Victory Heights Potluck & Ice Cream Social July 17

Victory Height’s sixth annual potluck and ice cream social

Tuesday, July 17th
6-8 pm

NE 106th St, just west of the Victory Heights Park


Bring a chair and a dish to share!

* Plates, silverware, drinks, and ice cream provided

For more information check the Victory Heights blog (

or e-mail


– Fire truck visit (if they’re available)

– Information about events in the neighborhood

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting July 19

Two Educational Presentations at the next Thornton Creek Alliance meeting:

Thursday, JULY 19TH, 2018
6:30 pm Social Time
7:00 to 9:00 pm General Meeting

At Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave NE


  1. Dredging the Meadowbrook Pond Stormwater Detention Facility

SPU plans to conduct its routine dredging of Meadowbrook Pond from approximately July 9th through September 30th, 2018.

  • How will this be accomplished?
  • What methods will be used?
  • How will wildlife and vegetation impacts be mitigated?

SPU presenters will be:

Jonathan Brown, PE, Sr. Civil Engineer & Project Manager, and Dylan King, Outreach

  1. Northgate Pedestrian Bridge

Find out how SDOT plans to build the long anticipated Northgate Pedestrian Bridge

  • Where it will begin on the North Seattle College campus
  • Impacts to wetlands, trees, and wildlife
  • Safety concerns

SDOT Presenters will be:

Sandra Gurkewitz and Cayla Ravancho Outreach Team

For questions about the meeting contact Dan Keefe at:

Add Your Voice

Want to tell the city what you think? The city wants to hear from you. Your perspective and ideas and efforts help Seattle become a better place. There are many ways you can let the city know how you think and feel about issues. The hub Add Your Voice provides links to various projects that are seeking public feedback on topics such as housing, public safety, planning and land use, parks and open space, transportation and sustainability.

Here’s the hub:

Live in District 5 Celebration June 30th

Council member Debora Juarez is hosting her 3rd annual Live in D5 event this Saturday, June 30. Live in D5 is a community celebration of North Seattle featuring:

    • 3 local bands
    • Free salmon and fry bread sponsored by the United Indians of All Tribes
    • A baby goat petting zoo
    • Over 30 booths from neighborhood & municipal organizations

This is a free and family-friendly celebration!

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • 1pm – 4pm
  • Hubbard Homestead Park, 11203 5th Ave NE, 98125
  • Free | Live Music | Neighbors | Family Fun | Food

Do We Have Mean World Syndrome?

There’s an interesting article in Seattle Times about perception of crime compared to rate of crime in Seattle’s neighborhoods. I remember taking that survey. The article is here.

The author analyzed results from Seattle University Department of Justice’s annual survey on perceptions of crime in Seattle. For SPD policing planning, Pinehurst fits into two different neighborhood plans  – the part east of 15th Ave NE is in the Lake City area, while west of 15th Ave NE is part of the Northgate area.  Here are the numbers for those two neighborhoods:

Lake City

Fear of crime is reported at 45.8 out of a possible 100, while rate of crime is 40 crimes per 1000 people.


Fear of crime is reported at 49.3 out of a possible 100, while rate of crime is 78 crimes per 1000 people.

The average fear of crime in Seattle is 45.4 out of 100. You can see an interactive map in the article (see link above.)

Paraphrasing from the article:

There is a phenomenon known as the ‘mean world syndrome’ that the world is a much more dangerous place than it actually is.

A number of factors contribute to this sense of fear, including reading or watching a lot of news, or hyperlocal websites like, where neighbors frequently post about crime.

A person who is a high media consumer will believe the world is a much more dangerous place than his or her neighbor who is a low media consumer.

Past personal experience with victimization can also contribute to the sense of fear an individual feels. So can certain demographic characteristics, like age or gender, that might put a person at higher risk for certain types of crime.

Visible signs of disorder within a neighborhood — things like broken windows, graffiti, disorderly behavior, and so on — can make a place feel more dangerous, too.

So my question is, are we whipping up fear of crime, and fomenting discomfort living in Pinehurst by talking about crime in our Facebook group and on NextDoor. etc? Would we all be happier if we didn’t report crimes and suspicious activities on social media? Should we stop? Or is it useful?


Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

Well, the current kid’s art in the pocket park got severely faded from our NW sun (good news that we had some sun, bad news that the picture faded) so I changed it before the end of the month this time. And just to shake things up a little more, this work is not by a kid; *I* took the photo of a friend’s cat today.  Which is to suggest that if you are an adult who would like to share your art, please do! We will have the kids’ drawing table at Pinehurstfest in July to create some new works, but it would be fun to have some adult art in the kiosk, too. The pocket park is at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE. Contact if you or your child would like to contribute.

Pinehurstfest 2018

Date: Saturday, July 21st
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Place: Pinehurst Playground

Presentation on Race and Equity

Lake City Future First is having a Community Conversation Wednesday, June 27th:

Welcome Salon Rules to Pinehurst

There’s a new hair salon in Pinehurst! It recently relocated from Laurelhurst due to a teardown. It’s:

salon rules
12056 15th Ave NE

The owner, Agnes, has owned salon rules for 7 years and is excited to bring her salon to Pinehurst and give personalized services. Whether it be a mom, dad, their children and professionals, she is excited about making the community feel beautiful.

Agnes would like to give out a shout for us to come and check it out! She says salon rules is a neighborhood salon with a downtown vibe without the downtown prices.


Voting is Open for Your Voice Your Choice 2018

Voting is open for 2018 Your Voice Your Choice parks and streets projects. You can help decide where to spend $3 million of the city’s budget. You may vote for three projects per district. We are District 5. There is one project in Victory Heights and three projects in Lake City. Hint, hint.  Below is a map of the nearby projects. You can see the project descriptions and vote on-line at, or you can get a paper ballot at Lake City Community Center. Voting is open June 16 – July 16.