This week's events – October 10 – 16

October 10, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from October 10 – 16 on Mercer Island:

Voter Registration
Monday, October 10 – All Day
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

If you want to vote in the presidential election coming up on November 8th, today is the deadline to register to vote. Paper applications are available at the Mercer Island Library. The deadline to mail-in register for the general election is October 10. You can also register online 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 to 45-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, October 11
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11:00 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday, October 13
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

End of Life Discussion Series: Pain, Palliative Care, and Emotional Support
Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm
Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way

Many of us fear pain more than we fear dying itself. What can medical science do? What are its limitations? And what support is there for the emotional experience of pain? This session will be led by Caroline Zaworski and Shakur Sevigny. Caroline spent fifteen years as a hospice nurse and five years in oncology and now works as an Advance Practice nurse with the palliative care team at Salem Health (Oregon). Shakur is a spiritual care counselor with Kindred Hospice who supports people from all faiths (and none) in the final weeks of their lives.

Storybook Corner
Wednesday, October 12, 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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Play and Learn
Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

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

Mercer Island Swing Dance Lessons – Opening Night
Thursday, October 13, 7:15 pm
Mercer Island VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave SE

Learn the basics of Swing Dancing or just practice and perfect your technique! Gain confidence in the art of social couple dancing, meet old friends and make new ones. Join in this fun & versatile dance and we’ll get you dancing before you know it! Dance on the beautiful, old hardwood floor of north Mercer Island’s VFW Hall. The opening class is October 13th. Cost is $60/4 classes; $17 for drop-ins. Cash/checks only please.
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Community Blood Drive
Friday, October 14, 11 am – 4 pm
McDonald’s Parking Lot, 78th Ave SE

Join InPeak Properties in helping keep this precious resource stocked up while enjoying the comfort of the air-conditioned bloodmobile bus. Plus, you’ll burn ~650 calories just laying there AND get free cookies!
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canvasCookies & Canvas Painting
Friday, October 14, 7 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

Drop your ‘lil cookie monsters (kids) off with us for a night of painting and treats! For kids ages 7 to 13. Cost: Residents – $35;  Non-Residents: $41. Registration is required.

Gratitude: A Letter Writing Event
Sunday, October 16, 11 am – 2 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Letter writing – it’s not a lost art. On Sunday, October 16th, Island Books is welcoming Letter Farmer Rachel Weil and her bright-red truck.

The Letter Farmer provides a convenient opportunity for people to enrich and deepen their connections through hand written letters. At a Letter Farmer event, you’ll choose from a curated selection of fine writing paper and greeting cards, select a writing instrument (maybe a glass dipping pen?), sit down with other letter writers and when you are ready, we’ll have stamps and a place to mail your post … all write here!  We even have prompt cards to help you get started or to give you some inspiration to get the words flowing.
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mi-girls-soccerMercer Island Girls Soccer Fundraiser: Clothes for the Cause
Sunday, October 16, 12:30 pm
Mercer Island High School Parking Lot by Soccer Field (or your front porch)

MI Girls Soccer is raising funds to help pay for new equipment, new spirit items, and other much needed items. If you want to clean out your closets, attic, garage, spare rooms, etc. please consider donating to us. We are collecting gently used clothes, shoes, linens, and other “soft items”. Our deadline is October 16th where there will be a trailer/truck at the High School parking lot to pick up donations.