Get Involved In Victory Heights

As we move into nicer weather and hopefully past pandemic restrictions, the Victory Heights Community Council is gearing up for another productive year, but we need your help.

Read the minutes of our March community council meeting.

For the first time in a long time (20 years?) we have robust Board of Trustees in place, but we are always on the lookout for more participation. Trustees need to either be involved with one of our neighborhood committees or serve as an officer on the Council (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, or Secretary).

Amongst the things we are involved in:

  • The return of Food Truck Fridays, starting May 6th. We’ll be moving it to dinner time (6-8 PM), feature new (and more trucks) than last year, and we’ll be closing 19th Avenue NE next to the park to traffic so folks can come, relax, and enjoy their food along with (hopefully) lots of sunny, warm weather.
  • We are going to apply for a matching grant to hire someone to advise us on traffic calming, and to “pay” for it we will be doing volunteer hours working to clean up the sidewalks along Lake City Way.
  • Our By-Laws need revising. It’s been nine years and some things need updating. We hope to present these to the community in April to approve.
  • New signs: We need to advertise our Monday night community meetings, and other events.
  • Teen Feed: Every 2nd Monday of the month, Victory Heights provides food for the Teen Feed, these are preset meals, you only have to make a single contribution. Sign-up at VH.TeenFeed@gmail.com.
  • We need someone to be our representative at the Northeast District Council meetings. Just once a month.
  • Looking for a volunteer to help assemble some handwashing stations (which will be deployed during Food Truck Fridays, among others). We have the parts, and instructions, just need someone handy.

Think you can help? Write to us at victoryheights.seattle@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook page.

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Lake City Way Apartment Fire Draws 22 Response Units to Victory Heights

A fire Sunday night at an apartment complex in the 10200 block of Lake City Way drew 22 response units including two hook-and-ladder trucks.

Lake City Way was closed between NE 100th Street and NE 104th, forcing cars to divert through Victory Heights.

By 7:45 PM (after the initial alarm at 7:09), several units were cleared and able to leave the scene.

According to the Seattle Fire twitter feed, “10000 block of Lake City Way NE: Fire extinguished and no injuries were reported. Incident is under investigation.”

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Community Council President Ben Cober Resigns, Elections Coming

At the February meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council this week, President Ben Cober reluctantly announced he would be resigning at the end of the month.

Read the complete minutes of the February meeting.

Ben, who had been renting a house in Victory Heights while serving as president for the past two years, alas had to look elsewhere in order to buy a house for his growing family, and it has taken him away from our neighborhood (and city, AND county–those house prices are no joke!). In addition to energizing our community council during his term, Ben spearheaded the recent Winterfest, Mayor Mondays last year, and Food Truck Fridays (which is coming back–see below). We are really going to miss Ben, who seemed to have limitless energy and ideas for improving our community, and we thank him for his service. Watch Ben’s farewell address on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the council has resurrected the Board of Trustees, to help guide the community council going forward, with volunteers stepping up to either chair or co-chair various committees. You can read about the new Trustees here. Elections will soon be held for the four officer positions in the community council: President, Vice-President (unfilled for several years now), Treasurer, and Secretary. Former president Ann Forrest will step in as an interim-president until then.

Upcoming Events: Teen Feed will be back in March after a brief hiatus.

UPDATED: Learn more about the Emergency Communication Hubs – from the comfort of home!  (Hubs help our community support one another after a disaster; our gear is in that tan, metal box next to the tennis court.) Thursday, March 17th, 7pm Sign up here – https://signup.com/go/QqKLiEn . Another event is coming April 30th. [The original article had an event listed on March 6th which was canceled.]

In May, Food Truck Friday will resume, now in Prime Time (6 – 8 PM), with two (sometimes three) trucks a week bringing delicious, fresh fare to our neighborhood (by the park). It will include 14 new trucks we didn’t see in 2021, it should be an exciting, delicious time throughout the summer.

The next meeting is Monday, March 21st via Zoom. Join our email list to keep up to date.

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Victory Heights Event Calendar

Here are some events in and around Victory Heights in the next few weeks that you might be interested in.

Read the complete minutes from our January Community Council Meeting.

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.

Each Wednesday evening through February 23rd, join Ann Forrest as she does short classes about disaster preparedness. Sign up at VH.EmergencyHub@gmail.com or SeattlePrepares@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 29th: The Green Seattle Partnership will be planting new species in the Kingfisher Area of Thornton Creek, 10 AM to 2 PM. Register here.

Sunday, January 30th: Victory Heights Seed Swap. 3-4 PM in Ann’s garage at 10540 19th Avenue NE across from the park. Please wear a mask.

Monday, February 21st: Victory Heights Community Council virtual meeting. Sign-up for our mailing list to get log-in details.

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Schedule Changes This Week

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.

Have you visited the new Victory Heights website? Check it out.

Like and be part of our Facebook group.

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Disaster Ready in 2022

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”.

https://signup.com/go/GGaJVQV

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Seven New Units Coming To South Victory Heights

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).

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Gingerbread House Kits

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.

A good time will be had by all!

Questions?  Please contact Ann Forrest at aaforrest@hotmail.com – or call (360) 550-2234.

– Reach out if you can’t pick up your kit at WinterFest (Sunday, Dec 12th) and we’ll make different arrangements.

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Winterfest Is Coming December 12th

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.

Read the complete minutes of the November meeting.

In other news, Dean Allsopp from City Councilperson Debora Juarez’s office made a presentation about next year’s budget process. (If you want to really get into the weeds, check these out: the Chair’s Balancing Budget and the Mayor’s 2022 Proposed Budget.)

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.

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North Seattle Sock Drive

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

Northaven Senior Living: 11045 8th Avenue NE

Questions? Contact VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com

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