It may not be a conspiracy, but the level of crime in Victory Heights lately has been unsettling to attendees of last night’s Victory Heights Community Council.
Read the full minutes of last night’s meeting.
Back at its regular meeting place in the Co-Op Pre-School building in Victory Heights Park, last night the council heard about recent criminal activity including a car stolen just hours earlier from 23rd Avenue NE that had also been stolen just a month earlier from the same location! A number of mail thefts have occurred as well, not only from unlocked mail boxes but the attempted jimmying of locked boxes on 20th Avenue NE. A number of car prowls and burglaries have been reported in recent weeks too.
No doubt the warm summer weather encouraged the criminal element to be out and seize on opportunities, but it’s also very important for residents to always call the police when you see something amiss or suspicious. The police need to know what is going on in our community so they can respond appropriately.
In November, the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department will be sending their community liaison officer to attend our community council meeting, and they will be able to discuss block watches as well as other methods that can be used to deter crime. That will be on November 18th.
In other business, a motion passed to name the new traffic circle on 23rd Avenue NE after the late Susan Causin. And a dog poop bag dispenser is about to be installed in the park in case any dog owners forget to bring their own bags. It will be restocked by volunteers.
The next meeting will be at the pre-school at 7PM on Tuesday, October 21st.
The Northgate library branch is having a Robin Williams Film Festival starting Sunday with “Aladdin,” his 1992 Disney hit where he played the Genie.
The Robin Williams Tribute film series will include:
- “Aladdin,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 – A 1992 Disney musical animation featuring Robin Williams as the voice of the Genie. Rated G.
- “Mrs. Doubtfire,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 – A 1993 comedic family drama starring Robin Williams as a housekeeper in disguise. Rated PG-13.
- “Patch Adams,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 – A 1998 comedic biography starring Robin Williams as a medical student who treats patients with humor. Rated PG-13.
- “Dead Poets Society,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 – A 1989 drama featuring Robin Williams as an English teacher who inspires his students. Rated PG.
- “Good Will Hunting,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 – A 1997 drama featuring Robin Williams as the psychologist for a math genius who is also a janitor at M.I.T. Rated R.
Here are activities in and around Victory Heights that might interest you:
Saturday, September 6, Northaven Neighborhood Picnic. 11:30 AM – 2: 30 PM. Music and food, $8 for adults, $4 for children 3-12.
Wednesday, September 10, Northgate Bridge Briefing, Northgate Community Center, 6 – 7 PM. SDOT will talk about the proposal to put a pedestrian/bike bridge over I-5 to connect North Seattle Community College to the new Link Light Rail transit center. E-mail Art Brochet to RSVP.
Sunday, September 14th, Thornton Creek Alliance 20th Anniversary Celebration. Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N., Shoreline, 1-4 PM. Concert in the park and free ice cream and cake.
Tuesday, September 16, Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Co-Op Preschool Building in the Park, 7 – 8 PM. Join your neighbors to meet and discuss issues relevant to Victory Heights.
Victory Heights’ own jazz festival, Jokumfest, is having its 12th annual event, Saturday, August 16th starting in the afternoon through the evening. It is held, as always, in the backyard of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way. It’s free, and in addition to hours of live music, features food and beer, including a special Jokumfest brew. “Bring something to share [i.e. food],” the organizers suggest.
UPDATE: Here is the complete schedule of acts:
3:00 – 3:50 – Eric Nelson & Brandon Beligni
4:10 – 5:00 – Papa Bear Band
w/ Shawn Stecker, Billy Reed, Jack Cook, Don Buss & Matt Fogdall
5:20 – 6:10 – Brian Butler
6:30 – 7:30 – Hughs Blues
Rhythm & Blues extravaganza w/G W Levell, Jack Cook, Don Forsyth, Steve Branca & Bert DeCoy
7:50 – 8:40 – John Deely & the Victory Heights All Stars
9:00 – 9:50 – Hughs Blues & guests
Rhythm & Blues extravaganza w/G W Levell, Al Farlow, Don Forsyth, Steve Branca & Bert DeCoy
Enjoy this compilation video from previous years:
The Idriss Mosque, at the corner of 15th Avenue NE and Northgate Way, will be having a BBQ Open House on Sunday, August 10th between 2 PM – 5 PM. They say, “Our annual BBQ is sponsored by the Islamic Center of Washington in efforts to strengthen our communities, help us to work together for peace, compassion, reconciliation and justice, as well as promote harmony, tolerance and interfaith relationships, through sharing and learning from each other.” The invitation is extended to ” you, your family, friends and all religious and civic members and leaders in the community.”
Last night’s Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) in Victory Heights not only attracted an estimated 140 residents, but visits from the local fire and police department, and a live acoustic band that set up in the park. It was another gorgeous, shady evening on NE 106th Street as the street was blocked off and tables were set up just before 6 PM. Food began to arrive quickly, as well as information booths for “Ask the Gardener,” emergency preparedness, Thornton Creek Alliance (with a very nice new map), and the Victory Heights Community Council.
Within a few minutes, at either end of the set-up, a police car rolled up and a fire engine from Station 39 (even though it was Engine 40–a long story). Both had been at nearby calls and wanted to stop by our NNO and say hi. The two patrolmen (both working our precinct, Lincoln 2) couldn’t stay for long, but answered questions and mingled for a few minutes. The fire truck parked for an hour and was a huge hit with the kids. The firemen were able to eat some of our fine food as well.
About an hour in, some musicians wandered over and asked if it was okay for them to set up and play acoustic music. We said, “Yes, of course,” and they organized themselves on the grassy area in the park nearby.
Organizer Heidi Smeller and her team said that in addition to all the great food that was brought, that over $100 in donations had been collected and, “All in all, a great Neighborhood Night Out. I’m excited to keep building on our experiences and make 2015 even better!” Thanks to everyone who came and participated.
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If you are in Victory Heights you’ve received a flyer, seen the signs, hopefully marked your calendars, now it’s time to go to the Neighborhood Night Out, Tuesday, August 5th from 6 PM to 8 PM. We’re blocking off NE 106th Street, just west of Victory Heights Park. There will be a potluck dinner (remember serving spoons) and free ice cream. Tables will be set up representing the Victory Heights Community Council, Emergency preparedness (see if your block has a captain yet), Thornton Creek Alliance, and a native plant expert.
The NNO was a big success last year and we are hoping for an even better turn out this year. Meet your neighbors and discuss issues that are important to Victory Heights. The weather looks great, bring the kids, maybe some chairs to sit on, and we’ll see you on Tuesday!
UPDATE: There are also two night out parties north of Northgate Way, one on 19th near 113th, and one on 17th near 113th.
Seafair weekend is coming. Hydros! Blue Angels! Sunshine! (we hope). And up in Lake City, the event formerly known as Lake City Pioneer Days is now Salmonfest. They’ll still have a parade and activities, but it now includes a three day Salmon Bake at the Lake City Community Center beginning at noon Friday.
The Street Festival runs Saturday and Sunday plus there’s a Kid’s Parade at 6PM and Grand Parade at 7PM Saturday night. They’ll have great bands and a beer garden, vendors, and a pet area…it’s bound to be a great time right here in North Seattle! Most of the action will take place on 28th Avenue NE and NE 125th St.
Don’t forget the vintage car show on Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM.
This Lake City tradition has celebrated peace, culture and community for 73 years! Come be part of it this year.
Catch a free screening of popular movies, including “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Divergent,” and “Frozen” through the end of August at The Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.
The Library will be showing different films that separately will appeal to adults, teens and families.
- 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 21 – “Her,” a 2013 science-fiction romance. (Rated R)
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 25 – “Rio 2,” a 2014 animated film. (Rated G)
- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26 – “Monuments Men,” a 2014 WWII drama. (Rated PG-13)
- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 – “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a 2014 comedic drama. (Rated R)
- 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 – Sing-Along to “Mary Poppins,” a Disney classic. (Rated G)
- 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 – “Lone Survivor,” a 2013 action drama. (Rated R)
- 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 – Sing-Along to “The Little Mermaid,” a Disney classic. (Rated G)
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 – “Divergent,” a 2014 action-adventure and romance. (Rated PG-13)
- 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 – Sing-Along to “Frozen,” a 2013 animated film. (Rated PG)
For more information, call the Northgate Branch at 206-386-1980, visit www.spl.org/movies or Ask a Librarian.
This Saturday, our neighbors to the north in Pinehurst will be having the aptly named Pinehurstfest (certainly a lot more catchy than “Victoryheightsfest” ever would). It runs from 2 PM – 5 PM at Pinehurst Playfield, 12029 14th Avenue NE. Here’s a poster: