This week's events – April 25 – May 1

April 24, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of events for the week of April 25 – May 1 on Mercer Island:

Mercer Island Schools Foundation “Breakfast of Champions”
Tuesday, April 26th, 7 – 8:30 am
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear inspiring stories and experience the power of donor investment that has created a legacy of excellence on Mercer Island to meet the 21st century needs of every student!
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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 to 45-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, April 26
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11:15 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon
Thursday, April 28
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 2 pm

Parent Edge Guest Speaker: Lilliana Lengua
Presentation: “Supporting Elementary-Aged Children Through Change: Promoting Resilient Responses to Life’s Stresses”
Wednesday, April 27, 9:30 am
Lakeridge Elementary School, 8215 SE 78th St

Mercer Island Parent Edge is hosting Dr. Liliana Lengua who will share the presentation “Supporting Elementary-Aged Children Through Change: Promoting Resilient Responses to Life’s Stresses.”  Join us for a morning with Dr. Lengua as she discusses how our effective parenting, supported by mindfulness, can promote our children’s resilient responses to stress.
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Storybook Corner at Island Books
Wednesday, April 27, 10:30 to 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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Mercer Island LibraryPlay and Learn at the Library
Wednesday, April 28, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

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

Vader SederVader Seder
Thursday, April 28, 5:30 – 8 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way
Kids free; $5 adults

Discover the story of Passover through the world of Star Wars. Create your matzah pizza feast and enjoy kosher-for-Passover movie treats while we watch “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.” We’ll watch it in the J’s auditorium, in digital high definition with Dolby Digital surround sound.
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as-you-like-itMIHS Drama Department presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 28 – 30 & May 5 – 7, at 7 pm
MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 SE 42nd St

All the world’s a stage! Join the Mercer Island High School drama department as they present their spring play, William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It.” It’s 1992 in Seattle. Join Rosalind, Orlando, Duke Senior and their friends as they run off to Gasworks Park, where they will encounter love at first sight, mistaken identity, and the music of the Seattle grunge scene. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from the cast or on campus during lunch for $10. Tickets purchased at the door are $15. Seniors 65 and over and children under 7 are $5. MISD families may also purchase tickets online through the district website.
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IBD2016LogoIndependent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 30, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Independent Bookstore Day 2016 is being celebrated all across the country and Island Books is one of dozens of participating stores in the region. Stop by for some of the festivities, including an indoor scavenger hunt, tasty treats, author visits, and more!
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trilliumRestoration Event – Island Crest Park
Saturday, April 30, 10 am – 2 pm
Island Crest Park, 9611 SE 36th St
Meet in 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. Join us for this Saturday’s events to help contribute to this incredible community effort.

DEA_TakeBack_Poster_Apr2016Medicine Take Back Day
Saturday, April 30, 10 am – 2 pm
City Hall,  9611 SE 36th Street

Protect our kids, families and environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines. Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning, and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting waterways. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high: over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without anyone’s knowledge.

MILLMercer Island Little League Opening Day
Saturday, April 30, 10:45 am – Noon
South Mercer Playfields, SE 78th & 84th SE

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez will throw the first pitch of the Mercer Island Little League season at the Opening Day ceremonies.  The ceremony will also include a parade of teams, a live rendition of the National Anthem performed by Islander Sophie Feldman, and a short speech by King Felix before throwing the opening pitch. Families are invited to enjoy a $5 Home Run lunch, including a hot dog, chips, and water, with all proceeds benefitting MI Little League.

Exodus_Paul_NewmanHollywood’s EXODUS Explored Anew: Talk & Film Screening
Sunday, May 1, 2 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Hollywood’s EXODUS Explored Anew: Talk & Film Screening – Foster Hirsch has been a professor at Brooklyn College since 1967, during which time he has published 16 books on theater and film. Join him for an exploration of the groundbreaking 1960 Hollywood production of EXODUS. Screening of the film immediately to follow at 4 pm.