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.
As residents of Victory Heights are used to every Thanksgiving, we will have trash pickup this week and next done on Friday, December 26th and January 2nd respectively, due to the holidays falling on Thursdays this year. Put your cans out by Friday morning. And when it’s time to finally get rid of that tree, the city says:
Free Holiday Tree Composting: Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015.
Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.
Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.
Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.
Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Recycling and Disposal station from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.
You’ve probably already noticed no trash or recycling pickup occurred today, that’s because we’re on a Friday schedule in Victory Heights this week and next due to the holidays. Also, the city reminds us, “residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their Christmas trees and holiday greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 13, 2013. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time. Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.”
City residents can also take trees free of charge to the North and South Recycling stations (1350 North 34th Street is the closest) until January 13th.
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.
Something that makes the long, cold nights of winter just a bit more pleasant are the many light displays that can be seen at this time of year. While Victory Heights can’t compete with Ravenna’s famous Candy Cane Lane, many VH residents have put in a lot of effort and creativity with their displays. If I didn’t include you here, please send me a picture of your lights and I’ll do a follow-up post. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.