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Island Events


Where it Happens


Island Guild


Library, Pools


Dining Guide


Island Parks


City Government


Public Schools


Clubs, Organizations


Faith, Seniors



On the cover: A photo by Joe Chen from March 2018, showing MIHS marching band students celebrating during a 2019 Rose Parade kick-off.

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I recently City manager celebrated my one-year anniversary as the new city manager for Mercer Island and it has been JULIE an unforgetUNDERWOOD table year. My whole family is excited to be back in the Northwest and part of this special community. With three school-age boys, my husband and I are especially pleased that Mercer Island School District is the state’s highest ranked public school system. Money Magazine recently named Mercer Island the best place to live in Washington State based on our healthy economy and quality of life. Our small town feel and natural beauty fig-

ured prominently in the selection process, with mention given to the city’s well maintained parks, miles of scenic shoreline and special community events like Summer Celebration and the Farmers Market. Our City Council is committed to preserving our quality of life, protecting the environment, promoting civic engagement, embracing cultural diversity and preparing for the future. We especially appreciate the enthusiastic input of our residents, business owners and civic groups during our recent 2018-2019 council goal-setting process. Collectively, we built a strong work plan: Goal 1. Prepare for Light Rail and Improve On- and Off-Island Mobility Goal 2. Maintain Quality of Life and Essential Services and Infrastructure by Addressing the

City’s Financial Challenges Goal 3. Deepen the City’s Commitment to Sustainability and Livability Goal 4. Preserve, Promote and Enhance Mercer Island’s Focus on Arts and Culture Goal 5. Enhance City and Community Emergency Preparedness and Planning Goal 6. Update Outdated City Codes, Policies, and Practices Goal 7. Create Policies that Support an Accessible and Healthy Business Ecosystem I look forward to working in partnership with the council, community and city staff to implement these goals. I’m excited to be part of this remarkable community and am confident our successes are limitless when working together. Julie Thuy Underwood is Mercer Island City Manager.

The Mercer Superintendent Island School District has built a national reputation for excellence, combining academics, cultural DONNA expression COLOSKY and athletic achievement. We emphasize personalized learning that is responsive to student’s strengths, interests and passions. The district is consistently ranked among the best in the state and maintains a graduation rate of over 95 percent. Our graduates move on to the finest colleges and universities in the world. Our district continues to build on our culture of excellence, prioritizing high quality instruction in every classroom while creating an inclusive, safe, welcoming and caring environment for every

student. Our enrollment continues to grow in both population and diversity as new families move to the Island. We opened our fourth elementary school, Northwood, in 2016 and completed new classrooms, commons and gymnasium at Islander Middle School. Both projects were the result of a successful bond. This year Island voters strongly approved a renewal of the fouryear Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy, which provides funding for many important programs, including special education, elementary school Spanish language, art, music, PE, a seven-period day at the high school and advanced courses. We are proud of our continuing partnerships with the city and Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, providing mental health counselors in our schools and a school resource officer serving the high school and other build-

ings as needed. MI continues to be a technology leader, with more than 3,000 iPads in use to enhance digital learning. Apple Education has honored us again this year for innovation in applying technology in the classroom. Community support of our schools is unparalleled in the region. Mercer Island Schools Foundation, our PTAs and community boosters contributed over $2 million to our schools last year. We encourage our families to be involved and volunteer in our schools. Anyone interested in joining our team can visit jobs. mercerislandschools.org. Whether or not you have a school-age child, you are always invited to attend district events. For more, visit mercerislandschools.org, facebook.com/mercerislandschooldistrict and follow us on Twitter @mercerislandsd. Donna Colosky is superintendent of the MISD. Follow her @suptcolosky.


• Farmers Market begins

• New Year’s Day swim at Clarke Beach


• Annual Island bird count

• Summer Celebration, July 14-15

FEBRUARY • Youth and Family Services Foundation Breakfast • Boy Scout pancake breakfast


• Shakespeare in the Park • Movies in the Park

AUGUST • Seafair Weekend, Aug. 4-6 • National Night Out, Aug. 1

• Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon

• Community Campout, Aug. 12-13

• Mercer Island Sogetsu annual exhibition


• MI School District’s Fine Arts Showcase

APRIL • Leap for Green Earth Day celebration • Easter egg hunts at Mercerdale Park • MI Schools Foundation Breakfast

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

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

• Little League Opening Day


• Holocaust Remembrance Day

• Harvest Farmers Market

• Mercer Island Preschool Association Circus

• Ten Thousand Villages sale at the MI Presbyterian Church


• Island Youth ballet’s “Excerpts from the Nutcracker”

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

• Interfaith Thanksgiving service • Evergreen Church children’s craft workshop



• Lion’s Club Christmas tree sale

• Mostly Music in the Park

• Firehouse Munch and tree lighting


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MIYFS provides emergency assistance, extends lifelong wellness and fosters strength & resilience to all Islanders. • Mental Health Counselors in the School. Individualized counseling, behavioral and emotional support, therapeutic groups, parent/teacher consultation, classroom presentations and drug/alcohol prevention and intervention. •

VOICE & SVP. Eight-week summer youth leadership and learning program through service projects to approximately 50 nonprofits throughout King County.

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WHERE IT HAPPENS Mercer Island Community and Event Center 8236 SE 24th St., 275-7609


re you in search of a place to recreate, celebrate, meet and play? Look no further than the Mercer Island Community and Event Center (MICEC), your awardwinning, multi-generational recreation and event facility. This center is the hub of recreation programs, meetings and parties,

Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E. Mercer Way, 232-7115 Founded in 1949, the Stroum JCC is dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Jewish and general community in

civic events, volunteer opportunities and more. 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 multipurpose room, a scenic, outdoor covered terrace, a professional catering kitchen, art gallery, game room and lounge area with public access computers. The center’s fitness room, gymna-

the greater Seattle area. The J has two locations: the main campus on Mercer Island and a Seattle campus. Membership is open to everyone. The J offers a variety of programs and activities for everyone from newborns to seniors. It is home to an Early

Photo courtesy of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation

sium 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 Childhood School, a newly remodeled state-of-the-art auditorium, a fitness center, an indoor pool and more. The J recently launched a Cultural Arts Program, which includes the annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

Landing, celebrate your child’s birthday in a recreation and event room, join popular programs and network with your community. For more, visit www.MIParks.net.

There are parenting classes and weekly Tot Shabbat programs for the youngest members and their parents. School-aged kids can enjoy Kidstown before- and afterschool care, take sports and arts classes, spend summers at SJCC Summer Camp and become J Explorers. Adults can join a sports league or a book club, attend events in the Kesher Garden, swim laps in the pool or work out. Seniors learn to play bridge, join fitness classes and attend the popular ‘Jewish Touch’ series. Throughout the year, the J hosts and partners with community organizations to sponsor holiday celebrations. Fitness facilities include a fitness center, racquetball courts, indoor running track, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool.

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ISLANDERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE Mercer Island Guild celebrates 90 years

The Mercer Island Guild has changed over the past 90 years, but its mission has stayed the same — children. In 1928, 15 women gathered to support children. They established the Mercer Island Orthopedic Guild to raise funds for the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital. In 1937, Mercer Islander Warren Upper printed and sold Mercer Island directories. By 1943, the guild created an allIsland directory and presented the hospital with a check for $219.60. This year marks 90 years that the guild has been in existence and 75 years since the directory was started. The Mercer Island Guild continues to work with the community creating an annual Mercer Island Directory containing the 98040 residential addresses and phone numbers, as well as local business information. More than 7,000 directories are distributed each year. The guild also asks for donations from residents after they get the book, which directly support Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Uncompensated Care Fund.

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Above: Mercer Island Guild members smile after their Directory Mailing Day in 2017. Below: Guild members place directories into envelopes.

For the past 10 years, the guild has contributed over $100,000 per year to Seattle Children’s. The guild has contributed over $4 million to the hospital and is the second-longest running guild in the hospital history. “We recognize that the ways of hard copy telephone directories are going away, but we also know that longtime residents on the Island love it,” according to the guild. “The MI directory is a local tradition and it’s important to all of us in the guild to keep it going, supporting Seattle Children’s.” For more, contact the guild at 206232-3903 or miphonebook@gmail. com. Check out their new website at www.mercerislanddirectory.info or visit www.facebook.com/MercerIslandGuildDirectory. www.mi-reporter.com


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In early summer of 2018 our Church and Reading Room will be moving to our newly renovated place in the Mercer Island Town Center at 77th and 29th. We are excited to open our doors to the community and welcome everyone to visit and use our quiet spaces for spiritual reflection and study.

Church phone: 206-232-0175

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

There are programs for children and adults, including story times, study zone hours and more.

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.

Friends of the Library

The library first established on the Island at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, then was located in East Seattle. Built in the 1950s, the current building has gone through four expansions. The branch, one of the busiest of the 48 libraries in the library system, was the first to add computers for public use. The library has three public meeting rooms, a large children section, several computers and a teen section.

See the Mercer Island events calendar on kcls.org for details.

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

Mercer Island Library Board

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The Mary Wayte Pool.

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

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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

Photo courtesy of KCLS

The Mercer Island 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 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.

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 holds meets for local teams. In the summer of 2015, the Shore Club debuted its new clubhouse.

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

Mercerwood Shore Club 4150 E. Mercer Way 232-1622 www.mercerwood.com

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.

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

Mercer Island Beach Club 8326 Avalon Drive 232-3125 www.mibeachclub.com The Beach Club located at the southern tip of Mercer Island has a clubhouse, pool, tennis and a beach area. It is alsomembers only. ISLAND GUIDE 2018 | 11

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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 and Recreation www.myparksandrecreation.com 275-7609 The Parks and Recreation Department provides recreation, athletic, social, artistic and special event programs, including Summer Celebration! Services are provided for preschool-aged children, youth, teens, adults, family and seniors through partnerships with community agencies, businesses and institutions. With more than 35 parks and open space areas boasting 400 acres and 50 miles of trails, the department also maintains all city park areas.

I-90 Sculpture Park and Lid 7800 to 8000 block of Sunset Highway Cyclists from the Island, Seattle, the Eastside and beyond enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Washington while flying along the Lid’s east-west bike trails. The park, with its ballfields, basketball courts and cement trails, is the perfect place for weekend leisure. It is also the connecting path between Seattle and the Eastside in the popular Lake Washington Loop bike trail. The sculpture park, about 800 meters east of the Lid, is an outdoor gallery of vibrant statues, many of which are for sale. For more information on purchasing a sculpture, contact Parks and Rec. www.mi-reporter.com

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.

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

Mercerdale Park 3249 78th Ave. SE The perfect place for children to ride their bikes, teens to skateboard and seniors to stroll, Mercerdale Park is centrally located in downtown Mercer Island. Exercise stations are set up along the paved trail. The Art Council’s annual summer concert series, “Mostly Music in the Park,” draws a crowd on Thursday and Sunday evenings, July through August. The concerts feature various bands and artists from the region and play a variety of music for every taste. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. A full schedule is available at www. myparksandrecreation.com.

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

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

This nine-acre park on the water features a beach and dock.

Clise Park

• Roanoke Park 70th Avenue Southeast and West Mercer Way

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

Bicentennial Park

Deane’s Children’s Park

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

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

• South Mercer Playfields Southeast 78th Street and 84th Avenue Southeast

Clarke Beach Park 7700 E. Mercer Way


PARKS AND PLAY Parks and Facilities

Miller Landing

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

Forest Avenue Southeast and Southeast 48th Street

Calkins Landing

Roanoke Landing

Southeast 28th Street and 60th Avenue Southeast Katie Metzger/file photos

Above, Islanders cut the ribbon on the north field of Island Crest Park before the first varsity home game on March 14. Below, bikers ride tandem through Aubrey Davis Park, toward Interstate 90.

Forest Landing Southeast 43rd Street at Forest Avenue Southeast

Franklin Landing

Ellis Pond Southeast 47th Street and 90th Avenue Southeast The Island’s famous pond is home to various birds, the odd turtle and dozens of neighborhood children. A short trail encircles the pond, which is a popular winter attraction for local kids when the pond freezes over for skating.

Gallagher Hill 3701 SE Gallagher Hill Rd.

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

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

77th Avenue Southeast Landing 7670 SE 22nd St. Undeveloped street ends include:

Fruitland Landing

Seashore Avenue/Drive

Southeast 40th Street Off West Mercer Way

Southeast 20th Street

Garfield Landing

Faben Point

Southeast 30th Street at 60th Avenue Southeast

Southeast 36th Street

76th Ave Southeast and Southeast 22nd Street


West Mercer Way at Roanoke Way

Freeman Landing

Lincoln Landing

The Gallagher Hill park features 11 acres of trails, including connections from 40th Avenue to East Mercer Way. The hill run is popular with locals for a fast but thorough workout.

Southeast 32nd Street at 60th Avenue Southeast

78th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 42nd Street 97th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 34th Street


Proctor Landing

Southeast 45th Street Off Forest Avenue

and several winding trails.

Aubrey Davis Park

Luther Burbank Park

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

2040 84th Ave. SE The Island’s North-end nature escape, Luther Burbank boasts three miles of trails that meander through a natural habitat preserve, off-leash dog park and along the Lake Washington shoreline.

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

Pioneer Park Southeast 68th Street and Island Crest Way Pioneer Park, with 120 acres of thick woods and deep ravines, is the largest natural space on the Island with dozens of trails and a wide variety of activities for Islanders. Walking trails are popular, frequently used by horse riders and bikers.

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6Arts & Culture



First Friday Art Walk



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

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

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

Youth Theatre Northwest (232-4145, www.youththeatre.org) is a school and theater that emphasizes intellectual, artistic and personal development through drama education, performances and live theater. YTN provides a wide range of classes and programs for children ages 3-18. It is currently operating out of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.


Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) is the new File photo planned home for YTN. It is currently searching for a location on Mercer Island. It will be a focal point for the visual and performing arts, and a resource for local arts programming. MICA hosts a community arts calendar on its website (www.mercerislandarts.org).


2430 76th Ave. SE

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

Clarke and Clarke Art and Artifacts

Artist directory

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Events in local parks


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


The Mercer Island Arts Council (www.mercergov.org/ ArtsCouncil) with the help of other local arts organizations, developed an online directory of Island artists. The directory increases the visibility of local visual and performing artists by providing potential clients with a tool to research the services they provide. Historically, Mercer Island has been home to a large community of talented visual and performing artists and their supporters. The directory is divided into the following categories: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Art Resources and Organizations, Wearable Art, Literary Art and Galleries.

7605 SE 27th St., Suite 105

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

77 Central Apartments

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Music and dance


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

Covenant Shores Lighthouse Gallery 9150 Fortuna Drive

Contact information such as an email address, website links, brief descriptions of works and sample photographs may be included at the artist’s discretion.

Mercer Island City Hall

To see the directory, and if you are interested in being included in it, go to www.mercergov.org/artistdirectory.

Mercer Gallery at the Community and Event Center

9611 SE 36th St.

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

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ISLAND GOVERNMENT CITY OF MERCER ISLAND (206) 275-7600 9611 SE 36th St. www.mercergov. org The city of Mercer Island, comprised of nearly 23,000 residents, was incorporated in 1960.

CITY COUNCIL www.mercergov.org/council The Mercer Island City Council is made up of Island citizens, elected to office by the public. The council works with other local government bodies on regional issues such as transportation and the environment. Seven nonpartisan City Council members are elected to fouryear terms. Elections take place every two years. Council members select a mayor from among themselves to serve a two-year

term. There is no term limit for Council members. The council holds an annual planning session in January and authorizes its biennial budget in the autumn of even-ending years. Council members receive a monthly $200 stipend, while the mayor earns $400. Council meetings usually take place on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meetings are televised on Comcast channel 21.

Julie Underwood, City Manager

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

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

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

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

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MERCER ISLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mercer Island School District: 232-3330 www.mercerislandschools.org Superintendent: Donna Colosky: 230-3300, donna.

colosky@mercerislandschools. org The district has built a national reputation for excellence, is consistently ranked among the best in the state and maintains a graduation rate of over 95 percent. Enrollment continues to grow in both population and diversity as new families move to Mercer Island. Northwood Elementary was opened in 2016 and new classrooms, commons and gymnasium were added at Islander Middle School. This year Island voters strongly approved a renewal of the fouryear Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy, which provides funding for many important programs, including special education, elementary school Spanish language, art, music, PE, a seven-period day at the high school and advanced courses. Mercer Island is a technology leader, with more than 3,000 iPads in use to enhance digital learning. Families are encouraged to be involved and volunteer, and please visit jobs.mercerislandschools.org for a current listing of employment opportunities. For more information about the district and its programs, visit the website at mercerislandschools. org, on Facebook at facebook. com/mercerislandschooldistrict, and on Twitter @mercerislandsd.

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District Board of Directors:

4160 86th Ave. SE, 236-3330 www.mercerislandschools.org President: Tracy Drinkwater tracy.drinkwater@mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2019 Ralph Jorgenson ralph.jorgenson@mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2019 David D’Souza: david.dsouza@ mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2019 Brian Giannini Upton: brian. giannini-upton@mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2021 Deborah Lurie: deborah.lurie@ mercerislandschools.org, current term ends Dec. 2021 The School Board sets district policy and hires and oversees the superintendent. The board meets every other Thursday evening unless otherwise posted. School Board meeting agendas can be found online at the district’s website.

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

Photo courtesy the Mercer Island School District

Lakeridge Elementary’s third, fourth and fifth-grade highly capable learners earlier this year concluded a “Merchants with a Cause” unit, which focuses on entrepreneurship and charitable giving. Each student researched a cause that was important to them and created a product to sell at their fair. ber of service clubs. A multitude of competitive sports are offered every season through the high school. The school offers a special education department with transitional school-to-work opportunities and has English Language Learner (ELL) programs. 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 collegebound, 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 traditional classes. Crest welcomes a full spectrum of students, from high-achievers

to at-risk youth. The school is a block away from MIHS.

Islander Middle School: 8225 SE 72nd St., 236-3413 Principals: Mary Jo Budzius, Aaron Miller Islander Middle School, home of the “Gators,” offers a traditional and differentiated curriculum for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. In addition to its core curriculum, IMS offers a broad range of electives, such as speech, Spanish, science, debate, drama, advanced writing, physical education, choir, art, band, orchestra, and science and technology classes. The school also has special education classes. Many IMS students participate in after-school clubs, intramural and interscholastic sports.

Island Park Elementary School: 5437 Island Crest Way, 236-3410 SEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 24 ISLAND GUIDE 2018 | 23


Principal: David Hoffman Island Park Elementary School, home of the “Eagles,” is located in the middle of the Island, adjacent to Island Crest Park. The school has an English Language Learners (ELL) program and Personalized Learning Program (PLP) for students with special learning needs. Other special programs include a Special Education Resource Room; Counseling, LAP (remedial reading); technology integrated classrooms; music, art, Spanish, library and PE specialists; technology TOSAs; a tuition-based foreign language program; student council; before school choir, band and orchestra programs; and after school clubs including chess and art clubs.

Photo courtesy of Joe Chen

Mercer Island High School Band members march alongside the school to celebrate their selection for the 2019 Rose Parade during a kick-off event in March 2018.

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.

Lakeridge Elementary School: 8215 SE 78th St., 236-3415 Principal: Heidi Jenkins 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. 24 | ISLAND GUIDE 2018

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, 275-5800 Principal: Aimee BatlinerGillette In 2016, Mercer Island opened its fourth elementary school, Northwood, on the North Mercer campus site. Home of the “Owls,” its mission is to provide all students access and opportunity to learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally through meaningful relationships and relevant and engaging learning opportunities, supporting all members of the community and preparing to embrace the challenges of a changing world. Northwood also houses the district’s early childhood special education program.

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

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

Northwest Yeshiva High School: 5017 90th Ave. SE, 232-5272 Founded in 1974, Northwest Yeshiva High School provides a college preparatory education for Jewish students. The school’s mission is to foster integrity, strength of character, respect, service to www.mi-reporter.com

3027 80th Ave. SE, 232-2400 Little Acorn Sprouts: 8236 SE 24th St. Room 4, 232-0940 Bright Horizons: 9555 SE 36th St., 232-2035 Emmanuel Day School: 4400 86th Ave. SE, 232-5663 Patti’s Play Center (at Emmanuel Episcopal Church): 4400 86th Ave. SE, 232-4453 Little Acorn Day School: 8236 SE 24th Street, Room #1 in the Annex, 236-0480. Pebble Preschool @ MIPC: 3605 84th Ave. SE, 232-5595 E.P.I.C. Days @ MIPC: 3605 84th Ave. SE, 232-5595

others, a lifetime love of learning, commitment to the State of Israel, and adherence to the traditional ideals and practices of Torah Judaism. NYHS is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

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

College Nannies and Tutors: 7605 SE 27th St. #101, 6594156 College Nannies and Tutors builds stronger families by providing role models through full-service childcare solutions and customized tutoring for college-bound stu-

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Kids learn and play at Emmanuel Day School. After school program for K-5th Creative Learning Center: 8236 SE 24th St., 232-8900 Mercer Island Learning Lab: 4120 86th Ave. SE, (206) 436-1948 Pixie Hill Preschool: 4025 86th Ave. SE, 236-1380 dents. From the time children are small until they take off for college, families can depend on educated roles models to help, whether it be the assistance of a part- or full-time nanny, a professional babysitter for a night or a qualified tutor to help with calculus.

The Privett Academy: 9311 SE 36th St. #230, 2320059 The Privett Academy is a fully accredited diploma-granting institution for grades 6-12, offering personalized learning with regular progress reports and flexible scheduling. The academy aims to provide a small-school environment as well as a small class size, committed to never exceeding ten students in a class. It’s personalized learning approach is designed to meet the needs of the individual student.

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

Sunnybeam School: 8635 SE 68th, 232-5776 Special Education Preschool Services The MISD offers special education services to preschool children ages 3 to 5. For more, go to www.mercerislandschools.org.

ized education. The curriculum, instruction, and school culture are responsive to the individual needs, interests, and abilities of each student. Founded in 1981, Yellow Wood became a state-approved private school in 1992.

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

Kumon: 2827 80th Ave. SE, 236-1815 The Kumon Method helps children develop confidence in the fundamental building blocks of reading and math in both group and individual tutoring sessions. Mercer Island’s head instructor, Queenie Louie, has been teaching with Kumon for over 23 years. ISLAND GUIDE 2018 | 25

Renowned Dance for PD program comes to MI BY KATIE METZGER kmetzger@mi-reporter.com

For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the effort to initiate movement can be difficult, even “superhuman,” said Islander Marsha Karr. But she has found some relief from the symptoms, along with a supportive community, at Dance for PD classes around the Eastside. The globally renowned program recently came to Mercer Island after a collaboration with the Arts Council and Parks and Recreation department. It’s a new program at the community center, in addition to the regularly scheduled Parkinson’s Exercise Class and Parkinson’s Support Group that are offered. Students in Dance for PD “learn to enhance their aesthetic awareness and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, gait and depression,” according to the class description. The classes are completely free to all participants and their care partners. Each class features two teachers and a live musician, said Mercer Island’s lead instructor, Naomi Glass Schwiethale. “Music can help infuse that natural sense of movement that can be lost or inhibited [in people with Parkinson’s],” Schwiethale said, noting that the scientific research around the health benefits of certain dance movements is “interesting.” The Dance for PD classes are offered by Seattle Theatre Group (STG) for eight-week sessions in Seattle, Lynnwood, Kirkland and Des Moines, and Mercer Island as of Sept. 13. The next session runs on Wednesdays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28. Karr has been attending the classes since they started in Kirkland in 2008. “The music gets you going,” Karr said. “It’s good for the spirit.” 26 | ISLAND GUIDE 2018

People with Parkinson’s in Mercer Island’s Dance for PD class learn a routine called the “jitterbug.” Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. There are some treatments, including medications and deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, but no cure. An artist who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, Karr said that dance helps with memory, coordination and self-expression. Karr had DBS in 2013, and was able to return to painting as well. The classes begin with participants seated in a circle, representing community, said STG’s Dance for PD Program Manager Shawn Roberts. They then stand, if they are able, then move to dancing across the floor. Schwiethale teaches her students many different styles of dance, from ballroom and jazz to modern and barn dancing, and routines such as “The Jitterbug,” which was cut from “The Wizard of Oz.”

“They are real dance classes. They aren’t watered down. But they are modified, and designed for people with Parkinson’s,” Roberts said. The classes are for all abilities, and mobilities, Roberts said. No prior experience is required. Still, the idea of dancing can be initially scary for people with Parkinson’s, Schwiethale said. “It may be intimidating, but we have so much fun,” she said. “We encourage acceptance, so they can feel free to learn and try new things.” Schwiethale grew up on the Island and graduated from Mercer Island High School, then moved to Texas to dance in the Houston Ballet. When she moved back, she wanted to contribute to the community by teaching Dance for PD classes, said Arts Council member and fellow Houston Ballet alum Erin Vivion. The concept for the classes

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started as a nonprofit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and has expanded to more than 100 communities and 13 countries around the world. “We’re lucky to have it on the Island,” Vivion said. Vivion said she was interested in the Dance for PD program because the Arts Council wasn’t sponsoring anything dancerelated at the time. The Arts Council advises the Parks department on all forms of Island public art, such as choosing the bands that play in the Mostly Music in the Park concerts each summer, or selecting the artists and art groups that will show their work at the Community Center gallery. To register for the next Dance for PD class, visit Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation website at www.nwpf.org/participate or call 206-748-9481.

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

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce is the front door to Mercer Island. It publishes a Mercer Island map, and the Mercer Island Community and Business guide. As Mercer Island’s visitor and information center, it provides community and tourism information. The Chamber sponsors Art UnCorked, an evening of art and wine tasting, an annual Halloween Trick or Treating event for children at Mercer Island businesses and the Shop Local campaign. It works collaboratively with the other Island organizations. It is actively involved with the city of Mercer Island, state lawmakers and regional groups that deal with issues that affect the Island. It promotes Mercer Island as a special place to live work and play. One of the oldest Chambers in the region, the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1946. It exists to help Mercer Island businesses thrive and grow. Successful businesses are instrumental in financing the government, civic, educational, cultural and charitable needs of the community they serve. The Chamber plays an important part in making Mercer Island the special place it is.

Mercer Island Directory as a fundraiser to benefit Children’s Hospital since 1943. Established in 1928, it was the first guild on the Eastside. Sales of the directory benefit the hospital’s uncompensated care program. New members are welcome. Meetings: noon, third Friday of each month.

Mercer Island Craft Guild 2832 61st Ave. SE Contact: Rick Tydings • 232-6916 Founded in 1940 by four East Seattle men as a cooperative to provide tools and a shop to use while building their homes, the Mercer Island Craft Guild is for woodworkers. There are about 60 members in the craft guild who share tools. Members also receive a storage locker and key to use the shop at any time. Meetings: one formal meeting each year when members get together, pay dues and discuss guild business.

Mercer Island Girl Scouts www.girlscoutsww.org/blogs/East King County

The Girl Scouts program focuses on developing courage, confidence and character in girls. Girl Scouts of Western Washington offers age-based programs for troops and individuals in grades K-12. Mercer Island units are part of the East King County region.

The Chamber office is home to the Mercer Island Sister City Association and the Chamber Art Gallery, which features local artists.

Mercer Island Historical Society

Meetings: first Thursday of every month, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St. A member-funded nonprofit group of business, the Chamber holds monthly membership luncheons on the first Thursday of every month. The speakers at the luncheons include government and elected officials, motivational speakers and business educators. The luncheons are open to the public with advance reservations.

Mercer Island Children’s Hospital Guild Contact: Joanne Jones • 232-3903 miphonebook@gmail.com

The guild has been publishing the


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Mercer Island Cadette Girl Scout Troop 44297 members serve coffee, clementines and cookies in Pioneer Square on Dec. 25, 2017. 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.

76th Ave. SE.

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

The Mercer Island League of Women Voters is part of the Seattle League of Women Voters. The LWV is nonpartisan and does not support political candidates. Instead, the purpose of LWV is to educate citizens and encourage participation in the electoral process.

Mercer Island Masonic Lodge

Contact: Susan Blake • 232-9442

Meetings: 12 p.m., Tuesdays, Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club. Meetings include lunch, business and a program.


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.


Freemasonry is a fraternal society of men bound together by ties of brotherly affection.

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

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 and Girls Club, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, Social Service Program (adult day care), MI Boy Scout Troop #647, as well as honoring outstanding students and teachers.

Mercer Island Kiwanis Club www.kiwanis.org

The Mercer Island Kiwanis Club is a nonprofit, community service organization of men and women who primarily focus on helping children. The club raises money and puts it

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

Meetings: 6:45 p.m., first and third Tuesdays of the month, Aljoya, 2430

Contact: Dean Quigley • 232-8957

The Mercer Island Lodge provides two $1,000 scholarships to Mercer Island High School seniors, sponsors an awards program for the MIHS juniors, works with the Mercer Island Police Department on the Kids’ ID program, and contributes manpower and financial assistance to the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Emergency Assistance Program. Meetings: first Thursday of the month, except July and August, at the VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. SE.



Mercer Island Preschool Association www.mipreschoolassociation.org

The Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA), established in 1937, is a private nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the lives of children from newborn through kindergarten in Mercer Island and the community at large. The organization holds four major events each year, including a kid-friendly Halloween party, Preschool Fair, Toy Swap and an old-fashioned ‘Circus’ each spring.

Mercer Island Radio Operators www.mirohams.org

The Mercer Island Radio Operators (MIRO) was formed to provide emergency communications for the Mercer Island Public Safety Department in the event of a disaster or communication systems failure. Meetings: 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, North end fire station, 3030 78th Ave. 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

Visual and performing arts Mercer Island offers a wide variety of art and artistic experiences for all audiences. 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 28 | ISLAND GUIDE 2018

and awareness. Rotary supports food banks, career awareness programs, vaccination programs, student awards and scholarships, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, international youth exchanges and the Boys and 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.

Mercer Island Sister City Association Contact: Linda Todd • 232-4570 www.mercerislandsistercity.org

The Mercer Island Sister City Association shares a relationship with Thonon les Bains, France, a city on the south shore of Lake Geneva, and is a member of Sister Cities International. The MISCA hosts French-related events throughout the year, such as French conversation evenings, wine and cheese tastings, raclette dinners and more. The association also hosts an annual “Soiree a Thonon,” an evening of desserts, wines, entertainment and a silent auction to help raise funds for activities. Board meetings: 12:30 p.m., fourth Wednesday of the month, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 SE 27th St., #109.

Mercer Island Women’s Club www.mercerislandwomensclub.com

One of the oldest and largest organizations on the Island, the Mercer Island Women’s Club welcomes women who are current residents of the Island. Founded in 1963 as a Welcome

Mercer Island Library: 4400 88th Ave. SE 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

Wagon, it became the Mercer Island Women’s Club in 1981. Today, from September to May, more than 350 women of all ages enjoy a wide variety of activities, including a monthly luncheon. Primarily a social organization, the group also raises funds for local nonprofit organizations. Annual dues of $25 cover the newsletter and the club directory.

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. The League meets monthly.

Pacific Northwest Audio Society www.audiosociety.org

PNWAS is dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine audio and music since its founding in 1978. Meetings: 7:30 p.m., second Thursday of every month, Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way.

Probus Club of Mercer Island www.probus.org/usmercer.htm

Mercer Island Probus Club members are professional and business retirees. Probus promotes fellowship and intellectual stimulation for club members. There are monthly speakers on various subjects, and day trips are taken throughout the year. Meetings: 10:30 a.m., first Wednesday

of the month, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. SE. The public is welcome to attend.


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

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


Mercer Island VFW Post 5760, in its 60th year, supports and protects the rights of veterans and promotes patriotism. The VFW participates with other posts in supporting patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital. The VFW Hall is available for lease by other organizations. Meetings: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month (except for August and September), VFW Hall, 1836 72nd Ave. SE.

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 www.misbb.org

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


Outdoor I-90 Sculpture Park: Along Sunset Highway between 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE Youth Theatre Northwest: 232-4145, www.youththeatre.org Island Choral Experience: 232-8007, www.islandchoralexperience.com 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

FAITH COMMUNITIES Mercer Island Clergy Association: The Mercer Island Clergy Association holds an annual student-led Baccalaureate service for high school graduation in June and an all-Island interfaith Thanksgiving service in November. Contact Pastor Julie Steel at julie@evergreenchurch.cc. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: 4001 Island Crest Way, 236-2957. Congregation Shevet Achim: 8685 SE 47th St. 275-1539, www.shevetachim.com. Congregational Church of Mercer Island: 4545 Island Crest Way, 232-7800, www.ucc-ccmi.org.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: 4400 86th Ave. SE, 232-1572, www.emmanuelmi.org. First Church of Christ, Scientist: Meets at United Methodist Church P.O. Box 406, Mercer Island, WA 232-0175. Christian Science Reading Room: 7605 76th Ave. SE #106, 232-5850. First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: 3605 84th Ave. SE, (at the MI Presbyterian Church), 232-5595, www.1tpc.org. Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: 3700 East Mercer Way, 232-8555, www.h-nt.org.

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

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The mission bell in the courtyard of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

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

CITY-SPONSORED: Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) programs: MIYFS is your first stop for help finding services, a place to live or other help for a loved one or yourself. For those 55 and over, MIYFS provides outreach for home-based assessments and counseling and support groups for those who have suffered loss or are caretakers for someone with a debilitating condition. For these and to find out about other services, contact geriatric specialist Betsy Zuber at 275-7752 or Betsy.Zuber@mercergov.org. Parks and Recreation senior adult programs: Offering recreation classes and programs, enrichment programs, health/ wellness, day trips, group lunch, sports and others. Meals on Wheels, foot care, dental care and caregiver’s support groups. Transportation is provided to the Community Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for limited activities, and grocery www.mi-reporter.com

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

HOUSING OPTIONS JUST FOR SENIORS: Ellsworth House: (over 50 units) Reduced income housing for those who qualify, 2720 76th Ave. SE, 232-7447. Island House: Retirement community with both independent and assisted living, 24-hour staff, open dining, 7810 SE 30th St., 926-9732. Covenant Shores: Continuum of care including residential retirement, assisted living, memory support, rehabilitative care and skilled nursing on a 12-acre campus by the lake, 9150 Fortuna Dr., 268-3000, www.covenantshores.

A group of Mercer Island seniors enjoys lunch. org. Sunrise Senior Living: Assisted care and memory care, 2959 76th Ave. SE, 232-6565, www.sunriseseniorliving.com. Aljoya: (114 units) For seniors “looking for sophisticated living with a wealth of services and amenities.” Includes a restaurant and assisted care options for persons over age 62, 2430 76th Ave. SE, 230-0150.

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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 275-7752. Mary Wayte water fitness: 8815 SE 40th St., 588-1117, www. mercerislandpool.com. The pool holds classes for seniors and public swims. ISLAND GUIDE 2018 | 29


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

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

“Totem,” 8236 SE 24th St.

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

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

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

“Rising Times” sculpture, Southeast 27th Street

“Bench and Chaise,” lid park

“The Yearling” sculpture, Lid Park

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Mercer Island Schools Foundation

Contact: Penny Yantis • 275-2550 mercerislandschoolsfoundation.com

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

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Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St. •

Veteran’s Memorial “Pergola,” Mercerdale Park

“Gateway Figures” sculpture, 77th Avenue Southeast and Sunset Highway

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

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

“Island Poles,” 7800 Sunset Highway

“Puzzle Play,” Mercerdale Park

“Woman Spirit,” Mercer Island Thrift Shop

“Duet,” Mercerdale Park

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

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

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

“Four Seasons” paintings, Mercer Island Library

“Northwest Storm Warnings,” Mercer Island Library

“Orbits and Pieces,” 8236 SE 24th St.

“Between Two Worlds” rabbit, Mercer Island Library

Mercer Island Sentinel, 611 SE 36th St.

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

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

“Stan” bronze dog sculpture, Luther Burbank

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

“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 Park

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The Cyclemates bronze sculpture was unveiled in August 2017.

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

“The Source” earthwork, Luther Burbank

“Hope” sculpture, lid near picnic shelter

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

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

“Thanks” sculpture, 78th Avenue Southeast and Sunset Highway “Mercy” sculpture, Island Crest Way

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

“Water Moss Bowl,” 2835 60th Ave SE

Island Crest Construction painting, City Hall

“Now We are Wone,” Mercerdale Hillside Trail

I-90 on Mercer Island painting, City Hall

“The Island,” Community and

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

by raising money for the Mercer Island public schools.

Senior Foundation

Community Fund

The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island was founded in 2002 to raise funds to develop and empower community-based programs that enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of Mercer Island seniors.

Contact: 232-8897


The Mercer Island Community Fund, established in 1985, serves as a channel for donations to art and music programs, social services, youth group activities and other all-Island events. Grants are awarded by the 15-member board of directors. Mercer Island nonprofits may apply.

Contact: 232-4597

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

MIYFS provides comprehensive individual, family and community

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




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