As you may know, we here on Mercer Island celebrate summer with fireworks a week late. I think that lets us get a great deal on them, and as a taxpayer I love that idea. Along with the fireworks are the rest of the Summer Celebration.
What else can I do at the Summer Celebration, you ask?
- Fireworks Celebration
- Grand Parade
- Arts & Craft Vendors
- Food Vendors
- Classic Car Show
- Children’s Fun Zone
- Non-Profit/Community Groups
- Business Sponsors
- Live Entertainment/Music
- Boat Rides on Lake Washington
- Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
What you can’t do is go to the Farmers’ Market, which is closed this week due to many activities in the above list being right in their normal space:
Setup last night
While your friendly neighborhood blogger took a little break the world kept going. Here are some happenings from the past two weeks:
Snowmaggeddon 2010 happened.
swpars on Flickr shows what I-90 looked like. Hope you weren’t driving!
- Farmers Insurance laid off 10% of staff (MI Reporter).
- TechFlash wrote about Gruberg, an iPhone app for restaurant recommendations by two MI High School seniors.
The MI Firefighters had a food drive.
Mercer Island Reporter on Flickr.
- The $28 million mansion for sale made it to Curbed’s House of the Day.
- Tolling was proposed for the 520 bridge. Raucous debate ensued.
- East Link Light Rail Bellevue continues to generate controversy.
- MI Youth and Family Services is looking for people to sponsor needy families and children for the holidays. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
- The Seattle Times reviews a new book on Mercer Island artist Maria Frank Adams. Good holiday gift. Here’s an old story on her work and life.
cookinghamus photographed The Source earth sculpture at Luther Burbank.
He used a camera on a kite!
Plus we’ve got this major budget thing at the City Council. I’ll get to that this week, I promise.
Remember that story on homelessness on Mercer Island? The Mercer Island food bank, which helps out families who’ve hit some trouble, needs donations.
“Our food pantry is lower than we’ve ever seen it – last week double the amount of families used the food pantry.
August is one of our slow months for food drives and deliveries. Use rates have gone up 150% over the past two years and sometimes it is hard to keep up. Thank you for any help you can give,” said Cindy Goodwin, Director, Mercer Island Food Bank.
Escape from the Rock closes roads Sunday
Look out for road closures and fit people in short shorts and swim caps this Sunday. The Escape from the Rock triathlon will be happening and with it, a lot of road closures on North Island from 8 am to 10:30 am.
Melissa McMurray reports that “7800 Plaza is now 40 % SOLD!” 7800 has some nice new retail space coming in too. Six Walls moved in and Mo’s Pizza is getting ready there too.
No parking, poor shuttle service
Seattle Transit Blog writes about our transport woes. Yes, parking and riding is still in short supply at the Mercer Island Park and Ride.
New Preschool Opens
Kelli Palsha of The Andover School writes:
We are a half day, year round preschool program running from 9am-12:15pm. We accept children ages 2-pre-K in an “all-inclusive” classroom which helps teach empathy and role modeling with the mixed ages. We are all Organic with full preschool lesson plans including biweekly teaching themes and monthly dramatic play themes. Children do not need to be potty trained to attend and we will help them with that when they are ready. We are very small (on purpose) and at the most we will accept 12 children with our two teachers. We currently have a few morning spots still available. Children are able to attend 1-5 days a week as we know families are very busy these days!
Pioneer Park Expansion?
Council member Mike Cero writes in his latest newsletter:
North Star Property (Jul 19)- The North Star Council expressed interest in selling 3.5 acres next to Engstrom Open Space which is next to Pioneer Park. This acquisition would expand the contiguous footprint of Pioneer Park. I was glad to vote to have our City Manager apply for a matching grant and another matching grant to match the first matching grant. If the North Star property acquisition isn’t going to further strain our budget, then I am willing to accept the additional maintenance expense and property tax exclusion for the benefits of additional open space. So as not to build expectations, I suspect that we will only get one grant and I am not one to necessarily accept grants simply because they leverage our money. We have to recognize that leveraging grant money is normally unbudgeted and takes away from other necessary programs.
Today’s Sunday and Mostly Music in the Park will be at it again from 7 pm to 8:30. Tonight’s show is Cornucopia Concert Band, Music of Ragtime Era. We were there on Thursday for Show Brazil.
It’s a great summer event: hanging out with a picnic in the evening listening to music.
See the City’s page for the full schedule.
It’s been a while since we visited the Mercer Island Bulletin Board. Youth Theater Northwest’s in the middle of a new show…
MIVAL has a new show every 3rd Thursday with an open house from 5 to 7 pm, and a Junior Art Show on July 10-11.
MIHS Tailgate June 12:
Island Children’s Choir is auditioning last Thursday and this Thursday:
In further age-oriented news, a tea to honor seniors on May 22:
And finally, Mercer Island Parent Ed has a couple of events coming up. From their Facebook page:
Raising Kids & Changing Today’s Drinking Culture – by Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Discussion & forum on MI’s long term plan to prevent underage drinking & drug use. May 4th 7-9 pm, MI High School Commons.
New Psychology of Success: Carol Dweck Speaks. Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:00pm. MIHS (Tickets $10 at Island Books – buy early!)
Finally, “An event for yourself and your girlfriends! Mercer Wellness is hosting a Ladies Night of Indulgence on Thursday, May 13th from 5 to 9 p.m.” Benefiting YFS Food Pantry. More details.
The sign you can’t read very well advertises a big garage sale this weekend at ICW and 54th to benefit Haiti:
There’s also apparently a big ski sale today and tomorrow but you have to guess where. If anyone knows, leave a comment.
And, Bye Bye Birdie’s at Youth Theater Northwest.
The weather will be great this weekend– enjoy!
Mercer Island High Women’s Basketball
The MIHS women’s team are the King County Champs. More in the Reporter.
Photo from 1998, jlilly on Flickr.
Yeshiva High Women’s Basketball
And congrats to the “613’s” of Yeshiva High School, who sent the first Jewish team to the state tournament. They forfeited thier last game, which was due to be played on a fast day, rather than risk playing without water. Gotta admire the dedication.
Mercer Island Mens’ Swimming
The MIHS Mens’ Swin team took its fifth straight state title. Dynasty-tastic!
Says the Seattle Times: Behind a sweep of all three relays, Mercer Island more than doubled the next closest Class 3A team’s score Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in another dominant display at the state meet.
Mercer Island Author Signing at Island Books
“Not all crazies live in condos, but ALL condos have crazies.” Mercer Island doesn’t have as many condos as the cities, but I bet we have our proportion of crazies. Diane Kinman, author of Condo Divas, Mercer Island resident, and owner of 6 condos over 20 years, will be at Island Books on March 7th at 3 p.m. for a signing.
Recycling Center to Close
The Recycling Center near Mercerdale will close on Feb. 28, or this Sunday. Apparently there’s no decision yet on what to do with the site.