In other items: Meadowbrook Bridge to close for renovation; 2 library buildings win design awards; and music, storytelling at community center.

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Kirkland’s “Save the Animals” fund-raising effort has been extended to July 31 to give the city more time to raise money to purchase three sidewalk wildlife sculptures.

The city has raised about $140,000 toward the $212,000 needed to purchase the sculptures.

The three are “Mountain Comrades,” two bears on the corner of Kirkland Avenue and Third Street; “Bounding Muledeer,” a leaping deer on the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Lakeview Drive; and “Close Quarters,” two nuzzling rabbits on Central Way and Lake Street.

The previous deadline was April 11, but the city met with the sculptures’ owner, former arts patron Bill Ballantine, who agreed to the three-month extension, said Lynn Stokesbary, assistant Kirkland city manager.

The city started the fund-raising campaign after Ballantine filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and put some of his sculptures up for sale. Donations can be sent to 123 Fifth Ave., Kirkland, WA 98033.

Checks can be made payable to “Save the Animals Fund.” For more information, call Stokesbary at 425-587-3008.


Meadowbrook Bridge to close for renovation

The Meadowbrook Bridge near Snoqualmie will be closed through October as King County’s Road Services Division renovates the span.

The 84-year-old bridge is on Meadowbrook Way Southeast at Southeast Reinig Road and spans the Snoqualmie River. Crews will replace the timber approach trestles with new concrete spans, rebuild the truss deck and convert the bridge from two lanes to a single lane with traffic signals at either end.

The county suggests two detour routes: Highway 202 or along Reinig Road/428th Avenue Southeast.


2 library buildings win design awards

The Issaquah Library and Seattle’s Central Library were among eight libraries nationwide recognized for their architectural design by the American Institute of Architects and two national library associations.

The libraries will be honored June 27 at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago for creating buildings that joined harmony and beauty with function.

The Issaquah Library’s cedar-sided structure used an exaggerated building height, along with a trellis and canopies to help maintain human scale at the street level. Passers-by can see activity in the library’s multipurpose room from the street.


Music, storytelling at community center

A showcase of Snoqualmie Valley tribal and nontribal music and storytelling will be held at 8 p.m. today at the Miller Community Center in Carnation.

Swil Kanim, Snoqualmie/Lummi Indian violinist and storyteller, and Mike and Bob Antone will use Native American drums and rattles and fiddle, guitar and musical saws to share tribal music, ballads and stories of the Puget Sound area.

Adult tickets are $5; children and seniors will be admitted free. Miller Community Center is at 4597 Tolt Ave., on Highway 203, in Carnation.