Here are events in and around Victory Heights in August:
Thursday, August 3rd: Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Open House. Hear the latest about the span over I-5 that will connect North Seattle College with the new Link Light Rail station. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Hampton Inn & Suites, 9550 1st Avenue NE.
Saturday, August 5th: Lake City Pioneer Days Parade. 7 PM in Lake City, as it has been for over 5 decades.
Sunday, August 13th: Idriss Mosque 16th Annual All American BBQ. The coolest structure in Victory Heights open its door to its neighbors for this BBQ which will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options. 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.
Saturday, August 19th: 15th Annual Jokumfest. Victory Heights’ own annual free jazz festival is again in Gary Schudie’s backyard, live music from 3 PM until 9:50 PM. Beer available, bring a side dish. 2021 NE Northgate Way.
Wednesday, August 23: Thornton Natural Drainage System drop-in presentations. Here updates from the project team and chat one-on-one. Two locations: 23rd Avenue NE at NE 105th St, and 30th Avenue NE at NE 87th St. 4:00 PM – 6 PM.
Saturday, August 26th: Standard Bakery Opening. The pop-up bakery will have a permanent location up in Pinehurst at 11752 15th Avenue NE. Their grand opening is 10 AM – 2 PM with samples of fresh baked good, live music, and a bouncy house.
On Saturday July 29th, the new Victory Heights emergency communications HUB did its first drill in conjunction with a city-wide event. Tables were set up and volunteers (including a local scout troupe) held different positions or played out various scenarios using scripts. Organized by Victory Heights Community Council President Ann Forrest, various staff were given color-coded caps so they could easily be identified: greeters, person reunions, information, medical, and information posting. The only resource a HUB has is information but in an emergency situation that can mean a lot when it comes to finding out who has what resources or where the greatest need is.
Local ham radio operators were also set up to allow our HUB to communicate with others nearby in Lake City, Meadowbrook and Maple Leaf. They could also receive messages from the city’s “central command” downtown that would broadcast general information messages every 30 minutes to update HUBs around the city.
Over two dozens people participated in the drill, a great turn-out for our neighborhood (by contrast, the central part of the city including the Central District and Beacon Hill doesn’t even have any HUBs). Drills will continue to be held in the coming months. They are fun to participate in and extremely useful training should that day come when we need an emergency communication HUB in case of a natural disaster.
For the fifth year running, the Victory Heights Community Council has sponsored the Potluck/Ice Cream social on NE 106th Street next to the park, and neighbors have responded with another great turn out this year. On Tuesday, over 150 people (including many babies and dogs) showed up and put their mark on a map representing our neighborhood (over sixty different residences), brought their food to share, and ate free ice cream.
As in many years, the folks from Engine Company 40 in Wedgwood came by with their fire truck for tours after first having answered a call. The kids (and some adults) loved crawling over the fire truck and checking out the equipment.
Our new State Representative for the 46th District Javier Valdez (who just stepped in to replace Jessyn Farrell who quit to run for Seattle mayor) came by to meet his Victory Heights’ constituents.
Community Council Ann Forrest had a chance to address the crowd near the end and told people about our raffle to award someone a locking mailbox, and the election to pick a logo for our community to be used on official publications and on the “Welcome to Victory Heights” signs that we are going to purchase from the city. She also talked about the emergency preparedness drill we’ll be conducting next to the school starting at 9 AM on Saturday, July 29th.
Thanks to everyone who came and participated, we hope to see you at future meetings and online!
The annual Victory Heights Potluck / Free Ice Cream Social will be held this year on Tuesday, July 18th on NE 106th Street just west of the park. It will start at 6 PM with the closing the street and go until about 8. Bring chairs and a dish to contribute.
In previous years, over 100 people from all over the neighborhood have turned up to share food, eat some free ice cream, and learn more about our community and various projects.
We hope to see you there, bring the kids!
Meanwhile, are you considering hosting National Night Out for your street/block on August 1st? We’ve got a great program to help you make the most of it, “Rock Your NNO!” It will be on Tuesday, July 11th from 7-8pm at the Victory Heights Preschool. Crime Prevention and Disaster Preparedness Coordinators will be presenting items to discuss with neighbors to make yourselves, and your property, safer. There will be handouts, block maps, and much more! Sponsored by the Victory Heights Community Council.