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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Gingerbread House Fundraiser Again In December

At this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced we will hold another Gingerbread House fundraiser in December.

Read the complete minutes of the November meeting.

Last year, the co-op preschool building was filled with kids who assembled prefab gingerbread houses with icing and candy and then got to take their decorated houses home. It was a very successful fundraiser for the council, and leftover houses were taken over to the Ryther Center so the kids there could get a chance to make their own houses.

This year we will hold two separate events, probably on consecutive Saturdays in December (15th and 22nd), the first our fundraiser in the preschool and the second at Ryther (only people 18 and over are allowed to visit there). Watch the blog or our Facebook page for more information on pre-ordering your gingerbread this year.

In other news, our annual carol sing will be on Sunday, December 23rd from 7 to 7:30 PM in Victory Heights Park (you’ll have to come to us, rather than folks roaming the streets going door-to-door). Live musicians will accompany the singing.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 18th.

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Parking Changes at Northgate Park and Ride

Northgate Transit Center Park-and-Ride Changes coming November 19th.

Sound Transit’s new Northgate Station Garage will open and three Northgate park-and-ride areas will be closed on Monday, Nov. 19. The four-floor garage, located at the future Northgate light rail station, will provide nearly 450 parking spaces at the busy Northgate Transit Center. Even though Northgate Station will open in 2021, Sound Transit is opening the garage early for transit riders.

How to use the new garage

Enter Level 1 of the garage from Northeast 103rd Street. Parking permit holders should proceed down to Level 4 where the reserved spaces are located. Others may park on Levels 1-3 of the garage. Permit parking spaces are open to first-come, first-served parking on weekends and after 9 a.m. on weekdays.
Upon securing your valuables and locking your vehicle, access the Northgate Transit Center by exiting Level 2 on Northeast 103rd Street. Crosswalks to the transit center are located on either side of the garage driveway.

New Reserved Parking Permit option

The Northgate Station Garage will be the first Sound Transit facility to offer a reserved parking permit option for people driving alone. Current carpool permit holders may renew, and transit riders may obtain free carpool parking permits.
To learn more about pricing or to get a permit visit their permit parking page. Parking permit holders will have reserved parking on the lower level of the garage on weekdays during the morning rush hours.

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November Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights for November.

Sunday, November 4th: Daylight Savings Time ends.
What will you do with that extra hour this weekend?
– Change the batteries in your smoke detectors!

Smoke detectors should be in good working order in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home.

Wednesday, November 7th: “Stop The Bleed.” “Stop the Bleed” is a national program developed by trauma experts.  It’s designed to teach people with little or no medical training simple techniques to stop life-threatening bleeding.  A one-hour presentation is followed by hands-on practice packing wounds and applying tourniquets on dummies.  6:30 – 8:30pm, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE. Register at this link

Tuesday, November 20th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  Join your neighbors to share news and information about our neighborhood. 7 PM – 8 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Thursday, November 22nd: Thanksgiving.  As usual, Thursday trash service in Victory Heights will be pushed back a day to Friday.

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Keep leaves, debris and snow out of drains

As someone who frequently encounters flooded streets (particularly Lake City Way next to Airmark) due to clogged storm drains this time of year, I ask your help.

Consider adopting your local storm drains. By keeping the drains in your neighborhood clear of all debris you can prevent flooding. Clear your drain only if it is safe. If the drain is still clogged after you’ve removed the debris, call the city’s drainage problem hotline at (206) 386-1800 to report it.

From November 1st – 30th you can set out up to 10 extra bags of leaves for free pick up on your collection day.

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Volunteers Widen NE 104th Way Right-of-Way

A three hour volunteer work party consisting of neighbors around Victory Heights beat back the black berries and moved a large fallen tree to widen the right-of-way along NE 104th Way on Saturday. Here is what it looked like originally:

The black berries had grown down the hill until they reached a 20 feet tree that lay along the side of the road, just up from Lake City Way NE.

The crew started by cutting back the black berries on the other side of the tree to create a wide gap. A number of bags of trash were filled with old cans and bottles that had been thrown to the side of the road over the years.

The original plan was to cut up the tree, so a chainsaw was rented. The first cut went very well with a large trunk-sized branch taken off and cut up for removal.


However, subsequent attempts to cut the main trunk weren’t successful, so we decided to try to roll the tree over up against the hillside to create a wide gap alongside the road.  The idea is the next time the city mows the edges, there is more room for them to cut it back.

Large levers were borrowed from the NE Tool Library (literally down the street as the crow flew from our location), which helped us roll and shift and massive tree.

Several hours later and here was the result:

A large rented dump truck was filled with all the yard waste for disposal.  It was a lot of effort but NE 104th Way looks a lot nicer now and hopefully is safer for pedestrians.

There was thoughts about getting street lights put in but currently there are no utility poles or electricity along NE 104th Way, but perhaps we can persuade the city to install them.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out! A great team effort.

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“Beat Back” The Blackberries on NE 104th Way on Saturday

The Victory Heights Community Council announced last night at its monthly meeting an event to help clean up NE 104th Place between 23rd Avenue NE and Lake City Way.

Read the complete minutes of the October meeting.

 

We’re calling “Beat Back” The Blackberries, and it will be held this Saturday, October 20th from noon to 3 PM on NE 104th Way.  A truck is being rented to haul away debris, we just need volunteers with thick gloves and rakes to come help make the edge of the street safe for pedestrians who use the street to access our neighborhood from Lake City Way.

In other news, the homeless encampment that was in Thornton Creek by the Knickerbocker site which was cleaned up by the city last month, has moved up the creek and is now camped underneath the 15th Avenue NE bridge. It’s on the city’s “queue” for intervention again by their Navigation Team as a prelude to another clean-up. Meanwhile, feel free to keep the pressure up on the city by using the Find-It, Fix-It app or call 911 if you see suspicious activity.

Upcoming events in the works: another gingerbread house fund raiser, caroling in the park (rather than going house-to-house this year), and maybe a luminata during the winter on the new pathway through the park.

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Victory Heights October Events Calendar

Here are events happening in and around our neighborhood this month of interest:

Saturday, October 13th: Free Electronics Recycling:  Sand Point Community United Methodist Church, 4710 NE 70th Street. $1 for every 100 lbs. of material that is collected will be donated to Hero House. Get rid of that old computer at no cost. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, October 14th: Arts North! Studio Tour.  This is 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 10 AM – 5 PM each day.

Tuesday, October 16th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  Our monthly meeting to discuss issues important to our neighborhood. Guest speaker Laura Jenkins, Community Engagement Coordinator. Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM – 8 PM.

Tuesday, October 16th: Hubbard Homestead Park Play Area Project. Help provide input on a play area for Hubbard Homestead Park and learn about the decommissioning of the playground at Victory Creek Park (note: this is the park by the QFC on Northgate, not the park in Victory Heights). The decommissioning of Victory Creek play area will create the opportunity to start new play area at Hubbard Homestead Park. Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Another meeting will be in December.

Wednesday, October 24th: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Dr. David Montgomery of UW, will give a talk titled “Growing a Revolution: Soil, Water and Society.” Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. NE, 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, October 31st: Halloween. Drive slowly and carefully through the neighborhood this evening and watch for trick-or-treaters in the road.

 

 

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Urban Survival Skills Highlights

On a bright, Sunday morning, the Victory Heights Community Council sponsored an Urban Survival Skills Fair next to the park.  Ten separate booths were set up run by volunteers and some city employees, each with a different skill to demonstrate during an emergency such as which types of food you should store, first-aid, HAM radio, pet care, and more.

Dozens of people turned out during the four-hour fair held on a closed-off section of NE 106th Street.

One booth demonstrated the various apps and alerts that are available in this area.  See this print-out for the complete list.

Click on the thumbnails below for more photos from the fair:

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Urban Survival Skills Fair Sunday

This Sunday, September 30th, come to NE 106th Street (west side of Victory Heights Park) for an Urban Survival Skills fair.  Booths will demonstrate important skills you will want to know in case of an emergency or disaster.

Sponsored by the Victory Heights Community Council. It’s completely free and could save your life!

10 AM – 2 PM.

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