Events Calendar Late November/December

Upcoming events in and around Victory Heights

Thursday, Nov 26th: Thanksgiving! It also means the usual Thursday trash collection in Victory Heights will be on Friday this week.

Wednesday, Dec 2nd: 8th Annual Holidays at the Center.  Dickens Carolers, Pooky the Magic Elf, and Santa! Sing-A-Long Caroling, Cookies, Cider & Coffee, Music by Ingraham HS, Crafts for Kids. Lake City Community Center, doors open at 6:45 PM, tree Lighting at 7:30PM.

Thursday, Dec 3rd: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Speaker will be Tom Speer of the Duwamish Tribe. Meadowbrook Community Center, 6:30 PM.

Saturday, Dec 5th: Annual Book Sale. A “huge” book sale to benefit the non-profit Lifetime Learning Center. 3841 NE 123rd Street, 10 AM – 2 PM.

Sunday, Dec 13th: “Jurassic World” screening at Northgate Public Library, 10548 5th Avenue NE. Space is limited, and free tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the film. 1 PM.

Tuesday, Dec 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Representatives from the Seattle Parks Department will attend to hear your thoughts on the upcoming playground renovation project coming in 2016. Be sure to attend! Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM.

Saturday, Dec 19th: Caroling. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night will keep these intrepid carolers from regaling households around Victory Heights tonight. More details to come, read about last year’s event.

Free Little Free Libraries To Be Distributed

Little Library 3At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Recology (formerly CleanScapes) has announced the purchase of 50 Little Free Libraries to be distributed to neighborhoods as part of its Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards Program (which you might remember from last year).

Read the complete minutes from the November Meeting.

Recology recently sent post cards out to residents to announce their program and a contest to receive a Little Free Library at your home (keep in mind Victory Heights already has two of them, one at NE 106th Street and 17th Avenue NE (pictured here), and at 23rd Avenue NE & NE 104th Way). To enter, email Erika Melroy ( before December 4, 2015. Your email must include your name, mailing address, and why you’d like to receive a Little Free Library.

Other business at last night’s meeting included a reminder from the Seattle Police Department that when you see suspicious activity in the neighborhood to call 911 first, THEN post about it on social media sites like Next Door Neighbor. This is important for tracking crime statistics. If the police don’t know where the problem areas are, they can’t put resources there.

Victory Heights is the envy of other neighborhoods with the news of our $893,000 parks renovation project from the Parks Department. Speaking of which, representatives from Parks will be at the December 15th meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council to do a presentation and hear feedback about the project, so mark your calendars to attend.

Victory Heights Events Calendar

Here’s an updated calendar of September/October events in and around Victory Heights:

NEW ITEM: Tuesday, Oct 6th: Metro Transit Public Hearing. The county will be changing a number of bus routes around Victory Heights next year in conjunction with the opening of the Husky Stadium Link Light Rail station. Here is your chance to let King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski know what you think of the proposed changes. 6:30 PM, The Mountaineers Club at Magnuson Park, 7700 Sand Point Way NE.

Thursday, Oct 15th: Open House for Northgate Pedestrian Bridge. The Department of Transportation will update the public on the proposed pedestrian bridge across I-5 at Northgate. 5 PM, North Seattle College, College Center Building, Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, Oct 20th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Residents are encouraged to get involved with issues affecting our neighborhood. 7 PM, Co-op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park.

Saturday, Oct 24th: Emergency Preparedness Workshop. Learn how to be prepared for a large earthquake or other emergency here in Seattle, and the new AlertSeattle system. 10:30 AM, Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Register for a class by emailing your name and the presentation you plan to attend to


September Events Calendar

Here are events in around Victory Heights in September:

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 12-13. Arts North Studio Tour. 11 different studios around the north end will host open houses for the public “to chat with the artists and learn about the creative process while enjoying an assortment of snacks.” Three are located in Victory Heights: 2301 NE 115th St., 2020 NE 113th St. & 11301 23rd Ave NE, 10 AM – 5 PM both days.

Tuesday, Sept. 15: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. Discuss local issues with your neighbors including drug use in the park and changes in bus service. 7 PM at the Co-op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Saturday, Sept 19th: District 5 Candidates Debate. Sandy Brown and Debora Juarez will square off at this event (registration required) at the Northgate Community Center, 7:30 PM.

Sunday, Sept 20th: Screening of “Secret of the Wings” (Rated G) at the Lake City library at 1:30 PM. Part of their “Directed by Women” series.

Sunday, Sept 27: Screening of “McFarland, USA” (Rated PG) at the Lake City library at 1:30 PM.

Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market every Thursday next to the library in Lake City.

August Events Calendar

Here is a list of events in and around Victory Heights this month:

August 7th, 8th & 9th: SalmonFest 2015. Lake City’s annual neighborhood event is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year! There is a parade Saturday night and a salmon BBQ going on all weekend, plus much more.

August 9th: Sheikh Idriss Mosque 14th Annual BBQ. Public event co-sponsored by the Islamic Center of Washington. 2 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.

August 15th: Jokumfest. Victory Heights’ own jazz festival is in its 13th year. This free event features hours of live jazz music, taco bar and beer (bring a side dish). Acoustic music starts in the grotto at noon, live bands play from 3 PM to 9:50 PM. Held in the backyard of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way.

Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market each Thursday 3-7 PM in Lake City next to the library. There’s a kid’s story time each week from 6-7 PM.

2015 Neighborhood Night Out Attracts Record Crowd

2015nno1For the third year in a row, the Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) was a rousing success, with at least 170 name tags passed out (plus many attendees who didn’t wear one). Held again on NE 106th Street next to Victory Heights Park, the pot luck get together featured a wide variety of foods and desserts, including free ice cream bars. Two fire engines stopped during the two hour event, first Station 39 from Lake City stayed for nearly a hour, giving tours to the kids, and even a free ride around the block for two lucky children. A little while later Engine 40 from Wedgwood came by, coincidentally as their Battalion Chief was visiting who himself is a resident of Victory Heights!

Aside from an information/greeting table set up by the Victory Heights Community Council, there were tables about emergency preparation, a kid’s craft area, and representatives from the Thornton Creek Alliance.

Thanks everyone who attended this year (so many newborn babies too–Victory Heights’ own baby boom!), and the great volunteers who helped put on this successful event, especially Ann Forrest.

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The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council is Tuesday, September 15th  at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in the park.

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Dots show the location of where attendees live in Victory Heights.

Dots show the location of where attendees live in Victory Heights.

Neighborhood Night Out One Week Away

Attendees at the 2014 Neighborhood Night Out

Attendees at the 2014 Neighborhood Night Out

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!

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Parks Department Repairs Fence

fence2After many months of cajoling, last weekend the Seattle Parks Department finally repaired the fence alongside Victory Heights Park that was damaged last year.

Previous: Parks Dept Says They’ll Need SDOT Help To Fix Fence

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.

Read the complete minutes from last night’s meeting.

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.

Community Council Going al Fresco Tuesday Night

Park 2015The 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!

Upcoming Events Calendar


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