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Lisa Rosenblum is the director of the King County Library System.

Despite COVID-19, King County libraries still put on a show

Guest column from Lisa Rosenblum.

 

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Chamber wellness webinar moved

The event, which features Dr. Erica Clark and Dr. Ilan Green, has been rescheduled from Aug. 6 to Sept. 10.

 

Entrance to Mercer Island City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Positions vacant on arts council, design commission, utility board; city seeking applicants

Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m.

  • Aug 4, 2020
Entrance to Mercer Island City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo
Shot from the city’s 2018 National Night Out event. Photo courtesy Julie Underwood

No city-sanctioned National Night Out event on Mercer Island this year

In light of COVID-19, the city is encouraging residents to still find safe ways to celebrate.

  • Aug 3, 2020
Shot from the city’s 2018 National Night Out event. Photo courtesy Julie Underwood
Shot from a previous Art UnCorked event. Photo courtesy MI Art UnCorked Facebook page

Art UnCorked, postponed to 2021, gets new official date

For now, the next Art UnCorked event is set for Sept. 10, 2021.

Shot from a previous Art UnCorked event. Photo courtesy MI Art UnCorked Facebook page
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Graphic courtesy SJCC.

SJCC announces ‘senior hours’ for sidewalk café

Starting Aug. 4, seniors will be served exclusively from 10-11 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Graphic courtesy SJCC.
Top row, L-R: Councilmember Jake Jacobson, Mayor Benson Wong, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker. Middle row, L-R: Councilmembers Lisa Anderl, Craig Reynolds, David Rosenbaum. Bottom row, L-R: Citizens of the Year Kendra and David Uhler and Councilmember Salim Nice. Screengrab courtesy city of Mercer Island

Mercer Island ‘Citizen of the Year’ announced

David and Kendra Uhler received the honor at a recent council meeting.

  • Jul 27, 2020
Top row, L-R: Councilmember Jake Jacobson, Mayor Benson Wong, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker. Middle row, L-R: Councilmembers Lisa Anderl, Craig Reynolds, David Rosenbaum. Bottom row, L-R: Citizens of the Year Kendra and David Uhler and Councilmember Salim Nice. Screengrab courtesy city of Mercer Island
A photo from this year’s production of “Rent,” which debuted in March. YTN only got through a few performances before having to cancel remaining dates due to coronavirus concerns. Photo courtesy YTN Facebook

Youth Theatre Northwest making unprecedented adjustments amid pandemic

The Reporter caught up with executive director Mimi Katano to discuss how the theatre is transitioning, what has/hasn’t worked and what concerns she has about the future.

A photo from this year’s production of “Rent,” which debuted in March. YTN only got through a few performances before having to cancel remaining dates due to coronavirus concerns. Photo courtesy YTN Facebook
Ezra Teshome. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club

Mercer Island Rotary Club announces upcoming speakers

Ezra Teshome will be presenting at the July 21 meeting, Rick Newell on the 28th.

  • Jul 20, 2020
Ezra Teshome. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Rotary Club
2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew Lariat. Courtesy photo

2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew Lariat | Car review

Ford’s venerable compact Ranger pickup went away for a while. But it has returned as a mid-size truck, ready for adventure and packed with driver-assist… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2020
2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew Lariat. Courtesy photo
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Courtesy photo

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Car review

There’s a reason Honda’s CR-V has been America’s top-selling crossover vehicle over the past 23 years. The 2020 CR-V AWD Touring Hybrid is the most… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2020
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Sign up for 2020 ‘Run to Rwanda’ Fun Run slated for September

Clyde Hill resident Sophie Sharp, an 11th grade student at The Overlake School, Redmond, and alum of St. Thomas School, Medina, is once again organizing… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2020
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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.

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

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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.

Island Books patrons peruse the store in 2018. Photo courtesy Nancy Shawn
Washington State Fair cancelled

Washington State Fair cancelled

COVID-19 outbreak claims another event

  • Jul 8, 2020
Washington State Fair cancelled
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