August Events Calendar

UPDATED AUGUST 9TH

Mark your calendars for fun (and sometimes tasty) activities in and around Victory Heights in August.

Friday & Saturday, August 2-3: Lake City Salmon Bake 2013. Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, August 6th: Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out. 6-8 PM, NE 106th Street, next to the park. Potluck sponsored by the Victory Heights Community Council, featuring free ice cream and toys for kids.

Saturday, August 10: Seattle Fire Station #40 Open House. 11 AM – 1 PM, 9401 35th Avenue NE. Tour the station that serves the Victory Heights neighborhood.

Saturday, August 17: Feet First Neighborhood Walk.

Saturday, August 17: Jokumfest. 11th Annual Jazz Festival, in back of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way. Read about last year’s event.

Saturday, August 24th: Seattle Parks Big Day of Play. 10 AM – 3 PM, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE.

Thursday, August 29th: Lake City Emergency Communication HUB Open House. 2:30 – 7:30 PM, SE Corner of Lake City Fred Meyer parking lot.

Urban Farm Stand Open Friday

Christy Cusick writes:

I am going to try my hand at having an urban farm stand this Friday from 1-5pm at my place. I will have Red Russian Kale, collard greens mustard greens Spinach, radish, cilantro, Swiss Chard and quail eggs. Feel free to stop on by. More to come as the weeks go on. I see lots of tomatoes in our future this summer. 🙂 If the time to pickup does not work for you and you still want to support my urban farm stand let me know what you would like and I will do my best to set some aside for you.

Her place is located at 1423 NE 113th Street.

Pinehurstfest Event This Saturday

2013-PineurstfestPosterPinehurst Seattle would like to invite people to attend Pinehurstfest this Saturday, July 20th from 2-5 PM at Pinehurst Playfield, 12029 14th Avenue NE. Pinehurstfest is a free festive family outdoor celebration for everyone in the neighborhood. Three bands will provide live music, their will be children’s activities including a bouncy castle, refreshments, and displays by local community organizations. Click on the thumbnail to the left for the full poster.

 

Aug 6th Neighborhood Night Out To Feature Ice Cream Social

At last night’s monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, it was announced it had received a $300 matching grant from the city to help put on our Neighborhood Night Out on Tuesday, August 6th. In addition to being a potluck (bring your own food) event, the Council will be providing free ice cream with toppings for everyone, and toys for the kids. The grant will also pay for bowls, plates, trash bags, and fliers to be distributed to every home in the neighborhood to let people know about the event.

Read the complete minutes of the July meeting.

The Neighborhood Night Out is sponsored by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and encourages us to “get to know your neighbors.” There will also be tables with fliers on emergency preparedness, upcoming local walking tours, and to take your suggestions for future activities.

Other items discussed at last night’s meeting included the recent vote by the North District Council to allocate funds for a traffic circle on 23rd Avenue NE. How one person recovered their stolen laptop using technology and social media. A report from the Emergency Preparedness Committee to organize each block and receive training from the city. Also, the homeless encampment under the 15th Avenue NE bridge was cleared out by the city in late June.

Due to the Neighborhood Night Out event in August, there won’t be a meeting next month of the Community Council. The next meeting will be September 17th at the Co-op Preschool Building in the park.

More to come about the exciting Neighborhood Night Out event in the weeks to come!

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Knickerbocker Invasive Plant Removal To Start

Seattle Public Utilities announced that work is expected to begin this month to remove invasive plant species at the Knickerbocker Floodplain Reconnection site (aka Thornton Creek at the bottom of 20th Avenue NE at NE 100th Street). The Seattle-based non-profit group EarthCorps will be performing this work.  It will include both physical removal and treatment with an “eco-friendly” herbicide application, which will be reapplied in the spring.

Related: Knickerbocker Restoration Would Be First In The Nation
Related: Knickerbocker Site History

Actual reconstruction of the upland areas in now scheduled to begin in early June of 2014.  The work in the creek itself, the “floodplain reconnection” portion, can only be done during the “fish window” of July 1 – August 30, as determined by Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. Visit the SPU Kickerbocker site for more information.

Lake City Survey

Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to know what kinds of programs and services you need in Lake City.  Your input is very important, particularly if you have children.  It will help them provide better programs and services.  If you live between NE 95th St and NE 145th St and between 15th Ave NE and Lake Washington, they ask you take 5 minutes to fill out this survey.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lakecityparks.

New Location for Community Council Meeting July 16th

The July 16th meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be held at the home of board member Heidi at 1717 NE 105th starting at 7 PM. A misunderstanding with the Northgate Community Center meant we could not use the Pre-School this month (but we’ll be back in September).

Tuesday’s meeting will mostly be focused on organizing the Neighborhood Night Out which is scheduled for August 6th on NE 106th next to Victory Heights Park. We’ll find out if we received a SPARKS grant from the city to help cover expenses, and work out distributing flyers throughout the neighborhood.

We’ll also get an update from the Emergency Preparedness Committee, news on the proposed traffic circle on 23rd Avenue (spoilers if you’ve already read this article), and hear how a Council board member was able to take a bite out of crime by solving his own break-in case.

Everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to attend,  just don’t forget the new (temporarily) location. There won’t be a Community Council meeting in August because of the Night Out event, the next meeting will be September 17th back at the Co-Op Pre-School in the park.

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The Long Road To Getting A Traffic Circle

Looking east at the intersection of 23rd Ave NE & NE 105th, site of the proposed traffic circle

Looking east at the intersection of 23rd Ave NE & NE 105th, site of the proposed traffic circle

For several years, Victory Heights residents along 23rd Avenue NE have been trying have a traffic circle installed at the intersection with NE 105th Street. The Victory Heights Community Council was reconstituted partially to help get funding through the North District Council (they respect “recognized” organizations over individuals).

Last April the District Council voted to forward the application (along with two others) to the city’s Parks and Street Fund. At the District Council meeting on Wednesday July 3rd, there was a vote to prioritize the three projects that would allocate the approximately $90,000 in funds that are available. In addition to our traffic circle proposal (estimated by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) at a cost of $26, 750), there is a project to improve pedestrian access at NE 143rd and 30th Ave NE in Lake City ($23,000 for design only, but actual construction would likely be more costly because of proximity to Littlebrook Creek), and improved access to crosswalks in Maple Leaf ($65,000).

Each group being represented at the District Council got one vote. The ballots asked for each project to be ranked either 1 (highest priority), 2 (second highest) or 3 (third highest)  Every ballot had to include all 3 projects, ranked 1-2-3.  Lowest total weighted score would be highest priority. The results were:

1) Ped Access at NE 143rd Ave and 30th Ave NE:  21 points  (7 Firsts, 4 Seconds, 2 Thirds)
2) Traffic Circle in Victory Heights:  28 points  (4 Firsts, 3 Seconds, 6 Thirds)
3) Crosswalks in Maple Leaf:  29 points  (2 Firsts, 6 Seconds, 5 Thirds)

In theory SDOT could allocate the $90,000 by spending $23,000 for the Design of the Ped Access project, then $26,750 on our traffic circle, and still have some money left for Maple Leaf.  But there is no guarantee it will go that way.

The pedestrian access project had a lot of supporters at the meeting urging the council members to approve it. Which only proves that the squeaky wheel gets the oil when it comes to city politics.

No one knows how SDOT will ultimately decide, but it’s just another step in eventually getting the traffic circle. Stay tuned!

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Tear Down In Progress On 21st Avenue NE

A backhoe demolishes the garage next to the house on 21st Avenue NE

A backhoe demolishes the garage next to the house on 21st Avenue NE

This week, the house at 10024 21st Avenue NE (at the T-intersection with NE 102nd Street) is being demolished by a large backhoe to make way for a new two-story house.  The old house was built in 1945 as part of the original development of Victory Heights. It was sold in February this year to Fortwest LLC, which according to its website, “specializes in the planning, design and construction of custom homes throughout the greater Puget Sound area.”

Normal Trash Pick Up On July 4th

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) reminds customers that normal trash pick-up will occur on Thursday, July 4th in Victory Heights despite the Independence Day holiday.  This includes food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections. Customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.  The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area will be closed on Thursday, July 4. The South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area will be open during regular business hours:  8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fireworks are banned in Seattle. Leaving unused fireworks around your house can be a dangerous to your children, pets, and your home. Fireworks, ammunition and explosives are NOT accepted at any of the local Household Hazardous Waste collection sites.  Call the Seattle Police Department at 206-684-8980 and an officer will collect them. Fireworks are not allowed within the City of Seattle limits and it is recommended that residents not transport them in their vehicles.

Everyone have a happy, safe (and hopefully cooler) 4th of July!