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It’s a wonderful trip | Island chaplain to travel to ‘the real Bedford Falls’

Some stories stick with us. Greg Asimakoupoulos, the chaplain at Covenant Shores…

 

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Sons of Norway Lodge to help the Salvation Army’s Toys ‘n Joy Program

Scandinavian festivities, gingerbread houses and Toys ‘n Joy are coming to Mercer…

  • Dec 7th, 2016

 

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Reporter announces fall poetry contest winners

The Mercer Island Reporter recently launched its first-ever fall poetry contest with…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

 

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Youth Theatre Northwest presents “Treasure Island” in November

“Treasure Island” performs Nov. 4-20 at the Parish Hall Theatre.

  • Nov 8th, 2016
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The band DoctorfunK will perform during a fundraising event for Mercer Island School District band programs Nov. 5.

A night of funk to support Mercer Island band programs Nov. 5

Don’t miss this unique evening to support Mercer Island School District band programs

  • Nov 1st, 2016
The band DoctorfunK will perform during a fundraising event for Mercer Island School District band programs Nov. 5.
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A night of funk to support Mercer Island band programs Nov. 5

Don’t miss this unique evening to support Mercer Island School District band…

  • Nov 1st, 2016
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Comedian Judy Gold will perform at the SJCC on Sept. 17. Contributed photo.

Catch comedy ‘gold’ at Mercer Island’s SJCC on Sept. 17

Emmy-winning comedy star Judy Gold brings her edgy wit and sharp observational commentary to Mercer Island for an exclusive, one-night-only stand-up appearance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC). ​

  • Sep 6th, 2016
Comedian Judy Gold will perform at the SJCC on Sept. 17. Contributed photo.
Taste Washington is April 2-3.

An award-winning rose’ and Taste Washington | Uncorked

Before embarking on the Taste of Washington, Dee Hitch weighs in on the Barnard-Griffin 2015 rose’ of sangiovese.

Taste Washington is April 2-3.

The crop of rose’ wines gets better each year

Many of our small Washington wineries make exceedingly fine roses’ but can be hard to find.

A good night’s sleep can be elusive as we age

Sleep changes can become problematic if they lead to persistent sleep disorders with potentially serious health effects.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr” captivates YTN audiences

YTN production features dozens of Islanders - some with fins and tails

  • Feb 3rd, 2014

It’s simple, just keep moving to stay healthier

The healthier and more physically fit you are, the better your chances will be to live a long and active life.

About Twitter and ‘animal spirits’ | Finance

It seems like our little “correction” appears to be over. The stock market indexes are all at or near all-time highs. Investors continue to remain comfortable with the “goldilocks” environment (not too hot, not too cold) for stocks.

  • Sep 24th, 2013

Seattle’s ACT Theatre announces 2013-2014 season

A Contemporary Theatre has officially announced the 2014 main stage season, which will feature both classic and new productions.

Megan Coppersmith Szerwo offers diaper cakes and cupcakes at Little Britches Bakery

Little Britches Bakery offers ‘cakes’ and more for babies

Little Britches Bakery started with a wave of babies. Many of Megan Coppersmith Szerwo’s friends were having kids, and when she saw a two-tiered diaper cake in a Seattle boutique, she had all the inspiration that she needed.

Megan Coppersmith Szerwo offers diaper cakes and cupcakes at Little Britches Bakery
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Dip in with Oh Chocolate’s new class on Mercer Island

Chocolate lovers unite. Islanders can now dip into their favorite chocolate, thanks to the new class offered at Oh Chocolate!

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Mercer Island actresses to perform in ‘Rent the Musical’

Islanders Rebecca Marowitz and Sydney Thieme are featured in the CORE Theatrics summer production of “Rent the Musical.”

'Intentional' takes place in part on Mercer Island

Novel ‘Intentional’ features Mercer Island

A new book written by Mercer Island author MK Harkins takes place in part on the Island.

'Intentional' takes place in part on Mercer Island

‘Act your age’ when working out | Timi Gustafson

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit China and spend some time in Beijing. One of my favorite morning activities was to go to a public park close to my hotel. Initially, I just went for walks on my own, but soon I was invited by a small group of local seniors to join in their tai chi exercise.

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Mercer Island High School grad hopes to honor mother’s memory

David Mjelde heads to college with a desire to work in his mother’s memory for colon cancer awareness.

  • Jun 11th, 2013
The Mjelde family poses for a photo in 2002
Librarian Margaret Martin will retire this summer.

Miss Margaret’s bon voyage

Longtime Mercer Island children’s librarian, known to many patrons as Miss Margaret, will be saying goodbye to the Mercer Island community at the end of June to take a new position as a school librarian for Hope International School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Librarian Margaret Martin will retire this summer.

Mercer Island to be featured on Friday, May 10 edition of Evening Magazine

Mercer Island will be featured on this Friday's edition of Evening Magazine.

David Rosenzweig's sculpture Gemini was featured on the May 7 episode of NBC's Grimm.

Mercer Island artist’s sculpture to be featured on NBC’s Grimm

Fans of the NBC show Grimm know to expect the unexpected. The same is true for a Mercer Island artist whose sculpture will be featured on the May 7 episode of the show.

David Rosenzweig's sculpture Gemini was featured on the May 7 episode of NBC's Grimm.

Seniors, see ‘42nd Street’ for free | This Week

Youth Theatre Northwest is offering free admission to seniors for its production of the Broadway musical, “42nd Street.”

  • May 1st, 2013

College ‘Common Application’ making changes for the better

Changes to be rolled out on Aug. 1 will affect current juniors.

Stanley Ann Dunham as seen in a yearbook photo.

President Obama’s sister to visit Mercer Island to attend Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship award ceremony

Mercer Island High School student, Hannah Winkelman, interviewed Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s half-sister, about her mother and about her upcoming visit to Mercer Island for the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Awards Ceremony on April 20.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013
Stanley Ann Dunham as seen in a yearbook photo.
Islander Middle School students show their We Day spirit in front of Key Arena on Wednesday

Mercer Island students celebrate the value of service at ‘We Day’

Most kids are taught that the reward for volunteering is the knowledge and pride in doing a good thing. Sometimes, though, there is a reward for doing those good things. On Wednesday, March 27, 15,000 students from across Washington descended on Key Arena for such a reward. The first ever We Day in the United States was held on Wednesday, featuring acts such as Jennifer Hudson, Nelly Furtado, Martin Sheen, Martin Luther King III and a surprise performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Islander Middle School students show their We Day spirit in front of Key Arena on Wednesday
Islanders Juliette Levy

‘Little Women’ at Youth Theatre Northwest

Islanders Juliette Levy, Sydney Thieme and Kaya McRuer, perform a scene in Youth Theatre Northwest’s production of 'Little Women.'

  • Mar 19th, 2013
Islanders Juliette Levy

‘Nonviolent’ demonstrations and a sixth broken camera

I had been in Seattle and the U.S. only a few days when I heard that Palestinian Iyad Burnat, brother of the filmmaker of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary, “5 Broken Cameras,” would be speaking about the “nonviolent” nature of Palestinian demonstrations. I knew I had to attend the event.

Stacy Alishio measures out ingredients for a drink at Franky & Dom’s Cafe.

Meet Franky & Dom’s Cafe, the new coffee bistro in town

There’s a new kid in town, and we should all flock to meet them. Franky & Dom’s is the new coffee bistro that has just opened. It is located right at the base of S.E. 24th Street.

Stacy Alishio measures out ingredients for a drink at Franky & Dom’s Cafe.

Food trends to keep – small, simple, fresh and healthy

Much has been reported on changing food and nutrition trends in recent years, and 2012 was no exception. Analysts agree: Americans want to eat more healthily.

Smoothies are a great way to eat right and feel full.

Loving, and taking care of the skin you’re in

“Love the skin you’re in,” said Lisi Wolfe, local photographer. With New Year’s under our belt and our resolutions in full swing, most of us will break our resolution within the first week.

Smoothies are a great way to eat right and feel full.
Islander Iantha Sidell and her daughter

Mercer Island pair embraces ‘Tikum Olam’

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s annual Connections Brunch, set for Jan. 27, represents the largest gathering of Jewish women in the entire Northwest each year.

Islander Iantha Sidell and her daughter

The Lord’s Day vs. game day

While church attendance in North America has been in decline for the past few decades, it would be ill-advised to suggest that worship is no longer a part of our culture. In light of the devotion that marks professional football fans this time of year, it would be safe to suggest our inbred worship instincts have simply been redirected.

  • Jan 14th, 2013
Mercer Island artists Fab Rideti

Mercer Island artists celebrate new Bellevue art gallery

Three members of the Mercer Island art community showcased their work with other local artists on Friday, Jan. 11 during a special opening of the Ryan James Gallery in Bellevue.

Mercer Island artists Fab Rideti
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Local comedy returns with ‘The 206’

Kent, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Ellensburg, Enumclaw be warned — “The 206” is coming for you.

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“Finding God in It’s a Wonderful Life” is a newly published book by Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos.

Finding God in “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Christmas came early for me this year. In April I was contacted by a publisher asking if I’d be interested in writing a book about a classic Christmas movie.

  • Dec 19th, 2012
“Finding God in It’s a Wonderful Life” is a newly published book by Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos.
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‘Upright’ Islander writes, stars in one-woman show

'Murder Abbey,' a solo costume drama parody written and performed by Upright Citizens Brigade member, Kate Hess, is being performed in Los Angeles.

  • Dec 12th, 2012
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How the ‘Inch’ stole reading

A cautionary holiday tale for Islander children with apologies to Dr. Seuss.

These latke servers are for sale at the Herzl-Ner Tamid Judaica Shop.

Chanukah – fry, fry again

Chanukah may not be the most sacred of the Jewish Holidays, but it is one of the more festive holidays. Chanukah is celebrated by Jews all over the world.

These latke servers are for sale at the Herzl-Ner Tamid Judaica Shop.