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Neighbor Day

Art by: Alex Taylor, 2010 Gold Award Winner, Dunlap Elementary School

Neighbors across the city celebrated the 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 8. They held work parties, game days, clothing drives, open houses, and potlucks. Here is how some neighborhoods celebrated on Saturday:

Nearly 200 people came to a free pancake breakfast hosted by South Park Community Center. With the help of a generous donation by AAAA Storage (in addition to their staff volunteering) and product donations by neighboring businesses, the unlimited pancakes, coffee, orange juice, and more set the stage for this opportunity to meet neighbors and enjoy their company and food.

Also in South Park, volunteers from the community and Seattle Works helped out to clean up and maintain sections of Desimone Park, Hamm Creek and Solid Ground’s Giving Garden. Even though the ground was too frozen to dig, there were still a lot of clean up to do.

The next stop was the West Seattle Junction Fire Station 32. Families were streaming in to visit with the firefighters, climb aboard the engines, and turn on the siren lights. Open houses were held throughout the city, so well over 1000 adults and kids descended on their neighborhood fire station and the newly renovated Queen Anne Station 8.

Off to the Y @Cascade People’s Center in the Cascade neighborhood for a book exchange and “story time.” Nearly 100 books were donated and nearly 30 people stopped in to “take one” and/or “leave one.” Another great opportunity to meet neighbors, enjoy refreshments, share favorite authors, and suggest good books.

The last stop was to the Ballard pool for its annual Neighbor Appreciation Day swimming party. There were contests (a splash party, for one), games, and prizes, along with treats. There was also a space to create a drawing on what this day meant. Nearly 60 participated in the fun swim.

If you didn’t get the chance to participate in Neighbor Appreciation Day, create your own day and say “thanks” to your neighbor. And there is always next year!


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