday of each month to sing songs and tell stories with Nancy Stewart and Sue Anderson in Leap’s Pad! Through music and stories, explore and learn about nature and the environment in the nature themed children’s play area.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].

Rêve Development Open House / Q & A on City’s RFQ for a Town Center Mixed-Use Project

Friday, October 5, 5 – 8 pm

Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

Rêve Development, LLC, a Mercer Island real estate development company, will respond to the City of Mercer Island’s Request for Qualifications for the Mercer Island Town Center Mixed-Use Project (proposed at former site of Tully’s Coffee). The three Principals of Rêve Development, Michael Ross, Suzanne Zahr, and Robert Spitzer, are all residents of Mercer Island. They will sponsor the open house to share their vision for the site and to welcome the members of their community for a thoughtful exchange of ideas.

Learn more about Rêve Development >>

First Friday Art Walk

Friday, October 5

Come out for Mercer Island’s First Friday Art Walk. Art galleries on Mercer Island will be hosting their art walk events on the first Friday of the month (and some have free wine!).  Clarke + Clarke, MIVAL Gallery, and SZ Gallery will be participating.

Clarke + Clarke Art + Artifacts
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105
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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160
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MIVAL Gallery
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave SE
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Mercer Island Homecoming Parade & Football Game

Friday, October 5; Parade at 5 – 6 pm | Football Game at 7 pm

Mercerdale Park, 77th Ave & SE 32nd St

It’s homecoming week for Mercer Island High School (MIHS)! The Homecoming Parade, featuring the MIHS marching band, cheerleaders, and floats, will begin at Mercerdale Park (at the corner of 77th Ave & SE 32nd St) and will proceed to downtown Mercer Island. Then cheer on the MIHS football team as they play the Juanita Rebels at the MIHS Stadium at 7 pm. Halftime performance by the MIHS Marching Band.

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Japanese Inspired Pacific NW Cuisine & Sake Pairing

Friday, October 5, 6 – 9 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Chef Shinya’s Japanese inspired Pacific Northwest Farm-to-Table dinner features seasonal and local ingredients prepared in the way that offers maximum potential nutritional benefit. This beautiful cuisine is carefully crafted with the chef’s original unique blend of multi ethnic ingredients, techniques, flavor components and textures, while using minimal cooking processes. The dinner also offers some uniquely exclusive offerings such as homemade probiotic seasonings, fresh real wasabi from Pacific Northwest farms, and vintage rare coffee.

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Restoration Event

Saturday, October 6, 10 am – 1 pm

Homestead Park, 8200 SE 40th St

Meet: Homestead Park playground

Nature lovers of all ages are invited to connect with nature and have fun in the forest! Volunteers will remove invasive plants, so please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.  All tools and supplies are provided. The event is hosted by EarthCorps and Mountains to Sound Greenway as well as Mercer Island Forest Stewards.

Please register at [email protected]

Cilantro Sisters – The Traveling Souk

Saturday, October 6, 7 – 10 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Please come and experience the brilliance and creativity of The Cilantro Sisters on a culinary journey through the Mediterranean! For this unique evening you will be immersed in your senses, while enjoying the gorgeous ambiance, open kitchen and table setting of fresh cut flowers & candles at Caruccio’s, followed by a menu that is like no other!

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Mercer Island Farmers Market

Sunday, October 7, 10 am – 3 pm

Mercerdale Park, North End, 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

Last week of Mercer Island Farmers Market until the Harvest Market (Sunday before Thanksgiving)! Enjoy the sunshine and check out the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season, as well as locally made food and drinks, artisan crafts, and fun activities for the whole family. Visit the website for weekly updates and special events.

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Reading with Rover

Sunday, October 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave

Build reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog in a welcoming environment.

Reading with Rover is a community-based literacy program working with schools and libraries throughout the greater Seattle area. Space is limited and there will be a sign-up sheet at the door.

Fun with Friends – Italian Vegetarian Pasta

Sunday, October 7, 1 – 3:30 pm

Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Bring your bestie and spend your Sunday afternoon at a dynamic cooking class surrounded by new friends, good food, and bubbly wine! Lisa and Cindy will be cooking together to show you how to make two delicious Italian vegetarian pasta recipes perfect for the fall season. In this interactive, hands-on demo, you’ll learn the basic techniques to make two pasta shapes, tagliatelle and cappellacci, and two must-know sauces you can pair with many of your favorite pasta recipes.

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