Northgate ‘Hidden Treasures’ Walking Tour Saturday

This Saturday, August 17th, join Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Karen Meadows as she shares 43 years of Northgate’s hidden treasures.

Karen will introduce you to Jaeger, the Dahlia Man and the local landmark Golden Chain tree with an amazing Wisteria Vine growing in her yard. You’ll stroll by the Idriis Mosque, the biggest mosque in Seattle and learn more about Victory Creek Park. At the Northgate Mall, the first covered mall in the country, you will discover what happened to the Northgate Totem Pole. Beyond the covered asphalt, enjoy the walk in the woods by the Northgate library and to see the famous Thornton Creek. Karen will also provide you an overview of the proposed Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge across I-5 from the Northgate Link Light Rail station to the community college and what this means for the neighborhood.

Stay charged up during the walk, bring your mug! Free coffee will be available for all participants.

The walk starts at 10 AM and ends around 11:45. For more information, visit the Feet First Meetup site:

Jokumfest This Saturday Features 10 Hours Of Blues Music

Jokumfest 2012

Jokumfest 2012

Jokumfest, the annual free blues festival held in the backyard of Victory Heights’ resident Gary Shudie’s house, returns for its 11th year this Saturday, August 17th with a full day of entertainment.

Related: Scenes from the 2012 Jokumfest

Things get started at noon with three hours of acoustic music. At 3 PM the scheduled acts begin including:

3:00 – 3:50 – Paul Knight (old time banjo & guitar)
4:10 – 5:00 – Papa Bear Band w/ Shawn Stecker, Billy Reed, Jack Cook,  Matt Fogdall & Don “Papa Bear” Buss
5:20 – 6:10 – Reggie Miles
(songster/blues on guitars & musical saw)
6:30 – 7:30 – Hughs Blues   Rhythm & Blues extravaganza  w/G W Levell, Al Farlow, Steve Branca & Bert DeCoy
7:50 – 8:40 – Eric Madis
with John Marshall, Hugh Sutton, Guy Quintino & Dave Hudson
9:00 – 9:50 – Greg Roberts
& Blues of the Past

In addition to the live music, there will be Papa Bear’s deep fried turkey, and a number of ales including a special Jokumfest Pale Ale. It’s all free, and side dishes are welcomed.  Gary’s house is 2021 NE Northgate Way, parking is recommended on 23rd Avenue NE. Just follow the sound of the music to the backyard!

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Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out Attracts Over 100

nightout01Tuesday night’s Neighborhood Night Out in Victory Heights, held on NE 106th Street next to the park, was a huge success with over 100 attendees. The street was closed off by 6 PM and the tables were set up as people began arriving with their amazing potluck dishes. Kids were given free toys and everyone got to eat the vast supplies of ice cream provided for free (thanks to a city matching grant).

Attendees included a woman who just moved in across from the park four weeks ago; a couple who have lived in Victory Heights for 30 years; and a man now living in the house his parents purchased in 1955 who remembers attending the co-op pre-school in the park that year! He also told a great story about how NE Elshin Place was named (a Russian named Elshin was living there and agreed to pay to have the dirt road paved if they named it after him!).

nightout03Five long tables were covered with food that included salads, chili, chicken, and even some desserts. Most of it was gone by the time things began to be packed up around 8 PM. There were display tables for the Thornton Creek Alliance, petition drives, the Victory Heights Community Council, and for emergency preparedness. Thomas Whittemore from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods dropped by for a while, as well as someone from the city’s Emergency Preparedness division. I also spoke to several residents who said some variation on, “We have a blog?” (I hope you found us!)

nightout02The kids especially loved the ice cream and took great delight in adding their own toppings including chocolate syrup and M&Ms. We still had three large tubs leftover by the end of the evening, but better that than running out early!

Everyone had a great time, talking and meeting with each other. Hopefully some new folks will come to the next Community Council meeting (September 17th), keep visiting the blog, or join our Facebook group. We’ll definitely be doing this again next year, thanks for the great turn-out, everyone!

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Celebrate Neighborhood Night Out Tuesday

nightoutsignTomorrow night, Tuesday August 6th, is the Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out. Come join your neighbors who will be assembling on NE 106th Street, just to the east of Victory Heights Park for a potluck and free ice cream social from 6 – 8 PM. Bring whatever you would like to drink, plus some food to share, or just show up with your kids and build your own ice cream sundaes (we’ll even have free toys for the kids). Tables will be set up to explain emergency preparedness, neighborhood walks, and the Victory Heights Community Council. We hope to see you there!

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