Construction is under way on a new assisted-living facility that will provide housing for low-income seniors and jobs for local residents.

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Construction is under way on a new assisted-living facility that will provide housing for low-income seniors and jobs for local residents.

Of the 90 units at Spiritwood at Pine Lake Assisted Living Facility, 76 units will be designated for residents who need assistance and 14 for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Construction began June 13 on the three-story building at 3607 228th Ave. S.E.

The developer of the $14.3 million building, Marathon Senior Living Services of Issaquah, expects it to open by spring of next year. Operated by the Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Association (LOMA), Spiritwood at Pine Lake will have 36 full-time, permanent employees.

The project is part of the Coming Home Program funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop affordable assisted-living facilities in underserved rural and urban areas.


Push to make schools

more welcoming to all

The Bellevue School District Parent Advisory Council is asking for feedback from parents as part of an effort to make schools more accessible to people of color and immigrants.

The council has posted a survey online, with versions in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Korean. The anonymous survey asks parents about their experiences with the district.

The council is working with schools Superintendent Mike Riley on a range of issues, from creating a more welcoming atmosphere at schools to crafting a curriculum that will better reflect the range of cultures of Bellevue’s students. More than 60 languages are now spoken in Bellevue schools.

The survey can be found at online.


Volunteers to harvest

crops for food banks

Northwest Farming for Humanity will have community volunteers at farms in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties this summer to harvest crops donated to local food banks.

The work parties will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Biringer Farms in Everett with a strawberry harvest. Volunteers will spend the morning picking strawberries donated by the farm to the Bothell, Marysville and Shoreline food banks.

Other work parties will be held this summer at Full Circle Organic Farm and SnoValley Tilth Farms in Carnation and the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm in Bellevue.

For more information about Northwest Farming for Humanity’s summer work parties, or to register for the Biringer Farms work party, contact Tim Bernthal, program manager, at

You also can register online at or (search under “Hunger/Food” for Cascade Harvest Coalition/Northwest Farming for Humanity).


Gilman Town Hall,

depot extend hours

Thursday-evening hours at the Issaquah Depot and the Gilman Town Hall Museum have been extended. The hours through Labor Day will be 4 to 8 p.m.

The Gilman Town Hall features exhibits on the history of the town and its second jail, which was built in 1914. Now showing at the Town Hall is the traveling exhibit Best Friends: Antique Images of Pets and Their People.

The Issaquah Depot interprets the railroad history of Issaquah and features rolling stock and a model-railroad display.

For more information on the museums or their open hours, contact the Issaquah Historical Society at 425-392-3500 or

Seattle Times Eastside bureau