Victory Heights September Calendar of Events

Here’s what’s going on in and around Victory Heights this month:

Tuesday, September 19th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting.  We’re back after two months!  Find out the latest news about the neighborhood, post-social report, and what’s coming in the autumn.  7 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Monday, September 25th: Emerald City Women’s Chorus try-outs.  This is an invitation to all women who want to sing with a non-audition chorus in North Seattle.  The Emerald City Women’s Chorus is looking for new members.  The chorus meets in the Wedgwood neighborhood on Monday nights (7:30-9:30 p.m.) during the “school year.”  Fall quarter 2017 starts September 25 and wraps-up with a community concert on December 4.  Cost is $117 for the quarter.  The music sung is a mix of genres, from show tunes to classical to folk and rock and roll, with the occasional song in a foreign language. For information about the chorus, call Sharon Glein at (206) 525-7497 (please leave a message), or register through Music Center of the Northwest by calling (206) 526-8443. 7 PM, Wedgwood Community Church, 8201 30th Avenue NE.

Victory Heights August Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights in August:

Thursday, August 3rd: Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Open House.  Hear the latest about the span over I-5 that will connect North Seattle College with the new Link Light Rail station.  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Hampton Inn & Suites, 9550 1st Avenue NE.

Saturday, August 5th: Lake City Pioneer Days Parade. 7 PM in Lake City, as it has been for over 5 decades.

Sunday, August 13th: Idriss Mosque 16th Annual All American BBQ. The coolest structure in Victory Heights open its door to its neighbors for this BBQ which will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options. 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.

Saturday, August 19th: 15th Annual Jokumfest. Victory Heights’ own annual free jazz festival is again in Gary Schudie’s backyard, live music from 3 PM until 9:50 PM. Beer available, bring a side dish. 2021 NE Northgate Way.

Wednesday, August 23: Thornton Natural Drainage System drop-in presentations. Here updates from the project team and chat one-on-one.  Two locations: 23rd Avenue NE at NE 105th St, and 30th Avenue NE at NE 87th St. 4:00 PM – 6 PM.

Saturday, August 26th: Standard Bakery Opening. The pop-up bakery will have a permanent location up in Pinehurst at 11752 15th Avenue NE. Their grand opening is 10 AM – 2 PM with samples of fresh baked good, live music, and a bouncy house.

 

Emergency Communications HUB Drill Connects Victory Heights With City

On Saturday July 29th, the new Victory Heights emergency communications HUB did its first drill in conjunction with a city-wide event. Tables were set up and volunteers (including a local scout troupe) held different positions or played out various scenarios using scripts. Organized by Victory Heights Community Council President Ann Forrest, various staff were given color-coded caps so they could easily be identified: greeters, person reunions, information, medical, and information posting.  The only resource a HUB has is information but in an emergency situation that can mean a lot when it comes to finding out who has what resources or where the greatest need is.

Local ham radio operators were also set up to allow our HUB to communicate with others nearby in Lake City, Meadowbrook and Maple Leaf.  They could also receive messages from the city’s “central command” downtown that would broadcast general information messages every 30 minutes to update HUBs around the city.

Over two dozens people participated in the drill, a great turn-out for our neighborhood (by contrast, the central part of the city including the Central District and Beacon Hill doesn’t even have any HUBs). Drills will continue to be held in the coming months. They are fun to participate in and extremely useful training should that day come when we need an emergency communication HUB in case of a natural disaster.

Park Renovation Project Delayed But Tennis, Anyone?

Appearing at last night’s Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Bronwen Carpenter, the Senior Landscape Architect with Seattle Parks, announced that the playground renovation project in Victory Heights Park will be delayed.

Read the complete minutes of the June meeting.

Carpenter did say there was good news and bad news about the park. The good was that the tennis courts, which originally were going to be needed as a staging area during the entire construction period, will be opened during hours when actual construction is not going on. However, users are reminded that if a ball goes over the fence into the construction area, not to go after it.

But the bad news was two things are contributing to a delay in construction: one, the contractor has to finish another job first, and two, tests need to be done and a plan worked up to comply with the new 2016 storm water code. It’s hoped all this will only add two months at most to the project with work completely maybe by October. The playground will be done first and opened, and then the work on the field will be done. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget the annual Victory Heights Ice Cream Social is just one month away, on Tuesday, July 18th. Mark your calendars; signs, posters, and flyers will be seen in the coming weeks.

Victory Heights Scores $4,157 Grant From City

Thanks to the efforts of the Victory Heights Community Council (especially President Ann Forrest), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has awarded a matching grant of $4,157.25 for various signs and expenses to be used around the neighborhood.

Read Minutes from the May Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

Read Minutes from the April Victory Heights Community Council Meeting

This money is in exchange for volunteer hours we have pledged including maintaining the traffic circles around Victory Heights. The funds include purchasing “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs from the city to be placed on arterials, banners, copying flyers, and buying ice cream for the social on Tuesday July 18th.

In other business at the Community Council meeting, we heard from David Johnson of Sustainable NE Seattle. These great folks organize urban farms, school gardens, the NE Tool Library (which is awesome!), the emergency preparedness HUB in Wedgwood, skills fairs, and garden tours.

Despite a fancy display shown to the Council last year, the Northgate pedestrian/bike bridge has been radically redesigned to be narrower, shorter, and more importantly, cheaper than the initial design.

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, June 20th at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building and will feature a speaker from Seattle Parks about the renovation project in our park.

Victory Heights Park Playground Renovation Breaks Ground

At long last, the playground renovation project at Victory Heights Park (originally scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016), broke ground last week. Fencing went up, the old equipment was removed, and the concrete broken up. Next month, the Victory Heights Community Council meeting on June 20th will hear from Katie Bang of Seattle Parks about the project.

Stay tuned to the Victory Heights Blog to read further updates on the park renovation.

 

Victory Heights Summer Events Calendar

Here are things in and around our neighborhood coming up this summer:

Wednesday, May 24th: Lake City Future First will host a free conversation about the state of homelessness in Lake City. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th AVE NE, Seattle.

Thursday, June 8th: Lake City Farmers Market. Fresh produce, artist wares, events for the kids. Every Thursday through October 8th, 3 – 7 PM, 28th Avenue NE & NE 125th Street, next to the library.

Tuesday, June 20th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Katie Bang from the Parks Department will talk about the renovation project in the park. 7 – 8 PM, Co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.

Tuesday, July 11th: Block Leaders Meeting. There will be a meeting in Victory Heights for active neighborhood organizers to maximize their effort during…

Tuesday, July 18th: Victory Heights Ice Cream Social. Our annual gathering of neighborhood families for pot luck, free ice cream, and information sharing. 6 PM on NE 106th Street, just west of Victory Heights park.

Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23: Prep for Disaster Drill.  Before the city does its drill the following weekend, we’ll organize the emergency communications HUB.

Saturday, July 29th: Disaster Drill. The city will hold a drill and here in Victory Heights we’ll set up the emergency communications HUB and practice our procedures.

 

April Events Calendar

Here are things in and around Victory Heights that might be of interest this month:

Tuesday, April 4th & April 18th: Free Drop-In Social Work Help For Seniors. 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM, Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.

Saturday, April 15th: Spring Egg Hunt for ages 12 and under. Nathan Hale Stadium on 35th Avenue NE. Arrive by 9:45 AM (rain or shine), hunt begins at 10 AM sharp.

Tuesday, April 18th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  Featured speaker will talk about development around the Northgate light rail station.  7 PM, Co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.

Tuesday, April 18th: Disaster Skills Workshop. “Provides training on key skills needed after a disaster and more in depth instruction on key preparedness actions.” Registration required: https://goo.gl/uw3aAH. 6:15 PM, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Avenue NE.

Saturday, April 22nd: Book Fair! 10 AM, co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.

Sunday, April 30th: May Day Celebration. Fun for the family.  Make flower holders. Dance around the May pole. Keeping it indoors this year just in case of rain. 1 PM, co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park.