Seattle will celebrate its 18th-annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a day to reach out to neighbors, create new friends and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. 

Community groups, businesses, and residents across Seattle come together on Feb. 11 (and the week of) to celebrate this day. 

To participate: 

•Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck or work party — The website www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday provides ideas, tools, resources and templates to help community members organize an activity. 

Once organized, the event can be posted to the on-line calendar at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/eventsubmit.htm (the submission can be made public or private).

•Send out Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting e-cards to your neighbors — The selection of e-cards at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/card.htm feature artwork from past winners of the Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest. 

•Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors — Community members can visit the Neighbor Appreciation Day website www.seattle.gov/Neighborhoods/neighborday/default.htm to post stories about neighbors or their neighborhood. 

•Attend one of the many community activities listed on the on-line calendar (www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/events.htm) — Seattle Fire stations, Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers and pools, and other organizations have special Neighbor Appreciation Day events and work parties planned.