Here are events for late May/June that might be of interest to residents of Victory Heights:
Monday, May 23-27: Book Sale. Proceeds support the library at North Seattle College (very much a non profit!!). “Thousands of Books. Priced to go! Every topic under the sun.” All week 8 AM – 9 PM (4 PM on Friday), North Seattle College Library, 9600 College Way N.
Thursday, June 9th: Lake City Farmer’s Market opens. Every Thursday through September enjoy shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, meals and events for the kids. 3 – 7 PM, next to the Lake City Library on NE 125th Street.
Saturday, June 11th: Influence of the Confluence: The Thornton Creek Alliance sponsors this free family friendly event in cooperation with Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Parks & Recreation to celebrate the completion of two water quality projects on Thornton Creek, the largest watershed in both Seattle and Shoreline. Live music, presentations, food trucks and activities for all ages. 2 – 6 PM, Meadowbrook Pond on 35th Avenue NE (across from community center).
Tuesday, June 21st: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. This will be important planning meeting for this year’s epic Ice Cream Social on July 19th. Please come and help distribute flyers on your block. 7 PM in Victory Heights Park.
At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we received a briefing from Seattle’s Department of Transportation Art Brochet about the coming Northgate pedestrian/bicycle bridge that will connect the Link Light Rail station in 2021 with North Seattle College across I-5.
Armed with a nifty model (seen here being admired by attendees), Art talked about how funding was found for the $35 million project, how the design was going, and the planned construction schedule. You can read more about the project here.
Molly Burke gave a short presentation about this year’s better-than-ever Lake City Farmer’s Market. It begins on June 9th and will run every Thursday through September from 3 PM – 7 PM. The library will provide a number of activities for kids and adults, there are new vendors this year (including local Shoreline honey), and Lake City Future First will have a tent set up each week with news and information about what’s going on in Lake City.
And be sure and mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 19th when the council will be putting on the Victory Heights Ice Cream Social. This is almost exactly the same kind of potluck party with free ice cream that we’ve done in the past on Neighborhood Night Out, except we’ve moved it to July to avoid conflicting with NNO. It will be in the same place on NE 106th Street next to the park starting at 6 PM. Next month’s meeting of the community council on June 21st will be an important organizing meeting, so please attend (we’ll be on the benches in the park because the preschool building is closed during the summer).
This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, May 17th will feature a presentation by Art Brochet from Seattle’s Department of Transportation about the Northgate pedestrian bridge project. This new bridge over Interstate 5 from the coming Northgate Link Light Rail station across to North Seattle College has been in the planning stage for several years, but funding was in question. However, with the passage of the Move Seattle Levy last year, it is fully funded now and in the design phase for construction to begin in 2018. Come see proposals for bridge design and location and learn more. The meeting begins at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The chairs are designed for small children, so bring your own for best comfort. We hope to see you there!
The second annual Victory Heights May Day was greeted with beautiful weather Sunday morning as neighbors gathered around a traditional may pole in order to festoon it with ribbons. Organized by Ann Forrest just across the street from the park, the revelers were able to recreate this British tradition. Afterwards they retired inside to assemble the paper flower baskets which they planned to hang on neighbor’s doors. Thanks, Ann, for putting together this great family event!
Starting at 10 AM until noon, gather at Ann’s house across the park at 10540 19th Avenue NE and assemble quick and easy paper May Day baskets (all materials provided). Then they can be filled with flowers and hung on neighbors’ doors. Rain or shine (we’ll be inside), it’s a great activity for the kids and a way to meet neighbors. For more info, write the blog.
Other upcoming events include an ice cream social in July (formerly the Neighborhood Night Out) and possibly a movie night in the park (if we can work out the details).
With the Link Light Rail station open at Husky Stadium last Saturday, Metro Transit will be implementing changes to bus routes around Victory Heights that will eliminate direct bus service downtown except for commuter routes beginning Saturday the 26th.
The 72, which offered service from Lake City to downtown, will have its last run on Friday. After that, the 372 will have added runs but will only take you as far as Stevens Way at the University of Washington. From there you will have to walk 1/4 mile to the Husky Stadium Link Light Rail station in order to get downtown. The 309 and 312 will continue to offer direct service during the morning and afternoon commutes Monday to Friday.
Over on 15th Avenue NE, the 73 will now only go as far as Husky Stadium. And service is eliminated completely on Sundays on 15th Avenue. Too bad if you want to go to any Seahawks or Mariner games, plays, events, work, or anything else you might have to do on a Sunday. You’ll have to walk over to Roosevelt and catch a bus there.
When Light Rail finally opens at Northgate in five years, hopefully east-west service will be improved on Northgate Way to make it convenient to use that station. Nevertheless, that is five years away.
Let us know if you have any alternatives to getting downtown via buses.
Here’s how the hunt will work: If you want to participate, bring some eggs to hide in the park the morning of Easter Sunday, before 11 AM.
Kids will arrive at 11 AM with their basket to hunt for the number of eggs that was brought and hidden by their family earlier (so if you hide 12 eggs in the morning, your child should go home with 12 eggs). Remember, they won’t have to be the same eggs.
Plans are afoot for some sort of May Day family event in the park. Come to the next meeting of the community council on April 19th to learn more.
UPDATE: There’s a 5th library on 14th Avenue NE just north of NE 107th.
Two new Little Free Libraries have been added to Victory Heights in addition to the two existing libraries installed in 2013. The first one is on the south side of NE 105th Street just east of 20th Avenue NE (pictured left). This was funded from the CleanScapes fund that was awarded to our neighborhood in 2013.
The second Library is up on the west side of 15th Avenue NE just north of the mosque on Northgate Way. The previous libraries are on NE 106th, a block west of Victory Heights Park, and on the corner of 23rd Avenue NE & NE 104th Way. Be sure and check them out as you wander around the neighborhood. Here’s a compete map:
Here are upcoming events in and around Victory Heights this month:
Sunday, March 13th: Pi Day At The Library. The Seattle Public Library will celebrate “pi” which is expressed in numerals as 3.14159…Enjoy hands-on demonstrations and art projects using circles and the mathematics of circles. Fun activities will be available for children ages 3 to 12, with special activities for ages 0-2. 1:30 PM, Lake City Branch.
Tuesday, March 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Everyone is invited to this public meeting to discuss issues important to our neighborhood. 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.
Sunday, March 20th: “Inside Out” Fundraiser Screening. $5 suggested donation to support ERASE, a youth arts drop in program. 3:30 PM, Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 NE 100th St.
Thursday, March 24th: Thornton Creek Alliance meeting. Find out about “Hazard Trees” from Sue Nicol. 7 PM, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE.
Saturday, March 26th: Democratic Caucuses. Hillary or Bernie? Now is your chance to be heard. For those of you in Precinct SEA 46-2309, you will caucus at Wedgwood Elementary School, 2729 NE 85th St., at 10 AM. Visit Washington Democrats to learn more.
The Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool will be having an Open House on Saturday, February 27th between 1 – 3 PM at their building in Victory Heights Park. Find out more about how the co-op works and meet some of the volunteers. Coffee will be available.