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Neighborhood news roundup

Here’s a roundup of news you might want to know about.
Bartell Drugs and the Salvation Army have extended their “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive through this Friday. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child and drop it in the bin at any of the 58 Bartell stores, including Greenwood at 120 N. 85th St.
Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (the front for nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle) has a new and improved shopping website, where you can order intergalactic gifts for your loved ones. Between now and Dec. 25, save 10 percent by entering the code “Saturn” at checkout. You can also stop by the store at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. from 12-6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Saturday.
The new Made Sewing Studio at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting “Kid Made: Friday Night Holiday Shopping” from 5-7 p.m. this Friday. For $30 you can drop off your child for two hours while you finish your Christmas shopping, and your kids will get to do some crafting and sewing.
And don’t forget that Made is hosting a whole series of “Kid Made” crafting and sewing classes over winter break, including how to make your own messenger bag, yoga pants and leggings, wallets, and stuffed animals. See the website for the full class list.
A reminder that all City of Seattle Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (both Sundays). But solid waste collection will be on normal schedule both weeks. Remember that you can put your holiday greens in your food and yard waste bins, and you can put your tree out for pickup at no extra charge from Dec. 26 through Jan. 8.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.
Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Starting January 1, each unit of extra garbage will cost $8.60. Plastic trees are not recyclable.
Seattle residents can also drop off their holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations between Dec. 26, 2011 and Jan. 8, 2012. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be disposed free of charge.