Mercer Island Events & Organizations Guide

Mercer Island is the most populated island in Washington State.  But what is more important for res

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Edy Kizaki

Mercer Island Events & Organizations Guide

December 2, 2013 in Mercer Island

MIMercer Island is the most populated island in Washington State.  But what is more important for residents and for Seattle in general is that it is a great community, a city by the name of Mercer Island and also the island itself, that sits in the middle of Lake Washington on the way from Seattle to Bellevue (or vice versa).  With a population of about 20,000 and what are known as the best public schools in the state, Mercer Island may very well feel that “we are not on the way to anywhere, thank you!”.  It is a wonderful place to live.

The downtown area has some nice restaurants and shops, plenty of services are provided, and of course gas stations, coffee shops, and banks and post office as well.  Following is a quick sketch of the Island events for the year, as well as active clubs and organizations.

 

Mercer Island Events for the whole year…check the Reporter for more.

New Year’s Day Swim (at Clarke Beach on Jan. 1) (“your eyes open wider when you come out of the water”)
Rotary Half Marathon & Run (March)
Showcase–MI School Dist Celebrates the Arts (March)
Easter Egg Hunts (at Mercerdale Park in March or April)
Mercer Island High School MIPA CIRCUS (late April)
Earth Day’s Leap for Green (late April)
Island Art Walks (3rd Thursday, May – October)
Mostly Music in the Park (July – August…Sunday and Thursday Evenings)
Mercer Island Summer Celebration (Town Center, July 9-10)
Seafair (July – August)
Shakespeare in the Park (Luther Burbank Park, July – August)
Mercer Island Farmer’s Market (May – October)
PTA Ski and Snowboard Swap (October)
Homecoming Parade and Game (October)
Firehouse Munch & Tree Lighting (Late December)

For Kids’ Summer Camps
Stroum Jewish Center www.sjcc.org
Mercerdale Park www.mercergov.org

Clubs & Organizations
Camp Fire USA day camps and overnight open to boys and girls K-12.  www.campfire-usa.org
Children’s Hospital Guild (publishes Mercer Island Directory, sales benefit Children’s Hospital); call Petra Walker at 230-5138, new members welcome.  They have published the guide since 1943!
Friends of the Mercer Island Library. Group helps library fundraising, art exhibits, and other activities.  Applications are available at the library at 4400 88th Avenue SE.
Mercer Island Beach Club (MIBC) (https://www.mibeachclub.com/) Member owned and family oriented, there are 12 acres overlooking Lake Washington with six tennis courts, two pools, a volleyball court, a basket ball court, beach, pickle ball, a boat launch ramp, and they also have picnic areas and indoor activities including a gym, classes, and more.
Mercer Island Country Club
(http://www.mercerislandcc.com/) tennis, swim, fitness and social.
Mercer Island Craft Guild (for woodworkers, share tools & a shop); call Rick Tydings at 232-6916.  They have existed as a collective since 4 men started this group in 1940.  About 60 members.
Mercer Island Girl Scouts. Part of the East King County region.
Mercer Island Historical Society (collects and preserves historical items and memories of the island); call Phil Flash at 236-3274; www.mihistory.org.  They meet 6 times a year.
Mercer Island Kiwanis Club (nonprofit organization of men and women mostly focusing on helping children.  Sponsors many clubs and does fundraising, donates to children’s clubs, groups and services on the island). www.kiwanis.org
Mercer Island Boy Scouts.  www.seattlebsa.org/Cascade.
Mercer Island League of Woman Voters 206-329-4848.
Mercer Island Lions Club; mercerislandlions.lionwap.org  For years they have had a Christmas tree fundraiser to support their philanthropies.
Mercer Island Masonic Lodge; call Dean Quigley at 232-8957.
Mercer Island Radio Operators; www.mirohams.org (has about 50 members which are amateur radio operators).
Mercer Island Rotary Club (largest service organization on Mercer Island; membership by invitation, anyone interested in service is free to attend a meeting.  www.mirotary.org).
Mercer Island Saddle Club (www.misaddleclub.org) A twenty horse barn, a 35 year history, a covered riding arena.
Mercer Island Sister City Association (shares a relationship with a city in France, Thonon les Bains).  Call Linda Todd at 232-4570.
Mercer Island Special Olympics (provides year round sports and activities for developmentally disabled children and adults).  Call Lucinda Soha at 425-641-8100.
Mercer Island’s Woman’s Club (this club is one of the largest on the island, also one of the oldest organizations on the island, welcomes women who are residents of the island).  www.mercerislandwomensclub.com
Mercerwood Shore Club on Mercer Island

Mercerwood Shore Club on Mercer Island

Mercerwood Shore Club (www.mercerwood.com/) 206-232-1622.  With tennis courts, a great pool, waterfront views, and more, Mercerwood is offering a family summer membership for around $1700 for the whole summer.
National Charity League Evergreen Chapter; aims to foster mother-daughter relationships in an organization devoted to philanthropy and community service.  www.nclevergreen.org (meets monthly, mothers with daughters 7-12th grade).
Pacific Northwest Audio Society, www.audiosociety.org, since 1978 devoted to the enjoyment of fine audio.
Probus Club of Mercer Island (professional and business retirees).  www.probus.org/usmercer.htm
Stroum Jewish Community Center; call 232-7115.  Dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Jewish and general community on the island since 1968, membership is open to everyone.  Extensive and wonderful amenities, programs, fitness center, pool, and more.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5760 is in it’s 60th year.  It promotes patriotism and supports the rights of veterans.  Call them at 232-6390.
YMCA Adventure Guides; Call Abbey Jaffe at 425-644-8417 (encourages relationships between parents and their children, meeting up with local circles for adventures and activities).

Contact Numbers for Mercer Island
City Hall www.mercergov.org 275-7793; Senior Services 275-7611; Parks and Rec 275-7609
Mercer Island School District www.misd.k12.wa.us 236-3300
Mercer Island Post Office www.usps.gov 230-5636
Mary Wayte Pool & Olympic Cascade Aquatics www.ocaswim.com 266-4370
Strom Jewish Community Center www.sjcc.org 232-7115
Community Center at Mercer View www.mercergov.org 275-7609
Mercer Island Reporter www.mi-reporter.com 232-1215
Mercer Island Police (of course 911 for emergency) 275-7610
Mercer Island Fire Department (911 for emergency) 275-7607
Puget Sound Energy www.pse.com 1-888-225-5773

A good part of this information was referenced from the Mercer Island Reporter Island Guide 2011.  Stand by for future blogs on Places of Worship, Schools, and Parks.

Edy Kizaki

Fall Home Maitenance Tips

September 12, 2013 in Tips for Homeowners

homeWith summer winding down it’s time to start a to-do list for fall maintenance on your house. Your home is one of your biggest investments, the center of your family life, and your face in the community.  As an investment, continual timely maintenance will save you money in the long run.

  • Have your roof, gutters, and downspouts examined. Leaves and dirt can build up in the gutters and cause clogging. Over time the sun and storms can cause caulking to come loose. All of which should be fixed before the cold weather hits. Some of you might be able to do this on your own but, use caution.
  • Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Caulking keeps your house weather tight. When it gets windy and cold a tight seal will also lower your heat bills over the winter. Install weather stripping as needed to close gaps around doors.  Here is how to do an interior caulking (video).
  • Have your furnace professionally cleaned and serviced. Annual maintenance is a lot cheaper than an emergency call if the system breaks and will extend its useful life. Be sure the filters are changed at regular intervals.  This is easy to do yourself so you might want to watch this YouTube video which will show you how.
  • If you use your wood burning fireplace or cast iron stove, schedule your chimney cleaning before it gets cooler. Once the weather is cold the chimney cleaning professionals will be booked up for weeks in advance.  Here is why you should get your chimney cleaned annually.
  • Clean and store outdoor furniture. Before the rain arrives is the perfect time to clean outdoor furniture and get it stored for winter. When Spring comes around it will be ship shape and ready to go back on the patio.
  • Walk around your house – are there any tree branches that need trimming? It’s a good idea to take care of that before any snow or freezing rain hits our area. Keeping trees trimmed and away from the house lessens the risk of a branch breaking and falling on your home.An enchanting new home on a small lot can be a winner if you prioritize home features such as finishes and gourmet kitchen over privacy from passing cars or your neighbors.

 

Something else to consider, a home inspection!  When was the last time you had your home inspected by a professional? Probably when you bought the house. Many proactive homeowners get a home inspection every couple of years, even annually if you are willing to pay the cost. Home Inspectors are trained experts on finding maintenance items, including the little things, and it will give you a “to do list” to work through over the fall season. We are all aware that homes are physical investments that should be maintained in order to grow. The wise homeowner will be putting a little time and money in regularly to save yourself from spending a lot of time and money later fixing the inevitable problems that come from irregular maintenance.

Edy Kizaki

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2013 in Activities, Ballard, Queen Anne, Seattle Real Estate for Sale

Fireworks from Gasworks ParkIt’s a quietly bright day in Seattle after days of blazing golden sunshine.  We are back to our silver-toned sky with patches of blue showing through, promising to clear up for our Seafair Fireworks Celebration.  The display starts at 10:15 p.m. tonight in Gas Works Park, but we’ll be viewing it from our third-floor balcony in Ballard with friends and family gathering for a little viewing party.  Hope your 4th is fantastic and a great kick-off to July!

Some of the events you won’t want to miss this month center around our fantastic annual Seafair, and the Ballard Seafood Festival is so popular that everyone I talked to yesterday is going!  Coincidence or trend… I’m going to swing out and declare it a trend, in our corner of the globe!  This is the 39th annual Ballard Seafood Fest and it’s being held Saturday and Sunday, July 13th and 14th, in the heart of downtown Ballard.  That’s walking distance from our place, so for those who know me reading this, why not come by and we’ll explore it together? Email me and we’ll connect.  The festival is free but of course there will be plenty of seafood treats to buy, both to eat there and to take home.  There’s also “great music, local brews, kids’ activities, and quality arts and crafts.”

As for housing news, check out this article about Consumer Confidence in Home Value skyrocketing…home in a desirable Ballard neighborhood

Reports of strong home price gains drove confidence in the housing market up to record levels in May, Fannie Mae reported.  According to the GSE’s May 2013 National Housing Survey, Americans expressed record confidence in price gains, with 55 percent—a survey high—saying they believe prices will go up in the next year. Only 7 percent of respondents in the survey expect prices to drop, the lowest level since the survey’s inception.  Read more here…

On some nearby neighborhoods, homes that came on the market in Ballard this spring sold in a record average of 18 days, in Queen Anne it was 43 days.

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