Mercer Island’s January City Calendar

Mercer Island’s January City Calendar

What’s Mercer Island been up to? Ton’s of new projects for the upcoming year, including the Island Crest Park improvements and transportation upgrades.

The Island Crest Park Sportsfield Improvements project is underway and will be completed in November or December 2017.  the cost of the entire project will be $2.3 million.  Grants and community donations have totaled over $700,000.  The City offers sincere thanks to the many community contributors for their significant donations to this project.  Along with the grant dollars secured by Parks and Recreation staff, this successful public-private funding model made this project feasible.

It looks like Mercer Island made their donation goal! Find out other information, here.


JANUARY EVENTS

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM

Arts Council Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
WHERE Mercer Island Community & Event Center
TIME 06:30PM-07:30PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM-09:00PM

Utility Board Meeting
WHEN Thursday, January 11th, 2018
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM-09:00PM

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 06:00PM-09:00PM

Senior Lunch
WHEN Thursday, January 18th, 2018
WHERE Mercer Island Community & Event Center
TIME 12:00PM-01:00PM

Open Space Conservancy Trust Board Meeting
WHEN Thursday, January 18th, 2018
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 06:00PM-08:00PM

Mercer Island Library Board Regular Meeting
WHEN Monday, January 22nd, 2018
WHERE Mercer Island Library
TIME 06:00PM-07:30PM

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN Wednesday, January 24th,  2017
WHERE City Hall Council Chambers
TIME 07:00PM-09:00PM

Renting Versus Owning: The Quintessential Question

Renting Versus Owning: The Quintessential Question

The ultimate debate. The question of where you’re going to live. To rent… Or to buy.

As we grow, we typically dream of owning a home, decorating to your hearts content, and creating a cozy and warm atmosphere for family and friends to gather. But, some thing we don’t always realize, is that we can create that same sensation while renting.

Today, we’re going to go over some of the benefits and drawbacks of each and allow you to make the decision of what’s best for you and your family. While many believe owning a home is a necessary step in (a) the American Dream or (b) “adulting”, others disagree and believe their money and efforts are better spent elsewhere.

Before you purchase, it’s best to consider each side separately from each other and decide from there what best fits your situation. As is the ebb and flow of life, both options are perfect for many – but what’s perfect for you?

Owning Your Own Home

Making your home your own. Do you want to add a wall-window, or take one away? Replace the refrigerator or enjoy an ultra-modernized kitchen? Or perhaps you just want to hang family photos and not worry about patching any holes. All of these things, and more, can be done when you own. Not to say y won’t be able to hang photos or paint a wall, but the process will be worry-free. Complete freedom to decorate, remodel, and personalize are major benefits to purchasing your own home.

A sense of community. When you by a house, you’re typically looking to stay in the neighborhood for a few years. Your children, or yourself, may create lasting friendships out of your neighbors further instilling that sense of community.

Though a lease can instill the same concepts, either party can usually eliminate the lease with enough notice. Not so much when you own your home, unless you neglect to pay your mortgage. This offers security in the homestead and allows you to make plans, such as long vacations or invite people over for long periods of time, without the consent of your landlord. Planning on your elderly parents moving in? Or staying for six months? In a rental, it may require permission from the landlord or signed consent to have more parties than outlined in the lease. Definitely a perk of owning in our book!

Equity and appreciation are two words homeowners throw around all the time, and for good reason. Historically, real estate has offered long-term sustainable growth across the nation, between 1972 and 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS©. In the last year alone, Seattle has seen appreciation in the double digits with the booming, local real estate market. It’s like a ready-made savings plans.

Most upgrades and renovations increase the value of your home, or at least the curb appeal, and, as an owner, this is a fabulous thing. This can directly correlate to your financial security and put leverage in your pocket if the need arises.  And remember, that’s all yours. Not your landlords. Not the investors. Yours.

While all that sounds amazing, another thing to consider is the predictability of owning your home. You know what your monthly mortgage payment will be – and it shouldn’t really change all too much. It will go up and down, depending on new tax levies and changing rates, but you shouldn’t see hundreds of dollars of difference every year – which can be the case in some rental instances. Keep in mind, federal tax benefits may be changing given the 2017 Tax reform bill, otherwise known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

The short breakdown:

  1. Complete freedom to personalize and decorate.
  2. Remodel and renovate to your hearts content.
  3. Community and neighborly relationships.
  4. Ownership and domicile security. You don’t need permission.
  5. Monthly payment goes towards ownership and fiscal growth.
  6. Upgrades, renovations, and appreciation increase your home value and leverage.
  7. Create your own maintenance schedule.
  8. Consistency and predictability in payments.

Drawbacks to owning:

  1. Hefty downpayment, means saving prior to purchasing and after closing.
  2. The ball (and maintenance) is entirely in your court. All maintenance must to scheduled and paid for by the homeowner.
  3. Damages could mean last-minute costs.
  4. Less flexibility, regarding where you live, unless you’re willing to sell your home.

Renting Your Home

Renting your home is also the preference of millions of people, world-wide. Whether you’re investing in other areas of your life or just renting to foster saving, renting proves an excellent option for many.

The maintenance-free life is a great one. As a renter, you don’t have to worry if anything stops working or malfunctions. It’s a simple call to the landlord or property manager and they’ll handle the fix and let you know when to expect the contractor to stop by.

Depending on your circumstances, you may enjoy the flexibility renting offers. If you plan on travelling a lot, moving for work, or just settling down outside of your immediate area, renting is probably the best option. If you plan on moving within a few years or your job requires that you move every few years, the upfront cost of purchasing could net you a negative figure when you go to sell your home.

Cost of the purchase price aside, you may drown in home repairs, updates and general maintenance. Not only are things like tree trimming, lawn mowing and gutter cleaning timely, but if you don’t want to do it, it could cost you a pretty penny per year to have these things done for you. Tack that on to your monthly mortgage, and you may reconsider purchasing.

If you’re in the situations where other investments or priorities top homeownership, renting is the next best thing. It allows the comforts of home, without the hefty initial price tag. You’ll have the upfront cost of moving and deposit/security, but that usually in the 10’s or 100’s of thousands.

The short breakdown:

  1. Simple decorations with less housework.
  2. Maintenance free.
  3. Call your landlord or property management company with any domicile issues.
  4. No long-term commitment to the home or area, allowing complete flexibility.
  5. Fluid savings with liquid dollars for alternative investments.

Drawbacks to renting:

  1. No leverage or appreciation of home, though you may make this up in other monetary investments.
  2. Variable costs and revolting rental increases.
  3. Limited ability to personalize your living quarters.
  4. No tax incentives.

All decisions come with drawbacks, such as rentals offer no appreciation or leverage for the tenant and owning means you’re in charge of everything, including damages and liability, but do the drawbacks overcome the benefits? There isn’t any right or wrong answer; just the answer that’s right for you. To lease, or to own? What’s your preference?

Zoolights This Weekend: December 23rd & December 24th

Zoolights This Weekend: December 23rd & December 24th

Zoolights

At Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, a whimsical experience awaits you. Every weekend since November, the zoo has lit up with thousands upon thousands of magical, twinkling lights. Though the lights will be around until January 1st, this weekend is your last chance to enjoy the splendor before Christmas!

December 22nd and December 23rd, the Zoolights will be ready for your viewing pleasure starting at 5:00 pm. Children 2 and younger are admitted for free and parking is also free!

To honor the holiday spirit of giving back, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is also running a recycling program. In order to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, Zoolights will have bins in which you can drop off your old or broken holiday lights.

6 Easy Ways You Can Boost Productivity During Your Lengthy Seattle Commute

6 Easy Ways You Can Boost Productivity During Your Lengthy Seattle Commute

Commuting can be the dread of the morning, and sometimes the reason we need that third cup of coffee before noon, but have you realized you could be using those precious moments to enlighten your day!

According to an October 2017, GeekWire article, Seattle has the sixth longest average commute time, at 54.22 minutes – and, believe it or not, that number has actually reduced from an earlier February figure from King5. Though we’re still behind cities like Washington, CD, San Francisco, CA and New York, NY, the figure in minutes is only about a 6-minute difference. According to that same article, however, Seattle falls to number 17 in commute-related stress.

Read the article at LiveOnGuides.com (click here for a quick link).

We’ve compiled a list to boost your morning and increase productivity throughout the day.

Plan your day. You might think your day is already planned, or that you don’t have any control, but whether it’s job-related or not, you can always plan ahead to use yoru future time for efficiently. Using a physical or digital planner can also help you get your thoughts in order (but, remember not to use while driving!)

Listen to a podcast, new update, or audiobook. This proves a great use of time, in lieu of simply turning the dial to a local music station (or maybe that’s your thing!) And apps like Google Play, Audible, Soundcloud and iTunes make these just a click away. You can catch up on your to-be-read list or learn something new during your 54-minute (average) commute. This also goes for things like webinars, teleconferences, etc.

Read a book, newspaper, or magazine. Take public transportation and don’t have to pay attention to the street? This is a great time to catch up on your to-be-read list (see above). After a long day of work, we sometimes don’t want to come home and read – we just want to go to sleep – so, fitting it in here gets “your read on” and makes this semi-work time not so work-y! You can also catch up on your extensive bookmark list!

Create your daily to-do list and get caught up on your email. If you don’t have to worry about other drivers, you have two free hands to get your day in order from the get. Tons of apps, like TRELLO, enable you to create teams, projects, boards, and checklists to optimize your time. This is another great way to keep your goals in the forefront.

Make is a social morning. Catching up on social media may not be for everyone, but if you’re one who enjoys staying up to date in your friends and family’s lives, then this drive-free commute time is the way to do it! You can also take this time to connect with your friends, family and children!

Get your daily workout in. Don’t live too far? Try walking or biking to increase your morning productivity levels. Not only will you be getting in your daily steps and exercise, but studies have proven that the faster you get outside and in the sun (umm… Seattle?) the more energy you feel throughout the day.

These six ideas should definitely get you started on a more prolific track! Have any other ideas? Add them in the comments!

Windermere Living – the Winter Edition 2017

Windermere Living – the Winter Edition 2017

Beautiful & breathtaking, the Winter edition of the premier Windermere Living Magazine is hot off the press! Read about the latest in luxury home trends, fabulous destination hubs, and darling homes across the Western Region!

Do you have more fabulous places you enjoy visiting? Bali or Croatia, perhaps? Let us know your favorite, any-place-in-the-world destinations in the comments below!

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!


DECEMBER EVENTS

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

Bring an unwrapped toy for their Toys for Tots drive, celebrating a happy season for every child!

https://fort-lewis-wa.toysfortots.org/images/lco-sites/lco-logos/tft-ZxAsQw-logo.jpg
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.

https://fort-lewis-wa.toysfortots.org
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

CITY OFFICE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY
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!

 

Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch This Weekend: December 2nd & December 3rd

Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch This Weekend: December 2nd & December 3rd

Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch

Friday, December 1st, is the beginning of family friendly, community events for the holiday season. At Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island, all are invited to join in with the holiday festivities.

From 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm, there will be a tree lighting ceremony as well as caroling in the park. If you decide to stick around, there’s even more fun to be had at the North Fire Station from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. There will be plenty of arts and crafts if you and your family are looking to get creative. Food and other treats, live music, and Santa photos will also be provided for your entertainment.

Since so much of what makes the holidays great has to do with giving back to those you love and your community, why not bring along an unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots drive? The Mercer Island Fire Department will also be starting a coat drive the same night. All warm coats will be donated to the Treehouse Foundation.

The Pros & Cons of Selling Your Home in the Off-Season

The Pros & Cons of Selling Your Home in the Off-Season

Selling your home proves a momentous decision, especially if it’s the home you’ve raised your little ones or created some fond memories in. But, inevitably, many decide to take the plunge and find another home that better suits their current needs.

Many areas, including the greater Seattle region, remain active through the holidays – though the season definitely brings a lull comparative to the rest of the year. In this article, we’re going over the pros and cons to selling during the holiday season, and offering some tips to make the entire experience the best it can be!

Here are 3 Advantages of Selling Your Home During the Off-Season:

  1. Less Seller Competition

Many homes are taken off-market during the holidays, and even more families simply wait until the new year or Spring to first list their homes. While this proves a good idea for some, those times are rampant with listings and you might feel the best time is when not so many are coming on market.

Especially, in the Seattle area, where homes are getting snatched up with the week, your home may fair well during the season when other people’s homes are off market. Fewer homes on the market often makes it an easier sell – and national and local statistics back that statement (see below).

  1. Buyers Are More Motivated

Many homes throughout the region are still getting multiple offers, meaning people are still driven to purchase before the end of 2017. As a seller, you want motivated buyers prospecting your home during open houses and agents floating through during brokers’ opens.

Remember, anyone who takes time out of their holiday – away from shopping, holiday gatherings, eating, parties, and just holiday cheer in general – is serious about their search for a new home. And buyers motivated to search, are buyers motivated to close. Besides, since the super nice, PNW weather is gone everyone is ready to settle back into the search.

  1. Your Home’s Already Stiffed Up for the Season

Many people expect people to be coming over throughout the season, meaning your home is typically on the cleaner side – and that’ll work in your favor as potential buyers cycle through!

  1. An Influx of Employment Mobility

It’s the last chance for people planning on relocating in the new year to look, before their new and local position starts up. Oftentimes, these people fall into the category above – Motivated Buyer – and they’ll be oh, so eager to snatch up your home!

Here are 3 Disadvantages of Selling Your Home During the Off-Season:

Likewise, to the benefits, there are drawbacks to selling during the off-season. The end of the year is usually a time of travel and family gettogethers – and if you’re the one typically hosting, well, you can see the conundrum.

  1. Personal Inconvenience

The holiday season is busy for everyone, and adding the listing/sale of your home to the mix only increases that busy sensation. But, that alone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sell during the off-season. Consider the tips below, if you’re worried about juggling your personal, seasonal and showing schedules!

  1. Less Competition (for the Buyers)

Less overall buyers, may mean less offers. Talk to your agent about the possibility of an offer review date, and see what options that opens for you.

  1. You Might Feel Rushed if it Doesn’t Sell

If your home doesn’t sell during quickly, you have the issue of stagnant inventory and when more buyers flood the market come the new year, you may find your home on the backburner.

If you’re more of a figures person, check out the 2016 statistics on TheMarketTalks.com, which goes over the Greater Seattle Region cities and neighborhoods with an in-depth analysis. Specifically, check out the “November 2016 Seattle Area Housing Report” and the “December 2016 Seattle Area Housing Report”. Historical data can prove telling.

Overall, there will always be advantages and disadvantages. You’ll have to sit down with your family and agent and see what option works best in your situation. Whatever timing is best for you, is the timing you should proceed with.

So, let’s say you decide to sell. What should you do?

  1. Compromise on Decorations

Do you really need the garnish in every room? In several colors? While it’s true that most people won’t be offended, you want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home, and what that might look like for them. Having a ton of holiday decorations may make that difficult for them.

That being said, that doesn’t mean you have to let go of everything and not decorate! I would touch base with your agent to see what insight and perspective they can offer.

  1. Tone Down the Scent-Heavy Candles

We love scent, but not everybody does – and it really affects some people. We don’t want to be spraying lavender, if your next potential buyer’s allergic! We suggest you stick to clean or non-scented candles and potpourri – at least for a little while!

  1. It’s Okay to Create Blackout Dates

Oh, your parents are in town? Or your hosting your annual pie-making event? Communicate with your agent, so they can create blackout dates in your calendar and encourage prospective buyers to work around your schedule.

  1. Set Up a Showing Schedule with your Agent

If you don’t want to show on the weekends, you don’t have to. If you would prefer to only show before 9 in the evening, you can let them know that, too – just know you may dwindle your pool of potential buyers.

Either way, you should set some times aside, or requirement of notice, so you’re able to have some semblance to your season!

  1. Touch Base with your Agent

Making sure you and your agent are on the same page will prove critical as you move through the home-selling process. Ensuring vacations, showings, staging, and blackout dates, etc. are on the calendar will be a crucial part of ensuring an easy, breezy holiday season!

Having assistance from a savvy agent is a key factor in both ensuring sanity and the sale of your home, during any time of the year – including the wintery season! A great agent will help you set your home up for ultimate success!

You can always check out our Home Selling Advice page on our website to check out our offices’ brokers, full, detailsed market reports, home trends, and neighborhood information!

Remember, it’s still your home – and should feel completely comfortable until the day of closing. And something to always consider is what to do when your home does sell.

What other advantages do you see in selling your home during the cold or off-season? Any other disadvantages? How about some tips for people on the edge of their decision?

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2017 Holiday Happenings Around Seattle, Washington

2017 Holiday Happenings Around Seattle, Washington

2017 Holiday Events Around Seattle

Forget about the rain. Whether it’s skating at the Winterfest Ice Rink, watching the “snow” fall at Snowflake Lane, or meandering through a dazzling light show, there are so many ways to make the most of our Northwest holidays…

WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
www.zoo.org/zoolights | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/24/17 – 1/1/18 | 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Cost: $7.95-$11.95 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Get 50% off daily zoo admission if you present your WildLights ticket at the gate between Dec. 1st and Dec. 14th. You can also get discounts on WildLights tickets for groups of 20+.
  • Parking: Free parking at the north (Bear Lot), inner north (Otter Lot) and and northwest lot (Penguin Lot). Zoo entry is at the West Entrance only (5500 Phinney Ave N).
  • Food: Refreshments are available at food kiosks, Pizza Corner, and at the Pacific Chowder House (with covered seating). You are also welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Special Events and Activities
  • Holiday Closures: 12/24 & 12/25
Image courtesy of https://zoo.org/zoolights

Winterfest at Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

Map


Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main Street, Bellevue WA 98005
www.gardendlights.org | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/25/17 – 12/31/17 | 4:30-9:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 per person (ages 10 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Free admission nights on November 27, 28, 29, 30, and December 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Parking: Premium parking is $5 per car in the Garden’s lot (cash only) as space allows OR park for free at Wilburton Hill Park
  • Food: Hot drinks and snacks are available at the Aaron Education Center
  • Holiday Closures: None
Image courtesy of https://gardendlights.org/

Snowflake & Celebration Lane at the Bellevue Collection

Bellevue Way & NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA 98004
http://bellevue.com/snowflake-lane

  • Dates/Times: Nightly 11/24/17 – 12/31/17 | 20 minute show starts at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free for all ages
  • Parking: Free parking at Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square.
  • Food: A variety of dining options (from happy hour, to kid fare, to gourmet meal) are all within walking distance
  • Special Events & Activities: Ice Skating, Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
  • Holiday Closure: 12/25
Image courtesy of http://bellevue.com/snowflake-lane

Christmas Ship Festival

Launch locations include Lake Union Park, Kirkland City Dock, Hyatt Regency, Leschi Marina, Des Moines Marina, Poulsbo Marina, Seattle Waterfront – Pier 55, Tacoma (Dock Street Marina), Port of Edmonds Marina, and Shilsole Bay Marina
www.argosycruises.com | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Click here for the full schedule
  • Cost: $20-$62 per person (ages 3 and under are free)
  • Parking: Varies by location
  • Food: While dining ahead of time is recommended, there are snacks and drinks available for purchase on the ship. You can also pre-order Ingallina’s boxed meals (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) at least 48 hours prior to your cruise. Outside food/drinks are not allowed.
  • Special Events: Parade of Boats Night, Grand Finale Night


Ivar’s Clam Lights at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056
http://rentonwa.gov/clamlights

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 12/1/17 – 1/1/18 | 5-9 pm
  • Cost: Free for all ages
  • Parking: Park for free at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park parking lot
  • Kickoff Event on December 1st, 5:30-7:30: Official lighting ceremony, music, photo stations, Parade of Boats viewing, and a visit from the Christmas Ship and Dickens Carolers
  • Holiday Closures: None
Image courtesy of http://rentonwa.gov/clamlights/

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Last Mercer Island Farmers Market This Weekend: November 18th & November 19th

Last Mercer Island Farmers Market This Weekend: November 18th & November 19th

Mercer Island Farmers Market

Sunday, November 19th is your last chance to visit the Mercer Island Farmers Market—it’s the last one of the season! Since it’s the last market of 2017, it has been dubbed the “special” Harvest Market. This special event gives you the opportunity to shop around at different stands or booths that offer everything from produce, to crafts.

If you want to bring family, the Harvest Market even has a kid’s activity available where children will learn how to make DIY birdfeeders—perfect for the fall season and Thanksgiving.

In order for events like these to continue to exist, there are local vendors who are generous enough to help by donating a portion of their proceeds to the Mercer Island Farmers Market. The featured vendor this time around is Glassybaby, who will be donating 10% of their earnings toward future markets.

If you’re interested in good food, drinks, and amazing crafts, come on down to the north end of Mercerdale Park and have some fun! The market opens at 10:00 am and closes at 3:00 pm.