Direct bus service from Victory Heights to downtown would be eliminated unless the Washington State legislature restores funding, King County Metro Transit says. If proposed service cuts go through, Route 72 would be eliminated completely and Route 73 would be moved west to Roosevelt Way NE. To get downtown, Victory Heights residents would either have to walk over to Roosevelt, or catch a 372 on Lake City Way and then transfer to another bus in the University District. During rush hour, express service downtown would be available by walking to either NE 110th Street or NE 95th Street and Lake City Way.
You can learn more about why service must be cut and how you may be affected at a public meeting at North Seattle Community College this week. Metro Transit also is inviting you to help them understand the affects these cuts will have on you.
Public meeting in North Seattle
Thursday, Dec. 5
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way N, Seattle – C1161 and North Star rooms (map)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – open house
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – optional presentation and small group discussion
The Thornton Creek Alliance is sponsoring a work party to help clean up the Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek) on Sunday, November 17th starting at 11 AM.
Help restore Thornton Creek at Kingfisher Natural Area by planting trees and tree friends! They have cleared a lot of ground along the main trail on both sides of the creek, so it’s ready for ferns and understory. Please meet at the Job Box on the lower 17th Avenue Trail, accessible from the intersection of NE 104th Street and 17th Avenue NE, on the Victory Heights side of the park.
Come prepared for the weather. Please wear waterproof shoes, long pants and sleeves. A personal water bottle is suggested. Snacks provided.
More information at their site.
This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be on Tuesday, November 19th starting at 7 PM at the Pre-School in Victory Heights Park. The featured speaker will be from the city’s Office of Emergency Management (rescheduled from last month) who will discuss emergency preparedness. We’ll also get an update on Victory Heights’ new Little Free Library, and other issues relevant to our neighborhood. Everyone is invited to attend, remember all the chairs there are for children, so bring your own if you want a full-sized one. See you there!
The Seattle Public Library provides many resources both at branch libraries and online. However, they want to know if there are other programs, resources, books or materials that would more effectively support our community. To learn more about how the Library can better serve the community, Marcellus Turner, the City Librarian, will be hosting 12 Community Conversations around the city over the next several months. Turner will be at the Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., on Saturday, November 16th from 1:30 to 2:45 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
Turner is particularly interested in hearing from patrons on five Library service priorities: Youth and early learning; technology and access; community engagement; Seattle culture and history; and re-imagined spaces.
Can’t make that date?, here is the full schedule of appearances here.
With the election season now behind us, those interested in politics can turn their focus onto the actual process of government and attend a Legislative Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 12th at North Seattle Community College. Similar to the event held in March, 46th District State Senator David Frockt along with Representatives Gerry Pollet and Jessyn Farrell, will host the meeting, talk about the legislative session for next year, and of course take your questions.
The doors open at 5:30 PM at the NSCC Cafeteria, 9600 College Way N, with the meeting running from 6 PM to 7:30.
The City of Seattle has identified property – located at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street – as the recommended site for a new police station serving North Seattle. City Council review and approval of legislation authorizing the property acquisition, including a public hearing, is expected in December 2013.
Attend the open house to learn more about the site selection process, how the site meets the Seattle Police Department’s operational needs, the development schedule, and future opportunities for public comment.
This Community Open House will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N., Seattle.
The Thornton Creek Alliance will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 24th from 7:15 PM to 9 PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE. There will be a number of presentations about the presence of E. coli in the creek, including Eric Adman of the Sno/King Watershed Council, King County Councilman Rod Dembowski, Seattle Public Utility Water Quality Scientist Jonathan Frodge, and State Representative Gerry Pollet. The focus will be on “where do we go from here?”
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Tis the season for school fundraisers. Both the local schools serving Victory Heights have drives going on currently.
The Victory Heights Co-Op Preschool is fundraising to support family scholarships, field trips/special programs, replacing and updating toys and the park playground equipment and maintaining/upgrading the community center building. The traditional holiday wreath is now available. Depending on the greenery you select, 30-50% of the total price goes to the preschool and if you live in Victory Heights, it will be delivered to your home! Support not only early education, but also our very own neighborhood preschool and kids!
They are also selling Cougar Mountain cookie dough, Victrola coffee and Chinook books (both printed and smart phone apps). Melinda Frye, who is organizing the fundraiser needs to have all orders in by November 1st and the wreaths will be delivered prior to Thanksgiving! You can e-mail her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will organize your order right away!
Meanwhile, the Sacajawea Elementary School PTA is is holding a couple of fundraisers right now including:
- Chinook Books. Very convenient if you get the app, as you can carry the coupons on your smart phone. $15 for the app, the hard copy book is $20, and a combination of both is $30.
- Move-a-thon Oct 25th: The kids run around a 1/8 track for 20 minutes, and try to log as many laps as they can. You can sponsor kids by lap or just a set amount. This link answers Frequently Asked Questions about the event.
All the money raised goes to Sacajawea PTA general fund for tutors, field trips, funds for teachers to buy supplies not provided by the district, art supplies, and other important items and experiences. All schools are on a shoestring budget these days, and every little extra helps a lot. You can always write a tax-deductable check as well, and any school or PTA would be thrilled by your support.
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 17th, people all over the world will be participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Locally it will “occur” at 10:17 AM. Washington State has also gotten into the act, encouraging individuals or families that register for the Great Washington ShakeOut today may be eligible to win a home earthquake retrofit worth $10,000!
Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.
Do you have an earthquake plan? Know how to turn off your gas or electricity? Have emergency supplies?
This Saturday, the Seattle Community Emergency Hubs will be holding a Fall Summit from 9 AM to noon at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center, 105 5th Avenue S., Suite 300. You can RSVP to Ashley.Hill@redcross.org.
There are also a number of Community Skills Training classes available in different parts of the city, see the schedule at the City’s SNAP website.
And residents of Victory Heights may soon get a visit from an emergency preparedness block captain soon. These are folks from your street going from neighbor to neighbor to let them know about disaster planning, and organizing classes with city representatives on basic preparedness training (takes only an hour!).
The October meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be held at our usual stomping grounds of the Co-Op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park at 7 PM on Tuesday, October 15th. Everyone in the community is invited to come and participate as issues relevant to our neighborhood are discussed. [UPDATE:] The scheduled speaker from the City’s Office of Emergency Management won’t be able to attend after all, but Susan Causin, head of the Emergency Planning Committee, will instead do an update to our preparation plans for Victory Heights. (You might recall we have organized Victory Heights into blocks with captains to work with their neighbors to be ready in case of a catastrophic emergency.)
Don’t forget all the chairs at the school are meant for children, so if you want a grown-up sized chair to sit in, bring your own. See you there!
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