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ercer Island has grown and changed over the years, but still remains a tight community at its core. The Town Center has grown and the community has expanded, but crowds still gather for local events, like the Mercer Island High School homecoming parade and Summer Celebration! to cheer and celebrate Island life. In the next 30 pages you’ll find everything you need to know about life on the Island. Inside are listings of Island events and activities, a handy directory of clubs, organizations, schools and local government, and places to contemplate just how lucky we are to live in such a magical place.

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A look back Once called ‘Lake Stinko’ by the Seattle newspapers of the day, Lake Washington in 1962 was a mess. Its crystal clear waters, revered and fished by the area’s Native American tribes, were a distant memory. Its water was cloudy, clogged and, yes, it smelled. Full of algae and fueled by the phosphorus and nitrogen-rich effluent from the growing communities surrounding its shores, the lake was becoming a public health hazard. Fish were dying. Mats of green muck fouled area beaches. By the time the newly formed Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle or ‘Metro’ was approved by voters in 1958, 14 towns and cities in King County discharged 20 million gallons of inadequately treated sewage into Lake


Washington every day. At the time, no one knew if the lake could ever recover. The new agency — designed to address regionwide water quality, transit and planning issues — set to work. As the years passed, Metro, along with Cleaned up the collaboraafter decades tive effort of of abuse, Lake University Washington researchers is one of the and the surmost studied rounding citlakes in the ies, paid off. The lake began United States. to recover. By 1970, the water was clear again. The restoration of Lake Washington was studied and

emulated by communities throughout the world. Today, communities such as Mercer Island play an important role in protecting the lake with laws that control stormwater runoff, and the Shoreline Management plan.

Why we love MI Our favorite reasons to fall in love with Mercer Island.

From top left: • Our businesses, such as Stopsky’s Deli, Bennett’s, Zaw, Roberto’s and Chick’s Shoes • Gardens and blooms • Luther Burbank’s swim beach and street end parks • The farmers market on Sundays

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Summer Celebration! every July with art, eats, a Grand Parade and more The views of Mount Rainier The Mercer Island High School homecoming parade, the Firehouse Munch Public art near sidewalks, streets and unexpected places

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MIVAL’s Third Thursday Art Walks, the Lions Christmas Tree sales, Kiwanis fireworks and flags The annual Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon Parks, such as the LID Park with new topiaries Wildlife, including deer, songbirds and eagles


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Summer Celebration! The theme this year for Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration! is “It’s Magic.” The weekend of July 13 and 14 will feature magicians, street entertainment, the Grand Parade and a street fair filled with local businesses and vendors, art, music and fun. Look for our annual summer edition of 98040 in June for more information to plan your weekend at Summer Celebration! It will be magical!

Returning this summer for a second time during Summer Celebration! will be the Mercer Mile fun run. The race will start at 9:30 a.m. and will loop around Mercerdale Park.

The annual fireworks show will take place on Saturday evening at Luther Burbank Park. The show is funded by donations from the community.

Visit the city’s website at www.mercergov.org for a full list of events at this year’s Summer Celebration!


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It is summer on Mercer Island when the farmers market begins. Every June, vendors and food trucks from across the state roll into town on Sunday mornings for the weekly event. This year, the market will be open each Sunday from June 9 through Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market will also host a special Sunday event on Nov. 24, prior to Thanksgiving. In addition to the vendors selling a variety of items, the market includes: • Chef demos and tours • A children’s table for art and cooking projects • Meet the farmers • Master gardeners on hand to answer questions • Tap your toe to live music • Taste tempting samples The market is held each week except July 14 during Summer Celebration! and Aug. 3 during Seafair. More information can be found online at mifarmersmarket.org. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact volunteer@mifarmersmarket.org to learn more. 8 | ISLAND GUIDE 2013

Did you know? During the 2012 season, more than 200 youth and adult volunteers helped to make the market a success. Over 50 vendors sold everything from farm produce to dairy products and meats. All items for sale were grown or made in Washington state. Farmer-grown products, such as produce, meat, flowers and cheese, made up half of the market’s sales in 2012.

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Get ready! Mercer Island is a busy place year round, but there are some events that need to be circled on the calendar. Here’s a look at some of the biggest events taking place each year on the Island.


Jan. 1 • New Year’s swim at Clarke Beach


Late February • Giving From The Heart breakfast, supporting Youth and Family Services


March 23, 2014 • Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon Late March • MI School District’s Fine Arts Showcase


Mid-April • ‘Leap for Green,’ Earth Day Late April • Easter egg hunts at Mercerdale Park Late April • MIPA’s Circus Late April • MI Schools Foundation breakfast 10 | ISLAND GUIDE 2013


May through October • Art Walks


Thursdays • Mostly Music in the Park, through August June 1 • National Trails Day Sundays, June 9 - Oct. 13 • Farmers Market


July 13-14 • Summer Celebration! It’s Magic July-August • Shakespeare in the Park


Aug. 2-4 • Seafair Weekend Aug. 6 • National Night Out Aug. 10 • Community Campout


Sept. 21 • Worldwide Day of Play


Mid-October • Mercer Island High School homecoming parade


Early November • Islander Middle School PTA Ski Swap


Early December • Firehouse Munch and Mercer Island tree lighting ceremony Make sure to check the Mercer Island Reporter and www.mi-reporter.com for the latest information.

Island Arts Mostly Music in the Park The sounds of summer will be drifting out of Mercerdale Park this year during the annual Mostly Music in the Park concert series, sponsored by the Mercer Island Arts Council. The concert series features something for everyone, and this summer includes a special tribute to the Beatles on Aug. 15 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the group’s first album. This summer, concerts will be held on Thursday evenings and will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The final concert of the year will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Luther Burbank Amphitheater. To learn more about the Mercer Island Arts Council and other events hosted by the Council, visit their website at www.mercergov.org.

2013 Schedule • July 25 – Portage Bay Big Band • Aug. 1 – Dynamite Limbo • Aug. 8 – Swamp Soul • Aug. 15 – Nowhere Men • Aug. 22 – Koko Joe • Aug. 25 – Russian Chamber Orchestra

Did you know? Mercer Island is home to over 475 acres of parks and open space, including 17 designated parks.

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13. Sizzling Water and Standing Strong 14. Duet 15-21. (Along 78th Ave. S.E.) Milk Bottles, Horse Shoes, Enviable Isle, History of Transport, Street Name Inlays, Fish Gate, Ribbons, Bird in Hand 22. Rescue

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Art Galleries & more Mercer Island offers a wide variety of art and artistic experiences to enjoy. Children, teenagers, adults and seniors can express their creative sensibilities through various classes and workshops offered by both public and private organizations. Artists who have already refined their skills display their work at one of the many art galleries and even restaurants that exhibit art on the Island. Covenant Shores holds an annual art fair. The galleries boast everything from sculptures, paintings, photography and ceramics to many other forms of art.

Did you know? Mercer Island is the only city within King County to be entirely situated on an island. It is also the most populated island in a lake in the United States.

Art Directory Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Chamber Art Gallery: 7605 S.E. 27th St., Suite 109 Pon Proem Restaurant: 3039 78th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery at Avellino: 2836 78th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island Library: 4400 88th Ave. S.E. 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. 14 | ISLAND GUIDE 2013

77 Central Apartments: 2630 77th Ave. S.E., Suite 100 Outdoor Sculpture Park: Along Sunset Highway between 77th Avenue S.E. and 80th Avenue S.E. Third Thursday Art Walk: Town businesses, north and south, May through October Youth Theatre Northwest: 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

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Green areas on the map represent a park or open space on Mercer Island.

Parks Directory 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, families 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 Clarke Beach Park: 7700 E. Mercer Way Clise Park: S.E. 40th & Island Crest Way Deane’s Children’s Park: 5500 Island Crest Way Ellis Pond: S.E. 47th & 90th Ave. S.E. Gallagher Hill: 3701 S.E. Gallagher Hill Rd. Homestead Park: 82nd Avenue S.E. and S.E. 40th Street Island Crest Park: 5500 Island Crest Way Luther Burbank Park: 2040 84th Ave. S.E. Mercerdale Park: 77th S.E. & S.E. 32nd Park on the Lid: 72nd S.E. & S.E. 22nd Pioneer Park: S.E. 68th & Island Crest Way Playgrounds: Bicentennial Park, 77th Avenue S.E. & S.E. 32nd Street; 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; Secret Park, S.E. 27th Street & W. Mercer; South Mercer Playfields, S.E. 78th Street & 84th Avenue Special event rentals: The City of Mercer Island issues special event permits for small events (125-200 guests) and large events (more than 200 guests). Parks and other public places may be reserved for weddings, picnics, filming or photo shoots and other events. A special event application, available at www. mercergov.org, must be submitted with a $20 nonrefundable fee to the city, mailed to: Merrill Schadt, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department, 2040 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island, Wash., 98040.

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in Pioneer Park

Mercer Island has participated in date in the box’s log book. letterboxing for the last four years. Part of the fun of letterThis summer, Isboxing is creating a “trail landers can take Letterboxing name” to write in letterboxpart in the annual will start on June es that one may find. program at Pioneer 1, during the Letterboxing is Park starting on National Trails also a way that June 1. Day celebration. children can Letterboxers nurture their search for the locarespect for the tions of the letterboxes via clues environment. Letteror word of mouth. The letterboxes boxers must be careful themselves are small containers, not to disturb any aniwhich each contain a log book and mal’s natural habitat in a rubber stamp specific to the per- finding or planting their son who created it. Upon finding boxes. it, the letterboxer stamps his or her Each summer, Mercer stamp in the box’s log book and the Island participants pick up box’s stamp in his or her log book. a clue book at the beginning Letterboxers are also encouraged of the letterboxing period and must to write their name, hometown and For more information about letterboxing, go to www.letterboxing.com.

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return them by a certain date, outlined by the Parks and Recreation Department. Last year, over 400 club booklets were distributed to children from kindergarten all the way through elementary school. Letterboxing is supported by the Mercer Island Open Space Conservancy Trust, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Boys and Girls Club, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. It is part of National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society.

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There is a wide variety of dining options on Mercer Island, whether you’re looking for a quick bite on the run or a place to sit down and enjoy a leisurely meal. New restaurants seem to pop up around the corner all the time, so here’s a look at where to eat on Mercer Island.

NORTH 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 Einstein’s Bagels: 7808 S.E. 28th St., 232-8539 Franky & Dom’s: 7420 S.E. 24th Street, 232-3221 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 I Love Pho: 7605 S.E. 27th St. #112, 275-4300 Island Crust Cafe: 7525 S.E. 24th St., #100, 232-7878

Lilly’s Restaurant: 2430 76th Ave. S.E., 230-0150 McDonalds: 2807 78th Ave. S.E., 232-9175 Menchies: 7785 Sunset Hwy. #116, 232-2682 Mo’s Pizza: 2630 77th Ave. S.E. #112, 236-6000 Oh Chocolate!: 2703 76th Ave. S.E., 232-4974 Phobulous: 3033 78th Ave. S.E., 232-0828 Pon Proem Thai: 3039 78th Ave. S.E., 236-8424 Qdoba Mexican Grill: 7650 S.E. 27th St. #106, 230-0072 Roanoke Inn: 1825 72nd Ave. S.E., 232-0800 Roberto’s Pizza & Pasta: 7605 S.E. 27th St. #111, 2327383 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: 2717 78th Ave. S.E., 230-4120 The Islander: 7440 S.E. 27th St., 232-6676 Tony Maroni’s Pizza: 2885 78th Ave. S.E. #102, 232-6400 Tully’s Coffee: 7810 S.E. 27th St., 236-2959 Tully’s To Go: 3077 78th Ave. S.E. Zaw Pizza: 7635 S.E. 27th St., 232-0515

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, 2753310

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GOVERNMENT City of Mercer Island: (206) 2757600, 9611 S.E. 36th Street, www. mercergov.org The city of Mercer Island, comprised of nearly 22,000 residents, was incorporated in 1960. City Council: www.mercergov. org/council The Mercer Island City Council is made up of Island citizens, elected to office by the public. The Council works with other local governments 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 years. Councilmembers

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receive a monthly $200 stipend, while the mayor earns $400. Council meetings, televised on Comcast channel 21, regularly take place on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Rich Conrad, City Manager: rich. conrad@mercergov.org The city manager is responsible for the administration of city policies and serves as the chief executive officer of the city. Bruce Bassett, Mayor: bruce.bassett@mercergov.org, current term ends in 2015 Dan Grausz, Deputy Mayor: dan. grausz@mercergov.org, current term ends in 2013 Debbie Bertlin: debbie.bertlin@ mercergov.org, current term ends in 2015 Jane Meyer Brahm: jane.brahm@ mercergov.org, current term ends in 2015 Mike Cero: mike.cero@mercergov. org, current term ends in 2015 Mike Grady: mike.grady@mercergov.org, current term ends in 2013

Tana Senn: tana.senn@mercergov.org, current term ends in 2015 State Representatives Mercer Island is in the 41st state legislative district. The Island is represented by Judy Clibborn, Steve Litzow and Marcie Maxwell. Mercer Island is in the 9th Congressional District, represented by Adam Smith. Judy Clibborn: (D) Mercer Island, (425) 453-3075 Steve Litzow: (R) Mercer Island, (360) 786-7641 Marcie Maxwell: (D) Renton, (425) 453-3037 Adam Smith: (D) Tacoma, (253) 593-6600

SCHOOLS Mercer Island School District: 232-3300, www.mercerislandschools.org Superintendent: Gary Plano, 2303300, gary_plano@misd.wednet.

edu 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, and the Crest Learning Center. The MISD strives to offer differentiated instruction and learning activities. There are accelerated classes in mathematics for elementary and middle school students, and an academically gifted program. Volunteers work in school PTAs and classrooms, and support the Mercer Island Schools Foundation. The pre-K-12 arts program includes dance, music, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and drama. The two-night showcase, put on by the Fine Arts Advisory Committee, is a jamboree of K-12 students’ music, drama, dance and visual arts. Mercer Island School District Board of Directors: 4160 86th Ave. S.E., 236-3300, www.mercerislandschools.org

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SChools | FROM 24 Janet Frohnmayer, President: janet_frohnmayer@misd.wednet. edu, current term ends in 2015 Adair Dingle, Vice President: adair_dingle@misd.wednet.edu, current term ends in 2013 Pat Braman: pat_braman@misd. wednet.edu, current term ends in 2015 Dave Myerson: dave_myerson@ misd.wednet.edu, current term ends in 2013 Brian Emanuels: brian_emanuels@ misd.wednet.edu, current term ends in 2015 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 district’s website, the Friday before a meeting. Mercer Island High School: 9100 S.E. 42nd St., 236-3345 Principal: Vicki Puckett Mercer Island High School, home of the “Islanders,” serves 1,400 students in grades nine through 12. Bus transportation is provided for students who live outside a onemile radius of the school. 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 service clubs. MIHS is a class 3A school in the KingCo athletic league and offers a multitude of competitive sports. The school offers a special education department with transitional school-to-work opportunities and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The curriculum also includes honors and Advanced Placement courses. Counseling, college admissions and career planning assistance are available to all students. Crest Learning Center: 4150 86th Ave. S.E., 236-3390 Crest is part of Mercer Island High School, operating as the district’s alternative learning 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. Islander Middle School: 8225 S.E. 72nd St., 236-3413 Principals: Mary Jo Budzius, Aaron Miller 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

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science and technology classes. The school also offers intramural and interscholastic sports, and special education classes. 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. Island Park is also the current home of the district’s Keeping Pace program, a series of summer classes. 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 and provides audiences for student writing. West Mercer also has a popular chess club, art classes, science adventures program and other clubs. The 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.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS French American School of Puget Sound: 3795 East Mercer Way, 275-

3533, www.fasps.org Principal: Eric Thuau Founded in 1995, the French American School of Puget Sound offers a preschool through eighthgrade education. The school enrolls 385 students, who learn reading, writing, language, math, history and science in both English and French, with an average of 16-20 students per class. Over 23 nationalities are represented in the diverse student population. Northwest Yeshiva High School: 5017 90th Ave. S.E., 232-5272, www. nyhs.net Principal: Rabbi Bernie Fox Founded in 1974, Northwest Yeshiva High School provides a college preparatory education for Jewish students. The school’s mission is to foster integrity, strength of character, respect, service to others, a lifetime love of learning, commitment to the State of Israel, and adherence to the traditional ideals and practices of Torah Judaism. NYHS is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. Privett Academy: 9311 S.E. 36th Street, 232-0059, www.privettacademy.org Privett Academy is an accredited school for students in sixth grade through high school. The school offers full-time classes, as well as dual enrollment to allow students to take one or more classes at the school. Tutoring is also available. St. Monica Parish School: 4320 87th Ave. S.E., 232-5432, www. stmonicasea.org Principal: Pamela Dellino The mission of St. Monica Parish School, pre-K through eighth grade, is to teach Christ-like values, help students to achieve academic excellence in all areas, and maintain a safe, nurturing and loving learning environment. The school, accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association, has been in operation for over 50 years. Yellow Wood Academy: 9655 S.E. 36th Street, Suite 101, 236-1095, www.yellowwoodacademy.org

Yellow Wood Academy, formerly known as ETC, is a nonprofit school that offers tutoring and classes for credit in a variety of subjects. Teachers have special education training, and the school also has certified speech and language therapists.

PRESCHOOLS MI Preschool Association: 2363033, www.MIPreschoolAssociation. org The MIPA was established in 1937. 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. Mercer Island Preschools Country Village Day School 4030 86th Ave. S.E., 232-7170 Early World Montessori School 3027 80th Ave. S.E., 232-2400 Little Acorn Sprouts 8236 S.E. 24th St., Room 4 232-0940 Northwest Montessori School: 4025 86th Ave. S.E., 524-4244 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: 7844 S.E. 71st St., 275-1738 Pixie Hill Preschool: 8805 S.E. 40th St., 236-1380 Sunnybeam School: 8635 S.E. 68th, 232-5776

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Organizations | FROM 26 ORGANIZATIONS Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce: 7605 S.E. 27th St. #109, (206) 232-3404, www.mercerislandchamber.com The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce is the front door to Mercer Island. One of the oldest Chambers in the region, the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1946. It promotes the Island as a special place to live work and play. It exists to help Island businesses thrive and grow. It publishes a Mercer Island map, and the Mercer Island Community and Business guide. It provides community and tourism information. The Chamber sponsors the Shop Local coupon books, Town Center Trick-or-Treating, and works collaboratively with other Island organizations and the city. A member-funded nonprofit group of business, the Chamber holds monthly membership luncheons on the first Thursday of every month, open to the public with advance reservations. Speakers include government and elected officials, motivational speakers and business educators. The Chamber office is home to the Mercer Island Sister City Association and the Chamber Art Gallery. Mercer Island Children’s Hospital Guild: Contact Petra Walker, 230-5138 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, 232-6916 Founded in 1940 by four East Seattle men as a cooperative to provide tools and a shop to use while building their homes, the Mercer Island Craft Guild is for woodworkers. The craft guild is comprised of about 60 members who share tools. Members 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. 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, Kiwanians

have raised funds from selling fireworks during the Fourth of July, shaved ice at the Summer Celebration and setting out the U.S. flag on national holidays at subscribing merchants and businesses on the Island. Meetings: 12 p.m., Tuesdays, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. 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 and Boy Scout Troop #647. 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, info@seattlelwv.org The purpose of the nonpartisan League 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 high school 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 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: www. mirotary.org Rotary, the largest service organization on Mercer Island, supports youth and social service activities on the Island. The annual Rotary Run is the club’s premier event and raises money for colon cancer research and awareness. Rotary supports food banks, career awareness, 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, including 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 Jim Kroeger • (206) 2309187, 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 snow skiing. Meetings are weekly (call for times and locations). Mercer Island Women’s Club: www.mercerislandwomensclub. com 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

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ORGANIZATIONS | FROM 27 ages enjoy a variety of activities, including a monthly luncheon. The group also raises funds for local nonprofit organizations. . 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 relationships in a philanthropic group committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experience. The League meets monthly. Pacific Northwest Audio Society: www.audiosociety.org 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. Stroum Jewish Community Center: 3801 East Mercer Way, 232-7115, www.sjcc.org 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 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, auditorium and children’s library. Trailmates: Contact Fran Call, instructor, 232-4032 Trailmates offers moderate five to seven-mile hikes for seniors in the beautiful Northwest. Hikes require pre-registration. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5760: 1836 72nd Ave. S.E., Commander Frank Sorba, 2326390, www.vfwmercerisland.org 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. Meetings: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month (except August and September) and the VFW Hall. YMCA Adventure Guides: Contact Darcie Flynn, (425) 6448417 ext. 15, dflynn@seattleymca. org Program for parents and pre-K to eighth grade. 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. Three weekend campouts are held 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. Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters: Contact Terry Pottmeyer, www.misbb.org The Band Boosters is a nonprofit that raises money to be used for all band needs at Mercer Island School District schools. Mercer Island Schools Foundation: 275-2550, www. mercerislandschoolsfoundation. com The Mercer Island Schools Foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized to enhance the quality of education by raising money for Mercer Island public schools. Mercer Island Community Fund: 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. Mercer Island 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.

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. Earth Corps: www.earthcorps.org EarthCorps restores parks and open spaces while providing leadership and community service. Electric Car Charging Stations: Mercer Island has several charging stations 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. Five charging stations, including a DC fast charger, are also located on the Bellevue College campus, behind the C Building. Farmers Market Board: www. mifarmersmarket.org Visit the Mercer Island Farmers Market, starting in June and ending in October. The board is celebrating the market’s sixth year. Friends of Luther Burbank Park: Contact Amanda Clark, 236-0517, 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 organization is focused on maintaining a natural park where everyone can coexist. Green Ribbon Commission: www.mercergov.org/GreenRibbonCommission 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. IslandVision: Contact Lucia PitzioBiroli, 232-0301, www.islandvision. org IslandVision began with a few people interested in sustainability. Today, its purpose has expanded to a number of areas in an effort to create conditions for sustainable prosperity on Mercer Island. Mountains to Sound Greenway: http://mtsgreenway.org This nonprofit helps manage and preserve open space along the Greenway from Puget Sound to the Cascades, including Mercer Island.

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GREEN TEAMS | FROM 29 Sustainability Policy Task Force: The purpose of the task force is to help the City Council establish priorities and actions toward implementing the city goal to be a sustainable community while meeting the needs of the present and preserving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

SENIORS Mercer Island Youth and Family Services: Contact Betsy Zuber, 275-7752, Betsy.Zuber@mercergov.org. 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. Housing options just for seniors: As many as 4,000 citizens age 65 or older live on Mercer Island. Here are some local offerings geared for them. Ellsworth House: 2720 76th Ave. S.E., 232-7447. 59 units. Reducedincome housing for those who qualify. Island House: 7810 S.E. 30th St., 236-0502. Retirement community with both independent and assisted living, 24-hour staff, open dining. Covenant Shores: 9150 Fortuna Dr., 268-3000, www.covenantretirement.com. Continuum of care including residential retirement, assisted living, memory support, rehabilitative care and skilled nursing on a 12-acre campus by the lake. Sunrise Senior Living: 2959 76th Ave. S.E., 232-6565, www. sunbridge.com. Assisted care and memory care. Aljoya: 2430 76th Ave. S.E., 2300150. 114 units. Offers sophisticated living with a variety of services and amenities for seniors. Includes a restaurant and assisted care options for persons over age 62. HEALTH CARE/SERVICES Puget Sound Hearing Aid & Audiology: 7700 Windermere Building, Suite 202, 1-800-500-8243. Mercer Island Care and Rehabilitation: 7445 S.E. 24th St., 2326600. 24-hour skilled nursing. ElderCare Link: contactus@eldercarelink.com. An online service to help find nearby group homes, assisted living centers, in-home care, adult day care. 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

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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.

WORSHIP Mercer Island Clergy Association: The Mercer Island Clergy Association is comprised 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: 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 Emmanuel Episcopal Church: 4400 86th Ave. S.E., 232-1572, www.emmanuelmi.org First Church of Christ, Scientist: S.E. 47th and Island Crest Way, 232-0175, Reading Room: 7605 S.E. 27th St. #106, 232-5850 First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: 3605 84th Ave. S.E. (MI Presbyterian Church) Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: 3700 East Mercer Way, 232-8555, www.h-nt.org Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: 8501 S.E. 40th, 232-3270, www. htlcmi.org Mercer Island Covenant Church: 3200 78th Ave. S.E., 2321015, www.micc.org Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: 3605 84th Ave. S.E., 232-

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