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Neighborhood news roundup: grant, restaurant closing, legislative page applicants, costume jewelry sale, new story time, crime

Here’s a roundup of various news from the neighborhood.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting its second annual Costume Jewelry Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Come check out the many treasures.

Friends of Evanston P-Patch has been awarded $25,00 from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award to hire a landscape architect to redevelop the garden for better functionality and accessibility. The group has pledged a community match of $20,370.

Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., is giving away a free scoop of ice cream this week when you bring in a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. (Limit one scoop per customer.)

The Santa Fe Cafe, 5910 Phinney Ave. N., will be closing as of Jan. 1. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page:

This was obviously a tough decision and one that was not taken lightly.

I want to thank all of you for three decades of loyal devotion. The last seven years of my life as owner has been the highest honor I’ve ever had. I would like to see as many of you as possible in the next month and I’m feeling good about the future.

Any of you who are in possession of gift certificates, please redeem them by the end of the year.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., has two popular story times each week, but it is changing its Monday story time to Tuesday at 11 a.m. with store co-owner Laura. Friday’s story time remains at 11 a.m. with Steph.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles is looking for local students ages 14-16 to serve in the legislative page program.

The page program is a hands-on educational experience that takes place on the Capitol Campus during the legislative session. For one week, students will be employees of the Senate, performing administrative tasks and participating in civic education activities that demonstrate the operation of state government.

Earning $35 a day, pages perform numerous tasks including making deliveries to Senate offices, going on errands and working in the Senate chamber during floor debates. In addition, pages will spend two hours a day in page school learning the legislative process. At the end of the week, pages participate in a mock debate with their peers so they are able to experience what it is like to be a real state senator.

Interested parties may contact the legislative office of Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles at: 219 John A. Cherberg Building, PO Box 40436, Olympia, WA 98504-0436, (360) 786-7670, Fax: (360) 786-1999

In addition to numerous reports of package thefts this time of year, we also heard from Sandy that a man walked up to her front door in Greenwood in broad daylight – while numerous people were sitting in the living room and could easily be seen from the window – and stole her Amazon Fresh bags off her doorstep. He ran off before they could catch him. Luckily, the bags were empty.

And with our dark and stormy weather, Kendyl asked us to remind everyone that it’s harder than ever to see pedestrians. So drivers should take extra care, and pedestrians should wear light-colored clothing, a reflective vest, or carry a flashlight.

The streetlights are often not enough illumination. I can’t tell you how many close calls I’ve seen where people seemingly popped out of the dark, surprising drivers. The life you save could be your own!