For the third year in a row, Victory Heights will hold a neighborhood-wide National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th on NE 106th Street next to Victory Heights Park starting at 6 PM. This family-oriented event will feature potluck food (we’ll provide plates, cups and silverware), free ice cream, and information tables about various community projects. Last year we received a visit from a Seattle Police Department patrol vehicle, as well as a firetruck that parked for an hour. The weather promises to be nice again this year, and this is great chance to meet your neighbors and participate in a great community activity. We hope to see you on Tuesday the 4th!
It was announced at this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council that Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) microsurfacing paving project in Victory Heights would occur in August or September.
Victory Heights residents have probably noticed SDOT crews throughout the neighborhood preparing road surfaces by putting in asphalt patches as needed in the past few weeks. However, the contractor responsible for the microsurfacing won’t get to our neighborhood until projects in Arbor Heights and North Rainier Valley are done first. Those on affected streets will receive written notices before work begins and their street is closed for the day to allow the new road surface to cure.
In other news, the Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) will be Tuesday, August 4th starting at 6 PM on NE 106th Street next to Victory Heights Park. For the third year in a row, this event will feature pot luck food, free ice cream, and information tables. You should be receiving a flyer delivered to your front door in the next week or so. We hope you will attend.
Because of the NNO, there is no August meeting of the community council, the next meeting will be Tuesday, September 15th back in the co-op pre-school in the park.
The July meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, July 21st in Victory Heights Park at 7 PM at the picnic tables. This will be a planning meeting for the annual Neighborhood Night Out which will be held August 4th next to the park on NE 106th Street. At Tuesday’s meeting flyer packets will be distributed to volunteers who will be tasked to take them door-to-door to specific blocks around the neighborhood. If a lot of people turn up, then each person only has to do a single street. Flyers are the best way of letting everyone know about this great neighborhood event which will again feature pot luck food, free ice cream and tables promoting various local organizations. Help make the Neighborhood Night Out a success by turning up this Tuesday to help distribute flyers (we’ll give you the flyers and a map on Tuesday, but you have a week and half in which to deliver them).
Meanwhile, Victory Heights had a small article in this week’s Seattle Weekly about our neighborhood.
And, if you want some really sobering reading, the current issue of The New Yorker has an article about how most of Seattle is doomed when the big 9.0 earthquake hits.
Here are some upcoming events in and around Victory Heights this month:
Saturday, July 4th: Holiday! (for most of us). Fireworks (be safe) and do-it-yourself BBQs.
Wednesday, July 8th: Northgate Community Center 9th Birthday. “There’s live music, hot dogs, cake and more.” 10510 5th Avenue NE, 6 PM – 8 PM.
Thursday, July 9th: Seattle Public Library’s “Day of Learning, Day of Fun” In conjunction with the Lake City farmer’s market that day, an entire afternoon of activities for the kids. Albert Davis Park, 12526 27th Ave NW, Noon to 7 PM.
Wednesday, July 15th: Disaster Preparedness Seminar. “We have an awesome speaker from OEM (Office of Emergency Management) who is a FEMA trained Communications Unit Leader, and a Department of Homeland Security trained Communications Unit Technician, and has 25 years experience with King County Search and Rescue. The main topic of the meeting is how to set up a neighborhood SNAP group and how your local Block Watch group is a natural place to begin.” Lake City Library, 6:30 PM to 7:50 PM.
Saturday, July 18th: Pinehurstfest Music 2015. “A free family outdoor celebration for everyone in the neighborhood.” Kids activities, music, refreshments. Pinehurst Playfield, 12029 14th Avenue NE, 2 PM – 5 PM. There will also be a “Buy Nothing Project” where you can donate/take toys and books for kids.
Tuesday, July 21st: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. This month will be the planning session for the August Neighborhood Night Out. Please attend to help distribute flyers throughout the neighborhood. Victory Heights Park picnic table area, 7 PM – 8 PM.
Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market is every Thursday, right next to the Lake City Library.
The news was announced at last night’s outdoor meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council that was held by the picnic tables not too far from the newly repaired fence.
The guest speaker this month was Debbie Goetz from the city’s Office of Emergency Management who spoke about SNAP and the neighborhood HUBs that have been organized in case of an emergency. Attendees received a number of informative flyers as well as two cool gadgets: a keychain whistle, and a miniature wind-up light.
Next month’s meeting (on July 21st, also in the park) will be the planning session for the Neighborhood Night Out on August 4th. We need as many people as possible to attend so we can hand out packets of flyers that will be distributed to every house in the neighborhood in late July. Please come and participate and help make this family event great for a third straight year.
The June meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, June 16th will be held al fresco on the lawn in Victory Heights Park starting at 7 PM. Partially this is to take advantage of the beautiful weather we have been having lately, but also because we don’t have access to the pre-school building during the summer. So bring your lawn chairs out. (In the off chance it rains, we have a nearby house to retreat to.)
The speaker this month will be Debbie Goetz from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. She will speak about emergency planning, and how we as a community can best be prepared if the worst should happen. We’ll also get an update on August’s Neighborhood Night Out party that will be held next to the park on August 4th. Hope to see you this Tuesday!
As part of the Lake City Traffic Safety Project, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be closing 24th Avenue NE between Lake City Way and NE Northgate Way this weekend between 4 PM Friday June 5th until 7 PM Sunday June 7th. As work on nearby sewer and water lines begins this week, the bus stop along Lake City Way that was just north of the intersection was moved south just before NE 104th Place. When finished, the intersection of 24th Avenue and Lake City Way will feature a new sidewalk, curb bulb on the SW corner of 104th Place, crosswalk improvements and sewer work. All this is part of the greater Improvement Project along the entire length of Lake City Way from I-5 up to 145th Street.
UPDATED JUNE 1ST
What’s coming up in Victory Heights for late May/early June:
June 2nd: Seattle City Council public hearing on The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle. Stephanie Zimsen will be speaking at the hearing about the need for the Northgate pedestrian/bike bridge (which we were briefed on at the last Community Council meeting). 5:30 PM, Council Chambers, 600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor.
June 5th: Community Sing Arts Workshop. Sponsored by Silver Kite Community Arts. A $10 workshop. 4 – 6 PM, George Center For Community, 2212 NE 125th Street.
June 6th: North District Police Station Open House. A briefing about the new precinct to be built at Aurora and NE 130th. 10 AM – noon, Bitter Lake Community Center Annex @ Broadview Thomas Elementary School, 13040 Greenwood Avenue N.
June 6th: Lake City Africa Celebration. The Lake City community will celebrate African cultures with food, music, dancing, displays of objects from Africa, a fashion show and crafts for the kids. Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., 5 – 9 PM.
June 12th: ‘A String,’ a play written and performed by a cast of 6 generations of women ages 15 to 74. This is the first performance by Silver Kite Community Arts‘ Intergenerational Theater Company. Performances are June 12 at 7:30 pm and June 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at George Center for Community. Tickets are $10 general admission, discounts for seniors and students.
June 18th: Lake City Farmer’s Market Opens. Author Amy Pennington will use seasonal vegetables from the farmers market to demonstrate recipes between 4 & 5:30 PM. NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE
The monthly meeting of the Thornton Creek Alliance is this Thursday, May 28th, starting at 7PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center. Speakers this month will be Jonathan Frodge and Miles Mayhew from Seattle Public Utilities talking about water quality and SPU’s proposed side sewer pilot study; Katie Sheehy from the city’s Design Department on the Lake City urban design plan specific to Thornton Creek; and Nick Welch on environmentally critical area regulations update. Meetings are free and open to the public, get there to socialize and enjoy shared munchies.
The meeting starts at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 19th at the Co-op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park. The chairs are sized for small children, so bring your own for maximum comfort.
Also coming up in our area:
Friday, May 15th: Community Art Workshop: Telling Stories. Sponsored by Silver Kite, these $10 workshops each Friday focus on a different aspect of art. This week is Theater. 4 PM – 6 PM, George Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th Street.
Sunday, May 17th: Celebrate African Cultures. Enjoy stories and crafts from African traditions. 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the Lake City Library.
Monday, May 18th: District 5 Candidate Forum. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, North District Council, and the Meadowbrook Community Council are sponsoring a candidate forum for the newly formed 5th District City Council seat. Come hear what the prospective representatives have to say. 6:45 PM at the Jane Addams Middle School Auditorium 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (across from Nathan Hale). Janine Blaloch is the moderator, and our own Brad Cummings will be timekeeper.