This week’s events – October 8 – 14

October 8, 2019 | by Andrea Simpson

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events from October 8 – 14 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 programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, October 8
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (ages 2 – 3) – 11:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, October 9
Play & Learn (ages 5 and younger) – 10:30 am – Noon

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

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Mercer Island Art Guide
Stop by and check out the art currently on display at the art galleries around Mercer Island!

Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts
7605 SE 27th St, Suite 105

“Exploring Perspectives” – group exhibit

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

Porcelain Vessels by Michelle Williams & Stoneware & Porcelain Donuts by Catherine McMillan

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

Group exhibit by Kentaro Kojima, Sabah Al-Dhaher, and Stephanie Hargrave

7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Paintings by Ann-Marie Cunningham

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Paula Becker of A House on Stilts
Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Join us for an evening with Paula Becker of A House on Stilts. Paula will do a reading followed by a Q&A with the audience, and a signing.

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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, October 9 & Friday, October 11, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Community Coffee Hour is offered every Wednesday and Friday. Stop by for a hot cup of jo’ and socialize with fellow community members in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7609 or email at [email protected]

Storybook Corner 
Wednesday, October 9, 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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Wine Wednesday
Wednesday, October 9, 5 – 9 pm
Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 100

Stop by for the community-inspired Wine Wednesday. When you purchase your wine by the glass or bottle from our rotating selection of wines, you may enjoy an aperitivo-style buffet on our 21 foot curved countertop.

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Live Music 
Wednesday, October 8, 6 – 8 pm
Barrels, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

Stop by for a glass of wine and listen to live music with Patrick Daugherty!

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Knitting Book Club
Thursday, October 10, 4 – 5 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Join us for our first Knitting Book Club! Come with your projects, ready to chat about your favorite books and books you are interested in reading with Lori Robinson.

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Opera Preview: Cinderella by Gioachino Rossini
Thursday, October 10, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

You know the story. Now learn Rossini’s take on this classic tale. Presented by local music scholar Theodore Deacon with selected musical excerpts.

Kristin Thorsness, Author of The Wicked Tree
Friday, October 11, 1 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Please help us welcome Kristin Thorsness, local author of The Wicked Tree, to celebrate the release of this book! She will read from this great novel and sign copies. Please come by to celebrate with us.

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Fall Recycling Event
Saturday, October 12, 9 am – 3 pm
Luther Burbank South Parking Lot, 2040 84th Ave SE

Safely dispose of old equipment and household items that are cluttering your basement or garage at the annual Mercer Island Fall Recycling Event at the Luther Burbank Park South Parking Lot.

Restoration Event
Saturday, September 21, 10 am – 2 pm
Island Crest Park, 5800 Island Crest Way

Join EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island as we work in this local park! This forested ravine hosts lush plants, areas for wildlife to live, wetlands, and walking trails. This project is part of a larger effort to aid Mercer Island Parks, and we appreciate your help.

Caspar Babypants Concert
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Creative Learning Center & Mercer Island Parks and Recreation present a free Caspar Babypants concert! Live entertainment for the whole family. Visit Creative Learning Center’s Open House after the show!

Soapstone Carving Workshop
Saturday, October 12, 10 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Carve soft and colorful soapstone into a wolf, bear, or orca! Artist Kentaro Kojima guides this 90-minute, intergenerational workshop and shares diverse information about sculpture, geology, animals & nature, and much more. Have fun creating and shaping something as stubborn as a stone! All materials supplied by instructor.

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Off the Beaten Track: Slovakia
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Slovakia is a country situated in the heart of Europe with captivating history, beautiful nature and abundant architectural heritage. With many magical castles, soaring mountain peaks and tasty food, it offers an off the beaten track experience that will both surprise and delight visitors. Presented by Lubica Turner, a coach, trainer and speaker who thrives helping people achieve their best. She calls home both Slovakia and the Washington state, where she’s known for her love of photography, cycle touring and travel.

Meditation and Mindfulness for Everyone
Saturday, October 12, 1 – 2 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This beginning level class will answer your questions about meditation, provide basic information about the benefits of having a regular practice and tips and tricks you can use for success. The last 5 – 10 minutes you will be guided through a short meditation. Join us for this enlightening and relaxing experience!

Wine Tasting & Live Music
Saturday, October 12, 4 – 6:30 pm
Barrels, 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107

We will have a terrific wine tasting with Chateau Ste. Michelle (CSM) Winery. We have the CSM Syrah (a happy hour wine) and the CSM Viognier as glass pours. Also, we are partnering with them to support scholarships for Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology students. Every bottle sold will benefit the WSU program and the students who otherwise may not be able to afford to attend. Drink Up and GO COUGS! After the tasting, Chris Stevens and Jack Cook will play Jazz and Blues until 8:30ish. Terrific music from two very talented guitar players. If you haven’t checked these guys out yet, you should.

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PJ Story Time with Nancy Stewart
Saturday, October 12, 6 – 6:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

This month’s storyteller is our very own superstar children’s performer Nancy Stewart! Come read some books, sing some songs, and do a little dancing. Geared especially for children over three; refreshments will be served.

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Chocolate Class
Saturday, October 12, 7 – 9 pm
Oh! Chocolate, 2703 76th Ave SE

Oh! Chocolate hosts “Chocolate” classes at our Mercer Island chocolate shop for those who want to know more about their favorite indulgence and for those who just want to “play in the chocolate!” The classes usually last from 1.5 to 2 hours and includes the art of tempering chocolate and dipping special treats to take home. The class is $79 per person. Class sizes are limited and regularly sell out so please be sure to register in advance.

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Talk Time
Monday, October 14, 1 – 2:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Improve your speaking and listening skills in this conversation group for English language learners. Walk-ins welcome.

Finding the Right College Fit
Monday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

This workshop for high school students and parents will be presented by Claire Nold-Glaser of College Planning Help. Join us to learn about the college search process in a fun and interactive format. Defining student priorities and interests is a great first step, but what if you just don’t know? This session helps illuminate that the college search process can be a rewarding journey of self-discovery, based on sound decision making while minimizing pressure and hype. Resources and tools will be discussed and there will be plenty of time for Q & A.