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

UPDATED JUNE 1ST

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

 

Upcoming Events Including Community Council Meeting

VHsignThis Tuesday, May 19th is the monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council. Meetings are open to the public, please come and participate.

The meeting starts at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 19th at the Co-op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park.  The chairs are sized for small children, so bring your own for maximum comfort.

Also coming up in our area:

Friday, May 15th: Community Art Workshop: Telling Stories. Sponsored by Silver Kite, these $10 workshops each Friday focus on a different aspect of art. This week is Theater. 4 PM – 6 PM, George Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th Street.

Sunday, May 17th: Celebrate African Cultures. Enjoy stories and crafts from African traditions. 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the Lake City Library.

Monday, May 18th: District 5 Candidate Forum. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, North District Council, and the Meadowbrook Community Council are sponsoring a candidate forum for the newly formed 5th District City Council seat. Come hear what the prospective representatives have to say. 6:45 PM at the Jane Addams Middle School Auditorium 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (across from Nathan Hale).  Janine Blaloch is the moderator, and our own Brad Cummings will be timekeeper.

 

Road “Microsurfacing” Coming To Victory Heights

Like me, you probably received a door hanger today from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announcing their 2015 Microsurfacing Project in Victory Heights (though they referred to it as “North Maple Leaf”–boo!). This process will “maintain roads by coating them with a sealant which extends their life by approximately 7-10 years.”

On days when the sealant is being applied, residents will be notified to keep the streets clear.  The time table is notifying homeowners with large trees that need to be pruned by the end of April (presumably this has, or is about to happen), a reminder notice to be sent out three weeks in advance of microsurfacing for your block, and then “No Parking” signs being placed 2-3 days before work which is scheduled between July and September this year.

The city advises that “residents, pedestrians and even pets should be kept off the emulsion until it has dried” and will keep streets closed for up to 8 hours when the work is being done.

The map below details the streets that will have the work done.

Celebrate May Day in Victory Heights

On Saturday, April 25th, neighbors in Victory Heights can gather for a morning of fun and neighborliness to make simple baskets out of paper, attach a handle, and a few decorations.  On May Day (May 1st) you’ll be able to fill your baskets with a few flowers and hang them on your neighbors’ doors as a nice surprise. Organized by Ann Forrest, people can meet up at her house, 10540 19th Avenue NE (across from the park) starting at 9:30 AM on the 25th for the basket making.  Please RSVP to help her prepare, either via email or phone 360-550-2234.  We hope to see you there!

Help Spring Clean Around The Neighborhood Saturday

Volunteers paint over graffiti during the 2013 Spring Clean

Volunteers paint over graffiti during the 2013 Spring Clean

This Saturday, April 4th, help participate in the annual neighborhood Spring Clean. Volunteers will go around Victory Heights to paint over graffiti and pick up trash.  Equipment will be provided for all the jobs, just bring yourself (and a friend!).  Meet up in Victory Heights Park at 9 AM Saturday.