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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Food Truck Fridays Bring Tasty Dinners To Victory Heights

Food Truck Fridays are back in Victory Heights in 2022, this time for dinners instead of lunches. Started last year during the pandemic, we’ve brought back some of your favorite trucks (plus some new ones) with two different ones each week, serving food between 5:30 and 7:30 PM on 19th Avenue NE next to Victory Heights Park. The street is closed down and tables and chairs will be set up for folks to eat at.

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

On May 6th, on a damp but tolerable evening near the park, we hosted three trucks, including a donut vendor (so yum!). Georgia’s Greek Food truck is seen here.
On May 13th, we hosted The Cheese Pit and 314 Pie.

Coming May 20th: Paparepas (Venezuelan), and Yummy Catch (Asian, Seafood, Southern). (Forecast is sunny and 63 degrees–don’t miss it!)

May 27th: Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max (Hawaiian) and Po’Boy & Tings (Creole).

Volunteers needed to help close 19th Avenue NE at 5 PM and help set-up and tear down tables. Sign-up here, or just show up.

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Northgate Way Cleanup May 21st

The Victory Heights Community Council invites you to help volunteer this Saturday, May 21st to expand the sidewalk on the north and south sides of NE Northgate Way between Roosevelt Way and Lake City Way by picking up litter and removing weeds/leaves. While the event will be running between 9 AM and 2:30 PM, you can sign up for shifts as short as 30 minutes. Please bring work gloves and garden tools if you have them. SignUp for a shift here… https://signup.com/go/bZWRKRJ

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Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Meeting May 3rd On New Funding Option To Benefit Lake City

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA) will be holding a town hall zoom meeting to present their solution for filling the funding gap needed to improve parks, repair buildings, and build a new community center in Lake City.

With the help of the City and State Legislature, the LCNA has secured $11 million and the City has pledged $5 million more for a Lake City Community Center. Additional funding is needed to complete this and other major projects for Seattle. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Commission was formed separately by and with the City Council to provide separate taxing authority, within a limit. A 33 cent tax rate would increase the annual property tax bill on a home that has an assessed value of $880,000  by only $110.48 each year. This would insure that a new full service community center is fully funded and built, as well as fund other projects in Seattle parks.  

The zoom meeting will be held between 6-7 PM on the 3rd to hear more about this solution. This is a chance for them to share their vision, answer some questions and to prepare LCNA to support those who will testify before the Seattle Parks and Recreation Commission on May 12th to encourage them to fund their vision. Tim Motzer, retired from Seattle Parks & Recreation has prepared a detailed report on this solution. For a copy, contact him at: timmotzer@aol.com
Here is the zoom information:

Topic: YOU ARE INVITED: Funding Our Shared Vision: A New Lake City Community Center with Housing
Time: May 3, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Emergency HUB Drill Moved to June 18th

Due to the forecast of 80% chance of rain on April 30th, the Victory Heights Emergency Communications HUB drill has been moved to Saturday, June 18th from 10 AM to 1 PM in Victory Heights Park.

We’ll talk about how the Hub works, make sure all the roles are filled, and then start running thru scenarios.  Drills are great fun and so informative; everyone learns by doing.
You can hold back and be a citizen actor (read a scenario and watch as the Hub volunteers help you) – or SignUp to take on a role in the Hub.  Additional guidance on the different roles coming asap!

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Food Truck Fridays Start May 6th

Updated April 26th.

Food Truck Fridays return to Victory Heights on May 6th…with a twist! Dinners instead of lunch.

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

Food Truck Fridays, a big hit during the pandemic last year, resume this year on May 6th every Friday from 6-8 PM for dinners. Each week two different trucks will be parked on 19th Avenue NE next to the park (which will be closed to traffic) with tables and chairs set up. We encourage people to gather, eat, and hang out each week.

In other news:

May’s TeenFeed will be on Monday the 9th, if you’d like to donate food from a set menu, please write to VH.TeenFeed@gmail.com.

The Thornton Creek Alliance is having a meeting on Thursday, April 28th from 7-9 PM via Zoom. The topic this month will be “Advocacy, Agreement, Action: How to Move The Needle” with panelists Representative Gerry Pollet, Katherine Lynch, and David Moehring. Register here.

On Saturday, April 30th there will be a drill of the Emergency Communication HUB in Victory Heights Park from 10 AM to 1 PM. We need volunteers to come and familiarize themselves with the workings of the HUB and how it will help the community in case of a disaster. UPDATE: Postponed to June 18th. See next post.

Also on April 30th is the Pinehurst Craft Fair at the Billings Middle School, 12351 8th Ave NE. from 11 AM to 3 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/634187247687140?active_tab=about

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10th Anniversary of Victory Heights Blog

April 5th, 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the Victory Heights Blog. It originally started when my wife left me a note one morning that read, “You should start a neighborhood blog.” So I did! It was first hosted on WordPress and soon I absorbed the previous neighborhood blog, A Place Of The Towering Firs (which is why you can find articles older than 10 years here). Then I found out the Pinehurst folks had already bought the victoryheights.org domain for a site they were going to start in order to regenerate the Victory Heights Community Council which had been dormant for several years by that point. I was put in contact with them and they let me host the blog there for several years. A few years ago, the Victory Heights Community Council eventually bought the domain ourselves and moved the server to a commercial ISP.

Since 2012 there have been over 500 articles posted to the blog, plus pages devoted to things like the pandemic-era Seattle Skeleton House. Meanwhile, the revived Community Council has had four Presidents, and now a robust Board of Trustees to help us grow our community and make Victory Heights a great Seattle neighborhood.

Follow the Victory Heights Blog on Twitter.

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Write to the Community Council.

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Victory Heights April Events Calendar

Here are things happening in and around Victory Heights this month:

Saturday, April 9: Windermere’s annual FREE shredding and electronics recycling event,10am to 2pm in the front courtyard of Broadview-Thomson K-8 School (13052 Greenwood Ave N.)
– This is a FREE event, but they will be collecting donations for Broadview Thomson’s Food Pantry. If you would like to donate, please bring non-perishable items. Monetary donations accepted. Thank you!- All documents will be shredded on-site.- Items will be recycled with certified processors in the Northwest and not shipped overseas. Items not accepted: Large appliances (washers/dryers, stoves, dishwashers, etc.), Tube TVs/Projection (Flat screen TVs are accepted), CRT Monitors, Water Heaters, BBQs, Patio Furniture, Exercise Equipment

Monday, April 11: TeenFeed at 5pm.  Help us feed 55 homeless teens in the University District.  Details and signup here…  https://signup.com/go/UWJHVee

Monday, April 18: Victory Heights Community Council meeting via Zoom. Email to sign up for Zoom credentials.

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