Doug Baldwin Family Combine

Doug Baldwin Family Combine

Though it may not be football season yet, our very own Seahawks player Doug Baldwin will be hosting the Family Combine this Saturday at the Renton Memorial Stadium.  The Family Combine is an interactive event for individuals of all ages! Participants will test their skills in ten activities including the 40-Yard Dash, Punt Return, 20-Yard Shuttle, and a Stair Climb. Between running, jumping, throwing and catching…this collaborative event has it all! Proceeds from this event will help the City of Renton build the new Family First Community Center.

Doug Baldwin, the City of Renton, Renton School District and HealthPoint have partnered together to build the Family First Community Center in the Cascade and Benson neighborhood. Their hope is that this new community center will offer health, wellness, recreational and educational opportunities to the local youth and families. While this community center is important to the City of Renton, it is a project near and dear to Doug Baldwin and the Seattle Seahawks. You can read more about their insight on the new Family First Community Center here.

The event will begin at three different wave times, 9:00 – 10:00am, 10:30 – 11:30am and 12:00 – 1:00pm. You can register as a participant online for $30. Participants will want to check in prior to their wave time to receive their activity card, field wristband and event shirt. If you aren’t up for the combine, you can purchase a Spectator ticket for $5 which will give you access to the field and stadium. With a Spectator ticket, you can take photos and videos of your friends and family!

Parking will be available in the Renton Memorial Stadium, south parking lot only. You will not want to miss this fun, family-friendly event!


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Mercer Island’s Fill-the-Van Food Drive

Mercer Island’s Fill-the-Van Food Drive

Fill-the-Van-Food Drive is on its way to Mercer Island! Mercer Island Youth and Family Services will be kicking off their new Fill the Van Food Drive campaign during the weekend of Summer Celebration. MIYFS operates The Food Pantry, which relies on food donations from individuals, families, businesses, and faith organizations. Due to the high annual visits to the Food Pantry and the 30% increase in visits during the summer months, Fill-the-Van Food Drive was created to keep up with the demand for food assistance.

The van will be featured in the Summer Celebration parade at the city’s Youth and Family Services booth. We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items while attending the Summer Celebration! For convenience, New Seasons Market will also be collecting donations at checkout while you grocery shop. Suggested food items include canned fruit, canned tuna, pasta sauces, soups and meals-in-a-box such as Rice-A-Roni.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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Jazz in the Alley

Jazz in the Alley

If you are looking to wind down this upcoming weekend, come to Jazz in the Alley in Woodinville taking place on July 7th at 6:00 pm. For the 10th year, DiStefano Winery will be hosting this favorite summer event.

Over the past several years, this event has featured Rock Jazz, Latin Jazz, Blues, R&B fusions, Brazilian-Samba Soul Jazz, and Folk-Acoustic-World-Flamenco-Jazz. This year, Greta Matassa will take the stage with her band performing Classic and Contemporary Jazz and Blues. With a total of seven times in 15 years, Greta has been voted “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz. Greta will perform with Alexey Nikolaev on saxophone, Darin Clenderin on piano, Clipper Anderson on bass and Mark Ivester on drums. While enjoying the live music, The PicNic Table will serve a variety of their Mediterranean style foods. The menu choices will include Tuscan Panzanella Salad, Summer Watermelon Salad, Beef Empanada, and Sicilian Cannoli. With each entrée, there is of course a suggested wine pairing!

You can purchase your ticket for $25 online or $30 at the door. Your ticket will include a glass of wine or vermouth spritzer or cocktail and the cover fee for music. Guests 21 or under are welcome to join at no charge. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, DiStefano will release a bottle of wine created just for this event. You can also find Mark Newton, a winemaker, at the Library Wine booth serving pours of wines dating as far back as 1984. In addition to the limited wines, DiStefano wines and vermouth will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle.

Attendees are welcome to bring a small picnic table, as well as a seat to sit back, relax and enjoy!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

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2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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Mercer Island’s 28th Annual Summer Celebration & Their Island Vibes Theme!

Mercer Island’s 28th Annual Summer Celebration & Their Island Vibes Theme!

Don’t miss the 28th Annual Summer Celebration, happening July 14th and 15th. What better way to celebrate summer days than with grass skirts, flower shirts, and tiki lights. This year’s Island Vibes theme will have you feeling like you are in paradise!

On Saturday, July 14th, the summer celebration will run from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm with a parade to kick off the morning. Grab your friends and family to end the evening with fireworks at Luther Burbank Park. The firework show will begin at dusk. The Summer Celebration will continue into Sunday, July 15th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Featured events include live music, food trucks, craft and food booths, and fun activities for the whole family. To best plan your weekend, check out the complete schedule of events. Whether you come to “Meet Moana” or visit the Wet & Wild Splash Zone, we hope you can join in on celebrating the fun season.

Weekend Everything Wristbands cost $35 and will include unlimited rides. The Saturday and Sunday Only Wristband costs $18 and will include unlimited rides only downtown at Mercerdale Park. We suggest you arrive early in the morning to purchase your wristbands! For additional details including Festival Locations and Parking Information, please visit the Festival Information & Schedule.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Summer Show

Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Summer Show

Urban Craft Uprising is known as Seattle’s Largest Indie Craft Show and is here, this weekend! You will find a wide variety of hand-crafted goods including clothing, jewelry, accessories, toys, housewares, paper goods, furniture, art and even food! This biannual show will feature over 150 vendors specializing in craft, art and design.

Urban Craft Uprising was founded in 2005 to display the work of entrepreneur crafters, artists and designers. The mission of the show is to allow crafters to showcase their original and unique hand-crafted work, along with supporting the DIY crafting community. Since the first show, UCU has grown rapidly. Nearly 15,000 fans attend this favorite craft show over the course of the weekend! While Urban Craft Uprising holds two shows per year, they also offer many opportunities for the local artists and crafters. You will now find a dedicated section for these individuals at the Seattle Gift Show, an Urban Craft market at Magnolia Summerfest, a Fall Market in South Lake Union and a handful of other markers right here in the Seattle area. In addition, Camp Thundercraft began in 2017. This weekend retreat focuses on educational sessions, discussions, self-reflection, networking and connection.

The show hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, this weekend and will be held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. If you hope to get your morning started early, you can line up with hundreds of other attendees to receive a “swag bag” filled with fun items from the vendors and sponsors. In between browsing the aisles, you may also want to keep an eye out for hourly crafty book signings. There is no cost to attend the show, and it is a fun event for the whole family. For additional information, please visit the Ateendee FAQ page.

If unable to make the summer show, you can keep your eye out for the 2018 Winter Show!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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Take A Survey to Help the City of Mercer Island Gauge Community Support for Local Bikeshare Program

Take A Survey to Help the City of Mercer Island Gauge Community Support for Local Bikeshare Program

Related to a blog we posted earlier this year, Mercer Island continues to tackle island mobility head-on – and their latest survey is already underway. As many of us commuters have experienced, I-90 has consistent traffic in the mornings and evenings in both directions and the Mercer Island Park and Ride is full – often before peak hours.

As per another survey from the beginning of this year, the City of Mercer Island launched a Ride Share Pilot Program in partnership with Lyft and Uber, allowing residents to lock in discounted car rides to the Mercer Island Park & Ride for weekday bus commuters. This helps with the aforementioned fullness of the Park & Ride parking garage.

All the details on the City’s weekday rideshare program can be found here but highlights discounted rates and 24 hours service from Monday through Friday.

Related Reading: Take a Mobility Survey on Ridesharing & Help the City of Mercer Island Improve Commuter Transit

For over a year, Mercer Island has been researching and exploring various options for Islanders to help ease their daily commutes. Not only can this help in the short term, since the middle express lanes have been reallocated for the Light Rail, but also in the long term for both bridge commuters and Islanders looking to get around the Town Center.

This time around, the City of Mercer Island is gauging interest in a free-floating Bikeshare service, similar to those in Seattle, Bellevue and other surrounding communities. The bike-fleet would likely be a mix of pedal-powered and electric-powered cycles. While many have expressed interest, many have also expressed hesitation, and that’s where the City needs your input. Fill out the survey to let them know your thoughts.

The current Park & Ride is serviced by express and local busses, but with light rail completed (est. 2023), the Park & Ride will also serve the Mercer Island Light Rail Station.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

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2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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Mercer Island’s July Events

Mercer Island’s July Events

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3rd 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM

City Offices Closed
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Utility Board Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arts Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, June 11th, 2018
WHERE: Mercer Island Community & Event Center 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, July 11th 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Restoration Event
WHEN: Thursday, July 14th, 2018
WHERE: Please see link for details
TIME: 12:00 PM

Summer Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, July 14th, 2018
WHERE: Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Summer Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, July 15th, 2018
WHERE: Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Solarize Mercer Island Educational Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
WHERE: Mercer Island Community & Event Center 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Open Space Conservancy Trust Board Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Mercer Island Radio Operator (MIRO) Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, July 19th 2018
WHERE: Main Fire Station 3030 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Mostly Music in the Park
WHEN: Saturday, July 19th, 2018
WHERE: Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Mercer Island Library Board Regular Meeting
WHEN: Monday, July 23rd 2018
WHERE: Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25th 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Emergency Volunteer Lead Quarterly Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, July 26th 2018
WHERE: City Hall Emergency Operations Center
TIME: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mostly Music in the Park
WHEN: Saturday, July 26th, 2018
WHERE: Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Movies in the Park
WHEN: Saturday, July 28th, 2018
WHERE: Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
TIME: 9:15 PM

Redmond’s Bow Wow Meow Luau

Redmond’s Bow Wow Meow Luau

Are you looking to add a furry friend to your family? If so, this weekend may be the time! The Annual Bow Wow Meow Luau will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at Marymoor Park in Redmond. From 11:00 to 2:00, you can visit over 100 adoptable cats and dogs from 14 shelters and rescues. In addition, “cat only” adoptions will take place at Denny’s Pet World in Kirkland from 11:00 to 2:00.

With animals of all shapes, colors and sizes, fully vaccinated and spay or neutered, there is a good chance you will find your new furry family member! A few of the participating shelters and rescues include Humane Society of Skagit Valley, Barks R Us Rescue, Yakima Valley Pet Rescue, Emerald City Pet Rescue and Regional Animal Services of King County.

Each year, Pawsitive Alliance holds the Bow Wow Meow Luau. Their mission is to end the euthanasia of cats and dogs in the state of Washington by increasing adoptions. In addition, they focus on supporting spay and neuter programs and improving pet holding. Through their adoption programs, 7,211 pets have found happy homes. We hope to see this number increase after the weekend! With adopting being a big decision, Pawsitive Alliance wants to answer all your questions. You can find the most common questions answered, before you start the adoption process.

If you are not looking for a pet now, you can still support Pawsitive Alliance and donate. You can also view last year’s event video, highlighting some of the furry friends!

Mercer Island Schools & School District Recognized in King County’s “Green Schools Program” for Continued Conservation Efforts

Mercer Island Schools & School District Recognized in King County’s “Green Schools Program” for Continued Conservation Efforts

The Mercer Island School District has once again received recognition for their achievements in the Country Green School Program. Local schools, including Island Park and Lakeridge Elementary Schools, and both the Middle School and High School have been recognized for “continued multi-year performance.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the program, it’s geared to help grow and develop understanding and education in certain “green” categories, which include, waste reduction and recycling, energy conservation, water conservation, and pollution prevention, and the most recent number shows record-breaking results in 2018.

The program also educates students and staff to only recycle materials they know can be recycled, which helps reduce contamination in recycling bins.

The program’s vision encompasses county-wide support in all school districts and schools to support the continued education and understanding in the conservation practices and engage their students and staff in environmental stewardship.

In 2018, some 290 K-12 schools across King County have benefited from this program, including the Issaquah, Snoqualmie Valley, Mercer Island, Lake Washington, Northshore School Districts, among others. Click here to see the entire list.

Four Mercer Island schools made on the 2017-2018 Sustaining Green School recognition list, including Island Park and Lakeridge Elementary, Islander Middle School and Mercer Island Schools, which were also recognized for “continued multi-year performance.”

One Mercer Island school, Northwood Elementary, made it on the Level Three list for water conservation and pollution prevention. The same school made it on the Level Two list for energy conservation. West Mercer Elementary was last in the rankings for Level One contributions towards waste reduction and recycling.

Interesting factoids can be found on the “Success Story” portion of the Green Schools Program, but some of Mercer Island’s highlights include:

  • In May 2013, the Mercer Island School District received the Recycler of the Year – Youth Education award from the Washington State Recycling Association.
  • In 2009-2010, the district’s garbage disposal costs were cut in half after waste reduction and recycling programs were expanded.
  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam) in school cafeterias were eliminated district-wide, and all trays, dishware, and utensils are either “durable or compostable.”

Individual success stories can be viewed here by clicking on the school you’re interested in looking at!

IN OTHER NEWS, the Mercer Island School District has updated the first day of the 2018-2019 school year for kindergarten students. Find out more by clicking here.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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