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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Volunteers Needed Tuesday To Distribute Neighborhood Night Out Flyers

The July meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, July 21st in Victory Heights Park at 7 PM at the picnic tables. This will be a planning meeting for the annual Neighborhood Night Out which will be held August 4th next to the park on NE 106th Street. At Tuesday’s meeting flyer packets will be distributed to volunteers who will be tasked to take them door-to-door to specific blocks around the neighborhood.  If a lot of people turn up, then each person only has to do a single street. Flyers are the best way of letting everyone know about this great neighborhood event which will again feature pot luck food, free ice cream and tables promoting various local organizations. Help make the Neighborhood Night Out a success by turning up this Tuesday to help distribute flyers (we’ll give you the flyers and a map on Tuesday, but you have a week and half in which to deliver them).

Meanwhile, Victory Heights had a small article in this week’s Seattle Weekly about our neighborhood.

And, if you want some really sobering reading, the current issue of The New Yorker has an article about how most of Seattle is doomed when the big 9.0 earthquake hits.

Neighborhood Night Out Includes Visits From Firemen, Live Musicians

NNO2014 002Last night’s Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) in Victory Heights not only attracted an estimated 140 residents, but visits from the local fire and police department, and a live acoustic band that set up in the park. It was another gorgeous, shady evening on NE 106th Street as the street was blocked off and tables were set up just before 6 PM. Food began to arrive quickly, as well as information booths for “Ask the Gardener,” emergency preparedness, Thornton Creek Alliance (with a very nice new map), and the Victory Heights Community Council.

NNO2014 001Within a few minutes, at either end of the set-up, a police car rolled up and a fire engine from Station 39 (even though it was Engine 40–a long story). Both had been at nearby calls and wanted to stop by our NNO and say hi. The two patrolmen (both working our precinct, Lincoln 2) couldn’t stay for long, but answered questions and mingled for a few minutes. The fire truck parked for an hour and was a huge hit with the kids. The firemen were able to eat some of our fine food as well.

NNO2014 003About an hour in, some musicians wandered over and asked if it was okay for them to set up and play acoustic music. We said, “Yes, of course,” and they organized themselves on the grassy area in the park nearby.

Organizer Heidi Smeller and her team said that in addition to all the great food that was brought, that over $100 in donations had been collected and, “All in all, a great Neighborhood Night Out.  I’m excited to keep building on our experiences and make 2015 even better!” Thanks to everyone who came and participated.

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Neighborhood Night Out Tuesday

If you are in Victory Heights you’ve received a flyer, seen the signs, hopefully marked your calendars, now it’s time to go to the Neighborhood Night Out, Tuesday, August 5th from 6 PM to 8 PM. We’re blocking off NE 106th Street, just west of Victory Heights Park. There will be a potluck dinner (remember serving spoons) and free ice cream.  Tables will be set up representing the Victory Heights Community Council, Emergency preparedness (see if your block has a captain yet), Thornton Creek Alliance, and a native plant expert.

The NNO was a big success last year and we are hoping for an even better turn out this year. Meet your neighbors and discuss issues that are important to Victory Heights. The weather looks great, bring the kids, maybe some chairs to sit on, and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

UPDATE: There are also two night out parties north of Northgate Way, one on 19th near 113th, and one on 17th near 113th.

The Countdown to Neighborhood Night Out Begins

This year’s Neighborhood Night Out will be Tuesday, August 5th. Last night’s Victory Height’s Community Council meeting updated us for planning on what we hope is another successful event.

Read the complete minutes of last night’s meeting.

Heidi Smeller is in charge this year of the event which will start at 6 PM on the 5th on NE 106th Street, just west of the park. Like last year, it will feature potluck food and beverages (please bring something), and free make-your-own ice cream sundaes.  No toys this year unfortunately, we couldn’t get another grant from the city. If you would like to help volunteer to bring tables, set up, or distribute flyers throughout the neighborhood next week, please write to Heidi: VictoryHeightsNNO2014@gmail.com.

Last night’s meeting also featured a presentation by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. They are currently working on making 27th Avenue NE in Olympic Hills a safe route for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars. This independent coalition is looking for community organizations to join and help “identity, advocate and activate safe and healthy streets for all.”

The only meeting in August is the Neighborhood Night Out, we hope to see you and your family there. The Community Council will be back in September on the 16th at our familiar digs in the preschool building.

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Victory Heights Community Council Meeting July 15th

It’s that time again, the meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council on Tuesday, July 15th. This month it will be held at Heidi Smeller’s house, 1717 NE 105th Street, the street that runs just south of the park. In addition to planning for the Neighborhood Night Out (August 5th), we will hear from Janine Blaelock about neighborhood greenways.

The meeting begins at 7 PM. We’ll also be looking for volunteers to distribute flyers on their block to promote the NNO. We hope to see you there!

 

Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out Attracts Over 100

nightout01Tuesday night’s Neighborhood Night Out in Victory Heights, held on NE 106th Street next to the park, was a huge success with over 100 attendees. The street was closed off by 6 PM and the tables were set up as people began arriving with their amazing potluck dishes. Kids were given free toys and everyone got to eat the vast supplies of ice cream provided for free (thanks to a city matching grant).

Attendees included a woman who just moved in across from the park four weeks ago; a couple who have lived in Victory Heights for 30 years; and a man now living in the house his parents purchased in 1955 who remembers attending the co-op pre-school in the park that year! He also told a great story about how NE Elshin Place was named (a Russian named Elshin was living there and agreed to pay to have the dirt road paved if they named it after him!).

nightout03Five long tables were covered with food that included salads, chili, chicken, and even some desserts. Most of it was gone by the time things began to be packed up around 8 PM. There were display tables for the Thornton Creek Alliance, petition drives, the Victory Heights Community Council, and for emergency preparedness. Thomas Whittemore from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods dropped by for a while, as well as someone from the city’s Emergency Preparedness division. I also spoke to several residents who said some variation on, “We have a blog?” (I hope you found us!)

nightout02The kids especially loved the ice cream and took great delight in adding their own toppings including chocolate syrup and M&Ms. We still had three large tubs leftover by the end of the evening, but better that than running out early!

Everyone had a great time, talking and meeting with each other. Hopefully some new folks will come to the next Community Council meeting (September 17th), keep visiting the blog, or join our Facebook group. We’ll definitely be doing this again next year, thanks for the great turn-out, everyone!

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