This week's events – Sept 14 – 20

September 13, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of September 14th – 20th on Mercer Island.
Arts-Council-ShowMercer Island Arts Council Juried Art Show
September 14 – October 30
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St
The Mercer Gallery and the Mercer Island Arts Council is pleased to present their annual Juried Art Exhibit with Juror Stephanie Hargrave. The show will run September 14th through October 30th, 2015. An Artists’ reception and award ceremony will take place September 24th, from 6:30 – 8 pm.
Mercer Island Arts Council Website >>

image descriptionFriends of Mercer Island Library Book Sale
Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, September 20 | All day during regular library hours
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE
This is the big one! Thousands of books from art to science, from Seuss to Patterson, from history to cooking and from DVDs to board books. Sale is during library hours. Members-only sale on Wednesday evening.
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Michelle-CartmelOrange is the New Snack!
MI Parks & Rec Course #15896
Thursday, September 17, 7 – 8 pm
MI Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St
Cost: $20/resident | $24/non-resident
Learn how to properly fuel your children for high-performing academics and sports. Avoid sugar-filled snack pitfalls and hear about the food that will make a positive difference in your child’s performance.  All ages welcome. Led by health coach Michelle Cartmel.
Register >>

paul2Book Reading: Paul Shoemaker, author of Can’t Not Do
Thursday, September 17, 7 – 9 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE
Island Books is pleased to welcome local leader Paul Shoemaker, author of Can’t Not Do. Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International—a global network of thousands of social innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders that fund and support social change agents in nearly 40 cities and 8 countries. Watch his TEDx talk hereCan’t Not Do is a hands-on guide for anyone who has the burning desire to make a difference in the world. This vital resource is filled with the real-life stories and hard-earned lessons from some of our most dynamic and successful change agents.
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Mountains-to-Sound-logoMountains-to-Sound Habitat Restoration
Saturday, September 19, 9 am – 3 pm
Upper Luther Burbank Park
Mercer Island is graced with 35 parks, over 400 acres of natural areas, and more than 50 miles of trails. Volunteers have been improving these parks for many years, planting native trees and shrubs and removing invasive plants but much more work remains to be done. Luther Burbank Park is important to the greater Greenway landscape as a rest stop for many species of migratory birds. Strangled by invasive weeds, the native trees and shrubs are struggling to survive. We will be removing various invasive species such as blackberry, ivy, holly, and more. It’ll make a big difference to this future healthy forest!
Learn more & sign up >>

very-festive-month“A Very Festive Month” Family Play
Sunday, September 20, Noon
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way
$15 | $10 SJCC members
This festive, original family play follows a mother and daughter as they celebrate the month of Tishrei, which includes High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Geared toward ages 3-10, ”A Very Festive Month” features songs, storytelling, and interactive fun, all in Hebrew.
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10441451_10152480669209725_8183111217014492057_nMercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, September 20, 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 “Experience the Market: Farmers – Families – Food.” Music will also be provided by Folichon Cajun Band: Authentic and intense Cajun music. At the children’s table activity, kids will take a close look at and learn about amazing spiders and all the good they do for us!
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