Tunnel update: Here's what's going on with the big tunnel dig

Setting the stage for Bertha’s repairs

Drivers on SR 99 in Seattle will soon see a noise-blocking wall rise out of the ground near the spot where crews will dig a pit to reach and repair Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine. The double-plywood wall, which will be as tall as the lower deck of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, is designed to shield neighbors from construction noise associated with the repairs. It will stretch along the west side of the viaduct between South Jackson and South Main streets. Construction of the wall should take about two weeks.

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King County Community Service Area program hosts spring town hall meetings

Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with County officials, learn about small grant opportunities for their community, and be informed about current County work in their community during a series of town hall-style open houses, scheduled in April and May.

Sponsored by the King County Community Service Area (CSA) program, the town hall open houses are an excellent opportunity for residents of unincorporated areas to learn more about King County’s work in their specific community and speak out about their own priorities.

Open houses will take place from 7-9 p.m., with time for residents to meet one-on-one with representatives of specific County departments and branches. The meetings are scheduled for:

Monday, April 14
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain featuring Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Sheriff John Urquhart and Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett
Location: Evergreen Community Church, 20112 SE 152nd St., Renton

Wednesday, April 16
West Hill/Skyway featuring Councilmember Larry Gossett, Sheriff John Urquhart and Chief of Operations Rhonda Berry
Location: Fire District 20 Headquarters, 12424 76th Ave. S., Seattle

Monday, April 21

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Breeders Theater--Tolstory now playing

by Tim Takechi

We’ve all heard the expression “If these walls could talk.” But what about “If these nesting dolls could talk?”

And sing? And dance? And act out fairy tales?

In Breeders Theater’s newest production, “Tolstory” tells us a story through the eyes of four matryoshka dolls that belong to a typical 19th century Russian woman named Katrina Karenin. The audience sees very little of Ms. Karenin, but we get to see plenty of the four dolls she owns throughout her entire life.

Matryoshka dolls, better known in English as nesting dolls, are the rounded wooden dolls that decrease in size when they are placed inside one another. They are a great metaphor for the passing of time, as the smallest doll can represent infanthood while the largest represents late adulthood.

We see Katrina Karenin from infancy to childhood, young adulthood, adulthood and lastly, old age. While her life may not be as epic as that of most of Leo Tolstroy’s famous heroines, if our most valued possessions could talk, they would tell us that everybody’s life has their memorable moments. You don’t need to be a princess to act like a princess.

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