The construction on North Island is finally finishing up, opening up some new retail space.
Which begs the question: what should go in there? My top ideas are
- An independent bakery and coffee shop
- A Trader Joe’s, though I suspect Mercer Island is too small for it
- A killer dessert place. Could be a new ice cream place now that Maggie Moo’s is gone, or cupcakes, or just desserts.
- A great Indian place.
What we have so far is a new bank:
Useful but not high on the exciting-meter.
Leave a comment– what stores do you want to see in North Island?
Bonus Link: MIHS Can Write
Mercer Island resident Hannah Wood has just been selected as one of two new Youth Writers-in-Residence at Seattle’s Hugo House. If you’re not familiar with it, Hugo House is a well-respected center supporting writing and the literary arts. It’s a big honor to be named a writer-in-residence. Congratulations Hannah!
Congratulations to Jean Laschever, who just won a Fulbright grant. She’s graduating from Pacific University in Oregon this year and plans to go to India to study HIV and AIDS.
Photo: Pacific Grove News-Times.
Jean spent four years at MIHS and didn’t waste much time. She won twelve varsity letters which only four students have done since 2000, according to the MI Reporter. That means she has to play a varsity sport every season for each of her four years. One of those sports was wrestling, and back in ’04 the Seattle Times wrote that Jean won a critical match to help MI beat Liberty and go on to the conference championship.
She obviously distinguished herself academically as well at Pacific to win the Fullbright. Good luck in India Jean and congratulations!
Due to the construction at Island Crest Way and 40th, the Bulletin Board was taking a break. But the weather’s nice and the signs are out.
First, the Mercer Island Country Club is recruiting new members. The Reporter writes that three private country clubs on the Island are recruiting, when they usually have waiting lists. The MICC is a bargain at a $3,500 initiation fee versus $6,200 at the Beach Club and $4,800 at the Mercerwood Shore Club.
Moving to events, there’s a garage sale this Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club:
And on its website, the City announced the Third Thursday Art Walk on May 21st. The Art Walks will go throughout the summer:
“From May into October downtown merchants and the Mercer Island Arts Council will stage an art walk every third Thursday, from 5 – 8pm in downtown Mercer Island. Join us for art, music, snacks, surprises and general fun as you walk from business to business–rain or shine.”
MIHS is showing Big Love, a play that is “a unique, thought provoking, and exciting evening of theatre.” There’s still one weekend left:
And Spring is youth sports season:
That was today. Sorry, a little late on the post.
Last year the first Seattle Brian Cancer walk was held here on Mercer Island. It’s happening again at the MIHS track on May 30th.
I had the chance to talk with Jim Seeks, a Mercer Island resident who walked last year along with 40-some other people. Jim walked to honor his friend Randy Peterson, also of Mercer Island. Randy’s no longer with us; his wife still lives on the Island. It was Randy’s doctor at Swedish hospital who set up the first walk. Jim now leads Team Randy, a team of Randy Peterson’s friends and associates.
Here’s some of Team Randy making its way around the track, from the gallery on the website:
Another from the gallery: crazy Cranium sent a team, complete with headgear.
The photos show people enjoying themselves, but looking through them it’s obvious that brain cancer has touched the lives of all of them, directly or through family and friends, in a very profound way. This walk is a way to show love and support and fight back.
And it’s a casual affair: you can go as fast or as slow as you want. As Jim said, “There are very few rules and regulations.” That’s my kind of event.
Details: The walk begins at 9:30 am and awards and festivities are at 11:30. In between, you walk or run as many times around the track as you can. More on thier website.
We had a windy Monday morning- at 4 am we woke to the trees swaying. One tree at Island Crest Way and 40th didn’t make it. This morning you could see what was left:
I always wonder about the trees in a windstorm, especially since more get cut down all the time and they need each other for support. Neighbors tell us that the people we bought our house from cut down three tall, old fir trees. We’ve been thinking about planting a couple of young ones to give the grove around us some strength in years to come.
Speaking of the Mercer Island Bulletin Board…
I took advantage of my stop to take some photos of the notices. Takeaway: there’s plenty to do if you’re a kid or a parent.
It’s the Mercer Island Bulletin Board, that virtual place for events and notices. Got one? Email mercerislandblogger @ yahoo.com.
The Most Important Meal & The Most Important Cause
Ken Glass tipped us off to the annuals schools breakfast. In his words:
It’s a great, fun community event designed to raise money (especially important this year as the schools face budget cuts from Olympia and aren’t allowed to ask taxpayers if they wish to pay more for schools).
First and foremost are finding sponsors, angels (donors whose donations get matched) and table captains.
Put it on the calendar and sponsor if you can. And if you eat too many pancakes for the kids, also coming up in March:
Mercer Island Half Marathon
There’s also a 10k and 5k run. I ran this last year and it was a lot of fun.
Speaking of Schools, Go MIHS!
The MIHS swimmers broke a state record in the 400 relay and the womens’ basketball team won the King County title. Nice!
Photo credit: Issaquah Press.
King 5 reported on a computer cam at a Mercer Island law firm that caught a burglar in the act. The computer not only has a camera, the camera has a motion detector. Both of which are apparently now standard on computers. I must be working on computers for non-lawyers.
The video is at King 5’s site, though you may have to watch an Appelbee’s commercial first. This is what I don’t get about Applebee’s: their national slogan is that they’re your neighborhood place. Hmmm. Anyway, there’s no Applebee’s on the Island. There’s one in Factoria.
Bonus Video: MIHS Trumpet Quartet Rocks