Sunday Play Streets on 23rd Avenue NE

Play Street mapEvery Sunday in August and September between 4 PM and 7 PM, residents of 23rd Avenue NE between 107th and 108th Streets have closed the street so their kids can have a “Play Street.”  They say, “Bring the kids, scooters, bikes, chalk, bubbles, whatever or just stop and say hi. No need to have kids to come by and hang out either…”

Volunteers’ Hours Will Help Build Emergency HUB in Park

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, over 20 people agreed to volunteer their time during the next year to help secure funds to build an emergency communications HUB based on Victory Heights Park.

Read the full minutes of last night’s meeting.

Communication HUBs have been set up around the city by volunteers to be used to gather and disperse information in the case of a disaster.  There has been one in Lake City at the Fred Meyer parking lot for several years now (read about a drill held there several years ago).

On September 12th, Vice-President of the community council Ann Forrest is going to apply for a matching grant from the city. To match the amount requested, community members must pledge to volunteer a certain number of hours (calculated at $20 per hour worked) over the next year (starting on the 12th). So if 10 people each pledged to work 5 hours, that would be 50 hours or $1000 we could receive in matching funds. The cost to set up the HUB will be between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on how much equipment and supplies would be purchased. It would be stored in a locked box in the park, pending approval of Seattle Parks.

In case of emergency, always check your home and family are safe first.  Then check the neighbors.  Then find out how the community is doing.  That is what the HUB is for, especially when conventional communications might not work in an emergency. The HUB would be fitted with ham radios to keep in touch with Seattle officials and other HUBs in the network. Drills would be conducted periodically to help train volunteers and establish procedures to better cope with likely events (earthquakes, massive power outage, volcanos) that likely would mean first-responders would not be able to reach us for hours or possibly days due to infrastructure damage and other priorities.  Keeping people informed about the situation and connecting up resources with needs is the primary function of a HUB.

If you would like to know more, or to volunteer to help put in hours, please write us and we will let the organizers know.

The next meeting of the Victory Height Community Council is Tuesday, September 20th in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park starting at 7 PM. We’ll be electing a new president and several board seats are now open.  Come be a part of our great community!

Victory Heights August Events Calendar

Plenty of summer activities in and around Victory Heights.  Check ’em out:

Tuesday, August 2nd: Neighborhood Night Out. Folks all over the country are gathering on porches, driveways, and backyards to get to know their neighbors a little bit better.  If you are part of a gathering, please contact us with details and our community-building volunteers will show up with free ice cream! What a deal, huh?! Sponsored by your Victory Heights Community Council!! Happy NNO!!

Wednesday, August 10th: Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plan focus group. They are interested in talking to all the micro-communities in the North Precinct area about about the plan, interactions with the Seattle Police Department, crime and safety concerns and suggested improvements for each of our unique neighborhoods. The focus groups are semi-structured and typically last one hour. The groups are open to anyone living or working in the specific neighborhoods. Lake City Library, 12501 28th Avenue NE, 6 PM- 7 PM (if you can’t make it they’ll be at the Northgate Library on Thursday night, same time).

Saturday, August 13th: Lucky Leo’s Grand Opening. Yes, Victory Heights actually does have businesses, they are all down on Lake City Way of course.  Leo’s say, “We are a local (And online!) store that has tons of cool vintage, collectables, electronics, and anything else you might be able to think a store could supply. We are having a grand opening event on Saturday, August 13th… come check us out and see what we have in-store. We’ll be hosting a bunch of activities such as a raffle, discounts, and even provide some super good food!” 10522 Lake City Way NE, C202

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

Sunday, August 14th: Idriss Mosque Annual BBQ: Yes, it is that time of year again. Sheikh Idriss Mosque and the Islamic Centre of Washington (ICW) are hosting their 15th Annual BBQ. You, your families and guests are all invited to this fun event. Hamburgers, hotdogs and vegetarian options will be served. 1420 NE Northgate Way, 2 PM – 5 PM.

Tuesday, August 16th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Normally we don’t have a meeting in August but we are trying to get a grant in order to set up an emergency communications HUB in Victory Heights and the deadline is September 16th before our next scheduled meeting.  The goal tonight is to educate people about the HUB concept and ask folks to agree to donate time in support of the HUB (if we get the money).  On the picnic tables in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM.

Saturday, August 20th: 14th Annual Jokumfest: Victory Heights’ annual jazz festival is free, just as it is every year. Complimentary beverages and a main dish will be provided, please bring a side dish.  The music is all free too, starting at 3 PM and going all the until 10 PM.  In Gary Shudie’s backyard, 2021 NE Northgate Way.

And don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market is every Thursday starting at 3 PM.

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!