Upcoming events in October in and around Victory Heights:
Saturday, October 1st: Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs Table-Top Exercise. With plans moving forward to get a communication HUB here in Victory Heights (read more here), get a jump on how things would work in an actual emergency with this simulation exercise. 9 AM – Noon, Verity Credit Union, 11027 Meridian Avenue North, Suite #102.
Wednesday, October 12th: “Homeless in Seattle” with Mayor Ed Murray. No Murray won’t be homeless, but he’ll be discussing the issue in person at this North Seattle Chamber event. 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Elliott Bay Public House, 12537 Lake City Way NE. Seating is limited and $10 if you want to skip food. Register here.
Saturday, October 15th: Arbor Day in Lake City. The Mayor (again) will attend this celebration of trees. “A fun, family-friendly celebration with activities such as facilitated tree climbing for kids of all ages, apple cider pressing, volunteer tree planting, an ask the arborist booth, a neighborhood Tree Walk, and more!” 9 AM – noon, Virgil Flaim Park, 2700 NE 123th Street.
Tuesday, October 18th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Meet our new team of executives, and tour the Seattle Police Department’s 36-foot-long “mobile precinct” which will be parked next to the park. 7 PM – 8 PM, the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Bring the kids.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (read the complete minutes here) in addition to an election to vote in a new President and Vice-President (congrats to Ann Forrest and Monica Harris, respectively), there has been much movement on the plan to install an emergency preparedness HUB in Victory Heights Park. Originally the community council was going to apply for a matching grant from the city in order to buy and maintain the supplies for the HUB. The “matching” was done using volunteer hours in the community. However, the city’s Office of Emergency Management has decided they really want more HUBS in the city (“200 in 7 years,” or one within 1/2 mile of every resident in Seattle) and so they have made it much easier to obtain a grant and done away with the matching requirement. They are also offering to sell a $1500 “HUB-in-a-box” starter kit with nearly everything (except radios) to get going setting up a HUB. The logical place to store it (and set up) is in Victory Heights Park, and the Parks Department has agreed to let us use the concrete pad next to the playground. We are still looking for ham radio enthusiasts in the neighborhood to help with our communication needs.
Speaking of the park, the planned playground renovation has been pushed back yet again, and construction now will start in Spring 2017 and take place during the summer. Designers were also persuaded to use wood chips under the equipment instead of “synthetic turf.”
And the Seattle Police Department’s 36-foot-long “mobile precinct” will be visiting Victory Heights next month! It will be stationed next to the park in time for our meeting on October 18th and the public (and kids) are welcome to get a tour.
A new Little Free Library has been added to Victory Heights, this one is located where 20th Avenue NE turns into a walking path down towards Thornton Creek. If your kids take the big stairs up to Sacajawea Elementary, then they would walk past it every day. This is the sixth Little Free Library in Victory Heights (see map below). The others are located on 15th Avenue NE just north of the mosque, on 14th Avenue NE just north of NE 107th, on NE 106th Street just east of 17th Avenue, on NE 105th just east of 20th Avenue, and on 23rd Avenue NE at NE 104th Way. Visit them today! “Add a book, take a book,” as they like to say.
Two take two minutes to watch this video about earthquake preparedness produced by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management.
Here are activities occurring this month in and around Victory Heights:
Sunday, September 4th: Pinehurst Adopt-A-Street Litter Pickup. Volunteers will be picking up trash in the Pinehurst neighborhood along Pinehurst Way and also on NE 115th Street from 20th Avenue NE and Pinehurst Way. 10 AM.
Thursday, September 8th: Kombucha Workshop. Learn how to home-brew kombucha (a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar and a starter culture) from a Seattle Tilth certified instructor. Lake City Farmer’s Market, NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE, 4 PM – 5:30.
Saturday, September 10th – 11th: Arts North Studio Tour. The Arts North! Studio Tour is a self-guided tour that includes 10 studios and over 30 artist. Enjoy the opportunity to see a wide variety of arts and crafts, chat with the artists and sample appetizers and sweets. 10 AM – 5 PM both days. Maps available at all studios or on the website.
Monday, September 12th: Community Discussion on Gun Violence. State Senator David Frockt will appear at this “quick brainstorming exercise” that “is not a rant session to bash guns or the NRA, but conversation for anyone interested in reducing senseless and violent shootings.” Lake City Library, 6 PM.
Tuesday, September 20th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Election time! We need to vote for a new President and anyone willing to become a board member. It’s less work than you think, and a great way to get involved in the community. The Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM. Bring a chair.
Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market is every Thursday afternoon at the library, and the play street closures on 23rd Avenue NE each Sunday.