This week's events – April 4 – 10

April 3, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of April 4th – 10th on Mercer Island:

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 5
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11:15 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon
Thursday, April 7
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 2 pm

Mercer Island School District Fine Arts Showcase
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 5 & 6, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St
Adult tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door

Come enjoy Art displays by students in art classes and every elementary student in the district! Try your hand at art projects led by the MI Visual Arts League, IMS Art Club, MIHS Art Clubs & MIHS Art Honor Society. Activities include an Art Scavenger Hunt with prizes as well as musical performances by students in the Commons. Gourmet hot dogs available for purchase.
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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, April 6, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to the charming children’s section of Island Books to enjoy popular picture books read by our staff.
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Chamber Membership Luncheon
Speakers: Reps. Judy Clibborn, and Tana Senn and Sen. Steve Litzow        

Thursday, April 7, Noon
Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St
RSVP:  232-3404

Join members of the Mercer Island Chamber at the April Membership Luncheon.   41st District Legislators, Sen Steve Litzow, Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn  will give a summary of the most recent legislative session.  A Chamber Town Hall.   This is an opportunity to ask questions directly to our representative.   The meeting is open to the public. Luncheon cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and members without reservations. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, April 5th, at 4 pm.

SJFFSeattle Jewish Film Festival – Various Films
Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

The Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an annual cinematic exploration and celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture and filmmaking for everyone. SJFF is the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest and a mainstay in the Seattle arts calendar, attracting approximately 7,500 diverse patrons annually to the festival and garnering international acclaim. SJFF showcases the best international, independent and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, enhanced by educational, family, social, performing arts and year-round programming. The Seattle Weekly praised SJFF as the best ethnic film festival in our region. In September 2013, SJFF became a program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center and a vital part of its year-round Cultural Arts programming.
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Spring Recycling Event & Compost Bin / Rain Barrel Sale
Saturday, April 9, 9 am – 3 pm
Mercer Island Boat Launch, 3600 East Mercer Way

The City will once again be offering its very popular spring community recycling event. Safely dispose of the old equipment and household items that are cluttering your basement or garage at the City of Mercer Island’s Spring Recycling Event. Residents can also pick up a compost bin and/or rain barrel at a highly discounted rate (just $25), to use in soil-building and water conservation projects around the garden. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the MI Food Pantry. Donations accepted at the Boat Launch location.

Book Reading: Steve Olson, Author of Eruption
Sunday, April 10, 4 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled by the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State. The eruption was one of the largest in human history, depositing ash in eleven U.S. states and five Canadian provinces, and caused more than one billion dollars in damage. It killed fifty-seven people, some as far as thirteen miles away from the volcano’s summit. Shedding new light on the cataclysm, author Steve Olson interweaves the history and science behind this event with page-turning accounts of what happened to those who lived and those who died.
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