Seattle Neighbor Appreciation Day
Seattle Neighbor Appreciation Day webpage:
Saturday, February 9, 2013, marks Seattle's 19th annual celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day. This is the day when we reach out, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who live or work around us.
The celebration began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate "a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other." Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine's Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since.
For example,block parties, potlucks and work parties are being hosted by community centers, city parks, and fire stations--so the Seattle Fire Department had open houses at every one of their stations. (Pictured: Seattle Fire Station No. 38, Ballard. Wikipedia photo.)
A webpage has a list of potential ideas for community organizing and other activities.