Sunday, January 23rd: A free walk-in, no appointment necessary Covid clinic held at the Idriss Mosque on Northgate Way from 10 AM to 2 PM. All brands of vaccines will be available and you can get your 1st, 2nd, or booster shot there.
This month, the Victory Heights Community Council is moving its meetings to the 3rd Monday of the month, rather than the usual Tuesday. This was after a poll was conducted and is on an experimental basis for the time being until we see how it goes over. Join us at 7 PM on Monday, January 17th (MLK Day) for our virtual meeting which will feature former Community Council President Ann Forrest talking about earthquake preparedness.
Also, because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, garbage collections in Victory Heights will be day later this week (Friday the 21st instead of Thursday). For most people it will also be a recycling pickup week.
A longtime educator, and your Victory Heights neighbor, Ann Forrest would like to help those around her be prepared for a disaster. This series of 30-minute classes (2 topics each) breaks down the process into manageable steps. Increase your peace-of-mind in 2022 by becoming “Disaster Ready”.
A notice for developing a vacant lot at the bottom of NE 100th Street just west of Lake City Way says seven three-story residences are to be built. Located next to AirMark, the lot, that has been empty for years, was the site of a former mini-putt golf course 40 years ago, and original Victory Heights residents might recall a swimming hole there once.
The city is currently reviewing the application, the public can submit comments to PRC@seattle.gov (reference Project 3038040-LU at 2304 NE 100th St). Documentation can be found here on the city site.
The maps the developers have submitted appear to have the site going into what is now the hillside south of NE 102nd Street (although it shows 23rd Avenue NE going through, something that has always been platted but never developed, it would not actually exist. The only access would be from NE 100th Street).
This year again we are doing the Gingerbread House project, lovingly made by community members in Victory Heights!
Your kit comes with four walls and a peaked roof, an assortment of candies, and icing for decoration. The house is decorated while flat and then special “construction” icing (also included) is used to raise the house. (It dries fast from the meringue powder in with the powdered sugar.) If you’re new to gingerbread house construction, a link to a how-to video is included in the kit. Everything is edible (flour, cinnamon, salt, margarine, brown sugar, and corn syrup) but we won’t tell your kids. Both types of icing – decorating and constructing – contain meringue powder (powdered egg white) so avoid if allergic.
There is no “cost” for each kit but a $10 donation is recommended. Order here.
Each year we provide kits free-of-charge to the Ryther Children’s Center and this year is no different. They have asked for 20 houses for their clients – and we are honored to support them – but we need the community to help us recoup our costs.
* Pick up your gingerbread kit(s) at WinterFest!
Sunday, Dec 12th
4pm – 6pm
Victory Heights Park
Seasonal music – Luminary walk – Free popcorn – Hot cider!
A food truck will be available that evening if you want to take dinner home with you.
Join us on Sunday, December 12th for Victory Heights’ first-ever Winterfest from 4 to 6 PM on 19th Avenue NE between NE 105th Street and 107th Street (basically, next to Victory Heights Park). There will be free popcorn and hot cider, seasonal music, a food truck, and a luminary walk with luminarias decorated by the community beforehand. Rain or shine!
If you feel like baking, we’ll have a place to drop off cookies.
President Ben Cober reviewed the past year of accomplishments around the community and previewed what’s coming next year.
On Sunday, November 21st there will be a Disaster Preparedness Event at 1 PM at the tennis court in Victory Heights Park. Agenda: 1. Powering your phone from the battery in your car 2. Gift ideas for family/friends that support their preparedness efforts 3. Hosting twice/yearly preparedness events (starting in April 2022) to build a culture of safety 4. General conversation – sharing ideas Canopies provided if it’s raining but PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR!
Gingerbread House kits will be available for sale (donation) soon, we’ll be donating 20 to Ryther Kids. Some assembly required.
The Community Council will be taking a break in December, back in January 2022 with many great projects in the works.
As winter approaches, so come the grey, rain, and cold. Join Victory Heights, Pinehurst, Meadowbrook, and the North Precinct Advisory Council as we gather socks and partner with the Seattle Police Department to distribute them to people in need. New socks of all sizes will be appreciated.
Donated socks will be delivered to Mary’s Place, International Community Health Services North Seattle, and Seattle Police Department during community engagements.
The drive is November 1-16th.
Drop off locations:
Victory Heights: Victory Heights Pre-school, 1747 NE 106th Street
Pinehurst: Zylberschtein’s Deli, 11752 15th Avenue NE
North Precinct Advisory Council: 1102 NE 55th Street
The October (virtual) meeting of the Thornton Creek Alliance will look at Habitat Restoration: The Change Starts At Home. Scott and Susan Freeman will tell the story of how it actually began in 1936, when Susan’s grandfather Aldo Leopold bought a worn-out farm in central Wisconsin and began the first ecological restoration project ever attempted. Now the Freeman family is part of a large consortium that have been working for over 14 years to restore Tarboo Creek, on the Olympic Peninsula.
Ashley Allan of the King Conservation District will talk about the Urban Riparian Habitat Stewardship Program, including free site visits and technical assistance.
There will also be an update on their efforts to preserve the 8th Ave. NE greenway.
Starting at at 11 AM on Sunday, October 31st at the Pinehurst Pocket Park, 11700 19th Ave NE, this kid (and pet) friendly event will then proceed east to 20th Avenue NE, head north to NE 123rd, then back down 22nd Avenue NE , west on NE 115th, and then back north on 20th to the Pocket Park. There will be a costume contest (for pets too), masks required, keep pets on leashes, and socially distance for safety.
Afterwards, Zylberschtein’s Deli at 11752 15th Avenue NE, will have a party between 1 PM and 3, with pumpkin carving, fresh cider, donuts, and beer specials.
As for trick-or-treating, a recent Victory Heights Facebook poll showed people were overwhelmingly in favor of it, 47 to 2, with the idea to “distribute with distance.”
In other Community Council news, we heard about the history of Sustainable North Seattle, made suggestions to District 5 Debora Juarez’s office for next year’s budget (good news: traffic calming is in this year), there will be an open house on Saturday, October 23rd at the Victory Heights Preschool (the building in the park) from 2 PM – 4 with treats, and the next Victory Heights contribution to the Teen Feed will be November 8th.
North End Makers is excited to announce the Grand Opening of their new makerspace in North Seattle on Saturday October 23rd and Sunday October 24th. It will be open to the public during both days with various events, tours, and tool demonstrations planned. North End Makers is an all-volunteer community of makers who run a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
The new makerspace is located in Pinehurst at 12317 15th Ave NE. They have many tools that are often not easily accessible to folks due to space or financial constraints. Their makerspace shares tools, knowledge, and resources with organization members, as well as offers classes and social events to the general public. These tools include a laser cutter, sewing/serger machines, CNC router, 3d printers, and much more. This equipment will ultimately be available for use by creators, artists, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs of all stripes. To learn more, visit their website at www northendmakers.org.