Informational workshops began this week and more community news

Informational workshops began this week

King County is hosting three free workshops for prospective applicants to learn more about the WaterWorks Grant Program.

The workshops kicked off with one in Kent Thursday, Jan. 17. The next is scheduled for the Bellevue Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The final workshop is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. at the King Street Center in Seattle.

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is offering $2 million in funding for community-drive projects through the grant program.

Letters of intent, the first step in the application process, are being accepted now through March 6.

For more information, email or call Elizabeth Loudon at 206-477-4297.

PSE assistance available

Puget Sound Energy assistance is available to those in the Black Diamond area.

The Black Diamond Community Center and the Salvation Army have appointments available Monday through Thursday for low income families, seniors and disabled people.

To make an appointment, call the center at 360-886-1011.

Up to $250 per household is available if you qualify. The words “Urgent Notice” or “Final Notice” must appear on your letter from PSE.

The center also has winter coats or other winter items available to help keep you warm during the cold months.

Grand opening at new development

The Nineteen at Elk Run is hosting a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

The development is located at 22741 SE 275th Pl. in Maple Valley.

For more information, visit

Youth symphony gala next month

The Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra is hosting its annual gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the SeaTac Hilton and Conference Center.

The evening includes live music, catered dinner, champagne happy hour, silent auction as well as a live auction, raffle and dessert.

The gala helps the symphony key tuition low and provide programs to students. To purchase tickets, visit