This week's events – March 14 – 20

March 13, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of upcoming events for the week of March 14th – 20th on Mercer Island:

Sing With Our Kids – Pajama Family Sing Along & Stories
Monday, March 14, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Bring your guitar or other instrument for a true community sing-along. Lyrics and chords will be projected on a screen so you can read, sing and play along. Nancy will be glad to tune your guitar and help you with chords before we start. Linda will share a special bedtime story before your leave.

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, March 15
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11:15 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon
Thursday, March 17
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 2 pm

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, March 16, 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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Mercer Island LibraryPlay & Learn at the Library
Wednesday, March 16, 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.

ron-lieberParent Edge Presents: Ron Lieber, Author of “Opposite of Spoiled”
Tuesday, March 15th at 7 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St

Mercer Island Parent Edge is hosting New York Timesmoney columnist Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About MoneyRon Lieber gives parents practical advice on how to have honest conversations with children of all ages about money. Learn how talking about money can teach life lessons and imprint strong values by teaching modesty, patience, generosity and perspective.
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big-soniaFree Work-in-Progress Film Screening: Big Sonia
Thursday, March 17, 7 pm
SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way

Preview 35 minutes of select footage of this yet-to-be released film.
For  years,  Sonia  Warshawski  has  been  an  inspirational  public  speaker  at  schools,  churches  and  prisons, where  her  stories  of surviving  the  Holocaust  as  a  teenager  have  inspired  countless  students,  prisoners  and ex-­‐cons  who  once  felt  their  own  traumas  would  leave  them  broken  forever.    But  when  Sonia  is  served  an eviction  notice  for  her  iconic  tailor  shop,  which  has  thrived  in  the  bottom  of  a  now-­‐abandoned  mall  for  35 years,  she  is  confronted  with  an  agonizing  decision:  either  open  up  a  new  shop—at  age  90—or  retire. BIG  SONIA explores  what  it  means  to  be  a  survivor.  Will  you  let  your  trauma  define  you?  Or  will  your  past make  you  stronger?
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directory-with-mapMercer Island Directory Mailing Day
Friday, March 18, 8:30 am
Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Social Hall, 4400 86th Ave SE

All are invited to volunteer and help stuff envelopes and help the Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital get the 2016 Directory ready for mailing. Refreshments! Parking is available on the west side of the church. For more, contact [email protected] or 206-232-3903.

Youth Theatre Northwest Presents – Legally Blonde: The Musical
March 4 – March 20 | Fridays & Saturdays, 7 pm | Saturdays & Sundays, 2 pm
*No performances on Sat, March 5th.

Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical chronicles the journey of  perky Elle Woods, a fashion savvy, UCLA sorority girl. Expecting a marriage proposal, Elle’s heart is broken when she’s dumped by her boyfriend Warner. Determined to get him back, Elle joins him at Harvard Law School only to find her perfect pink life turned upside down. Follow her through the halls of justice as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal with the help of her BFFs and adorable chihuahua Bruiser.
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mi-half-marathon2016 Mercer Island Half Marathon
Half Marathon, 10K, 5K run/walk, kids’ dash

Sunday, March 20
Events start at the Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Join thousands of competitive athletes, recreational runners, walkers and active families for the Spring kick-off event to Puget Sound’s running season! All monies raised support awareness for both Colon Cancer prevention and for local and international Rotary endorsed charities.
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footballMercer Island Junior Football Open House / Ogata Football Camp
Sunday, March 20, 3 – 5 pm
PEAK / Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave SE

Youth in grades 3-8 are invited to join Coach Ogata to get ready for the football season by learning essential football skills and important personal characteristics, such as team work, dedication, and leadership. All registrations for Junior Football and Ogata Football Camp at the football open house will receive a $25 registration discount.

justinaBook Reading: Justina Chen, The Art of Inspiration
Sunday, March 20, 4 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Storytelling runs in Justina Chen’s blood. After all, her middle name—Yi-Yen—means illuminate, which is what story does: it throws light on a message. Justina is a story strategist, trusted communications advisor to leaders, and an award-winning novelist. Her first non-fiction title is The Art of Inspiration: Lead Your Best Story. Why read it? Well, your job is more than CEO, president, executive director, head honcho. You are more than a business strategist, statesperson, brand ambassador. Arguably, your most important role is Chief Inspiration Officer. The Art of Inspiration is for any leader who wants to inspire employees, customers, and constituents to give the best of themselves to an organization’s mission, strategy, product launch, and campaign kickoff.
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