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Skill-building program offered

A unique social skill-building program has opened its doors on Mercer Island. Jahna Pahl, MA (drama therapist and social learning specialist), combines direct instruction with uniquely designed, engaging creative arts activities to help children develop their social skills with peers.

Groups are kept small (2-4 students) to ensure a safe, supportive environment where each child’s social understanding and confidence can grow. Jahna uses dramatic play, improvisation and storytelling methods to teach effective interpersonal strategies and increase students’ ability to read and respond to social cues. Art and building activities teach collaboration, cooperation and successful participation in a shared group experience.

The Creative Arts Social Club is located in The Ogden Building, 9311 S.E. 36th Street, Suite 118. For more information or to schedule a no-fee presentation for parents on nurturing and developing socially successful children at your child’s school or other venue, contact Jahna at 415-824-2248 or

New primary care clinic

There is a new primary care clinic on Mercer Island. Dr. Robert Goode started Lake Washington Primary Care, an affordable concierge medical practice, in February of this year.

Dr. Goode wanted to create a space where he could provide top-notch medical care, spend more time with his patients, and give them access to him after hours on his cell phone. His goal is to bring back the personal touch to medicine and to provide comprehensive healthcare one patient at a time. His website is

Island Books gets media buzz

Island Books, a beloved fixture of the Mercer Island community, garnered attention and extra web traffic the week of April 11, for its mention in a New York Times article about the scrappy success of Seattle bookstores  despite the encroachment of Amazon.

“All in all, it was a great piece that brought deserved attention to a number of positive developments in the local book scene,” wrote bookseller James Crossley in the Store Journal.

But Crossley challenges the article’s inference that Amazon may be aiding the small-business climate of Seattle’s book scene: “The reporter correctly identified all the trees, but missed the forest entirely.”

Find the story at online here. You can read Crossley’s response online at the Island Books website.


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