Victory Heights November Events Calendar

Here’s what is coming up in the month of November in and around Victory Heights.

Monday, November 18th: Seattle Police Burglary Prevention Class. Attendees will learn about current burglary trends in their area, how to secure their home to reduce the likelihood of a burglary, and what
to do if they have been a victim of a burglary. The class will be instructed by the North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg. 7 PM – 9 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Please register to attend at… https://signup.com/go/tTEnyLv

Tuesday, November 19th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Bring new socks for our sock drive tonight. 7 PM – 8 PM, co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Friday, November 29th: Black Friday, also, put your garbage out on FRIDAY this week in Victory Heights as there will be no pick-up on Thanksgiving.

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November Sock Drive

Help us with this year’s sock drive by bringing your NEW (no used ones) socks to this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, November 19th at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Sponsored by the North Precinct Police Department and the Victory Heights Community Council. Thanks!

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Free Extra Yard Waste Pickup in November

Have you raked more leaves than can fit in your food and yard waste cart? We’ve got you covered! As a thanks for raking leaves, Seattle Public Utilities provides free extra yard waste pick up for household customers in November. Just set out your extra yard waste next to your food and yard waste cart on your collection day. They’ll accept up to 10 bags of extra yard waste total per household between November 1 and 30. 

Extra yard waste must be in paper bags or placed in an extra container that contains only yard waste. Fallen branches and twigs can be tied into bundles up to 4 feet long by 2 feet in diameter and tied with fiber twine. Do not use wire, nylon cording, or plastic banding.

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What is the Victory Heights Emergency Communications HUB?

Visit this page to learn about the Victory Heights Emergency Communications HUB located in Victory Heights Park.

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Ryther Swim Suit Drive’s First Year Shows Promise

At this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, it was announced that around 10-15 swimsuits were purchased off the Amazon wish list we set up and donated to the kids at the Ryther Children’s Center on NE 95th Street.

Read the complete minutes of the October meeting.

A thank you card from the residents was given to the Victory Heights neighborhood during last summer’s ice cream social. The hope is to do the drive again next year, although starting it a bit earlier so there will be suits for the entire summer.

In other news, the Victory Heights Community Council is going to begin delivering Welcome Wagon packets containing cards chocked full of useful information to any new residents we become aware of (drop us a line if you know any).

Upcoming events include an Earthquake Ready workshop on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 PM. Sign up here to RSVP.

“Stop The Bleed” on Saturday, November 2nd at the Meadowbrook Community Center starting at 10 AM.

Mark your calendar for Gingerbread House decorating parties on December 7th and 15th starting at 10 AM.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 19th, please bring new socks only (no used ones) for the North Precinct sock drive.

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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

Tuesday, October 29th: ReVisioning Northgate. Various stakeholders discuss how the Northgate mall/transit center will be changing. 6:30 PM – 8 PM, Harbor Room, Northaven Senior Living, 11045 8th Ave NE, across from the post office.

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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
Upcoming:
•    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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