On Sunday, December 17th, over a dozen carolers from Victory Heights (and friends) took to the streets to serenade random houses along 19th Avenue NE north of the park, and eventually to do an impromptu short concert at the Sunrise Senior Center on 17th Avenue.
For the fourth year in a row, carolers wandered the streets of Victory Heights last Sunday, looking for people at home (harder than it seems) to sing their Christmas songs to. Over two dozens people (including many families) met up at the Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park to warm up, have some hot apple cider and cookies, and then headed east on NE 107th Street in search of houses. It was a fairly warm (for late December) dry evening, perfect for being out and about. There were so many people that most couldn’t get close to the porches or doors, and the folks inside couldn’t even see the huge crowd that was singing to them.
The carolers got as far as 23rd Avenue NE, nearly up to Northgate Way, before turning back to the park. But one last stop was required, to the so-called “Mayor of Victory Heights,” a gentlemen who lives on 12th Avenue NE north of 113th (technically Pinehurst? But who’s counting?). Although nobody appeared to be home, he did appear at his door and got the last song of the evening.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and the folks who passed out homemade stollen to the singers at their house. Yum yum!
Here are events in and around Victory Heights this month:
Wednesday, December 7th: North Precinct Advisory Council. Interact with members of the Seattle police department and participate in their sock drive. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, North Seattle College, Room CC1161.
Saturday, December 10th: Lifetime Learning Center’s Huge Annual Book Sale and Holiday Fair. “Don’t miss out on this well regarded sale of over 4,500 books! Also for sale are holiday gifts, art work, poinsettias, jewelry, stocking stuffers, and baked goods. Stay for a hot lunch.” 10 AM – 2 PM, 3841 NE 123rd Street.
Wednesday, December 14th: Thornton Place Plaza’s Home For The Holidays. “Complimentary Refreshments, Live Entertainment, Activities for all ages, Free photos with Santa.” Get free movie tickets with unwrapped toy donation. 4:00 PM – 7 PM, Thornton Place Plaza, 301 NE 103rd Street.
Sunday, December 18th: Caroling in Victory Heights. For the fourth year, brave singers will walk the streets of Victory Heights and serenade select houses. Want to come along, or get a visit (need to be 1/2 mile of Victory Heights Park)? Email to RSVP: email@example.com Meet at 5:30 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Music provided.
Tuesday, December 20th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting: The focus will be “Crime Prevention & Response” and will feature speakers from the Seattle Police Department. It will occur during Gluten-free Baking Week, so bring a sample of your favorite gluten-free baked good along with the recipe. 7 PM – 8 PM, Co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.
Friday, December 30th: “Finding Dory” free screening at the Lake City Seattle Public Library. 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 12501 28th Avenue NE.
At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council it was announced that our request for funding a communications HUB to be established in Victory Heights Park was approved by the city! Similar to HUBS that already exist at the Fred Meyers in Lake City and Maple Leaf Park (though smaller to begin with), this volunteer-run emergency HUB will allow neighbors to organize after a disaster (most likely an earthquake), trade information and resources, and communicate with the outside world. It will be based in Victory Heights Park.
Anticipating the HUB, a tabletop emergency preparedness exercise will be held this Saturday, November 19th between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the Northgate Library. One was held last week (see photo) and really helped streamline procedures and problems we might encounter during an actual emergency.
Other bits of news: the annual Christmas Caroling event will be Sunday, December 18th starting at 5 PM. Let us know if you will be participating or if you’d like us to visit your house and sing a few songs that evening.
The Victory Heights Community Survey is still going on. Take a moment and fill it out so the community council can know how they can better serve you.
A natural gas main will be installed along 19th Avenue NE between NE 107th Street and Northgate Way between November 28-30.
Next month’s speakers on December 20th will include a Crime Prevention Coordinator and a community police team officer talking about “Crime Prevention & Response.”
For the fourth year in row, carolers will head out Saturday night to serenade houses in Victory Heights. It will be cool but dry, if the forecast holds up. No experience necessary if you would like to join in. Meet up at Monica’s house, 10512 17th Avenue NE (across from the Little Free Library on NE 106th) at 4:30 PM for a little rehearsal and apple cider to invigorate you before the group fans out at 5 PM for two hours of caroling. Song sheets will be provided. If enough people show up they’ll break up into groups to hit different parts of the neighborhood. And if you’re home, be listening for the carolers to knock on your door and sing a tune or two!
Despite steady rain Tuesday night, the annual Victory Heights caroling party went ahead. Fourteen people (plus a few infants) met up at Monica Harris’s house at 6:30 for cookies, apple cider, and a quick rehearsal. Then, umbrellas deployed, they headed out into the streets, this time along NE 107th Street going east, and a section of 23rd Avenue NE. They chose houses to sing for on the basis of how many Christmas lights were on display and the likelihood that someone was home. In a few cases, the carolers sang to a closed door, only to have someone appear after they were finished! At the houses where the residents answered the door there was surprise and joy, and it was nice to hear applause. The worst thing about the rain was it resulted in soggy song sheets, but next year Monica says she’ll have them laminated! Thanks to everyone who participated.
Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was a mixed bag of different topics, including a presentation by Alex Vallandry of Seattle Neighborhood Group.
Alex spoke about the recent spate of car prowls and thefts and what can be done to reduce them (don’t keep anything valuable–or frankly stealable–in your car, park in well-lit areas, don’t drive 1990s era Hondas). But the silver lining if your car is stolen is it’s usually opportunists looking for a quick trip somewhere, 86% of cars are recovered, most within 12 blocks from where they were stolen. Mail theft came up, definitely a hot topic at this time of year (in fact, I found stolen mail alongside the road today and returned it to the owners, the packages had all been torn open and the contents stolen. The mail had been removed from unlocked mailboxes). Possible deterrents include finding a neighbor who stays home and having packages delivered to them instead of sitting on your doorstep, getting them delivered at work, or going in with neighbors to buy a group locking mailbox.
Caroling will return to Victory Heights again this year, starting at 6:30 PM next Tuesday, December 23rd. Meet up at the Harris house, 10512 17th Avenue NE (enter on the NE 106th side), where music sheets, cookies, and hot cider will be offered before everyone heads out into the streets. Read about last year’s caroling event.
Finally, elections are coming for the board members and officers of the Victory Heights Community Council. These two year positions include the search for a new President and Vice-President. You might think this sounds like a lot of work, but mostly the President delegates the work to someone else and just has to run the meetings once a month, which pretty much run themselves. Interested in running or being on the council’s executive board? Write to Ardith Lupton.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 7 PM in the usual location at the preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Happy holidays, everyone!
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.
Monica on 17th Avenue NE is organizing a Victory Heights caroling party this Sunday the 23rd beginning at 4PM. She says, “Let’s meet at my house – 10512 17th AVE NE – come in through the back gate located on NE 106th St. We will have cider and hot chocolate….Be sure to bring your flashlight!” Several others have volunteered song books and cookies. Hopefully the rains will hold off for a while that evening. Be prepared to greet these folks if they come to your doorstep.