Free Little Free Libraries To Be Distributed

Little Library 3At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Recology (formerly CleanScapes) has announced the purchase of 50 Little Free Libraries to be distributed to neighborhoods as part of its Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards Program (which you might remember from last year).

Read the complete minutes from the November Meeting.

Recology recently sent post cards out to residents to announce their program and a contest to receive a Little Free Library at your home (keep in mind Victory Heights already has two of them, one at NE 106th Street and 17th Avenue NE (pictured here), and at 23rd Avenue NE & NE 104th Way). To enter, email Erika Melroy ( before December 4, 2015. Your email must include your name, mailing address, and why you’d like to receive a Little Free Library.

Other business at last night’s meeting included a reminder from the Seattle Police Department that when you see suspicious activity in the neighborhood to call 911 first, THEN post about it on social media sites like Next Door Neighbor. This is important for tracking crime statistics. If the police don’t know where the problem areas are, they can’t put resources there.

Victory Heights is the envy of other neighborhoods with the news of our $893,000 parks renovation project from the Parks Department. Speaking of which, representatives from Parks will be at the December 15th meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council to do a presentation and hear feedback about the project, so mark your calendars to attend.

August Events Calendar


Mark your calendars for fun (and sometimes tasty) activities in and around Victory Heights in August.

Friday & Saturday, August 2-3: Lake City Salmon Bake 2013. Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, August 6th: Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out. 6-8 PM, NE 106th Street, next to the park. Potluck sponsored by the Victory Heights Community Council, featuring free ice cream and toys for kids.

Saturday, August 10: Seattle Fire Station #40 Open House. 11 AM – 1 PM, 9401 35th Avenue NE. Tour the station that serves the Victory Heights neighborhood.

Saturday, August 17: Feet First Neighborhood Walk.

Saturday, August 17: Jokumfest. 11th Annual Jazz Festival, in back of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way. Read about last year’s event.

Saturday, August 24th: Seattle Parks Big Day of Play. 10 AM – 3 PM, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE.

Thursday, August 29th: Lake City Emergency Communication HUB Open House. 2:30 – 7:30 PM, SE Corner of Lake City Fred Meyer parking lot.

Neighbor Appreciation Day February 9th

While not quite the household name that Valentine’s Day is, Seattle’s Neighbor Appreciation Day turns 19 on Saturday, February 9th. It’s billed as, “a special day to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.” The city encourages residents to plan an activity for our neighborhoods, such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Or you could attend an event such as one of the fire station open houses, park cleanups, or swims around the city. You can even send a Neighbor Appreciation Day e-card to someone with artwork by local students. Or maybe it would just be a good opportunity to knock on your neighbors door and introduce yourself. Victory Heights is a pretty friendly place, so get involved!

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Knickerbocker Floodplain Project Meeting November 15

The next in a series of community meetings (read about the first here) about the Knickerbocker (Thornton Creek) Floodplain Project will be held Thursday, November 15th at Sacajawea Elementary School beginning at 6:30 PM. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle Parks & Recreation are restoring several hundred feet of the south branch of Thornton Creek at the downstream end of the Kingfisher Natural Area, now dubbed the Knickerbocker site (where the 20th Ave NE footpath crosses Thornton Creek just south of NE 100th Street). This project also will create a 1.5 acre vegetated flood plain and replace the pedestrian bridge across the creek.

SPU and Parks will review the project designs and timeline at this meeting, and invite you to express your concerns, ask questions and make suggestions. Visit their official website for more details.

Sacajawea Elementary School is located at 9501 20th Avenue NE, the meeting will be held in the school’s lunchroom between 6:30 PM and 8 PM.