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daisy Flower - Daisy (signifies loyalty, playfulness and tenacity)

Alternate Flower - Sweet Pea

Birthstone - Diamond (signifies innocence)

Name Origin - named for Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty

easter eggEaster 2018 (Easter is always between Mar 22 and Apr 25) - See Easter Poems and Quotes.

smilie April Fool's Day - See April Fools Day History and April Fools Day Poems.

fork and spoon No More Dishpan Hands Day - The predecessor of modern dishwashers was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1886. The company she created to produce the machines eventually became KitchenAid. Josephine was the granddaughter of John Fitch, inventor of the steamboat.

medical symbol Alcohol-Free Weekend 2017 (first weekend) - See The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Also see Addiction Poems and Quotes.

International Tatting Day - My great grandmother tatted but it seemed to complicated and slow to get results to me, even though I loved the doilies she created. I didn't think anyone tatted anymore but I found lots of websites that sell supplies and materials.

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April 2
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book International Children's Book Day - This have been celebrated since 1967 on the birthday of author, Hans Christian Andersen, who was born in 1805. See The International Board on Books for Young People and Quotes about Authors.

peanuts National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day - See PeanutButterLovers.com and Peanut-Butter.org. Then try this Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

heart Great Lovers Day - This is the birthday of Casanova. If you are fortunate to have a significant other who is a great lover, this would be a good time to show your appreciation.

sweet potatoSweet Potato Day 2018 (first Monday) - I bake a sweet potato in the microwave, then mash it with a fork along with some butter and brown sugar. If you want to get more adventuresome, see Sweet Potato Recipes.

smilie International Fun at Work Day 2018 (first Monday) - Be careful not to have so much fun that you get fired! See Business Humor.

heart Reconciliation Day - This has been promoted by Ann Landers in her column since 1989. Reach out to friends and family members that you have had problems with and see what can be done to reestablish your previous relationship.

penny Mint Day - The Coinage Act that proclaimed the establishment of the United States Mint became law on this day in 1792. Philadelphia was the nation's capital at that time so the first mint was built there. See Money Poems and Quotes.

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April 3
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Passover 2017 (April 10 - 17) - See Passover on Wikipedia

fork and spoon National Chocolate Mousse Day

circus tent American Circus Day - The first circus in the U.S. opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on this day in 1793. See Circus Poems and Quotes.

sweet potatoSweet Potato Day 2017 (first Monday) - I bake a sweet potato in the microwave, then mash it with a fork along with some butter and brown sugar. If you want to get more adventuresome, see Sweet Potato Recipes.

smilie International Fun at Work Day 2017 (first Monday) - Be careful not to have so much fun that you get fired! See Business Humor.

rainbow Find a Rainbow Day - With all the April showers you might see a rainbow today. If not take this time to see the brighter side of some of the negative things in your life. Unlike some people I realize that some things do not have a brighter side but it doesn't hurt to look for one. See Rainbow Poems and Quotes.

mailboxPony Express Day - The Pony Express, operating between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California, started on this day in 1860. See The Pony Express Home Station.

television TV Guide Birthday - TV Guide was first published on this day in 1953.

Tweed Day - This is the birthday of corrupt politician, William 'Boss' Tweed. However, it would be more fun to celebrate that new tweed coat you got at an end-of-season sale.

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April 4
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fork and spoon Cordon Bleu Day

milk bottle Homogenized Milk Day - Auguste Gaulin was granted a patent for a milk homogenization machine in 1892 but homogenized milk wasn't sold commercially until 1919. I still prefer unpasteurized, non-homogenized milk but it is very difficult to obtain.

firefighter hat International Firefighters' Day - This was started in 1999 by JJ Edmondson of Australia. This is the feast day of Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. See International Firefighters' Day and Firefighter Poems and Quotes.

music notes Ballroom Dance Day - This is the birthday of Arthur Murray, whose show helped popularize ballroom dancing. See BallroomDancers.com and Dance Poems and Quotes.

Tell a Lie Day - Get together with friends and try to top each others outrageous stories. See Honesty Poems and Quotes.

car Learn to Read a Road Map Day - Fortunately we now have GPS to read maps for us! But if you want to learn to read a road map it works best to start by studying a map of an area you are familiar with.

at symbol Microsoft Birthday - Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on this day in 1975. See Computer Nerd Humor.

Walk Around Things Day - This is a good day to avoid problems and situations you don't want to deal with. It is often best to face sticky situations head on but it is okay to take a day off now and then.

book School Librarian Day - See The American Association of School Librarians.

newspaperHug a Newsman/Newswoman Day

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day 2018 (first Wednesday) - This was originally designated by the governor of Missouri and the focus is on education paraprofessionals.

female symbol First Woman Mayor Day - When Susanna Madora Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas in 1887, she became the first woman mayor in the United States. If you are ever in south central Kansas you might want to visit the museum in her honor in Argonia.

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April 5
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bell bottom jeans Bell Bottoms Day - See Jeans Poems and Quotes.

dandelionDandelion Day - See Dandelion Poems.

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day 2017 (first Wednesday) - This was originally designated by the governor of Missouri and the focus is on education paraprofessionals.

medical symbol National Alcohol Screening Day® 2018 (Thursday of the first full week) - See Screening for Mental Health® and Alcoholism Poems and Quotes.

Go For Broke Day - Today is the day to step out of your comfort zone if there is something you have been wanting to do out there.

4-leaf clover Lady Luck Day - I don't know when luck first became personified as a lady but there is a song called "Lady Luck" dating back to 1929. Fortuna was a Roman goddess of fortune and luck. There are also other possible origins listed online. In any case, I hope lady luck is on your side today. See Luck Poems and Quotes.

Easter Island Day - This island was discovered on this day in 1722. It was Easter that year and so the name. See The Mystery of Easter Island.

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April 6
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tv dinnerTV Dinner Day - TV Dinners were invented by Gerry Thomas in 1954. The original dinners were Swanson brand.

medical symbol National Alcohol Screening Day® 2017 (Thursday of the first full week) - See Screening for Mental Health® and Alcoholism Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Twinkies - Twinkies were first baked on this day in 1930. The original Twinkies had a banana cream filling. When bananas were rationed during WWII they changed to a cream filling. It was more popular so they never changed back.

Jump Over Things Day - Don't walk around things today, unless they are higher than you can jump, of course!

television Barney and Friends Day - The show premiered on this day in 1992.

red, white and blue ribbon Army Day - This is the anniversary of the day the U.S. entered into WWI. See Army Poems and Quotes.

Post-It Notes Day - In 1968 Dr. Spencer Silver was trying to invent a strong adhesive for his employer 3M. Instead he came up with a seemingly useless weak adhesive. In 1974, Arthur Fry, another 3M employee, started working on ways to use the adhesive. Post-it Notes first went on sale in 1980 and one year later were the companies best-selling product. Ten years later they were one of the five top-selling office supplies in the U.S.

Surviving Rejection Day - Take a few minutes to regret times in the past where you have been rejected for romance, job, or anything else. Then celebrate the fact that you survived rejection and got to where you are today.

medical symbol Walk to Work Day 2018 (first Friday) - This was created in 2004 by Prevention magazine. See Fitness Poems and Quotes.

Student Government Day 2018 (first Friday)

medical symbol Hospital Admitting Clerks Day 2018 (first Friday)

sled dog North Pole Discovery Day - Though this has been disputed over the years, Robert Peary is usually credited with being the first person to reach the North Pole on this day in 1909.

Tartan Day - This is a holiday for all Americans of Scottish descent.

fork and spoon Teflon® Day - Teflon® was discovered on this day in 1938 by Dr. Roy Plunkett while working on totally unrelated research.

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April 7
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fork and spoon Caramel Popcorn Day - See Popcorn Poems.

medical symbol Alcohol-Free Weekend 2018 (first weekend) - See The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Also see Addiction Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Walk to Work Day 2017 (first Friday) - This was created in 2004 by Prevention magazine. See Fitness Poems and Quotes.

Student Government Day 2017 (first Friday)

medical symbol Hospital Admitting Clerks Day 2017 (first Friday)

fork and spoon Coffee Cake Day

female symbol Empowered Women Entrepreneurs Day - If you have a female friend or family member who has their own business take this opportunity to tell them how proud you are of them.

medical symbol World Health Day - See The World Health Organization and Health Poems and Quotes.

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April 8
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All is Ours Day - I could not find out who started this or their original intent, but it sure sounds like something to celebrate.

milk bottle Milk in Glass Bottles Day - On this day in 1879 milk was first sold in glass bottles. Up until that time milk was put into whatever container the customer brought to the seller.

elephantZoo Lovers Day - Wichita, Kansas has an incredible zoo, better than many of the zoos I have visited in much larger cities. Ironically many people visit zoos, museums, etc. on vacation but not in their own town. If you have any local attractions you haven't been to, go today. See The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Zoo Poems and Quotes.

baseball Hank Aaron Day - In 1974 Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record by hitting his 715th home run. See Baseball Poems and Quotes.

Tutor Appreciation Day - I went to college thirty-five years after high school. I did fine in everything except algebra and a good tutor was invaluable.

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April 9
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cross Palm Sunday 2017 (Sunday before Easter)

Listening Day - Listening is something most of us don't do enough of. Sometimes we are too preoccupied and other times we are thinking about what we are going to say when it is our turn to talk. See The International Listening Association and Listening Poems and Quotes.

book Public Library Day - There are many different libraries that claim to be the first public library in the U.S. and other countries. This is the day the first 'publicly-funded' library opened in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 1833. See WikipediA for info about the controversy. Also see Library Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Dry Milk Day - Various types of dried or powdered milk were experimented with over the years but the first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Percy on this day in 1872.

globe Astronauts Day

red, white and blue ribbon (formerly) POW Recognition Day - This was the original date for this event because it was the day during WWII when the largest number of Americans were captured. The day was later changed to the third Friday in September.

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April 10
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book Encourage a Young Writer Day - See Author Poems and Quotes.

National Siblings Day - Often we take our siblings for granted because they have always been there. Take time to call or visit your siblings today. See Sibling Poems and Quotes.

golf cart Golfer's Day - The first PGA Golf Championship was held in 1916. See Golf.com and Golf Scrapbook Ideas.

dog ASPCA® Day - The American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was chartered on this day in 1866. See Pet Poems and Quotes.

Safety Pin Day - The safety pin was patented on this day in 1849 by Walter Hunt. See Safety Pins on WikipediA.

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April 11
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quill pen Write Your Memoirs Day - See Suggestions for Writing Your Personal History and How to Write Your Own Memoir.

cheese Cheese Fondue Day - See GoFondue and Fondue Recipes.

music notes Barbershop Quartet Day - On this day in 1938 the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was founded. See Music Poems and Quotes.

music notes Eight-Track Tape Day - I was surprised to find there are still a lot of people who play 8-track tapes.

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April 12
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Reach as High as You Can Day - This is the day to try for something that you have felt was just out of reach. It may not work out but you'll never know unless you try. See Dreams and Aspirations.

candy National Licorice Day

flags Civil War Anniversary - The Civil War started on this day in 1861. All wars are sad but this one was especially so because of so many families with members fighting on opposite sides.

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April 13
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Look Up at the Sky Day - Sometimes listed as April 12. See Sun, Moon and Star Poems and Quotes.

Blame Someone Else Day 2018 (first Friday the 13th of the year) - Unfortunately some people seem to celebrate this every day.

scrabble Scrabble Day - Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Butts.

oleander International Plant Appreciation Day - Too often plants tend to fade into the background as we go about our busy lives. Take the time today to actually look at the various plants around you as you go through the day. See how to celebrate this day. Also see Garden Poems and Quotes.

elephant U.S. Elephant Day - On this day in 1796 the first elephant was imported into the United States from India. See Elephant Poems and Quotes.

book Special Librarians Day - This was created in 1991 by The Special Libraries Association. It was discontinued in 2006 and replaced with Global Information Ethics Day in 2009.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President Thomas Jefferson (born in 1743) - He was the third president. See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

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April 14
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cross Good Friday 2017 (Friday before Easter)

smilie International Moment of Laughter Day - This day was created by speaker, author and 'humorologist', Izzy Gesell. Find something to laugh about today. Or, better yet, find something to make others laugh.

medical symbol Children with Alopecia Day - See The Children's Alopecia Project.

badge Secret Service Anniversary - The United States Secret Service was created on this day in 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln.

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April 15
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hamburger McDonald's Birthday - The first McDonald's was opened on this day in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Time for "two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions on a sesame seed bun". I didn't forget the pickles but I always take them off my Big Mac.

fork and spoon No Fast Food Day - In honor of this day you might cook all three meals today or, if you don't have time for that, go to a sit-down restaurant. As a compromise between this holiday and the one above I plan to cook breakfast at home, go to McDonalds for lunch and to a sit-down restaurant for dinner!

Take a Wild Guess Day - This was created by Jim Barber. Follow your instincts today and see what happens.

pencil Rubber Eraser Day - The first pencil with eraser was patented on this day in 1858. Too bad they haven't invented a life eraser so we could erase our mistakes.

money bag Tax Day aka Freak-Out Day - See Tax Quotes and Humor.

money bag Income Tax Preparers and Accountants Day - See Tax Quotes and Humor and Accountant Humor.

baseball Jackie Robinson Day - This was created in 2004 to commemorate the day in 1947 when Jackie Robinson became the first African-American in major-league baseball. See Baseball Poems and Quotes and Jackie Robinson Day on Wikipedia.

paints Birthday of Leonardo da Vinci (born in 1452) - See Art Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol YMCA Healthy Kids Day 2017 (third Saturday) - If you have a YMCA near you, they have many healthy activities for your kids.

heart Husband Appreciation Day 2017 (third Saturday) - If you are planning on buying gifts to observe this holiday, you might want to first ask your husband what would make him feel appreciated. You may find his ideas quite different from yours. See Husband Poems.

money bag Auctioneers Day 2017 (third Saturday) - If you have never been to an auction, look in your local paper for one to attend. Just listening to a good auctioneer is entertainment even if you don't buy anything. See The National Auctioneers Association.

medical symbol Gallaudet Day The first U.S. public school for the deaf was founded on this day in 1817 in Hartford, Connecticut by Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc.

Titanic Remembrance Day - The Titanic sank on this day in 1912. See Titanic Facts.

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April 16
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easter eggEaster 2017 (Easter is always between Mar 22 and Apr 25) - See Easter Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon National Eggs Benedict Day - If you have never had eggs benedict before you are in for a real treat.

medical symbol National Stress Awareness Day - See Stress Management and Stress Quotes and Tips to Reduce Stress.

red, white and blue ribbon Patriots' Day 2018 (third Monday) - This is in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

baseball Home Run Times Three Day - On this day in 1984, Dave Kingman of the Oakland A's hit three home runs including a grand slam.

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April 17
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Mustang Ford Mustang Birthday - Mustangs were introduced to the public on this day in 1964. Since it was in the middle of the normal car model year it is often referred to as a '64 1/2 model. Since the car was introduced on my birthday the same year I learned to drive, maybe that is why I have always wanted one. Circumstances and finances have prevented that so far, but I am still hoping. See Car Poems and Quotes.

horse Horse Day - Horses were first imported into the colonies on this day in 1629. Technically these were not the first horses in North America. Fossil records prove that there were horses here as far back as 55-million years ago that eventually became extinct around 7,000 BC. See Horse Scrapbook Ideas.

fork and spoon National Cheese Ball Day

red, white and blue ribbon Patriots' Day 2017 (third Monday) - This is in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

house Nosy Neighbor Appreciation Day - Nosy neighbors can be very irritating, but today is the day to appreciate the positive side. Nosy neighbors are often the first to notice suspicious characters or to be able to give a description if someone breaks into your home. Also they will keep you up on things your teenagers do when you are not home.

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April 18
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fork and spoon National Animal Cracker Day - Most of us stop eating animal crackers at a young age. I rediscovered them when having a tea party with my granddaughters. They are a great snack with a glass of milk. See Cookie Poems.

juggling clown International Jugglers Day (aka Multi-Task Day) - In this busy world we often feel like we are juggling way too many obligations. Why not take time out today to try some real juggling. It is much more fun and relaxing to juggle balls than to juggle numerous tasks.

needle and thread Make a Quilt Day - See Quilt Poems and Quotes.

newspaperColumnists Day - This was started in 1995 and is sponsored by The National Society of Newspaper Columnists. On this day in 1945, journalist, Ernie Pyle was shot by a Japanese sniper near the front lines. Ernie Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Great San Francisco Earthquake Anniversary - The Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred on this day in 1906. See The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.

bell bottom jeans Laundromat Day - On this day in 1934 the first self-service laundromat opened in Fort Worth, Texas. It was referred to as a 'washeteria'.

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April 19
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garlicGarlic Day - Some people believe garlic protects from various health problems and even from evil spirits. Whether or not it does those things, it is a way to add flavor to many recipes.

red, white and blue ribbon Revolutionary War Anniversary - The battles of Lexington and Concord on this day in 1775 were the beginning of the Revolutionary War. See HistoryCentral.com and Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day - On this day in 1995 Timothy McVeigh detonated an explosive-filled truck just outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Eventually 168 people died as a result, including nineteen small children. More than 680 people were injured. If you are ever near the area take the time to visit the museum, memorial and surrounding area. It is a profound experience. See The Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum.

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April 20
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fork and spoon National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day

Look Alike Day - Have a group of friends dress up like someone they admire then try to guess who each other is supposed to be.

Volunteer Recognition Day - I have gotten more satisfaction out of volunteering than from any job I have ever had. Some people do not volunteer because they feel they don't have time. But most groups are happy just to have someone donate an hour of their time now and then. See Volunteering Poems and Quotes.

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April 21
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cashew Chocolate-Covered Cashew Day

medical symbol YMCA Healthy Kids Day 2018 (third Saturday) - If you have a YMCA near you, they have many healthy activities for your kids.

heart Husband Appreciation Day 2018 (third Saturday) - If you are planning on buying gifts to observe this holiday, you might want to first ask your husband what would make him feel appreciated. You may find his ideas quite different from yours. See Husband Poems.

money bag Auctioneers Day 2018 (third Saturday) - If you have never been to an auction, look in your local paper for one to attend. Just listening to a good auctioneer is entertainment even if you don't buy anything. See The National Auctioneers Association.

book Birthday of Charlotte Bronte - Charlotte Bronte was born on this day in 1916. She is probably best known for her novel Jane Eyre.

puppet World Puppetry Day - This was stared in 1998. Have fun making stick puppets or sock puppets from what you have on hand (pun intended). See UNIMA-USA.

school bus Kindergarten Day - The first Kindergarten was founded by Friedrich Froebel in Germany on this day in 1837. See Kindergarten Poems.

Tuna Rights Day - I could not find information about this day. I hope the regulations that prevent the over-fishing of tuna are strongly enforced. I don't like the idea of an animal becoming extinct. Also I wouldn't want my grandchildren to be deprived of the pleasure of a tuna salad sandwich. Here is a quick and easy tuna salad recipe: Mix a can of drained tuna with mayonnaise, pickle relish and crushed potato chips to taste.

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April 22
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globe Earth Day - The first Earth Day was in 1970 and I have celebrated it since 1972. See Earth Day Network and Environment Poems and Quotes.

umbrella April Showers Day - I am not sure if how often it rains on this day but April does tend to be a rainy month here in Kansas. See April Poems and Rain Poems and Quotes.

jelly bean Jelly Bean Day - Many people like jelly beans. I am not one of them.

tent Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day - If you know a Girl Scout leader (or the leader of any other youth group) take this opportunity to thank them for their valuable contribution to young people.

red, white and blue ribbon Oklahoma Day - On this day in 1889 the Oklahoma Territory was opened for settlement. The land was formerly part of Indian Territory.

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April 23
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cherry Cherry Cheesecake Day

fork and spoon Electric Mixer Birthday - The electric mixer was invented by Herbert Johnston in 1908. It was sold by KitchenAid.

Take a Chance Day - Some things you want won't happen without a little risk. Today is as good a day as any to take that risk.

music notes International Sing-Out Day (this is also celebrated on September 15) - Sing in the shower, sing in the car on the way to work, get a group together to sing on your lunch hour, have a family song fest after dinner, and last of all sing your baby to sleep.

firefighter hat Fire Drill Day - You should spend time with your children every few months making sure they know what to do in case of a fire or other emergency. See Firefighter Poems and Quotes.

baseball Home Run Day - Hank Aaron hit his first home run on this day in 1954. See Baseball Poems and Quotes.

book To Be or Not To Be Day - William Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President James Buchanan (born in 1791) - He was the fifteenth president.

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April 24
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fork and spoon Pig in a Blanket Day - This was designated by the American Farm Bureau Foundation. Kids, and many adults, love these. The quick way to make them is to cut a length wise two inch slit in each hot dog. Put a piece of cheese in the slit. Lay each hot dog on the wide end of a Pillsbury crescent roll. Roll up and bake as directed on the crescent roll package.

money bag Teach Children to Save Day 2018 (last Tuesday) - Have your child come up with something they would like to buy but don't have the money for. Help them create a plan to save a part of their allowance, gift money, part-time job earnings, etc. on a regular basis until they reach their goal.

school bus School Bus Drivers Day 2018 (fourth Tuesday) - See School Bus Driver Quotes.

Ambivalence Day - I don't know if I am going to celebrate this or not.

book Library of Congress - The Library of Congress was established on this day in 1800. See WikipediA for more info.

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April 25
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zucchini bread National Zucchini Bread Day - There are many different ways to make zucchini bread and I have liked all the ones I've tasted.

medical symbol Walk@Lunch Day 2018 (last Wednesday) - This was created by Blue Cross Blue Shield. I walk on my lunch hour every day at work. I also am fortunate to live close enough to walk back and forth to work. See Fitness Poems and Quotes.

guide dog Guide Dog Day 2018 (last Wednesday) - See Guide Dogs for the Blind.

crayons National Crayola Day - See Art Poems and Quotes and Color Poems and Quotes.

penguin World Penguin Day - This marks the annual northward migration of penguins which happens each year on or around this day. Penguins do not fly. Rather, they walk, or waddle their way to and from. - See Penguin Poems.

Plumbers Day - Usually we don't think about plumbers til we need one--then they become extremely important.

money bag Teach Children to Save Day 2017 (last Tuesday) - Have your child come up with something they would like to buy but don't have the money for. Help them create a plan to save a part of their allowance, gift money, part-time job earnings, etc. on a regular basis until they reach their goal.

school bus School Bus Drivers Day 2017 (fourth Tuesday) - See School Bus Driver Quotes.

Administrative Professionals Day® 2018 (Wednesday of the last full week) - This was formerly called Secretary's Day.

car License Plates Birthday - New York became the first state to require license plates in 1901. Originally people had to make their own until Massachusetts and West Virginia started issuing plates in 1903. The plates were various sizes, causing problems for automobile manufacturers and motorist. In 1957 a standard size was agreed upon. See Car Poems and Quotes.

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April 26
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balloons National Static Cling Day - I am not sure why they have a day for this. However, if you have children between six and ten, get some balloons and have fun.

Administrative Professionals Day® 2017 (Wednesday of the last full week) - This was formerly called Secretary's Day.

pretzelNational Pretzel Day - Read all about pretzels on Wikipedia.

bluebirdAudubon Day - John James Audubon was born on this day in 1785. He is most known for his wonderful bird portraits. See Bird Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Walk@Lunch Day 2017 (last Wednesday) - This was created by Blue Cross Blue Shield. I walk on my lunch hour every day at work. I also am fortunate to live close enough to walk back and forth to work. See Fitness Poems and Quotes.

guide dog Guide Dog Day 2017 (last Wednesday) - See Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2018 (fourth Thursday)

balloons Hug a Prom Sponsor Day - This is a day to thank teachers, parents, business owners and anyone who contributes time and money to make proms successful. See Party and Prom Scrapbook Ideas.

Richter Scale Day - Charles F. Richter was born on this day in 1900. He invented the Richter Scale in 1935 to measure the seismic waves produced by an earthquake. The measurement is on a scale of zero to nine with each number increase being ten times stronger.

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April 27
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book Tell a Story Day - If you don't have any children to tell a story to, a friend would probably loan you theirs for a couple of hours. Also many libraries welcome volunteers for story time.

medical symbol World Meningitis Day 2018 (fourth Friday) - See The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations, Inc.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2017 (fourth Thursday)

tree National Arbor Day 2018 (last Friday) - This was created by J. Sterling Morton in 1972 of Nebraska. National Arbor Day was designated as the last Friday in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. Arbor Day is celebrated on different dates in different states and countries. Check the date for your state here. See The Arbor Day Foundation® and Tree Poems and Quotes.

cat Hairball Awareness Day 2018 (last Friday) - If you have a cat you are already aware of hairballs. Use this day to research the best food and/or medication for preventing hairballs. See Cat Poems and Quotes.

baseball Birthday of Roger Hornsby - Baseball player, Roger Hornsby, was born on this day in 1896. He was my grandmother's favorite player. She even wanted to name her son after him but my grandfather vetoed the idea. See Baseball Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President Ulysses S. Grant (born in 1822) - He was the eighteenth president.

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April 28
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medical symbol World Meningitis Day 2017 (fourth Friday) - See The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations, Inc.

heart Kiss Your Mate Day - It is easy to get busy or preoccupied with work, chores, kids, etc. and let kissing go by the wayside. Use this day to put kissing back on your schedule. See Kiss Poems and Quotes.

book Poetry Reading Day - If you think you don't like poetry, you have been reading the wrong poems. Thanks to the internet you can find poems about anything you are interested in. See The Academy of American Poets and Poetry Poems and Quotes.

flag Maryland Admission Day - Maryland became the 7th state in 1788. See Maryland Poems and Quotes.

tree National Arbor Day 2017 (last Friday) - This was created by J. Sterling Morton in 1972 of Nebraska. National Arbor Day was designated as the last Friday in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. Arbor Day is celebrated on different dates in different states and countries. Check the date for your state here. See The Arbor Day Foundation® and Tree Poems and Quotes.

cat Hairball Awareness Day 2017 (last Friday) - If you have a cat you are already aware of hairballs. Use this day to research the best food and/or medication for preventing hairballs. See Cat Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President James Monroe (born in 1758) - He was the fifth president.

telescope International Astronomy Day - See WikipediA and Sun, Moon and Star Poems and Quotes.

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April 29
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music notes Dance Day - This day was designated in 1982 by the International Dance Council to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet. He was born on this day in 1727. See Dance Poems and Quotes.

shrimp National Shrimp Scampi Day

Berlin Wall Day - On this day in 1990 wrecking cranes started tearing down the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate.

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April 30
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Dare to Live Day - Life expands or contracts in direct proportion to one's courage. (Anais Nin) See more Quotes about Life.

National Honesty Day - This was created by M. Hirsh Goldberg, author of The Book of Lies. Honesty is the best policy most of the time, but sometimes silence can be better. See Honesty Poems and Quotes.

cookie National Oatmeal Cookie Day - See Cookie Scrapbook Ideas.

fork and spoon Raisin Day

comb Hairstylist Appreciation Day - See Hair Poems and Quotes.

potato Mr. Potato Head Day - Mr. Potato Head was first sold on this day in 1952 by the Hassenfeld Brothers (later called Hasbro). Originally only the plastic features were included to use with real potatoes or other fruits and vegetables. In 1964 the brown plastic potato head was first included because of concerns about the sharp points needed to poke the parts in real potatoes. See The Mr. Potato Head Collector's Page.

red, white and blue ribbon Vietnam War End Anniversary - The fall of Saigon was on this day in 1975.

flag Louisiana Admission Day - Louisiana became the 18th state in 1812. See Louisiana Poems and Quotes.

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Month-Long Events

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smilie Daffynitions Month - See this huge collection of Daffynitions. Also see Word Play.

female symbol Informed Women Month - See Informed Women Transcend Workplace Illusions.

heart Couple Appreciation Month - See The 7 Steps to Happily Ever After and Marriage Poems and Quotes.

Appreciate Diversity Month - See Poems and Quotes about Tolerance.

hat Straw Hat Month - See See Hat History.

guitar National Guitar Month - See Guitars on WikipediA and Musical Instrument Poems and Quotes.

smilie National Humor Month - Remember, we do not stop laughing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop laughing. For more quotes on laughter see Smiles and Giggles.

kite Kite Month - See National Kite Month and Kite Poems.

book National Poetry Month - See The Academy of American Poets and Poems and Quotes about Poetry.

mailboxCard and Letter Writing Month - See Tips for Writing Effective Emails and The Letter Writing Guide. Also see Letter Writing Poems and Quotes.

frog National Frog Month - See The Amphibian Conservation Alliance and Frog Poems and Quotes.

dog Animal Cruelty Prevention Month - See Pet Poems and Quotes.

dog Pet First Aid Awareness Month - See HealthyPet.com.

elephantZoo and Aquarium Month - See The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Zoo Poems and Quotes.

globe World Habitat Awareness Month - See Habitats on WikipediA.

Boost Your Hometown Month - This is especially important if you live in a small town. Many small towns are deteriorating because people work, shop and pursue recreational activities in larger cities near by. When you need to buy something or need entertainment try looking closer to home first.

Community Spirit Month - Many communities have chambers of commerce and other organizations that promote their city or town. If you have such a group in your community, find out what you can do to help.

lamp Home Decorating Month - My oldest daughter has great taste and a way with putting together a room. Unfortunately she can't get my apartment to look like a show place because I have a lot of things that don't go together. However, she has given me many ideas to pull things together as much as possible. See Interior Decorating.

house Home Inspection Month - It is much easier and less expensive to catch problems early.

red, white and blue ribbon Keep America Beautiful Month - For some of the many ways we can all help see Keep America Beautiful.

watering can National Lawn and Garden Month - Living in an apartment I really miss having my own yard, but I don't miss all the work. See K-State Research and Extension and Lawn and Garden Poems and Quotes.

tools Woodworking Month - See Woodworking on About.com.

Tackle Your Clutter Month - You can't have everything in its place if there isn't a place for everything. See Clutterers Anonymous.

recycle symbol National Recycling Month - This was designated by President George Bush in 1989. See Environment Poems and Quotes.

Customer Loyalty Month - The bad economy is having an adverse affect on customer loyalty. Many people are being forced to make purchases based solely on cost.

book School Library Media Month - See The American Association of School Librarians.

car Car Care Month - See CarCare.org and Car Poems and Quotes.

Mathematics Education Month - See The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Keep in mind that math illiteracy affects 7 out of every 5 people ;-)

red, white and blue ribbon Military Child Month - As designated by the Department of Defense in 1986. See Month of the Military Child on spouseBUZZ. Also see Military Scrapbook Ideas.

money bag Leave a Legacy Month - As designated by the Governor of Michigan to encourage people to remember their favorite charities in their wills.

Southern Belles Month - See How to Be a Southern Belle.

Amateur Radio Month - Amateur radios are also known as ham radios. See The History of Amateur Radios.

National Welding Month - See The American Welding Society.

Workplace Conflict Awareness Month - See Workplace Conflict Awareness and Workplace Conflict on WikipediA.

Holocaust Victims Remembrance Month - See The History Place™.

cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month - See I Love Cheese.

pecans Pecan Month - See The National Pecan Shellers Association and Pecan Recipes and Info.

pretzelNational Soft Pretzel Month

bike Bike Safety Month - See Bike Poems and Quotes.

glasses Women's Eye Health and Safety Month™ - See Prevent Blindness America®.

glasses Sports Eye Safety Month - See EyeSmart and Sports Eye Safety.

medical symbol National Child Abuse Prevention Month - See Prevent Child Abuse.

medical symbol National Facial Protection Month - If there are any young athletes (or even not-so-young athletes) in your family, please encourage them to wear proper protective sports gear. See The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

medical symbol National Youth Sports Safety Month - See The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation.

medical symbol California Earthquake Preparedness Month - See The California Emergency Management Agency and Earthquake Safety Tips.

medical symbol Prevent Injuries Month - See Safety at Home.

medical symbol Home Improvement Safety Month - See Home Improvement Safety Tips and Home Improvement Scrapbook Ideas.

medical symbol Alcohol Awareness Month - See The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and Alcoholism Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol National Autism Awareness Month - See The Autism Society, New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community,Keepig Children wtih Autism Safe and Autism Speaks.

medical symbol National Cancer Control Month - This was designated by the U.S. Senate in 2004. See Onco Link, The American Cancer Society and People Living With Cancer.

medical symbol Cesarean Awareness Month - See The American Pregnancy Association and Pregnancy Scrapbook Ideas.

medical symbol Counseling Awareness Month - See The American Counseling Association. Counseling can be a life-changer and even a life-saver.

telescope Global Astronomy Month - See Astronomers Without Borders and Sun, Moon and Star Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Foot Health Awareness Month - The better care you take of your feet during your early years, the more enjoyment you will get out of your later years. I went barefooted much of my early (and still wear only socks whenever possible) and think that is why I don't have many of the foot problems of other people my age. See The American Podiatric Medical Association and Foot.com.

medical symbol Irritable Bowel Syndrome Month - See aboutIBS.org.

medical symbol Occupational Therapy Month - See The American Occupational Therapy Association.

medical symbol Parkinson's Awareness Month - See The National Parkinson Foundation and The Parkinson's Action Network.

medical symbol National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month - Sarcoidosis is an auto-immune disorder that mostly affects the lungs. See The National Sarcoidosis Society.

medical symbol Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month - See The National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

medical symbol National STD Awareness and Education Month - See STD Prevention.

medical symbol Stress Awareness Month - See Stress Management.

medical symbol Testicular Cancer Awareness Month - See The Testicular Cancer Resource Center.

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Week-Long Events

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fork and spoon Egg Salad Week
(week starting on Easter)

smilie Laugh at Work Week
(1 - 7)
This was created by Randall Munson. See Business Humor.

pharmacy symbol Medication Safety Week
(1 - 7)
This was designated by the Woman's Heart Foundation. Be sure your doctors know what medications you were prescribed by other doctors.

medical symbol Testicular Cancer Awareness Week
(1 - 7)
See Testicular Cancer Awareness Week and
The Testicular Cancer Resource Center.

car Work Zone Awareness Week 2017
(3 - 7)
See the American Traffic Safety Services Association.

Golden Rule Week
(first week)
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". See Kindness Poems and Quotes.

car National Read a Road Map Week
(first full week)
The best way to start is to get a map of an area you are already familiar with.

medical symbol National Public Health Week
(week starting the first Monday)
See the American Public Health Association and National Public Health Week.

Explore Your Career Options Week
(first full week)
Before looking elsewhere, check opportunities to move up in your current company. A great resource for college and career planning is Learn How to Become.

globe National Week of the Ocean
(first full week)
See Water Poems and Quotes.

female symbol Women's Nutrition Week
(starts Monday of the first full week)
See the American Dietetic Association.

book National Library Week
(second full week)
This was started in 1958 by the American Library Association. See Library Poems and Quotes.

tree Landscape Architecture Week
(second full week)
See the American Society of Landscape Architects.

ESTEME Week
(second full week)
ESTEME stands for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education.

Week of the Young Child
(second full week)
This was created in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. See Baby Poems and Quotes.

Design Drafting Week
(second full work week)
See The American Design Drafting Association.

World Creativity and Innovations Week
(15 - 21)
In honor of innovator, Leonardo da Vinci, this week starts on his birthday. See the Creativity and Innovations Week.

National Volunteer Week
(23 - 29, 2017; 15 - 21, 2018) This is always in April but the days vary.
See the HandsOn Network and Volunteer Poems and Quotes.

badge National Crime Victims' Rights Week
(2 - 8, 2017) This is always in April but the days vary.
See Crime Victims' Rights by State.

RV Lifestyle Week
(23 - 29)
See RV Lifestyle Experts.

money bag Consumer Awareness Week
(third week)
See The Consumer Action Website.

Assistant Principals week
(third week)
This was designate by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

book Young People's Poetry Week
(third week)
See the Children's Book Council and Poetry Poems and Quotes.

Organize Your Files Week
(third week)
I do this in February when I do my taxes. Every hour you spend organizing papers will likely cut down many hours of looking for things later. See Organize Your Files.

television TV Turn-off Week
(third week) This is also celebrated in September.
Now that the weather has warmed up, it is a good time to explore outside activities. See the Center for Screen-Time Awareness.

book Cowboy Poetry Week
(third full week)
This was created by CowboyPoetry.com in 1991.

tree National Park Week
(third full week)
This was first proclaimed in 1991 by President George Bush. See The National Recreation and Park Association.

medical symbol Minority Cancer Awareness Week
(third full week)
This was designated by Congress in 1987. See Cancer Health Disparities.

medical symbol Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week
(third full week)
Some people who want to donate their organs don't tell their family because they don't like to talk about (or think about) their own death. Instead think about the lives you could save. See OrganDonor.gov.

dog Scoop the Poop Week
(fourth week)
If you love your dogs, please clean up after them so no one will want to restrict or outlaw them in your apartment complex or neighborhood. See Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists.

needle National Infant Immunization Week
(starts the fourth Sunday)
See The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

at symbol Electronic Communications Week
(fourth work week)
See Email Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Playground Safety Week
(last week)
This was created by the National Program for Playground Safety.

music notes Karaoke Week
(last full week)

Administrative Professionals Week
(last full week)
This was created in 1952 as National Secretaries Week. See the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

badge Police Officers Who Gave Their Lives in the Line of Duty Week
(last full week)
See Law Enforcement Poems and Quotes.

book National Family Reading Week
(week ending the first Saturday of May)

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