This week's events on Mercer Island – August 24 – 30

August 23, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events August 24th – 30th on Mercer Island. Don’t miss Mercer Island’s Movies in the Park showing of Ratatouille this Friday night. More interesting and exciting events below:

Mercer Island LibraryMercer Island Library Board Meeting
Monday, August 24, 6 – 7:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE
This library board meeting will include an update and review renovation plans with the architect, as well as a discussion of next steps and a public meeting date. The Board has set aside 15 minutes for members of the public to speak about issues of concern. Comments limited to three minutes.
Agenda & learn more (PDF) >>

LogosMIPC LOGOS Orientation & Registration
Monday, August 24, 6 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE
MIPC is hosting an orientation and registration session for LOGOS, a weekly camp-style program for 1st – 5th graders with recreation, Bible study, worship skills, and a family dinner time. Jr LOGOS is available for younger siblings. We meet for ten weeks in the fall and eight weeks in the winter on Mondays from 3:45 – 6:30 pm. This past year, the MISD Transportation department transported kids by bus from all three Mercer Island schools to the church.
Flyer (PDF) >>

The_Monuments_MenFilm Screening: The Monuments Men
Thursday, August 27, 10:30 am – 1 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE
An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, find themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind’s greatest achievement. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Island Books Open Book Club: Let’s Talk about Harper Lee
Thursday, August 27, 7:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE
Island Book’s open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend. This month we expect a particularly spirited discussion! Our August selection is Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a new understanding of how the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, came to be. It also forces us to reexamine our understanding of the original iconic characters. Much has been written in the media about this landmark publication, and now it’s time to add our own voices to the discussion. Did Harper Lee truly want this published? How did this original manuscript turn into To Kill a Mockingbird? Was it a mistake to release it? Does it harm her legacy? Whether you’re a regular at our book club or a first-timer, please join us for a community gathering in honor of the book of the moment and that other book, the one that has helped define American literature.
Learn more >>

Movies in the Park: Featuring Ratatouille (G)
Friday, August 28, 8:15 pm (approx)
Mercerdale Park, 77th SE & SE 32nd
They’re back! Join us at Mercerdale Park to watch movies on a giant inflatable screen. Bring blankets, warm clothes, chairs, and flashlights. Admission free and concessions available for sale; picnics welcome. Call (206) 275-7609 in cases of inclement weather for updates on movie cancellations. Watch the trailer and learn more about the movie here. Chef and food-themed fun begins at 7:15 pm!

Habitat Restoration at Gallagher Hill
Saturday, August 29, 9 am – 3 pm
Gallagher Hill, 3701 SE Gallagher Hill Rd
Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as we partner with the City of Mercer Island in restoring habitat along the new trail through Gallagher Hill Open Space. The 11-acre natural area is part of Mercer Island’s open space system. Volunteers recently worked to build a new trail through this open space that serves as an important connection between SE 36th Street and E Shorewood Drive, encouraging pedestrian access through the area and increasing walkability around the island. Volunteers will be remove invasive blackberry and ivy to help restore it to its natural state.

Community Baby Shower
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE
Nancy-StewartJoin Nancy Stewart, musician extraordinaire and Linda Ernst, Children’s Librarian, for this celebration of your little one (or little one-to-be) and you! For expectant and new moms (12 months and younger):

  • Gift bags for moms and moms-to-be
  • Great tips for new moms
  • Tips on reading and singing to your baby
  • Games and refreshments
  • Time for visiting and sharing!

Friends (and especially grandparents!) welcome.Please RSVP your number of guests to Nancy, nanc[email protected]. She will make sure to have a gift bag for you!

 Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, August 30, 10 am – 3 pm
SE 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park (between 77th and 78th Avenue SE)
Visit the Mercer Island Farmers Market for fresh produce, sustainably caught fish, pasture-raised meats, artisan and ready-to-eat foods, flowers, and more. This week’s theme is Grown by Nature. Music will be provided by The Jazz Connection. At the children’s table activity, kids can make “Flower Prints,” painting the colors of the market and using flowers for prints. Representatives of Sound Transit will also be at the Farmers Market providing information on the East Link Light Rail extension project.