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Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day and Art Contest Winners

Celebrate Seattle's 17th annual "Neighbor Appreciation Day" on Saturday, Feb. 12. The day was proclaimed in 1995 by Mayor Norm Rice as a way to reach out and express thanks to all who make neighborhoods a great place. Community organizations and residents across Seattle are hosting work parties, special events and potlucks to celebrate this special day.

From seed packing with Lettuce Link, to a bird-friendly neighborhood tour, to community center play space and public swim drop-ins, more than 50 public activities are happening around the city. For a complete list of events, visit

In addition, Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Councilmember Mike O'Brien will honor the top 15 winners of the 2011 Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at Hamilton International Middle School in Seattle (4400 Interlake Ave. N.).

Each year, Seattle students enter the art contest with drawings depicting what it means to be a good neighbor. The 15 winners were selected out of nearly 600 entries. The artwork of the two first place winners – Grace Corsi, an 8th grader at Hamilton International Middle School, and Angel Corpuz, a 4th grader at Dunlap Elementary School – adorns 13,000 Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards distributed for free at neighborhood service centers, libraries and community centers.

To view the artwork of the 15 winners, or to send an e-card with one of the two first-place entries, visit

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