Events to celebrate Neighborhood Appreciation Day with on Feb. 9

Neighborhood Appreciation Day is on Saturday, Feb. 9, and the Ballard community is coming out in full force to celebrate their neighbors. Here is a list of participants and events below. You can learn more about Neighborhood Appreciation Day (with a list of other events around town) here.

Golden Gardens Park work party

What: Meet at restroom between upper parking lot and dog park. Please dress in layers, sturdy pants, long sleeved shirts and raingear. Also, bring a filled water bottle and snacks. All tools, gloves and other restoration supplies are provided

When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Golden Gardens Park, Golden Gardens Dr NW

Green Lake Litter Patrol Work Party

What: We walk the lake and pick up litter. We have the tools and disposal. Come on out, meet some people and have some fun.

When: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where: Green Lake Park, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, Meet at the Bathhouse Theatre Parking Lot.

Winter Bird Walk

What: 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.

When: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where: Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center
950 NW Carkeek Park Rd

Mystery Book Exchange

What: Trade 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.

When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N

Open House and Film/Dialogue

What: Open House with cookies and tea. Experience our historic building - built in 1890. Film "Globalized Soul: Stories from the Tipping Point to a New World" will be shown at Noon. Friendship dialogue follows.

When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Interfaith Community Sanctuary
1763 NW 62nd Street

Fire Station Open Houses for Neighbor Appreciation Day

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Ballard Fire Station 18, 1521 NW Market St

Phinney Ridge Fire Station 21, 7304 Greenwood Ave N

Ballard Pool Neighbor Appreciation Day

What: Neighborhood swim, $2 promotional price for all ages

When: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ballard Swimming Pool, 1471 NW 67th St

Indoor Concert to Benefit Ballard FOOD BANK

What: Indoor Concert to benefit Ballard Food Bank! Musicians: Pickled Okra, Julie Baldridge & Leif Totusek, Carly Calbero & Nika Wascher. Sponsors: Conduit Coffee

When: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Where: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street

Greenwood Senior Center Open House

What: Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day in the Greenwood area! Folks from the Greenwood Senior Center 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. Please join us; all are welome! Form more information, call 206-297-0875.

When: 3:30 p.m.

Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St

Stairway Walks Day

Golden Gardens

We'll start at the edge of the Loyal Heights neighborhood high above Puget Sound, we'll descend all the way to Golden Gardens beach, with glorious views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

Walk Leader: Feet First Executive Director, Lisa Quinn

Numbers: 1.4 miles: 272 steps down, 272 steps up

When: All walks start at 10 am on Saturday, February 9. Please RSVP for detailed instructions about the meet up location.


We'll start this Fremont stairway survey with a stroll along the ship canal, before heading up streets and stairs to the northern heights of the neighborhood and Fremont Peak Park. Then we'll turn back down, threading our way through the eastern side of the neighborhood. This walk will show us both out-of-the-way nooks and crannies and touristy sights of an old neighborhood with a tumultuous past.

Walk Leader: Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador, Naomi Botkin

Numbers: 3.2 miles: 224 steps down, 302 steps up

When: All walks start at 10 am on Saturday, February 9. Please RSVP for detailed instructions about the meet up location.

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