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Reporter staff photos Island favorites: Above, shopping at the YFS Thrift store. Below, the staff at Alpenland stand ready to serve you. Left, cycling along the I-90 bridge.
Hello, Islanders! Welcome to the Mercer Island Reporterâ€™s annual edition of Island Guide. This guide is designed to welcome new residents and reacquaint Islanders with the places, events and activities that make the Island a unique place to live, learn and play. Every year, there are new faces to meet, new places to explore and old favorites to rediscover.
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A mystical place Mercer Island is a modern city of 22,800 surrounded by a vast, wide ribbon of a lake that is the 54th largest body of water, as measured by volume, in the United States. The Island was named for Thomas Mercer, the first judge in Seattle, who came from Chicago around 1853. However, the Island was first known by the members of the Puget Sound Duwamish tribe, who came to the Island by day to fish or gather berries, thousands of years before white settlers arrived. Legend had it that the Island was occupied by spirits and disappeared into the deep water of the lake each night.
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A look Back Seattle World’s Fair: In 1962, the future was new As the World’s Fair opened in June of 1962, the city of Mercer Island was less than a year old. The population was 14,325 — for the combined entities of the town (on the South end) and the city of Mercer Island on the North end. The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, otherwise known as Century 21, gave visitors a glimpse of the future and left Seattle with a lasting legacy. The exposition gave Seattle worldwide recognition, effectively “putting it on the map.” Years of planning went into the fair through the hard work of visionaries, go-getters, civic boosters and dreamers. Many of the concepts and icons of Century 21 remain ingrained in Seattle culture, even as the “real” 21st century begins.
The Fair had its beginnings in an earlier fair that was held on the University of Washington campus. In 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition commemorated the first shipment of Klondike gold through Seattle in 1897. The AYP, with its exhibits, rides, food and fun, attracted more than 3.5 million visitors from around the world, giving Seattle leaders just what they wanted — lots of notice for their growing city. In 1962, highlights included a home of the future built on site by fair sponsor, General Electric. “I remember it had a closet that you would hang up your dry cleaning in, and the closet would dry clean your clothes,” says the fair’s director of film and television, Albert Fisher, who went on to start Fisher Communications. The fullscale model house was packed with electric miracles of the
One of many posters for the World’s Fair included this version by Harry Bonath.
future, including a push-button electric sink and an at-home computer that could track a household’s banking and grocery shopping.
ganize the event, Mercer Island Day at the World’s Fair was just one of three days set aside for an individual city. The other two were Seattle and Miami.
Paul Thiry, the principal architect for the fair and several other Seattle landmarks, was the architect for the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1961.
The day included an exhibit of arts and crafts by artists of all ages, and a parade of 1,500 Islander youth who marched to the Plaza of the States from the four corners of the fair grounds. The high school band, drill team, Mercerart dancers, Island royalty, horses and dogs were also part of the day and a pageant performed based on the history of the Island.
In August of 1962, Islander Maggie Bennett performed folk songs in costume, playing her dulcimer and other folk instruments at the UN Pavilion. But the big event for Islanders was Oct. 7, 1962, when it was Mercer Island Day at the Fair. According to the Mercer Island Reporter, which helped to or-
It ended up being a typical rainy fall day. But it did nothing to dampen Islander spirits. Source: Historylink.org
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Get in the know Here is a handy list of important phone numbers and websites for organizations around the Island.
Boys & Girls Club / PEAK www.mipositiveplace.org 232-4548
Mercer Island City Hall www.mercergov.org 275-7793
MI Youth & Family Services 275-7611
Senior Services 275-7841
MIHS Radio Station www.hotjamz.org 88.9 or 94.5 FM • 275-9104
Mercer Island Park & Ride / Transit info 8000 North Mercer Way www.soundtransit.org http://metro.kingcounty.gov
Mercer Island Police 911 or 275-7610
Mercer Island Preschool Association
Parks and Recreation
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Mary Wayte Pool www.mercerislandpool.com 588-1117
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce www.mercerislandchamber.com 232-3404
Mercer Island Community and Event Center
Mercer Island School District www.misd.k12.wa.us 236-3300
Puget Sound Energy www.pse.com 1-888-225-5773
Stroum Jewish Community Center
Mercer Island Fire Department
911 • Non-emergency: 275-7607
Mercer Island Library
Dial 511 • www.WSDOT.gov
U.S. Post Office www.usps.gov 230-5636
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Island Government City of Mercer Island (206) 275-7600 • 9611 S.E. 36th Street • www.mercergov.org The city of Mercer Island, comprised of nearly 22,000 residents, was incorporated in 1960.
Rich Conrad, City Manager
The city manager is responsible for the administration of city policies and serves as chief executive officer of the city.
Current term ends: 2015
Bruce Bassett, Mayor
The Mercer Island City Council is made up of Island citizens, elected to office by the public. The Council works with other local government bodies on regional issues such as transportation and the environment. Seven nonpartisan City Councilmembers are elected to four-year terms. Elections take place every two years. Councilmembers select a mayor from among themselves to serve a two-year term. There is no term limit for Councilmembers. The Council holds an annual planning session in January and authorizes its biennial budget in the autumn of even-ending years. Councilmembers receive a monthly $200 stipend, while the mayor earns $400. Council meetings regularly take place on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meetings are televised on Comcast channel 21.
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Island events Here is a sampler of favorite Island events. Make sure to check the Reporter for other happenings all year long. • New Year’s Day swim at Clarke Beach: Jan. 1 • Rotary Half Marathon & Run: March • Showcase: Mercer Island School District’s celebration of the Arts: March • Easter egg hunts at Mercerdale Park: March or April • MIPA ‘Circus’ at Mercer Island High School: Late April or early May • Leap for Green: Earth Day, late April • Third Thursday Art Walks: May - October
• Mostly Music in the Park: June - August • Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration!: July 14-15, 2012 • Seafair: July - August • Farmers Market: May October • Islander Middle School PTA Ski and Snowboard Swap: October • MIHS Homecoming Parade and Game: October • Firehouse Munch & Tree Lighting: Late December The Mercer Island Farmers Market offers a colorful assortment of flowers.
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Where it happens Here is a list of Island venues for performances, festivals, camps and fun.
Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E. Mercer Way • Find summer camps, plays, lectures, community celebrations. Find out more at www.sjcc.org.
Mercer Island Community & Event Center 8236 S.E. 24th St. • Take in the art gallery, get some exercise, attend classes, community events or hold your own party. Call 275-7609 or go to www.mercergov.org.
Mercerdale Park 78th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 32nd Street • The venue for many Island happenings. Shop at the Thrift Store, find rides and fun at
Summer Celebration!, concerts, skateboarding and day camps for kids. Mostly Music in the Park concerts are held from June through August, and the farmers market runs from June through October.
Youth Theatre Northwest 8805 S.E. 40th St. • Drama lessons for youth, performances and more. “Excerpts from the Nutcracker” is performed each winter. Check out www.youththeatre.org.
Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Ave. S.E. • 236-3537 or the KCLS answer line: (425) 462-9600 www.kcls.org/mercerisland The Mercer Island library, built in 1991 and remodeled in 2004, offers special events and activities for everyone from toddlers to adults.
Children celebrate the 20th anniversary of the rabbit statue at the library.
Library hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. • Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
is also the venue for events such as Relay for Life and is the place during football season for ‘Friday Night Lights’ at the games which feature music and food.
Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center/Stadium
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9100 S.E. 42nd St. The auditorium at the high school is often rented for special events and performances. The MIHS track
S.E. 24th Street at 84th Avenue S.E. • Find concerts, fireworks, King Lear and more. Check www. mercergov.org for details. Shakespeare in the Park performances are during July and August.
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Are you ready?
Emergency preparedness Whether it is an earthquake or a huge snow and wind storm, everyone needs to be able to survive on their own for a few days. Massive earthquakes in Japan, Haiti and South America have served as a wake-up call to residents of the Pacific Northwest. Western Washington sits near the Cascadia subduction zone. Subduction is the process that takes place at convergent boundaries by which one tectonic plate moves under another tectonic plate, sinking into the earth’s mantle. The zone rests approximately 50 miles off the Washington state
coast, and has produced several large earthquakes in the past, including the 2001 Nisqually quake that measured 6.8 in magnitude.
Make a plan The city of Mercer Island has developed an emergency preparedness plan that is available on its website at www.mercergov.org. (See cover below). Everyone should be able to survive on their own for several days without help. In the event of a major disaster, emergency personnel may not be able to reach everyone in need right away. The city recommends having a response plan ready for when any disaster occurs:
CITY OF MERCER ISLAND FAMILY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN
First, take care of yourself, family, home and pets. Dress for safety; put on heavy-soled shoes, leather gloves, a hard hat or bicycle helmet and grab a flashlight. Shut off natural gas, turn off electricity at the circuit box and shut off water at the main house valve, or hot water tank and toilets, or the main valve at the street. Next, tune in a battery-operated radio to the local emergency radio station. The Mercer Island high school radio station can be found at 88.9 or 94.5 FM. Post a sign that says OK or HELP in a window or on a front door so it is easily visible from street. Place fire extinguishers outside the front sidewalk or driveway to be available if needed. Check on your neighbors and offer assistance to get displaced neighbors to a safe neighbor’s house. If your neighborhood is OK and you are able and willing to join city disaster response teams,
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Food and other supplies
Sleeping bags and extra blankets are essential, and it's a good idea to have cash on hand and your insurance papers.
If you have questions, contact Jennifer Franklin, emergency preparedness officer for the city of Mercer Island, at (206) 275-7905. For training and first aid, consult the city’s website and the Mercer Island Fire Department for classes and other information.
Stock up on nonperishable food, first aid supplies, paper plates, cups and utensils, towelettes, duct tape and rolls of plastic to seal broken windows, and large plastic bags. Prescription medications: be
Contacts Always call 911 in case of an emergency. Police: The non-emergency police number is (206) 275-7610 and the non-emergency fire number is (206) 275-7607. PSE: Puget Sound Energy can be reached at 1-888-225-5773. Radio: Emergency information can be found on radio stations KIRO 710 AM, KOMO 1000 AM and KMIH-FM Radio (Mercer Island High School Radio), 88.9 and 94.5 FM. Emergency Operation
Center: City Hall, (206) 275-7600 Shelter Site: Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th Street
Pedestrians take a walk in the snow at Island Crest Way and S.E. 40th Street.
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Shelter The city of Mercer Island currently has one shelter site located at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Other public buildings may also be open if available. Listen to the radio for information and updates.
Volunteer training opportunities/classes The city holds training and information sessions for preparing for emergency situations, how to be prepared, and emergency drills. For information on classes or events, go to www.mercergov. org.
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ercer Island has a long tradition of giving and getting things done. Islanders are involved in their churches and synagogues, their schools and neighborhoods. Islanders work to improve the environment, help Island youth partake in athletics or drama, or help out in the community themselves. They work at phone-a-thons, set up fundraiser breakfasts, drive seniors to appointments, help out with fine arts activities at the high school, and organize community-wide events such as concerts, art shows and festivals. The clubs and organizations in the next several pages provide a look at many of the types of activities and organizations here on Mercer Island. These and many other local and regional organizations not
listed here give residents the chance to help out, stay active and get to know their neighbors and community members.
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citizenship and fitness. Scouting offers an advancement program and peer group leadership, and helps a boy mature into a well-rounded young man. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank in Scouting and is a mark of excellence all around the world. Mercer Island units are part of the Cascade District.
Camp Fire USA www.campfire-usa.org
4400 88th Ave. S.E. • 236-3537 The Friends of the Mercer Island Library is a nonprofit group that consists of community members who support the library and help with everything from its annual book sale to outreach programs and art and cultural displays. Membership applications are available at the library.
Mercer Island Boy Scouts www.seattlebsa.org/Cascade Boy Scouts is an outdoor program for boys ages 11 through 17 that develops character,
Camp Fire USA’s programs on Mercer Island help kids and families have fun together, form friendships, learn skills, serve their communities, appreciate diversity and care for the environment. Camp Fire’s ACA-accredited day camps and Camp Sealth (Vashon Island) summer camp are open to boys and girls in kindergarten through high school. Call 461-8550 or 1-800451-CAMP for a brochure, or register online.
Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club ‘PEAK’
4120 86th Ave. S.E. • 232-4548 www.mipositiveplace.org The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer Island offers a licensed beforeand after-school child care program, summer and holiday camps for children ages 6-14, enrichment classes, and youth sport leagues and camps and open gym times. Club hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Program hours vary.
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce 7605 S.E. 27th St., Suite 109 | P.O. Box 108 • 232-3404 The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce supports the growth, development and advancement of the businesses of Mercer Island while promoting the Island as a special place to live, work and play. A member-funded, nonprofit group of businessmen and professionals, the Chamber holds membership luncheon meetings on the first Thursday of the month.
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Clubs & Organizations The Chamber provides business and demographic information, mailing lists and labels; publishes a community profile and business directory; and serves as a visitor and information center for the Island. The Chamber office is the home of the Mercer Island Sister City Association and the Chamber Art Gallery. The Chamber is actively involved with the city of Mercer Island, state lawmakers and regional groups on issues that affect the Island. With the redevelopment of the Town Center that is underway, the Chamber also keeps the business community up to date by holding meetings periodically with business owners and construction contractors. The Chamber is working with businesses and owners to make the transition from old to new a smooth one.
Mercer Island Children’s Hospital Guild Contact: Petra Walker • 2305138 The guild has been publishing the Mercer Island Directory as a fundraiser to benefit Children’s Hospital since 1943. Established in 1928, it was the first guild on the Eastside. Sales of the directory benefit the hospital’s uncompensated care program. New members are welcome. Meetings: noon, third Friday of each month.
Mercer Island Craft Guild 2832 61st Ave. S.E. Contact: Rick Tydings • 2326916 Founded in 1940 by four East Seattle men as a cooperative to provide tools and a shop to use while building their homes, the
Realtors from Coldwell Banker-Bain plant these flags around Mercer Island for the Fourth of July holiday.
Mercer Island Craft Guild is for woodworkers. There are about 60 members in the craft guild who share tools. Members also receive a storage locker and key to use the shop at any time. Meetings: one formal meeting each year when members get together, pay dues and discuss guild business.
Mercer Island Girl Scouts www.girlscoutsww.org/blogs/ East King County The Girl Scouts program focuses on developing courage, confidence and character in girls. Girl Scouts of Western Washington offers age-based programs for troops and individuals in grades K-12. Mercer Island units are part of the East King County region. 601414
Mercer Island Historical Society Contact: Phil Flash • 236-3274 www.mihistory.org The Mercer Island Historical
Society encourages interest in the history of the Island and collects and preserves historical memorabilia about the Island and its residents. Meetings: six times each year, 1 p.m., third Monday of the month, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St.
Mercer Island Kiwanis Club www.kiwanis.org The Mercer Island Kiwanis Club is a nonprofit, community service organization of men and women who primarily focus on helping children. The club raises money and puts it back into the community. Since its establishment on Mercer Island in 1960, the Kiwanians have raised funds from selling fireworks during the Fourth of July, shaved ice at the Summer Celebration and putting up the U.S. flag on national holidays at subscribing merchants and businesses on the Island. Contributions are awarded
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Clubs & Organizations primarily to Mercer Island organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Youth and Family Services, CHILD school and others. The club sponsors the Key Club at the high school and awards scholarships to MIHS students each year. Meetings: 12 p.m., Tuesdays, Island House, 7810 S.E. 30th St. Meetings include lunch, business and a program.
Mercer Island Lions Club mercerislandlions.lionwap.org The Mercer Island Lions Club sells Christmas trees each year to support its various philanthropies. The local club is a chapter of the largest service organization in the world. The Lions focus on community service and helping those with impaired vision or hearing. Since 1972, the club has supported Island organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club,
Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, Social Service Program (adult day care), MI Boy Scout Troop #647, as well as honoring outstanding students and teachers. Meetings: 6:45 p.m., first and third Tuesdays of the month, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island League of Women Voters LWV office: (206) 329-4848 firstname.lastname@example.org The Mercer Island League of Women Voters is part of the Seattle League of Women Voters. The LWV is nonpartisan and does not support political candidates. Instead, the purpose of LWV is to educate citizens and encourage participation in the electoral process.
Mercer Island Masonic Lodge Contact: Dean Quigley • 232-8957 Freemasonry is a fraternal society
of men bound together by ties of brotherly affection. The Mercer Island Lodge provides two $1,000 scholarships to Mercer Island High School seniors, sponsors an awards program for the MIHS juniors, works with the Mercer Island Police Department on the Kids’ ID program, and contributes manpower and financial assistance to the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Emergency Assistance Program. Meetings: first Thursday of the month, except July and August, at the VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island Preschool Association
each year, including a kid-friendly Halloween party, Preschool Fair, Toy Swap and an old-fashioned ‘Circus’ each spring.
Mercer Island Radio Operators www.mirohams.org The Mercer Island Radio Operators (MIRO) was formed to provide emergency communications for the Mercer Island Public Safety Department in the event of a disaster or communication systems failure. Meetings: 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, North end fire station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island Rotary Club
The Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA), established in 1937, is a private nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the lives of children from newborn through kindergarten in Mercer Island and the community at large. The organization holds four major events
Rotary, the largest service organization on Mercer Island, supports youth and social service activities on the Island. It also provides services and grants for nonprofit organizations and scholarships for individuals. Rotary Run is the club’s annual spring event
Children run in the Kids’ Dash race during the 40th annual Mercer Island Rotary Run. The event is held each March to benefit cancer research.
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Clubs & Organizations to raise money for colon cancer research and awareness. Rotary supports food banks, career awareness programs, vaccination programs, student awards and scholarships, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, international youth exchanges and the Boys & Girls Club. Meetings: 12-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Though membership in Rotary is by invitation only, anyone interested in service to the community is welcome to attend a meeting.
Mercer Island Sister City Association Contact: Linda Todd • 232-4570 www.mercerislandsistercity.org The Mercer Island Sister City Association shares a relationship with Thonon les Bains, France, a city on the south shore of Lake Geneva, and is a member of Sister Cities International.
The MISCA hosts French-related events throughout the year, such as French conversation evenings, wine and cheese tastings, raclette dinners and more. The association also hosts an annual “Soiree a Thonon,” an evening of desserts, wines, entertainment and a silent auction to help raise funds for activities. Board meetings: 12:30 p.m., fourth Wednesday of the month, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 S.E. 27th St., #109.
Mercer Island Special Olympics Contact: Lucinda Soha • (425) 6418100 • ILefsa@aol.com www.mispecialolympics.org The Mercer Island Special Olympics is a program for developmentally disabled people of all ages. It provides year-round sports programs and activities for children and adults, including bowling, basketball, soccer, softball and
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group committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experience. The League meets monthly.
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One of the oldest and largest organizations on the Island, the Mercer Island Women’s Club welcomes women who are current residents of the Island. Founded in 1963 as a Welcome Wagon, it became the Mercer Island Women’s Club in 1981. Today, from September to May, more than 350 women of all ages enjoy a wide variety of activities, including a monthly luncheon. Primarily a social organization, the group also raises funds for local nonprofit organizations. Annual dues of $25 cover the newsletter and the club directory.
National Charity League www.nclevergreen.org The National Charity League, Evergreen chapter, is an educational and philanthropic organization of mothers and their daughters in grades seven through 12. The aim is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic
PNWAS is dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine audio and music since its founding in 1978. Meetings: 7:30 p.m., second Thursday of every month, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way.
Probus Club of Mercer Island www.probus.org/usmercer.htm Mercer Island Probus Club members are professional and business retirees. Probus promotes fellowship and intellectual stimulation for club members. There are monthly speakers on various subjects, and day trips are taken throughout the year. Meetings: 10:30 a.m., first Wednesday of the month, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The public is welcome to attend.
Celebrating 12 Years of Jumelage with Thonon-les-Bains Advancing educational, cultural and other relationships between Mercer Island and its Sister City, Thonon-les-Bains, France.
MISCA activities include: French-inspired 5 course feast with paired wines at our May 12 Soirée. Call 232-4570 for tickets by May 1 deadline. April in Paris at Island Books on April 25. Summer Celebration Fireworks Cruise celebrating our Jumelage. Educational exchanges between Mercer Island & Thonon youth. Adult cultural trips to Thonon. French conversation evenings in private homes. French wine & cheese tastings, movies & cultural events. Newsletter & email event reminders. And much more! 601408
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Dani, a 17-year-old Hanoverian, circles the Mercer Island Saddle Club’s riding arena. The Saddle Club is the only stable on the Island.
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Clubs & Organizations Stroum Jewish Community Center
tor, at 232-4032 with questions. Hikes require pre-registration.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5760
On Mercer Island since 1968, the SJCC is dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Jewish and general community in the greater Seattle area. Membership is open to everyone. Programs include communitywide events, a premier Early Childhood School, Parenting Center, summer day camp, school’s out program, before- and after-school care, kids and adult sports leagues, adult and senior activities, and social, cultural and recreational programs. The SJCC has a fitness center, racquetball courts, indoor running track, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool, in addition to an auditorium, a children’s library, kitchen, classrooms and meeting rooms.
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1836 72nd Ave. S.E. • 232-6390 http://vfwmercerisland.blogspot. com Mercer Island VFW Post 5760, in its 60th year, supports and protects the rights of veterans and promotes patriotism. The VFW participates with other posts in supporting patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital. The VFW Hall is available for lease by other organizations.
children. Parent and child pairs are grouped with other pairs in the same grade and schools to make up neighborhood circles that meet monthly for adventures and activities that include games, stories, snacks and crafts. They also have the opportunity to attend three weekend campouts during the year as well as other monthly community outings.
Mercer Island Saddle Club 8635 S.E. 68th Street • 232-7548 The Mercer Island Saddle Club runs the only horse stable on the Island. The club has a riding arena and offers riding lessons.
Meetings: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month (except for August and September), VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters
YMCA Adventure Guides
The Band Boosters is a nonprofit that hopes to raise money to be used for all band needs at Mercer Island School District schools.
Contact: Darcie Flynn • (425) 644-8417 ext. 15, email@example.com Program for parents and pre-K to eighth grade. The Y-Adventure guides program, formerly known as Y-Guides and Y-Princesses, encourages relationships between parents and their
Contact: Terry Pottmeyer • www. misbb.org
Mercer Island Schools Foundation 275-2550 • www.mercerislandschoolsfoundation.com The Mercer Island Schools Foun-
dation is a nonprofit corporation organized to enhance the quality of education by raising money for the Mercer Island public schools.
232-8897 • www.micommunityfund.org The Mercer Island Community Fund, established in 1985, serves as a channel for donations to art and music programs, social services, youth group activities and other all-Island events. Grants are awarded by the 15-member board of directors. Mercer Island nonprofits may apply.
Senior Foundation Contact: Leslie Scott • 232-4597 The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island was founded in 2002 to raise funds to develop and empower community-based programs that enhance the health, safety and well-being of Mercer Island seniors.
Youth and Family Services Foundation 275-7611 • www.mercergov.org Donations to the fund help support the mission and outreach of the city’s Youth and Family Services programs.
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Students line up to check out a big rig during the annual Mercer Island preschool truck day. Below, the MIHS band marches in the Town Center for the Homecoming Parade. A pheasant enjoys the outdoors, and runners tackle part of the Mercer Island Rotary Run course.
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Waterworks There are five pools on Mercer Island. All offer lessons and exercise classes. Mary Wayte is a public pool, and the other four are private facilities that offer a variety of exercise options ranging from tennis to basketball.
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The Shore Club’s outdoor pool features a bubble cover for swimming in the fall and winter.
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Mary Wayte Pool is a public pool on the Island, operated by the Olympic Cascade Aquatics Club. Lessons, space rentals for birthday parties and a variety of classes are offered.
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8700 S.E. 71st St. • 232-5600 www.mercerislandcc.com The MICC has an outdoor pool at the club’s location on the South end.
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3801 East Mercer Way 232-7115 • www.sjcc.org The SJCC pool area includes a 2 1/2-foot-deep preschool area, lap
The Beach Club’s South end lakeside location features stunning views of Mount Rainier on clear days.
Members of the Mercer Island High School girls swim team watch a meet.
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The green teams Islanders educate and encourage environmental sustainability while others raise and set aside funds to help those in need or to promote healthy activities and inspire change.
tion is focused on maintaining a natural park where everyone can coexist.
Green Ribbon Commission The MI Green Ribbon Commission is developing ways to educate the community to encourage sustainable behaviors to improve the environment by reducing waste, transportation emissions and home energy usage.
EarthCorps restores parks and open spaces while providing leadership and community service.
Friends of Luther Burbank Park Contact: Amanda Clark • 2360517 • http://miparks.org
Friends of Luther Burbank is a group of Islanders devoted to the upkeep of one of the Island’s most beloved parks, from organizing park activities to pulling out invasive plants. The organiza-
Contact: Lucia Pitzio-Biroli • 2320301 • www.islandvision.org IslandVision began with a few people interested in sustainability. Today, its purpose has expanded to a number of areas
There are a wide variety of organizations on Mercer Island dedicated to keeping the Island green and environmentally friendly. Leap for Green, a yearly event around Earth Day, is one such way the Island works to educate and pursue sustainability. Below, dogs, walkers and cyclists often come together along Island streets, such as hear the entrance to the path to I-90 westbound.
in an effort to create conditions for sustainable prosperity on Mercer Island.
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Electric Car Charging Stations There are several charging stations on Mercer Island for electric vehicles. One is located at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, the second at City Hall and the third at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center.
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Schools Mercer Island School District 232-3300 www.misd.k12.wa.edu Superintendent: Gary Plano The Mercer Island School District is reputed as one of the best in Washington. Its students routinely score above average on standardized tests, such as the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) and college admissions tests including the SAT. With nearly 4,000 students, the district is made up of six schools: Mercer Island High School, Islander Middle School, and Lakeridge, Island Park and West Mercer elementary schools, as well as the Crest Learning Center.
The school district strives to offer differentiated instruction and learning activities designed to complement the different ways in which a student learns. There are accelerated classes in mathematics for elementary and middle school students, as well as an academically gifted program. Parents and community members are actively involved with the district. Volunteers work in school PTAs, in the classroom, and support the Mercer Island Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds classroom enhancement, teacher training and special projects. The MISD also places a high priority on the arts. The pre-K-12 arts program includes dance, music, drawing, painting, ceramics,
The two-night showcase, put on by the Fine Arts Advisory Committee and volunteers, is a jamboree of music, drama, dance and visual arts by students in kindergarten through grade 12. Parents, family and members of the community are invited to attend the vibrant event.
The Mercer Island School District Board of Directors 4160 86th Ave. S.E. • 236-3300 www.misd.k12.wa.us The Mercer Island School District Board of Directors are: • Janet Frohnmayer (president), Adair Dingle (vice president), Pat Braman, Dave Myerson and Brian Emanuels. The School Board sets district policy and hires and oversees the superintendent. The board meets every other Thursday evening at
7 p.m. in the board room of the district administration building.
Mercer Island High School 9100 S.E. 42nd St. • 236-3345 www.misd.k12.wa.us/schools/hs Principal: Vicki Puckett Mercer Island High School, home of the “Islanders,” serves 1,400 students in grades nine through 12. A standard day at MIHS includes six periods, although students may elect to have a seven-period day. Bus transportation is provided for students who live outside a one-mile radius of the school. Additional transportation is provided by Metro transit. Parking at the school is limited. Most MIHS students are active in extracurricular activities and sports. The school has an extensive music program, drama club, National Honor Society, a monthly newspaper, photography and art, vocational programs, a marketing and business program called DECA, a radio station and a number of service clubs. A multitude of competitive sports
Students at Lakeridge Elementary watch intently during an assembly.
photography and drama. Mercer Island High School students must take at least one year of art to graduate.
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Schools are offered every season through the high school. Mercer Island High School is a class 3A school in the KingCo athletic league. The school offers a special education department with transitional school-to-work opportunities and has English as a Second Language (ESL). The curriculum also includes honors and Advanced Placement courses in science, art, economics, English and world languages. Counseling for each student is provided and college admissions and career planning assistance are available to all students. The vast majority of MIHS seniors are college-bound, attending either two- or fouryear institutions.
Crest Learning Center 4150 86th Ave. S.E. • 236-3390 www.misd.k12.wa.edu/crest Crest is part of Mercer Island High School, operating as the district’s alternative program for students. The school offers flexible courses
with different instructional approaches, as well as traditional classes. Crest welcomes a full spectrum of students, from high achievers to at-risk youth. The school is a block away from MIHS.
Islander Middle School 8225 S.E. 72nd St. • 236-3413 www.misd.k12.wa.edu/schools/ ims Principal: Mary Jo Budzius Islander Middle School, home of the “Gators,” offers a traditional and differentiated curriculum for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. In addition to its core curriculum, IMS offers a broad range of electives, such as speech, Spanish, science, debate, drama, advanced writing, physical education, choir, art, band, orchestra, and science and technology classes. The school also has special edu-
cation classes. Block English-social studies classes are designed for students who need additional time to focus on a particular skill in reading or writing. Many IMS students participate in after-school clubs, intramural and interscholastic sports. Extracurricular clubs include art, drama, architecture, chess, computers, Natural Helpers and Science Olympiad. Clubs and sports are run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Island Park Elementary School 5437 Island Crest Way • 236-3410 Principal: David Hoffman Island Park Elementary School, home of the “Eagles,” is located in the middle of the Island, adjacent to Island Crest Park. Island Park is home to the district's English Language Learner's program and offers a tuition-based foreign language program, along with a student council, after-school clubs and before school choir. Students are involved in arts and cultural experiences through curriculum, an artist-in-residence program funded by the PTA and the Mercer Island Schools Foundation. Island Park is also the current home of the district’s Keeping Pace program, a series of classes during the summer to help students with reading and math skills.
West Mercer Elementary School 4141 81st Ave. S.E. • 236-3430 Principal: Richard Mellish
West Mercer Elementary School, home of the “Wolves,” has a traditional kindergarten through fifth-grade education program. The school prioritizes the integration of writing throughout the curriculum; providing purposes and audiences for student writing. West Mercer also has a popular chess club, art classes and science adventures program and other clubs. Each year, West Mercer puts on a vibrant school play and a barnyard hoedown, where students learn professional square dances. The school provides volunteer training for parents and community volunteers. The West Mercer campus is also home to the district’s special education preschool class.
Lakeridge Elementary School 8215 S.E. 78th St. • 236-3415 Principal: Fred Rundle Lakeridge Elementary School, home of the “Lions,” is located at the South end of the Island. The school’s mission is to increase student achievement in writing and math and to facilitate strong interpersonal relationships within a positive school climate. The school is also home to the school district’s Spectrum program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The students learn in both regular and specialized classes. The school prides itself in the arts. Each year, Lakeridge fifth-graders put on a musical operetta, and the P.E. curriculum welcomes professional dance instructors throughout the year.
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School Board The School Board sets district policy and hires and oversees the superintendent. The board meets every other Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the board room of the district administration building. School Board meeting agendas can be found online at the districtâ€™s website, the Friday before a meeting. The Mercer Island School District Board of Directors are:
Gary Plano, Superintendent 236-3300 email@example.com
Janet Frohnmayer, President 230-0780 janet_frohnmayer@misd. wednet.edu
Adair Dingle, Vice President 230-8790 firstname.lastname@example.org. edu Current term ends: 2013
Pat Braman 232-1551 pat_braman@misd. wednet.edu Current term ends: 2015
Brian Emanuels 232-0556 email@example.com Current term ends: 2015
Dave Myerson 236-1058 firstname.lastname@example.org. edu Current term ends: 2013
Former Mercer Island High School athlete Hannah Lilly, works her way around a Kennedy Catholic player during the Mercer Island girls basketball teamâ€™s state appearance in 2010. MIHS has a strong tradition in athletics.
Current term ends: 2015
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The Mercer Island High School marching band has participated in many special events, including the 2012 Rose Parade in California.
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The MIPA was established in 1937 and is still thriving today. Its mission is to enhance the lives of young children, from newborns to 6-year-olds. The nonprofit group of volunteers organizes children’s activities and outings for every season. The group also hosts parent-child outings, organizes monthly play groups, parent support meetings and other preschool networking programs.
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• Northwest Montessori School • Emmanuel Day School 4400 86th Ave. S.E. • 232-5663 • Little Acorn Day School 4030 86th Ave. S.E. #E • 236-0480 • MIPC Preschool 3605 84th Ave. S.E. • 232-5596 • Creative Learning Center 8236 S.E. 24th St. • 232-8900 • Mercer Island Learning Lab 2825 West Mercer Way 232-7661 • Mercer Island Montessori
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A look back
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For such a small town, there is a long list of Island neighborhoods. They include:
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Parks, trails, open space With acres upon acres of green space and parks, Mercer Island is hardly short on urban escapes. Walkers and hikers alike can find solace in one of the Island’s many verdant trails, from deep in Pioneer Park to the waterfront of Luther Burbank.
Parks & Recreation www.myparksandrecreation.com 275-7609 The Parks and Rec. Department provides recreation, athletic, social, artistic and special event programs, including Summer Celebration! Services are provided for preschool-age children, youth, teens, adults, family and seniors through partnerships with community agencies, businesses and institutions. With more than 35 parks and open space areas boasting 400 acres and 50 miles of trails, the department also maintains all city park areas.
I-90 Sculpture Park 7800 to 8000 block of Sunset Highway Cyclists from the Island, Seattle, the Eastside and beyond enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Washington while flying along the Lid’s east-west bike trails. The Lid, with its ball fields, basketball courts and cement trails, is the perfect place for weekend leisure. It is also the connecting path between Seattle and the Eastside in the popular Lake Washington Loop bike trail. The sculpture park, about 800 meters east of the Lid, is an outdoor gallery of vibrant statues, many of which are for sale. For more information on purchasing a sculpture, contact Parks and Rec. at 275-7609.
Luther Burbank Park 2040 84th Ave. S.E.
Marina: Introduced in the summer of 2008, the Luther Burbank Marina offers a safe place for children and adults to learn to sail and kayak. Sailing classes start beginning in June. Sailboats and lifejackets are provided for all. For class registration, visit www. myparksandrecreation.com.
Mercerdale Park 3249 78th Ave. S.E. The perfect place for children to ride their bikes, teens to skateboard and seniors to stroll, Mercerdale Park is centrally located in downtown Mercer Island. Mercerdale’s skateboarding park is a key attraction to Island youth. The Art Council’s annual summer concert series, “Mostly Music in the Park,” draws a crowd on Thursday and Sunday evenings, July through August. The concerts feature various bands and artists from the region and play a variety of music for every taste. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. A full schedule is available at www. myparksandrecreation.com.
Hey kids (’n moms)! Playgrounds galore • Deane’s Children’s Park | 5500 Island Crest Way • First Hill Park | S.E. 32nd Street & 72nd Avenue • Luther Burbank Park | 2040 84th Ave. S.E. • Mercerdale Park | 77th Avenue S.E. & 32nd Street • Park on the Lid | 72nd Avenue S.E. & 22nd Street • Roanoke Park | 70th Avenue S.E. & W. Mercer
Island Guide Church 2009 A mom and son feed the ducks at Luther Burbank Park in the spring sunlight. Luther Burbank is one of many options to get outside on Mercer Island.
Christian Science Church Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:00 AM Wednesday Testimony Meeting 7:30 PM First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mercer Island 47th and Island Crest Way 206-232-0175
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from busy S.E. 40th into the neighboring S.E. 39th Street.
• South Mercer Playfields | S.E. 78th Street & 84th Avenue
Deane’s Children’s Park
• Park on the Lid | 72nd Avenue S.E. & 22nd Street • Roanoke Park | 70th Avenue S.E. & W. Mercer • Secret Park | S.E. 27th Street & W. Mercer
5500 Island Crest Way This favorite children’s park includes a picnic area, wooded trails and the famous dragon in the playground.
77th S.E. & S.E. 32nd The park ascends into a hillside of wooded trails and stairs above Mercerdale Park.
S.E. 47th & 90th Ave. S.E. The Island’s famous pond is home to various birds, the odd turtle and dozens of neighborhood children. A short trail encircles the pond, which is a popular winter attraction for local kids when the pond freezes over for skating.
Clarke Beach Park
7700 E. Mercer Way This nine-acre park on the water features a beach and dock.
3701 S.E. Gallagher Hill Rd. The Gallagher Hill park features 11 acres of trails, including connections from 40th Avenue to East Mercer Way. The hill run is popular with locals for a fast but thorough workout.
• South Mercer Playfields | S.E. 78th Street & 84th Avenue
Clise Park S.E. 40th & Island Crest Way A shortcut for many high school students, this wooded trail cuts
82nd Avenue S.E. and S.E. 40th Street Homestead Park, which sits near Island Park Elementary, features several public tennis courts and baseball fields and trails.
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Park on the Lid
5500 Island Crest Way The little sister of Pioneer Park, this wooded Island escape has ball fields, a family picnic area and several winding trails.
Luther Burbank Park 2040 84th Ave. S.E. The Island’s North-end nature escape, Luther Burbank boasts three miles of trails that meander through a natural habitat preserve, off-leash dog park and along the Lake Washington shoreline.
77th S.E. & S.E. 32nd The Town Center park has a paved loop trail, an open picnic area, skateboard park, playground and sprawling field. 72nd S.E. & S.E. 22nd Arguably the best viewpoint on the Island, the Lid has several paved trails for cyclists and walkers alike.
Pioneer Park S.E. 68th & Island Crest Way Pioneer Park, with 120 acres of thick woods and deep ravines, is the largest natural space on the Island with dozens of trails and a wide variety of activities for Islanders. Walking trails are popular, frequently used by horse riders and bikers.
Boaters enjoy a sunny day just off shore from Luther Burbank Park, one of Mercer Island’s many parks and open spaces. Left, the 2012 spring/summer Recreation Guide lists events available for Islanders, including summer sailing classes.
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Just for seniors
Tailor made for older living Older Islanders have many options for friends and fun as well as healthy living on Mercer Island.
As many as 4,000 citizens age 65 or older live on Mercer Island. Here are some local offerings geared for them.
Mercer Island Youth and Family Services: MIYFS provides outreach for home-based assessments and counseling and support groups for those who have suffered loss or are caretakers for someone with a debilitating condition. For these and to find out about other services, contact geriatric specialist Betsy Zuber at 2757752 or Betsy.Zuber@mercergov.org.
Ellsworth House (50 units) is reduced-income housing for those who qualify. 2720 76th Ave. S.E., 232-7447.
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Island House is a retirement community with both independent and assisted living, 24hour staff, open dining. 7810 S.E. 30th St., 236-0502. Covenant Shores provides a continuum of care: residential retirement, assisted living, memory support, rehabilitative care and skilled nursing on a 12-acre campus by the lake.
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Retirement & Assisted Living
Mercer Island Care and Rehabilitation: 24-hour skilled nursing. 7445 S.E. 24th St., 232-6600. ElderCare Link: an online service to help find nearby group homes, assisted living centers, in-home care, adult day care. firstname.lastname@example.org. Other services, clinics and workshops are coordinated through the City of Mercer
Island Youth & Family Services department. Go to www.mercergov.org or call 275-7752.
MI Parks & Recreation senior adult programs Contact: Parks and Recreation specialist Jeannette Eggebrecht • 275-7841 For seniors over age 55, Parks & Rec. offers fitness, exercise, Trailmates and Solemates walking programs, dancing, Tai Chi, golf, summer softball, pickleball and other “master” sports, forest stewardship, bird watching and much more. Senior Social Days for persons with limited abilities are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch and transportation provided; $40. Senior transportation to Community Center programs is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Meals-on-Wheels delivery, lunch at Covenant Shores, adventure trips and a foot care clinic are also offered. Mary Wayte water fitness: 8815 S.E. 40th St., 588-1117 www.mercerislandpool.com
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Island Eats & treats
from Alpenland to Zaw NORTH
Alpenland Delicatessen 2707 78th Ave. S.E. • 232-4780 Anise Thai 7691 S.E. 27th St. • 236-2255 Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream 2900 78th Ave. S.E. • 236-2781 Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro 7650 S.E. 27th St. • 232-2759 Freshy’s Seafood 2411 76th Ave. S.E. • 232-3028 Gourmet Teriyaki 7671 S.E. 27th St. • 232-0580 Han’s Garden Restaurant 3020 78th Ave. S.E. • 232-7889
Haruko’s Japanese Restaurant
3033 78th Ave. S.E. • 236-1557 I Love Pho 7605 S.E. 27th St. #112 • 275-4300 Island Crust 7525 S.E. 24th St., #100 • 232-7878 Lilly’s Restaurant at Aljoya 2430 76th Ave. S.E. • 230-0150 McDonald’s 2807 78th Ave. S.E. • 232-9175 Mo’s Pizza 2630 77th Ave. S.E. • 236-6000 Noah’s New York Bagels 7808 S.E. 28th St. • 232-8539
Oh Chocolate! 2703 76th Ave. S.E. • 232-4974 Pon Proem Thai 3039 78th Ave. S.E. • 236-8424 Qdoba Mexican Grill
Tully’s Coffee 7810 S.E. 27th St. • 236-2959 Tully’s To Go
1825 72nd Ave. S.E. • 232-0800 Roberto’s Italian 7605 S.E. 27th St. #111 • 232-7383 Seven Star Chinese Restaurant 2885 78th Ave. S.E. • 230-8665 Starbucks 7695 S.E. 27th St. • 230-8847 Starbucks Drive-Thru 7620 S.E. 27th St. • 275-3115 Stopsky’s Delicatessen 3016 78th Ave. S.E. • 236-4564 Subway 7679 S.E. 27th St. • 236-2734 Sushi Joa Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar The Islander 7440 S.E. 27th St. • 232-6676 The Old Wine Store 7858 S.E. 28th St. #110 • 402-4026
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SOUTH El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant 8451 S.E. 68th St. #101 • 275-4900 Georgio’s Subs 8415 S.E. 68th St. #112 • 275-3720 Sahara Pizza 8425 S.E. 68th St. #104 • 232-9800 Starbucks 8415 S.E. 68th St. #100 • 275-1097 Toshi’s Teriyaki 8425 S.E. 68th St. #118 • 232-0233 Yo Mercer 8435 S.E. 68th St. #100 • 232-1802 Yuzen Japanese Cuisine 8451 S.E. 68th St. #104 • 275-3310
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Houses of worship
Mercer Island Clergy Association The Mercer Island Clergy Association is made up of spiritual leaders from various Island faith communities. The association meets once a month to discuss topics of mutual concern and holds an annual all-Island Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.
Beit Messiah Messianic Synagogue 7070 S.E. 24th Street 232-0490 www.beitmessiah.com
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 4001 Island Crest Way • 236-2957
Congregation Shevet Achim
Island of faith 5017 90th Ave. S.E. (Northwest Yeshiva High School) 275-1539 www.shevetachim.com
Congregational Church of Mercer Island 4545 Island Crest Way 232-7800 • www.ucc-ccmi.org
3605 84th Ave. S.E. (MI Presbyterian Church)
Mercer Island United Methodist Church
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation
7070 S.E. 24th 232-3044 • www.miumc.org
3700 East Mercer Way 232-8555 • www.h-nt.org
P.O. Box 1271 • 800-22-UNITE
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
8501 S.E. 40th 232-3270 • www.htlcmi.org
4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572 www.emmanuelmi.org
Mercer Island Covenant Church
First Church of Christ, Scientist S.E. 47th and Island Crest Way 232-0175 • Reading Room: 7605 S.E. 27th St. #106 • 232-5850
3200 78th Ave. S.E. 232-1015 • www.micc.org
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 232-5595 • www.mipc.org
First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church
MI Bahai’s New Hope International Church 9170 S.E. 64th 275-1042 • www.newhic.org
Redeemer Lutheran Church 6001 Island Crest Way 232-1711 www.redeemerlutheranchurch. us
St. Monica Catholic Church 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900 • www.stmonica.cc
St. Monica Parish School 4320 87th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040 206.232.5432
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The processional cross at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is carried down the sanctuary aisle before each Sunday service.
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Island of art
Visual & Performing Arts Mercer Island offers a wide variety of art and artistic experiences for all audiences. Children, teenagers, adults and seniors can express their creative sides through varying classes and workshops offered by the city. Artists who have already refined their skills can show their own work, too.
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Pon Proem Restaurant
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Outdoor Sculpture Park
Mercer Island Visual Arts League
Along Sunset Highway between 77th Avenue S.E. and 80th Avenue S.E.
The Island is full of galleries that boast sculptures, paintings, photography, ceramics and many other forms of art.
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Live entertainment also adds to the Island’s artistic palette. Music and Shakespeare in the Park are favorite summer activities. Art is very much at the heart of Mercer Island.
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Chamber Art Gallery
Gallery at Avellino 2836 78th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island Library Mercer Island Community and Event Center Main floor gallery 8236 S.E. 24th St.
Mercer Island City Hall 9611 S.E. 36th St.
Aljoya Mezzanine Gallery 2430 76th Ave. S.E.
Island Choral Experience
Third Thursday Art Walk Town businesses, north and south, May through October
232-8007 www.islandchoralexperience. com The group has three choirs: Island Children’s Choir, Island Preparatory Choir and Island Sound.
Children’s Dance Conservatory & Youth Ballet
Youth Theatre Northwest
Contact: Susan Valencia 8635 S.E. 68th St. (206) 522-9399 www.childrensdance.org
8805 S.E. 40th St. • 232-4145 www.youththeatre.org Youth Theatre Northwest is a school and theater that emphasizes intellectual, artistic and personal development through drama education, performances and live theater. YTN provides a wide range of classes and programs for children ages 3-18.
Pacific Sound Chorus Contact: Gayle Robinson (425) 820-9825 www.pacificsound.org
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Each year, around the winter holidays, many Island performing arts groups put on performances like the ‘Nutcracker.’ Top right, Scott Moore’s ‘Geisha’ at the Community Center. Right, Island students have the opportunity to participate in the PTA’s spring Reflections art contest, which featured Kara Glass’s artwork.
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Island profile The 411 on MI According to the 2010 U.S. Census, about 22,800 people call Mercer Island home, nearly 700 more than lived here 10 years ago. It is the most populated lake island in the United States. There are 6,500 families on the Island with the average household size in 2010 of 2.48 persons, down slightly from 2.58 in 2000. One-quarter of the residents are 18 or younger. Nearly three-quarters of Island residents hold a college degree or higher, with nearly 40 percent holding an advanced degree. More than 15 percent speak a primary language other than English. There are about 7,000 jobs scattered throughout the Town Center, South end shopping center, S.E. 36th Street and the various clubs, schools and home offices found on the Island. Farmer's Insurance, the city and the school district are the largest employers. For those who work off the Island, the average commute time to work varies widely, affected by the traffic on I-90 and new tolls that discourage the use of SR-520. But there are options. There are expanded HOV lanes eastbound to Bellevue. There are more buses more often at the North Mercer Park and Ride. Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation continue to work on Interstate 90 in preparation for light rail to be built and operational in 10 years. The school district educates nearly 4,000 students in its five schools. An additional six private schools, several preschools and day cares prepare Island children for their academic and professional futures. The Island is also the only community in King County where the
Above, families celebrate Mercerversary in Mercerdale Park in July 2010, the 50th birthday party of the incorporation of the city of Mercer Island. Below, Fruitland Landing is a tiny street-end park at the northern end of 97th Avenue N.E.
school district and city share the same boundary. There are about 16,000 registered voters, and the Island turnout is often higher than the rest of the county. The entire area of Mercer Island is just over 13 square miles, which includes ponds, streams, marsh land and ravines. The 13-mile-long Island perimeter may be driven or cycled along West, East and North Mercer ways. Within the Island's shores, there are 9,100 homes and apartments. The city owns approximately 400 acres of parkland and open space, and there are more than 50 miles of marked walking paths and trails. The temperature on the Island averages around 40 degrees during winter months and 70 degrees in the summer. The average yearly rainfall is 35 inches, even though it sometimes seems more than that.
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