This week's events – September 10 – 16

September 9, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from September 10 – 16 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 September 11 
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday September 13
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Annual “Gathering of the Greens” Sustainability Program Update

Tuesday, September 11, 7 pm

Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way

The City of Mercer Island will be presenting an update on its sustainability plan at its annual “Gathering of the Greens” event, hosted by local environmental groups, including Sustainable Mercer Island and Mercer Island Ready for 100. The City’s Sustainability Manager will address various sustainability topics, including the City’s trial use of the STAR Community Rating system (to benchmark and measure progress on sustainability measures; local Climate Action plans, and ongoing work with the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C); and recent sustainability initiatives, such as Solarize Mercer Island and the Bikeshare pilot program.

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Community Coffee Hour

Wednesday, September 12 & Friday, September 14, 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 in a fun and engaging atmosphere with people from the community.

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

Storybook Corner

Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 – 11 am

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

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

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 am – Noon

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art, and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Wine Wednesdays @ Caruccio’s

Wednesday, September 12, 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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Tabletop Thursdays

Thursday, September 13, 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]

Free Lacrosse Clinic & Great Stick Giveaway

Two dates:

Thursday, September 13, 4  – 5 pm

Northwood Elementary, 4030 86th Ave SE

Sunday, September 16, 9 – 10 am

Aubrey Davis Park / The Lid, Field C, 2030 72nd Ave SE

Calling all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade! You’re invited to participate in a free lacrosse clinic and stick giveaway (choose one of two dates listed above). Come join the fun and learn why lacrosse is the fastest growing sport. Youth will be given a stick and can participate in this free lacrosse clinic. Island residents and new club participants only. Sponsored by the Boys MI Lacrosse Club.

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Classics on Film: Fall Series

Friday, September 14, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Aljoya Theater, 2430 76th Ave SE

This week’s film is Knights of the South Bronx (Allen Hughes, 2005).

The Mercer Island Arts Council, with support from The Mercer Island Sister City Association, presents the Classics on Film Series. Screenings begin with an introduction by film historian Lance Rhoades and end with a Q&A session. This season’s film series is “chess-themed cinema.” All film screenings are free and open to the public, with refreshments provided courtesy of Aljoya. All films are presented with English subtitles unless otherwise indicated.

Solarize Mercer Island Educational Workshop

Saturday, September 15, 10 – 11:30 am

Islander Middle School, 7447 84th Ave SE

Curious about solar for your home or small business? Learn more at the Solarize Mercer Island 2018 workshop! Learn how solar works, which sites are most suitable, and how you can save money with financial incentives. After you attend a free workshop, you can get your free site assessment and participate in Solarize Mercer Island 2018!

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Restoration Event

Saturday, September 15, 10 am – 2 pm

Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave SE

Meet: north parking lot

Each year, Mercer Island citizens donate hundreds of hours of their time to maintain the community’s parks and open spaces: picking up litter, planting trees, cutting down ivy, painting over graffiti, or repairing trails.

IdeaX: Stop Motion Animation

Saturday, September 15, 1 – 3 pm

Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Who doesn’t love Stop Motion Animation? Learn how to create your own video with an app, clay and Legos. Move objects in simple increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. This is a drop-in class, no registration needed.

PJ Story Time with Simon Okelo and Nancy Stewart

Saturday, September 15, 6 – 6:30 pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

This month’s storyteller is Simon Okelo. Raised in the slums of Manyatta in Kisumu, Simon discovered his own potential in art and music. Simon is the Founder & Executive Director of One Vibe, a Seattle-based nonprofit that supports Kenyan youth through art and music programs.

Geared especially for children ages 3 and up; Nancy Stewart will be the musical guest! Refreshments will be served.

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Mercer Island Farmers Market

Sunday, September 16, 10 am – 3 pm

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

The Mercer Island Farmers Market is open every Sunday from June – October. Say hello to your favorite vendors and kick the season off with us. 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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Easy Weeknight Dinners (Vegetarian) with Tracy

Sunday, September 16, 1 – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how to make meatless, flavorful, filling, and unique dishes. In this interactive hands-on demo, you’ll spend time with Tracy cooking, discussing, and planning for easy meals to mix it up. Learn how to plan efficiently and use the freshest of ingredients to make your life easier. You’ll create 3 main entrees, each with packed with vibrancy and health. There will be plenty tasting throughout, and wine by the glass available.

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Suzanne Selfors, Author of Wish Upon a Sleepover and Kevan Atteberry, Author of I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas

Sunday, September 16, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books welcome bestselling authors Suzanne Selfors and Kevan Atteberry for a pajama party to celebrate Suzanne’s Wish Upon a Sleepover, her new middle grade novel about a group of misfits who find true friendship where they least expect it, and Kevan’s I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas, a monstrously tender and silly tale guaranteed to elicit lots of giggles and monster hugs. Wear your pajamas and slippers and get ready for some fun!

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