Victory Heights Social Calendar

Hopefully you have your calendars marked for the 5th Annual Victory Heights Potluck/Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 19th.  It’s our big event for the year!  But it’s not the only event going on in our neighborhood this month…

Friday, July 15th: Northgate Community Centers’ 10th Anniversary Party. “Free hot dogs, juice, wood building projects for children, music-Route 66, games for kids.” 6-8 PM, 10510 5th Avenue NE.

Saturday, July 16th: Pinehurstfest.  “A free festive family outdoor celebration for everyone in our neighborhood.” 2-5 PM, Pinehurst Playfield, 12029 14th Avenue NE

Wednesday, July 20th: Share A Story, Craft a Lantern. The Seattle Public Library invites families to create lanterns and share stories about people who live and have lived in the Lake City area from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518.

Tuesday, August 2nd: Neighborhood Night Out. We’re not throwing a big party this year (that’s on the 19th of this month–see above) but you should get together with the neighbors on your block to work out emergency procedures and get to know each other.

Saturday, August 13th: Live In District 5. City Councilperson Debora Juarez is hosting an event featuring “Live music, neighbors, family fun, food, beer.”  1-5 PM, Hubbard Homestead Park, 11203 5th Avenue NE

And don’t forget the Lake City Farmers Market is every Thursday through September. The Library usually sponsors some sort of interesting activity to accompany it.

Victory Heights Events Calendar

Here are events for late May/June that might be of interest to residents of Victory Heights:

Monday, May 23-27: Book Sale. Proceeds support the library at North Seattle College (very much a non profit!!). “Thousands of Books. Priced to go! Every topic under the sun.” All week 8 AM – 9 PM (4 PM on Friday), North Seattle College Library, 9600 College Way N.

Saturday, June 4th: Peddlers Village Faire Arts & Crafts Show. Art vendors from around Washington will be on hand. 10 AM – 5 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Thursday, June 9th: Lake City Farmer’s Market opens. Every Thursday through September enjoy shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, meals and events for the kids. 3 – 7 PM, next to the Lake City Library on NE 125th Street.

Saturday, June 11th: Influence of the Confluence: The Thornton Creek Alliance sponsors this free family friendly event in cooperation with Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Parks & Recreation to celebrate the completion of two water quality projects on Thornton Creek, the largest watershed in both Seattle and Shoreline. Live music, presentations, food trucks and activities for all ages. 2 – 6 PM, Meadowbrook Pond on 35th Avenue NE (across from community center).

Tuesday, June 21st: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. This will be important planning meeting for this year’s epic Ice Cream Social on July 19th. Please come and help distribute flyers on your block. 7 PM in Victory Heights Park.

Pedestrian Bridge! Farmers Market! Ice Cream Social! Meeting Highlights

bridge modelAt last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we received a briefing from Seattle’s Department of Transportation Art Brochet about the coming Northgate pedestrian/bicycle bridge that will connect the Link Light Rail station in 2021 with North Seattle College across I-5.

Read the complete minutes of the May meeting.

Armed with a nifty model (seen here being admired by attendees), Art talked about how funding was found for the $35 million project, how the design was going, and the planned construction schedule. You can read more about the project here.

Molly Burke gave a short presentation about this year’s better-than-ever Lake City Farmer’s Market. It begins on June 9th and will run every Thursday through September from 3 PM – 7 PM. The library will provide a number of activities for kids and adults, there are new vendors this year (including local Shoreline honey), and Lake City Future First will have a tent set up each week with news and information about what’s going on in Lake City.

And be sure and mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 19th when the council will be putting on the Victory Heights Ice Cream Social. This is almost exactly the same kind of potluck party with free ice cream that we’ve done in the past on Neighborhood Night Out, except we’ve moved it to July to avoid conflicting with NNO. It will be in the same place on NE 106th Street next to the park starting at 6 PM. Next month’s meeting of the community council on June 21st will be an important organizing meeting, so please attend (we’ll be on the benches in the park because the preschool building is closed during the summer).

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Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Briefing Tuesday

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, May 17th will feature a presentation by Art Brochet from Seattle’s Department of Transportation about the Northgate pedestrian bridge project. This new bridge over Interstate 5 from the coming Northgate Link Light Rail station across to North Seattle College has been in the planning stage for several years, but funding was in question. However, with the passage of the Move Seattle Levy last year, it is fully funded now and in the design phase for construction to begin in 2018. Come see proposals for bridge design and location and learn more.  The meeting begins at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The chairs are designed for small children, so bring your own for best comfort. We hope to see you there!

Dancing Around The May Pole

May PoleThe second annual Victory Heights May Day was greeted with beautiful weather Sunday morning as neighbors gathered around a traditional may pole in order to festoon it with ribbons. Organized by Ann Forrest just across the street from the park, the revelers were able to recreate this British tradition. Afterwards they retired inside to assemble the paper flower baskets which they planned to hang on neighbor’s doors. Thanks, Ann, for putting together this great family event!

Watch the may polers in action:

May Day Celebration in Victory Heights

Basket making party in 2015.

Last year’s basket making party.

Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council announced a May Day Celebration to be held on Sunday, May 1st. This free event will be fun for all ages.

Read the complete minutes of the April Community Council meeting.

Starting at 10 AM until noon, gather at Ann’s house across the park at 10540 19th Avenue NE and assemble quick and easy paper May Day baskets (all materials provided). Then they can be filled with flowers and hung on neighbors’ doors. Rain or shine (we’ll be inside), it’s a great activity for the kids and a way to meet neighbors. For more info, write the blog.

Other upcoming events include an ice cream social in July (formerly the Neighborhood Night Out) and possibly a movie night in the park (if we can work out the details).

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Bus Service Downtown Changes Effective Saturday

Bus signWith the Link Light Rail station open at Husky Stadium last Saturday, Metro Transit will be implementing changes to bus routes around Victory Heights that will eliminate direct bus service downtown except for commuter routes beginning Saturday the 26th.

The 72, which offered service from Lake City to downtown, will have its last run on Friday. After that, the 372 will have added runs but will only take you as far as Stevens Way at the University of Washington. From there you will have to walk 1/4 mile to the Husky Stadium Link Light Rail station in order to get downtown.  The 309 and 312 will continue to offer direct service during the morning and afternoon commutes Monday to Friday.

Over on 15th Avenue NE, the 73 will now only go as far as Husky Stadium. And service is eliminated completely on Sundays on 15th Avenue. Too bad if you want to go to any Seahawks or Mariner games, plays, events, work, or anything else you might have to do on a Sunday. You’ll have to walk over to Roosevelt and catch a bus there.

When Light Rail finally opens at Northgate in five years, hopefully east-west service will be improved on Northgate Way to make it convenient to use that station. Nevertheless, that is five years away.

Let us know if you have any alternatives to getting downtown via buses.