Local musicians are tuning up for a Hurricane Katrina benefit to be held at 7 p.m.

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Local musicians are tuning up for a Hurricane Katrina benefit to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kirkland Performance Center. Participating musicians include Stefan Mitchell, Garnett Hundley, Beverly Daugherty, Rob Cook, John Silverman, Miriam Shames and Susan Bardsley.

The Gulf Coast Benefit Concert is sponsored in part by the Kirkland Performance Center and Studio East. All proceeds will be donated to Mercy Corps and/or AmeriCares and earmarked for relief work.

Tickets, at $20 per person, can be purchased at the performance-center box office, 350 Kirkland Ave., by calling 425-893-9900 or online at www.kpcenter.org.


January hearing set on hospitals’ appeal

A hearing date has been set on appeals by Swedish Medical Center and Overlake Hospital Medical Center over the state Department of Health’s denial this spring of the hospitals’ applications to build a new facility in Issaquah.

An administrative-law judge at the state Department of Health will listen to the appeals Jan. 17-20, said Karen Nidermayer, an analyst for the state’s certificate of need program, which oversees the number of hospitals built in the state.

Before a new hospital can go up, the state must issue a certificate of need to a provider. That can occur only after a determination that the number of hospital beds in a community is inadequate.

Swedish, based in Seattle, and Overlake, in Bellevue, have sought to build a hospital in Issaquah, but the state said the region already has enough beds to serve residents for at least 10 years.

It’s uncertain when a final decision will be issued, Nidermayer said. The appeals process “can certainly go on for a very long time,” she said.


5K run helps fund safe-ride program

The third annual Anna’s Ride Home 5K, sponsored by the Anna Armstrong White Foundation, will start at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina.

The foundation was created in memory of Anna Armstrong White, who was killed by a drunken driver in 2002.

Funds raised benefit Anna’s Ride Home, a program that provides alcohol-impaired individuals with free taxi rides home from eight participating bars and restaurants. The group hopes to add six bars to the list this year.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Although registration is $25, participants can qualify for prizes by raising additional funds. The church is at 8398 N.E. 12th St. For more information, go to www.annasridehome.org.


Workplace diversity is focus of workshop

The city of Bellevue and several local groups are sponsoring a free workshop on workplace diversity next week.

“Building Capacity to Understand Differences — Conversations on Race and Culture” will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E.

Business consultant Raphael Madison will give the keynote address, and group discussions will follow.

Those interested should call the city’s cultural-diversity office at 425-452-7922.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau