Learn Disaster Preparedness 101 on March 18th

Disaster Preparedness 101
DON’T TUNE OUT! I know the subject feels daunting but I can almost guarantee you will feel better after this class. Knowledge is Power!

On Sunday, March 18 from 2 – 3pm at the Victory Heights preschool (1747 NE 106th Street), some of the things we’ll cover: – how to ride out an earthquake in bed – what to do with electricity, gas, and water – what’s the most important thing to stock up on – and much more! 

No need to bring anything except maybe an adult size chair.
Questions? Contact Ann @ VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com.

Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Drop-In Sessions This Month

The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced three “drop-in sessions” this month to show off the latest design of the proposed Northgate pedestrian bridge over I-5 that will hook up with the Link Light Rail station there.  Working with their partners at North Seattle College, they recently refined the west approach to the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge. Stop by a session to learn about:

  • Bridge design updates
  • 1st Ave NE protected bike lane
  • Public art
  • Upcoming State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental review and how to provide feedback during the public comment period

Monday, March 19: 12 – 1:30 PM
North Seattle College, The Grove
9600 College Way N

Tuesday, March 20: 8 – 9:30 AM
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th St

Wednesday, March 21: 5 – 6:30 PM
Neighborcare Health at Meridian, Room 110
10521 Meridian Ave N

Drop-in sessions are open, informal opportunities for you to come and go as fits your schedule and speak with project staff. Can’t make one of these events? Information will also be posted on their project webpage.


Playground Re-Opened February 10th

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard about the “soft opening” of the new playground equipment in Victory Heights Park.

Read the entire minutes of the February meeting.

On Saturday, February 10th, a large crowd was on hand for the re-opening, as well as one of the local TV stations, and the park has been very busy with kids trying out the new equipment.  Work is still continuing on the basketball court and later on, the new walking path around the field.

In other council news, we heard from the Ryther Center for Children & Youth. What’s the Ryther Center? It’s that campus on the north side NE 95th Street just east of Lake City Way. Named after Mother Olive Ryther who in 1885 (!) opened the first home for children in Seattle, at the Ryther Center they “help children and youth overcome trauma, mental health and substance use challenges,” according to their website, http://ryther.org/ . Considering how many angry kids are in the news these days, places like this give them a place to get treatment and help when nothing else will work.  They are always  looking for volunteers, from “Best Buddies” to just working in their thrift store in Ballard.

Watch for a poll soon about possibly holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale in the spring, our emergency communication HUB drill on April 28th, and meetings you can attend around the city as part of the “Your Voice, Your Choice” program that might get some much-needed work done on NE 104th Way down to Lake City Way.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 20th when Sound Transit will let us know the state of our current mass transit system, including the Link Light Rail. Mark your calendar.


Seed Swap on February 4th

Sunday, Feb 4th
Noon – 1pm  (**Note the time change**)
Victory Heights Co-op Preschool, 1747 NE 106th Street.

Now’s the time to plan your 2018 GARDEN!! Bring your saved seeds, leftover packets, cuttings, garden ideas, extra seed catalogs, etc. to share with others. Learn about drip irrigation from a neighbor who DIY’d her (very simple, above ground) system.

We’ll discuss:

  • Basic system design
  • Water requirements and how to create zones
  • Parts you’ll need and where to purchase them
  • Tips for installation, scheduling, and winterizing


The Class will start promptly at noon. The Seed Exchange will be available anytime between noon and 1pm.


We hope to see you there!

Playground At Victory Heights Park Re-opens In February

At the January meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced the new playground at Victory Heights Park will have a “soft opening” (i.e. unofficial) on Saturday, February 10th from 10-11 AM.

Read the entire minutes of the January meeting.

Under construction since May 2017, the new playground includes equipment for younger as well older kids, and will eventually include a basketball court and a path around the field (coming later in 2018).

Other upcoming events in our area include a Seed Swap on Sunday, February 4th from 3-4 PM (yes, during the Superbowl) at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

District 5 city council representative Debora Juarez will be hosting a “D5 Community Network” on Tuesday, February 13th from 7-9 PM at the Seattle Mennonite Church, 1320 NE 125th Street in Lake City. There will be an opportunity for Q&As.

The main speaker at the January meeting was Brian Mickelson from Seattle Public Utilities who talked about the new Thornton Natural Drainage Systems that will be installed on select streets in coming years.  Open houses around the neighborhood last August and October introduced the concept, which includes drains for rain run off that will filter the water before sending it to Thornton Creek.

Also, you have until February 2nd to nominate projects for the city’s annual “Your Voice, Your Choice” program that will give out $3,000,000 in $90,000 chunks to worthy improvements to streets and parks.  We think improved pedestrian access to NE 104th Way down to Lake City Way would be a good project.  Nominate here.

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, February 20th. I we hope to see you there!

January Community Meetings

Two meetings are coming up that should be of interest to residents of Victory Heights:

Tuesday, January 16th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting, 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Everyone welome! The agenda is:

  1. Guest Speaker: Seattle Public Utilities – Thornton Creek Natural Drainage Systems
    • Brian Mickelson, Sr. Communications & Outreach Specialist
  2. Park Update
  3. Brief Debriefs
    • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA)
    • District 5 mtg
    • North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) – Police Dept & Neighborhoods)
  4. Updates
    • Neighborhood Grant – Traffic circle beautification & Victory Heights signage
    • Emergency Communication HUB
  5. Safety Project
    • Pedestrian flags at 15th Ave and 106/107th
  6. Upcoming events!!
    • Seed Swap – Sunday, Feb 4th, 3-4pm, VH preschool (tentative)
    • Neighborhood-wide yard sale in the spring…
    • Emergency Communication Center (HUB) drill – Sat, Apr 28
  7. Questions / Comments / Concerns?
  8. Next meeting: Tuesday, February 20 @ 7pm

And on Thursday, January 18th, the Thornton Creek Alliance will have its monthly meeting at 7 PM at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Avenue NE with featured speakers from Seattle Public Utilities, the UW Center for Urban Waters, and the Alliance’s lead for the Citizen Science Program.

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.

Victory Heights Caroling Sunday the 17th

Caroling in December 2014

For the past several years, neighbors from around Victory Heights have gathered to walk around and sing Christmas carols wherever we can find people at home.

This Sunday, December 17th, we’re gathering at the Victory Heights preschool at 5pm. Enjoying cookies & hot cider then off we go. We’re headed north of Northgate Way this year; stopping by the Sunrise Memory Care Center and then around the streets. Jingle bells and holiday garb appreciated. Flashlights are most helpful. Please be at the preschool at 5pm so we can begin together but you’re welcome to head home whenever you need to. Rain or shine!

All ages welcome!

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!