For the fifth year running, the Victory Heights Community Council has sponsored the Potluck/Ice Cream social on NE 106th Street next to the park, and neighbors have responded with another great turn out this year. On Tuesday, over 150 people (including many babies and dogs) showed up and put their mark on a map representing our neighborhood (over sixty different residences), brought their food to share, and ate free ice cream.
As in many years, the folks from Engine Company 40 in Wedgwood came by with their fire truck for tours after first having answered a call. The kids (and some adults) loved crawling over the fire truck and checking out the equipment.
Our new State Representative for the 46th District Javier Valdez (who just stepped in to replace Jessyn Farrell who quit to run for Seattle mayor) came by to meet his Victory Heights’ constituents.
Community Council Ann Forrest had a chance to address the crowd near the end and told people about our raffle to award someone a locking mailbox, and the election to pick a logo for our community to be used on official publications and on the “Welcome to Victory Heights” signs that we are going to purchase from the city. She also talked about the emergency preparedness drill we’ll be conducting next to the school starting at 9 AM on Saturday, July 29th.
Thanks to everyone who came and participated, we hope to see you at future meetings and online!
The fifth annual Victory Heights’ Potluck/Ice Cream Social (formerly the Neighborhood Night Out) will be held this year on Tuesday, July 19th from 6-8 PM on NE 106th Street just west of Victory Heights Park.
Previous years gatherings have been attended by over 100 residents who bring a dish of food to share. We provide the ice cream, tables plates, bowls and utensils. Bring enough chairs for you and your family. NE 106th Street will be blocked off between 19th Avenue NE and 17th Avenue NE. There will be displays for community organizations and promotions for the “official” Neighborhood Night Out on August 2nd (in lieu of a neighborhood-wide party, we encourage you on that night to meet the people on your block).
Drop us a line to know more. Read about previous years socials:
The second annual Victory Heights May Day was greeted with beautiful weather Sunday morning as neighbors gathered around a traditional may pole in order to festoon it with ribbons. Organized by Ann Forrest just across the street from the park, the revelers were able to recreate this British tradition. Afterwards they retired inside to assemble the paper flower baskets which they planned to hang on neighbor’s doors. Thanks, Ann, for putting together this great family event!
On Saturday, April 25th, neighbors in Victory Heights can gather for a morning of fun and neighborliness to make simple baskets out of paper, attach a handle, and a few decorations. On May Day (May 1st) you’ll be able to fill your baskets with a few flowers and hang them on your neighbors’ doors as a nice surprise. Organized by Ann Forrest, people can meet up at her house, 10540 19th Avenue NE (across from the park) starting at 9:30 AM on the 25th for the basket making. Please RSVP to help her prepare, either via email or phone 360-550-2234. We hope to see you there!
Victory Heights’ own jazz festival, Jokumfest, is having its 12th annual event, Saturday, August 16th starting in the afternoon through the evening. It is held, as always, in the backyard of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way. It’s free, and in addition to hours of live music, features food and beer, including a special Jokumfest brew. “Bring something to share [i.e. food],” the organizers suggest.
UPDATE: Here is the complete schedule of acts:
3:00 – 3:50 – Eric Nelson & Brandon Beligni
4:10 – 5:00 – Papa Bear Band
w/ Shawn Stecker, Billy Reed, Jack Cook, Don Buss & Matt Fogdall
5:20 – 6:10 – Brian Butler
6:30 – 7:30 – Hughs Blues
Rhythm & Blues extravaganza w/G W Levell, Jack Cook, Don Forsyth, Steve Branca & Bert DeCoy
7:50 – 8:40 – John Deely & the Victory Heights All Stars
9:00 – 9:50 – Hughs Blues & guests
Rhythm & Blues extravaganza w/G W Levell, Al Farlow, Don Forsyth, Steve Branca & Bert DeCoy
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.
The 10th annual Jokum Fest, held in Gary Schudie’s backyard on Northgate Way, was a big hit Saturday. With gorgeous weather, awesome music, and plenty of food and beer on hand, people from far and near made their way to “Schudie’s Grotto” as he calls to sit, listen, eat and socialize.
Plenty of food and drinks were on hand for attendees at Jokum Fest this year.
The Bear Creek Boys perform as warm up over six hours of live music at Jokum Fest.