Here’s an updated calendar of September/October events in and around Victory Heights:
NEW ITEM: Tuesday, Oct 6th: Metro Transit Public Hearing. The county will be changing a number of bus routes around Victory Heights next year in conjunction with the opening of the Husky Stadium Link Light Rail station. Here is your chance to let King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski know what you think of the proposed changes. 6:30 PM, The Mountaineers Club at Magnuson Park, 7700 Sand Point Way NE.
Thursday, Oct 15th: Open House for Northgate Pedestrian Bridge. The Department of Transportation will update the public on the proposed pedestrian bridge across I-5 at Northgate. 5 PM, North Seattle College, College Center Building, Multipurpose Room.
Tuesday, Oct 20th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Residents are encouraged to get involved with issues affecting our neighborhood. 7 PM, Co-op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park.
Saturday, Oct 24th: Emergency Preparedness Workshop. Learn how to be prepared for a large earthquake or other emergency here in Seattle, and the new AlertSeattle system. 10:30 AM, Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Register for a class by emailing your name and the presentation you plan to attend to email@example.com.
Neighbors have discovered used needles near the co-op preschool building in the park, and suspicious characters loitering in the park at night, and parked along 19th Avenue NE. Calls to the police seem to be responded to too late or not at all. And the city isn’t keen on signs, surveillance cameras or more lights in the park. What can concerned residents do? Well for starters, you should always call 911 when you see something suspicious. The city tracks crime statistics and if we start calling attention to this problem, this will get action in the long run even if the police don’t show up every time you call. There will also be an attempt to get the residents across the park along 19th Avenue to get organized and perhaps put up yard signs of their own saying the neighborhood is watching. If every yard had a sign, that would send a clear message. Crime happens when criminals think nobody cares. And finally, once district elections are over for city council, we will have a representative who we can go to (hopefully backed up with statistics–keep calling 911) and get them to grease the wheels of city government to make sure the park does not fall into ruin and neglect. Together we can make a difference!
The next meeting of the community council will be Tuesday, October 20th. Make a date to attend if you’d like to be part of the solution.
UPDATE: Reader John recorded the coyote early Monday morning. He thinks it “sounded like s/he was up on the hill between 98th and 100th, probably on the south side of Thornton Creek.”
Saturday night, a number of coyotes were heard howling near Thornton Creek by 21st Avenue NE. Occasionally coyotes have been spotted in Victory Heights in previous years, though they are mostly nocturnal. Those of you who let their cats outside at night are advised to bring them inside. Between coyotes and raccoons in the area, pet owners need to be cautious.
Here are events in around Victory Heights in September:
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 12-13. Arts North Studio Tour. 11 different studios around the north end will host open houses for the public “to chat with the artists and learn about the creative process while enjoying an assortment of snacks.” Three are located in Victory Heights: 2301 NE 115th St., 2020 NE 113th St. & 11301 23rd Ave NE, 10 AM – 5 PM both days.
Tuesday, Sept. 15: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Discuss local issues with your neighbors including drug use in the park and changes in bus service. 7 PM at the Co-op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park.
Saturday, Sept 19th: District 5 Candidates Debate. Sandy Brown and Debora Juarez will square off at this event (registration required) at the Northgate Community Center, 7:30 PM.
Sunday, Sept 20th: Screening of “Secret of the Wings” (Rated G) at the Lake City library at 1:30 PM. Part of their “Directed by Women” series.
Sunday, Sept 27: Screening of “McFarland, USA” (Rated PG) at the Lake City library at 1:30 PM.
Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market every Thursday next to the library in Lake City.
The microsurfacing project in Victory Heights that was prematurely aborted last Friday when rain prevented the final day of work has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 8th. The streets that remain to be worked on, NE 100th Street, 17th Avenue NE, and 20th Avenue NE, will be closed for the day while the treatment is applied and cures. All this presumes another weather system doesn’t come through by then. So be prepared for one more day of road closures come Tuesday.