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July 12, 2017 | Vol. 12 | No. 28
NNONinth Annual National Night Out, August 1
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Mercer Island events
On Tuesday, August 1, from 5:00-8:00pm, the City will be hosting its ninth annual National Night Out.  This year will mark the 34th National Night Out event across the United States.  

National Night Out is an organized crime prevention and preparedness event, and will involve over 14,000 communities from all 50 states.  Locally, there are now well over 100 cities and counties in Washington State participating in the event, and 18 Mercer Island neighborhoods hosted an event last year. 

National Night Out brings neighbors together not only to heighten crime prevention awareness and family emergency preparedness, but also to strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships.  Neighbors get reintroduced to one another, connect names with faces, and become acquainted with City officials.  

Contact Emergency Preparedness Officer Jennifer Franklin (jennifer.franklin@mercergov.org) or call (206) 275-7905 for more information about hosting an event.

Or come to the all-City event at City Hall from 5:00-8:00pm for a cookout and tours of the police station and jail! Learn more here.

Music_and_MoviesMusic and Movies in the Park Starting Next Week
A crowd gathers for evening entertainment at 
Mercerdale Park;  click for City event calendar
They're back! Join us at  Mercerdale Park for the return of two popular summer events. Mostly Music in the Park, produced by the MI Arts Council, launches a six-week series on ThursdayJuly 20 at 7:00pm.  The FREE c oncerts feature various bands and artists from around the region performing a wide variety of music styles; see full lineup here.
And the Parks and Recreation Department's Movies in the Park series returns SaturdayJuly 22: come down to Mercerdale Park around dusk to watch free movies on a giant inflatable screen. Bring blankets, warm clothes, chairs, and flashlights.
Mercer Island Goes Green
Home_EnergyHome Energy Audit Results
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A few months ago, three Puget Sound Energy (PSE) teams went door-to-door in selected Mercer Island neighborhoods with older housing stock, providing free information to homeowners about ways they can reduce their energy use and lower their bills. The teams also scheduled free 2-hour follow-up home energy assessments for interested residents.

We now have the preliminary results of this collaborative program: of the 834 homes visited, 155 homes discussed energy topics in detail, and 61 homes enrolled for energy assessments (which include up to 20 free LED bulbs installed).  Joint programs like these help the City meet its carbon footprint targets, and help homeowners save money...  a win-win opportunity!

Parks_Rec_MonthJuly is Park and Recreation Month
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Throughout July, the City is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) highlighting all the ways parks and recreation have the power to transform everyone's  daily life. From providing places to play, get fit and stay healthy, to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve the quality of life here on Mercer Island. 

At the July 5 City Council Meeting Mayor Bassett recognized the City's Parks and Recreation Department and Park and Recreation Month.  
Be_PreparedAssembling Your Emergency Kit
Emergency Program volunteer Sue Robboy; click to learn more about getting prepared
Last weekend, the City kicked off its latest emergency preparedness awareness campaign, with an educational booth (open through July 22) at New Seasons Market.

Stop by to learn how to be prepared and how to assemble a kit for emergencies such as windstorms, power outages, earthquakes, etc. Emergency Volunteer Sue Robboy staffed the display during Summer Celebration and shared ideas.  Learn more at the City's preparedness website:  www.mercergov.org/Prepare 

Are you signed up for Emergency Alerts through our partnership with Alert King County? Register today.


For questions and comments on the MI Weekly, contact
Sustainability & Communications Manager Ross Freeman at

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.