February Events Calendar

Here are some events in and around Victory Heights you might be interested in:

Saturday, February 18: Your Voice, Your Choice: Lake City Greenways will be hosting an idea-collection event at the Lake City branch library meeting room between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. This will be a drop-in, swing by, or stay-as-long-as-you-like affair.

Sunday, February 19th: Idris Mosque Potluck. Every 3rd Sunday a potluck is held at our local mosque. “There’s always plenty of food but feel free to add to the bounty… ” 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.

Tuesday, February 21: Mayor Ed Murray’s State of the City Address at Idris Mosque. At 9:30 AM, Seattle’s mayor will give his annual speech at the Mosque on the corner of Northgate Way and 15th Avenue NE.  Doors open at 8:30 AM. You need to RSVP in advance.

Tuesday, February 21: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  The monthly meeting of the community council is your chance to interact with neighbors and find out what’s going on in little section of town.  7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Snow Delays Garbage Collection This Week

Due to the snow on Feb 5-6, Seattle Public Utilities suspended garbage collection on Monday and announced that all remaining residential services will be delayed one day this week.  If you are in Victory Heights and have a usual pick up on Thursday, it will be on Friday, February 10th.

If your materials are not picked up by the end of the following day, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Customers missed this week will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge, on their next scheduled collection day. For service updates, please check http://www.seattle.gov/util. Follow SPU on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SeattleSPU.

“It’s not a good fit in the eastside or Lake City for an injection site,” Says Juarez Staffer

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council meeting, city councilwoman Debora Juarez’s District 5 Director, Sabrina Bolieu, responding to worries that a heroin injection site was about to be put in Lake City, saying, “It’s not a good fit in the eastside [of District 5] or Lake City for an injection site.”

Read the entire minutes of the January meeting.

Rather, two injection sites have been proposed, one downtown and one in South King County.  Nevertheless, Bolieu said, “Heroin is everywhere” and we should be “prepared to have some hard conversations about dealing with the heroin epidemic.”

Perennial problems like lack of sidewalks, low-income housing, and homelessness also were brought up during the evening’s conversation. If you want to see Councilwoman Juarez in person, you can sign up on her website to meet in her (tiny) office on the North Seattle College campus. Or she will be making an appearance on Friday, February 10th at the Shanty Tavern, 9002 Lake City Way NE, between 6 and 8 PM as a “community celebration” Dive-In.

We got a crash course in how to use the new democracy vouchers we are receiving in the mail, courtesy Wayne Barnett of the city’s Ethics and Elections Commission. They were put in charge of them after a successful ballot initiative a year ago. You can read more about them here.

We’re holding another earthquake preparedness class on Saturday, February 4th at the Northgate Library between 3:30 – 5:15 PM.

The next community council meeting will be Tuesday, February 21st at 7 PM in the Victory Heights Park co-op preschool building.

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Community Council Hears About Crime Prevention From SPD

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council featured speakers from the Seattle Police Department about crime prevention.

Read the complete minutes of the December meeting.

Crime Prevention Coordinator Mary Amberg, and Officer Bryan Kennedy on the Community Police Team for our area, spoke about how to prevent crime in and around your home. Many of the tips are available here, but include the obvious things like locking windows and doors, not leaving valuables in your car, keep lights on around your house, etc. Call 911 whenever you see suspicious activity, all calls become part of a database that helps put resources where they are most needed. The city’s Find It, Fix It app can report illegal dumping, potholes, trees in the lines, or homeless encampments. Mary will do a a free security analysis of your house and point out weak spots that need attention. You can call her at the North Precinct, (206) 684-0850.

Write down all the serial numbers of valuables in your house such as electronics, TVs, and bicycles (turn them upside, the number is under the pedals).  Other advice includes registering your cellphone with https://www.smart911.com/ so dispatchers know your name and home address in case of an emergency.

In other news, the Victory Heights Survey is still going on until December 31st: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJJZJR7

The next meeting is Tuesday, January 17th. Sabrina Balieu, city councilwoman Debora Juarez’s right hand, will be the guest speaker and will talk about what’s going on in District 5.

Did You Hear The Carolers?

For the fourth year in a row, carolers wandered the streets of Victory Heights last Sunday, looking for people at home (harder than it seems) to sing their Christmas songs to. Over two dozens people (including many families) met up at the Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park to warm up, have some hot apple cider and cookies, and then headed east on NE 107th Street in search of houses.  It was a fairly warm (for late December) dry evening, perfect for being out and about. There were so many people that most couldn’t get close to the porches or doors, and the folks inside couldn’t even see the huge crowd that was singing to them.

The carolers got as far as 23rd Avenue NE, nearly up to Northgate Way, before turning back to the park.  But one last stop was required, to the so-called “Mayor of Victory Heights,” a gentlemen who lives on 12th Avenue NE north of 113th (technically Pinehurst? But who’s counting?). Although nobody appeared to be home, he did appear at his door and got the last song of the evening.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and the folks who passed out homemade stollen to the singers at their house.  Yum yum!

November Events Calendar

Here are things in and around Victory Heights during the month of November:

Saturday, November 5th & Sunday the 6th: 3D Printer Workshop. The Seattle Public Library will offer two-day workshops on 3D printing basics in November. Attendees will learn how to design 3D models from prototype to final product, and then send their models off to be printed—all for free. 1 PM – 5 PM both days at the Lake City Library. Registration required.

Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day! Get those ballots post-marked by today.

Saturday, November 12th: Emergency Preparedness Table-Top Exercise.  With a communications HUB coming to Victory Heights soon, we thought a practice might help get volunteers ready.  You will be giving scenarios and then attempt to match with resources.  All this will be done in the warmth and light inside at the Northgate Library, 10548 5th Avenue NE, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Tuesday, November 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.  Find out how our online survey is going, and the fate of the North District Council. Maybe a speaker too! 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Saturday, November 19th: Emergency Preparedness Table-Top Exercise. Miss the event on the 12th (see above)? Here’s a second chance to participate.  Northgate Library, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Saturday, November 19th: Idris Mosque Potluck. Visit the mosque and share some great food. 5 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.

Thursday, November 24th: Thanksgiving.  As usual, if Thursday is your usual trash day, it will be moved to Friday again this year.

Friday, December 2nd, Winter Carnival. “Games, Food, Santa, Entertainment & Tree Lighting, International Food Competition” 6 PM – 9 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE

Take the Victory Heights Community Survey

There are currently two surveys floating around the interwebs of interest to residents of Victory Heights.  The first is being conducted by Seattle University for the North Precinct of the SPD about public safety.  They say, “The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.” It takes about 20 minutes to fill it out, and you have until November 30th. Find it here.

We also learned at October’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (full meeting minutes here) that our new Vice President Monica Harris is doing a survey just for Victory Heights and what people want from our community and the council. If you live in Victory Heights, please take a few moments to fill out this quick survey (only 7 questions!) so we may serve you better.  You’ll find that survey here.

In other news, we might put on a raffle with the prize being a locking mailbox that would be installed for you.  We’re also still looking for a few good men and women who’d like to sit on the community council board.  Drop us a line if you are interested.

After the meeting, we toured the police department’s noisy but very cool “mobile precinct” that they parked next to the park.

The next meeting of the community council will be November 15th at 7 PM in the co-op preschool building in the park.

Emergency Preparedness HUB News and More

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.

September Victory Heights Events Calendar

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.