October Events Calendar

Here are events taking place in and around Victory Heights this month:

Tuesday, October 1st: NHL Team Open House. In two years, the new Seattle NHL franchise will have its practice facility at the southeast corner of Northgate Mall. Team representatives will be available from 5 PM – 7 PM at the Mall’s food court to show plans, answer questions, and give out prizes.

Tuesday, October 8th: Earthquake Preparedness Workshop. We spend a THIRD of our lives in bed; make sure you and your loved ones are safe when asleep.  Do you know what to do first?  Next?  We’ll walk thru this scenario step-by-step.  7-8pm, 10540 19th Ave NE (Home of Ann / Andrew Forrest, dark gray house with yellow highlights) Please register so we have sufficient hand-outs and chairs. https://signup.com/go/dtYUidk

Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13. Arts North! Studio Tour. A self-guided tour that this year includes 10 studios and 27 artists from 10am-5pm. This is the largest studio tour in north Seattle. Enjoy the opportunity to see a wide variety of arts and crafts, chat with the artists, sample appetizers and sweets. FREE. Maps available at all studios and online at www.artsnorthstudiotour.com

Tuesday, October 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Meet your neighbors and get the low-down on what’s going on in our area. 7 PM – 8 PM, co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Thursday, October 17th: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. New one-acre park coming to Lake City! Come to our public meeting and hear the story of how our community and public agencies worked together to purchase this key property in the Thornton Creek floodplain along NE 125th St. in Lake City.  6:30 PM – 8 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Avenue NE

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Birds, Birds, Birds

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council heard from guest speaker Ed Deal, founder of the Urban Raptor Conservancy.

Read the entire minutes of the September meeting.

Victory Heights (and all of Seattle) are filled with a growing population of raptors including Cooper’s Hawks, Merlins, Eagles, and Barred Owls. If you attended the ice cream social in July, you might have seen some of the birds through the telescope displays that were set up on nearby streets.

Ed and his group have found 56 nests in the city of Seattle this year, and counted 174 new fledglings, double the number just eight years ago. The birds generally don’t migrate (it’s a lot of work and the food supply here is good), and recycled 80% of the nests from last year again.

If you want to know more, visit their website or check out these books he recommended, “Subirdia” by John M. Marzluff, “The Cooper’s Hawk” by Robert N. Rosenfield, or “Urban Raptors.”

In construction news, the bike-pedestrian bridge over Interstate 5 to connect North Seattle College with the new Northgate Link light rail station starts construction in late 2019. The station opens in 2021 with service to downtown and the airport. The Lake City Way repaving project will start next spring, and includes crosswalk improvements at NE 82nd Street and NE 132nd Street.

The Victory Heights Community Council needs your help! We are a volunteer-driven organization and we are looking for help in the following places: a new Vice-President, committees for Community Building, Safety, and Disaster Preparedness. Please write victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com if you are interested.

Upcoming events:

  • Earthquake Ready Classes, Oct 8 and 22nd at 7 PM at Ann Forrest’s house
  • Gingerbread House Decorating, Dec 7 & 15

The next meeting is Tuesday, October 15th.

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Victory Heights Community Council Meeting September 17th

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be this Tuesday, September 17th at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park from 7 PM to 8 PM.

Agenda for September meeting:
Guest Speaker:  Urban Raptor Conservancy, Ed Deal, Founder
 Brief Debriefs:
                 Lake City Neighborhood Alliance
                 North Precinct Advisory Council 
                 ReVisioning Northgate
Projects for our community:
                 Welcome aboard packets 
                 NE 104th Way safety issues
                “Days for Girls” project
                 Short wooden park railing 
                 Promotional material design
                 Gingerbread houses
•    District 5 Debate – Sep 21 at noon
•    Earthquake Ready – Oct 8 and 22, 7pm
•    Gingerbread House Decorating
•    Saturday, Dec 7, 10am to 1pm
•    Sunday, Dec 15, 10am to 3pm

Next Meeting – October 15 – Project update

Remember, the chairs are tiny (it’s a preschool), so bring your own for maximum comfort! We hope to see you there!

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Please fill out the Victory Heights 2019-2020 Survey

The Victory Heights Community Council has for the last few years spearheaded activities within our neighborhood, with varying degrees of success and community participation. We would like to streamline our activities to better serve our neighbors. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. Thanks.

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Track Coyotes (and other carnivores) In Your Neighborhood

Per this article in The Seattle Times, the Woodland Park Zoo has created a website called Carnivore Spotter where members of the public can contribute sightings around their neighborhood of coyotes, foxes, etc.

Last week I stepped out of my house at 7 AM to see rather large golden brown coyote in my backyard. Upon seeing me, it casually pranced back down to the Thornton Creek greenbelt. I called up the Carnivore Spotter on my phone and added the sighting (no photo, alas).

It’s a fun (and interactive) way to see what sort of wildlife exists here in the city. Check it out.

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Road Work Around Park Sept 3rd-5th

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will be making storm drainage improvements near 1747 NE 106th Street (basically the north tip of Victory Heights Park, right in front of the co-op preschool building). Drainage improvement include one drainage structure.

Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 3rd (the day after Labor Day) and they expect the work to take two to three days to complete. Work hours are 7 AM to 10 PM.

There will be temporary parking restrictions, construction traffic, noise, pavement excavation and restoration.

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August Weekend Activities

You have a choice this Saturday (August 17th) of two different activities.

The first is another Stop The Bleed first-aid course, to be done completely free on the 17th at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE between 10 AM and 11:40 AM. “Bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death after injury. Emergency responders will arrive as quickly as possible, but bystanders are almost always there first. Learn how to “Stop the Bleed” – and maybe save a life!” Sponsored by the Lake City Emergency HUB. Click here to sign up.

The second event is Victory Height’s own 17th Annual Jokumfest Jazz Festival. This annual party is held in the backyard of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way. Live music begins at 3 PM and goes until about 10 PM. There will be beer, food, and jazz, all they ask is bring a side dish to share.

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Work Parties in Kingfisher Natural Area (Thornton Creek)

Lynnette Spear (creator of the first blog about Victory Heights) writes:

I am one of the forest stewards (through Green Seattle Partnership) for KNA on Thornton Creek. It’s been a while since we’ve had regular work parties in the park and I would like to start them up again. I’d like to establish a Saturday or Sunday regular 2 hour block with a goal of creating a group of dedicated volunteers over the long term.

Here is a list of Sundays 10-noon for work parties. I will be creating events for these and posting theme on NextDoor and the Green Seattle Partnership site. You can always text me for more information. 206-235-9781.
Tomorrow is an informal work party at the entrance to Kingfisher at 17TH AVE NE and NE 104TH WORK PARTIES: 10 AM-noon, Sundays
July 7
July 21
Aug 4
Rest of August off
Sept 8
Sept 22
Oct 6
Oct 20
Nov 3

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