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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Support The Ryther Swim Suit Drive

The Victory Heights Community Council has partnered with Ryther Children’s Center twice now to provide gingerbread houses for the kids to decorate.  In discussion with the staff, we discovered the challenge they face finding activities in summer, when school is out, to keep the kids engaged.   We offered to help provide swimsuits for the kids that “live” at Ryther.  We’ve compiled a “wish list” on Amazon to meet the needs of the kids based on their size and color preferences.  If you’d like to support summertime fun for these kids, please move an item(s) to your cart and purchase. 

** Please send the swim gear directly to Ryther’s. **

Attn: Isabella
2400 NE 95th St
Seattle, WA 98115

Ryther wish list

Thank you for your support.  Mother Ryther thanks you, too!

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Victory Heights Meets Its History

At the June meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Vicki Stiles from the Shoreline Historical Museum gave a presentation about the history of Victory Heights.

Read the complete minutes of the June meeting.

Her slideshow included 19th Century survey maps which included dirt paths designated “Military Roads” (one ran along present-day Northgate Way), the original government platting maps, real estate ads, and historic buildings. Do you remember the LaVilla Dairy on Fischer Place (still there)? Or the Lockhart Inn (later French’s Inn)? Or the infamous Jolly Roger restaurant on Lake City Way (which, it turns out, was never a speakeasy–it opened in 1934 after the end of Prohibition!). It’s now a car dealership.

In other news: There is a 5th District candidate forum on Thursday, June 27th at the North Seattle College (Room CC1161) from 6:30 PM – 8 PM.  More details here:

The Lake City Farmers Market is in full swing, every Thursday afternoon from 3 PM – 7 PM in front of the library on NE 125th Street. Some produce is a bit late this year because of the weather, but more arrives each week. Plus, tons of activities for kids.

Next month we will host our annual pot luck/ice cream social, on Tuesday, July 16th starting at 6 PM on NE 106th Place next to the park. Be sure and mark your  calendars and come on out, we usually have over 100 people show up each year.

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