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Island comings and goings




Island Events


Where it Happens


Going Green


Library, Pools


Dining Guide


Island Parks


City Government


Public Schools


Clubs, Organizations


Faith, Seniors



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MI welcomes new city manager, but says goodbye to school leader It is a disCity manager tinct privilege memo and honor to serve this community as your new city manager, and it’s truly a joy to experience all that JULIE Mercer Island UNDERWOOD has to offer me and my family. As a newcomer to the Island, I’m impressed by how engaged and active our community is in supporting local schools, parks and sustainability. I’m especially struck by how much our community cares for one another as evidenced by the recent Youth and Family Services Foundation fundraising event: raising $349,000, nearly $100,000 over

the Foundation’s goal. It has been increasingly clear to me and my family what a special place this is, and I’m astounded by how many residents have moved away only to return, with the expressed desire to raise their families here. We are very fortunate to have such a closeknit community of multiple generations living near each other. Like those residents who moved away and returned, my husband and I can certainly see the appeal for raising our own family here. Our three children, who are in elementary, middle, and high school, have the opportunity to learn in a strong educational environment and make friends that they will keep for a lifetime. Our small, hard-working business community is quite

remarkable as well. We’re able to find most everything we need and want right here on the Island, from haircuts, to books and gifts, to tasty sweet treats… it’s all here. Mercer Island also has a diversity of restaurants and eateries that can suit a range of cravings. And we’ve consistently found that the owners and employees of these businesses are so friendly and helpful, providing yet another reason to return repeatedly. All in all, we couldn’t be happier with our move to Mercer Island, and I will always strive to manifest the atmosphere of civility, tolerance and inclusion that we have already experienced so widely. Julie Underwood has served as Mercer Island City Manager since January 2017.

On Jan. 18, Superintendent Mercer Island memo School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano wrote to the community, in part: “I am GARY announcing PLANO the end of my tenure as superintendent from the Mercer Island School District at the end of the day on June 30, 2017. While I hesitate to use the word retirement, I know that my newfound time will enable me to discover new passions and perhaps build on existing ones in new ways. It has been a great privilege to serve you and our students these past 12 years. It has been an honor to end my 40-year

career in education in a community that so values learning and honors educators. I will surely miss the wonderful people, including my entire staff, colleagues, parents and community members I have met over these many years. You have given me a lifetime of memories that I will always treasure. I am very proud of the work that we have accomplished together over my 10 years as your superintendent. Our collective work has changed our students’ lives in many positive ways that are too numerous to count. I am thankful to the school board who hired me in 2007 and to new board members and new boards who have extended my contracts over and over again. I am thankful to be surrounded by so many

talented educators, support staff, volunteers and parents. You have a heart for children and for learning-thank you for being part of my educational career. As I look back, I smile when I see myself as a teacher in a classroom with students around me, whether it was in elementary, middle or in high school. To those of you who know me well, you must know that I relish in finding teachable moments. My mom often told me there is always the teacher in me speaking. Perhaps I will once again find myself with students and their smiling faces and again will share in their delight when they learn something new.” Gary Plano has served as MISD Superintendent since September 2007.

Island Events


• Farmers Market begins

• New Year’s Day swim at Clarke Beach


• Annual Island bird count

• Summer Celebration, July 8-9


• Shakespeare in the Park • Movies in the Park

• Youth and Family Services Foundation Breakfast


• Boy Scout pancake breakfast

• Seafair Weekend, Aug. 4-6

MARCH • Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon • Mercer Island Sogetsu annual exhibition • MI School District’s Fine Arts Showcase

APRIL • Leap for Green Earth Day celebration • Easter egg hunts at Mercerdale Park • MI Schools Foundation Breakfast • Little League Opening Day • Holocaust Remembrance Day • Mercer Island Preschool Association Circus

MAY • Relay for Life at Mercer Island High School • Crest Annual Plant Sale • Run Like a Girl 5K

JUNE • Mostly Music in the Park


• National Night Out, Aug. 1 • Community Campout, Aug. 12-13

SEPTEMBER • Worldwide Day of Play • Lakeridge Bike Rodeo • Art Uncorked

OCTOBER • Mercer Island High School Homecoming parade and game • Trick-or-treating in the Town Center

NOVEMBER • Harvest Farmers Market • Ten Thousand Villages sale at the MI Presbyterian Church • Island Youth ballet’s “Excerpts from the Nutcracker” • Interfaith Thanksgiving service • Evergreen Church children’s craft workshop

DECEMBER • Lion’s Club Christmas tree sale • Firehouse Munch and tree lighting

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room, the MICEC features light-filled rooms, a modern, high-tech multi-purpose room, a scenic, outdoor covered terrace, a professional catering kitchen, art gallery, game room and lounge area with public access computers. The center’s fitness room, gymnasium and dance room are a hub for activity. Try your hand at board games or pool in the game room, meet your friends for coffee in the Landing, celebrate your child’s birthday in a recreation and event room, join popular programs and network with your community. For more, visit www.MIParks.net. Photos courtesy of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation

Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E. Mercer Way, 232-7115 Founded in 1949, the Stroum JCC is dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Jewish and general community in the greater Seattle area. The J has two locations: the main campus on Mercer Island and a Seattle campus. Membership is open to everyone.

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This year, the SJCC welcomes a new CEO, Amy Lavin (at left). Judy Neuman announced her retirement after eight years at the J.


The J offers a variety of programs and activities for everyone from newborns to seniors. It is home to an Early Childhood School, a newly remodeled state-of-the-art auditorium, a fitness center, an indoor pool and more. The J recently launched a Cultural Arts Program, which includes the annual Seattle

Jewish Film Festival. There are parenting classes and weekly Tot Shabbat programs for the youngest members and their parents. School-aged kids can enjoy Kidstown before- and afterschool care, take sports and arts classes, spend summers at SJCC Summer Camp and become J Explorers. Adults can join a sports league or a book club, attend events in the Kesher Garden, swim laps in the pool or work out. Seniors learn to play bridge, join fitness classes and attend the popular ‘Jewish Touch’ series. T hroughout the year, the J hosts and partners with community organizations to sponsor holiday celebrations. For more, visit www.sjcc.org. ISLAND GUIDE 2017 | 7

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Mercer Island goes green With a focus on environmentalism that starts at home and extends outside of the community, Mercer Island has been a regional leader in “going green.” The city was a founding member of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), which has grown to 14 member jurisdictions since 2011. Mercer Island hosts annual recycling events, promotes solar energy projects, including an array at the Community and Event Center, and plans an annual Leap for Green Sustainability Fair around Earth Day. The fair features plenty of family friendly activities including nature-based programs, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, live science demonstrations, petting zoo, a story hour and a chance to meet Leap, the event’s mascot.

Transition Initiative Mercer Island, are seeking to educate the community on issues like climate change. The schools on Mercer Island have been leaders in going green, with programs that help teach sustainability, like a community garden, and waste reduction, including “Waste Free Wednesdays” and “Meatless Mondays.” Lakeridge Elementary has even been nominated by the U.S. Department of Education to receive the Green School Ribbon Award.

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Volunteers join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to help restore the forest at Mercerdale Hillside Park.

The Mercer Island Farmers Market stepped up its recycling and composting programs with the help of a 6-year-old volunteer, and will welcome a new market manager this summer. Islanders continue to band together to protect parks, trees and the natural environment.

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Community groups, including Sustainable Mercer Island and

See below for a list of Mercer Island’s “green teams.”

Tristan Schwiethale, a first-grader at Northwood Elementary, helps sort recyclables at the Farmers Market.


conservation program, electric vehicle charging stations, how to do natural yard care and employ sustainable practices for a healthy environment.

park activities to pulling out invasive plants. The organization is focused on maintaining a natural park where everyone can coexist.


Green Ribbon Commission

The city of Mercer Island encourages and sponsors several activities to focus on sustainability. Check www.mercergov. org or contact Ross Freeman, sustainability and communications manager at 275-7662 or ross.freeman@mercergov.org, for news, events and updates.

www.earthcorps.org EarthCorps restores parks and open spaces while providing leadership and community service.

City conservation and sustainability resources

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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.

Farmers Market Board www.mifarmersmarket.org

Visit the Mercer Island Farmers Market, starting in June and ending in October.

EV Charging Stations There are four city-owned and six school district-owned 240v charging stations for electric vehicles on Mercer Island. There is also a station at Walgreens.

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• Family Swim and Lap Swim seven days a week! Mary Wayte Pool offers indoor recreational and fitness swimming opportunities for all ages.

• OCA Swim School provides the best curriculum and instructors in the area! Lessons are available for children six months to adult instruction. Experienced instructors follow a technique focused developmental curriculum tailored to individual students. Flexible scheduling every day of the week.

Mary Wayte Pool is the located on Mercer Island near the high school. The pool is a public resource for all Mercer Island residents. It is owned by the Mercer Island School District and managed/operated by Olympic Cascade Aquatics (OCA) with support from the City of Mercer Island.

• Aquatic Fitness activities for the whole family!

Programs include Shallow Water Fitness, Deep Water Fitness, Senior Swim, Riptides pre-competitive team, OCA competitive USA Swimming team and OCA Masters swimming. These full body and low impact exercise opportunities are great for an everyday workout or to supplement a diverse fitness routine.

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The Mercer Island Library

The Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Ave. SE • 236-3537 www.kcls.org/mercerisland

The Mercer Island Branch of the King County Library System (KCLS) sits at the highest point on Mercer Island at the former site of the Allview Heights school that opened in 1890. The library first established on the Island at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, then was located in East Seattle. Built in the 1950s, the current building has gone through four expansions. The branch, one of the busiest of the 48 libraries in the library system, was the first to add computers for public use. The library has three public meeting rooms, a large children section, several computers and a

teen section.

There are programs for children and adults, including story times, study zone hours and more. See the Mercer Island events calendar on kcls.org for details.

Friends of the Library The Friends of the Library, an Island nonprofit group composed of local volunteers, help to raise money to fund and implement programs for the library. Funds are raised through various book sales, membership dues and contributions. Donations of books and other media may be left at the Library Circulation Desk while the library is open. For more, email info@milibraryfriends.org.

Swimmers have a rich tradition on Mercer Island.

Island Pools There are five pools on Mercer Island. All offer lessons and exercise classes. Mary Wayte Pool is a public pool named after Mercer Island’s own Olympic champion. The other four are private clubs.

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Mary Wayte Pool is open to the public and is operated by the Olympic Cascades Aquatic Club. There are lessons, space rentals for parties and a variety of classes at the indoor facility. Mercer Island High School aquatic athletes train here. The pool is named after Island Olympic champion Mary Wayte,

Katie Metzger/file photo

The Mercer Island Library reopened after a remodel in 2016.

Mercer Island Library Board

library, with construction occurring this year.

The city voted to re-establish the Library Board in July 2014, after a KCLS proposal to spend $3.4 million and remodel the library was met with community opposition. The remodel project was placed on hold while KCLS and the city gather more community input on what Islanders want to see in their

Present members of the board include: Bryan Cairns, Bart Dawson, Lenore Defliese, Sandi Lindstrom, Alice MacCormack, Lea Reule, Lori Robinson, Leann Tse, Mary Kay Woolston and Jeff Sanderson (council liaison). The Board meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m., at the library.

who won four Olympic medals including two golds at the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles. Wayte also won silver and bronze medals at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

The members-only club offers lessons, free and lap swims and holds meets for local teams. In the summer of 2015, the Shore Club debuted its new clubhouse.

Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E. Mercer Way 232-7115 www.sjcc.org The SJCC indoor pool includes a 2.5-feet deep preschool pool area, and lap lanes for adults. Memberships are open to the public.

Mercerwood Shore Club 4150 E. Mercer Way 232-1622 www.mercerwood.com The Shore Club’s outdoor pool features a bubble cover for swimmers in the winter and fall.

Mercer Island Country Club 8700 SE 71st St. 232-5600 www.mercerislandcc.com The members-only club has a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and other amenities.

Mercer Island Beach Club 8326 Avalon Drive 232-3125 www.mibeachclub.com The Beach Club located at the southern tip of Mercer Island has a clubhouse, pool, tennis and a beach area. It is alsomembers only. ISLAND GUIDE 2017 | 11

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With acres upon acres of green space and parks, Mercer Island is hardly short on urban escapes. Some are hidden and undeveloped, others invite us to play. There are trails, ballfields, beaches, a boat launch, playgrounds and sports courts. Walkers and hikers alike can find solace in one of the Island’s many trails, from deep in Pioneer Park to the waterfront of Luther Burbank.

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Parks and Recreation www.myparksandrecreation.com 275-7609 The Parks and Recreation Department provides recreation, athletic, social, artistic and special event programs, including Summer Celebration! Services are provided for preschool-aged 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 and Lid 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 park, with its ballfields, 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 www.mi-reporter.com

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Above, Islanders enjoy the playground at Aubrey Davis Park, formerly known as the Park on the Lid. Below, kids play on the dragon sculpture in Deane’s Children’s Park.

Mercerdale Park 3249 78th Ave. SE 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. Exercise stations are set up along the paved trail. 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.

Playgrounds • Deane’s Children’s Park 5500 Island Crest Way • First Hill Park Southeast 32nd Street and 72nd Avenue Southeast • Luther Burbank Park 2040 84th Ave. SE • Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street • Aubrey Davis Park

72nd Avenue Southeast and Southeast 22nd Street • Secret Park Southeast 27th Street and West Mercer Way

7700 E. Mercer Way This nine-acre park on the water features a beach and dock.

• South Mercer Playfields Southeast 78th Street and 84th Avenue Southeast • Roanoke Park 70th Avenue Southeast and West Mercer Way

Southeast 40th Street and Island Crest Way A shortcut for many high school students, this wooded trail cuts from busy Southeast 40th into the neighboring Southeast 39th Street.

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Deane’s Children’s Park

77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street The park ascends into a hillside of wooded trails and stairs above Mercerdale Park.

5500 Island Crest Way This favorite children’s park includes a picnic area, wooded trails and the famous dragon in the playground.

Clarke Beach Park

Clise Park


Parks and Play

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Above, Islanders enjoy the recently renovated Calkins Point in Luther Burbank Park. Below, bikers ride tandem through Aubrey Davis Park, toward Interstate 90.

Parks and Facilities

Miller Landing

Mercer Island has 475 acres of parks and open spaces, with trails, ballfields, beaches, a boat launch and playgrounds. These street ends provide access to Lake Washington along the shoreline:

Forest Avenue Southeast and Southeast 48th Street

Calkins Landing

Roanoke Landing

Southeast 28th Street and 60th Avenue Southeast

Forest Landing Southeast 43rd Street at Forest Avenue Southeast

Ellis Pond Southeast 47th Street and 90th Avenue Southeast 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.

Gallagher Hill 3701 SE Gallagher Hill Rd.

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Homestead Park 82nd Avenue Southeast and Southeast 40th Street Homestead Park, which sits near Island Park Elementary, features several public tennis courts and baseball fields and trails.

Island Crest Park 5500 Island Crest Way The little sister of Pioneer Park, this wooded Island escape has ball fields, a family picnic area

77th Avenue Southeast Landing 7670 SE 22nd St.

78th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 42nd Street

Freeman Landing Southeast 40th Street

Fruitland Landing

Seashore Avenue/Drive Off West Mercer Way

Southeast 20th Street

Garfield Landing

Faben Point

Southeast 30th Street at 60th Avenue Southeast

Southeast 36th Street

76th Ave Southeast and Southeast 22nd Street


West Mercer Way at Roanoke Way

Undeveloped street ends include:

Lincoln Landing

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.

Southeast 32nd Street at 60th Avenue Southeast

Franklin Landing

97th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 34th Street


Proctor Landing

Southeast 45th Street Off Forest Avenue

and several winding trails.

Aubrey Davis Park

Luther Burbank Park

72nd Avenue Southeast and Southeast 22nd Street Arguably the best viewpoint on the Island, the Lid has several paved trails for cyclists and walkers alike.

2040 84th Ave. SE 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.

Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street The Town Center park has a paved loop trail, an open picnic area, skateboard park, playground and sprawling field.

Pioneer Park Southeast 68th Street and 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.

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We’re 103 years old

Established in 1914 by George MacGuire, the Rowy is the oldest business on Mercer Island. The Roanoke Inn has witnessed a lot of change since its construction in 1914. Horseback was the principal mode of transportation and patrons came to visit via ferry from the Leschi neighborhood in Seattle. Two World Wars were fought, abolitionist policies have come and gone, great depressions were weathered, and floating bridges were constructed to support the growth of automobiles. The introduction of both radio and television and now the evolution of the computer generation has changed many things. But no matter what the Inn has witnessed, The Rowy has always been the community’s extended living room to discuss all the topics of daily importance.

The Reeck family purchased the Inn in 1941 and worked hard to continue the legacy. In 1976, the State of Washington registered the Roanoke Inn as an official historic landmark. With such a rich and vibrant past, it isn’t hard to see how the Roanoke Inn has become a place “Where Friends Meet Friends.” The Rowy cherishes its role as the informal gathering spot for all class reunions from those who graduated from the local schools. The place to be for all those attending college to come back home and reunite with their buddies, and in many cases the place to have your first beer when celebrating your 21st birthday.


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(206) 275-7600 9611 SE 36th St. www.mercergov.org The city of Mercer Island, comprised of nearly 23,000 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 government bodies on regional issues such as transportation and the environment. Seven nonpartisan City Council members are elected to fouryear 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. Council members receive a monthly $200 stipend, while the mayor earns $400. Council meetings usually 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.

Julie Underwood, City Manager

julie.underwood@mercergov. org, 275-7660 The city manager is responsible for the administration of city policies and serves as chief executive officer of the city.

Ali Spietz, City Clerk

ali.spietz@mercergov.org, 275-7793

Bruce Bassett, Mayor

bruce.bassett@mercergov.org current term ends in 2019

Debbie Bertlin, Deputy Mayor

debbie.bertlin@mercergov.org current term ends in 2019

Dan Grausz

dan.grausz@mercergov.org current term ends in 2017

Judy Clibborn

State Representatives Mercer Island is in the 41st state legislative district and the 9th Congressional District.

Lisa Wellman (D) Mercer Island (360) 786-7641 Judy Clibborn (D) Mercer Island (360) 786-7926 Tana Senn (D) Mercer Island (360) 786-7894 Adam Smith (D) Tacoma (202) 225-8901 and (425) 793-5181 www.mi-reporter.com

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City Boards and Commissions Citizens serve on Boards and Commissions that advise the Council in areas where more expertise and public input are needed. They include: Arts Council • Building Board of Appeals • Civil Service Commission • Design Commission • Disability Board • MI Library Board • Open Space Conservancy Trust • Planning Commission • Utility Board • Youth and Family Services Advisory Board For more information, go to www.mercergov.org.

Debbie Bertlin

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Benson Wong

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jeff.sanderson@mercergov.org current term ends in 2017

Wendy Weiker

wendy.weiker@mercergov.org current term ends in 2019

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Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness

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Bad stuff can happen, like E. coli in the water. Are you ready? The mission of Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness is to have Mercer Island be self-sufficient for seven days. There are three important steps in being prepared for an emergency or disaster:

First, be informed! • Learn about what protective

measures to take before, during and after an emergency.

Next, make a plan. • Prepare, plan and stay informed

Stay informed by: • Listening to AM 710 KIRO, AM 1000 KOMO, and Mercer Island Radio Stations FM 88.9 or FM 94.5. • If there is power, visit the city’s website homepage for news. • Connect to the city’s social media channels. They can be found at www.mercergov.org/ SocialMedia. • Call the city’s information line at 275-7600. • Tune in to MI-TV Channel 21.

Want to help or volunteer? Go to www.mercergov.org/Page. asp?NavID=2987.

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Get ready. • Build a kit to manage on your

Contact Emergency Manager Jennifer Franklin at 206-275-7905 or jennifer.franklin@mercergov.org.

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The School Board sets district policy and hires and oversees the superintendent. The board meets every other Thursday evening unless otherwise posted. School Board meeting agendas can be found online at the district’s website.


Superintendent: Gary Plano

230-3300, gary.plano@mercerislandschools.org With over 4,000 students, the district expanded to seven schools in the fall of 2016: Mercer Island High School, Islander Middle School, Lakeridge, Island Park, West Mercer and Northwood elementary schools, and the Crest Learning Center. The MISD strives to offer differentiated instruction and learning activities for all students. Volunteers work in school PTAs and classrooms, and support the Mercer Island Schools Foundation. The pre-K-12 arts program includes dance, music, photography and drama.

Mercer Island High School: 9100 SE 42nd St., 236-3350 Principal: Vicki Puckett

Ralph Jorgenson ralph.jorgenson@mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2019

Mercer Island High School, home of the “Islanders,” serves over 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. 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 are offered every season through the high school. 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 four-year institutions.

Adair Dingle: adair.dingle@ mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2017

Crest Learning Center: 4150 86th Ave. SE, 236-3390

* Dr. Plano announced that he will retire on June 30, 2017. See www. mercerislandschools.org/ superintendentsearch for more information.

Mercer Island School District Board of Directors:

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Crest is part of Mercer Island

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Students perform at All Island Band Night in October 2016. Island band students from fifth grade through high school participate in this annual rite. 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 SE 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 science and technology classes. The school also has special education classes. Many IMS students participate in after-school clubs, intramural

and interscholastic sports.

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. SEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 22 ISLAND GUIDE 2017 | 21


West Mercer Elementary School: 4141 81st Ave. SE, 236-3430 Principal: Carol Best 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 school play and a barnyard hoedown, where students learn professional square dances. The West Mercer campus is also home to the district’s special education preschool class.

Lakeridge Elementary School: 8215 SE 78th St., 236-3415 Principal: Jenny McAlaine 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 5th graders put on a musical operetta, and the P.E. curriculum welcomes professional dance instructors throughout the year.

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Students pose outside the brand new Northwood Elementary, which opened in the fall of 2016. Northwood was the first new school constructed on the Island in more than 50 years. Principal: Aimee BatlinerGillette In 2016, Mercer Island opened its fourth elementary school, Northwood, on the North Mercer campus site. Home of the “Owls,” its mission is to provide all students access and opportunity to learn and grow academically,

socially and emotionally through meaningful relationships and relevant and engaging learning opportunities, supporting all members of the community and preparing to embrace the challenges of a changing world. Northwood also houses the district’s early childhood special education program.

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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 each year, including a kid-friendly Halloween party, Preschool Fair, Toy Swap and an old-fashioned ‘Circus’ each spring.

Mercer Island Preschools Country Village Day School: 9423 SE 36th St., 236-2417 Early World Montessori

PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND TUTORS French American School of Puget Sound: 3795 E. Mercer Way, 275-3533 Founded in 1995, the French American School of Puget Sound offers a preschool through eighthgrade education. The school enrolls over 400 students, who learn reading, writing, language, math, history and science in both English and French, with an average of 16-20 students per class. The school now offers bus service.

Northwest Yeshiva High School: 5017 90th Ave. SE, 232-5272 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, www.mi-reporter.com

School: 3027 80th Ave. SE, 232-2400 Little Acorn Sprouts: 8236 SE 24th St. Room 4, 232-0940 Bright Horizons: 9555 SE 36th St., 232-2035 Emmanuel Day School: 4400 86th Ave. SE, 232-5663 Patti’s Play Center (at Emmanuel Episcopal Church): 4400 86th Ave. SE, 232-4453 Little Acorn Day School: 8236 SE 24th Street, Room #1 in the Annex, 236-0480. MIPC Preschool: 3605 84th Ave. SE, 232-5596 Creative Learning Center: 8236 SE 24th St., 232-8900 and adherence to the traditional ideals and practices of Torah Judaism. NYHS is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

St. Monica Parish School: 4320 87th Ave. SE, 232-5432 The mission of St. Monica Parish School, pre-K through eighth grade, is to teach Christ-like values, assist students in achieving academic excellence in all areas, and to maintain a warm, safe, nurturing and loving learning environment. The school, accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association, has been in operation for over 50 years.

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Preschool students march in the 2016 Summer Celebration parade. Mercer Island Learning Lab: 4120 86th Ave. SE, (206) 436-1948 Pixie Hill Preschool: 4025 86th Ave. SE, 236-1380 Sunnybeam School: 8635 SE 68th, 232-5776 Special Education Preschool college, families can depend on educated roles models to help, whether it be the assistance of a part- or full-time nanny, a professional babysitter for a night or a qualified tutor to help with calculus.

The Privett Academy: 9311 SE 36th St. #230, 232-0059 The Privett Academy is a fully accredited diploma-granting institution for grades 6-12, offering personalized learning with regular progress reports and flexible scheduling. The academy aims to provide a small-school environment as well as a small class size, committed to never exceeding ten students in a class. It’s personalized learning approach is designed to meet the needs of the individual student.

Yellow Wood Academy: 9655 SE 36th St., 236-1095 Yellow Wood Academy is an accredited independent school for K-12 students, providing customized education. The curriculum,

Services The Mercer Island School District offers special education services to preschool children three to five-years of age. The services are designed to provide support to children with a documented disability. For more, go to www.mercerislandschools.org.

instruction, and school culture are responsive to the individual needs, interests, and abilities of each student. Founded in 1981, Yellow Wood became a stateapproved private school in 1992.

Mathnasium: 2448 76th Ave. SE, #101-B, (425) 246-1634 Mathnasium of Mercer Island is a math-only learning center for students in grades K-12 that teaches kids math in a way that make sense to them. Based on each student’s individual needs, instructors create custom learning plans using the Mathnasium method.

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Clubs & Organizations Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce 7205 SE 27th St. P.O. Box 108 Contact: Laurie Givan • 232-3404 www.mercerislandchamberofcomerce.org info@mercerislandchamberofcommerce.org

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce is the front door to Mercer Island. It publishes a Mercer Island map, and the Mercer Island Community and Business guide. As Mercer Island’s visitor and information center, it provides community and tourism information. The Chamber sponsors Art UnCorked, an evening of art and wine tasting, an annual Halloween Trick or Treating event for children at Mercer Island businesses and the Shop Local campaign. It works collaboratively with the other Island organizations. It is actively involved with the city of Mercer Island, state lawmakers and regional groups that deal with issues that affect the Island. It promotes Mercer Island as a special place to live work and play. One of the oldest Chambers in the region, the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1946. It exists to help Mercer Island businesses thrive and grow. Successful businesses are instrumental in financing the government, civic, educational, cultural and charitable needs of the community they serve. The Chamber plays an important part in making Mercer Island the special place it is. The Chamber office is home to the Mercer Island Sister City Association and the Chamber Art Gallery, which features local artists. Meetings: first Thursday of every month, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St. A member-funded nonprofit group of business, the Chamber holds monthly membership luncheons on the first Thursday of every month. The speakers at the luncheons include government and elected officials, motivational speakers and business educators. The luncheons are open to the public with advance reservations.

Mercer Island Children’s Hospital Guild Contact: Joanne Jones • 232-3903 www.mi-reporter.com


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. SE 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. 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.

Mercer Island Historical Society Contact: Susan Blake • 232-9442 www.mercerislandhistory.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.

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Cub Scout Pack 668, sponsored by the Mercer Island Rotary and run by parent volunteers, marches in the Summer Celebration Parade. 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 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, Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club. Meetings include lunch, business and a program.

Mercer Island Lions Club

Meetings: six times each year, 1 p.m., third Monday of the month, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St.


Mercer Island Kiwanis Club

The local club is a chapter of the largest service organization in the world. The Lions focus on community service and helping those with

The Mercer Island Lions Club sells Christmas trees each year to support its various philanthropies.

impaired vision or hearing. Since 1972, the club has supported Island organizations such as the Boys and 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. SE.

Mercer Island League of Women Voters LWV office: 206-329-4848 info@seattlelwv.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.


CLUBS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 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 and Family Services Emergency Assistance Program. Meetings: first Thursday of the month, except July and August, at the VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. SE.

Mercer Island Preschool Association www.mipreschoolassociation.org

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 each year, including a kid-friendly Halloween party, Preschool Fair, Toy Swap and an old-fashioned ‘Circus’

each spring.

Girls Club.

Mercer Island Radio Operators

Meetings: 12-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St. Though membership in Rotary is by invitation only, anyone interested in service to the community is welcome to attend a meeting.


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. SE

Mercer Island Rotary Club www.mirotary.org

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 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 and

Probus Club of Mercer Island

Contact: Linda Todd • 232-4570



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.

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 SE 27th St., #109.

Mercer Island Women’s Club 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.

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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.

Mercer Island Sister City Association


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Meetings: 10:30 a.m., first Wednesday of the month, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. SE. The public is welcome to attend.


Lace up your lightweight hiking boots. Trailmates offers moderate five to seven-mile hikes for seniors in the beautiful Northwest. Call 275-7609 or Instructor Fran Call at 232-4032 with questions. Hikes require preregistration.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5760 1836 72nd Ave. SE • 232-6390


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 for August and September), VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. SE.

National Charity League

Mercer Island Saddle Club


8635 SE 68th Street • 232-7548

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 group committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experience.

The Mercer Island Saddle Club runs the only horse stable on the Island. The club has a riding arena and offers riding lessons.

The League meets monthly.

The Band Boosters is a nonprofit that hopes to raise money to be used for

Pacific Northwest Audio Society

Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters www.misbb.org


Faith Communities Mercer Island Clergy Association: The Mercer Island Clergy Association holds an annual student-led Baccalaureate service for high school graduation in June and an all-Island interfaith Thanksgiving service in November. Contact Pastor Julie Steel at julie@evergreenchurch.cc. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: 4001 Island Crest Way, 236-2957. Congregation Shevet Achim: 8685 SE 47th St. 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. SE, 232-1572, www.emmanuelmi.org. First Church of Christ, Scientist: Meets at United Methodist Church P.O. Box 406, Mercer Island, WA 232-0175. Christian Science Reading Room: 7605 76th Ave. SE #106, 232-5850. First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: 3605 84th Ave. SE, (at the MI Presbyterian Church), 232-5595, www.1tpc.org. Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: 3700 East Mercer Way, 232-8555, www.h-nt.org.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: 8501 SE 40th St., 232-3270, www.htlcmi.org. Evergreen Covenant Church: 3200 78th Ave. SE, 232-1015, www.evergreenchurch.cc. Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: 3605 84th Ave. SE, 232-5595, www.mipc.org. Mercer Island United Methodist Church: 7070 SE 24th, 232-3044, www.miumc.org. MI Bahai’s: P.O. Box 1271, www.mibahais.org. Redeemer Lutheran Church: 6001 Island Crest Way, 232-1711, www.redeemerlutheranmi.org. St. Monica Catholic Church: 4311 88th Ave. SE, 232-2900, www.stmonica.cc.

Senior living As many as 4,000 citizens age 65 or older live on Mercer Island.

CITY-SPONSORED: Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) programs: MIYFS is your first stop for help finding services, a place to live or other help for a loved one or yourself. For those 55 and over, 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 275-7752 or Betsy.Zuber@mercergov.org. Parks and Recreation senior adult programs: Offering recreation classes and programs, enrichment programs, health/ wellness, day trips, group lunch, sports and others. Meals on Wheels, foot care, dental care and caregiver’s support groups. Transportation is provided to the Community Center on Tuesday, www.mi-reporter.com

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The Mercer Island Senior Social Program runs three times a week at the Community and Event Center. Wednesday and Thursday for limited activities, and grocery shopping on Wednesday. Call 275-7841 to confirm availability. The Senior Social program is a recreation based program addressing the need for senior adults who have physical, memory, hearing or visual limitations to socialize with one another and engage in an atmosphere that is safe, fun and interactive. The program runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the

Community and Event Center. Call 275-7841 for details.

HOUSING OPTIONS JUST FOR SENIORS: Ellsworth House: (over 50 units) Reduced income housing for those who qualify, 2720 76th Ave. SE, 232-7447. Island House: Retirement community with both independent and assisted living, 24-hour staff, open dining, 7810 SE 30th St.,

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The mission bell in the courtyard of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

926-9732. Covenant Shores: Continuum of care including residential retirement, assisted living, memory support, rehabilitative care and skilled nursing on a 12-acre campus by the lake, 9150 Fortuna Dr., 268-3000, www.covenantshores. org. Sunrise Senior Living: Assisted care and memory care, 2959 76th Ave. SE, 232-6565, www.sunriseseniorliving.com. Aljoya: (114 units) For seniors “looking for sophisticated living with a wealth of services and amenities.” Includes a restaurant and assisted care options for persons over age 62, 2430 76th Ave. SE, 230-0150.

HEALTH CARE/SERVICES: Puget Sound Hearing Aid and Audiology: 1-800-500-8243. ElderCare Link: an online service to help find nearby group homes, assisted living centers, in-home care, adult day care, contactus@ eldercarelink.com or call 275-7752. Mary Wayte water fitness: 8815 SE 40th St., 588-1117, www. mercerislandpool.com. The pool holds classes for seniors and public swims. ISLAND GUIDE 2017 | 27

6Arts & Culture


First Thursday Art Walk



Many of the art galleries in Town Center participate in Mercer Island’s First Thursday Art and Wine events, which have been revived in the past year. The Island is full of galleries that boast sculptures, paintings, photography, ceramics and many other forms of art. File photo

Artist directory


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Events in local parks Live entertainment adds to the Island’s artistic palette. There are often musicians at the Farmers Market, Summer Celebration and other community events. Each summer, the city hosts Mostly Music in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park shows at Mercerdale and Luther Burbank. In the fall, the Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Art Uncorked event in the outdoor gallery along Sunset Highway. 28 | ISLAND GUIDE 2017

Art Galleries There are many places to view art in Mercer Island, including galleries downtown and in gathering places such as Covenant Shores and the Community and Event Center. There is also an outdoor gallery along Sunset Highway, which was recently renamed in honor of the late Island resident Greta Hackett.


The Mercer Island Arts Council (www.mercergov.org/ ArtsCouncil) with the help of other local arts organizations, developed an online directory of Island artists. The directory increases the visibility of local visual and performing artists by providing potential clients with a tool to research the services they provide. Historically, Mercer Island has been home to a large community of talented visual and performing artists and their supporters. The directory is divided into the following categories: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Art Resources and Organizations, Wearable Art, Literary Art and Galleries. Contact information such as an email address, website links, brief descriptions of works and sample photographs may be included at the artist’s discreation. To see the directory, and if you are interested in being included in it, go to www.mercergov.org/artistdirectory.

Music and dance

GALLERIES DOWNTOWN Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Gallery 7605 SE 27th St., Suite 109

Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery at Avellino 2836 78th Ave. SE

Aljoya Mezzanine Gallery 2430 76th Ave. SE

Children, teenagers, adults and seniors can express their creative sides through varying classes and workshops offered by the city. Mercer Island also hosted a community swing dance last fall.


There are several local organizations that perform music and dance, including Island Choral Experience (232-8007, File photo www.islandchoralexperience. com), which has three choirs: Island Children’s Choir, Island Preparatory Choir and Island Sound, Children’s Dance Conservatory and Youth Ballet (8635 SE 68th St., 522-9399, www.childrensdance.org) Pacific Sound Chorus (425-822-8824, www.pacificsound.org), and Mercerart Dance (8236 SE 24th St., 232-6237).


Suzanne Zahr Art and Architecture 2441 76th Ave. SE, Suite 160

Clarke and Clarke Art and Artifacts 7605 SE 27th St., Suite 105

SOURCES Gallery 7605 SE 27th St., Suite 107

Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Sunset Highway, between 77th Avenue Southeast and 80th Avenue Southeast

77 Central Apartments 2630 77th Ave. SE, Suite 100

Youth Theatre Northwest (232-4145, www.youththeatre.org) 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. It is currently operating out of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. A Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) is being planned at the old recycling center by Mercerdale Park as the new home for YTN. It will be a focal point for the visual and performing arts, and a resource for local arts programming. MICA hosts a community arts calendar on its website (www.mercerislandarts.org).


OTHER Covenant Shores Lighthouse Gallery 9150 Fortuna Drive

Mercer Island City Hall 9611 SE 36th St.

Mercer Gallery at the Community and Event Center 8236 SE 24th St. www.mi-reporter.com

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Public art on the Island C

heck out events, activities and public art on Mercer Island at STQRY (pronounced, “story”). STQRY is a free mobile and web platform that is used by organizations to tell their stories. The application uses mapping already on your Apple, Windows or Android phone to populate the landscape with cultural sites and events all around your current location. QR codes placed on signage allow the user to scan and retrieve information about the individual site or artwork to get detailed information, photos, and videos (hence the QR in STQRY). Discover art around you by turning your phone into a smARTphone and watch for new Mercer Island Arts Council stories. For more, see www. stqry.com. •

“Fire Flower,” Farmers New World Life, 3003 77th Ave SE.

“Totem,” 8236 SE 24th St.

“Gift of Reflection” sculpture, I-90 boat launch, 3600 E. Mercer Way

“Stepping Forward” sculpture, lid park off West Mercer Way

“Mythical Bird” sculpture”, I-90 boat launch

Sunset Highway

“Rescue” sculpture, North Fire Station (3030 78th Ave SE.)

“Growing Up” sculpture, City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St.)

“Sunning Otter,” Mercer Island Library (4400 88th Ave. SE)

“Four Seasons” paintings, Mercer Island Library

“Northwest Storm Warnings,” Mercer Island Library

“Between Two Worlds” rabbit, Mercer Island Library

The popular and recently repaired “Playful Pup” sculpture.

Mercer Island Sentinel, 611 SE 36th St.

“Peruvian Paso Colt,” 8236 SE 24th St.

“Orbits and Pieces,” 8236 SE 24th St.

“Primavera II,” Southeast 27th Street and 80th Avenue Southeast

“Water Moss Bowl,” 2835 60th Ave SE

“Hansom Bollards” metal sculpture, Luther Burbank Park (2040 84th Ave. SE)

“Now We are Wone,” Mercerdale Hillside Trail

“Reclining Woman,” Mercerdale Park (77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street)

“The Source” earthwork, Luther Burbank

“The Island,” Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St.

“Stan” bronze dog sculpture, Luther Burbank

“The Flock” sculpture, Gallagher Hill Road and Southeast 36th Street

Veteran’s Memorial “Pergola,” Mercerdale Park

“Call of the Wild” bronze bird sculpture, Luther Burbank Park

“Playful Pup” bronze sculpture, lid park off West Mercer Way

“Thanks” sculpture, 78th Avenue Southeast and Sunset Highway

“Island Poles,” 7800 Sunset Highway

“Kenton’s Dragon” 50 inch concrete and steel dragon sculpture, Deane’s Park (5500 Island Crest Way)

“Twin Foxes,” City Hall

“Puzzle Play,” Mercerdale Park

Tennis court mural, Luther Burbank Park

Island Crest Construction painting, City Hall

I-90 on Mercer Island painting, City Hall

“Gateway of Service,” South Fire Station (8473 SE 68th St.)

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“Rising Times” sculpture, Southeast 27th Street

“Mercy” sculpture, Island Crest Way

“Woman Spirit,” Mercer Island Thrift Shop

“Bench and Chaise,” lid park

“Duet,” Mercerdale Park

“The Yearling” sculpture, Lid Park

“Hope” sculpture, lid near picnic shelter

“Gateway Figures” sculpture, 77th Avenue Southeast and

“Gnome Group Three,” 77th Avenue Southeast and 80th Avenue Southeast

ORGS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 all band needs at Mercer Island School District schools.

Mercer Island Schools Foundation

Contact: Penny Yantis • 275-2550 mercerislandschoolsfoundation.com

The Mercer Island Schools Foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized to enhance the quality of education

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“Extraordinary Journey,” 78th Avenue Southeast and Sunset Highway

by raising money for the Mercer Island public schools.

Senior Foundation

Community Fund

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 wellbeing of Mercer Island seniors.

Contact: 232-8897


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.

Contact: 232-4597

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Contact: 275-7611 ww.miyfs.org

MIYFS provides comprehensive individual, family and community

services to Island residents out of its offices in Luther Burbank Park and through counselors based in all public schools. Services are supported as a public/private partnership through the city of Mercer Island, the MIYFS Thrift Shop, the MIYFS Foundation, the Mercer Island School District, King County, private contributions and grants, fundraising and special events and revenues generated by the volunteer-based Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Visit its website to learn about all of its program and service areas. MIYFS here when you need it. Call to find ways that you can give back to your community through MIYFS.

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