Trash Collection on Fridays For Two Weeks

If you are in Victory Heights, the trash pickup for the next two weeks will be Fridays instead of the usual Thursday.  Per a SPU press release:

Due to back-to-back Monday holidays, all garbage, food and yard waste and recycling in Seattle will be delayed by one day for a duration of two weeks, starting Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

There will be no solid waste collections on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Collections will be delayed by one day from normal schedules (e.g. collections for Monday will occur on Tuesday, Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, and so on). Customers should set containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Customers can report missed garbage, food and yard waste, or recycling collections after 5 p.m. on their rescheduled collection day by calling (206) 684-3000, or filling out a report at www.seattle.gov/util/MissedCollection.

Build Gingerbread Houses on Dec. 23rd

Gingerbread House Decorating Party!!

On Saturday, December 23rd  join us from 10am – 11:30am at the Victory Heights preschool (1747 NE 106th St) for a gingerbread house decorating party.

                  FOLKS with HOLIDAY SPIRIT, please…

  • – Pre-Order a house at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com
  • – Bring $5 (cash) to pay for your house
  • – Bring a Large plate, tray, etc. to transport your house

WE provide:

Gingerbread house  (4” x 4” square house, 5½” tall, large roof)
Colored icing and piping bags for decorating
Sprinkles, candies, etc. for decorating
Icing that dries quickly and experienced home builders (decorate then build)

ALL AGES WELCOME!!              Questions?  Contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

 ** If you can’t make it on the 23rd but would like a house, email us at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to coordinate.

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Victory Heights Caroling Sunday the 17th

Caroling in December 2014

For the past several years, neighbors from around Victory Heights have gathered to walk around and sing Christmas carols wherever we can find people at home.

This Sunday, December 17th, we’re gathering at the Victory Heights preschool at 5pm. Enjoying cookies & hot cider then off we go. We’re headed north of Northgate Way this year; stopping by the Sunrise Memory Care Center and then around the streets. Jingle bells and holiday garb appreciated. Flashlights are most helpful. Please be at the preschool at 5pm so we can begin together but you’re welcome to head home whenever you need to. Rain or shine!

All ages welcome!

December Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights this month (note: no community council meeting this month):

Saturday, December 9th – the North Seattle Rotary hosts “Bingo Karaoke” – http://www.lakecitybingokaraoke.org/

Wednesday, December 13th: Lake City Future First Community Conversation.  https://enjoylakecity.org/last-community-conversation-2017/ 6:30 PM – 8 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Saturday, December 16th: Free concert, as Mariachi comes to Albert Davis Park. Starting at 3pm – https://enjoylakecity.org/el-mariachi-monarcas-concert/

Sunday, December 17th: Victory Heights Caroling.  Our annual event to walk around the neighborhood and sing at random houses.  Meet up at 5 PM at the co-op preschool for a quick rehearsal and something to warm you up.

Saturday, December 23rd: Gingerbread House Decorating Party. Order a house at VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com Bring $5 (cash) to pay for your house​​​, Bring a large plate, tray, etc. to transport your house.  WE provide: Gingerbread house  (4” x 4” square house, 5½” tall, large roof), Colored icing and piping bags for decorating, Sprinkles, candies, etc. for decorating, Icing that dries quickly and experienced home builders (decorate then build).  10 AM – 11:30 AM, Victory Heights Co-op preschool.

Post Office Offers Daily Mail Notifications

At the November meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard from Seattle Police Department representatives Mary Amberg and Officer Bryan Kennedy about a great new program offered by the postal service that will notify you daily of the contents of your mail delivery so you can be sure it arrives safely.

Read the complete minutes of the November meeting.

Called “Informed Delivery,” once you sign up it will, “Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon.” Officer Kennedy reminded us that, “Seattle has a huge problem with property crime,” especially this time of year when everyone is getting packages. With Informed Delivery, you know exactly what to expect in your mailbox (or door) every day in case something should go missing.

We were also reminded not to leave your items in the car when shopping at the mall this season.

In other news at the community council meeting, we heard from Katie Bang from Seattle Parks about the playground renovation project.  Originally scheduled for completion last September, due to a concrete strike, a water runoff redesign, and the weather, the playground portion of the project is now expected to be finished in mid-December (ribbon-cutting in January?).  In the spring the contractors will begin work on the walking path around the field and finish the basketball court.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, December 19th at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

“Socktober” Huge Success

Donations of new socks fill a table.

“Socktober,” a drive to get donated new socks and clothes for the homeless, was a huge success at the October Victory Heights Community Council meeting.

Read the entire minutes of this month’s meeting.

115 pairs of new socks were collected, as well as 8 winter coats, 10 gloves, 9 hats and 7 scarves. Great work, Victory Heights!

This month’s speaker at the meeting was Scott Thomsen, from Seattle City Light, about the new “advanced” power meters that will be installed in houses around Victory Heights starting in January 2018. This city-wide $95 million upgrade will replace the 1950s technology “spinning wheel” electro-mechanical meters that have been in use until now. The new “advanced” units will use Wi-Fi to send updates six times a day of your power usage which eventually (ETA December 2018) will enable users to see their real-time power consumption and perhaps adapt accordingly. It will also help City Light pinpoint power outages faster, bill more accurately, and allow for faster reconnection service. Multiple notices will be sent to each household prior to the switch over at your house, the actual work will only take 5 minutes when the power will be cut off.

You might have noticed the gardening efforts on a traffic circle near you. Seven hundred flower bulbs have been purchased (part of our grant from the city) and are being planted. Next Spring we will have a neighborhood walk to see all the beautiful flowers come up.

Have you seen me?

Two of our Victory Heights yard signs have gone missing. One was on 15th Avenue NE, the other on 23rd Avenue NE.  Please contact us if you have any information regarding their whereabouts.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 21st at 7 PM at the co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park. We hope to see you there!

October Events Calendar

Here are things happening in and around Victory Heights during October:

Wednesday, October 11th: Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Drop-In Session. The Thornton Creek Natural Drainage Systems Project is beginning the design phase of the project and the project team seeks input to help inform site selection.  This drop-in session will re-introduce the project purpose and need; and provide an opportunity for community members to talk one-on-one with the project team and help inform project design. 4:00 PM, NE 113th ST and Goodwin Way NE.

Thursday, October 12th: Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.  Monthly meeting. 6:30 PM, Lamb of God Church, 12509 27th Ave. NE.

Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, Arts North! Studio Tour. Visit 10 studios in north Seattle and enjoy the opportunity to see a wide variety of arts and traditional crafts from 28 artists. This would be a great time to do your holiday shopping early. FREE. Maps will be available at all studios and online. Look for the yellow & black signs. 10 AM – 5 PM both days. www.artsnorthstudiotour.com

Tuesday, October 17th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Featuring Socktober! We’re collecting SOCKS (and coats, gloves, hats, etc.) in support of the Solid Ground family shelter. The North Precinct’s goal this year is 6,000 pairs. (Socks must be new but the rest can be used, but clean). We’ll be distributing “collection boxes” that kids can use while trick-or-treating to collect donations for the North Helpline food bank. Speaker: Scott Thomsen, Seattle City Light’s “Advanced Metering” program will discuss the upcoming roll-out of smart meters. 7 PM in the Victory Heights Co-op Preschool Building in the park.

Thursday, October 19th: The Great Washington ShakeOut. Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills! Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

Thursday, October 19: Thorton Creek Alliance general meeting. The featured speaker will be Luis Ramirez of Seattle Public Utilities. He will discuss Natural Drainage Systems, and take your questions. 7 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005  32nd Ave. NE, Seattle.

Monday, October 23rd: Lake City Library Open House. The Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., is tentatively set to temporarily close in early 2018 for about six months for improvements. Patrons are invited to learn more about improvements planned for the library at an open house at the branch from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24th: Victory Heights Prepares! Our Emergency Communication HUB is almost complete.  We have a disaster drill planned for April 2018.  The scenario… the power grid goes does from a windstorm, not an earthquake.  So…  Let’s get our community prepared!! Join me to strategize on how best to proceed. Please respond to the doodle poll so we can accommodate as many folks as possible.  https://doodle.com/poll/tfqryqcn754pyaag

 

Disaster Preparedness Suggestions

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (read the full minutes here) we heard all about disaster preparedness and tips that could really make a difference. Think about recent events in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City. Is it so incredible to think about a massive earthquake hitting the Puget Sound area?  Even if there were no substantial damage in our neighborhood, it’s estimated it could be two weeks before we would see outside assistance (other higher priority areas, debris, damaged bridges). Here are some suggestions that would make survival a whole lot better:

  • Sturdy shoes and socks under each bed
  • Flashlight under bed
  • Remove or secure pictures / shelves around bed
  • Secure refrigerator to wall
  • Plug-in-the-wall flashlights that come on automatically when the power is cut
  • Know where the water cut-off is inside your house.
  • Learn how to turn off your gas at the meter if you smell/hear gas leaking
  • Designate an out-of-town contact person
  • WATER! (assume 1 gallon per person per day x 14 days, don’t forget your pets)
  • Strap down water heater
  • Food – do you have enough to last two weeks in your house?
  • Make/buy an emergency toilet (5 gallon buckets work)
  • Find emergency communication HUB closet to your house, work, schools (in Victory Heights there will be one set up in the park)
  • Assemble a “Get Home Bag” for your car or work
  • Scan important documents and upload to the cloud
  • Have cash in small bills stashed away, assume ATMs will not work

Here is a list of further resources:

Resources:

Securing household items http://www.earthquakecountry.org/step1/index.html

Securing refrigerator to the kitchen wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaMqz9Q_vgc

Turning off the WATER to your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvE6n7rTGnM

Turning off GAS to your house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keNdbAs-sBk

Twin-Bucket Emergency Toilet http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/394125

 Map of HUB locations in Seattle http://seattleemergencyhubs.org/seattle-emergency-neighborlink-map

 Seattle Hazards Map http://seattlecitygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=0489a95dad4e42148dbef571076f9b5b

Alert Seattle http://alert.seattle.gov

Smart 911 https://www.smart911.com

Add Emergency Contact Number to your phone’s lock screen http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489237,00.asp

GPS Apps for Offline Navigation https://www.wired.com/2015/04/offline-gps-apps/

http://mashable.com/2015/09/16/offline-maps/#gT52NaBjG8qn

Seattle Resilience Survey http://www.seattle.gov/resilience/get-involved

The next meeting of the community council will be Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Victory Heights September Calendar of Events

Here’s what’s going on in and around Victory Heights this month:

Tuesday, September 19th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting.  We’re back after two months!  Find out the latest news about the neighborhood, post-social report, and what’s coming in the autumn.  7 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Monday, September 25th: Emerald City Women’s Chorus try-outs.  This is an invitation to all women who want to sing with a non-audition chorus in North Seattle.  The Emerald City Women’s Chorus is looking for new members.  The chorus meets in the Wedgwood neighborhood on Monday nights (7:30-9:30 p.m.) during the “school year.”  Fall quarter 2017 starts September 25 and wraps-up with a community concert on December 4.  Cost is $117 for the quarter.  The music sung is a mix of genres, from show tunes to classical to folk and rock and roll, with the occasional song in a foreign language. For information about the chorus, call Sharon Glein at (206) 525-7497 (please leave a message), or register through Music Center of the Northwest by calling (206) 526-8443. 7 PM, Wedgwood Community Church, 8201 30th Avenue NE.