Join Chef Laurie Pfalzer and celebrate our bounty of vegetables while learning to make hearty soups. Learn knife skills while chopping vegetables for the soup we’ll create together. Find out the basics of soup-making, learn about seasonal vegetables and herbs, and discuss the benefits of local organic food. Enjoy soup in class and take home a set of recipes so you can make soup for your family! For middle and high school students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library
Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
We have bees to thank for one of every three bites of food we eat! But honey bee colonies are in serious trouble. Find out why from MIHS student Paloma White, who will present her award-winning short film, A World Without Bees, and explain the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder. Learn how you can become a pollinator promoter at home from members of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Munch on bee-dependent snacks, pick up bee facts, and bee grateful. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
Have you ever thought about becoming a bee farmer? Want to find out what it takes? Join Missy Anderson—Queen Bee and Master Gardener Trainer—to learn about hosting blue orchard bees (aka mason bees). Missy has been growing mason bees for 15 years and she says it’s fun and easy. Even if you’re not sure about bee-coming a farmer, come find out how you can be part of the solution to our declining population of pollinators. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library
Presented by Elephant Umbrella, (Mike Gervais and Lisa Taylor). Family program, all ages welcome. It might be cold outside but here’s your chance to pretend you’re enjoying hot cocoa and cozy up to an imaginary fire while singing and dancing along to memorable tunes about fall and winter.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library
Presented by local film historian Lance Rhoades. Hollywood has a long-running relationship with war efforts, and a great number of actors have also served. This multimedia presentation (including film clips) celebrates the close ties between the movies and servicemen and women–and the many ways in which Hollywood has helped us commemorate their sacrifices.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
If you’re over 50, what does it mean to “act your age?” And why should we? Join Dori Gillam of the NW Center for Creative Aging in a fun 75-minute workshop as we consider how to ‘own our age’; learn an “aging well” formula; and how to craft our individual legacy around aging.
Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library.