Upcoming Events Calendar

Here are some events around our area that might be of interest to residents of Victory Heights:

Monday, April 28th: Pinehurst School Building Meeting, in the school library, 11530 12th Avenue NE, 6:30 PM. The school district wants to demolish the old Pinehurst School and build a new one in the same location but needs a construction waiver. Find out more.

Saturday, May 3rd: Pet First Aid & CPR Class. 11 AM. All pet owners will at some point experience an injury or emergency with their cat or dog. This class teaches you how to take critical first steps to helping your pet through such an emergency and possibly save its life. RSVP to the above link.

Tuesday, May 13th: Thornton Creek Confluence Information Session, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE, 5:30 PM – 7 PM. Drop in to this informal meeting to learn more about the construction project on 35th Avenue that will close the street for several months to make improvements to Thornton Creek.

Saturday, May 17th: Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs Practice Drill, 9 AM, Lake City Fred Meyer parking lot. Volunteer to be a “victim” as part of a volunteer training exercise. For more info: contact Cindi Barker at cbarker@qwest.net.

Tuesday, May 20th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, 7 PM, Pre-School Building in the Park. Our regular monthly meeting, everyone welcome!

Little Free Libraries, Car Prowls Discussed At Community Meeting

The April meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was held last night and among the topics discussed were supporting the Little Free Libraries and the recent string of car prowls in the neighborhood.

Read the full minutes of the meeting.

Little Library signThe two Little Free Libraries, built on spec by Bob Gordon last year, alas did not get a SPARKS grant from the city to help cover the cost of the materials Bob used. With the community council out of pocket for those expenses, anyone who would care to make a contribution to reimburse us would be appreciated.  E-mail Treasurer Brad Cummings for details on where to send a check. Also, it’s been noticed that two or three times ALL the books have been removed from the libraries. C’mon folks, it’s “Take a book, Leave a book,” not “Take all the books.”  It can’t even be theft, the value of the used books wouldn’t justify the cost of gas driving down to Half-Price Books to sell them. So respect the libraries, and as usual report suspicious activity if you see it.

Speaking of which, a rash of car prowls occurred on Victory Lane recently. Aside from the usual advice, “Don’t leave valuables in your car,” what can be done? Maybe a Block Watch needs to be set up, but as always, vigilant neighbors are the best defense.

In other news, the community council submitted five proposals to CleanScapes in hopes of getting some of the $50,000 award. The deadline passed yesterday. Proposals ranged from putting in a solar light on the park’s bulletin board, to a covered picnic area in the park. My favorite suggestion was paying the city ($1200!) for four “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs to be put around the neighborhood. CleanScapes will deliberate over the proposals and then form a committee of neighborhood representatives to make the final determinations of who gets what.

Around the area, Lake City Way is due for a major overhaul by the city as part of its Lake City Traffic Safely Corridor. 35th Avenue NE in Meadowbrook will be closed for six months while work is done on the Thornton Creek confluence. And Lake City’s annual Pioneer Days celebration has been rebranded as “Salmonfest Seattle,” which will be held August 1-3. No guesses what kind of food will be served at this Seafair-themed event.

The next meeting of the community council will be Tuesday, May 20th. We always like to see new faces, come get involved with your neighbors!

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Lake City Farmer’s Market Wants Your Opinion

The Lake City Farmer’s Market, which opens again this year June 12th every Thursday afternoon through September, really needs your help this year. Simply put, if more people don’t start attending, this could be its final year. In preparation for that, they have put out a survey that will help them focus their attention. Please visit the site and fill it out by April 18th.

And then don’t forget to visit the market this year when it starts in June.


Upcoming Events Calendar

Here are activities of interest to Victory Heights residents coming up:

Saturday, April 12th: Kingfisher Natural Area Work Party, Thornton Creek @ 17th Avenue NE, 10 AM – 1 PM. Help weed invasive plants and learn about the history of the site. Sign up here.

Saturday, April 12th: Lake City Master Gardener Clinic, Fred Meyer Garden Center, 13000 Lake City Way NE, 10 AM – 2 PM. Get free garden information and answers to your gardening questions each Saturday and Wednesday afternoons.

Tuesday, April 15th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting, Pre-School Building in Victory Heights Park, 7 – 8 PM. Our regular monthly meeting, everyone is invited.

Tuesday, April 15th: CleanScapes Proposal Deadlines. $50,000 will be spent in or around our neighborhood, do you have an idea? Read more here.

Tuesday, April 22nd: Ballots due for the special election vote.  Support Proposition 1.

Thornton Creek Adopt-A-Stream Meeting April 7th

The kick-off meeting for the Adopt-a-Stream Foundation grant will be Monday, April 7th at 7 PM at the Nathan Hale High School Commons, 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. They invite all of you to partner with Adopt-a-Stream and Thornton Creek Alliance as they embark on a major education outreach to creekside residents.

The agenda will include looking for areas, in terms of water quality, that could use some help.  They will be canvassing door-to-door in high-priority areas to identify good potential restoration sites (e.g., Areas with invasives along the bank where the landowner would let us remove and replant a 35’ buffer with natives) and deliver water quality information to people who could use the encouragement (e.g. Areas where there may be excessive pesticide use by private landowners, excessive pet waste, etc.).

Everyone with an interest in the health of the watershed is invited to participate.  Bring your ideas and observations.

For more information contact Brooke Clement with the Adopt A Stream Foundation, 425-316-8592 ext. 113

Support Metro Transit; Vote Yes On Proposition 1

Residents of Victory Heights who support a sustainable city with convenient bus service should vote for Proposition 1 in the special election this month (ballots should be arriving in your mail box any day now). As we wrote last year, if funding is not restored to Metro Transit, Victory Heights would lose direct bus service to downtown. The 72 bus would be eliminated completely, and the 73 would be moved west to Roosevelt Way. In order to get downtown, you would need to transfer from a 372 in the U District to another bus.

Those who oppose Proposition 1 have only one answer to congestion: build more roads. That may work on the eastside but there is nowhere in Seattle to put more roads. And nobody is in favor of additional freeways, like the RH Thompson Expressway proposal which was canceled in the 1960s.

Fewer buses mean more cars and that is only going to make traffic worse. Support Proposition 1, keep buses rolling and transit as a viable transportation option here in Seattle.


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