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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 9!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/4/2013  2:52:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lois Maag  (206) 615-0950


Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 9!
Activities happening at fire stations, community centers, parks and pools

Celebrate Seattle’s 19th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day to reach out to neighbors and express thanks to all who make each neighborhood a great place. Community organizations and residents across Seattle are hosting work parties, special events, guided walks, and open houses from February 9 (through Feb. 14) to celebrate this day.

To celebrate, participate in one of the public events listed below or simply invite your neighbor for coffee. More details about the events can be found at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/events.htm. All events are FREE unless noted.

Saturday, February 9

Neighbor Appreciation Day Fire Station Open Houses
Visit your local fire station for the 19th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day Celebration.
Time:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Locations: 
Waterfront Fire Station 5, 925 Alaskan Way - Highpoint Fire Station 11, 1514 SW Holden Street
Green Lake Fire Station 16, 6846 Oswego Place NE - University District Fire Station 17, 1050 NE 50th Street
Ballard Fire Station 18, 1521 NW Market Street - Queen Anne Fire Station 20, 3205 13th Avenue West
Phinney Ridge Fire Station 21,7304 Greenwood Ave N - Roanoke Fire Station 22, 901 E. Roanoke Street
Bitter Lake Fire Station 24, 401 N 130th Street - Capitol Hill Fire Station 25, 1300 E. Pine Street
South Park Fire Station 26, 800 S Cloverdale Street - Rainier Valley Fire Station 28, 5968 Rainier Ave South
Mount Baker Fire Station 30, 2931 Mount Baker Blvd S - Northgate Fire Station 31, 1319 N. Northgate Way
West Seattle Junction Station 32, 3715 SW Alaska St - Rainier Beach Fire Station 33, 9645 Renton Ave South
Crown Hill Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Avenue NW - West Seattle Fire Station 37, 7700 35th Avenue SW
Hawthorne Hills Fire Station 38, 4004 NE 55th Street - Lake City Fire Station 39, 2806 NE 127th Street

Neighbor Appreciation Day Waterfront Cleanup 
Join Seattle Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods staff for a cleanup day along the Seattle downtown waterfront. Coffee and morning treats provided by Alaskan Sourdough Bakery. Dress warm and wear work gloves. Ivar's Fish Bar will provide lunch for volunteers!
Time:  9 a.m. rain or shine
Location:  Pier 57, Alaskan Sourdough Bakery, Seattle

Stairway Walks Day
Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day by exploring your community's local stairways with your neighbors! Join Feet First on guided urban explorations of Seattle's beautiful stairways to highlight the region’s elevation changes and discuss the individual characteristics and historical context of our public stairways. Visit http://feetfirst.org/act/stairway-walks for walk description and to RSVP.
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Locations: 
Fremont - Longfellow Creek and Pigeon Point
Golden Gardens - Eastlake, North Capitol Hill and Portage Bay
Maple Leaf and Thornton Creek - Fauntleroy and Morgan Junction
Madrona and Leschi - Deadhorse Canyon and Rainier Beach
Southwest Queen Anne - Lakewood and Seward Park
Alki - Kelsey Creek Farm (Bellevue)
Eagle Landing Stairs (Burien) - Mercerdale Hillside (Mercer Island)
Downtown Seattle

Passport to the Cascade Neighborhood
Pick up your “passport” and enjoying walking the streets of the neighborhood introducing yourself along the way! Many local businesses are “foreign countries!” It is your job to access each “country” and have your passport stamped! Prizes will be awarded to the person with the most stamps! Free hot dogs and trivia at the Y @ Cascade People’s Center!
Time:  11 a.m.
Location:  Rendezvous point at the Y @ Cascade People’s Center

Neighbor Appreciation Day Free Swim at Southwest Pool
Southwest Pool staff would like to show appreciation for the Southwest community. A free public swim is scheduled from 1-2 pm. Refreshments served in the lobby from 12-2 pm. Celebrate with us!
Time: 12 noon
Location:  Southwest Pool, 2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle

Neighbor Appreciation Day in Wallingford
Join the Wallingford Chamber, Wallingford Community Senior Center, Family Works, Wallingford Center, and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods in activities at Wallingford Center and other businesses. Community representatives will be staffing a table where residents can complete Neighbor Appreciation Cards -- write a thank-you note to your neighbors, tell a story about something great a neighbor has done for you or just write the name of a neighbor you really appreciate!
Time:  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Wallingford Center, 1815 N 45th St., Seattle

Open House and Film/Dialogue
Open House with cookies and tea. Experience our historic building built in 1890. The film "Globalized Soul: Stories from the Tipping Point to a New World" will be shown at noon. Friendship dialogue follows.
Time:  11 a.m.
Location:  Interfaith Community Sanctuary, 1763 NW 62nd St, Seattle

Neighbor Appreciation Day Swim at Ballard Pool
Join your Ballard neighbors at the pool to celebrate the community! There will be snacks and prizes!
Time: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location: Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St, Seattle
Price: $2 promotional price for all ages

Indoor Concert to Benefit Ballard Food Bank
Indoor Concert to benefit Ballard Food Bank! Musicians:  Pickled Okra, Julie Baldridge & Leif Totusek, Carly Calbero & Nika Wascher. The event is sponsored by Conduit Coffee, Ballard-Alki IOOF Lodge #170.
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market St, Seattle
Price:  Food Bank Donation + $10 - $20

Hands-on Skills Fair (two locations)
In partnership with Ravenna Eckstein and Meadowbrook Community Centers, Sustainable NE is organizing its third annual community skills fair. Folks from our neighborhoods will share skills such as food preservation, gluten-free and regular baking, basic plumbing and electrical, tool repair, simple bike maintenance, and making lotions, just to name a few.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location:  Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE and Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Japanese Tea Ceremony and Shishimai Lion Dance
The head priest will conduct an authentic Japanese tea ceremony as well as a shishimai lion dance for Lunar New Year. Refreshments will be provided.
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Seattle Choezian Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple, 501 S Jackson, Suite 202 (2nd floor of Tbuty Building)

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day: Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Workshop
Have an idea to improve your neighborhood? Planning to apply to the Neighborhood Matching Fund? Join us for this mandatory workshop.
Time:  10 a.m.
Location:  El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle

Mystery Book Exchange in Phinney Ridge
Celebrate with your neighbors by trading your gently used mystery books for something new to read. Receive one ticket for each paperback and two per hardback and use the tickets to “purchase” other books. If you don't have books to exchange, you can buy paperbacks for $1.00 and hardbacks for $2.00.
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Garfield Community Center Neighbor Appreciation Day
Come celebrate your neighbors with cookies and punch at the community center.
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location:  Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.

Westside Understory Restoration Keeper’s Work Party
Work with your neighbors to remove invasive plants, mulch, and plant trees. Register at www.greenseattle.org.
Time: 10 – 2 p.m.
Location: 19th Ave E & E. Galer Street (south entrance to Interlaken Park)

Winter Bird Walk
Explore Carkeek's winter bird population. Learn about their haunts, habits, calls, and identification. Please bring binoculars. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  9 a.m.
Location:  Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle

Winter Golden Gardens Park work party
Help clean up and restore the park. Meet at restroom between upper parking lot and dog park.
Time:  9 a.m.
Location:  Golden Gardens Park, Golden Garden Drive NW, Seattle

Forest Restoration with the Nature Consortium
Join Nature Consortium for a volunteer work party to remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in Seattle’s largest remaining forest.
Time:  10 a.m.
Location:  West Duwamish Greenbelt, 4409 Delridge Way SW, Seattle

Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland Invasive Removal Party
Join us for a restoration work party at Atlantic City Nursery.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location:  Atlantic City Nursery, 5513 S Cloverdale St, Seattle

Sunday, February 10
Sundays are Special:  Celebrate New Open Hours at the Fremont Library Branch

Join us for a Sundays are Special celebration with refreshments, the Check-Out Challenge, and a craft activity.
Time:  2 p.m.
Location:  Fremont Library Branch, 731 N 35th, Seattle

Thursday, February 14
Neighbor Appreciation Day Celebration: Open House
Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation in the Greenwood area! Folks from the GSC will come together for warm drinks and treats as well as live music. We will have a festive celebration in our lobby where you can make a card to acknowledge a neighbor whom you would like to honor and share your appreciation. All are welcome!
Time: 3:30-5 pm.
Location: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th Street, Seattle; 206.297.0875
Fee: By donation

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the thousands of community members across our city in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! For information, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/ .

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Department of Neighborhoods

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