November Events Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights that might be of interest in late October/early November:

Friday, Oct 30th: Lake City Fright Night Trick-or-Treat Walk. Get treats at local businesses in Lake City, then finish at the Community Center for games, food, crafts, a costume party, and a haunted house. 6:30 PM – 8 PM, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Thursday, Nov 5th: Link Light Rail Drop-In. Project staff will be available to answer your questions about design and construction progress of the Northgate Link Light Rail. There will be no formal presentation. 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Northgate Public Library, 10548 5th Avenue NE.

Saturday, Nov 7th: Peddlers Village Holiday Faire. Start your Christmas shopping early by buying direct from these artists. 10 AM – 5 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Sunday, Nov 14th: Seattle 2035 Open House. The Department of Planning and Development is hosting community meetings around the city to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. 9 AM – Noon, North Seattle College in the old cafeteria, 9600 College Way N.

Sunday, Nov 14th: 50th Anniversary of the Lake City library! Meet City Librarian Marcellus Turner, enjoy lemonade and cake and share your memories of the Lake City Branch at the celebration. Noon to 3 PM, 12501 28th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, Nov 17th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting. The monthly meeting by and for the residents of Victory Heights. 7 PM, the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Salmonfest in Lake City August 1-3

dancing-fishwebcolorssmallSeafair weekend is coming. Hydros! Blue Angels! Sunshine! (we hope). And up in Lake City, the event formerly known as Lake City Pioneer Days is now Salmonfest. They’ll still have a parade and activities, but it now includes a three day Salmon Bake at the Lake City Community Center beginning at noon Friday.

The Street Festival runs Saturday and Sunday plus there’s a Kid’s Parade at 6PM and Grand Parade at 7PM Saturday night. They’ll have great bands and a beer garden, vendors, and a pet area…it’s bound to be a great time right here in North Seattle! Most of the action will take place on 28th Avenue NE and NE 125th St.

Don’t forget the vintage car show on Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM.

This Lake City tradition has celebrated peace, culture and community for 73 years! Come be part of it this year.

Lake City Farmer’s Market Opens Thursday

LakeCityFarmersMarketPosterThe Lake City Farmer’s Market opens this Thursday, June 12th from 3 PM to 7 PM. It will continue each Thursday until October. This is a real make-or-break year for the market which is hoping for real support from the community. There’s plenty of free parking, and in addition to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and other made-in-Washington products, there will be live music on certain dates, special events, and activities for the kids.

The market is located at the intersection of NE 125th Street and 28th Avenue NE, next to the Lake City library.

Lake City Survey

Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to know what kinds of programs and services you need in Lake City.  Your input is very important, particularly if you have children.  It will help them provide better programs and services.  If you live between NE 95th St and NE 145th St and between 15th Ave NE and Lake Washington, they ask you take 5 minutes to fill out this survey.

City Budget Vote Could Affect Lake City

The proposed City budget includes two important items that directly affect
Lake City.

  • $20,000 for the Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct a needs
    assessment for teens and seniors
  • $500,000 for the Lake City Community Center ($75K in 2013 for and
    architectural and engineering study; and $475K in 2014 for capital

The vote for this is coming up in the city council on Friday, November 9th. If you support this budget there are two public hearings to be held, Wednesday and Friday November 7th and 9th at 9:30 am. We should write to all Council Members. Council members Bagshaw, Clark, and Godden were the sponsors. That Lake City is in the budget is likely due to the Lake City Walking Tours for Council Members hosted by the Lake City Neighborhood

All you need to do is cut and paste this simplistic endorsement to the links below. Or embellish or create your own statement.

“I support the proposed City budget that includes $20,000 for the Department
of Parks and Recreation to conduct a needs assessment for Lake City teens
and seniors and $500,000 for the Lake City Community Center.”

Sally Bagshaw: email | 206-684-8801 | web site

Tim Burgess: email | 206-684-8806 | web site

Sally Clark: email | 206-684-8802 |  web site

Richard Conlin: email | 206-684-8805 | web site

Jean Godden: email | 206-684-8807 | web site

Bruce Harrell: email | 206-684-8804 | web site

Nick Licata: email | 206-684-8803 | web site

Mike O’Brien: email | 206-684-8800 | web site

Tom Rasmussen: email | 206-684-8808 | web site

The Revived Victory Heights Community Council Is Go

The first meeting in several years of the revived Victory Heights Community Council was held Wednesday night, not in Victory Heights itself but the Seattle Mennonite Church in Lake City (more on that in a bit).  A dozen people including speakers showed up and heard Susan Causin, our representative on the North District Council, gave an introductory speech in lieu of Shammara Estrada who was home with her new baby (congrats!).

Brad Cummings then gave a short presentation (see photo) about the history of the Victory Heights Community Council. In its heyday (over a decade ago), meetings at the Community Center in Victory Heights Park would attract a number of active dues-paying members as well as city councilmen and other VIP speakers. Community events included egg hunts in the park for kids. Eventually fewer and fewer people attended meetings as people’s lives got busier but also Victory Heights’ unique and rather stable situation as a single-family housing neighborhood without any businesses that doesn’t really see a lot of change or upheaval to motivate folks.  Brad has continued to oversee the bank account for the council even though he hasn’t written a check in over nine years. He also revealed the existence of three sandwich boards he had stored for alerting the community about upcoming activities (watch for these on display in coming months!).

I was then asked to say a few words about the blog and social media. One burning question was what was the blog’s purpose versus that of Next Door Neighbor. I explained that Next Door is a closed-loop social media where people post items or news about themselves that only get distributed to other members. While it is immediate (particularly when suspicious activity is occurring), I see the blog as more Big Picture since it’s not really about things happening directly to me but what’s going on in the neighborhood at large. Maybe folks see that as all the same thing, feel free to choose for yourself.

In lieu of Terrie Johnston, the Seattle Police Department’s Crime Prevention Coordinator who was home sick in bed, Phillip Duggan, the co-chair of the North District Council (and who runs the Pinehurst blog) stepped in to talk briefly about the work that Terrie does including free home and business security inspections.  If you are interested you can contact her at the North Precinct, 206-684-7711.

Janet Arkills from the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance distributed fliers with community group contact information as well as a brief summary of the Bill Pierre property situation in Lake City. She was very well-informed and a great resource (did you know putting in a new sidewalk in Seattle costs $1 million per mile?) Which is why we’ll never see any in Victory Heights in our lifetimes…

Eileen Canola then talked briefly about how the city awards grants for improvements such as traffic circles. There has been a movement to get one put in 23rd Ave NE, it just takes persistence to make it happen (Brad illustrated this point by talking about construction projects like at 5th Ave NE and Northgate Way which were being planned as far back as the 1990s but only now got funded and built).

Everyone seemed keen to have further meetings, and it was decided to hold the next Victory Heights Community Council meeting at 7 PM on Thursday, November 29th tentatively at the Community Center in Victory Heights Park.  Susan had worked tirelessly to secure that location for Wednesday’s meeting but neither the Parks Department nor North Seattle Community College was able to provide assistance beforehand. But earlier this week I was contacted by someone at the Cooperative Daycare at the community center who has the necessary authority to let us use the building in future. Thank you, Kara, for your help!

Watch for sandwich boards alongside the streets announcing future events (and plugging this blog).  If you have a “prime” location (for example, on NE 107th, 19th Ave NE, 23rd Ave NE or NE 100th) and would like to volunteer a few feet of your lawn by the side of the road for us to display a sign, please drop us a line. Thanks!

 [This article was edited on October 28th to change the date of the next meeting.]

Fun Meet At The Lake City Farmer’s Market Sept. 13

Join Lake City in a special “Fun Meet” expansion of the Lake City Farmers Market this Thursday, Sept. 13th from 3:00-6:00pm.

Representatives from a wide variety of neighborhood groups will be there to answer questions, offer information, and provide fun activities too!

Give input on the Pierre Visioning Project!

Learn about changes to the Community Center!

Come and Play!

Win Market Bucks to spend at the market!

It’s also apple season at the market and there’ll be apples galore. Come play a round of apple checkers. See and sample dehydrated apples from Lake City’s Emergency Hub group. Hear bilingual stories from Lake City librarians. Try your hand at apple printing, apple collage or sumi painting.  Participate in this event  and win “Market Buck” gift certificates to spend at the market!

Weekend Activities

If Seafair and the hydro races aren’t your cup of tea this weekend, there are plenty of other activities going around our neighborhood. First, Pinehurstfest will be Saturday, August 4th from 2-5 PM at the Pinehurst Playfield, 12029 14th Ave NE. The flier describes it as “a free festive family outdoor celebration for everyone in our neighborhood.”

Up in Lake City it’s the 70th (!) Annual Pioneer Days with a Salmon Bake and model railroad exhibit Friday and Saturday, a kids parade Saturday and then the Grand Performance Parade.

If space exploration is your thing, the Mars Curiosity Rover is scheduled for a Martian landing at 10:31 PM Sunday night. Stream coverage online or watch on the NASA channel.



Pierre Property Workshop Develops Ideas

Don Moody, representing Bill Pierre, addresses the workshop attendees

On Saturday, May 19th, around 80 people turned out at Nathan Hale High School to brainstorm ideas for developing the Bill Pierre properties in Lake City. About half the attendees were students, interns or urban architects brought in by the University of Washington which is working with the Pierre family to plan the redevelopment of the land for the betterment of Lake City. The rest were residents of Lake City and nearby neighborhoods. After introductions by Pierre’s representative, Don Moody, people were broken up into eight smaller groups to focus on four specific sections of Lake City Way and the Pierre properties that are under consideration for development.  Afterwards, presentations on the ideas each group came up with were outlined to everyone.

While the entire exercise might just be public relations by the Pierre family and they are not bound by any of the suggestions made by the public or UW, some interesting proposals were made. Nearly every group suggested putting in a Trader Joe’s somewhere! Green spaces, pedestrian and bike paths were also common ideas, as well as some very innovative multi-use development that if built, would make Lake City a destination neighborhood in Seattle. One person even suggested a water park.

Moody made the point that it would be 2 or 3 years at the very least before the first shovel begins digging any new buildings on the Pierre properties, but if even half of what was proposed ever came to pass in Lake City, in 10 years residents (particularly realtors) might actually boast about being located in Lake City rather than these days when it’s all “Cedar Park,” “Pinehurst” or even Victory Heights.