Seed Swap Coming March 5th

On Sunday, March 5th at the Victory Heights co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park (1747 NE 106th St), come participate in a Seed Swap from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

Bring anything you think a fellow gardener (or gardener wanna-be) might appreciate:
– seeds you saved from last year’s bounty
– extra seeds for this year (if you’ve already placed your order)
– seed catalogs
– gadgets you couldn’t live without and want to show off
– inspiration from the Home & Garden Show (Feb 22-26)
– ideas
– encouragement!

EVERYONE welcome!!

Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
Questions? VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com – or contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

Park Renovation Begins In April

This week at the Victory Heights Community Council meeting it was announced the long-proposed renovation of the Victory Heights playground equipment, originally scheduled to be completed in 2016 will now begin work “mid to late April and will be complete in late August” according to the official Park Department project website.

Read the complete minutes of the February meeting.

The entire playground of park, including the tennis courts, will be closed throughout construction. The project has taken so long that the original designer will be retiring and new one is taking over to see the completion! The hope is the park will be open for Labor Day and some sort of ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.  Stay tuned!

The park renovation means the deployment of Victory Heights’ first emergency communications HUB will be delayed, as it was going to be situated in the park next to the tennis courts. A temporary location nearby will be secured and volunteer drills will be conducted soon so we will be prepared in the event of an actual emergency.

In other news at the community council meeting, we’re looking to create a mission statement about what goals the council should focus on.  If you have a suggestion, please send it in.

The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance meeting focused on the proposed “upzoning” that is coming to Lake City around NE 125th Street, similar to what just passed in the U District. Needless to say, residents are curious, “What’s in it for us?”

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 21st.

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.

“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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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!

December Victory Heights Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights this month:

Wednesday, December 7th: North Precinct Advisory Council. Interact with members of the Seattle police department and participate in their sock drive. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, North Seattle College, Room CC1161.

Saturday, December 10th: Lifetime Learning Center’s Huge Annual Book Sale and Holiday Fair. “Don’t miss out on this well regarded sale of over 4,500 books! Also for sale are holiday gifts, art work, poinsettias, jewelry, stocking stuffers, and baked goods. Stay for a hot lunch.” 10 AM – 2 PM, 3841 NE 123rd Street.

Wednesday, December 14th: Thornton Place Plaza’s Home For The Holidays. “Complimentary Refreshments, Live Entertainment, Activities for all ages, Free photos with Santa.” Get free movie tickets with unwrapped toy donation. 4:00 PM – 7 PM, Thornton Place Plaza, 301 NE 103rd Street.

Sunday, December 18th: Caroling in Victory Heights. For the fourth year, brave singers will walk the streets of Victory Heights and serenade select houses.  Want to come along, or get a visit (need to be 1/2 mile of Victory Heights Park)? Email to RSVP: victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com Meet at 5:30 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Music provided.

Tuesday, December 20th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting: The focus will be “Crime Prevention & Response” and will feature speakers from the Seattle Police Department. It will occur during Gluten-free Baking Week, so bring a sample of your favorite gluten-free baked good along with the recipe. 7 PM – 8 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Friday, December 30th: “Finding Dory” free screening at the Lake City Seattle Public Library. 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 12501 28th Avenue NE.

 

New Emergency Communications HUB Approved For Victory Heights

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced that our request for funding a communications HUB to be established in Victory Heights Park was approved by the city! Similar to HUBS that already exist at the Fred Meyers in Lake City and Maple Leaf Park (though smaller to begin with), this volunteer-run emergency HUB will allow neighbors to organize after a disaster (most likely an earthquake), trade information and resources, and communicate with the outside world. It will be based in Victory Heights Park.

Read the entire minutes of the November meeting.

tabletop-exAnticipating the HUB, a tabletop emergency preparedness exercise will be held this Saturday, November 19th between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the Northgate Library. One was held last week (see photo) and really helped streamline procedures and problems we might encounter during an actual emergency.

Other bits of news: the annual Christmas Caroling event will be Sunday, December 18th starting at 5 PM.  Let us know if you will be participating or if you’d like us to visit your house and sing a few songs that evening.

The Victory Heights Community Survey is still going on. Take a moment and fill it out so the community council can know how they can better serve you.

A natural gas main will be installed along 19th Avenue NE between NE 107th Street and Northgate Way between November 28-30.

Next month’s speakers on December 20th will include a Crime Prevention Coordinator and a community police team officer talking about “Crime Prevention & Response.”

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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.

October Events In Victory Heights

Upcoming events in October in and around Victory Heights:

Saturday, October 1st: Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs Table-Top Exercise. With plans moving forward to get a communication HUB here in Victory Heights (read more here), get a jump on how things would work in an actual emergency with this simulation exercise. 9 AM – Noon, Verity Credit Union, 11027 Meridian Avenue North, Suite #102.

Wednesday, October 12th: “Homeless in Seattle” with Mayor Ed Murray. No Murray won’t be homeless, but he’ll be discussing the issue in person at this North Seattle Chamber event. 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Elliott Bay Public House, 12537 Lake City Way NE. Seating is limited and $10 if you want to skip food. Register here.

Saturday, October 15th: Arbor Day in Lake City. The Mayor (again) will attend this celebration of trees. “A fun, family-friendly celebration with activities such as facilitated tree climbing for kids of all ages, apple cider pressing, volunteer tree planting, an ask the arborist booth, a neighborhood Tree Walk, and more!” 9 AM – noon, Virgil Flaim Park, 2700 NE 123th Street.

Tuesday, October 18th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Meet our new team of executives, and tour the Seattle Police Department’s 36-foot-long “mobile precinct” which will be parked next to the park. 7 PM – 8 PM, the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Bring the kids.