Easter Egg Hunt April 21st

There will be an Easter Egg hunt held in Victory Heights Park at 1 PM on Sunday, April 21st, sponsored by the co-op preschool.

Read the complete minutes of the Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.

Speakers at the April meeting included Jim Holmes from the Office of Planning & Community Development, about how the public can participate and mold discussion about the areas surrounding the new link light rail stations at NE 130th and NE 145th Streets. Starting in June, there will be extensive public meetings to discuss how housing, biking, parks and other amenities will be developed around the stations.

We also heard from a representative from City Light who had a handout showing power outages in Victory Heights over the past 18 months (surprise, it’s usually trees, or as happened often in February, snow). He talked about what the city does to prevent tree damage and how Mylar balloons are the scourge of power lines.

In addition to the Easter Egg hunt on the 28th, here are upcoming events in our neighborhood:

Saturday, June 1st: Emergency Communications HUB drill. This city-wide drill will test our emergency responsiveness from our own little HUB in the park by the tennis courts. Starts at 9 AM.

Saturday, June 15th: Victory Heights Yard Sale! Deal from your own yard or bring your wares to NE 106th Street next to the park. We’ll have maps showing all locations for those who register with us.

Alas, the homeless have moved back under the 15th Avenue NE bridge again. Feel free to report them on the Find It, Fix It app to encourage the city’s Navigation Team to come and deal with it.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 21st, everyone is welcome. Speakers to be announced.

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Use Those Democracy Vouchers You Now Have

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard from Annie Tran, from the city’s Ethics & Elections Commission, about the Democracy Voucher program.

Read the complete minutes of the March meeting.

First used in the 2017 city council election and funded by an initiative to provide for publicly funded elections, this is a way for citizens to contribute to (for now) city council candidates in a grass roots effort to widen the field. The commission also has on its website Candidate Introductions, 150-word statements submitted by the candidates (about 40 so far, but the filing deadline hasn’t closed yet). In order to qualify for public funds, a candidate needs 150 small-dollar ($10 or more) donations, the signatures from 150 residents, half of whom need to be in the district they are running in, and to abide by spending limits.

To use your vouchers (you get four, “spend” them all on one candidate or spread the wealth), just fill them out and mail them in the postage paid envelope. Check the commission’s website first to make sure your candidate hasn’t already hit the limit of vouchers they can accept or yours go to waste (no take backs).

Other speakers included Steve Zemke from the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission, about updating the city’s tree ordinance; and news from the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.

The next community council meeting will be Tuesday, April 16th. Come on out and join us.

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Victory Heights March Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights for March.

Saturday, March 9th: Community Reuse & Recycling Event. Drop off items at this free event for Northeast Seattle residents! ACCEPTED ITEMS: Styrofoam & Packing Peanuts (Clean & dry), Household Batteries (Tape ends of all batteries. Leaking or broken batteries not accepted.), CFL tubes and bulbs (No broken bulbs; limit 4ft), Small Electronics, Small Appliances (non-Freon), Clothing/linens, Furniture & household goods (good condition only). 9 AM to 1 PM, Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Avenue NE.

Wednesday, March 13th: Light Rail Open House. The City is hosting a meeting to discuss 130th and 145th Link Light Rail station area planning. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Ingraham High School, 1819 N 134th St.

Saturday, March 16th: Cup of Tea Get To Know Your Muslim Neighbor. Open house at the Idris Mosque, 1420 NE Northgate Way, 4 PM – 7 PM.

Tuesday, March 19th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Connect with neighbors and find out what’s in the works around here. 7 PM – 8 PM, co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Thursday, March 21st: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. “Preservation of our urban forest” with city tree experts. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Avenue NE.

Tuesday, April 2nd: Stop The Bleed. A national program developed by trauma experts, is designed to teach people with little or no medical training simple techniques to stop life-threatening bleeding. 
SIGN UP HERE! 7:00 – 8:30 PM, co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

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Snow Melted, Garbage Service Resumes, How Did You Do?

How well did you survive the “snowpocalypse” this month? Did you have enough food? Drinking water? Batteries for flashlights when the electricity went out? This was a good “dress rehearsal” for your emergency preparedness in case of a serious event where city services might be days, weeks or even months in coming.

Read the complete minutes of this month’s community council meeting.

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was able to occur on schedule after two weeks of snow-related cancellations. Several other community organizations (like the North District Council, and the Northgate redevelopment group) were force to reschedule their meetings due to the heavy snow.

In addition from hearing from District 5 candidate John Lombard, we also talked about the need for residents to clear their sidewalks after a snowfall (city code mandates it). And garbage pick-ups are resuming in Victory Heights after two missed collections on some streets (in which case you can put out extra garbage at no extra charge, and will receive a $10 credit on your bill).

The next meeting of the community council will be on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park (unless it snows again).

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Puppies Visit Community Council

Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was joined by two representatives of the Puppy Power 4-H Project who provide service animals to people in need.

Read the full minutes of the January meeting

We got to meet Jupiter who is just about to finish 18 months of living with a family and training to become a service dog. The training includes not being scared or surprised by new responses and never, ever growling. Also attending, coincidentally, was a graduate puppy who now serves a resident of Victory Heights (the dogs got on famously, they appeared to be distantly related Golden Retriever Labrador crosses). If you would like to be considered for training one of these animals, or need a service animal yourself, check out www.cci.org.

In other news, the ReVisioning Northgate committee had its first meeting this week, an organization that hopes to be able to be influential in the years to come of development in the Northgate area by involving many groups and stakeholders.

You have until January 17th to fill out a survey for development of Hubbard Homestead Park behind Target. You’ll find it here. EDIT: The Victory Creek Play Area behind QFC is being “decommissioned” per information from Karen O’Connor at Seattle Parks.

Don’t forget our two Seed Swap events, the first (to peruse catalogs and select the seeds) will be 3 PM on January 27th at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The second to divvy up the packets and distribute them will be 3 PM on February 10th, same location.

The Victory Heights Community Council will be participating in Meadowbrook’s “Hands-on Skills Fair” from 2 – 5 PM on February 9th at their community center on 35th Avenue. We got a grant and will be giving away emergency toilets to the first 100 people!

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 19th, hope to see you there!

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Victory Heights January Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights this month:

Wednesday January 2nd – 3rd: Post-Holiday Styrofoam Recycling Event. The Green Team at Seattle’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Meadowbrook (10005 32nd NE) will be sponsoring a STYROFOAM Recycle Event on January 2-4, 2019.  NOT before that date and NOT after that date.  Let’s work together and keep this nasty stuff out of the landfills. Please bag up and notify the staff at MapleLeafOffice@comcast.net that you will be a part of the effort. Please, no drop off without scheduling.

Saturday, January 12th: Reopening of the Lake City branch of the Seattle Public Library.  The event will feature opening remarks with Seattle’s Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner, Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez and The Seattle Public Library Foundation CEO Jonna Ward. 1 PM – 3 PM, 12501 28th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, January 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Our monthly meeting for our neighborhood. 7 PM – 8 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Thursday, January 17th: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Learn all about managing beavers in urban settings.  A panel discussion with representatives from Seattle Public Utilities (Deb Heiden), Seattle Parks (Patti Bakker), and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Ezekial Rohloff). 7:00 PM,  Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. NE.

Thursday, January 24th: UNICEF Event About Human Trafficking. In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness month, UNICEF USA is hosting a screening of ‘Not My Life’, a documentary exploring the tragedy of trafficking. The film will be followed be a Q/A with UNICEF USA Staff on the topic and UNICEF Programming in general. 7:00pm at Roosevelt High School. Tickets are available for free or a voluntary contribution. Please RSVP and get further details here.

Saturday, January 26th: North Seattle Home Fair. Presentations on earthquake retrofiting your house, landslide awareness, and backyard cottages, information tables with experts, and representatives from various city agencies. Free, 10 AM – 2 PM, Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street. RSVPs are appreciated.

Sunday, January 27th: Seed Swap #1. Bring your seed catalogs – and your wish list – and we’ll see if we can find you like-minded gardeners to split the cost.   In this session, swap saved / leftover seeds and identify seeds you’d like to order as a group. Second session on February 10th. More info at victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com. 3 PM – 4 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

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Caroling In The Park Draws Dozens

Victory Heights Caroling 2018 Edition on Sunday night added some new wrinkles this year. In addition to live musical accompaniment provided by members of the Nathan Hale High School band, carolers congregated in the park to sing rather than going door-to-door.

Two dozen people showed up on what turned out to be a dry evening (and despite competition from the Seahawks-Chiefs game that was on) with hot cocoa and candy canes available for consumption.

This is the 7th year in a row that the Victory Heights Community Council has sponsored a caroling event in our neighborhood. Song sheets were passed to participants (and laminated–a lesson learned from the year we did it in pouring rain) and even the smallest kids were able to participate.

Thanks, everyone, for participating, and the students who helped out from Nathan Hale.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and remember trash pick up this week and next will be on Friday.

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Roosevelt Reservoir “Saved” For Earthquake Emergencies

At this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard from Bill Heubach from Seattle Public Utilities about the future of the Roosevelt reservoir and its connection with earthquake planning.

Read the complete minutes of the December meeting.

Studies for the city commissioned in the 1990s to predict the impact of a major earthquake to Seattle’s water infrastructure have proven to be out-of-date. In the past 28 years many more fault lines have been discovered in the city itself, as well as experience from major quake cities like Auckland and Kobe. Because of that, the standards for a water system have been upgraded to survive not just an event likely every 50 years but one that might only occur over thousands of years. Pipes that can withstand shaking were first developed in Japan, originally dismissed by American manufacturers, but since then they have jumped on the bandwagon, bringing the price and availability down. Nevertheless, the cost to replace every single pipe in the Seattle system would cost $38 billion. We’ll all get sidewalks before that happens. So the thinking is to upgrade the most vulnerable parts of the system, starting where it passes over ground prone to liquefaction during a quake. And to keep two surplus reservoirs, Volunteer Park and Roosevelt (at NE 75th Street and 15th Avenue NE), for emergency use rather than selling off the land to developers. (Currently they are not usable for potable water as the last of the open-air reservoirs.) The hope is to eventually decrease the amount of time it would take to restore water to the city in case of a catastrophic event. At the moment figures suggest in a worse-case scenario it would take 3-4 weeks just to get 20% of system back working, and 90 days to be back to 100%. Over the next 50 years the city is going to spend $15-20 million annually upgrading the most critical systems and hopefully lower those worse-case figures in the event of magnitude 7.0 quake. Read more about the 2018 study and its conclusions.

Another speaker at the meeting, Shayna Daitch, councilperson Juarez’s legislative assistant, updated us on the homeless situation in Lake City, in particular behind the Starbucks on NE 120th. A sizable encampment has sprung up in recent weeks, with not just tents, but plywood structures and generators. Navigation Teams have done an initial assessment and in two weeks plan to have enough shelter for each person to go to, and begin cleaning out the camp. Alas, the encampment under the 15th Avenue NE bridge is not such a high priority at the moment (public health and safety are the main criteria) with nearly 400 encampments around the city. But as the article in the Seattle Times today said, the city and county have agreed to create one single umbrella group to tackle the situation and assume responsibility for dealing with homelessness.

Meanwhile, if you see an encampment, report it. If you use the Find It, Fix It app/website, use the “Other” option rather than “Illegal Dumping” which just goes to SDOT. You can also call the 206-684-CITY and speak to live human.

Upcoming events: December 23rd, caroling in the park, 7:00 PM – 7:30 (yes, during the Seahawks game, but it should be around halftime, and you’ll still see most of the second half). Two Seed Swaps are scheduled in January, on the 13th and 27th.

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Gingerbread House Decorating Party December 16th

On Sunday, December 16th from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Victory Heights co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park, you can build and decorate your own gingerbread house.

FOLKS with HOLIDAY SPIRIT, please…

  • Reserve a house at http://signup.com/go/huWqQNo
  • Reserve early for the best time slot!
  • Bring $10 (cash)
    • 1 house for you and 1 house donated to the Ryther Child Center
  • Bring a Large plate, tray, etc. to transport your house

WE provide:

Gingerbread house  (4” x 4” square house, 5½” tall, large roof)
Colored icing in squeeze bottles for decorating
Sprinkles, candies, etc. for decorating
“Construction icing” that dries quickly
Experienced home builders
The wall and roof pieces are decorated while lying flat then we assemble the pieces into a tiny home

ALL AGES WELCOME!!    

Questions?  Contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

 ** If you can’t make it on the 16th but would like a house, please contact us at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to coordinate.


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Victory Heights December Events Calendar

Here are events happening in and around Victory Heights this month:

Wednesday, December 5th: Viaduct Closure Briefing. The Department of Transportation presents an information session on the upcoming permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as WSDOT realigns SR 99, the new SR 99 tunnel that will open in early February. Northgate Community Center, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Saturday, December 15th: Victory Heights Winter Jokum: Our own annual jazz festival has spawned a winter spin-off. Hear live jazz music, food & beverages, all free.  Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way, downstairs backdoor entrance. Music from 8:00 PM – closing.

Sunday, December 16th: Gingerbread House Fundraiser. Pre-buy gingerbread houses and then come “build” and decorate them. Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 10 AM – 1 PM.

Tuesday, December 18th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Speaker #1: Matt Orr from Seattle Public Utilities about the future of the Roosevelt Reservoir and Seattle’s efforts to build an earthquake-resilient drinking water system. Speaker #2: Shayna Daitch, Legislative Asst, Councilmember Juarez, on Homeless encampments near Hiram Place and the Starbucks on Lake City Way. Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM – 8 PM.

Sunday, December 23rd: Victory Heights Carol Sing: Rather than wander the cold streets in search of houses, this year the carolers will be in the park where you can come hear and participate.  Music will be provided by local youth orchestra.  Victory Heights Park, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, December 25th: Christmas Day.  Garage will be delayed one day this week, for most people in Victory Heights, pick-up will be on Friday this week and next.

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