VHCC Funds Honey Bucket Return In Park

The Victory Heights Community Council has paid to have a Honey Bucket (aka Porta-Potty, Sani-Can, etc) returned to Victory Heights Park. In 2000, Seattle Parks placed a Honey Bucket in the park which proved to be popular, especially during the original mid-day Food Truck Fridays held during the pandemic. It was removed at the end of 2023 when funding ran out. Using their own funds, the community council is now paying for the rental and upkeep of the Honey Bucket so it will be available again.

The Victory Heights Community Council is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that relies on donations from the community for all of its funding. If you enjoy the amenities in our neighborhood (Food Truck Fridays, Ice Cream Social, Winterfest, Chili Cook-Off, Honey Bucket, etc.), please make a donation so we can continue to provide these services and events. You can donate using Square: https://victory-heights-cc.square.site. Please make a donation today (did you know that the community council pays for insurance each year that allows us to put on events like Food Truck Fridays and the annual Ice Cream Social?). Thank you for your help.

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Patty’s Eggnest & Jiffy Lube Demolished

As part of the redevelopment along Northgate Way, Patty’s Eggnest (formerly Skipper’s) and the Jiffy Lube on the corner of Northgate and Roosevelt were demolished last week to make way for new housing.

Here are before and after photos comparing the site in March, just after the businesses closed, and on June 1st.

I for one will miss Patty’s French Toast, but apparently they plan to reopen at a new location just west of the old one.

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Upcoming Events: Hub Fest, Preschool Spring Carnival, Food Trucks

It may have seemed quiet in Victory Heights lately, but don’t let that fool you, plenty of events are coming up in our neighborhood this month.

On Saturday, May 18th at the Co-Op Preschool in Victory Heights Park is their Spring Carnival. 10am-12pm. “It will be a morning full of carnival games, prizes, kids activities and snacks. Everyone is welcome so bring the whole family.”

Tuesday, May 21st, 7 PM: Hub Fest ’24 (click to register). Meet your friendly neighborhood Emergency Hub (and new VH Hub Captain David Emery-Peck). At the Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Avenue NE in Lake City:

  • If disaster strikes, did you know that Victory Heights has a plan?
  • Learn how you can do your part until help arrives 
  • Team up with neighbors and practice scenarios

Friday, May 31st: Food Truck Friday begins for 2024! The Food Trucks are returning to Victory Heights, specifically on 19th Avenue NE across from the park starting at 5 PM. The series will run through September 13th with 3 trucks and possibly a dessert options as a 4th truck each week. (We will skip July 5th this year due to the holiday weekend.)

May 31st the trucks will be:
L’Italtino: https://www.litaliano.info/
Tacos El Guerro: http://www.kirklandtacos.com/
Sam Choys Poke to the Max: https://samchoyspoke.com/
Sweet Wheels: https://sweetwheels.net/

NEW: Saturday, June 1st: Opening Day of the (Emergency) HUB. We’re going to hold an earthquake drill at the Emergency Communications HUB in Victory Heights Park from 1-3 PM. We need volunteers. Sign up to role-play as a greeter, educator, supply manager.

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Meet The New Community Leaders on March 18th

The Victory Heights Community Council is meeting on Monday, March 18th at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. Please attend. Ann Forrest will be stepping down as our council President (like Ben, our previous President, she’s moving out of our neighborhood). Our new President will be her neighbor John Zapata, and for the first time in years we will have a Vice-President, Daniel Jordan, who you’ve seen running our Food Truck Fridays. Come meet our new officers and say good-bye and give a big thank you to Ann for her two terms of service (September 2016-December 2020, and March 2022-March 2024)!

Speaking of Food Truck Fridays: They’re comin’ back! They will resume on May 31st and run through September 13th, but we are going to skip Friday, July 5th because of the holiday weekend. Daniel is lining up some exciting trucks this year, featuring some new ones and returning favorites.

Curious about how we choose officers for the community council? According to our Bylaws, the four positions (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary) are members of our Board of Trustees. This group of volunteers helps keep our community council functioning, with a number of standing committees devoting to various activities. If you are interested in getting involved, there are several seats on the Board of Trustees available, contact a member of the community council to learn more.

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Metro Eliminating Routes 20 & 73 in Victory Heights This Fall

An article in The Urbanist describes the changes coming to Metro Transit this fall when the Link Light Rail begins its service north to Lynnwood. Among them are eliminating Route 73 running down 15th Avenue NE, and Route 20 which serves Northgate Way. “With the retirement of Route 73, 15th Avenue NE from Lake City Way NE to Pinehurst Way NE will host no service, affecting portions of Maple Leaf, Victory Heights, and Northgate,” the article says. Instead of Route 20, new Route 61 would service Lake City to Greenwood via Northgate Way. In addition, during peak service the 322 will be rerouted off Lake City Way at Northgate Way and then to the Northgate station and down to South Lake Union. Here is Metro’s full description of the service changes.

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Garbage Collection on Fridays Next Two Weeks (and other news)

With Christmas and New Years on a Monday this year, garbage collections in Victory Heights this week and next will be on Friday instead of Thursday (same again the week of Martin Luther King Jr Day).

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

In other news, Winterfest is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, January 28th, 2024 from 4-6 PM on 19th Avenue NE across from the park. We need volunteers! Sign up at the usual location.

The sock drive (including donations made at Zylberschtein’s and the pre-school) collected over 400 pairs! Thanks, everyone.

And finally, our community council President for the past several years, Ann Forrest, is wanting to step back in 2024, so we will be looking for someone to fill her mighty big shoes so that we can keep doing the community events you like so much (Food Truck Friday, Ice Cream Social, Chili Cook Off, Winterfest, HUB drills, etc). We have a good team, we just need a good leader!

Happy Holidays!

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Victory Frights Needs Volunteers

The annual Victory Frights Halloween party is coming, but we need volunteers! Sign up here to help close the street, put out extension cords, and hand out candy to the neighborhood kids.

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

Victory Frights will again be held on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on 19th Avenue NE across from Victory Heights Park (where the food trucks were parked each week). The street will be closed down, there will be decorations, and everyone is encouraged to come here to distribute candy in one easy location rather than waiting for stragglers to come by your front door. Over 100 kids participated last year. But we need volunteers too, these events (like the Ice Cream Social, Winterfest, Chili Cook Off, and Food Truck Fridays) do not just happen by magic, nor are they run by invisible elves. Everything in this neighborhood is put on by volunteers just like you, so if you want to see these types of events continue, please sign up to help. Most jobs take less than 10 minutes, it’s not a huge commitment.

A few days before that, Pinehurst will be hosting its annual Doggo and Kiddo Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 29th starting at 11 AM. We’ll be kicking off our annual sock drive there as well if you are going, or find the dropbox that will be under the bulletin board in Victory Heights Park during all November. New clean socks only, please.

The 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off will be (note: new date): Saturday, November 11th from 3 PM to 5 PM on 19th Avenue NE across from the park. Cooks, we need you to sign up and bring a crockpot of your favorite recipe. And volunteers are needed for setup and breakdown too. Sign up here.

Another Neighbor Labor is scheduled for December 2nd to work on 19th Avenue NE and Goodwin from 9-11 AM. Sign up here.

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23rd Avenue NE Drainage/Sidewalk Project Coming

At the September meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Seattle Public Utilities and their contractor did a presentation about the upcoming revision to 23rd Avenue NE that will add natural drainage on the west side, and parking and sidewalks (!) on the east side, from NE 104th Way to Northgate Way.

Read the complete minutes of the Community Council Meeting.

Scheduled to begin work in mid-October (as part of four such roadway reconstructions around the south fork of Thornton Creek), 23rd Avenue NE will be reduced from a wide raceway-like stretch to a much narrower street with parking on one side and the drainage system on the other (you can see examples of this in Pinehurst on 23rd Avenue north of NE 113th Street). You can read the city’s proposal in this PDF.

Also at the meeting we reviewed this year’s Food Truck Fridays (watch for a survey for how to improve it for next year), plans are afoot for a 3rd annual Chili Cookoff sometime in the autumn, and dog parade called (wait for it…) Victory Barks.

And mark your calendars for the return of Victory Frights, this time, “The Conjuring,” on Halloween night, October 31st staring at 4:30 PM. There will be spooky decorations and a chance to hand out your candy to the 100+ kids that are expected to come. It will be on 19th Avenue NE across from the park with the street closed down like during Food Truck Fridays.

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Victory Heights Community Council Meeting September 18th

On Monday, September 18th, join us for a meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, from 7-8 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park. In addition to hearing the latest news and upcoming events, there will be a guest speaker about the drainage project on 23rd Avenue NE.

Also, with the end of the season of Food Truck Fridays, a change to give your feedback to help us improve the event next year.

We hope to see you there! (As usual, the chairs there are scaled for young children, bring your own for maximum comfort.)

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Victory Heights August Events Calendar

Friday, August 11th: Emergency HUB Show And Tell. What’s that big brown box next to the tennis courts in the park for? Find out from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. See what resources it contains to help neighbors support one another after a large (disruptive) event.

Saturday, August 12th: Movies At The Tower (Maple Leaf). Watch movies in the park by the water tower in Maple Leaf, with food and trivia starting at 6 PM, movie at dusk. This week: “Turning Red” (Pixar).

Saturday, August 19th: JokumFest, Victory Heights’ own live jazz festival, returns to Gary Schudie’s backyard, 2021 NE Northgate Way starting at 3 PM and going into the evening. Live music, food & beverages, side dishes welcomed, parking recommended on side streets.

Saturday, August 19th: Movies At The Tower (Maple Leaf). At dusk: “The Paper Tigers”

Thursday, August 24th: Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool is hosting a summer picnic on Thursday August 24th 1-3pm at the Victory Heights Park. Everyone in the community is welcome! They’ll have hot dogs and snacks. They hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 26th: Movies At The Tower (Maple Leaf). At dusk: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Thursdays, the Lake City Farmers Market is up next to the Lake City Library,

And Food Truck Fridays continue every Friday afternoon throughout the month on 19th Avenue NE across from the park from 5-8 PM. Three to four different trucks each week!

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