This week's events – June 27 – July 3

June 24, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of events for the week of June 27 – July 3 on Mercer Island:

Play and Learn
Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 am
Mercer Island Library, 8501 SE 40th St (Temporary location)

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing.

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, June 29, 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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Open Book Club: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 1.05.14 PM
Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Did You Ever Have a Family opens on a summer morning, the morning of June Reid’s daughter’s wedding. Except that in the early hours a gas leak at June’s house has caused an explosion. The fire that follows kills her whole family, not only her daughter Lolly and William, Lolly’s fiance, but also her boyfriend, Luke, and her ex-husband Adam. Only June survives. In a single stroke she has lost everyone she loves. The loss, as she herself numbly acknowledges, is obscene. It is left to a gossiping neighbour in a local coffee shop to put the question June herself cannot begin to ask, let alone answer: “How do you recover from that? How would you even begin?”

Island Book’s open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you’ll always get a 10% discount.
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SJFF Encore Reschedule: A Tale of Love and Darkness
Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman makes her feature directorial debut in this adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s international best-selling memoir about his immigrant family’s struggles adapting to a foreign land alongside the birth of the State of Israel. An encore screening of our sold-out opening night film at this year’s Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
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Team Tales Storytelling Show Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 12.57.30 PM
Thursday, June 30, 7 pm
Mercer Island Library, 8501 SE 40th St (Temporary location)

Winning is always sweeter when you’re part of a team! Jump up and join I the fun as these tandem storytellers tell lively folktales about the most unlikely teams. From clever cockroaches to singing toads, in this rollicking storytelling session everyone is always a winner. Presented by Whitman Story Sampler. Ages 3 and older.

Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, July 3, 10 am – 3 pm
SE 32nd Street at Mercerdale Park (between 77th and 78th Ave SE)

Visit the Mercer Island Farmers Market for the widest array of top quality Washington foods fresh from the farm, the field or sea, artisan produced and/or ready to eat – plus music, children’s activities, artisan gifts, and more!

Here are the highlights this week:
Independence Day tasting & festivities!

  • Featured vendor: Sidhu Berry Farms
  • Music by Kelly Bowsworth
  • Kids: Garlic Sprouts