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A library staffer setting up a “Curbside to Go” sign. Photo courtesy KCLS

KCLS’ Mercer Island branch offers ‘Curbside to Go’ services

Local branch among 17 in the area to reinstate returns, introduce new pick-up option.

 

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MISD announces new virtual kindergarten read-aloud series

Sessions will be held over Zoom on a weekly basis starting July 14.

 

Island Books patrons peruse the store in 2018. Photo courtesy Nancy Shawn

Island Books continues online-event offerings this month

A look at what the Mercer Island bookstore has planned for July.

 

Washington State Fair cancelled

COVID-19 outbreak claims another event

  • Jul 8, 2020
Sadie Davis-Suskind was a contestant on “MasterChef Junior” and is now a food columnist at the Seattle Times. Courtesy SJCC

‘MasterChef Junior’ contestant, Seattle Times columnist to give talk, cooking demonstration

The program, hosted over Zoom, is being put on by the SJCC.

Sadie Davis-Suskind was a contestant on “MasterChef Junior” and is now a food columnist at the Seattle Times. Courtesy SJCC
Rev. Elizabeth Riley, the rector at Mercer Island’s Emmanuel Church, preaching from her church’s sanctuary Sunday, June 28. Her congregation watches over Zoom. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Riley

How are faith organizations on Mercer Island adapting to evolving COVID-19 guidelines?

While guidelines have been relaxed recently, many church leaders have reservations about prematurely opening their doors.

Rev. Elizabeth Riley, the rector at Mercer Island’s Emmanuel Church, preaching from her church’s sanctuary Sunday, June 28. Her congregation watches over Zoom. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Riley
Flier for the talk. Courtesy SJCC

Popular filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld to participate in SJCC-sanctioned author talk this month

Sonnenfeld will be in discussion with CNN anchor Holly Firfer July 9 over Zoom.

Flier for the talk. Courtesy SJCC

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church fundraiser erases all current King County medical debt

Partnered with RIP Medical Debt, HTLC also relieved some debts in Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Graphic courtesy King County

New survey gauges what climate change means to residents of Mercer Island, other Seattle-area cities

The survey was put out by the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C).

  • Jun 25, 2020
Graphic courtesy King County
Exterior of the SJCC. File photo

SJCC announces book club focusing on race, allyship

The first virtual meeting is set for July 7.

Exterior of the SJCC. File photo

Mary Wayte Pool reopens

Per state health guidelines, the reopening is coming with several operational adjustments.

The winner poster from Mia Thiagarajan. Courtesy city of Mercer Island

‘Be Kind to Your Mind’ art contest winners announced

The contest worked to promoted Mental Health Awareness Month in Mercer Island.

  • Jun 22, 2020
The winner poster from Mia Thiagarajan. Courtesy city of Mercer Island
Arden Clise. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club

Rotary Club to host virtual-meeting etiquette program over Zoom June 23

The main speaker during the virtual event is Arden Clise, a business etiquette expert.

Arden Clise. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club
A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC

Seattle Jewish Film Festival goes virtual for its silver anniversary

The event was to take place earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC
Mercer Island PTA logo. Photo courtesy MI PTA Council

Mercer Island PTA Council presents 2019-20 awards

Recipients were recognized during a June 10 Zoom event.

  • Jun 16, 2020
Mercer Island PTA logo. Photo courtesy MI PTA Council
Students from MIHS’s International Entrepreneurship class. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce

WeLoveMI, Mercer Island High School class receive two awards for collaborative community work

The awards were given by the Mercer Island High School PTSA.

Students from MIHS’s International Entrepreneurship class. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce
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                                Mercer Island High School sophomore Olivia Tomaselli with her dog, Cookie, and available merchandise. Fifty percent of profits accrued from Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter are directly donated to the BLM Global Network, with the rest going toward supplies.

Tie-dying for a good cause: Mercer Island teen’s new project supports Black Lives Matter

Olivia Tomaselli, with the help of her mother, launched Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter on May 31.

Photo courtesy Olivia Tomaselli
                                Mercer Island High School sophomore Olivia Tomaselli with her dog, Cookie, and available merchandise. Fifty percent of profits accrued from Tie Dye for Black Lives Matter are directly donated to the BLM Global Network, with the rest going toward supplies.
TLG Motion Pictures CEO Erik Bernard and TLG founder Courtney LeMarco on a set. Photo courtesy TLG Motion Pictures.

Local production company seeking film, TV pitches from young minority creatives

The Big Pitch competition, put on by TLG Motion Pictures (“Hoarders”), started about six months ago.

TLG Motion Pictures CEO Erik Bernard and TLG founder Courtney LeMarco on a set. Photo courtesy TLG Motion Pictures.
Mercer Island High School. File photo

Mercer Island Community Scholarship Program honorees announced

The program has been going on since 1976.

  • Jun 1, 2020
Mercer Island High School. File photo
Last year’s recipients. Photo courtesy the Mercer Island School District Facebook page.

Pandemic shakes up long-running scholarship tradition; school, PTA innovate

Recipients of the MI Community Scholarship typically get their own ceremony. Not this year.

Last year’s recipients. Photo courtesy the Mercer Island School District Facebook page.