This Saturday, May 15 at 4 p.m. set off on a self-guided walking tour of our eight new utility box artworks, located at: NE Northgate Way at 15th, 17th, 19th, and 24th Avenues NE; 1509 NE 106th St.; 10547 23rd Ave. NE; 23rd Ave. NE and NE 107th St.
Plan Your Afternoon! 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Bid on four of the original artworks! 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Meet several of the artists at their artworks! 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Pick up dinner at the Playground from Here and There, El Gran Taco, and Kathmandu MoMoCha food trucks! The live auction of the artwork will take place at the Victory Heights Playground (look for the canopy), and all proceeds will go directly to the artists. Can’t make it to the park, but want to bid? Email VHArtBox@Gmail.com between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday to check current bids and to place your bids live!
Even after a bus re-organization this October announced by Metro transit, Victory Heights will still have direct service downtown during commuter hours. With the opening of new Link Light Stations at Northgate and Roosevelt starting October 2nd, a great deal of new bus routes are designed to get riders to stations rather than provide direct no-transfer rides downtown, which has generally been the rule until now. But two new routes, the 320 and 322 (replacing the 312) will run between Kenmore and downtown Seattle during rush hours, with stops at various Light Rail stations along the way.
The new route 320 will serve Northgate Way and the Light Rail Station at Northgate before getting on the freeway for downtown service. There will be 15 inbound trips in the morning between 5 and 9 AM, and 16 outbound trips in afternoons from 3 PM to 7:30.
The new 322 will travel down Lake City Way and then Roosevelt Way to serve the Roosevelt Light Rail station, with freeway travel between there and downtown. There will be 16 inbound trips between 4:40 AM and 9 AM, and 21 outbound trips from 3 to 7:40 PM.
A single-family house, built in the mid-60s and updated for three living spaces, has a sale pending for a whopping $1,150,000. The house, near Thornton Creek on NE 104th Street, was originally listed for $1.2 million, and then dropped the asking price by $50,000. It probably sets a record for a sale in our neighborhood that isn’t a new construction.
Seattle homeowners, and prospective buyers, know that housing prices have been steadily climbing here for several years, frequently the hottest market in the nation (though recently it ranked third). For long-time residents, who probably purchased their houses decades ago in the low six-figures, seeing prices top a million dollars is enough to make their heads spin in our modest middle-class neighborhood.
Redfin estimated that monthly mortgage payments on the house would be $3,826, plus an annual property tax of $7,596.
Our consolidated Facebook Group, Victory Heights Seattle, has 355 members now, and a great way to stay in touch with our community. “Like” and follow today.
Food Truck Fridays have been a big success the first three weeks. Two trucks per week park next to the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park each Friday between 11 AM and 2 PM. Order ahead and have your food ready when you arrive. New trucks every Friday through September, see our Facebook group for participating trucks each Thursday.
Neighbor Labor is a group of volunteers that have been gathering to help clean out debris and those annoying Himalayan blackberries, starting with a neighbor’s yard, then the park, and down on NE 106th Street east of 15th Avenue. They’ll be out there again on Sunday the 25th.
The Utility Art Box project is humming along, all the permits are in, the artwork is being prepared, and soon will be covering each of the boxes around the neighborhood.
Mayor Monday kicks off on May 3rd with the first of 11 (so far) out of the 15 announced candidates for Seattle Mayor scheduled, one per week, to join us for a zoom chat starting at 6 PM, giving us a 30 minute presentation (i.e. a speech), and then open the door for us to provide feedback and questions. Join our mailing list to find out more.
The Spring Craft Fair last weekend was a bit success, especially because of the nice weather. Upcoming events include a Scavenger Hunt starting in the park on Sunday May 23rd, and a community-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 12th.
The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be Tuesday, May 18th at 7 PM via Zoom. Join our Facebook group, or mailing list, to learn more.
Each Friday afternoon (11 AM to 2 PM) through September 10th will bring two different food trucks to our neighborhood. Specific participants will be announced the night before on our Facebook page, you are encouraged to order ahead of time and just come and pick up your order. The trucks will be parked in the lot next to the co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park each week (thanks, preschool!).
In other news, on March 27th will be the first Neighbor Labor event where volunteers will help home owners with chores they aren’t physically able to perform. Only one household has signed up for this offer so far, volunteers are standing by (write to email@example.com if interested in participating).
Starting in May we will be sponsoring “Mayor Mondays” featuring a different Seattle mayoral candidate each week on a Zoom call with neighborhood residents. So far eight of the 12 announced candidates have signed on to participate.
The Neighborhood Spring Craft Fair is coming to Pinehurst and Victory Heights on April 17th from 1 PM to 4 PM where local crafters can offer their wares directly to people from their own homes. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3kn5DqS, the deadline to get on the official map is April 10th.
A no-prize just-for-fun neighborhood scavenger hunt is planned for May 23rd. We currently need photos of “interesting things” that will still exist in two months (and probably the location where you took it). Submissions can be sent to the Victory Heights email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Nancy at email@example.com.
Upcoming Teen Feed dates, which Victory Heights volunteers to provide meals are April 12th and May 10th. Sign up here if you’d like to contribute to one of the meals: http://signup.com/go/ThezwzW
Our next Zoom meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 20th and will feature Tara Beck of Seattle’s HOPE Team, talking about homelessness.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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:
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!