Islander’s Terra Bella shop full of European charm

Speaking of the uniqueness of her shop, Nancy’s son, Mitchell, inspired me this month to write about his love for the kitchen. Mitchell, only 13 years of age, just had his Bar Mitzvah. He is an avid sports fan, Boy Scout and chef. For his Bar Mitzvah service, he made his own six-braided challah from scratch.

‘Garagistes’ vintners make the grade

Continuing with my series on six former Mercer Islanders who are now winemaker/winery owners, I introduce Leslie Balsley. She moved onto the Island in sixth grade and attended Mercer View Elementary and North Mercer Junior High, and graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1976.

‘Art Behind Barbed Wire’ at Nikkei Museum

A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese-American arts and crafts created in World War II internment camps is being featured at the Northwest Nikkei Museum, at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, in Seattle’s International District.

  • Mar 21st, 2012

YTN is offering a free show of ‘Urinetown’

Youth Theatre Northwest will be offering a free show of the newest production, “Urinetown,” on Thursday, March 22. The show starts at 10 a.m.

  • Mar 21st, 2012

Mercer Island designer debuts on NBC reality show ‘Fashion Star’

Islander Lisa Vian Hunter appeared in the NBC reality show, “Fashion Star,” this spring. Show producers chose Vian Hunter to be one of the 14 designers competing to become America’s next big fashion star.

Islander graduate is ‘almost an Idol’

Out of about 80,000 people who wanted to be the next American Idol, 2011 Mercer Island High School graduate Danny Lacker, made it to the Hollywood round in the 11th season of the popular singing competition.

The hallmark of Valentine’s Day

What Valentine's Day represents (like Thanksgiving or Christmas) is applicable every day of the year. Do you know where the tradition of giving and receiving valentines comes from? It can be traced back to a Catholic priest who was martyred in the third century and later granted sainthood.

  • Feb 14th, 2012

The right time to start a student’s college search | On College

Answer: I used to think that families should wait until winter or spring break of junior year, once they have a better idea of their student’s grade point average, scores and accomplishments. My opinion, however, changed dramatically after I returned from a college tour with my own daughter, a freshman in high school, who begrudgingly accompanied me to visit East Coast schools in Boston and New York as part of my consulting practice.

Mercer Island High School drama department presents ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

You think your family is crazy? Come meet the eccentric, artistic, creative and zany Sycamore family in the Mercer Island High School Drama department's winter play, "You Can't Take It With You," by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.

Mercer Island author inspires others with ‘Character Triangle’

Lorne Rubis defines highly successful people as those who work with character, in turn inspiring other people. This applies not only to one’s work, but to their personal life.

Celebrating ‘Crestgiving’

“Stone Soup” is a popular fable about a village that claimed it had no food. One day a woman decided to take a caldron, fill it with water, put it over a hot burning fire and plop it in a stone.

‘Spirit of Sound Singers’ looking for new members

If you’re a woman and love to sing, and are thinking about joining a local chorus, the Spirit of Sound Singers might just be for you.

Dave Anderson, ‘grill master’

It seems like Dave Anderson has been hooked on grilling for a long time. Before he and his wife, Kathy, were married, she bought him a barbecuing cookbook because he already had three Webers. That really got him started.

What’s your number?

Recent market turbulence has raised the anxiety level among many people either thinking about or approaching retirement. With the daily market gyrations, it is no wonder many folks have grown increasingly concerned they will not have enough money to retire.

  • Oct 5th, 2011

Sukkot, the ‘holiday of the booths’

The High Holiday season has begun for the Jewish people. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, was observed and celebrated on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30. Yom Kippur, the holiday of Atonement, was observed on Saturday, Oct. 8. However, a lesser-known, yet equally important holiday will begin on Thursday, Oct. 13: Sukkot, the holiday of booths.

  • Oct 4th, 2011

MIHS classes of ’61, ’81 look back, laugh and remember

The class of 1961 came together over the weekend of Sept. 9-11 with the class of ’81 right on their heels last weekend.

Mercer Islanders ’go to the sun’ and beyond in epic Harley ride

Spectacular scenery, the wind in their faces and time to get lost in their own thoughts, were just a few of the benefits three members of the “Mercer Island Retired Ones” (MIRO) motorcycle group gained on a seven-day ride earlier this month.

Chef embraces ‘slow food’ philosophy

When Brian Bligh graduated from Boston College with a degree in finance in 2003, something didn’t feel right.

MIVAL 50th Anniversary celebration Thursday

The Mercer Island Visual Arts League will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

  • Jul 20th, 2011

It’s July on Mercer Island with blueberry crisp | On Food

It’s July on Mercer Island, and am I ever going to get to wear a swimsuit without a fleece cover up? Most of us who are not from the Pacific Northwest do not understand that summer does not start here until after Summer Celebration weekend.