2nd Winterfest Draws Family Crowds

Victory Heights’ second Winterfest (the first was in December 2021) brought out many families and residents to a chilly, but clear Sunday afternoon in January last weekend around the park.

Brought to you by the Victory Heights Community Council, the event featured cookies, hot cider, popcorn, two food trucks, and hand-made luminarias which were then placed around the path before dark and then lit up with small candles.

Check out this video to see more highlights:

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Winterfest Returns January 29th

The Victory Heights Community Council is bringing back Winterfest to be held at the park on Sunday, January 29th from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Read the complete minutes of the December Community Council Meeting.

Booths set up during the December 2021 Winterfest

We’ll be closing down 19th Avenue NE across from the park again (the same location as the food trucks last year) and will have popcorn, hot cider, and cookies available. Also, we will be setting up luminaries along the path in Victory Heights Park (bags are now available underneath the bulletin board at the north side of the park).

We are looking for volunteers to help set up, run the stations, set up the luminaries and then clean up. Click here to sign up.

We hope to see you at this event. Bring the family and enjoy the lights and treats.

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Bobs’ Lake City Liquors To Close Saturday

On a Facebook post today, Bobs’ Lake City Liquors on Lake City Way, announced they will be closing permanently on Saturday, December 31st. The post read:

It’s been a helluva 10+ years… but we’re done. Thank you to all of our wonderful customers and community members. We’ll be marking everything down further throughout the week, so come clean us out.

Located at the bottom of NE 100th St (and former home of the Italian Spaghetti House), Bobs opened in November 2012. Their wide selection of often hard-to-find items was a real boon to the neighborhood. Hopefully it won’t be replaced by another strip club or pot store.

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In Person Community Meeting December 19th

For the first time in a while, the Victory Heights Community Council will be meeting in person on Monday, December 19th back at our old stomping grounds, the Co-op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park starting at 7 PM.

Enjoy cookies, hot cider, and Community!
Talk with your Community Council…  what would you like to see more of?
Got ideas?  We’d love to hear them!

JOIN US!!

We’ll have a few adult-size chairs available but feel free to bring your own.
Hope to see you there!

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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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