Community Briefs | Art Uncorked coming to Town Center

Plan ahead for Art Uncorked

A new Wine and Art event will debut on the Island next month. Art Uncorked is sponsored by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and the Mercer Island Visual Arts League.

It will be an evening of wine tasting, art, music and food in the heart of downtown Mercer Island. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12, in the Town Center at 78th Avenue S.E. and the Sunset Highway.

Ten Washington state wineries will be pouring their wines under tents along 78th Street, while juried artists will be showing and selling their paintings, sculptures and more in booths along Sunset Highway. Wines poured will be available for purchase at a 10 percent discount.

Several food trucks will provide delicious choices for everything from snacks to full meals, and live music will contribute to the festive mood.

The event is presented by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and the Mercer Island Visual Arts League. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the scholarship programs of both groups.

Admission is free. Tickets for the wine tasting are $25 in advance; $30 after Sept. 5. For tickets, go to EventBrite: mercerislandartuncorked.eventbrite.com or go to info@mercerislandchamberofcommerce.org.

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 232-3404.

Help needy kids with shoes

Clean out closets, feel good and maybe win loads of free yogurt for you and your friends at the same time. Sweet!

Windermere Real Estate of Mercer Island is sponsoring a contest in conjunction with its ‘Kicks for Kids’ back-to-school sneaker drive through  Aug. 15.

Because every kid should start the school year with the confidence a new pair of ‘kicks’ provides, Windermere Real Estate of Mercer Island is holding the back-to-school sneaker drive for low-income youth. The shoes will be distributed through the King County Boys and Girls Club and Mary’s Place.

Windermere will enter the name of  every child or teen under the age of 18 who donates a new pair of sneakers, into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. A prize will be awarded on August 18.

For information, contact Lisa Lewis at 232-0446 or lisalewis@windermere.com.

Island kids raise funds for summer camp

Islanders have raised about $2,000 toward their $6,000 goal for the Tzedakah Project, sponsored by the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC). The Tzedakah Project seeks to teach kids the importance of giving tzedakah and supporting your community at any age, while raising funds to support scholarships for families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to send their kids to SJCC Summer Camp.

“We want kids to learn to do for others and to realize that there are people that don’t have all the opportunities that they have,” says Gail Pollack, SJCC Development Director.

More than 800 families are registered for SJCC’ summer camp this year. Five years ago roughly 400 kids participated.

The Tzedakah Project runs through August 15.

To learn more about the Tzedakah Project, visit: sjcc.org/donate-to-the-j/tzedakah-project/.


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