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!
After a holiday lull things are getting going again on the Island. Tonight at MIHS:
Also at MIHS, Evita:
The Boys and Girls Club is starting Little League:
and in more kid news, it’s Yes Schools Yes time. Vote yes.
Finally, Earthcorps is at it again. Jan 30 in Pioneer Park:
There’s a lot coming up re: helping on Mercer Island. And on the subject, consider donating to MercyCorps or the Red Cross to help with relief in Haiti.
Doing Good with Breakfast
The Giving from the Heart Breakfast on February 10, 2010, 7 to 8:30 at the Community Center at Mercer View. It’s a fund raiser for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation. They say the get about 300 people per year and while it’s free to attend, take your checkbook. Email email@example.com.
Doing Good with Food Generally
The Mercer Island Food Pantry in Luther Burbank Park needs boxed cereals, canned fruit, tuna and chili. You can stop by and donate during regular business hours, or call Cheryl Manriquez at 206-275-7869 to schedule drop offs or independent food drives.
New Environmental Conference
IslandVision, Emmanuel Episcopal Church and other organizations are hosting an environment conference all day on Saturday, January 30th. There’s a keynote speaker, workshops on Earth stewardship, and what IslandVision promises will be an “outstanding lunch.” Check it out and register.
This again from IslandVision, who’s hosting a”Winter Twig Identification Walk in Pioneer Park” on January 16th from 10 a.m. to noon. From IslandVision:
How can you tell apart deciduous trees and shrubs when they don’t have any leaves? Join Rita Moore, an active Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) board member and Native Plant Steward, in exploring Mercer Island’s 113-acre Pioneer Park. Learn to identify plants in winter by looking at buds, bark, twig arrangement, and remnant fruits. Take home a 51-page guide to winter plant identification. Cost is $15 for WNPS members, $20 for nonmembers. Please sign up by calling 206-527-3210 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Park Rocks.
And thanks to Joy Johnston for keeping the City of Mercer Island calendar and adding me to her distribution list.
Christmas gets an early start this year, with four events this week:
Argosy Christmas Ship
Tonight at Luther Burbank Park, the Argosy Christmas ship comes at 7:50. There’ll be treats, carols and a big lighted ship. More info.
Holiday Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch Tomorrow
The annual tree lighting is Friday at 7 at Mercerdale Park. It was a good time last year. You get to hang out at the firehouse after if you go. More info.
Craft Workshop on Saturday
Just like the sign above says.
Girls’ Night Out Tonight
Many of the merchants in North Island are having shoping specials tonight– look for the Girls Night Out signs.
Fall’s here, and so is election season, according to the Mercer Island Bulletin Board at Island Crest Way and 40th:
If the signs on the road aren’t providing enough color, check out the blog’s election coverage or the debate coming up this Wednesday:
And finally, in non-election related news, the city is offering a free bike-commuting class for the winter months:
“Winterize Your Bike Commute” brought to you by Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Cascade Bicycle Club.
- Date: October 14th
- Time: 6:30-8:30pm
- Location: Community Center at Mercer View
- Cost: Free to public, pre-registration required
- More info:
UPDATE: News from the city
- Fall Recycling Collection Event: 10/24. Recycle motor oil, old tires, dead batteries and other yucky things. More info.
- Tent City Community Meeting: 10/22. Discuss “lessons learned” from Tent City. More info.
Folks, there is a lot going on around here. Get your calenders out, Mercer Island. It’s time to “summer.”
Unusual Garage Sales
Notice Earthcorps lurking to the left, plotting good works for the summer.
This first garage sale is out of the ordinary because it’s the whole Island. Theoretically, at least. It’s at the MICC the Saturday.
And this garage sale is not ordinary because it’s cryptic message seems to be targeted to reach some character in The DaVinci Code. I can only guess that this sign does advertise a garage sale, perhaps at 4123 94th Ave, but you’ll have to break the code to figure out when.
Get Your Fish On
Affordable Seattle writes of a fishing workshop on Mercer Island from 1 to 3 pm on June 20. Crosscut noted last week that Lake Washington around Mercer Island is actually underfished, so get out there and catch some.
Into the Woods
At Youth Theater Northwest, til Saturday.
More Delicious Things
CultureMob alerts us to a Cheese Tasting at Bennett’s on June 24th. It’s a Cheese 101 highlighting Beecher’s cheeses, which Bennett’s uses to great effect in several dishes including their killer tomato soup. $50 (the class, not the soup) at 6:30 pm.
And in only-tangentially-related food news, a fun note: Starbucks’ new CIO worked a day at the Mercer Island ‘Bucks in November (North Island). Anyone notice or recognize him?
And finally, it’s June: the month where the Mercer Island Farmers Market finally re-opens. For those of you who have been jealously gazing at various farmers’ markets from Capitol Hill to Bellevue, like I have, our late bloomer will be here next weekend.