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Mercer Island Directory And Community Guide 2016-2017

Island Sister City Association, a member of Sister Cities International, promotes student, cultural and other exchanges between the two cities. Mercer Island has a strong tradition of volunteerism and many clubs and organizations help make up the tight-knit fabric of the community. There are service organizations such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs. The Mercer Island’s Women’s Club is probably the largest organization on the Island, with a membership of more than 400. The ences, meetings, fundraising breakfasts, The Mercer Island Arts Council is an Probus Club is an active group of retired weddings and Chamber and Rotary advisory board to the City Council whose professionals who meet monthly to hear luncheons. It has a large gym and a mission is to nurture, promote and speakers on a wide range of topics. The fitness room and is open seven days a support high-quality cultural activities for local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post week. It is located at 8236 SE 24th the community. The Arts Council over- 5760, housed in the historic Keewaydin Street, an easy walk from the Town sees the I-90 Outdoor Art Gallery, and Hall on the north end of the Island, Center and the park-and-ride. administers public art. Its most popular meets monthly. There are also many What Matters on Mercer Island series of free summer concerts that Island Historical Society, the Mercerspecial interest clubs like the Mercerprogram is the Mostly Music in the Park Mercer Island has always taken pride in attract thousands of visitors. They also Island Craft Guild, the Saddle Club, as its parks and open spaces. The city sponsor Shakespeare in the Park and well as clubs for the range of Islanders owns and maintains more than 475 summertime outdoor movies. The from children to seniors. acres of parks and open space that Mercer Island Visual Arts League help preserve the Island’s natural promotes and encourages the visual arts Three membership country clubs on the beauty and woodsy character. There of its members and the community. Its Island, as well as a Boys & Girls Club and are three large city parks with beaches members show their work throughout the Stroum Jewish Community Center – Luther Burbank Park, Clarke Beach, the year in local businesses and in the provide numerous athletic and social and Groveland Beach Park. There is MIVAL Art Gallery in the town center. activities for people of all ages. also the 120-acre wooded Pioneer Park, The Mercer Island Library is part of the-Art Uncorked, an annual event spon administered by the first Conservancy King County Library System. It offerssored by the Chamber and Mercer Island Trust of its kind in the nation, the special events and activities for every-Visual Arts League, is an evening of wine 20-acre Park on the Lid over I-90, and one from toddlers to adults.tasting, art, music and food at the Mercer ings. There are many ball fields, bike GovernmentIsland Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, well- numerous street end parks and land known for its evolving display of art. The trails and picnic areas, as well as more than 50 miles of marked hiking trails. evening features a selection of local form of government. Its seven cityMercer Island has a council-managerwineries, breweries and cider makers Luther Burbank Park is a jewel of a park many with Mercer Island connections. council members are elected at-large, on covering 77 acres of land. It has 4,000 There are juried artists from both Mercer a non-partisan basis, to four-year terms. feet of shoreline, a boat dock and Island and the Seattle area, a variety of Those members choose a mayor, who fishing pier, three miles of maintained food trucks and of course music. Art serves a two-year term. trails, as well as a children’s play area, UnCorked takes place on the second The mayor and city council retain a tennis courts, pea patches, and an Friday of September professional city manager who supervis- off-leash dog run. In the summer months there is a sailing and kayaking Summer Celebration, Mercer Island’s es the day-to-day staff work on such program for children at the dock area at summer festival and a Seafair event, is issues as zoning, land use codes, Luther Burbank. held on the second weekend in July. It budget issues, and other operations. features fireworks, a two-day street fair, a City Council meetings are held on the Mercer Island has been a regional leader parade, entertainment, food and more. first and third Monday of each month at 7 in sustainability efforts, with strong recycling, storm water quality and water The Mercer Island Farmers Market pm at City Hall. The meetings are conservation programs, among others. It operates from 10 am to 3 pm on Sundays broadcast on Comcast cable channel 21. continues to add electric car-charging from early spring to the fall months. Citizen volunteers serve on a number of stations. The city won the Green Power Regional farmers sell vegetables, fruit, boards and commissions that provide Challenge with Puget Sound Energy and flowers, cheese and more in booths at policy input to the mayor, city council, installed its prize, a solar panel array, at the edge of Mercerdale Park in down- and city manager on various operations, the Mercer Island Community and Events town Mercer Island. A variety of food including the arts, civil service, open Center. The City is also working with choices, children’s activities, music, and space conservation, utilities, and youth residents to promote the installation of chef’s demonstrations make this a and family services and senior services. solar panels on single-family homes. weekly event for Mercer Islanders. The mayor and city council encourage Mercer Islanders have long appreciated Mercer Island’s sister city is Thonon les Island residents to participate in govern- the arts and how they enhance quality of Bains, a beautiful city on the south shore ment by volunteering on community life. There are a number of arts organiza- of Lake Geneva in the Haute Savoie boards and commissions. tions on the Island, not only for those region of France. The two cities have Mercer Island is committed to sustainable who do art, but those who appreciate it. been partners for 15 years. The Mercer practices for a healthy environment. A 6 Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce


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