Here’s our weekly round-up of events from March 13 – 19 on Mercer Island:
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, March 14
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon
Thursday, March 16
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm
Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by our staff or special guests.
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, March 15, 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.
The Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Community Advisory Board will host a community forum on successful parenting on Mercer Island featuring a panel discussion with local parenting professionals along side Island teens.
Each presenter will give a brief introduction about their background and the work they do in the community relevant to the well-being of young people. This will be followed by an interactive Q & A panel discussion. The event will also include group breakout sessions. Light refreshments provided. All parents and teens are invited to attend; no RSVP required.
Join us for a “bit of the blarney” as we celebrate this Irish holiday. Be sure to wear green! Corned beef and cabbage lunch will be served at noon. Reservations required. Call 206-275-7609 to reserve your spot. Transportation is available. Luncheon cost is $5.50.
Drop by for an afternoon of board games and hanging out. We have a huge selection of games and our staff is always up to taking on a new competitor. Games include: Codenames, Mission Red Planet, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and all your favorites- Ticket to Ride, Connect 4, Monopoly and MORE. Free for ages 7 – 14.
Mercer Island Directory Mailing Day
Friday, March 17, 9 am
Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Social Hall, 4400 86th Ave SE
Come stuff envelopes! Volunteers are needed to help the Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital get the 2017 Directory ready for mailing. Refreshments. Parking-west side. Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-232-3903
Youth Theatre Northwest presents TEXT
March 10 – 26 | Fridays & Saturdays, 7 pm; Sundays, 2 pm
Youth Theatre NW – Parish Hall Theatre, 4400 86th Ave SE
TEXT uses original scenes, music, and movement to present the lives of two different groups of friends. Some characters face universal trials like: stress, school dances, sexuality, and navigating the growing pangs of friendship. Others grapple with additional issues from depression to eating disorders. A moving and often humorous glimpse into the lives and hearts of teenagers told in their own authentic voices. TEXT is not merely a performance–it is a conversation that will last beyond the final curtain.
Each year, Mercer Island citizens donate hundreds of hours of their time to maintain the community’s parks and open spaces: picking up litter, planting trees, cutting down ivy, painting over graffiti, or repairing trails.
This week’s Shabbat Unplugged will feature some special guests from the Woodland Park Zoo. We’ll talk about our responsibility to treat animals and our ecosystem with compassion (rachum), and meet some of the zoo’s Ambassador Animals who will help illustrate the vast array of tools reptiles use to survive and thrive. With the Next Generation Science Standards in mind, zoo staff will teach us about what makes a reptile a reptile, how they use their environment to shape their needs, and how those very same environments have shaped their lives.
This event is free; make sure to RSVP before the event.
James H. Osborne suffered a tragic spinal cord injury from a road cycling accident that rendered him quadriplegic. He’s been fighting for nine years to recover his body, and his book Will Your Way Back chronicles his journey, an exercise of will, to walk again, and live independently. His story is unique and compelling, and if you have ever suffered loss, or have a loved one who is suffering this way, you will draw hope from his inspiring story. There will be a Q&A and books for sale!
Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre is a new performance company comprised of seasoned local professional actors and musicians dedicated to bringing provocative and entertaining Jewish literature to life. Join them for an evening of dramatic storytelling with a staged reading of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short stories set to live music, followed by a Q&A. Click the link below to learn more and purchase tickets online.
Do you like to cook? How about helping those in need? SJCC is partnering with YouthCare, an organization working to fight homelessness among Seattle teens, to cook dinners in the SJCC kitchen. Dinner will then be delivered to YouthCare’s Jackson Street facility to be served that evening. Please join us for a couple hours to help battle food insecurity among homeless teens! If you’re interested in participating, please email SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839.