This week's events on Mercer Island – Dec 14 – 20

December 14, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of December 14th – 20th for Mercer Island:

holly-wreathSeason of Singing
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Why do we decorate with holly? In what country do children start the season with a good scrubbing from head to toe? ”Share the holiday traditions of children around the world and learn where some of our favorite customs have come from in this musical celebration of the season! Sponsored by the Mercer Island Friends of the Library.

Regarding Susan Sontag: Film and Discussion
Thursday, December 17, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

In a literary world filled with men, Susan Sontag was one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Her polarizing essays on women, war, illness, and politics were both admired and reviled. This intimate documentary features accounts from friends and family. Followed by a panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the Greater Seattle Business Association and PrideFoundation.
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Community Blood Drive
Saturday, December 19, 9 am – 3 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.

mindmatters-logoMIND MATTERS on Film: Transcendence
Saturday, December 19, 1 – 3 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments take on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program. Starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

MIVAL-Holiday-ShowMIVAL Holiday Show
November 2 – December 18
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th ST

The MIVAL Holiday Show is presented by the Mercer Island Arts Council in conjunction with Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and the Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL). Featured art includes the painting, sculpture, jewelry, fabric art, cards and other work of the talented MIVAL artists and is a wonderful place to shop for quality artwork and holiday gifts. 

christmas-treeLions’ Christmas Tree Sale
Currently on sale through Sunday, December 20 (Wednesday – Friday, 2 – 7 pm, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am – 7 pm)
Farmers Insurance Parking Lot, 3003 77th Ave SE

Pick out the perfect Christmas Tree at the annual Lions’ Christmas Tree Sale. Proceeds support Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, and other Mercer Island causes and charities.