Community Conversations hybrid event set for May 25/ City briefs

ONE MI, Do the Work MI and the Mercer Island High School’s Education Coalition for Asian American Representation will present “Intergenerational Conversation with Asian Americans of Mercer Island” at 7 p.m. on May 25.

The city’s second Community Conversations event focused on diversity, equity and inclusion will take place in-person at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center (8236 SE 24th St.) or via Zoom.

To register for the hybrid event, visit

According to the registration links, “This intergenerational conversation will explore differing perceptions around academic achievement, body image and social norms; roundtable participants come from the diverse Asian American community of Mercer Island.”

Islander Tam Dinh, an associate professor and program director of the Social Work Program at Saint Martin’s University, will moderate the event.

Dinh’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of diversity, cross-cultural mental health and religion/spirituality. Dinh has more than 25 years of working in the community as a social worker, educator and community advocate.

* In a rescheduled event from April 26, ONE MI, Do the Work MI, the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC), Mercer Island Historical Society and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society will present a Community Conversations event at 1 p.m. on June 5 at the SJCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way.

“The stories of our family and the experiences of our elders shape how we see ourselves and how we experience the world,” notes the registration page, adding that this workshop will focus on how oral history interviewing is different from other types of conversations, strategies for conducting rich and effective interviews, and best practices on recording and archiving oral histories.

To register for the event, visit


The city and Foundation of the Mercer Island Rotary Club is sponsoring an all-ages PopUp Storywalk now through June 2 at Luther Burbank Park.

The event — which features story boards installed along a trail — is centered around Miguel Tanco’s story “Count On Me.” The story spotlights one young girl’s love of math: “She sees math in everything — the concentric circles a stone makes in a lake, the curve of a slide and the geometric shapes in the playground,” according to an event description.

The event is stroller friendly. Attendees can park in the south parking lot to begin the story.