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McHale comes home
A selfie with Joel
NBA player featured at Chamber lunch The March Chamber lunch is between 12-1:15 p.m., Mar. 6, at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. Former NBA player Swen Nater will speak. Nater was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1974. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and those without reservations. Please call the Chamber office, 232-3404 or e-mail your reservation today.
Actor, comic stops in to help Youth Theatre Northwest transition to its next stage By Celina Kareiva
Lunch with Ciscoe
Kate Stoops, star of the recent Youth Theatre Northwest production of the Little Mermaid, takes a selfie with television star and Island native, Joel McHale at a special meet and greet with YTN students prior to a fundraiser and anniversary party for the theater at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center on March 2.
The Mercer Island Sister City Association’ event featuring information and expert tips about traveling in France is between 2 and 5 p.m., March 9, at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. Register online at myparksandrecreation.com.
School Board tells tenants, time to go By Joseph Livarchik
City, School District Open Houses are Monday, Tuesday
The City and the Mercer Island School District will hold two more open houses for the community to find out more about plans to rebuild and expand Island schools . • From 7 until 8:30 p.m., March 10 at the Islander Middle School library at 8225 S.E. 72nd St. • Between 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, in the Mercer Island High School library at 9100 S.E. 42nd St.
The Mercer Island School District issued tenants of its North Mercer campus on Friday, Feb. 28 a 180-day notice that its lease agreement will terminate Aug. 31. Currently occupying the space are day schools Little Acorn and Country Village, as well as Children’s Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD). Youth Theatre Northwest, also located on the campus, announced their plans to move late last month. “It was a difficult decision for the board,” said boardmember Pat Braman of the decision not to extend the leases. “We understand the needs of the tenants, but we
were clear as landlords that we need that property.” Representatives of Little Acorn, Country Village and CHILD requested lease extensions at the Feb. 27 school board meeting. Representatives of CHILD and Country Village asked the board to extend the agreements to as late as Dec. 31. But for reasons including adequate time to complete the project and minimizing construction costs, the board decided against the extensions. “You can talk to anybody who’s done a home remodel, even if things go well, it goes longer than expected,” said Brandy Fox, who is managing the construction project.”
School district officials say the move shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. “I’m a property manager and I have been since the early ‘90s,” Braman said. “You have to be sure that everything is really clear, and our superintendent and staff have made it really clear all along,” she said. MISD chief operating and financial officer Dean Mack said the district has always been very concerned for the tenants, and informed them five years ago that when the district would need the property, it would be repurposed and they should start looking around for other properties. “Even though we give sixmonths notice at this point, it’s really just perfunctory,” Mack said. From 2003 to 2008, Country Village and CHILD both had fiveyear leases, which were converted to two-year leases from 2008 to 2010. Little Acorn and Youth
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Youth Theatre Northwest’s (YTN) 30th anniversary Gala, hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale, a YTN alumnus, was a resounding success. “Most importantly it was a room filled with supportive people,” said Manuel Cawaling, executive director of the theater. He estimates that just under 300 people attended, including performers and volunteers. It’s an encouraging launch into this latest chapter of YTN history, said Cawaling. “The sense is that people really
A few tickets are left to have lunch with Ciscoe Morris at Covenant Shores on March 10. Cost is $26. For information, go to mercerislandwomensclub.com.
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