Chili Cook Off Attracts 50 Attendees

The second annual Victory Heights Chili Cook Off, held last Sunday the 13th, featured six different chili recipes, cookies, and so much corn bread!

Held across the park on 19th Avenue NE (where the food trucks were parked last summer), loads of neighbors (and their kids and dogs) turned up to sample and vote on their favorite. And the winner was…

…Ann’s Chocolate Chili (beating out last year’s champion Andrew by a nose).

The previously scheduled Community Clean-Up on Northgate Way was moved from the 13th to this Sunday, November 20th from 9 AM to noon. Meet at Northgate Way and 19th Ave.  
– We’ll move on to the Victory Heights Park quickly if the Community turns out!
– The loop path needs to be raked before it gets too slippery.
– Leaves can be mulched instead of raked if you can bring a mulching mower.
– Bring work gloves, your favorite garden tools, and a water bottle.

And the November meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council is cancelled (no news and no guests) but we’ll be back on Monday, December 19th at 7 PM on Zoom (email us to get on the mailing list).

And don’t forget that because of the Thanksgiving holiday, trash collection in Victory Heights will be on Friday the 25th this week.

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2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Sunday November 13th

Dust off that famous chili recipe and get cooking!  The Victory Heights Second Annual Chili Cookoff is coming this Sunday, November 13th. With meat, without meat, spicy, mild – you choose.  PLUS, we’ve got many more activities in the works!   The weather looks promising (chilly, but dry!). And the Seahawks will have finished playing in Germany hours earlier.

Firefighters will drop by to show off their engine and answer questions about Fire Safety.  Practice extinguishing an (electronic) fire on a very cool simulator.  Bake cornbread, try out a new holiday cookie recipe, or order a gingerbread house kit for the holidays. 

Much to do – but WE NEED YOUR HELP to make it all happen!      
Volunteer to help by signing up here:  https://signup.com/go/rYWkniq
We can’t do it without you!

We’ll see you this Sunday, Nov 13th from 3pm to 5pm on 19th Avenue NE between NE 105th and 106th (next to the Park where the food trucks were last summer). Bring those appetites.

On Monday, November 14th at 5 PM is the monthly TEENFEED. Feed homeless youth in the University District.  One meal a month comes from our Community!  You cook, we deliver! Deliver dishes to 2005 NE 105th Street (near the VH Park) NEW Volunteers, learn more and sign up here…  https://signup.com/go/UWJHVee

Also, COMMUNITY CLEAN UP! is Sunday, Nov 20th, 9am to Noon starting at Northgate Way and 19th Ave.  We’ll finish up the Northgate Way sidewalk work and then move on to the Victory Heights Park! The more folks that help the more we get done! Bring work gloves, your favorite garden tools, and a water bottle.

And the November meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council is coming on Monday, November 21st on Zoom. Get log-in credentials by joining our mailing list: victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com.

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Victory Heights October/November Events Calendar

What’s coming up in Victory Heights in the next month and half? Plenty!

Read the minutes of the October Victory Heights Community Council Meeting.

Thursday, October 27th: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Author David M Beurge (left) will talk about his book, “Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name.” 7 PM on Zoom, register here: https://tinyurl.com/ThorntonCreekAlliance

Sunday, October 30th: Puppyhurst Doggo & Kiddo Parade: Celebrate Halloween with costumes (and dogs!) with this walk through the Pinehurst neighborhood starting at 11 AM at the Pinehurst Pocket Park, NE 117th St & 19th Avenue NE.

Monday, October 31st: Victory Frights! Celebrate Halloween on a safe, closed-to-traffic street (19th Avenue NE, across from the park, the same place the food trucks were this summer) from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Lights, treats for the kids. Bring a chair and join in.

Sunday, November 13th: 2nd Annual Victory Heights Chili Cookoff! Right after the park cleanup, refresh yourself with some delicious homemade chili made by our amazing neighbors and then vote for your favorite. On 19th Avenue NE across from the park, starting at 3 PM.

Monday, November 14th: Monthly Teen Feed. Feed homeless youth in the University District.  One meal a month comes from our Community!  You cook, we deliver! 5pm, deliver dishes to 2005 NE 105th Street (near the VH Park). NEW Volunteers, learn more and sign up here…  TeenFeed

UPDATED: Sunday, November 20th: Park Cleanup. Let’s pick up some leaves and debris in Victory Heights Park! 9 AM to noon. Meet up at Northgate Way and 19th Avenue NE.

Monday, November 21st: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Via Zoom, sign up for our newsletter for details: victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com UPDATE: Cancelled, see you in December.

Friday, November 25th: Black Friday. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, trash collection in Victory Heights will be on Friday this week.

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Seattle Skeleton House Returns

The Seattle Skeleton House on 20th Avenue NE in Victory Heights, a unique diversion during the darkest days of the pandemic, which abruptly retired in July 2021 have returned recently to resume their antics.

It’s unknown whether this is just a seasonal thing because of Halloween or if the skeletons will continue to make appearances throughout the fall and winter. Meanwhile, bookmark our Seattle Skeleton House page for updates.

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Autumn Activities and Food Truck Survey

Food Truck Fridays are over for the year, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about the future. Please help us by answering this survey about how to improve things next year: https://forms.gle/WMVrSHQCRDoRFEdQA

Read the complete minutes of the October meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council.

Upcoming events:

Saturday, October 15th: Community Disaster Practice: Learn how Victory Heights prepares for an emergency with this HUB drill, and how amateur radio groups will help keep us in contact with the outside world. In Victory Heights Park, 2 PM to 4 PM.

Monday, October 17th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. We’re back on Zoom, subscribe to our email list to get links sent right to your inbox.

Sunday, November 13th (New date!): Chili Cook Off and Cookie Fest. Last year our first annual chili cook off was a huge success, so we’re doing it again (now with cookies!). Let us know if you’d like to enter, and be sure to come by and sample all the wares (and vote for your favorite). 19th Avenue NE across from the park, 3 PM to 5 PM. (The Seahawks play at 6:30 AM that day, you won’t miss the game!)

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Northgate Side Work Party September 18th

We are continuing the clean up of the sidewalks along Northgate Way to improve pedestrian access. Take a look at what was done back in July to the block between 17th Avenue NE and 19th. Twenty yards of blackberries were removed to expose this fence. We marked our victory:

Another work party is scheduled for Sunday, September 18th from 9 AM to Noon. We have two problem areas we want to tackle. Meet at the corner of 19th Ave and Northgate Way. Bring work gloves, garden tools, and a water bottle.  Help us improve Victory Heights. Thanks.

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September Victory Heights News

The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and the food trucks have packed up for the year. But things are still happening in Victory Heights. Have you seen our new mural? Designed and painted by local artist Daemion Kenyon (seen here, pressure washing with community council President Ann Forrest last Sunday), the floral design is permanently painted on the road surface just north of Victory Heights Park.

And here is what it looks like from the air:

TEEN FEED
Ann Forrest tell us: Victory Heights’ neighbors got involved with TeenFeed at the beginning of the pandemic (September 2020) and has been a consistent volunteer group ever since.  Each month (usually on the 2nd Monday) neighbors make different components of a simple meal (teriyaki chicken, rice, seasonal vegetable, and dessert) and bring it to the corner of 20th Ave and NE 105th.  Another volunteer drives the food down to the University District where volunteers serve it to homeless teens. 

Teen Feed provides warm meals, basic needs items, and supportive connections to over 9,000+ youth annually in Seattle’s University District and in Auburn.  We could really use more volunteers!  It’s super easy to get involved. Learn more and sign up here…  TeenFeed SignUp

To our current TeenFeed volunteers, THANK YOU for your efforts over the past two years! You’re the Best!

GET INVOLVED: VICTORY HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be on Monday, September 19th at 7 PM on Zoom. The food trucks, utility box art, ice cream social, and street art are all because of the community council. It’s all done by volunteers who are your neighbors. Email us to get on the newsletter list and get the Zoom link each month, and find out what’s happening next.

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Street Mural Coming To Victory Heights

A virtual representation of the new street mural just north of the park

On Friday, August 19th, work will begin on painting a street mural on the roadway just north of Victory Heights Park where NE 106th Street intersects with 19th Avenue NE.

Read the complete minutes of the Victory Heights Community Council meeting.

Artist Daemion Kenyon designed the mural, and on August 19th while the street is shut down between 2 PM and 8 PM, she will begin by painting the white outlines on the road surface (come by to watch during Food Truck Friday that evening).

On Friday, September 9th, also during Food Truck Friday, starting at 5 PM, members of the community will be able to help participate in the mural by painting in the colors like a giant coloring book! The street will also be shut down between 4-9 PM.

Finally, on Sunday, September 11th from 3-8 PM, a final street closure will allow Daemion to apply the sealer over the art to help preserve it. If you can’t participate in the painting, she is looking for donations to help offset the cost of the paint, brushes, materials. Learn more about the artist and support the project HERE!

In other news, Food Truck Fridays has been extended into September now with added dates on the 2nd and 9th. See the Food Truck Schedule HERE.

And TeenFeed provides a nutritious, hot meal to 65 homeless teens every day of the year.  Victory Heights is committed to providing that meal on the second Monday of every month. In September it will be on 12th. It’s easy to get involved.  More information HERE! Future dates are October 10th, November 14th and December 12th. Mark your calendars and help get involved.

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August Events Calendar

Here are some events in and around Victory Heights in August that might interest you:

Friday, July 29th: Food Truck Friday, 5:30 PM – 7:30 on 19th Avenue NE across from Victory Heights Park. This week: Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, Po’Boy & Tings, and Dreamy Drinks. PLUS: Love walkie-talkies? Give GMRS a spin. We have multiple radios to play with. Simple instructions followed by helpful practice. ALL ages welcome!

Tuesday, August 2nd: Neighborhood Night Out. Organize with the folks on your block and get to know them. It’s so important for crime prevention and in case of an emergency.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 4th, 9th & 10th: Blood Drive. It’s a crucial time to bolster our blood supply as appointment bookings are falling critically short of the 1,000 donors needed each day to meet community need this summer. Low appointment sign-ups are of significant concern. All blood types are needed, especially Universal Donors with Type O blood and Platelets, which are vital to supporting patients in trauma situations. People are urged to make appointments as soon as possible. Consider donating at the Faith Lutheran Church (8208 18th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115) on August 3, 4, 9 & 10 and help make sure lifesaving blood is there for the patients who need it.  Same-day appointments often available.

Friday, August 5th: Food Truck Friday (subject to change): Anthony’s “Finn” and Kathmandu MoMoCha.

Saturday, August 6th: Lake City Seafair Parade. The “Grand Parade” starts at 7 PM on Lake City Way from 135th to 125th, with a turn to the right to go west on 125th to 25th Ave NE.

Friday, August 12th: Food Truck Friday (subject to change): 314 Pie and Theo’s Gyros

Monday, August 15th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Our first live in-person meeting since February 2020! It will be in the park starting at 7 PM at the tennis court. We’ll have chairs set up and you can see a demo of our Emergency Communications Hub.

Friday, August 19th: Food Truck Friday (subject to change): Yummy Catch and Tamale My Life.

Saturday, August 20th: 20th Annual Jokumfest, Victory Heights’ own live jazz festival! Live music from 3 PM until 10 PM. It will again be on the main stage in Gary Schudie’s backyard, 2021 NE Northgate Way. Complementary beverages and main dish will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. It’s free!

Sunday, August 21st: North Seattle Jewish Festival. Come celebrate culture and community, Jewish pride and continuity. Inflatable activities for the young and young at heart, authentic kosher deli delights that we all know and love, friends, and of course live(ly) Klezmer and Hasidic music. Noon to 3 PM in Victory Heights Park. Tickets required.

Friday, August 26th: Food Truck Friday (subject to change): Anthony’s “Finn” and Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max.

Don’t forget the Lake City Farmers Market is every Thursday, 3 PM – 7 PM at NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE, near the library.

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