Celebrate Your Queen Anne Neighbors! Neighbor Appreciation Day is Next Saturday

Next Saturday, February 9th, is Seattle’s 19th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. The day originated in 1995 when a Phinney Ridge resident asked the city to designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us” – then-Mayor Norm Rice designated the Saturday before Valentine’s Day “Neighbor Appreciation Day”.

What happens on this particular day? Well, it’s up to you – the day is set-aside to reach out to neighbors, meet new neighbors, and thank people, businesses, and organizations that make our Queen Anne neighborhood special and a great place to live.

If you don’t already have plans, the city has resources to help get Neighbor Appreciation Day kicked off. Suggested activities include block parties, potlucks, coffee, e-cards, neighborhood clean-up projects, Block Watch meetings, hosting a SNAP Preparedness meeting or just sharing stories about great neighbors.

The current list on the Neighbor Appreciation Day calendar for Queen Anne only lists the sold-out Stairway Walk and a Ballard Pool event – but there’s more:

  • Queen Anne Neighbor Appreciation Day Clean Up: The Scientology Environmental Task Force, Uptown Alliance and Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce will lead a community cleanup, 9am – noon, starting at Counterbalance Park. Tools and gloves will be available and maps with projects will be provided. For more information contact Ann at 206.284.0604.
  • Queen Anne Fire Station 20: Visit your local fire station on Saturday February 9, 2013 for the 19th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day Celebration. Open from 11am-1pm.

Let us know if you have any additional Queen Anne Neighbor Appreciation Day events planned – or are planning one – for next Saturday.

Join neighbors in cleaning up Queen Anne on Neighbor Appreciation Day Feb. 12

A Queen Anne neighborhood clean-up event will be held Saturday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in honor of Seattle’s 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day.

The Uptown Alliance’s decade-old Clean and Green event will have different out-door clean-up projects in Upper and Lower Queen Anne, such as raking and pruning and litter removal. The event kick-off will be held at Counterbalance Park with Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith giving opening remarks.

The event began to receive support from the City of Seattle last year, according to Neighborhood District Coordinator Christa Dumpys, and tools for the projects will be supplied by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition to the Uptown Alliance and the City of Seattle, the event is sponsored by the Church of Scientology Environmental Task Force and the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce.

City prepares for Neighbor Appreciation Day, asks what makes your neighbors so great?

Seattle’s 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is Saturday, February 12 and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods wants to hear what makes your neighbors so great. Post your good neighbor stories here and read what others are saying about what makes their neighborhood special.

Neighbor Appreciation Day is Seattle’s annual day to reach out to neighbors, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Hundreds of people across Seattle will come together on February 12 (and the week of) to celebrate. To learn more about Neighbor Appreciation Day, click here. There you will find ideas, tools, e-greeting cards, and a listing of events.

The Department of Neighborhoods is gearing up for Neighbor Appreciation Day by offering a number of ways for community members to get involved, including sending a Neighbor Appreciation Day e-card to your neighbors. You’ll have a choice of two cards designed by Seattle Public Schools students. This card was drawn by 4th grader Angel Corpuz from Dunlap Elementary.

Other ways to get involved: Community members are invited to host their own Neighbor Appreciation Day event in their neighborhoods. Read more about ideas for events, how to plan them, and where to post them, here. Want to share your pictures of NA Day events after the fact? Add them to the Neighbor Appreciation Day Flickr album.

Check out Neighbor Appreciation Day Saturday

This Saturday, February 6 marks Seattle’s 16th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to say thanks to those living next door, across the street and just around the corner, for the little favors they’ve done over the years.

To show their appreciation, many community organizations around town are opening up their doors to welcome neighbors, including Fire Station 20, which will be holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, inviting Queen Anne residents to stop by for a tour and meet the fire fighters.

The Uptown Alliance and Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce have put together another way to show your appreciation this weekend, with a community cleanup in Uptown from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Volunteers will be meeting at Counterbalance Park at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St. Tools and Refreshments will be provided. Download the flier here. For details, contact Christa Dumpys at the Magnolia/Queen Anne Neighborhood Service Center at (206) 684-4812 or christa.dumpys@seattle.gov.

If you want to get involved in all the neighborly appreciation, the city recommends a few ways to add to the celebrations:

  • Organize a neighborhood event such as a block party, open house, potluck, or work party and post the event to their online calendar. Whether block-wide or just a few neighbors getting together, it will definitely show you care!
  • Pick up free Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards featuring winning artwork from the annual Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest. Or, download one of two digital E-cards and share it via email, Facebook, blogs, etc.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the city’s online calendar. You can search events by neighborhood, making finding Neighbor Appreciation Day events easy.

Neighbor Appreciation Day fun fact: This annual event was started in Phinney Ridge, or as I like to call the neighborhood, Phinneywood!

Visit the neighborhood fire station this Saturday

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, February 6, Seattle’s fire stations will be opening up their doors in celebration of Seattle’s 16th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. Residents are invited to stop by and tour their local fire station, meet the firefighters and learn about firefighting equipment.

Queen Anne’s Fire Station 20, located at 3205 13th Avenue West, was originally built 60 years ago. Back in October City Council voted to relocate the station to a larger space made up of two empty lots at  15th Ave W and W Armour St. to accommodate the modern day, technological demands of such a high volume station (Fire Station 20 serves Queen Anne, Uptown, Magnolia, Interbay, Ballard, South Lake Union and parts of downtown). Though the station has not yet moved, this may be one of the last chances to tour the old station.

Want to check out fire stations around town? Check other open houses throughout Seattle.