Upcoming Events Calendar

Here are activities of interest to Victory Heights residents coming up:

Saturday, April 12th: Kingfisher Natural Area Work Party, Thornton Creek @ 17th Avenue NE, 10 AM – 1 PM. Help weed invasive plants and learn about the history of the site. Sign up here.

Saturday, April 12th: Lake City Master Gardener Clinic, Fred Meyer Garden Center, 13000 Lake City Way NE, 10 AM – 2 PM. Get free garden information and answers to your gardening questions each Saturday and Wednesday afternoons.

Tuesday, April 15th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting, Pre-School Building in Victory Heights Park, 7 – 8 PM. Our regular monthly meeting, everyone is invited.

Tuesday, April 15th: CleanScapes Proposal Deadlines. $50,000 will be spent in or around our neighborhood, do you have an idea? Read more here.

Tuesday, April 22nd: Ballots due for the special election vote.  Support Proposition 1.

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting March 27th

thorntoncreekalliancelogoThe Thorton Creek Alliance will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 27th at the Meadowbrook Community Center in Wedgwood starting at 7:15 PM. The public is invited.

In addition to elections, there will be a presentation on the Sound Transit Link Light Rail extension from Northgate to Lynnwood. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How are concerns specific to Thornton Creek being addressed during the construction phase? What are the mitigation projects and where are they planned? Are there opportunities for TCA to improve wetlands in the area through volunteer efforts? What is being considered and how will it impact Thornton Creek?

Community Council Meeting March 18th

The Victory Heights Community Council will be having a meeting on Tuesday, March 18th starting at 7 PM at the Preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The entire community is invited to participate. Among the discussions this month will be finalizing proposals for the CleanScapes Award (due April 15th), and planning for this year’s Neighborhood Night Out that will be held on August 5th. As usual, bringing your own chair means not having to sit in the scaled-down furniture at the school. And thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it will be still be light at the start of the meeting (and no rain, at least according to the forecast).  We hope to see you there!

Sacajawea Playground Public Meeting March 12th

sacajaweaSeattle Parks and Recreation is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 12th about the Sacajawea Playground Renovation project. The project will include improvements to trails, wetlands and additional playground equipment. At the meeting, the public can hear more about the project, the proposed timeline, and provide their input on selection of play equipment. Parks staff will attend to answer questions.

The meeting will be held at the school, 9501 20th Avenue NE from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, Sacajawea PTSA, Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund, Seattle Schools Self Help Projects, King County Youth Sports and generous community support. Construction would be done during the summer and completed by December this year.


Victory Heights Community Council Meeting February 18th

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council is Tuesday, February 18th at 7 PM at the Pre-school building in Victory Heights Park.  Everyone is invited.

Among the things we’ll be discussing are narrowing down ideas to submit for the $50,000 CleanScapes award.  The deadline for proposals is April 15th.  Maybe you already answered our poll of possible suggestions. Help us come up with the best idea to help improve Victory Heights.

We’ll see you on Tuesday! (Don’t forget to bring your own chair if you don’t want to have to sit in a kiddie chair).


Upcoming Kingfisher Natural Area Work Parties

Photo courtesy Annie Fanning.

Photo courtesy Annie Fanning.

It’s that time of year again for volunteers to head down to Thornton Creek and help plant trees and clear out non-native plants. The Kingfisher Natural Area (KFNA) has had a terrific year thanks to the Maple Leaf-Victory Heights community and Green Seattle Partnership (GSP)! They’ve clocked over 200 volunteer hours during Fall 2013 and planted over 200 native plants and trees throughout the park with help from neighbors, local Boy Scouts, and Nathan Hale students.

Here are the dates and links to sign up:

Meet at the job box just inside the park on the Victory Heights side at NE 104th and 17th Ave NE. Dress in layers for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes — waterproof is always good. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Bring a personal water bottle if you have one. Snacks provided.

Volunteer hours are recorded and tracked providing GSP with community match for grants and our park with tools, plants, mulch, and other resources. (The more volunteer activity we post, the more resources our GSP-supported Natural Area receives.)

Upcoming Events Schedule

Here are upcoming events and meetings around town you might be interested in:

Thursday, January 30: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. 7 PM, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE. “Learn about important renovation projects, planting details, community benefits, and how you and your family can volunteer to get your hands dirty.”

Thursday, January 30: Parks Legacy Plan Meeting. 7 PM, Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N. As the Parks Department works on its proposed ballot measure, the Lake City Community Center would like to see funding increased. Come show your support.

Friday, January 31: Chinese New Year. 7 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE. Demonstrations and a Chinese Lion Dance at 8.

Saturday, February 1: Hands-On Skills Fair 2014. 10:00 AM-5 PM, Meadowbrook Community Center. Presented by Sustainable NE Seattle. Skills include beer brewing, bike repair, gardening, sewing and more.

Sunday, February 2: SuperBowl XLVIII. 3:35 PM, Channel 13. Find a friend and cheer on the Seahawks versus the Broncos.

Wednesday, February 5: North District Council Meeting. 7 PM, Lake City Library. Representatives of the Lake City Farmers Market will be there.

Saturday, February 8: Feet First Second Annual Stairway Walks Day. 10 AM, Maple Leaf and Thornton Creek. Eighteen different tours are being given around the city simultaneously featuring different stairways. Here in Maple Leaf/Victory Heights: We’ll visit Thornton Creek, the largest year-round stream in Seattle, which provides a central theme.  We’ll cross and re-cross it; view it bank-side and from tree-canopy height. And we’ll see how it’s been re-engineered by both humans and animals.” Lead by Ruth Williams, President of the Thornton Creek Alliance. The walk will take 4.7 miles, 326 steps down, 136 steps up. Cost is free although they ask a $5 donation per person. Space is limited, sign up here.

Saturday, February 8: Neighbor Appreciation Day. A citywide event sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods.

Saturday, February 8: Passport to Imagination. 10 AM – 2 PM, Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE. An event for families and kids to inaugurate their new playgound.


Victory Heights Community Council Meeting January 21st

The first meeting in 2014 of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, January 21st at 7 PM at the Co-Op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park.  Among the topics that will be discussed is how to spend the $50,000 prize from CleanScapes (that we will be sharing with Maple Leaf, Pinehurst, Lake City and Northgate). A representative from CleanScapes is scheduled to come and tell us more about it.

Plus the usual discussions about crime, traffic, winter storms, and paying our bills. Everyone is invited, remember to bring your own adult-sized chair if you want, all the ones at the school are for kids.

Carolers Serenade Victory Heights

Monica (in the center) leads the carolers at a neighbors house on 17th Avenue NE

Monica (in the center) leads the carolers at a neighbor’s house on 17th Avenue NE

On a chilly but dry December night with the threat of snow later in the evening, a band of 15 adults (plus some children and one dog) took to the streets to go caroling door-to-door Thursday evening.

Organized by Monica Harris, after a quick 15 minute rehearsal around her piano (and fortified with some apple cider and gingerbread cookies), the carolers ventured out together to knock on doors along 17th Avenue NE and surprise residents with several familiar tunes. Here is a sample of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”:

caroling2At one house, the carolers were rewarded with cookies (see left). At another, a neighbor was so impressed he grabbed his coat and hat and joined in as the carolers moved up the street. At every house the reaction was tremendous, it was hard to tell who was enjoying themselves more, the carolers or the folks being serenaded on their doorsteps.

Community Council Meeting December 17th

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be on Tuesday, December 17th at 7 PM at the Preschool building in the park. With the holidays so close, the theme is to be more festive this month than usual, perhaps treats will be available to munch on. There are also plans for caroling to return again this year around Victory Heights later in the week. Everyone is welcome to the meetings as always, we hope to see you there.