This week's events – September 25 – October 1

September 23, 2017 | by Julia Hess

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from September 25 – October 1 on Mercer Island:

Fall 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 September 26 
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday September 28
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm


Charles Neff, Author of Second Growth
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 – 8 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Island Books welcomes a Mercer Island favorite son to our store. Charles Neff will present his newest mystery novel, Second Growth, and the celebration will include food, drink, music, and frivolity.

Serious literary frivolity, of course.
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Community Coffee Hour
Wednesday, September 27 & Friday, September 29, 9 – 10 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Join Mercer Island Parks & Recreation for Community Coffee Hour every Wednesday and Friday! This is a free program for kids, teens, adults, seniors, and families. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee in a fun and engaging atmosphere with people from the community.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].


Storybook Corner
Wednesday, September 27, 10:30 – 11 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, September 27, 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.


Ivory Tower: Film and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Part of the “Life after High School Series” hosted by KCLS, watch portions of Ivory Tower, a documentary that looks at the cost and value of a college education, and discuss the film with a panel including college counselors, parents, and a student activist. All three will answer questions after the film about choosing a college and financing a college education. This free event is open to parents with students in grades 9-12, and it is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island Parent Edge.
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Tabletop Thursdays
Thursday, September 28, 4 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street

Drop by for an afternoon of board games, video games, playing pool or ping-pong, and hanging out. There’s a huge selection of games, and the staff is always up to taking on a new competitor. Games include: Codenames, Mission Red Planet, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Connect 4, Monopoly, and more. Free for ages 7 – 14.

For more information, call MICEC at 206-275-7909 or email at [email protected].


Open Book Club: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 
Thursday, September 28, 7:30 – 9 pm
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

For September, Island Books’ Open Book Club will read and discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Homegoing is the story of two half-sisters, Esi and Effia, who are born in different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Separated by forces beyond their control, Esi is sold into slavery while Effia marries a British slaver. What follows are the stories of the next generations. Homegoing makes history visceral and captures how the legacy of slavery leads into the present day.

Island Books’ Open Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book at the store, you’ll get a 10% discount.
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Optimizing Sports Performance with Dr. Andrew Simon
Saturday, September 30, 10 – 11 am
New Seasons Market, 2755 77th Avenue Southeast

Dr. Andrew Simon, Seattle Met‘s Top Naturopathic Physician for 2017, will discuss how to decrease pain naturally through diet, lifestyle, and supplementation to optimize physical activity and sports performance at any age. Learn how to take care of your joints and muscles for long lasting health and wellness with many common foods and at home options. Dr. Simon is an Adjunct Faculty member at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and is the Clinic Director of Fit Naturopathic Center in Ballard. This event is free, but registration is required.
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Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, October 1, 10 am – 3 pm
Mercerdale Park, North End, 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

Celebrating their 10th season, the Mercer Island Farmers Market is open every Sunday from June – October! Enjoy the sunshine and check out the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season, as well as locally made food and drinks, local artisan crafts, and fun activities for the whole family. Visit the website for weekly updates and special events.
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Jewish Family Service Food Sort
Sunday, October 1, 10 am – 1 pm
SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way

Open to ages 6+, the community is invited to volunteer to sort food for the hungry. Contact SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo via email or at 206-388-0839 for more information.


Writers Read Out
Sunday, October 1, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Writers read 5 minutes of their unpublished work. We welcome funny, feisty, fantastic, historic, erotic, mysterious, poetic, genre-bending, device wielding, shape-shifting, mind-blowing, but no drama over the time limit. 5 means 5. Want to read? Reserve a spot online at our website. Questions? Contact [email protected] Ages 18+. Listeners welcome!