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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

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.

‘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

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Local comedy returns with ‘The 206’

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

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

‘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

How the ‘Inch’ stole reading

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

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.

Right place at the right time for pioneering family’s wine

I was in the right place at the right time. When Dr. Carrie York, our family’s dentist, couldn’t use her reservations for a wine event at the University Women’s Club, I happily filled in for her.

Youth Theatre Northwest’s Haunted Forest is open

The theme of Youth Theatre Northwest’s annual Mercer Island Haunted Forest, which began last week, is 'Senseless.'

  • Oct 16th, 2012

Money, lots of it, shapes Chinese ‘expat’ schools

Mercer Island family looks back at experience in Beijing ‘expat’ schools.

  • Aug 21st, 2012

Sharing knowledge, passion this Father’s Day

Sitting in the Delta Lounge in the Atlanta airport with my mother and father, we were enjoying each other’s company for the last few moments before we departed to different corners of America.

Mercer Island Jazzers coming out to play

The Mercer Island Jazz Program will present a Summer Jazz Jam at the South End Starbucks Sunday, June 10 from 2-4 p.m.