This week's events – May 9 – 15

May 9, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s my weekly round-up of events for the week of May  9 – 15 on Mercer Island:

VisionTown Center Public Hearing
Monday, May 9, 6 – 9 pm
City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street

The Mercer Island City Council is hosting this special meeting to hear comments on the proposed Town Center Development Code update and proposed Town Center Comprehensive Plan policies. The agenda will be posted at Information about the Town Center Visioning and Development Code Update can be found online at

JeffLevyCareer Presentation at Island Books: Jeff Levy, Author of Making the Jump (Second Session)
Tuesday, May 10, 7 – 8:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Entrepreneur, coach, and mentor Jeff Levy will leads two-part seminar at Island Books on the topic of “How to Create a Portfolio Career,” including why we should all consider ourselves contract workers and the many phases of self-employment. Part one on 4/19 generally addresses the portfolio life, and part two on 5/10 will help you ask yourself the question, “Should I be in my own business?”
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Storybook Corner with Clare Meeker, Author of Rhino Rescue
Wednesday, May 11, 10:30 – 11 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

We’re bringing in a special guest to join us for our regular Wednesday morning Storybook Corner. Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning author of 10 children’s books, the most recent of which is Rhino Rescue: And More True Stories of Saving Animals.
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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.

Thursday, May 12
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 2 pm

Rose AlleyPoetry on Mercer Island
Thursday, May 12, 7 – 8:30 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Rose Alley Press was founded by David D. Horowitz in November 1995. It was named for the London street where, on December 18th, 1679, poet and playwright John Dryden was brutally beaten by three thugs. Evidence suggests that an aristocrat who mistakenly attributed a satire’s authorship to Dryden hired the assailants. Undaunted, Dryden continued writing, even more boldly than before the assault. Inspired by such perseverance, David established Rose Alley Press, which publishes rhymed and metered poetry, cultural commentary, and an annually updated booklet about writing and publication. Rose Alley-affiliated poets Ramona Behnke, Dennis Caswell, Christopher Jarmick, Laura Totten, and David D. Horowitz will be reading from their work at Island Books this Thursday.
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YOM HA’ATZMAUT ZIMRIYAH: Israel Independence Day
Thursday, May 12 | 7-8:30 p.m.
SJCC Auditorium, 3801 E Mercer Way
Cost: FREE

Bring the family to the J for a song festival celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). Light refreshments included.
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Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 8.10.46 AMYouth Theatre Northwest presents: Harriet the Spy
Friday, May 13, 7 pm; Saturday, May 14, 2 pm & 7 pm; Sunday, May 15, 2 pm
YTN Black Box at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave SE

Harriet M. Welch is the willful only child of well-to-do socialites. She is also a spy, who observes her friends and neighbors and writes about them in her notebook. Harriet spends much of her time with her loving nurse Ole Golly, who artfully teaches her about life. One fateful night Ole Golly announces she plans to marry and move to Canada. Soon after, Harriet’s notebook is found and read by all of her friends and classmates. Harriet’s blunt and mean observations in her notebook cause everyone at school to dislike her. Harriet is distressed and spirals out of control until she gets a visit from Ole Golly, who shares with her the helpful tip, “Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”
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make-it-your-market“Make It Your Market” Fundraiser – Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, May 15, 5 – 8 pm
Lilly’s at Aljoya, 2430 76th Avenue SE
Our annual fundraising dinner, “Make it YOUR Market!” is coming up soon! Reserve your spot so you don’t miss out on this fabulous night of food and festivities to make the market YOURS!

Pre-party, 5 – 6pm: Join us in the Aljoya Conference Center for Chef Demonstrations with beverage pairings and enjoy a “Howling Timber Mule” featuring market vendors 3 Howls Distillery (new this year!) and Timber City Ginger Beer! Only a limited number of tickets on sale.

Dinner and Program, 6 – 8pm: Enter through the Aljoya garden to the jazz tunes of Michael Biller and enjoy appetizers and two complimentary beverages.  Dine on a buffet featuring local seasonal options prepared by Aljoya Chef Jonathon Tiller. Additional beverages available by the glass or wine by the bottle (generously underwritten by Chateau Ste Michelle) may also be purchased. Cash purchases only please!
We welcome program host Chef Kurt Beecher Dammeier and are excited to offer a Market themed auction. We hope you will join us!
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