In brief

Schwartz offering acting classes

Valley theater games instructor Gary Schwartz is offering young actors workshops, for teens age 12 to 14, 4 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday at Valley Center Stage. Enrollment is on now.

Shwartz is also enrolling for a workshop for ages 9 to 11 that meets 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays at the SVA Youth Center in Snoqualmie.

Adult classes meet 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

Schwartz’ classes invite children and adults to explore Viola Spolin’s transformative and fun theater games. Participants meet new people and learn new ways to communicate. Theater games teach cooperation, imagination, and communication skills.

To learn more, contact Gary Schwartz at (425) 831-5667 or e-mail to

4Culture funds

chapel car work

The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie is getting $20,000 from 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, to help repair a historic rail car.

Funding goes to stabilize and restore the 1899 Chapel Car 5, the “Messenger of Peace,” a high-profile piece of the museum’s rolling stock collection, to its original condition.

The work is among nine projects awarded some $150,000 through the brand-new Landmark Challenge Grants program. Facilitated by Preservation 4Culture, the new program provides matching funds for “bricks and mortar” projects involving significant historic properties throughout King County.

4Culture’s Landmark Challenge Grants fund repairs, restoration and rehabilitation of private and public structures, ships, cemeteries, public art, barns and landscapes. To qualify for a Landmark Challenge Grant, the project budget must be at least $20,000, and a one-to-one cash match is required. The program is open to any property officially designated as a landmark by a community’s local preservation ordinances, as well as those recognized by the National Register of Historic Places for communities without their own designation programs.

Valley food bank seeks volunteers

The Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank is looking for volunteers to pick up food from local grocery stores one morning a week. This is a one- to two-hour commitment and can include light to moderate lifting. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Susan at (425) 888-5312 or e-mail to

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