This week's events – August 28 – September 3

August 27, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from August 28 – September 3 on Mercer Island:

Healthy Digestion with Ellie Heintze, NC, LAC
Tuesday, August 29, 6 – 7 pm
New Seasons Market,  2755 77th Ave SE

Good digestion is key to being able to absorb proper nutrients from our food. The digestive tract is also a huge component in helping our immune system to fight off offending pathogens and invaders. Learn the key points to have healthy digestion. This event is free, but registration is required.


Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, August 30 & Friday, September 1, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

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, August 30, 10:30 – 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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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, August 30, 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.


Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, August 31, 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].


Paddle with the J 
Thursday, August 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Meet at the Herzl waterfront (across the street from the J) to spend an evening on the water! We’ll get out the J’s kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards and enjoy some sunshine, get exercise, and meet new friends. Each trip is two hours. There will be a lifeguard on duty. This activity is $10 for SJCC members and $15 for guests.
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Open Book Club: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley 
Thursday, August 31, 7:30 – 9 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

In August, our Open Book Club will read and discuss Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.
On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

Island Book’s open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book at the store, you’ll get a 10% discount.
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First Friday Art Walk
Friday, September 1

Come out for Mercer Island’s First Friday Art Walk. Art galleries on Mercer Island will be hosting their art walk events on the first Friday of the month (and some have free wine!). Mercer SOURCES, Clarke + Clarke, and SZ Gallery will be participating.

Clarke + Clarke Art + Artifacts
Hours: 11 am – 6 pm
7605 SE 27th St Suite 105
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Suzanne Zahr / SZ Gallery
Hours: 5 – 8 pm
2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160
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Mercer SOURCES
Hours: 5 – 9 pm
7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 107
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Opening Reception for Juliana Kang Robinson’s Migrations
Friday, September 1, 5 – 8 pm
SZ Gallery, 2441 76th Ave SE, Suite 160

Join SZ Gallery during the First Friday Art Walk for the opening reception of Juliana Kang Robinson’s show “Migrations.” Her artwork for “Migrations” focuses on the concept of motion and movement, particularly on the marks of migration left behind on the surface of things. There will be free refreshments as well.
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Budget Friendly Foods Tour with New Seasons Market Nutritionist 
Saturday, September 2, 10 – 10:30 am
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Ave SE

Looking for a few strategies to stretch your food dollar? Join us for a budget-friendly tour of the store, addressing affordable super foods, shopping the bulk bins, and planning well to prevent food waste. You’ll leave with plenty of new ideas – and dollars to spare. This event is free, but registration is required.


Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, September 3, 10 am – 3 pm
Mercerdale Park, North End, 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

Celebrating their 10th season, the Mercer Island Farmers Market is open every Sunday from June – October! Enjoy the sunshine and check out the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season, as well as locally made food and drinks, local artisan crafts, and fun activities for the whole family. Visit the website for weekly updates and special events.
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