Mercer Island’s Restoration Events for 2018

Mercer Island’s Restoration Events for 2018

Each year, hundreds of hours are donated by Mercer Island citizens to help maintain the community’s parks and open spaces. This mutually beneficial opportunity, allows people to enjoy time outdoors and assist the community through various maintenance projects.

Though the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department works with professional contractors and non-profit partners, such as Mountains to Sound Greenway and EarthCorps, community volunteers are an integral part of removing invasive plants, replanting native foliage, and general maintenance in Mercer Island parks.

March Events include: March 3rd,  March 24th & March 31st
April Events include: April 7th, April 14th, April 21st & April 28th
May Events include: May 5th & May 12th
June Events include: June 16th & June 30th
July Events include: July 14th
August Events include: August 11th & August 24th
September Events include: September 15th & September 22nd
October Events include: October 13th, October 20th & October 27th
November Events include: November 3rd & November 10th
December Events include: December 15th

Mercer Island partners with the City’s Forest Stewardship Program, and they encourage registration in advance if you’re planning on volunteering.

If you really enjoy the outdoors, consider becoming a Forest Steward, where you’ll receive training, tools, and ongoing support from the Mercer Island Natural Resources staff. It’s a great opportunity to work on your own schedule and foster the community’s ongoing efforts to quell invasive plants and restore native plants so the area.

If you’re thinking about volunteering, make sure to dress for the weather, and bring a jacket, even if the weather says it’ll stay warm and sunny. You never know with Washington weather…

To find a full list of 2018 Restoration Events, click the Mercer Island link here.


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Mercer Island’s December City Calendar

Mercer Island’s December City Calendar

The City of Mercer Island has been busy with changes and updates this past month, including the November update in residential Development.

On November 1, 2017 the adopted changes of the residential development standards, that were approved by the City Council on September 19, 2017, took effect.  [Note: The Planning Commission completed its review and transmitted its findings to City Council on June 5, 2017]

To find out more about “What’s Happening Now” on Mercer Island, including the newest in Residential Development, check out their latest update!


Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch
WHEN Friday, December 1st, 2017
WHERE Mercerdale Park & the North Fire Station
TIME 06:30PM-08:30PM

Bring an unwrapped toy for their Toys for Tots drive, celebrating a happy season for every child!
Since 1947, The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million needy children. Consider helping out this year by donating a new toy, volunteering, or asking your organization to become a toy drop site.
Click Here for Toy Drop Off Locations
Coordinator: Gunnery Sergeant James Wells, 253.260.4826

Want to know how you can do more? Check out our compiled list of Seattle-area organizations!

Restoration Event
WHEN Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
WHERE Mercerdale Hillside Park, meeting at the corner of 76th Ave SE & SE 37th Place
TIME 09:00AM-03:00PM

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM
*Check for the Agenda posted online by 05:00PM the Thursday prior.

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 06:00PM-09:00PM

Parents Night Out
WHEN Saturday, December 9th, 2017
WHERE Mercer Island Community & Event Center
TIME 05:00PM-10:00PM
COURSE Holiday Party with Santa
AGE 5-12
FEE $25/Child; $15/Sibling

Utility Board Meeting
WHEN Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM-09:00PM

Arts Council Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
WHERE Mercer Island Community & Event Center
TIME 06:30PM-07:30PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM-09:00PM

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM
*Check for the Agenda posted online by 05:00PM the Thursday prior.

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 06:00PM-09:00PM

Mercer Island Radio Operator (MIRO) Meeting
WHEN Thursday, December 21st, 2017
WHERE Main Fire Station (3030 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island WA 98040)
TIME 07:00PM-08:30PM

Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
WHEN Friday, December 22nd, 2017
WHERE Luther Burbank Park
TIME 07:00PM-09:00PM

WHEN Monday, December 25th, 2017

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM-09:00PM

Remember, the City of Mercer Island updates their calendar throughout the month to reflect upcoming events and meetings, so feel free to check it out and stay up to date on all the Mercer Island happenings!

Are we forgetting any? Leave your Mercer Island events in the comments below!


Join Us for a Free Kids’ Planting Event at Summer Celebration: July 8 & 9, 2017

Join Us for a Free Kids’ Planting Event at Summer Celebration: July 8 & 9, 2017

The Windermere Mercer Island team is incredibly excited about Summer Celebration this year. Summer Celebration’s 2017 theme is “Out of this World!”

We have a new booth that we’ll be debuting in Mercerdale Park. Stop by to check it out, and make sure to bring the kids to participate our coloring contest.

We’ll be hosting our 12th annual My First Garden children’s planting event and…. Ciscoe Morris will be leading it this year! Ciscoe will offer his fun, entertaining plant knowledge and gardening experience to this year’s My First Garden as he leads the young gardeners through planting a flower in a decorated pot to take home.

In addition, we’re proud to be the sponsor of the Windermere Stage. There’s a great line up of musical acts scheduled to perform over the weekend!

Below is the schedule of Windermere sponsored events, which will occur in the Mercerdale Park festival location.

My First Garden with Ciscoe Morris, a kid’s free flowing planting event sponsored by Windermere Real Estate
Windermere Stage, 2 pm Saturday

Entertainment on the Windermere Stage
Saturday, 7/8 from 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, 7/9 from 10 am – 5 pm

The Windermere Booth Coloring Contest and Giveaways
Saturday, 7/8 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 7/9 from 10 am – 5 pm

Click here to access more details about the weekend schedule.

Mercer Island Egg Hunt this Weekend: April 15th & 16th

Mercer Island Egg Hunt this Weekend: April 15th & 16th

We are both expecting a fun and exciting draw to our week, and sunshine! We are set for some rain throughout today (Friday), but Saturday and Sunday should hit the high 50s-low 60s!

Seattle, Mercer Island, Egg, Hunt, Easter, Windermere Real Estate,

If you’re looking for some Easter celebration off-island, there are plenty to choose from!



South End:

North End:

Mercer Island Farmers Market: July 31, 2016

Mercer Island Farmers Market Today will be all about beverages available at Mercer Island Farmers Market. You can quench your thirst with Kombucha, tea soda, ginger beer, juices, and smoothies. Shen Zen Tea‘s lemongrass kombucha is refreshing, Timber City‘s signature ginger beer is a spicy treat, while Juice Harbor’s selection of cold-pressed juices are especially appealing to the younger crowd. If you are a hard cider fan, FinnRiver Farm & Cidery brings their their ciders and brandy wine to MIFM. Other vendors who have booths in the alcoholic section near Bicentennial Park are Stomani Cellars, Four Horsemen Brewery, and Lowercase Brewing.

Live music will be provided today by Ronnda Cadle, with guest percussionist Rikki Evans. Ronnda plays original compositions on her guitar and perfected her music while listening to female guitarists, her greatest mentors – Nancy Wilson of Heart, Caroline Aiken, and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls. From Ronnda’s website, “I wouldn’t be the player I am today if it were not for these strong and amazing women. I hope to bring my own voice to the generations of women musicians to follow.”

Over at the Children’s Table the kids will be able to paint the colors of the market. Kids, stop by and explore all the colors of the rainbow that you can see at MIFM from the veggies, fruits, flowers, herbs, and art offered by local farmers and artisans.

This week’s featured vendor is well within the thirsty theme of today’s market. Check out the MIFM home page to read the interview with Julie Petrocelli, owner of Juice Harbor. She sells a wide variety of cold pressed juices, smoothies and elixirs (wellness shots), using predominantly local and organic ingredients to make them.

Have a wonderful day exploring the market!

Mercer Island Farmers Market: July 24, 2016

Mercer Island Farmers MarketThis week at Mercer Island Farmer’s Market (MIFM), they are celebrating summer veggies. Shoppers will be able to spot ears of corn, snap peas, cucumbers, peppers, a variety of summer greens, summer squash, tomatoes and more. Unlike the conventional grocery shopping experience, farmers market shoppers are able to find veggie varieties, and colors, that are usually not available at grocery stores. Stop by Lyall Farms, Alvarez Farms, Hedlin Farms, Kittatas Valley Greenhouse, True Her Gardens, Moua Gardens and Bao Gardens to see what veggies they have today!

Today’s live music at the market will be provided by Micheal Biller and Friends, one of MIFM’s favorite jazz ensembles. You’ll appreciate the classic jazz standards they will be playing along with more current selections.

Over at the Children’s Table, the kids can discover the sweet smells of summer. These lovely aromas come from herbs, flowers, and summer fruits and veggies.

The featured vendor of the week is Gourmini’s, one of the market’s newest food trucks to offer lunch. Gournami’s goal is to serve healthy food with big flavor to the people of the PNW. They make mini-sandwiches on Macrina Bakery baguettes accented by their house-made spreads, and a rotating menu of salads. Shoppers can mix-and-match selections to create the meal that will satisfy those hunger pains with healthy food. Head on over to the MIFM website to read their interview with Gourmini’s.

It is going to be a lovely day to visit MIFM. Enjoy!

Mercer Island Farmers Market: July 16, 2016

Mercer Island Farmers Market Today’s Mercer Island Farmers Market (MIFM) will include a special Senior social hour from 1:30-2:30pm, over at the Senior Connections booth. Sponsored by Covenant Shores, seniors can stop by to visit, enjoy some free refreshments and fresh treats provided by market vendors, plus listen to live music.

Live music will be provided by Beth James, an Austin based folk duo composed of singer-songwriters Jordan Burchill and former Mercer Islander, Mikaela Kahn. Their music features their own unique expression of Americana, which includes a blend of modern folk, mindful pop, and lush soundscapes.

Over at the Children’s Table, Little Red Hen needs assistance planting her wheat for the upcoming fall harvest. She needs her wheat to grow so she can bake her world-famous bread. The kids are encouraged to stop by and help Little Red Hen with her planting!

Today’s featured vendor at MIFM is Harvesting Autumn, an Omak flats farm that offers fresh produce and plant starts for purchase. You can learn more about Autumn Carroll, the resident farmer at Harvesting Autumn, as he tells his story in an interview on the MIFM home page. Click here to read Carroll’s interview.

Three Windermere Mercer Island brokers are market sponsors this year. Thank you Anni Zilz, Peni Schwartz, and Cynthia Schoonmaker for providing sponsorship support to help bring the Mercer Island Farmers Market back week after week for the 2016 season.

Please Join Us This Weekend At Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration !


SummerCelebrationWebSummer Celebration is coming back to Mercer Island’s Mercerdale Park and Luther Burbank Park on July 9th and 10th, complete with live entertainment and events at our Windermere Stage. We’ll be at the Saturday morning parade handing out festive swag and cheering on the parade participants.  Our office is proud to be sponsoring a fun children’s gardening event and a booth with fun giveaways for kids and grownups alike…


“My First Garden” Free Planting Event for Kids
Saturday, 7/9 at 1:45 pm
The Windermere Stage


Coloring Contest and Giveaways
Saturday, 7/9 from 10am – 7pm
Sunday, 7/10 from 10am – 5pm
The Windermere Booth


More from the Mercer Island city website:

“Summer Celebration 2016 theme is “Symphony of Summer” and is all about music! Come enjoy a weekend of musical entertainment and fun all weekend long, July 9th and 10th in downtown Mercer Island. Join us for community karaoke, arts & crafts, community parade, car show, Obliteride Kids Ride, Boat Rides Around the Island, music activities, Food vendors, fireworks, live bands & entertainment, and a Swedish Pancake Breakfast.”

Events include:  ParadeBoat RidesFood VendorsArts & CraftsCar ShowChildren’s Fun ZoneCommunity KaraokeFireworksObliteride Kids’ RideMusicEntertainment


Festival Hours:

    Sat., July 9 10 am – Parade Town Center
11 am to 7 pm
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
~10:00 pm – Fireworks
Festival at Mercerdale Park
Luther Burbank Park
Luther Burbank Park
    Sun., July 10 10 am to 5 pm Festival at Mercerdale Park

Click here to download the full schedule of events!

Festival Locations:
Mercerdale Park (Main Festival, Parade, Obliteride Kids’ Ride)
3249 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Luther Burbank Park (Fireworks, Shakespeare, Boat Rides)
2040 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Mercer Island Farmers Market: July 3, 2016

Mercer Island Farmers MarketOh boy— tomorrow is going to be a really special Mercer Island Farmers Market (MIFM).  In honor of the 4th of July, there will be market vendors on hand to help you finish your shopping for your holiday bbqs. Check out the vendor list below:

MIFM will be also be hosting a special 4th of July tasting for market attendees, courtesy of High 5 Pie‘s. Stop by and enjoy a taste of marionberry and apple Petit 5s! You can also check out a vendor feature on High 5 Pie on the MIFM website: click here.

Over at the children’s table kids can learn more about growing garlic, and even bring home a garlic sprout kit to grow their own at home. Live music will be provided by Kelly Bosworth, an Americana singer/songwriter whose single Waters hit #7 on the folk DJ charts and is played across the country.

The volunteers at Mercer Island Farmers Market have put together an excellent menu of activities and vendors to make your 4th of July special. Make sure and stop by their booth to say thank you, or maybe even send them an email thank you at Have a wonderful time at the market, and a terrific 4th of July!

Mercer Island Farmers Market: June 26, 2016

Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sunday, June 26th, will be the last Garden Month market at Mercer Island Farmers Market (MIFM). Market organizers enjoy the opportunity to invite garden vendors to make the first month of the season really special. During June they endeavor to provide the Mercer Island community “something special and unique to bring to the table along with the fabulous food our farmers and food vendors provide.”

June 26th will be the last time these vendors will be at MIFM until their Harvest Market in November. Enjoy the sunshine forecast for Sunday while supporting these local artists — some of the items that will be available  include the following:

Live music will be provided by Zach Lombardo. Following June’s Garden Month theme, the activity at the Children’s Table center on Garden Visitors – I wonder if slugs will make an appearance during this activity!

Featured vendor will be Mercer Island-based Coco Beza – take a look at their line of soaps, salves, balms and solid lotion bars that feature sustainable, organic, eco-friendly ingredients. A larger snapshot of Coca Beza is available on the MIFM website.