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“Local housing market tops nation in bidding wars and price gains... ”

- The Seattle Times

“Timing is key for real estate investments in the Pacific Northwest. ”

- Forbes

“Mercer Island housing prices set record highs... ”

- Northwest Multiple Listing Service

Timing is everything...

The housing market on MI continues to be robust. High demand for our location, schools and quality of life are keeping our inventory low which in turn pushes our home prices skyward. As of the end of May there were only 64 homes available for sale on Mercer Island covering all price ranges. At our current housing turnover rate, that represents just two months of inventory. A six month supply of houses is considered a healthy, stable market. So yes, we are unstable right now...but in a good way, if you are a homeowner on the Island. Markets rise and markets correct. Let us share with you some of our recent market highs and lows in Mercer Island home prices. Median Home price at the peak of the previous market (07/2007): - $1,119,150 Median Home price at the bottom of the last correction (12/2010): - $828,000 Median Home price now (05/2017): - $1,650,000 We know that moves are dictated by many circumstances and events, and that this may not be the best time for you to consider moving. However, if the timing of your next move is discretionary this may be an advantageous opportunity for you. Whether your move is imminent or off in the distant future we welcome the opportunity to discuss the market and ways for you to maximize your home’s value. Have a great summer!

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Here’s to another Island Summer! In this issue of 98040, we offer just a sample of the many activities available to Islanders young and old — right here at home.


Summer Celebration! is set for July 8 and 9 in the Town Center.


Music in the Park


Farmers Market


Youth Theatre


Summer Celebration!



On the cover: Seafair participants pack the waterfront in 2016. Photo by Matt Brashears/Special to the Reporter

Katie Metzger/staff photo

The Fabulous Roof Shakers perform rhythm and blues music at Art Uncorked in September 2016. For more on Art UnCorked, see page 14.

Summer arts: Movies, music and gallery shows Along with the “Out of this World” themed Summer Celebration! on July 8-9, the city of Mercer Island has a full schedule of arts events to entertain Islanders this summer. It recently announced the lineups for Movies in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park and Mostly Music in the Park (the park being Mercerdale, with a few exceptions).

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The city will show “The Never Ending Story” at sundown, or about 9:22 p.m., on July 22, and “Finding Dory” at about 8:36 p.m. on Aug. 19. The free family movies, sponsored by Mercer Island FC, are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. Moviegoers should bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. Movies are cancelled during inclement weather, so call the Mercer Island Community and Event Center at 206-275-7609 to confirm showings on bad weather days. Activities and crafts related to the movie will begin an hour before show time. Check for more movie details.

Photo courtesy of Lora Liegel

Flowers are available at the Mercer Island Farmers Market, which offers fresh produce, live music and activities for kids. It opened for its 2017 season on June 4. For more, see page 6.

Shakespeare in the Park This year’s Shakespeare in the Park program, presented by Wooden O and sponsored by the Mercer Island Arts Council, will feature “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Pericles.” “Much Ado About Nothing” will run at 7 p.m. on July 6, July 7, July 13, July 14, July 15, July 23 and Aug. 3 at the Luther Burbank Park ampitheatre. The July 23 show is a special double performance that allows

you to see both shows in one day, “Pericles” at 2 p.m. and “Much Ado” at 7 p.m. See “Pericles” at 7 p.m. on July 16, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 27, July 28, July 29, Aug. 4, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6. There will be Summer Celebration performances of both shows: “Much Ado” at 2 p.m. on July 8 and “Pericles” at 7 p.m. on July 9.

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ISLAND 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

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

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.

Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Ave. SE 4

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MIVAL Jr. supports, mentors and empowers young artists (grades K–12) to initiate art events, create art, network, and participate in art-related activities.

MIVAL Jr. to host summer art show Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL), together with Wells Fargo Bank, is proud to announce the 43rd annual MIVAL Jr. Art Show during Summer Celebration. All artists from kindergarten through high school are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork, including drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. The works will be displayed in the lobby of Wells Fargo Bank. MIVAL Jr., MIVAL’s new youth outreach

program, recently exhibited its first and very successful show for middle and high school students at the Lighthouse Gallery at Covenant Shores. Providing youth opportunities to display their art is one of the key missions of MIVAL Jr. The Jr. Art Show will take place from June 29-July 9. Artists have a chance to win awards and cash prizes. Financial support for the show has been provided by Wells Fargo Bank, MIVAL members, Mercer Island businesses and private donors.


Mostly Music in the Park Mostly Music in the Park, the Arts Council’s annual summer concert series, features various bands and artists from around the region performing a wide variety of music in July and August. Concerts are held on Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Mercerdale Park. The program kicks off on July 20 with the electro swing group, Good Co, and continues on July 27 with the alt/indie music of Chris Staples. Aug. 3’s show features the New Orleans style honky tonk of Joe Ross and the Birdwatchers, followed by Woodland West, a bluegrass/rock/ Zydeco blend band, on Aug. 10. The series concludes on Aug. 24 with the dream pop group Lemolo. In addition, the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle will perform at 5

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Islanders enjoy Mostly Music in the Park in 2015.

p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Luther Burbank Park amphitheatre. Mostly Music is sponsored by Starbucks, KeyBank, 4Culture, Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) and the Mercer Island Community Fund.

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The Mercer Island Farmers Market has become a summer tradition since its founding in 2008, with new vendors, musicians and activities for kids and families to explore every week.

Farmers Market celebrates 10 year anniversary this summer What’s new at the market in 2017 In addition to many returning favorites, the market is excited to include the following new vendors this season: - Bear’s Breath Ketchup - Country River Farm Five Hooks Fish Grill - Kale Love Seattle Pickle Co. - Sena Seafoods - Standard Bakery - Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream


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The Mercer Island Farmers Market returned June 4 for its 10th season, connecting Island residents, friends and families with Washington state producers of healthy, sustainable food and other goods. Located just north of Mercerdale Park in downtown Mercer Island, the market brings the community together each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The MIFM operates every Sunday from June to October (except July 9 for Summer Celebration and Aug. 6 for Seafair) with a Harvest Market on Nov. 19.

The market, which was organized in 2008 by community members passionate about nutritious food and local agriculture, offers something different to explore each week. This year, the market has a new manager, Lora Liegel. The organization has grown and changed over the years, Liegel said. Last year, the market attracted 2,500-3,000 shoppers ever week, helped donate more than 1,700 pounds of food donated to local organizations, collected more than $1,100 in charitable Market Bucks,

diverted two tons of waste from landfills each month, logged more than 900 volunteer hours and had 64 vendor participants and more than $700,000 in sales. Its mission is to “connect growers, consumers and the Island business community to create a valuable, sustainable community asset.” Market mainstay programs, including the popular Kid’s Table and live music, are still going strong. The market does not charge admission for its concerts, which this year include beloved Caspar Babypants, who will perform at the market’s 10th anniversary celebration in August. The market also offers tastings throughout the season, sponsored by New Seasons, where customers can learn about market produce and products. Volunteers are welcome yearround. For more on volunteering at the market, email volunteer@ For more information about market, check out its website at or “like” its page on Facebook.

Youth Theatre Northwest offers popular summer camps for youth to play, create, shine and grow.

Photo courtesy of Manuel R. Cawaling/Youth Theatre Northwest

Youth Theatre Northwest offers summer youth programs Time to Shine! This summer, children (ages 3-18) can experience imaginative and dramatic play in one of Youth Theatre Northwest’s popular summer camps. With nearly 45 different camps, you are certain a magical, creative adventure awaits your child. YTN’s education team has crafted many dynamic options to hone your child’s performance skills while also awakening a greater appreciation for imagination and creative play. Theatre skills build dynamic life skills. At YTN, staff supports the whole child by creating a safe and nurturing place for them to play, create, shine and grow.

camps for ages 3-8. If you’re closer to Lake Washington, then YTN staff is certain one (or five!) of their camps on Mercer Island will be the right fit for your child. Extra special: • New students receive a 25 percent discount. • YTN offers half and full day options. • YTN’s online registration system is easy, secure and available 24 hours a day to fit your busy

schedule. Some of YTN’s camps: Frozen in July, Shakespeare and Star Wars and Sabers, Parent and Child Creative Drama, Little Mermaid, Wicked, James and the Giant Peach, Improv Comedy, Audition Prep, Wizards and Wands, Dance Intensive Jazz, Shakespeare Intensive: “Much Ado About Nothing” and much more. Information and online registration is available at

Eastside magic!

This summer, YTN is expanding programs for Eastside families through a creative partnership with ROMP, Bellevue’s premiere indoor play space and learning center. YTN’s talented educators are packing up their wands, capes and other articles of creative magic and heading to ROMPS’ beautiful facility on Bel-Red Road for a total of four

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Summer Celebration! to bring out of this world fun Mercer Island’s only communitywide festival, drawing crowds between 20,000-30,000 over the festival weekend, is held annually on the second full weekend in July and boasts a new theme each year. For more information, visit asp?NavID=2437. The festival consists of many events around the Island on July 8-9:

Grand parade The grand parade will open Mercer Island’s 27th annual community festival at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 8. The parade route begins at Southeast 27th Street and 78th Avenue Southeast, running along 78th Avenue Southeast to Mercerdale Park. The parade is a family friendly event focusing on the Mercer Island community. This year’s Summer Celebration! theme is “Out of This World!” There will be a prize awarded to the entry that incorporates the theme to their best ability.

Car show Time to open up the garage and let your automotive treasure out for a stretch. You’re invited to join us in this year’s 15th Annual Mercer Island Car Show on Sunday, July 9. Bring your classic, street rod, sport, exotic, antique or motorcycle. Have a project car you’ve been working on? Bring it down, we’d love to see it! No entry fee and it’s non-competitive. Details and registration at Register now to avoid filling out paperwork on the day of the show. The car show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 9 at the Farmers New World Life Insurance parking lot. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.

Fireworks celebration The fireworks, sponsored by The Roanoke Inn, will be at Luther Burbank Park on Saturday night, and are set to begin at about 10:15 p.m. 8

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Above, kids ride on scooters, bikes and car toys during the Summer Celebration! grand parade in July 2016. Right, Mercer Island High School band members and cheerleaders perform during the grand parade last summer in downtown Mercer Island.

Shuttles will run from Mercer Island City Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Clowns Unlimited will have three inflatable attractions from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wristbands on sale at the event for $8 or $2 per ticket. Food trucks will include Curry House, Buns on Wheels, Ezells Express Chicken, Nosh, Chopstix, Falafel Salam Co., Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Nibbles.

Children’s Fun Zone The Children’s Fun Zone is located in the middle of Mercerdale Park and serves as the main attraction for pint-sized festival attendees. You will find arts and craft activities, inflatable rides and other child-friendly activities sure to provide hours of entertainment,

designed just for kids. Clowns Unlimited will be on site both days with exciting rides and inflatables in the Children’s Fun Zone. Rides are available during all festival hours.

Arts and Crafts Marketplace The Summer Celebration street fair “Arts & Crafts Marketplace” is a great opportunity to do some shopping for unique finds. Craft vendors come from all over the region to showcase their art work

and goods. Visit the Arts and Crafts Marketplace from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Saturday July 8, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 9.

Food Fair The celebration’s colorful street fair takes place at beautiful Mercerdale Park and Town Center on July 8-9, with a fireworks show and entertainment on Saturday evening at Luther Burbank Park. SEE CELEBRATION, 9


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Boat rides around the Island Get your tickets now for Summer Celebration! Boat Rides around the island on Saturday, July 8. Hop aboard the Argosy “Celebrations” boat for a narrated ride around the island. Cruise in comfort around Mercer Island on a warm July day, and enjoy hearing fun facts and history about the island. Enjoy a drink or snack from the on-board no-host bar. The cruise departs from the Luther Burbank docks. Free parking is available in the park meadow for those that have a ticket. Boat rides are approximately one-and-a-half hours long. Choice of three sailing times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets prices: $10 for youth under 18 years; $15 for adults 18-plus.

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation is partnering with Bellevue Parks and Recreation for a new skate event as a part of Summer Celebration! Join the city at “Sk8te the Rock” from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, July 9 at the skate park in Mercerdale Park. Contestants can choose from three age divisions below and will have 60 seconds to skate their best run. Giveaways, demos and prizes for winners of each age division. Guest appearances, music and much more. Entry fee is $10.

Pancake breakfast The Sons of Norway Pancake Breakfast, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon, July 9, includes delicious, authentic Swedish pancakes with toppings of melted butter, powdered sugar, whipped cream, maple syrup, strawberry or raspberry jam. Cost is $3 kids, $6 adults.

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Stroum Jewish Community Center offers summer programs MERCER ISLAND EVENTS Dinner at Our House 5-7 p.m., July 16 Free Do you like to cook? How about helping those in need? We’re partnering with YouthCare, an organization working to fight homelessness among Seattle teens, to cook dinner for 20 in the SJCC kitchen. Dinner will then be delivered to YouthCare’s Jackson Street facility to be served that evening. Please join the J for a couple hours to help battle food insecurity among homeless teens. If you’re interested in participating, please email SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839.

The B Side: Free Advance Screening 7 p.m., July 19 Free A look at the life and work of celebrated portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, known for her largeformat instant Polaroids and famous subjects, including Allen Ginsberg, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan. Directed by Oscar winner Errol Morris (“Fog of War”).

SJCC “Best of Fest” Encore: “The Women’s Balcony” 7:30 p.m., Aug. 10 $12 | $8 J members, seniors, students, youth A close-knit Sephardic congregation fractures along gender lines in this rousing battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Plays with: “Wig Shop” (short) starring Emily Mortimer as an Orthodox Jewish woman in whose life is changed by hairdresser’s secret. Both were film favorites at the 2017 Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

Paddle with the J Select summer Thursdays (see below) $10 SJCC members; $15 guests Meet us at the Herzl waterfront 10

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Paddle with the J during select summer Thursdays. (across the street from the J) to spend an evening on the water. We’ll get out the J’s kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards and enjoy some sunshine, get exercise and meet new friends. Each trip is two hours. There will be a lifeguard on duty. Thursday, June 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

that evening. Please join us for a couple hours to help battle food insecurity among homeless teens. If you’re interested in participating, please email SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839.

Tu B’Av Garden Tea Party

6:30 p.m., July 14 Tutta Bella | 715 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah $30 per person We’ll welcome in Shabbat together with songs and classic Italian fare served family-style. We’ll nosh on a variety of delicious appetizers, pizzas, salads and desserts. 

1-3 p.m., Aug. 13 SJCC members $8 | guests $10 Bring your loved ones to a garden tea party to celebrate the Jewish day of love, Tu B’Av. Enjoy tea, sandwiches, and dessert in the Kesher Community Garden. Bring your own tea cup and saucer — and, of course, your finest garden hat.

Dinner at Our House 5-7 p.m., Aug. 20 Free Do you like to cook? How about helping those in need? We’re partnering with YouthCare, an organization working to fight homelessness among Seattle teens, to cook dinner for 20 in the SJCC kitchen. Dinner will then be delivered to YouthCare’s Jackson Street facility to be served


Shabbat Unplugged: Blueberry Picking 10 a.m.-noon, July 22 Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm | 700 148th Ave. SE, Bellevue Free Come join us for some Shabbat learning and blueberry picking! Register so we know to expect you. Look for staff in the JCC T-shirts to say hello.

Shabbat Unplugged: Havdalah and Kayak Tour 5:30-8 p.m., Aug. 5 $53 per person For kids 10-plus Shilshole Bay Marina, W Dock, 7001 Seaview Ave. NW Enjoy the rich ecosystem of the Puget Sound on this two-hour kayak tour featuring a short Havdalah service. This is a great chance to sea seals, sea lions, great herons and more. The route of the tour will vary based on recent sightings of local wildlife. Whether you want to drift among the bull kelp or paddle hard along the shore, this tour is for you.

Summer Hikes Ebey’s Landing, July 8 Mt Pilchuck, July 29 Annette Lake, Aug. 13  Do you like to hike, but don’t get a chance to do it as often as you’d like? Come hike with the J. We will meet in the SJCC parking lot, carpool to the trailhead, and head out on a hike. Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and meet new friends! On each hike, participants will decide where to grab a well-deserved treat on the way home. Each hike can accommodate a group of 10 participants maximum. For more information, call 206-388-0839.

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The Blue Angels fly in formation past the Bellevue skyline during Seafair Weekend 2016.

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High-flying Seafair thrills return this summer



speeds approaching 700 mph. The Blues will perform aerobatic and low-flying maneuvers as Seattleites look on in awe from the shores of Lake Washington. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels participated in their first air show in




The U.S. Navy Blue Angels return for Seafair Weekend, Aug. 4-6, with more exciting acts and daring aerial maneuvers. In one of the most impressive air shows in the country, Boeing F/A18 aircrafts will race overhead at

1946 and since have performed for an estimated 11 million spectators during air shows each year. Seafair Weekend also features the Albert Lee Appliance Cup, Hyperlite Seafair Wakeboard Experience and Graham Trucking Seafair Cup. Interstate 90 will be closed at varying times for Blue Angels practices and shows. The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe and

to minimize distractions. The closures will extend from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405, State Route 520 or State Route 522. In the Puget Sound area, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and checking the What’s Happening Now page for detailed information. See www. for more.


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Condensation forms on the wings of Blue Angel No. 2 in a tight turn during a Seafair performance.

Play, learn and party at the Mercer Island Library The Mercer Island Library will offer an array of events this summer for children, teens and adults. The library is located at 4400 88th Ave. SE. For more information, visit or call 206-236-3537.

CHILDREN Community Construction Zone Storytelling 7 p.m., July 12 Presented by The Whitman Tellers. Family program, all ages welcome. Push up your sleeves, grab your hard hat and get ready for fun with stories! Hear lively folktales from around the world mixed with music and creative movement.

Stories in the Park Noon, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 and 8 Held at Deane’s Children’s Park, also known as the Dragon Park, 5500 Island Crest Way. Family program, all ages welcome. Bring your lunch to the park and enjoy stories while you munch.

The X-STREAM Magic Show 7 p.m., July 17 Presented by Jeff Evans. Ages 5 and older. Want to dive with sharks, climb mountains or rappel off cliffs? Come on an adventure to learn more about scuba diving, rock climbing, skydivers with magic tricks that will astonish you.

Movies! “Moana”

TEEN Books, Brownies and Beyond (IMS book club) 4 p.m., July 11 Join Mrs. Behnke, Ms. Bowman, and other book club members for our summer meetings. Come get some ideas for reading, and if you want, bring a book to share. Drop by the small meeting room any time from 4-6 p.m. We’ll share the famous cookie bar treats, too.

Introduction to Kerbal Space Program 1:30 p.m., July 12 Presented by The Museum of Flight. Ages 12 and older. Interested in space and rockets? Work in pairs to build a virtual rocket, launch it, and get it into orbit as you learn how to play the game Kerbal Space Program. Please register online or call the library.

Create a Motorized Fan or Car Engineering Workshop 1:30 p.m., July 19 Presented by Debbie Hansen, “The Science Lady” Ages 10-14. Calling all car aficionados! Using a small motor, battery, switch and wires, you can design and build a fan or car. Learn about current, switches, positive and negative terminals.

ADULT Reading Party in the Park! 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 9

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Join us for a fun family movie. Rated PG. In ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Bring your own picnic, blanket or lawn chair and favorite summer read as you listen to soothing music that compliments the reading experience. Local DJs will share ambient, downtempo, neoclassical and relaxing cinematic sounds to add a unique dimension to reading in the park.

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more than 75 events during an eight-week span. In 2014, nearly 2 million people took part in one or more Seafair-related activities.


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Where to buy fireworks?

Camp Burbank Community Camp Out

The Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis Club and Mercer Island VFW manage the sale of “consumer” fireworks each year, using the event as their primary fundraiser. All of the funds collected are returned to the community in support of services and projects. Fireworks will be for sale leading up to July 4 in the Rite Aid parking lot on 78th Avenue Southeast, across the street from Fire Station 91.

JULY 22 Movies in the Park Join the city for another great year of movies in Mercerdale. Free family movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. Participants should bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. Fun activities and crafts related to the movie will begin an hour before show time. Refreshments sold on site. The city will show “The Never Ending Story” at approximately 9:20 p.m. on July 22.

AUGUST 4-6 Blue Angels at Seafair At this year’s Seafair festival, the Blue Angels will fly on Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6. The Blue Angels, along with the hydroplane races and torchlight parade, are one of the most popular features at the Seafair summer festival each year. Altogether, Seafair includes 14

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The campout, put on by city’s Parks and Recreation Department, is a great way to “get away from it all” and still be close to home. Parks and Rec does all the hard work, like cooking, cleaning and coming up with fun things to do. Just bring a tent, personal items and sleeping bags. Activities will include fishing, beach play, swimming, volleyball and more in Luther Burbank Park. The campsite, Saturday night dinner, s’mores, snacks, drinks and Sunday morning breakfast are provided with registration price ($45 ages 13+, $35 ages 4-12, $5 ages 1-3, Free 0-11 months).

Photo courtesy of Lora Liegel

Above, the Mercer Island Farmers Market runs every Sunday from June to October (except July 9 for Summer Celebration and Aug. 6 for Seafair) with a Harvest Market on Nov. 19. Below, Art UnCorked is set for Sept. 8 this year.

AUGUST 19 Movies in the Park Free family movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. The city will show “Finding Dory” at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 19.

SEPTEMBER 8 Art UnCorked Art UnCorked will be an evening of wine tasting, art, music and food at the Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery at Sunset Boulevard and 78th Avenue Southeast. The street will be closed for the event, which runs from 6-9 p.m.

The evening will feature local wineries, many with Mercer Island connections, juried artists from both Mercer Island and the Seattle area with a selection of fine handmade artworks, live music and iconic food trucks offering interesting fare. It is presented by the Mercer Island

Chamber of Commerce and Mercer Island Visual Arts League. For more information, go to * See pages 3 and 4 for the Shakespeare and Mostly Music in the Park schedules.

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Harvard-Belmont • 11,000sf • $15,000,000

Laurelhurst • Tudor Revival • $10,008,000

Seward Park • 3 Docks • $6,168,000

Whidbey Island • 330’ Sound • $4,756,000




Come early and join us!

Saturday July 8, 2017

Luther Burbank Park 2040 84th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA

10:00 pm

Come Celebrate Summer with Us! Roanoke Inn is the proud sponsor of the 2017 Summer Celebration Fireworks Show.

To show our appreciation to our patrons and the community who have supported the Rowy for so many decades, we are again sponsoring the local fireworks show during the city’s Summer Celebration event Saturday, July 8th.

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 Mercer Island’s extended living room to discuss all the topics of daily importance. 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.

Meet Friends Where Friends ars! for 103 Ye

1825 72nd Ave SE, Mercer Island • • (206) 232-0800


98040 - 2017 Island Summer  


98040 - 2017 Island Summer