Assistance Available For Those Needing Vaccine Appointments

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Know someone who doesn’t have internet access but is trying to get an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine? Let them know the Victory Heights Community Council has set up a hotline that can have people call 804-557-4273 to leave their name and number. One of four volunteers from the community council will call them back and get their particulars and then set up a vaccine appointment on their behalf. We have no idea how popular this may or not be but we’re going to give it a try. The State also has a Covid-19 hotline for assistance: 1-800-525-0127.

Read the minutes of the February community council meeting.

In other news, you can sign up to volunteer with Green Seattle Partnership to join (Covid-safe) work parties down in the Thornton Creek greenbelt to pull invasive plants, and do restoration of native species. Check their calendar and sign up.

This month we are helping out the Show The Love! Campaign, to send (belated) Valentine’s Day cards to local healthcare workers at Meridian Center For Health. Please feel free to place your fantastic cards inside the clear storage bin beneath the Victory Heights Playground Community Message Board between Friday, February 19th and Friday, February the 26th. Collected cards will be gathered each night by the Victory Heights Community Council and delivered to the Center on the 26th.

And starting in April through to September, once a month we are going to have a different food truck visit our neighborhood! A chance to support local businesses and maybe get a change of pace from the same food you’ve been cooking for the past year. Times and locations to be announced.

Victory Heights continues to volunteer once a month for the Teen Feed to help homeless youth get a hot meal. Upcoming dates to help make chicken teriyaki, rice, roast vegetables or a dessert are March 2nd, April 12th and May 10th. Sign up here: https://signup.com/group/386025564011

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We’re Moving Facebook Groups

Pack your bags, we’re moving! The Victory Heights Blog Facebook page will be closing at the end of January, and we’ll be moving all of our Facebook content to the @Victory Heights Seattle WA Facebook page going forward. Be sure to Like and Follow that page to see news, events, and updates from our Community Council and this blog! Thanks!

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Improving Victory Heights

Our new President of the Victory Heights Community Council, Ben Cober, is actively soliciting opinions on how best to serve our area and what our focus should be. He had three questions for us during the January meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council.

Click here to read the full minutes of the January meeting.

Ben specifically would like to hear:

  • When you look at Victory Heights, what issues are top of mind that concern you?
  • What do you hope to see in Victory Heights in 2021?
  • How can we build community?

You can send responses to our email address victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com

In other news, we also heard from Debora Juarez’s District Director, Dean Allsop, who brought us up to speed with the city’s 2021 budget plans; our next Teen Feed will be Monday, February 8th (sign up here); and as a thank you to our previous community president for four years, Ann Forrest, join us to donate to her favorite charity, North Helpline.  You can find them here: www.northhelpline.org

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Meet The Artists

The contracts with the city and artists are signed, therefore, our project is officially underway, and our artists are working on their utility box art pieces at this very moment! And that means it’s time for you to meet them!

Every Monday night at 5:30 p.m. this January and February, join us for a live Q&A with one of our artists on Zoom! Use this link, Meeting ID 788 4253 2315, and Password VHArtBox21, and log-in for an hour as we take your questions through the chat. Here’s our wonderful line-up:

You can also go online to learn about our two additional artists, Cecelia DeLeon (1520 106th St. NE) and Max Lam (23rd Ave. NE & 107th St.).

Enjoy getting to know our Victory Heights utility box artists, and Happy New Year!

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Restoration at Kingfisher Natural Area

Rick Swing, a Volunteer Forest Stewart with Green Seattle Partnership updates us on work at the Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek):

Hey Folks, 
I want to express my sincere gratitude for your help in the past weeks at Kingfisher Natural Area. Together we planted over 250 plants and great conifers over 4 weekends! I hope that you all will come back and visit, admire your work, and watch over time, with patience as the fruits of your labor reach wonderful heights and provide greater ecological and human benefits for all. The trail continues from our work area to the East along the creek for another half mile, and boots are highly recommended.  
Us stewards, Lynnette, Jim and myself with help from neighbors will endeavor to keep these plants watered during the summer drought season, and free of weeds the best we can. Given that much of our restoration work occurs in an ad hoc and unadvertised fashion, if you are interested in lending a hand in the future or know of others in need of community service hours, please feel free to reach out. We can set something up, generally working around the rain and hydrologic impacts. This includes potential weekday events for those indicating free time mid-week. I have found it is often easier, safer, and less negatively impactful to run smaller work parties for more technical/adventurous type restoration work. You can also keep an eye out for events listed on GreenSeattle.org  Please share this website widely. 
Please enjoy the picture above, It is a 15′ tall Douglas Fir that mysteriously appeared recently in the chute that we had planted in. I suspect this was brought in by parks contractors or SPR but who knows. The tree is a welcome new guest and will give the area and the smaller new trees an appreciated jump start.  
Have a wonderful New Year, and thanks again! 

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Ben Cober New Victory Heights Community Council President

At the December meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Ben Cober was selected as the new President.

Read the entire minutes of the December meeting.

Ann Forrest, the outgoing President, finished a term that began in September 2016, leading our community (especially in the area of emergency preparedness) for 4 years and 3 months, and was ready to move on (she’ll be helping the city reach out to non-English speakers).

Ben Cober

Ben, you might recall, spearheaded the recent successful effort to get a grant from the city to have artists decorate utility boxes around the neighborhood. He has lived in three different parts of Seattle and says Victory Heights, “is the Goldilocks neighborhood.” In addition he said, “This is the kind of opportunity I’ve been waiting years to find. I come from a long line of community-engaged Cobers, and I believe very strongly in giving time, energy, and brain-power (and often sweat and blood) to bettering a neighborhood, region, or city. It’s one of the main reasons I’ve pursued business development in attractions like zoos, museums, aquariums, and the like – the belief in the power of placemaking and bettering a community. Additionally, I think you could count on me to pour my heart into the role, and be very collaborative and diplomatic.”

Welcome, Ben, we look forward to your contributions. Read more about him on LinkedIn.

Ben’s introductory video

And we’d really like to thank Ann Forrest for all her hard work over the past 4+ years. She helped us get a grant and set up the emergency preparedness hub in the park, and then made videos showing how it works, started our annual gingerbread house fundraiser, organized efforts to help the mosque and Teen Feed, and so much more! She is a machine and we were very lucky to have her as President for as long as we did.

In other Victory Heights news, sadly because of Covid, we won’t be doing any caroling this year. And our date for cooking for the Teen Feed this month will be on December 23rd. Write to VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to volunteer.

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Gingerbread House Fundraiser Enters 4th Year

The Victory Heights Community Council will have its Gingerbread House Fundraiser for the 4th year a row this year, albeit with a few changes.

Read the entire minutes of the November community council meeting.

Our Construction Elves have been hard at work building Gingerbread Houses for the Community!  Each kit contains a homemade gingerbread house (~6″ tall) secured to a sturdy paper plate, icing, and a bag of candies for decoration.  $5 per kit.   Kits will be the available the weekend of Dec 19/20.   A table will be set up near the Victory Heights park for contactless pick-up.  (If you can’t make those dates/times, please contact me and we’ll make alternate arrangements.)

Reserve your kit here…  https://signup.com/go/PzRmVGm

For the past three years our gingerbread home sales included in-person decorating at the local preschool.  We will miss seeing all of you this year but would love photos of your decorated houses!  Please send to VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com and we will post for all our neighbors to enjoy!  

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Utility Art Box Project Wins City Grant

A neighborhood project lead by Ben Cober to have all the gray utility boxes in Victory Heights decorated by local artists has won a city matching grant to pay for the artists and the graffiti-proof appliques that will be made. Here is the press release by Ben:

Good morning neighbors,
As we head into our first, windy November weekend, we wanted to share an update with you on our grant application to the City.
It is my pleasure to inform you that we received the notification this week that we have indeed won the grant for our neighborhood art project!
This wonderful project will help:

1. Provide relief funds to Seattle artists, the curators of our regional culture, through an incredibly-difficult time;

2. Facilitate an exciting, uplifting program for us to rally around this winter;

3. Further develop an inviting, creative, beautiful Victory Heights identity.

I can’t thank all of you enough for your support in this project, whether through your assistance in selecting our artists, your donated funds, your volunteer hours, or as one of our project partners. The groundswell of engagement in this initiative was a critical component of the panel choosing to fund it.

With the time needed to finalize paperwork and contracts with the City, giving the artists all the time they need to create their works, finalizing signal box-owner artwork review and approval, and the printing and installation of the vinyl wraps, I do not expect to start seeing this wonderful artwork gracing our streets before the end of the year.
However, once the paperwork is complete and our artists are underway, we’ll begin coordinating our Wonderful Winter Webinars so that you can virtually meet the fantastic artists who are at the heart of this project.
Until then, stay safe and well, and thank you for helping us reach this exciting achievement!


Sincerely,
Ben Cober
On Behalf of the Victory Heights Community Council

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Halloween 2020: How We’re Doing It

Like everything in 2020, Halloween is being disrupted by the novel corona virus this year, with the usual plans thrown out the window. Here’s what we are doing in Victory Heights and neighboring areas this year to make up for it.

Pinehurst will host a “Pup and Kids Parade” on October 31st at 11 AM starting at the Pinehurst Pocket Park at 117th and 19th Avenue and then doing a circuit around the neighborhood. Humans are required to wear masks, pets must be leashed. Click here for parade route. Rain or shine!

In Victory Heights you can help decorate Victory Heights Park by picking up orange poster board at the kiosk and then bring it back when you are done, they will be posted around the park.  And it’s okay to “Walk The Loop” in the park on Halloween.

Some people (and houses) will be trick-or-treating, others will sit it out this year. The CDC has this to say about it, “a “moderate risk activity” even when individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).” So proceed at your risk and be careful if you go out (or distribute candy) this year.

Monica will have cider available at her house as well as candy. Everything will be sanitized, packaged, gloves used, etc. She’s at the intersection of 17th Avenue NE and NE 106th Street, just southwest of the park.

Next Door has an interactive treat map available, use that to plan your excursions.

Next year we hope to do something in the park. Happy Halloween!

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Victory Heights Co-Op Preschool Fundraiser Underway


The Victory Heights Co-Op Preschool (where we held our meetings in the Beforetime) is currently doing a fundraiser. They are selling various kinds of coffee, greenery, and cookie dough that you can preorder and will be delivered to you or picked up at the school.  Please fill out the order form and email to Jess.Silvers@gmail.com – or print out and drop in their secure mailbox at 1747 NE 106th with your check. Payment (due with order) can also be done online via Venmo @silvjl1.

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

In other news, the Sock Drive was a big success with 500 pairs donated for the scouting project.  If you have adult-sized long-sleeved shirts or pants, these could be donated as well still. Email victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com for the drop off location.

TeenFeed Program: A number of folks provided food at the beginning of October when it was our turn to make the meal for the day.  Our next date is Tuesday, November 3rd (yes, election day) with pretty much the same menu as before except with apple pie instead of peach cobbler. Sign up here…https://signup.com/go/LZNBeZw

Extra yard waste fees are not charged in November, when customers are asked to keep fall leaves out of drains to reduce the risk of flooding. Households can put out up to 10 bags of extra yard waste per collection day for free from November 1 to 30.

Our next meeting (via Zoom) will be Tuesday, November 17th.

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