Proposed North Precinct Site Open House October 26th

The City of Seattle has identified property – located at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street – as the recommended site for a new police station serving North Seattle. City Council review and approval of legislation authorizing the property acquisition, including a public hearing, is expected in December 2013.

Attend the open house to learn more about the site selection process, how the site meets the Seattle Police Department’s operational needs, the development schedule, and future opportunities for public comment.

This Community Open House will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N., Seattle.

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting October 24th

thorntoncreekalliancelogoThe Thornton Creek Alliance will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 24th from 7:15 PM to 9 PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE. There will be a number of presentations about the presence of E. coli in the creek, including Eric Adman of the Sno/King Watershed Council, King County Councilman Rod Dembowski, Seattle Public Utility Water Quality Scientist Jonathan Frodge, and State Representative Gerry Pollet. The focus will be on “where do we go from here?”

The meeting is free and open to the public.

School Fundraisers Need Your Help

Tis the season for school fundraisers. Both the local schools serving Victory Heights have drives going on currently.

Victory Heights ParkThe Victory Heights Co-Op Preschool is fundraising to support family scholarships, field trips/special programs, replacing and updating toys and the park playground equipment and maintaining/upgrading the community center building. The traditional holiday wreath is now available. Depending on the greenery you select, 30-50% of the total price goes to the preschool and if you live in Victory Heights, it will be delivered to your home! Support not only early education, but also our very own neighborhood preschool and kids!

They are also selling Cougar Mountain cookie dough, Victrola coffee and Chinook books (both printed and smart phone apps). Melinda Frye, who is organizing the fundraiser needs to have all orders in by November 1st and the wreaths will be delivered prior to Thanksgiving! You can e-mail her directly at melinda@mhurstfrye.com and she will organize your order right away!

sacajaweaMeanwhile, the Sacajawea Elementary School PTA is is holding a couple of fundraisers right now including:

  • Chinook Books. Very convenient if you get the app, as you can carry the coupons on your smart phone. $15 for the app, the hard copy book is $20, and a combination of both is $30.
  • Move-a-thon Oct 25th: The kids run around a 1/8 track for 20 minutes, and try to log as many laps as they can. You can sponsor kids by lap or just a set amount. This link answers Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

All the money raised goes to Sacajawea PTA general fund for tutors, field trips, funds for teachers to buy supplies not provided by the district, art supplies, and other important items and experiences. All schools are on a shoestring budget these days, and every little extra helps a lot. You can always write a tax-deductable check as well, and any school or PTA would be thrilled by your support.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Thursday Morning

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 17th, people all over the world will be participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Locally it will “occur” at 10:17 AM. Washington State has also gotten into the act, encouraging individuals or families that register for the Great Washington ShakeOut today may be eligible to win a home earthquake retrofit worth $10,000!

Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

Do you have an earthquake plan? Know how to turn off your gas or electricity? Have emergency supplies?

This Saturday, the Seattle Community Emergency Hubs will be holding a Fall Summit from 9 AM to noon at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center, 105 5th Avenue S., Suite 300. You can RSVP to Ashley.Hill@redcross.org.

There are also a number of Community Skills Training classes available in different parts of the city, see the schedule at the City’s SNAP website.

And residents of Victory Heights may soon get a visit from an emergency preparedness block captain soon. These are folks from your street going from neighbor to neighbor to let them know about disaster planning, and organizing classes with city representatives on basic preparedness training (takes only an hour!).

Victory Heights Community Council Meeting October 15

The October meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be held at our usual stomping grounds of the Co-Op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park at 7 PM on Tuesday, October 15th.  Everyone in the community is invited to come and participate as issues relevant to our neighborhood are discussed. [UPDATE:] The scheduled speaker from the City’s Office of Emergency Management won’t be able to attend after all, but Susan Causin, head of the Emergency Planning Committee, will instead do an update to our preparation plans for Victory Heights. (You might recall we have organized Victory Heights into blocks with captains to work with their neighbors to be ready in case of a catastrophic emergency.)

Don’t forget all the chairs at the school are meant for children, so if you want a grown-up sized chair to sit in, bring your own. See you there!

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