Puppies Visit Community Council

Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was joined by two representatives of the Puppy Power 4-H Project who provide service animals to people in need.

Read the full minutes of the January meeting

We got to meet Jupiter who is just about to finish 18 months of living with a family and training to become a service dog. The training includes not being scared or surprised by new responses and never, ever growling. Also attending, coincidentally, was a graduate puppy who now serves a resident of Victory Heights (the dogs got on famously, they appeared to be distantly related Golden Retriever Labrador crosses). If you would like to be considered for training one of these animals, or need a service animal yourself, check out www.cci.org.

In other news, the ReVisioning Northgate committee had its first meeting this week, an organization that hopes to be able to be influential in the years to come of development in the Northgate area by involving many groups and stakeholders.

You have until January 17th to fill out a survey for development of Hubbard Homestead Park behind the QFC. You’ll find it here.

Don’t forget our two Seed Swap events, the first (to peruse catalogs and select the seeds) will be 3 PM on January 27th at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The second to divvy up the packets and distribute them will be 3 PM on February 10th, same location.

The Victory Heights Community Council will be participating in Meadowbrook’s “Hands-on Skills Fair” from 2 – 5 PM on February 9th at their community center on 35th Avenue. We got a grant and will be giving away emergency toilets to the first 100 people!

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 19th, hope to see you there!

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Victory Heights January Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights this month:

Wednesday January 2nd – 3rd: Post-Holiday Styrofoam Recycling Event. The Green Team at Seattle’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Meadowbrook (10005 32nd NE) will be sponsoring a STYROFOAM Recycle Event on January 2-4, 2019.  NOT before that date and NOT after that date.  Let’s work together and keep this nasty stuff out of the landfills. Please bag up and notify the staff at MapleLeafOffice@comcast.net that you will be a part of the effort. Please, no drop off without scheduling.

Saturday, January 12th: Reopening of the Lake City branch of the Seattle Public Library.  The event will feature opening remarks with Seattle’s Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner, Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez and The Seattle Public Library Foundation CEO Jonna Ward. 1 PM – 3 PM, 12501 28th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, January 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Our monthly meeting for our neighborhood. 7 PM – 8 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Thursday, January 17th: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Learn all about managing beavers in urban settings.  A panel discussion with representatives from Seattle Public Utilities (Deb Heiden), Seattle Parks (Patti Bakker), and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Ezekial Rohloff). 7:00 PM,  Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. NE.

Thursday, January 24th: UNICEF Event About Human Trafficking. In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness month, UNICEF USA is hosting a screening of ‘Not My Life’, a documentary exploring the tragedy of trafficking. The film will be followed be a Q/A with UNICEF USA Staff on the topic and UNICEF Programming in general. 7:00pm at Roosevelt High School. Tickets are available for free or a voluntary contribution. Please RSVP and get further details here.

Sunday, January 27th: Seed Swap #1. Bring your seed catalogs – and your wish list – and we’ll see if we can find you like-minded gardeners to split the cost.   In this session, swap saved / leftover seeds and identify seeds you’d like to order as a group. Second session on February 10th. More info at victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com. 3 PM – 4 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

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Caroling In The Park Draws Dozens

Victory Heights Caroling 2018 Edition on Sunday night added some new wrinkles this year. In addition to live musical accompaniment provided by members of the Nathan Hale High School band, carolers congregated in the park to sing rather than going door-to-door.

Two dozen people showed up on what turned out to be a dry evening (and despite competition from the Seahawks-Chiefs game that was on) with hot cocoa and candy canes available for consumption.

This is the 7th year in a row that the Victory Heights Community Council has sponsored a caroling event in our neighborhood. Song sheets were passed to participants (and laminated–a lesson learned from the year we did it in pouring rain) and even the smallest kids were able to participate.

Thanks, everyone, for participating, and the students who helped out from Nathan Hale.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and remember trash pick up this week and next will be on Friday.

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Roosevelt Reservoir “Saved” For Earthquake Emergencies

At this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard from Bill Heubach from Seattle Public Utilities about the future of the Roosevelt reservoir and its connection with earthquake planning.

Read the complete minutes of the December meeting.

Studies for the city commissioned in the 1990s to predict the impact of a major earthquake to Seattle’s water infrastructure have proven to be out-of-date. In the past 28 years many more fault lines have been discovered in the city itself, as well as experience from major quake cities like Auckland and Kobe. Because of that, the standards for a water system have been upgraded to survive not just an event likely every 50 years but one that might only occur over thousands of years. Pipes that can withstand shaking were first developed in Japan, originally dismissed by American manufacturers, but since then they have jumped on the bandwagon, bringing the price and availability down. Nevertheless, the cost to replace every single pipe in the Seattle system would cost $38 billion. We’ll all get sidewalks before that happens. So the thinking is to upgrade the most vulnerable parts of the system, starting where it passes over ground prone to liquefaction during a quake. And to keep two surplus reservoirs, Volunteer Park and Roosevelt (at NE 75th Street and 15th Avenue NE), for emergency use rather than selling off the land to developers. (Currently they are not usable for potable water as the last of the open-air reservoirs.) The hope is to eventually decrease the amount of time it would take to restore water to the city in case of a catastrophic event. At the moment figures suggest in a worse-case scenario it would take 3-4 weeks just to get 20% of system back working, and 90 days to be back to 100%. Over the next 50 years the city is going to spend $15-20 million annually upgrading the most critical systems and hopefully lower those worse-case figures in the event of magnitude 7.0 quake. Read more about the 2018 study and its conclusions.

Another speaker at the meeting, Shayna Daitch, councilperson Juarez’s legislative assistant, updated us on the homeless situation in Lake City, in particular behind the Starbucks on NE 120th. A sizable encampment has sprung up in recent weeks, with not just tents, but plywood structures and generators. Navigation Teams have done an initial assessment and in two weeks plan to have enough shelter for each person to go to, and begin cleaning out the camp. Alas, the encampment under the 15th Avenue NE bridge is not such a high priority at the moment (public health and safety are the main criteria) with nearly 400 encampments around the city. But as the article in the Seattle Times today said, the city and county have agreed to create one single umbrella group to tackle the situation and assume responsibility for dealing with homelessness.

Meanwhile, if you see an encampment, report it. If you use the Find It, Fix It app/website, use the “Other” option rather than “Illegal Dumping” which just goes to SDOT. You can also call the 206-684-CITY and speak to live human.

Upcoming events: December 23rd, caroling in the park, 7:00 PM – 7:30 (yes, during the Seahawks game, but it should be around halftime, and you’ll still see most of the second half). Two Seed Swaps are scheduled in January, on the 13th and 27th.

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Gingerbread House Decorating Party December 16th

On Sunday, December 16th from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Victory Heights co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park, you can build and decorate your own gingerbread house.

FOLKS with HOLIDAY SPIRIT, please…

  • Reserve a house at http://signup.com/go/huWqQNo
  • Reserve early for the best time slot!
  • Bring $10 (cash)
    • 1 house for you and 1 house donated to the Ryther Child Center
  • Bring a Large plate, tray, etc. to transport your house

WE provide:

Gingerbread house  (4” x 4” square house, 5½” tall, large roof)
Colored icing in squeeze bottles for decorating
Sprinkles, candies, etc. for decorating
“Construction icing” that dries quickly
Experienced home builders
The wall and roof pieces are decorated while lying flat then we assemble the pieces into a tiny home

ALL AGES WELCOME!!    

Questions?  Contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

 ** If you can’t make it on the 16th but would like a house, please contact us at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to coordinate.


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Victory Heights December Events Calendar

Here are events happening in and around Victory Heights this month:

Wednesday, December 5th: Viaduct Closure Briefing. The Department of Transportation presents an information session on the upcoming permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as WSDOT realigns SR 99, the new SR 99 tunnel that will open in early February. Northgate Community Center, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Saturday, December 15th: Victory Heights Winter Jokum: Our own annual jazz festival has spawned a winter spin-off. Hear live jazz music, food & beverages, all free.  Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way, downstairs backdoor entrance. Music from 8:00 PM – closing.

Sunday, December 16th: Gingerbread House Fundraiser. Pre-buy gingerbread houses and then come “build” and decorate them. Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 10 AM – 1 PM.

Tuesday, December 18th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Speaker #1: Matt Orr from Seattle Public Utilities about the future of the Roosevelt Reservoir and Seattle’s efforts to build an earthquake-resilient drinking water system. Speaker #2: Shayna Daitch, Legislative Asst, Councilmember Juarez, on Homeless encampments near Hiram Place and the Starbucks on Lake City Way. Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM – 8 PM.

Sunday, December 23rd: Victory Heights Carol Sing: Rather than wander the cold streets in search of houses, this year the carolers will be in the park where you can come hear and participate.  Music will be provided by local youth orchestra.  Victory Heights Park, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, December 25th: Christmas Day.  Garage will be delayed one day this week, for most people in Victory Heights, pick-up will be on Friday this week and next.

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Gingerbread House Fundraiser Again In December

At this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced we will hold another Gingerbread House fundraiser in December.

Read the complete minutes of the November meeting.

Last year, the co-op preschool building was filled with kids who assembled prefab gingerbread houses with icing and candy and then got to take their decorated houses home. It was a very successful fundraiser for the council, and leftover houses were taken over to the Ryther Center so the kids there could get a chance to make their own houses.

This year we will hold two separate events, probably on consecutive Saturdays in December (15th and 22nd), the first our fundraiser in the preschool and the second at Ryther (only people 18 and over are allowed to visit there). Watch the blog or our Facebook page for more information on pre-ordering your gingerbread this year.

In other news, our annual carol sing will be on Sunday, December 23rd from 7 to 7:30 PM in Victory Heights Park (you’ll have to come to us, rather than folks roaming the streets going door-to-door). Live musicians will accompany the singing.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 18th.

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Parking Changes at Northgate Park and Ride

Northgate Transit Center Park-and-Ride Changes coming November 19th.

Sound Transit’s new Northgate Station Garage will open and three Northgate park-and-ride areas will be closed on Monday, Nov. 19. The four-floor garage, located at the future Northgate light rail station, will provide nearly 450 parking spaces at the busy Northgate Transit Center. Even though Northgate Station will open in 2021, Sound Transit is opening the garage early for transit riders.

How to use the new garage

Enter Level 1 of the garage from Northeast 103rd Street. Parking permit holders should proceed down to Level 4 where the reserved spaces are located. Others may park on Levels 1-3 of the garage. Permit parking spaces are open to first-come, first-served parking on weekends and after 9 a.m. on weekdays.
Upon securing your valuables and locking your vehicle, access the Northgate Transit Center by exiting Level 2 on Northeast 103rd Street. Crosswalks to the transit center are located on either side of the garage driveway.

New Reserved Parking Permit option

The Northgate Station Garage will be the first Sound Transit facility to offer a reserved parking permit option for people driving alone. Current carpool permit holders may renew, and transit riders may obtain free carpool parking permits.
To learn more about pricing or to get a permit visit their permit parking page. Parking permit holders will have reserved parking on the lower level of the garage on weekdays during the morning rush hours.

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November Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights for November.

Sunday, November 4th: Daylight Savings Time ends.
What will you do with that extra hour this weekend?
– Change the batteries in your smoke detectors!

Smoke detectors should be in good working order in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home.

Wednesday, November 7th: “Stop The Bleed.” “Stop the Bleed” is a national program developed by trauma experts.  It’s designed to teach people with little or no medical training simple techniques to stop life-threatening bleeding.  A one-hour presentation is followed by hands-on practice packing wounds and applying tourniquets on dummies.  6:30 – 8:30pm, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE. Register at this link

Tuesday, November 20th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  Join your neighbors to share news and information about our neighborhood. 7 PM – 8 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Thursday, November 22nd: Thanksgiving.  As usual, Thursday trash service in Victory Heights will be pushed back a day to Friday.

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Keep leaves, debris and snow out of drains

As someone who frequently encounters flooded streets (particularly Lake City Way next to Airmark) due to clogged storm drains this time of year, I ask your help.

Consider adopting your local storm drains. By keeping the drains in your neighborhood clear of all debris you can prevent flooding. Clear your drain only if it is safe. If the drain is still clogged after you’ve removed the debris, call the city’s drainage problem hotline at (206) 386-1800 to report it.

From November 1st – 30th you can set out up to 10 extra bags of leaves for free pick up on your collection day.

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