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hen I’m asked to describe Mercer Island, I think of a family-oriented island community with quiet residential neighborhoods, many parks and open spaces, beautiful shorelines and a business district with growing multi-family living options. Stunning views of Seattle, the Cascades, Mount Rainier and Lake Washington abound.
BASSETT We have our own sense of identity, distinct from nearby urban neighbors Seattle and Bellevue. Home to 23,000 people, we’re widely recognized as one of Washington’s most pleasant communities: close to the city, but with a more relaxed pace of life. When light rail opens in 2023, the Town Center station will make access for daily commuters even easier.
We move here for family. We want a great education for our kids and know the highly-rated Mercer Island schools will deliver. Whether our jobs are to the west or east, we move here for shorter commutes so more time can be spent with those we love. We move here to shed the frenetic pace of the city and embrace our calm
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YOUR MIYFS OFFERS ASSISTANCE, DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT TO YOU! • School-Based Counselors. Friendship, stress & anxiety, self-esteem, family concerns, anger and crisis counseling; drug & alcohol prevention/intervention experts at IMS and MIHS. •
VOICE & SVP. Teens participate in an 8-week summer program and learn firsthand the importance of giving back through volunteer opportunities.
• Thrift Shop. Give. Shop. Volunteer. Focus on work-skill development and sustainability. • Communities That Care. Preventing the harm caused by youth drug & alcohol use, depression, anxiety and other risk behaviors.
• Mental Health Services. Counseling for individuals, couples and families on a sliding fee scale. • Diversion & Early Intervention. Arrested youth are re-focused on positive learning experiences while being held accountable for illegal behavior. • Senior Outreach and Advocacy. Full range of geriatric services for issues related to aging including consultation, counseling and care management. • Family & Emergency Assistance. Supports for rent, utility, holiday, back to school and employment assistance. Food Bank at Luther Burbank Park offices.
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MAYOR | FROM 4 neighborhoods. We move here for the quality of life. And once we’re here, we grow into this place. We grow to be this place. From signing a child up for preschool to serving on the Mercer Island Preschool Association, from soccer parent to soccer coach, from newcomer to neighborhood party host, we become the fabric of this community. Yes, the Island is richly endowed geographically, but its strength is in its people and the energy they bring. The Farmers Market was but a nice idea until a handful of Islanders made it their cause, and dedicated countless hours to making a great community even better. Our many sports programs enjoy tremendous community and booster club
Mercerdale Park in the autumn. support. Our school band program is unrivaled. A passionate community effort is underway to finance and build a performing arts center. Positive public energy flows in many directions. The Mercer Island Schools Foundation supplements educational programs with over $1
million a year in community contributions. Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) provides school counselors, senior outreach and advocacy, affordable family counseling and drug and alcohol prevention programs. Funds for MIYFS come from the largely volunteer-run Thrift
We know that communities and families rely on longterm thinking. Sustainability became a city priority as a result of public interest, and in 2012 a citizen’s commission developed a comprehensive set of policy recommendations to guide more efficient resource use, reduce carbon footprints and maintain a healthy environment. We grow into this community and the roots become permanent. Census data for the Island shows average tenure is more than 17 years — dramatically longer than in most neighboring areas. We come for the schools and stay for a lifetime. Surely that’s the ultimate endorsement of this place.
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• New Year’s Day swim at Clarke Beach
• Mercer Island Preschool Association Circus
• Annual Island bird count
• Relay for Life at Mercer Island High School
• Crest Annual Plant Sale
• Giving From The Heart breakfast for Youth and Family Services
• Boy Scout pancake breakfast
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• Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon
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• Mercer Island Sogetsu annual exhibition • MI School District’s Fine Arts Showcase
April • Leap for Green Earth Day celebration
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• Easter egg hunts at Mercerdale Park • MI Schools Foundation Breakfast • Little League Opening Day • Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 5
• Mostly Music in the Park
• Shakespeare in the Park
August • Seafair Weekend, Aug. 5-7 • National Night Out, Aug. 2 • Community Campout
September • Worldwide Day of Play • Lakeridge Bike Rodeo
October • Mercer Island High School
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EVENTS | FROM 6 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
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re you in search of a place to recreate, celebrate, meet and play?
kitchen, art gallery, game room and lounge area with public access computers.
Look no further than the Mercer Island Community and Event Center (MICEC), your award-winning, multi-generational recreation and event facility. This center is the hub of recreation programs, meetings and parties, civic events, volunteer opportunities and more.
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 information, call 206-275-7609, or visit www.MIParks.net.
Nestled atop Mercer Island, with panoramic views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains from nearly every room, the MICEC features light-filled rooms, a modern, high-tech multi-purpose room, a scenic, outdoor covered terrace, a professional catering
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The Island Outdoors
PARKS, TRAILS, OPEN SPACE
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.
Parks & Recreation www.myparksandrecreation.com 275-7609 The Parks and Rec. Department provides recreation, athletic, social, artistic and special event programs, including Summer Celebration! Services are provided for preschool-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 sculpture, contact Parks and Rec. at 275-7609.
Luther Burbank Park 2040 84th Ave. SE Amphitheater: “Shakespeare in the Park,” a series of 12 Shakespeare play performances, engages audiences of all ages during evenings in July and August. Most performances are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Marina: The Luther Burbank Marina offers a safe place for children and adults to learn to sail and kayak. Sailing classes start beginning in June. Sailboats and life jackets are provided for all. For class registration, visit www. myparksandrecreation.com.
Mercerdale Park 3249 78th Ave. SE The perfect place for children to ride their bikes, teens to
Above, a child plays at Luther Burbank Park. Below, people take in the scenery at Clarke Beach. 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 SE 32nd Street & 72nd Avenue • Luther Burbank Park 2040 84th Ave. SE • Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue SE & 32nd Street • Aubrey Davis Park 72nd Avenue SE & 22nd Street
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• Secret Park SE 27th Street & W. Mercer • South Mercer Playfields SE 78th Street & 84th Avenue • Roanoke Park 70th Avenue SE & W. Mercer
Bicentennial Park 77th SE & SE 32nd The park ascends into a hillside of wooded trails and stairs above Mercerdale Park.
Clarke Beach Park 7700 E. Mercer Way This nine-acre park on the water features a beach and dock.
Clise Park SE 40th & Island Crest Way A shortcut for many high school students, this wooded trail cuts from busy SE 40th into the neighboring SE 39th Street.
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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. Mary Wayte Pool 8815 SE 40th St. 588-1117 mercerislandpool.com 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, 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.
Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 East 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 East Mercer Way 232-1622 www.mercerwood.com The Shore Club’s outdoor pool features a bubble cover for swimmers in the winter and fall. The members-only club offers lessons, free and lap swims and
Swimmers have a rich tradition on Mercer Island. holds meets for local teams. In the summer of 2015, the Shore Club debuted its new clubhouse.
Mercer Island Country Club 8700 SE 71st St. 232-5600 www.mercerislandcc.com The members-only club has a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and
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 also members only.
Come Jump In The Pool!! Safety, Fitness, and Family Fun!
• 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.
• Special Birthday Party and special event rentals at the pool! Parties include exclusive use of the facility with professional lifeguards. Pizza, birthday cake, or a movie during the party will be arranged for a wet and memorable occasion.
Please call or stop by the pool with questions, or find all scheduling, pricing, and convenient online program registration at www. mercerislandpool.com.
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Dining Guide ISLAND RESTAURANTS
NORTH Anise Thai: 7691 SE 27th St. • 236-2255 Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream: 2900 78th Ave. SE • 236-2781 Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro: 7650 SE 27th St. • 232-2759 Einstein’s Bagels: 7808 SE 28th St. • 232-8539 Franky & Dom’s: 7420 SE 24th Street • 232-3221 Freshy’s Seafood: 2411 76th Ave. SE • 232-3028 Gourmet Teriyaki: 7671 SE 27th St. • 232-0580
Homegrown Sandwiches: 3016 78th Ave. SE • 331-4775
Qdoba Mexican Grill: 7650 SE 27th St. #106 • 230-0072
Tuscan Stone Wood Fired Pizza: 2885 78th Ave. SE • 440-9189
I Love Pho: 7605 SE 27th St. #112 • 275-4300
Roanoke Inn: 1825 72nd Ave. SE • 232-0800
Zaw Pizza: 7635 SE 27th St. • 232-0515
Island Crust Cafe: 7525 SE 24th St., #100 • 232-7878
Roberto’s Pizza & Pasta: 7605 SE 27th St. #111 • 232-7383
Lilly’s Restaurant at Aljoya: 2430 76th Ave. SE • 230-0150 McDonald’s: 2807 78th Ave. SE • 232-9175 Menchies: 7785 Sunset Hwy. #116 • 232-2682
Seven Star Chinese Restaurant: 2885 78th Ave. SE • 230-8665 Starbucks: 7695 SE 27th St. • 230-8847 Starbucks Drive-Thru: 7620 SE 27th St. • 275-3115
Mo’s Pizza & Wine Dive: 2630 77th Ave. SE #112 • 236-6000
Subway: 7679 SE 27th St. • 236-2734
Oh Chocolate!: 2703 76th Ave. SE • 232-4974
Sushi Joa Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar: 2717 78th Ave. SE • 230-4120
Phat 12 Island Broiler: 2707 78th Ave. SE • 232-0781
The Islander: 7440 SE 27th St. • 232-6676
Phobulous: 3033 78th Ave. SE • 232-0828
Tony Maroni’s Pizza: 2885 78th Ave. SE #102 • 232-6400
Pon Proem Thai: 3039 78th Ave. SE • 236-8424
Tully’s Coffee: 7810 SE 27th St. • 236-2959
El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant: 8451 SE 68th St. #101 • 275-4900 Georgio’s Subs: 8415 SE 68th St. #112 • 275-3720 Sahara Pizza: 8425 SE 68th St. #104 • 232-9800 Starbucks: 8415 SE 68th St. #100 • 275-1097 Toshi’s Teriyaki: 8425 SE 68th St. #118 • 232-0233 Yuzen Japanese Cuisine: 8451 SE 68th St. #104 • 275-3310
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Mercer Island gets Moving J
ust a few years after the city of Mercer Island joined the nationwide Let’s Move campaign, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, it achieved gold medal status and was honored at the White House. Let’s Move! Mercer Island’s mission is to raise awareness for a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and physical activity in collaboration with community partners. Mercer Island received recognition as one of 52 cities nationwide,
and one of only two in Washington state, attaining gold medal status in all five of the campaign’s goals. The effort was spearheaded by the Parks and Recreation Department, which led community-based activities, programs and events with local community partners, including the Stroum Jewish Community Center, the Mercer Island Library, Fresh Start and Mercer Island Food Revolution. Mercer Island, with other MOVING | PAGE 13
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Advancing educational, cultural & other relationships between Mercer Island and its Sister City, Thonon-les-Bains, France. French conversation evenings in private homes. u French conversation evenings
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and several winding trails.
Deane’s Children’s Park
77th SE & SE 32nd The Town Center park has a paved loop trail, an open picnic area, skateboard park, playground and sprawling field.
5500 Island Crest Way This favorite children’s park includes a picnic area, wooded trails and the famous dragon in the playground.
Aubrey Davis Park
Ellis Pond S.E. 47th & 90th Ave. SE The Island’s famous pond is home to various birds, the odd turtle and more. 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. The Gallagher Hill park features 11 acres of trails, including connections from 40th Avenue to East Mercer Way.
72nd SE & SE 22nd One of the best viewpoints on the Island, the Lid has several paved trails for cyclists and walkers alike.
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Aubrey Davis Park (also known as Lid Park) is a great destination for the entire family. 82nd Avenue SE and SE 40th Street Homestead Park, which sits near Island Park Elementary, features several public tennis courts and baseball fields and trails.
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Island Crest Park 5500 Island Crest Way The little sister of Pioneer Park, this wooded Island escape has ballfields, a family picnic area
Parks and Play Parks & Facilities
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:
Southeast 30th Street at 60th Avenue Southeast
Calkins Landing Southeast 28th Street and 60th Avenue Southeast
Forest Landing Southeast 43rd Street at Forest Avenue Southeast
Franklin Landing 78th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 42nd Street
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SE 68th & Island Crest Way Pioneer Park, with 120 acres of thick woods and deep ravines, is the largest natural space on the Island with dozens of trails and a wide variety of activities for Islanders. Walking trails are popular, frequently used by horse riders, dog walkers and bikers.
97th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 34th Street
Lincoln Landing 76th Ave Southeast and Southeast 22nd Street
Miller Landing Forest Avenue Southeast and Southeast 48th Street
Proctor Landing Southeast 32nd Street at 60th Avenue Southeast
Roanoke Landing West Mercer Way at Roanoke Way
77th Avenue Southeast Landing 7670 SE 22nd St.
MOVING | FROM 11 representatives from the National League of Cities and several federal agencies of the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative, was formally recognized by Obama at a special White House event in September 2015. Approximately 80 million Americans live in one of the 500 cities, towns or counties participating in LMCTC. Councilmember Debbie Bertlin and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Diane Mortenson represented Mercer Island at the celebratory event, at which Obama commended cities on providing opportunities for citizens to lead healthier lives, despite “dealing with tight budgets and competing priorities.” “There’s no one solution to the problem of childhood obesity,” she said. “[But] all these changes are starting to add up. Childhood obesity rates have finally stopped rising, and they’re falling among our youngest children.”
Learn more about Let’s Move! Mercer Island at www.letsmovemercerisland.com, or contact Mortenson at 206-275-7861 or Diane.Mortenson@mercergov.org.
Let’s Move! community partners Mercer Island Food Revolution: www.mifoodrevolution.org Fresh Start: www.freshstartgal.com Boys and Girls Club: www.positiveplace.org/locations/mercerisland King County Library System: www.kcls.org Olympic Cascade Aquatics (Mary Wayte Pool): www.mercerislandpool.com Mercer Island Pediatrics: www.mipediatrics.com Mercer Island Preschool Association: www.mipreschoolassociation.org Stroum Jewish Community Center: www.sjcc.org My Mercer Island: www.mymercerisland.net Mercer Island School District: www.mercerislandschools.org
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Mercer Island goes green W
ith 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 CountyCities Climate Collaboration (or K4C), which recently won a prestigious recognition from EPA for “innovative partnerships.” K4C has grown to 14 member jurisdictions since 2011. “We can do a small amount as a city government; we can do somewhat more by influencing our community. But to have a larger impact, we have to collaborate with neighboring jurisdictions and figure out how to all be pushing in the same direction,” Mayor Bruce Bassett said in an interview with
ENVIRONMENT/ GREEN TEAMS 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 email@example.com, for news, events and updates.
Cityvision magazine, published by the Association of Washington Cities. The city was profiled for the climate advocacy and carbon footprint work undertaken by its sustainability program. Mercer Island hosts annual recycling events, banned plastic bags in 2014, replaced incandescent streetlights and parking lot lights with LED lights and there are five electric vehicle charging stations on the Island. The city installed panels at the Community and Event Center in 2014, and led a Solarize Mercer Island campaign to help residents with installations on their property.
ture-based programs, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, live science demonstrations, petting zoo, a story hour and a chance to meet Leap, the event’s frog
mascot. For more information, contact Ross Freeman, city sustainability and communications manager at 206-275-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Visit the Mercer Island Farmers Market, starting in June and ending in October.
Green Ribbon Commission
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Friends of Luther Burbank is a group of Islanders devoted to the upkeep of one of the Island’s most beloved parks, from organizing
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The Leap for Green Sustainability Fair was back in 2016, after taking a hiatus last year. The fair features plenty of family friendly activities including na-
City conservation and sustainability resources
Residents plant shrubs on a hillside at Mercerdale Park.
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
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.
Mountains to Sound Greenway mtsgreenway.org This nonprofit helps manage and preserve open space along the Greenway from Puget Sound to the Cascades, including Mercer Island.
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Established in 1914 by George MacGuire, the Rowy is the oldest business on Mercer Island. 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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porch is heated, but Reeck admits while a popular refuge during the winter months, it’s not too effective when the wind blows. Even further back, the Roanoke used to have a wrap-around porch, like many old houses in the craftsman style.
5) The Roanoke operated as
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 Roanoke used to accept boarders on the second story, some of the rooms operated as a brothel and a favorite spot for gambling during the Prohibition era.
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a grocery store for a number of years, even opening an ice cream window after Prohibition, where kids, who weren’t allowed inside, could buy cones or other small grocery items. During WWII the Roanoke had one of the only grocery stores accessible to Islanders.
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The Mercer Island Library The Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Ave. SE (206) 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.
Library Circulation Desk while the library is open. For more, email email@example.com.
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Friends of the Library
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 library, with construction occurring this year.
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
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.
The library has two public meeting rooms, a large children section, several computers and a teen section. There are programs for children and adults. See the Mercer Island events calendar on kcls.org for details.
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The district employs an outhe Mercer Island School District is celebrating its standing teaching and support 75th anniversary in 2016 and staff of 500. We are eagerly lookhas built a reputation for ex- ing forward to the opening next fall of our fourth elcellence, combining Superintendent ementary school, academics, cultural exNorthwood, and pression and athletic the completion of achievement. We are new classrooms, educating more than commons and 4,300 students with gymnasium at new century skills in Islander Middle critical thinking, colSchool. We are laboration, invention DR. GARY PLANO grateful for our and creativity. c o m m u n i t y ’s The district’s missupport of the 2014 bond ission is to prepare students to be sue that funded these improvesuccessful in a world that is conments and the 10 new classstantly evolving, from technical rooms at the high school, and advancements to changes in our the recent passage of the renewcommunity’s demographics. Your School Board set a 2020 Vision and Mission that focuses on critical thinking, social and emotional learning and using our digital world to personalize learning. This year, the board noted the importance of diversity and equity by including it as a new fundamental goal. The 2020 Vision and Mission begin when students enter our elementary schools and continue through middle and high school until they are prepared for college and their careers. We are proud that our achievement test scores are among the highest in the state at all levels. The district maintains a graduation rate of over 95 percent and our students move on to the finest colleges and universities in the world.
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al of the six-year capital projects and technology levy. The district is a technology leader, with more than 3,000 iPads in use in grades four through 12 to enhance digital learning. Apple Education has honored us for innovation in applying technology in the classroom. The Mercer Island Schools Foundation, our PTAs and community boosters contributed over $2 million to our schools last year. That financial support ensures our schools are the very best regionally and nationally. At this year’s Foundation Breakfast of Champions event we honored the first Pathfinder
The Mercer Island High School marching band.
Award recipients, celebrating four remarkable graduates of Mercer Island High School whose achievements have made them leaders in their global communities and are improving the world for humankind. The future of the Mercer Island School District is bright. Our enrollment continues to grow, reaching our highest level in over 35 years. At the same time, we continue to expand our educational programs, with the addition of a Spanish-language program in all elementary schools beginning next fall. For more information about the district and its programs, please visit our website at mercerislandschools.org, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/ mercerislandschooldistrict and follow us on Twitter @mercerislandsd. Thank you to our Island community for your continuing support of our district.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mercer Island School District: 232-3330 www.mercerislandschools.org Superintendent: Gary Plano
230-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org With over 4,000 students, the district will expand 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 School District Board of Directors:
4160 86th Ave. SE, 236-3330 www.mercerislandschools.org
every other Thursday evening unless otherwise posted. School Board meeting agendas can be found online at the district’s website.
President: Ralph Jorgenson email@example.com, current term ends Dec. 2019
Mercer Island High School: 9100 SE 42nd St., 236-3350
Vice President: David D’Souza firstname.lastname@example.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
Adair Dingle: adair.dingle@ mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2017 Tracy Drinkwater: email@example.com, current term ends Dec. 2019 Dave Myerson: firstname.lastname@example.org, current term ends Dec. 2017 The School Board sets district policy and hires and oversees the superintendent. The board meets
Principal: Vicki Puckett
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.
Crest Learning Center: 4150 86th Ave. SE, 236-3390 Crest is part of Mercer Island High School, operating as the district’s alternative program for students. The school offers flexible courses with different instructional approaches, as well as
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS | FROM 21 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.
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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-inresidence program funded by the PTA and the Mercer Island Schools Foundation. Island Park is also the current home of the district’s Keeping Pace program, a series of classes during the summer to help students with reading and math skills.
West Mercer Elementary School: 4141 81st Ave. 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.
Northwood Elementary School: 4030 86th Ave. SE Principal: Aimee Batliner-Gillette In the fall of 2016, the Mercer Island School District will open its fourth elementary school, Northwood, on the North Mercer campus site. Home of the “Owls,” the two-story facility will span a total of 75,000 square feet and will be able to house 500 students.
PRESCHOOLS Mercer Island Preschool Association www.mipreschoolassociation.org
4400 86th Ave. SE, 232-5663
Mercer Island Preschools
Patti’s Play Center (at Emmanuel Episcopal Church): 4400 86th Ave. SE, 232-4453
Country Village Day School: 9423 SE 36th St., 236-2417
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
Early World Montessori School: 3027 80th Ave. SE, 232-2400
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Founded in 1995, the French American School of Puget Sound offers a preschool through eighth-grade education. The school enrolls over 400 students, who learn reading, writing, language, math, history and science in both English and French, with
French American School of Puget Sound: 3795 East Mercer Way, 275-3533
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Pixie Hill Preschool: 4025 86th Ave. SE, 236-1380 Sunnybeam School: 8635 SE 68th, 232-5776 Special Education Preschool 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.
Mercer Island Learning Lab: 4120 86th Ave. SE, (206) 436-1948
For more, go to www.mercerislandschools.org
an average of 16-20 students per class. The school now offers bus service.
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,
Northwest Yeshiva High School: 5017 90th Ave. SE, 232-5272
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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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Clubs & Organizations
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.
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,
Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce 7205 SE 27th St. P.O. Box 108 Contact: Terry Moreman • 232-3404
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
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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: Molly Tyler • 232-3903 email@example.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
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.
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ing 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 Suite 101, 236-1095 Yellow Wood Academy is an accredited independent school for K-12 students, providing customized education. The curriculum, instruction, and school culture are responsive to the individual needs, interests, and abilities of each student. Founded in 1981, Yellow Wood Academy became a state-approved private school in 1992. 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, Island House, 7810 SE 30th St. Meetings include lunch, business and a program.
Contact: Susan Blake • 232-9442 www.mercerislandhistory.org
Mercer Island Lions Club
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.
The Mercer Island Lions Club sells Christmas trees each year to support its various philanthropies.
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 impaired vision or hearing. Since 1972, the club has supported Island organizations such as the Boys &
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Ali Spietz, City Clerk
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CITY OF MERCER ISLAND
Bruce Bassett, Mayor
(206) 275-7600 9611 SE 36th Street 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. Councilmem-
bers 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 regularly take place on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meetings are televised on Comcast channel 21.
Steve Lancaster, Interim City Manager
email@example.com, 275-7660 The city manager is responsible for the administration of city policies and serves as chief
executive officer of the city. firstname.lastname@example.org, 2757793
Debbie Bertlin, Deputy Mayor
email@example.com current term ends in 2019
Mercer Island is in the 41st state Legislative District. The Island is represented by Judy Clibborn, Steve Litzow and Tana Senn. Mercer Island is in the 9th Congressional District and is represented by Adam Smith.
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heck out events, activities, and public art Mercer Island has to offer at STQRY (pronounced, “story”). STQRY is a dynamic mobile and web platform that is used by organizations to tell their stories. Always a free download, 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! www.stqry.com • • •
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“Fire Flower” art work, 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 “Rising Times” sculpture, Southeast 27th Street Bench and Chaise, lid park “The Yearling” sculpture, Lid Park “Gateway Figures” sculpture, 77th Avenue Southeast and 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 ISLAND GUIDE 2016
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(4400 88th Ave. SE) “Four Seasons” paintings, Mercer Island Library “Northwest Storm Warnings,” Mercer Island Library “Between Two Worlds” rabbit, Mercer Island Library Mercer Island Sentinel, 9611 SE 36th St. “Primavera II,” Southeast 27th Street and 80th Avenue Southeast “Hansom Bollards” metal sculpture, Luther Burbank Park (2040 84th Ave. SE) “The Source” earthwork, Luther Burbank “The Flock” sculpture, Gallagher Hill Road and Southeast 36th Street “Thanks” sculpture, 78th Avenue Southeast and Sunset Highway “Mercy” sculpture, Island Crest Way “Hope” sculpture, lid near picnic shelter “Extraordinary Journey,” 78th Avenue Southeast and Sunset Highway “Peruvian Paso Colt,” 8236 SE 24th St. “Water Moss Bowl,” 2835 60th Ave SE “Now We are Wone,” Mercerdale Hillside Trail “The Island,” 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island Community and Event Center Veteran’s Memorial “Pergola,” Mercerdale Park “Playful Pup” bronze sculpture, lid park off West Mercer Way “Island Poles,” 7800 Sunset Highway “Puzzle Play,” Mercerdale
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Park “Woman Spirit,” Mercer Island Thrift Shop “Duet,” Mercerdale Park “Gnomon Group Three,” 77th Avenue Southeast and 80th Avenue Southeast “Orbits and Pieces,” 8236 SE 24th St. “Reclining Woman,” Mercerdale Park (77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street) “Stan” bronze dog sculpture, Luther Burbank
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“Call of the Wild” bronze stylized bird sculpture, Luther Burbank “Kenton’s Dragon” 50 inch concrete and steel dragon sculpture, Deane’s Park (5500 Island Crest Way) “Twin Foxes,” City Hall Tennis court mural, Luther Burbank Island Crest Construction painting, City Hall I-90 on Mercer Island painting, City Hall “Gateway of Service,” South Fire Station (8473 SE 68th St.)
“Call of the Wild” bronze sculpture at Luther Burbank Park.
Visual and performing arts Mercer Island offers a wide variety of art and artistic experiences for all audiences. Island Books hosts author talks and pajama story times, along with a new Cookbook Book Club. Two new galleries have opened in Town Center: Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts (7605 SE 27th St., Suite 105) and Suzanne Zahr (2441 76th Ave. SE, Suite 160). A Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) is being planned at the old recycling center by Mercerdale Park. It will be a focal point for the visual and performing arts, and hosts a community arts calendar on its website. Go to www.mercerislandarts.org/calendar for a calendar of public arts programs. Children, teenagers, adults and seniors can express their creative
sides through varying classes and workshops offered by the city. Artists who have already refined their skills can show their own work, too. The Island is full of galleries that boast sculptures, paintings, photography, ceramics and many other forms of art. Live entertainment also adds to the Island’s artistic palette. Mostly Music and Shakespeare in the Park are favorite summer activities. Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Chamber Art Gallery: 7605 SE 27th St., Suite 109 Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery at Avellino: 2836 78th Ave. SE Mercer Island Library: 4400 88th Ave. SE
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Mercer Island Community and Event Center Main Floor Gallery: 8236 SE 24th St. Mercer Island City Hall: 9611 SE 36th St. Mo’s Pizza Wine & Dive: 2630 77th Ave SE, Suite 112 Aljoya Mezzanine Gallery: 2430 76th Ave. SE 77 Central Apartments: 2630 77th Ave. SE, Suite 100 Outdoor I-90 Sculpture Park: Along Sunset Highway between 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE
PERFORMANCE Youth Theatre Northwest: 232-4145, www.youththeatre.org Youth Theatre Northwest is a school and theater that emphasizes intellectual, artistic and personal development through drama education, performances and live theater. YTN provides a wide range of classes and programs for
children ages 3-18. It is currently operating out of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Island Choral Experience: 232-8007, www.islandchoralexperience.com The group has three choirs: Island Children’s Choir, Island Preparatory Choir and Island Sound.
Children’s Dance Conservatory & Youth Ballet: Susan Valencia, 8635 SE 68th St., 522-9399, www. childrensdance.org Pacific Sound Chorus: 425-822-8824, www.pacificsound.org Mercerart Dance: 8236 SE 24th St., 232-6237
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CLUBS | FROM 24 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 email@example.com
The Mercer Island League of Women Voters is part of the Seattle League of Women Voters. The LWV is nonpartisan and does not support political candidates. Instead, the purpose of LWV is to educate citizens and encourage participation in the electoral process.
Mercer Island Masonic Lodge
Contact: Dean Quigley • 232-8957 Freemasonry is a fraternal society of men bound together by ties of brotherly affection. The Mercer Island Lodge provides two $1,000 scholarships to Mercer Island High School seniors, sponsors an awards program for the MIHS juniors, works with the Mercer Island Police Department on the Kids’ ID program, and contributes manpower and financial assistance to the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Emergency Assistance Program. Meetings: first Thursday of the month, except July and August, at the VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. 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.
Mercer Island Radio Operators www.mirohams.org The Mercer Island Radio Operators (MIRO) was formed to provide emer-
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gency 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 & Girls Club. 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.
Women’s Club in 1981. Today, from September to May, more than 350 women of all ages enjoy a wide variety of activities, including a monthly luncheon. Primarily a social organization, the group also raises funds for local nonprofit organizations. Annual dues of $25 cover the newsletter and the club directory.
National Charity League www.nclevergreen.org
The National Charity League, Evergreen chapter, is an educational and philanthropic organization of mothers and their daughters in grades seven through 12. The aim is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic group committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experience.
Mercer Island Sister City Association
The League meets monthly.
Contact: Linda Todd • 232-4570
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.
Pacific Northwest Audio Society PNWAS is dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine audio and music since its founding in 1978. Meetings: 7:30 p.m., second Thursday of every month, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way.
Probus Club of Mercer Island
is dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Jewish and general community in the greater Seattle area. Membership is open to everyone. Programs include community-wide events, a premier Early Childhood School, Parenting Center, summer day camp, school’s out program, before- and after-school care, kids and adult sports leagues, adult and senior activities, and social, cultural and recreational programs. The SJCC has a fitness center, racquetball courts, indoor running track, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool, in addition to a newly renovated auditorium, a children’s library, kitchen, classrooms and meeting rooms. The SJCC helps put on the Seattle Jewish Film Festival every year as part of its Cultural Arts Program, which had its inaugural season in 2014-15. This year’s lineup includes Emmy-nominated performing artists, award-winning chefs, authors, family-friendly films and more.
Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 East Mercer Way • 232-7115 www.sjcc.org On Mercer Island since 1968, the SJCC is dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Jewish and general community in the greater Seattle area. Membership is open to everyone.
Mercer Island Women’s Club
Meetings: 10:30 a.m., first Wednesday of the month, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. SE. The public is welcome to attend.
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
Stroum Jewish Community Center
Programs include community-wide events, a premier Early Childhood School, Parenting Center, summer day camp, school’s out program, beforeand after-school care, kids and adult sports leagues, adult and senior activities, and social, cultural and recreational programs. The SJCC has a fitness center, racquetball courts, indoor running track, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool, in addition to an auditorium, a children’s library, kitchen, classrooms and meeting rooms.
3801 East Mercer Way • 232-7115
Board meetings: 12:30 p.m., fourth Wednesday of the month, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 SE 27th St., #109.
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.
www.sjcc.org On Mercer Island since 1968, the SJCC
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Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5760 1836 72nd Ave. SE • 232-6390
http://vfwmercerisland.blogspot.com Mercer Island VFW Post 5760, in its 60th year, supports and protects the rights of veterans and promotes patriotism. The VFW participates with other posts in supporting patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital. The VFW Hall is available for lease by other organizations. Meetings: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month (except for August and September), VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. SE
YMCA Adventure Guides
Contact: Darcie Flynn • 425-644-8417 ext. 15, firstname.lastname@example.org Program for parents and pre-K to
eighth grade. The Y-Adventure guides program, formerly known as Y-Guides and YPrincesses, encourages relationships between parents and their children. Parent and child pairs are grouped with other pairs in the same grade and schools to make up neighborhood circles that meet monthly for adventures and activities that include games, stories, snacks and crafts. They also have the opportunity to attend three weekend campouts during the year as well as other monthly community outings.
Mercer Island Saddle Club 8635 SE 68th Street • 232-7548
The Mercer Island Saddle Club runs the only horse stable on the Island. The club has a riding arena and offers riding lessons.
Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters Contact: Terry Pottmeyer • www. misbb.org
The Band Boosters is a nonprofit that hopes to raise money to be used for all band needs at Mercer Island
School District schools.
being of Mercer Island seniors.
Mercer Island Schools Foundation
Mercer Island Youth and Family Services
275-2550 • www.mercerislandschoolsfoundation.com
The Mercer Island Schools Foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized to enhance the quality of education by raising money for the Mercer Island public schools.
232-8897 • www.micommunityfund. org The Mercer Island Community Fund, established in 1985, serves as a channel for donations to art and music programs, social services, youth group activities and other all-Island events. Grants are awarded by the 15-member board of directors. Mercer Island nonprofits may apply.
275-7611 • www.miyfs.org
MIYFS provides comprehensive individual, family and community services to Island residents out of our offices in Luther Burbank Park and through our 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 our volunteer-based Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Visit our website to learn about all of our program and service areas. We’re here when you need us. Call us to find ways that you can give back to your community through MIYFS.
Youth and Family Services Foundation
The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island was founded in 2002 to raise funds to develop and empower community-based programs that enhance the health, safety and well-
275-7611 • www.mercergov.org
Contact: Leslie Scott • 232-4597
Donations to the fund help support the mission and outreach of the city’s Youth and Family Services programs.
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Senior living As many as 4,000 citizens age 65 or older live on Mercer Island.
City of Mercer Island 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 & Recreation senior adult programs: Contact: Amber Britton, 275-7841 Offering recreation classes & programs, enrichment programs, health/wellness, day trips, group lunch, sports and others. Meals on Wheels, foot care, dental care, and
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 email@example.com. 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:
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caregiver’s support groups. Transportation is provided to the Community Center on Tuesday 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.-2 p.m., at the Community 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., 926-9732. Covenant Shores: Continuum of care including residential retire4400 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), 2325595, 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
A resident at Aljoya participates in a bocce tournament. ment, 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
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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 2757752. Mary Wayte water fitness: 8815 SE 40th St., 588-1117, www. mercerislandpool.com. The pool holds classes for seniors and public swims.
Kids enjoy the labyrinth at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Church: 3605 84th Ave. SE, 2325595, www.mipc.org. Mercer Island United Methodist Church: 7070 SE 24th, 2323044, 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.
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