Northeast Tool Library Moves to Former Dairy Location

The Northeast Seattle Tool Library, a fantastic resource that until now was located on NE 80th where you could borrow tools for free, is moving to the former LaVilla Dairy location, 10228 Fischer Place, just across Lake City Way on the eastern border of Victory Heights.

It will be fully up and operational by March but meanwhile a major challenge is the monthly rent. The current cash flow is not sufficient to cover it, although long term growth should take care of it. You can help by renewing your membership, starting a membership if not a member, and/or making a one time donation.

For a sneak preview inside, visit during the open house, Saturday January 27th from 2 – 4pm.

Press release!:

Dear NESTL Members Past and Present,

We are incredibly happy to announce that we have a new home!  We have agreed in principle to lease the bottom half of the LaVilla dairy building at 10228 Fischer Pl NE, just east of Lake City Way, north of  NE 98th. This space has many great features, including room for a dedicated shop space, extra space for tool storage, and plenty of parking. The upstairs office space will be leased by CB Construction, with whom we look forward to collaborating.

There will be a few changes as we move north sometime this spring  We’ve enjoyed partnering with the Bike Shack for the last five years, and in our new space we’ll have a bike repair area as well.  This will be managed by volunteers Chad Jacobsen and Sachi Wilson, and will be a Tool Library run venture.  We’ll be looking for volunteers to help staff the bike area, so if you have an interest in this, let us know!  Our branch of the King County Seed Library will come along with us to the new space, with more breathing room to peruse seeds for this year’s growing season.

As we make plans to move, we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the North Seattle Friends Church.  The generosity of the Friends congregation allowed us to get started and to grow as quickly as we have. Thanks also to Cleanscapes for funding our initial efforts, and to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for funding our first paid staff, Dave Gifford.  We thank Dave and Sara Kautz, our second coordinator, for all the work they did to improve the operations of the library and to recruit and train new volunteers.  Chris Lemmen and Mike Murphy, our current coordinators, are busy planning the move and salivating over the new opportunities this space will provide. Thanks to them as well!

We wouldn’t be where we are now without our paid staff and incredible volunteers.  It’s really the volunteer staffers, tool fixers, bookkeepers, inventory managers, website tinkerers and library steering committee members that have made this project happen. Many thanks to all of you!

There will be lots of chances to help as we get ready to move, but here’s the one thing we ask now- continue to be a supporting member of the library. As we now will have a hefty rent bill each month, we will raise our suggested yearly donation to $50.00.   If your membership has lapsed, take a few minutes today to renew it.  The best way to make sure this amazing community asset stays strong is to support it.   Here’s a link to our paypal  page- you can renew your membership with a donation and a quick e-mail or phone call to the library.

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=wOgffUFDEcCGOL08pR4jzHCeeR72_L-DVVYUTaTrj2pmb0CZ-CiUYZn3e-U9vckckNbteG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

Next time you are heading up Lake City, take a detour on Fischer Pl and check out the cool old dairy building. It’s a local gem, and we are grateful that we get to make it our next home!

All the best for 2018!

NE Seattle Tool Library

Trash Collection on Fridays For Two Weeks

If you are in Victory Heights, the trash pickup for the next two weeks will be Fridays instead of the usual Thursday.  Per a SPU press release:

Due to back-to-back Monday holidays, all garbage, food and yard waste and recycling in Seattle will be delayed by one day for a duration of two weeks, starting Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

There will be no solid waste collections on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Collections will be delayed by one day from normal schedules (e.g. collections for Monday will occur on Tuesday, Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, and so on). Customers should set containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Customers can report missed garbage, food and yard waste, or recycling collections after 5 p.m. on their rescheduled collection day by calling (206) 684-3000, or filling out a report at www.seattle.gov/util/MissedCollection.

Build Gingerbread Houses on Dec. 23rd

Gingerbread House Decorating Party!!

On Saturday, December 23rd  join us from 10am – 11:30am at the Victory Heights preschool (1747 NE 106th St) for a gingerbread house decorating party.

                  FOLKS with HOLIDAY SPIRIT, please…

  • – Pre-Order a house at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com
  • – Bring $5 (cash) to pay for your house
  • – Bring a Large plate, tray, etc. to transport your house

WE provide:

Gingerbread house  (4” x 4” square house, 5½” tall, large roof)
Colored icing and piping bags for decorating
Sprinkles, candies, etc. for decorating
Icing that dries quickly and experienced home builders (decorate then build)

ALL AGES WELCOME!!              Questions?  Contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

 ** If you can’t make it on the 23rd but would like a house, email us at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to coordinate.

Please take a moment to “Like” the Victory Heights Blog Facebook page. Thanks.

December Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights this month (note: no community council meeting this month):

Saturday, December 9th – the North Seattle Rotary hosts “Bingo Karaoke” – http://www.lakecitybingokaraoke.org/

Wednesday, December 13th: Lake City Future First Community Conversation.  https://enjoylakecity.org/last-community-conversation-2017/ 6:30 PM – 8 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Saturday, December 16th: Free concert, as Mariachi comes to Albert Davis Park. Starting at 3pm – https://enjoylakecity.org/el-mariachi-monarcas-concert/

Sunday, December 17th: Victory Heights Caroling.  Our annual event to walk around the neighborhood and sing at random houses.  Meet up at 5 PM at the co-op preschool for a quick rehearsal and something to warm you up.

Saturday, December 23rd: Gingerbread House Decorating Party. Order a house at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com Bring $5 (cash) to pay for your house​​​, Bring a large plate, tray, etc. to transport your house.  WE provide: Gingerbread house  (4” x 4” square house, 5½” tall, large roof), Colored icing and piping bags for decorating, Sprinkles, candies, etc. for decorating, Icing that dries quickly and experienced home builders (decorate then build).  10 AM – 11:30 AM, Victory Heights Co-op preschool.

“Socktober” Huge Success

Donations of new socks fill a table.

“Socktober,” a drive to get donated new socks and clothes for the homeless, was a huge success at the October Victory Heights Community Council meeting.

Read the entire minutes of this month’s meeting.

115 pairs of new socks were collected, as well as 8 winter coats, 10 gloves, 9 hats and 7 scarves. Great work, Victory Heights!

This month’s speaker at the meeting was Scott Thomsen, from Seattle City Light, about the new “advanced” power meters that will be installed in houses around Victory Heights starting in January 2018. This city-wide $95 million upgrade will replace the 1950s technology “spinning wheel” electro-mechanical meters that have been in use until now. The new “advanced” units will use Wi-Fi to send updates six times a day of your power usage which eventually (ETA December 2018) will enable users to see their real-time power consumption and perhaps adapt accordingly. It will also help City Light pinpoint power outages faster, bill more accurately, and allow for faster reconnection service. Multiple notices will be sent to each household prior to the switch over at your house, the actual work will only take 5 minutes when the power will be cut off.

You might have noticed the gardening efforts on a traffic circle near you. Seven hundred flower bulbs have been purchased (part of our grant from the city) and are being planted. Next Spring we will have a neighborhood walk to see all the beautiful flowers come up.

Have you seen me?

Two of our Victory Heights yard signs have gone missing. One was on 15th Avenue NE, the other on 23rd Avenue NE.  Please contact us if you have any information regarding their whereabouts.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 21st at 7 PM at the co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park. We hope to see you there!

October Events Calendar

Here are things happening in and around Victory Heights during October:

Wednesday, October 11th: Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Drop-In Session. The Thornton Creek Natural Drainage Systems Project is beginning the design phase of the project and the project team seeks input to help inform site selection.  This drop-in session will re-introduce the project purpose and need; and provide an opportunity for community members to talk one-on-one with the project team and help inform project design. 4:00 PM, NE 113th ST and Goodwin Way NE.

Thursday, October 12th: Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.  Monthly meeting. 6:30 PM, Lamb of God Church, 12509 27th Ave. NE.

Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, Arts North! Studio Tour. Visit 10 studios in north Seattle and enjoy the opportunity to see a wide variety of arts and traditional crafts from 28 artists. This would be a great time to do your holiday shopping early. FREE. Maps will be available at all studios and online. Look for the yellow & black signs. 10 AM – 5 PM both days. www.artsnorthstudiotour.com

Tuesday, October 17th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Featuring Socktober! We’re collecting SOCKS (and coats, gloves, hats, etc.) in support of the Solid Ground family shelter. The North Precinct’s goal this year is 6,000 pairs. (Socks must be new but the rest can be used, but clean). We’ll be distributing “collection boxes” that kids can use while trick-or-treating to collect donations for the North Helpline food bank. Speaker: Scott Thomsen, Seattle City Light’s “Advanced Metering” program will discuss the upcoming roll-out of smart meters. 7 PM in the Victory Heights Co-op Preschool Building in the park.

Thursday, October 19th: The Great Washington ShakeOut. Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills! Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

Thursday, October 19: Thorton Creek Alliance general meeting. The featured speaker will be Luis Ramirez of Seattle Public Utilities. He will discuss Natural Drainage Systems, and take your questions. 7 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005  32nd Ave. NE, Seattle.

Monday, October 23rd: Lake City Library Open House. The Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., is tentatively set to temporarily close in early 2018 for about six months for improvements. Patrons are invited to learn more about improvements planned for the library at an open house at the branch from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24th: Victory Heights Prepares! Our Emergency Communication HUB is almost complete.  We have a disaster drill planned for April 2018.  The scenario… the power grid goes does from a windstorm, not an earthquake.  So…  Let’s get our community prepared!! Join me to strategize on how best to proceed. Please respond to the doodle poll so we can accommodate as many folks as possible.  https://doodle.com/poll/tfqryqcn754pyaag

 

Disaster Preparedness Suggestions

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (read the full minutes here) we heard all about disaster preparedness and tips that could really make a difference. Think about recent events in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City. Is it so incredible to think about a massive earthquake hitting the Puget Sound area?  Even if there were no substantial damage in our neighborhood, it’s estimated it could be two weeks before we would see outside assistance (other higher priority areas, debris, damaged bridges). Here are some suggestions that would make survival a whole lot better:

  • Sturdy shoes and socks under each bed
  • Flashlight under bed
  • Remove or secure pictures / shelves around bed
  • Secure refrigerator to wall
  • Plug-in-the-wall flashlights that come on automatically when the power is cut
  • Know where the water cut-off is inside your house.
  • Learn how to turn off your gas at the meter if you smell/hear gas leaking
  • Designate an out-of-town contact person
  • WATER! (assume 1 gallon per person per day x 14 days, don’t forget your pets)
  • Strap down water heater
  • Food – do you have enough to last two weeks in your house?
  • Make/buy an emergency toilet (5 gallon buckets work)
  • Find emergency communication HUB closet to your house, work, schools (in Victory Heights there will be one set up in the park)
  • Assemble a “Get Home Bag” for your car or work
  • Scan important documents and upload to the cloud
  • Have cash in small bills stashed away, assume ATMs will not work

Here is a list of further resources:

Resources:

Securing household items http://www.earthquakecountry.org/step1/index.html

Securing refrigerator to the kitchen wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaMqz9Q_vgc

Turning off the WATER to your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvE6n7rTGnM

Turning off GAS to your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keNdbAs-sBk

Twin-Bucket Emergency Toilet http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/394125

 Map of HUB locations in Seattle http://seattleemergencyhubs.org/seattle-emergency-neighborlink-map

 Seattle Hazards Map http://seattlecitygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=0489a95dad4e42148dbef571076f9b5b

Alert Seattle http://alert.seattle.gov

Smart 911 https://www.smart911.com

Add Emergency Contact Number to your phone’s lock screen http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489237,00.asp

GPS Apps for Offline Navigation https://www.wired.com/2015/04/offline-gps-apps/

http://mashable.com/2015/09/16/offline-maps/#gT52NaBjG8qn

Seattle Resilience Survey http://www.seattle.gov/resilience/get-involved

The next meeting of the community council will be Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Victory Heights August Events Calendar

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.

 

Emergency Communications HUB Drill Connects Victory Heights With City

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.