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King County

King County’s new $18 million Elliott Bridge over the Cedar River east of Renton will open with a ceremony at 10 a.m. today.

The crossing was closed for 10 weeks.

The new span replaces a 93-year-old bridge that was falling apart and on which use by larger trucks was restricted. The old bridge, which still stands about 1,000 feet downstream, had a curved alignment and a high accident rate on its north side.

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The new span includes improved wildlife habitat near the bridge and the daylighting of Stewart Creek.

Kirkland

Visual-arts school seeks curators

Kirkland Arts Center, a nonprofit visual-arts school and contemporary gallery, is seeking curators for its 2007 gallery schedule to produce one or two monthlong solo or group exhibitions.

Exhibitions in all media are eligible, and selected curators will receive a small cash stipend. Curators must submit a statement postmarked by Nov. 15 that details the proposed exhibit and includes a current résumé, a list of artists in the exhibition with their current résumés, and labeled slides and videos. They also should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

For more information, call Jason Huff at 425-822-7161, or go to www.kirklandartscenter.org/curator.htm

Redmond

City invites grant applications

Redmond invites public and private organizations from museum and cultural groups to chambers of commerce to apply for special grants awarded to projects that stimulate tourism in the city.

A portion of the 1 percent sales tax on Redmond hotel and motel rooms funds the grants. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Sept. 30, and the City Council will award the grants in October. Grants may not exceed 50 percent of the cost of the project.

For more information, call 425.556.2441, e-mail jgoren@redmond.gov or visit www.redmond.gov and look under the “New in Redmond” header.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau