More than 1,000 volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue were planning to give Stevenson Elementary School a major makeover today.

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More than 1,000 volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue were planning to give Stevenson Elementary School a major makeover today.

The event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is part of a yearlong program that sent church members into the school to do academic tutoring and other types of classroom volunteering.

Today, volunteers will paint part of the school’s exterior, do landscaping, redesign the library and help teachers prepare classrooms with new bulletin boards, bookcases and a puppet stage.


Donations, grant to pay for new roof

The Family Resource Center has received a $38,000 grant that will help the nonprofit organization replace its roof.

The donation from Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound will be used for the project, which will cost $300,000. Other contributions for the roofing project have been made by Medina Foundation ($25,000), Puget Sound Energy ($10,000), U.S. Bank ($5,000), Nintendo ($5,000) and Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation ($3,000).

The project also has received support from the cities of Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond. A total of $219,437 has been raised to date.

Family Resource Center’s Redmond campus houses 18 agencies that provide health, housing and human services to more than 35,000 Eastsiders.

For more information call 425-869-6699 or visit


Literacy program wants volunteers

Hopelink’s Eastside Literacy program is holding two orientation sessions for new volunteers next month.

The Sept. 7 events are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Eastside Literacy offices, 15015 Main St., Suite 206, in the Kelsey Creek Plaza.

Eastside Literacy offers free classes to adults throughout north and east King County.

Nutritionists, cooks and bankers are particularly needed. Also needed are volunteers to help teach basic literacy and to tutor individual adults in basic skills, and group teachers and leaders for Talk Time, a supplemental practice session for students learning to speak English.

For more information call Eastside Literacy at 425-643-1912, Hopelink at 425-869-6000 or go to

North Bend

Group seeks clients for homeownership

Informational meetings for families interested in becoming Habitat for Humanity participants will be held next month.

The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S.

Representatives will present information about the low-income home-ownership program at Snoqualmie Ridge. Homeowners are chosen on the basis of need, financial criteria and willingness to work with Habitat.

For further information go to or call Habitat for Humanity at 425-869-6007.


I-90 lanes closed during next 2 days

Expect lane closures today and tomorrow along Interstate 90 near Bellevue’s Eastgate neighborhood while state crews inspect the overpass at 148th Avenue Southeast.

Two lanes of westbound I-90 will close today from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 148th Avenue Southeast. Tomorrow, crews will close three eastbound lanes at the same location from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The carpool lane will remain open to all traffic both days.

Single lanes may be closed intermittently throughout the weekend, but all lanes will reopen by 4 p.m. tomorrow.