This week's events – Feb 13 – 19

February 12, 2017 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from February 13 – 19 on Mercer Island:

City Council Special Meeting / I-90 Access Update
Monday, February 13, 7 pm
City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St

Due to recent developments regarding the City’s I-90 Loss of Mobility Negotiations, as further explained below, the City canceled the February 8 Council meeting and rescheduling it for Monday, February 13 at 7:00 pm.

Congressman Adam Smith has stepped in to assist the City by arranging a meeting with Governor Jay Inslee. This meeting may inform the Council’s decision, so the Special Meeting will be postponed from Wednesday to Monday.

The Council will meet in Executive Session from 5:30 – 7 pm before the Special Meeting and is expected to take action following this Executive Session.  The agenda is posted at:

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, February 14
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday, February 16
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, February 15, 10:30 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, February 15, 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.

Breakin’ Outa the Box – A closer look at our concepts of masculinity
Wednesday, February 15, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Do you want to challenge a culture of violence and learn how to support other young men who object to it? Please join Ward Urion of LifeWire, and others, to discuss definitions of masculinity and learn about ways to challenge them. No registration. For young men aged 14-21. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Mercer Island High School PTSA.

Opera Preview: Katya Kabanova by Leos Janacek
Thursday, February 16, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Katya, in a soprano role, is a young wife in an unhappy upper middle class marriage. Her weak husband is an alcoholic, and both the young husband and wife are dominated by his mother, the Kabanicha. Not surprisingly, Katya is lured into an illicit love affair with a handsome young fellow from the city. Such improper behavior cannot be tolerated for long, and once the Kabanicha finds out, Katya is doomed. Janacek’s amazing music in this opera makes Katya’s final scene the most gripping in all opera. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Planting Event
Saturday, February 18, 9 am – 3 pm
Luther Burbank Park | Meet at North Parking Lot

Want to make a difference in 2017? Great news! We are kicking off the 2017 season with more planting and invasive plant removal work parties scheduled in January and February! As always, bring your enthusiasm, a water bottle, and dress for the weather! We’ll supply the tools, supplies, and plants.