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Senior center to install new kitchen, close for three weeks

The Vashon Senior Center will close for three weeks this month for the installation of a new commercial kitchen.

The center on Bank Road will be closed Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 30.

The senior center has been raising funds in recent months to install the new kitchen, which has aging equipment and doesn’t meet current fire codes.

According to Executive Director Ava Apple, the senior center, which serves regular meals, hasn’t been able to cook in the kitchen since 2007.

“It’s important that we be able to be able to cook on-site again and provide nutritious meals to island seniors,” she said.

Further detailing just how old the current kitchen and its appliances are, Apple added that the senior center was built 30 years ago, and the equipment that is currently the kitchen was used even then.

“I’m pretty sure it’s a Smithsonian stove,” she said with a laugh.

Apple explained that it has been her goal to change that since she became director two years ago.

The effort to raise money for the kitchen began last year with the knitter’s group fundraiser Stitchin’ for a Kitchen, which raised an impressive $9,000. Since then the center has received a substantial grant from Granny’s Attic, a donation from the South End Community Club, a grant from King County as well as miscellaneous private donations to total $27,000. With a project budget of $37,500, the center is hoping to raise the rest of the funds during GiveBig, a special fundraising day put on by the Seattle Foundation Tuesday after press deadline, and the senior center’s Chicken Plunge fundraiser on Saturday, May 17.

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