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lily of the valley Flower - Lily of the Valley (signifies humility and sweetness)

Alternate Flower - Hawthorne

Birthstone - Emerald (signifies love and success)

Name Origin - named for Maia, Italian goddess of spring

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May 1
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basket of flowers May Day - My children (and me as a child) celebrated this day by leaving homemade baskets filled with flowers on people's porches. We would ring the door bell or knock and then leave before they came to the door. At school it was celebrated with a Maypole dance. Originally this was the festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers. See May Poems and Quotes.

book Mother Goose Day - This was founded in 1987 by author, Gloria T. Delamar.

parfait Chocolate Parfait Day - A quick recipe: crumble some Oreo cookies and layer in a glass with chocolate pudding and thawed Cool Whip. Put a cherry or a candy kiss on the top.

cheerio Cheerios Day - Cheerios were first sold in on this day in 1941.

house New Homeowners Day - See Home Poems and Quotes.

Amtrak's Birthday - On this day in 1971 Amtrak took over the passenger train operations for eighteen railroad lines.

Empire State Building Birthday - Ribbon cutting for the Empire State Building was on this day in 1931. Construction had begun on March 17, 1930.

orchid Lei Day - One of the most common flowers used in leis are orchids. In Hawaii they celebrate Lei Day instead of May Day. It is a time to celebrate Native Hawaiian culture.

suitcase Frequent Flyer Day - See Aviation Poems and Quotes.

hardhat Labor Day - Mexico, Canada and other countries outside the U.S. celebrate Labor Day on this day.

badge Law Day - This was proclaimed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958. See The American Bar Association and Law Enforcement Poems and Quotes.

School Principals Day - Fortunately I didn't spend much time in the principals office during my school days but the times I was there are not happy memories. But I think schools today would be a lot better with the type of discipline we had during those times. And, even though kids wouldn't like it, I think in the long run they would be happier, and definitely better prepared for the demands of the job market.

Wagons Ho! Day - The first wagon train left Independence, Missouri for California on this day in 1841. I know it was a journey filled with hardships but think it would have been very exciting to be a part of it.

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May 2
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medical symbol Anxiety Disorders Screening Day 2018 (first Wednesday) - If you have problems with frequent worry, fears, sense of foreboding, panic attacks, heart-pounding, tenseness that are so bad that they interfere with your daily life, please talk to your family doctor or local mental health clinic right away. See HelpGuide.org for more information.

smilie Great American Grump Out Day 2018 (first Wednesday) - On this day everyone is encouraged to avoid being grumpy or rude for twenty-four hours. Who knows, it might feel so good that people will continue that way.

Sibling Appreciation Day - Make a list of things you appreciate about your siblings, then send it to them. See Sibling Poems and Quotes.

baby toy National Baby Day - I couldn't find info about the origins of this day but it could be because Dr. Benjamin Spock was born on this day in 1903. See Baby Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Truffles Day - There is conflicting information about this day. Some sites indicate it is about Chocolate Truffle confections. Others say it is about the gourmet mushroom.

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May 3
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cross National Day of Prayer 2018 (first Thursday) - This was designated by Congress in 1952 as a day to pray and meditate. See Faith and Prayer Poems.

National Day of Reason 2018 (first Thursday) - This is a day to celebrate rational thinking. It is often celebrated with blood drives, donations to food banks and other activities that help society. See National Day of Reason and Philosophy Quotes.

medical symbol Anxiety Disorders Screening Day 2017 (first Wednesday) - If you have problems with frequent worry, fears, sense of foreboding, panic attacks, heart-pounding, tenseness that are so bad that they interfere with your daily life, please talk to your family doctor or local mental health clinic right away. See HelpGuide.org for more information.

smilie Great American Grump Out Day 2017 (first Wednesday) - On this day everyone is encouraged to avoid being grumpy or rude for twenty-four hours. Who knows, it might feel so good that people will continue that way.

Wordsmith Day - See Wordsmith.org and Word Play.

medical symbol Pregnancy Fitness Awareness Day - This was created by author and feminist, Karen Bridson. See Pregnancy Poems and Quotes.

boxing gloves Birthday of Sugar Ray Robinson - The champion boxer was born on this day in 1921. See Boxing Poems and Quotes.

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May 4
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cross National Day of Prayer 2017 (first Thursday) - This was designated by Congress in 1952 as a day to pray and meditate. See Faith and Prayer Poems.

National Day of Reason 2017 (first Thursday) - This is a day to celebrate rational thinking. It is often celebrated with blood drives, donations to food banks and other activities that help society. See National Day of Reason and Philosophy Quotes.

heart Relationship Renewal Day - This is a good day to breath new life into relationships of all kinds. We often tend to take those closest to us for granted.

glass of juice Orange Juice Day - Children have fun squeezing their own juice - however if they are under the age of nine you might want to have them do it in the bathtub!

medical symbol National Kids Fitness Day - This would be a great day to explore a neighborhood park.

bluebirdBird Day On this day in 1894 Bird Day was first observed at the initiative of Charles Almanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. By 1910, Bird Day was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day and Bird Poems and Quotes.

orange National Candied Orange Peel Day - It is a lot of trouble but here is how to make your ownCandied Orange Peel.

umbrella National Weather Observers Day - See Weather Poems and Quotes.

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May 5
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horse Kentucky Derby 2018 (first Saturday) - This is the longest continuously held sporting event in the United States. See KentuckyDerby.com Horse Poems and Quotes.

Join Hands Day 2018 (first Saturday) - This is a day for fraternal benefit societies and volunteer organizations to participate in projects where youth and adults work together on helpful projects. See JoinHandsDay.org.

scrapbook page National Scrapbook Day 2018 (first Saturday) - I have been involved in this several times as either participant, teacher or vendor and really enjoyed being together with groups of people with common interests. I never got any scrapping done because I was too busy taking pictures of other people's ideas. See Scrapbook Poems and Quotes.

heart Significant Other Day - See Love Poems and Quotes.

pepper Totally Chipotle® Day

fork and spoon Chocolate Custard Day - See this Chocolate Custard Recipe.

fork and spoon Hoagie Day - According to Wikipedia there are several possibilities of how the word 'hoagie' originated.

fork and spoon Oyster Day - I do not like oysters plain, either raw or cooked, but I like oyster stew and oysters in stuffing. See Oyster Recipes.

smilie National Cartoonists Day - The first newspaper comic strip was published on this day in 1895. It was called "The Yellow Kid".

sombrero Cinco de Mayo - See Cinco de Mayo on WikipediA.

medical symbol National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy - See The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

globe First American in Space Day - On this day in 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to orbit the earth. A Soviet cosmonaut was first, on April 12 of the same year.

Halfway Point of Spring - Usually the weather in Kansas is just about perfect this time of year.

baseball Perfect Game Day - Cy Young pitched a perfect baseball game on this day in 1904. This has only happened twenty times in the history of professional baseball. See Perfect Game on WikipediA and Baseball Poems and Quotes.

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May 6
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horse Kentucky Derby 2017 (first Saturday) - This is the longest continuously held sporting event in the United States. See KentuckyDerby.com Horse Poems and Quotes.

Join Hands Day 2017 (first Saturday) - This is a day for fraternal benefit societies and volunteer organizations to participate in projects where youth and adults work together on helpful projects. See JoinHandsDay.org.

scrapbook page National Scrapbook Day 2017 (first Saturday) - I have been involved in this several times as either participant, teacher or vendor and really enjoyed being together with groups of people with common interests. I never got any scrapping done because I was too busy taking pictures of other people's ideas. See Scrapbook Poems and Quotes.

milk carton National Beverage Day - Celebrate with your favorite beverage or one you have never tried before. See Beverage Scrapbook Ideas.

cookie Dieting Day Off - See the DietBlog for some good reasons why an occasional day away from dieting can actually help you lose weight. Also see Dieting Poems and Quotes.

mailboxAdhesive Postage Stamps Day - In 1840 the first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Twopenny Blue, went on sale in Britain - See Written Communication Poems and Quotes.

National No Homework Day - If you have children you know that homework is taking up much of what might otherwise be family time. Though I don't totally agree with the idea of no homework at all, I think that much of it could be eliminated with no affect on learning.

baseball Birthday of Willie Mays - Baseball player, Willie Mays, was born on this day in 1931. See Baseball Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol American Lung Association Birthday - It started in 1904 as the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. In 1968 the name was changed to the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association. Finally in 1973 it became the American Lung Association. See The American Lung Association so we can all breathe easier.

baseball Babe Ruth Day - On this day in 1915 Babe Ruth hit his first Major League home run. See Baseball Poems and Quotes.

nurse's cap National Nurses Day - This is the first day of National Nurses week. See Nurse Poems and Quotes.

Steel Plow Day - Many sources credit John Deere for inventing the steel plow in 1837. However other sources indicate that blacksmith, John Lane, built the first steel plow in 1833 in Homer Township, Illinois. See Farming Poems and Quotes.

suitcase Tourist Appreciation Day - See Travel Poems and Quotes.

Yale Lock Day - The Yale lock was first patented in 1861.

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May 7
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school bus School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day 2018 (first Monday) - See School Bus Driver Quotes.

medical symbol Melanoma Monday® 2018 (first Monday) - As designated by the American Academy of Dermatology to promote skin self-examinations.

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2018 (Monday of the first full week) - This day recognizes the contribution of meeting and convention planners to tourism in their communities.

camera Box Camera Day - On this day in 1888, George Eastman patented the Box Camera. See Photography Poems and Quotes.

firefighter hat Fire Escape Ladder Birthday - A wagon-mounted fire escape ladder was patented on this day in 1878 by Joseph Winters.

suitcase National Tourism Day - See Discover America - The Official Travel and Tourism Website of the United States and Travel Poems and Quotes.

Unity in Diversity Day - See Poems and Quotes about Tolerance.

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May 8
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National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2017 (Monday of the first full week) - This day recognizes the contribution of meeting and convention planners to tourism in their communities.

medical symbol Childhood Depression Awareness Day 2018 (Tuesday of the first full week) - This was designated by the National Mental Health Association in 1997. It is also known as Green Ribbon Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear a green ribbon to draw attention to childhood depression.

apple National Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 (Tuesday of the first full week) - See The National Education Association and Teacher Poems and Quotes.

school bus School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day 2017 (first Monday) - See School Bus Driver Quotes.

medical symbol Melanoma Monday® 2017 (first Monday) - As designated by the American Academy of Dermatology to promote skin self-examinations.

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2017 (Monday of the first full week) - This day recognizes the contribution of meeting and convention planners to tourism in their communities.

glass of pop Have a Cola Day - Coca Cola was introduced in Atlanta, Georgia on this day in 1886 by John Pemberton. It was originally intended to be a patent medicine.

iris Iris Day - If you look around as you go about your day you are likely to see irises blooming. See Flower Poems and Quotes.

Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust - Anniversary of the day Nazi Germany surrendered.

mailboxU.S. Post Office Anniversary - The United States Post Office was established on this day in 1794. See the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for info about the history of the Post Office as well as games and puzzles for all ages. Also see Written Communication Poems and Quotes.

dog First Westminster Dog Show Anniversary - On this day in 1877 the first Westminster Dog Show was held. See Dog Poems and Quotes.

nurse's cap National Student Nurses Day - This was designated by the American Nurses Association in 1998. See Nursing School 411 and Nurse Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon V-E Day - This is also known as Victory in Europe Day. It commemorates the day in 1945 when the WWII Allies accepted the surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

medical symbol World Red Cross Red Crescent Day - This is the birthday of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President Harry S Truman (born in 1884) - He was the thirty-third president.

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May 9
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money bag Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day 2018 (second Wednesday) - This was started in 2002. If you can't afford to donate a whole day's wages, any amount will help. If you can't afford to donate anything in this bad economy, consider volunteering your time for a day. See OneDaysWages.org.

National Night Shift Workers Day 2018 (second Wednesday) - Some people actually like working second or third shift, I am not one of those people. I had to work until midnight for a year and found it very disruptive to my sleep and my life.

National Receptionist Day 2018 (second Wednesday) - You only have one change to make a first impression. For many businesses, the receptionist has the first contact with clients so they play a very important role.

nurse's cap National School Nurse Day 2018 (Wednesday between 6 - 12) - This used to be celebrated the fourth Wednesday in January but in 2003 it was changed to the Wednesday during National Nurses Week. See the National Association of School Nurses and Health Poems and Quotes.

book Thank a School Librarian Day 2018 (Wednesday of the first full week) - See The American Association of School Librarians.

medical symbol Childhood Depression Awareness Day 2017 (Tuesday of the first full week) - This was designated by the National Mental Health Association in 1997. It is also known as Green Ribbon Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear a green ribbon to draw attention to childhood depression.

apple National Teacher Appreciation Day 2017 (Tuesday of the first full week) - See The National Education Association and Teacher Poems and Quotes.

button Hurray for Buttons Day - See All About Buttons on Wikipedia.

Lawn Mower Day - On this day in 1899 a rotary blade lawn mower was patented that was a big improvement over previous mowers.

sock Lost Sock Memorial Day - Today is the day to throw away all those socks with no match. On the other hand, maybe that is not a good idea. If you do that the other sock will probably suddenly appear.

Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day - This was more fun back when tags on pillow, mattresses, etc. said "do not remove under penalty of law". Now most tags say "may not be removed except by consumer", but your house will still look better without the tags!

medical symbol Birth Control Pill Day - On this day in 1960 the birth control pill was approved by the FDA and freed a lot of women from lives of poverty and early death. I was not aware of how many women used to die in childbirth until I started doing genealogy. It was not unusual for men to outlive two or three wives. Of course, modern prenatal care and maternity wards play a big part in women surviving childbirth.

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May 10
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money bag Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day 2017 (second Wednesday) - This was started in 2002. If you can't afford to donate a whole day's wages, any amount will help. If you can't afford to donate anything in this bad economy, consider volunteering your time for a day. See OneDaysWages.org.

National Night Shift Workers Day 2017 (second Wednesday) - Some people actually like working second or third shift, I am not one of those people. I had to work until midnight for a year and found it very disruptive to my sleep and my life.

National Receptionist Day 2017 (second Wednesday) - You only have one change to make a first impression. For many businesses, the receptionist has the first contact with clients so they play a very important role.

nurse's cap National School Nurse Day 2017 (Wednesday between 6 - 12) - This used to be celebrated the fourth Wednesday in January but in 2003 it was changed to the Wednesday during National Nurses Week. See the National Association of School Nurses and Health Poems and Quotes.

book Thank a School Librarian Day 2017 (Wednesday of the first full week) - See The American Association of School Librarians.

Trust Your Intuition Day - Most of the time when I didn't follow my intuition I was sorry. But there have been a few times my intuition was totally wrong. I would not advise anyone to always follow their intuition but if you have a feeling something just isn't right, proceed with caution.

Clean Up Your Room Day - As an incentive you might let your kids have a garage sale and keep the money they make for their old stuff. If that is too much trouble try bribery! For example, a new video game for each five they agree to donate to charity or pass down to younger cousins.

medical symbol Blood Pressure Day - It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly as you get older. High blood pressure can do damage even without symptoms. Many times lifestyle changes can lower your blood pressure without medication. See National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

medical symbol Lupus Awareness Day - See The Lupus Foundation of America.

steam engine First Transcontinental Railroad Completed - On this day in 1869 at Promontory, Utah, the Union Pacific tracks were joined with those of the Central Pacific Tracks. This transcontinental railroad cut the four to six months it took for pioneers to get from the Missouri River to the Pacific states down to six days.

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May 11
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Child Care Provider Appreciation Day™ 2018 (Friday before Mothers Day) - Thank your daycare provider or pre-school teacher. See Provider Appreciation Day™ and Daycare Provider Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon National Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2018 (Friday before Mothers Day) - This was first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. See spouseBUZZ. Also see Military Family Scrapbook Ideas.

fork and spoon Eat What You Want Day - As long as you eat small amounts, eating whatever you want once in a while will not ruin your diet.

tire Tubeless Tire Day - The B.F. Goodrich Company announced the development of a tubeless tire on this day in 1947. See Car Poems and Quotes.

flag Minnesota Admission Day - Minnesota became the 32nd state in 1858. See Minnesota Poems and Quotes.

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May 12
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Canadian goose International Migratory Bird Day 2018 (second Saturday) - Created in 1993 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year. They travel thousands of miles between breeding grounds in North America, and their winter homes in Central and South America. Organizers say this is a day to both support, and to increase awareness of conservation efforts in support of migratory birds. They also suggest a field trip into a woods to look for and enjoy migrating birds.

cake National Bake Sale Day 2018 (second Saturday) - Whether you see this as a day to celebrate depends on which side of the table you are on! I spent plenty of time when my girls were young baking for various sales. Now I get to buy things that other people bake and enjoy that more.

Windmill Day 2018 (second Saturday) - On this day in Holland more than 600 still-remaining windmills are open to the public. Some of them are still used for their intended purpose and the others have been designated national monuments. With the rise in wind-power in the U.S. hopefully this will become a popular holiday in the U.S.

sunglasses Sun Awareness Day 2018 (second Saturday) - Now that the weather is getting warmer it is a good day to stock up on sunscreen. Many of us don't start using sunscreen until we start seeing the bad affects sun has had on our skin. This is usually after our children are grown. Even if you don't use sunscreen yourself, please make it a habit for your children. This will not only help prevent skin cancer, but also the rough blotchy skin like I have on my arms. And don't forget your sunglasses! See Sun, Moon and Star Poems and Quotes.

National Miniature Golf Day 2018 (second Saturday) - This celebration was started in 2007. It is sometimes listed as September 21.

medical symbol Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day 2018 (second Saturday) - See The Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation.

female symbol Birth Mother's Day 2018 (Saturday before Mother's Day) - This was created in 1990. Among my family and friends are many happy adopted children, though we don't make any distinction. I am grateful to all the birth mothers who made a very difficult decision to give their children a chance at a better life.

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day™ 2017 (Friday before Mothers Day) - Thank your daycare provider or pre-school teacher. See Provider Appreciation Day™ and Daycare Provider Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon National Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2017 (Friday before Mothers Day) - This was first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. See spouseBUZZ. Also see Military Family Scrapbook Ideas.

book Limerick Day - Edward Lear was born on this day in 1812. He was one of the early limerick writers. A limerick is a humorous five-line poem. The first two line and the fifth line rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme. Here is an example:
The limerick packs laughs anatomical
In space that is quite economical,
      But the good ones I've seen
      So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

medical symbol Fibromyalgia Awareness Day - This is a very difficult disease to diagnose and treat. My daughter has suffered from this for years. She has some good days but most of the time she has at least some pain. See The National Fibromyalgia Association.

Native American Rights Day

nurse's cap International Nurses Day - This was designated by the International Council of Nurses in 1965. See Nursing School 411 and Nurse Poems and Quotes.

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May 13
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basket of flowers Mothers Day 2018 (second Sunday) - The idea for Mothers Day started with Ann Jarvis in Philadelphia in 1907. It was officially designated by Congress in 1914 and the proclamation was signed by President Woodrow Wilson. See Mother Poems and Quotes.

Canadian goose International Migratory Bird Day 2017 (second Saturday) - Created in 1993 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year. They travel thousands of miles between breeding grounds in North America, and their winter homes in Central and South America. Organizers say this is a day to both support, and to increase awareness of conservation efforts in support of migratory birds. They also suggest a field trip into a woods to look for and enjoy migrating birds.

cake National Bake Sale Day 2017 (second Saturday) - Whether you see this as a day to celebrate depends on which side of the table you are on! I spent plenty of time when my girls were young baking for various sales. Now I get to buy things that other people bake and enjoy that more.

Windmill Day 2017 (second Saturday) - On this day in Holland more than 600 still-remaining windmills are open to the public. Some of them are still used for their intended purpose and the others have been designated national monuments. With the rise in wind-power in the U.S. hopefully this will become a popular holiday in the U.S.

sunglasses Sun Awareness Day 2017 (second Saturday) - Now that the weather is getting warmer it is a good day to stock up on sunscreen. Many of us don't start using sunscreen until we start seeing the bad affects sun has had on our skin. This is usually after our children are grown. Even if you don't use sunscreen yourself, please make it a habit for your children. This will not only help prevent skin cancer, but also the rough blotchy skin like I have on my arms. And don't forget your sunglasses! See Sun, Moon and Star Poems and Quotes.

National Miniature Golf Day 2017 (second Saturday) - This celebration was started in 2007. It is sometimes listed as September 21.

medical symbol Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day 2017 (second Saturday) - See The Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation.

female symbol Birth Mother's Day 2017 (Saturday before Mother's Day) - This was created in 1990. Among my family and friends are many happy adopted children, though we don't make any distinction. I am grateful to all the birth mothers who made a very difficult decision to give their children a chance at a better life.

heart I Just Called to Say I Love You Day - Any day is a good day to call loved ones far away (or even not so far away) and say 'I love you'. See Love Poems and Quotes.

tulipTulip Day - See Flower Poems and Quotes.

frog Frog Jumping Day - This is the first day of the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in California. Mark Twain's story "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was most likely the inspiration for both the fair and the day. See The Amphibian Conservation Alliance and Frog Poems and Quotes.

Leprechaun Day - According to folklore, if you catch a Leprechaun, his must give you a pot of gold.

music notes International Tuba Day (first Friday) - See International Tuba Day.

red, white and blue ribbon Arlington National Cemetery Day - On this day in 1964, the first military serviceman, Private William Henry Christman of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry, was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

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May 14
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pedigree chart Ancestor Honor Day 2018 (third Monday) - This is a day for African Americans to honor their ancestors.

medical symbol Women's Check-up Day 2018 (Monday after Mothers Day) - See WomensHealth.gov.

basket of flowers Mothers Day 2017 (second Sunday) - The idea for Mothers Day started with Ann Jarvis in Philadelphia in 1907. It was officially designated by Congress in 1914 and the proclamation was signed by President Woodrow Wilson. See Mother Poems and Quotes.

biscuit National Buttermilk Biscuit Day - See Biscuit Recipes.

fork and spoon Marshmallow Fluff Birthday - On this day in 1920 H. Allen Durkee and Fred L. Mower announced that they had formed a partnership to manufacture Marshmallow Fluff. They had purchased the formula from it's creator, Archibald Query. I haven't used Marshmallow Fluff for many years but remember a great fudge I used to make with it. See these Recipes that use Marshmallow Fluff.

motorcycle Motorcycle Riders Day - I would love to celebrate this every day but do not have a friend or family member nearby right now that has a bike. If finances prevented I would buy my own but unfortunately that is not possible. See Motorcycle Poems and Quotes.

music notes National Dance Like a Chicken Day - If you have been to a wedding dance in the past twenty years you have either done this or seen this done.

medical symbol Drunk Driving Memorial Day - See Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Drunk Driving Poems.

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May 15
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pedigree chart Ancestor Honor Day 2017 (third Monday) - This is a day for African Americans to honor their ancestors.

medical symbol Women's Check-up Day 2017 (Monday after Mothers Day) - See WomensHealth.gov.

cookie Chocolate Chip Day

mailboxAirmail Service Anniversary On this day in 1918 regular airmail service was started between New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. See Written Communications Poems and Quotes.

Flip Your Mattress Day - Most mattresses last longer and are more comfortable if they are flipped and/or turned every few months. This is easy to forget so mark your calendar.

Nylon Stocking Day - Nylon stockings were sold for the first time on this day in 1940 in several New York stores. 780,000 pairs were sold on the first day. Pantyhose were still in future and these stockings were held up by a garter belt or garters.

rainbow Over The Rainbow Day - This is the birthday of L.F. Baum who wrote The Wizard of Oz.

badge Peace Officers Memorial Day - This was designated by President John Kennedy in 1962 to honor Federal, State, and local officers killed in the line of duty. See Law Enforcement Poems and Quotes.

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May 16
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tree Love a Tree Day - See Tree Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Spaghetti-Os Birthday - Spaghetti-Os was first sold on this day in 1966.

glass of pop Hires Root Beer Birthday Hires Root Beer was created by pharmacist, Charles Elmer Hires, on this day in 1866. It was introduced to the public at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1973.

money bag U.S. Nickel Day - The first 5-cent nickel was minted on this day in 1866. See Money Poems and Quotes.

National Sea-Monkey® Day - Sea-Monkeys® are actually a kind of brine shrimp. See How to Care for Sea-Monkeys.

Wear Purple for Peace Day - The theory behind this day is that the earth is too hostile for aliens from outer space to want to visit. Evidently the people who created this day want aliens to visit. See Peace Poems and Quotes.

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May 17
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brown bag Brown Bag it Thursday 2018 (third Thursday) - Unless the cafeteria and vending machines at your work are very different from those where I work, bringing your lunch will not only save money but be more nutritious.

merry-go-round Merry-Go-Round Birthday - In 1620 the first merry-go-round was introduced. It was powered by horses. See Merry-Go-Round Poems.

Pack Rat Day - I was a pack rat for more than forty years and wish I had 'uncluttered' much sooner. I have felt so much better since I got rid of all my excess stuff. Not just having more space and a neat house, but not having to spend so much time looking for things, moving things, finding a space for things, etc. I kept things with sentimental value but not those things "I might need someday", "that might be worth something someday", etc. In spite of getting rid of pickup loads of 'stuff' there was only one thing I kind of wish I had kept. Even if there were fifty things I miss, it would be more than worth it for the freedom I feel now.

at symbol World Information Society Day - This was created by the UN General Assembly and was previously called World Telecommunication Day. The purpose is the raise awareness of changes to society by the internet and other new technologies. It also focuses on ways to reduce the 'digital divide' between those with access to information technology and those who don't.

horse First Kentucky Derby Anniversary The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs on this day in 1875. This is the longest continuously held sporting event in the United States. See Horse Poems and Quotes.

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May 18
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bike National Bike-to-Work Day 2018 (third Friday) - This was created in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. See Biking Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Elected Officials Day 2018 (third Friday) - Most of us don't give much thought to all the work our elected officials do unless they do something wrong. Take time today to thank an elected official who is doing their job well.

brown bag Brown Bag it Thursday 2017 (third Thursday) - Unless the cafeteria and vending machines at your work are very different from those where I work, bringing your lunch will not only save money but be more nutritious.

fork and spoon No Dirty Dishes Day - You might go out for every meal or use disposable tableware. However, if you have children, it might be fun to come up with various types of food that doesn't require dishes. Some ideas: toaster pastries, breakfast bars, pizza, sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, popsicles, cupcakes.

pedigree chart Visit Your Relatives Day - We often make more effort to see friends than we do relatives, even relatives that we love. Perhaps that is because we know a relative is always going to be there and if you neglect a friend they might not be. Take time today to see--or at least call--a relative you haven't talked to in a while. See Relative Poems and Quotes.

International Museum Day - This was started in 1977 by The International Council of Museums.

medical symbol HIV Vaccine Awareness Day - See The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Mount St. Helens Erupted - On this day in 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington state, resulting in the death of fifty-seven people. It was the only significant volcanic eruption in the contiguous 48 states in sixty-five years.

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May 19
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red, white and blue ribbon Armed Forces Day 2018 (third Saturday) - This was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. It was made an official holiday by President John Kennedy in 1962. See Military Poems and Quotes.

horse Preakness 2018 (third Saturday) - The Triple Crown consists of three races for three-year-old thoroughbred race horses. This Preakness is the second jewel in the Triple Crown. See Horse Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Jamestown Landing Day 2018 (Saturday of the second full week) - In April of 1607, explorers landed in Chesapeake Bay. They traveled up the James River to Jamestown Island, where they established America's first permanent English colony in May of that year.

bike National Bike-to-Work Day 2017 (third Friday) - This was created in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. See Biking Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Elected Officials Day 2017 (third Friday) - Most of us don't give much thought to all the work our elected officials do unless they do something wrong. Take time today to thank an elected official who is doing their job well.

cake Devil's Food Cake Day

circus tent Circus Day - The first Ringling Brothers Circus performance was on this day in 1884. See Circus Poems and Quotes.

watering can Plant Something Day - By now you should be seeing colorful annuals at many stores. Annuals are a quick way to brighten up your front yard of patio area. See Garden Poems and Quotes.

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May 20
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female symbol Aunt's Day 2018 (third Sunday) - This was proclaimed by the Governors of several states. It is also celebrated the Saturday after Labor Day. I was fortunate to have a wonderful aunt and several great aunts. I have very fond memories of times with them and the difference they made in my life. If you have an aunt who is special to you let her know today. See Aunt Poems and Quotes.

female symbol Stepmother's Day 2018 (third Sunday) - Many of my friends who are stepmothers say it is extremely challenging, especially at the beginning. Though most of them eventually develop a good relationship with their step-children. Unfortunately, second marriages where one or both partners have children have a high divorce rate. Family counseling from the beginning may have made a different result. See Step-Family Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Armed Forces Day 2017 (third Saturday) - This was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. It was made an official holiday by President John Kennedy in 1962. See Military Poems and Quotes.

horse Preakness 2017 (third Saturday) - The Triple Crown consists of three races for three-year-old thoroughbred race horses. This Preakness is the second jewel in the Triple Crown. See Horse Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Jamestown Landing Day 2017 (Saturday of the second full week) - In April of 1607, explorers landed in Chesapeake Bay. They traveled up the James River to Jamestown Island, where they established America's first permanent English colony in May of that year.

jeans pocket Blue Jeans Birthday - On this day in 1873, Levi Strauss and David Jacobs received a patent for blue jeans with riveted pockets.

strawberry Pick Strawberries Day - If you don't grow your own strawberries you can often find 'pick-your-own' strawberry growers not too far from most cities. See Berry Poems and Quotes.

Flying Solo Day - Charles Lindbergh started his nonstop solo transatlantic flight on this day in 1927. See Charles Lindbergh - An American Aviator and Aviation Poems and Quotes.

Norman Rockwell Day - On this day in 1916, the first Norman Rockwell painting appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

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May 21
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Canada flag Victoria Day 2018 (Monday on or before May 24) - This is a Canadian holiday in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.

female symbol Aunt's Day 2017 (third Sunday) - This was proclaimed by the Governors of several states. It is also celebrated the Saturday after Labor Day. I was fortunate to have a wonderful aunt and several great aunts. I have very fond memories of times with them and the difference they made in my life. If you have an aunt who is special to you let her know today. See Aunt Poems and Quotes.

female symbol Stepmother's Day 2017 (third Sunday) - Many of my friends who are stepmothers say it is extremely challenging, especially at the beginning. Though most of them eventually develop a good relationship with their step-children. Unfortunately, second marriages where one or both partners have children have a high divorce rate. Family counseling from the beginning may have made a different result. See Step-Family Poems and Quotes.

I Need a Patch for That Day - Wouldn't it be great if there was a special patch for all our problems? Maybe if I live long enough there will be!

fork and spoon Waitstaff Day - If you have ever worked in the food service industry you know the work is hard and the wages often low. Today is a perfect day to give generous tips to show appreciation.

at symbol Memo Day - Email memos and post-it notes can be great for reminders of important things you don't want to forget. However, in many offices today, we get an overwhelming number of memos that don't even apply to us.

medical symbol American Red Cross Anniversary - The American Red Cross was established on this day in 1881 by Clara Barton. See The American Red Cross.

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May 22
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Canada flag Victoria Day 2017 (Monday on or before May 24) - This is a Canadian holiday in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.

heart Find Your Soul Mate Day - You never know where you might find your soul mate but it definitely won't be sitting around in house or apartment. So join a singles group, explore an online dating service or join a club where you might find someone with common interests. See Dating Poems and Quotes.

music notes Buy a Musical Instrument Day - If you have always wanted to play a musical instrument, today is the day to start. See Musical Instrument Poems and Quotes.

toothbrush Toothpaste Tube Birthday - On this day in 1892, the toothpaste tube was invented by dentist, Washington Wentworth Sheffield. Dr. Sheffield created the flexible tube to replace the unhygienic practice of dipping a toothbrush in a jar of dental cream.

Loch Ness Monster Day - The first reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was on this day in 1933.

National Maritime Day - This was designated by Congress in 1933 to honor the maritime industry. It is the anniversary day of when the steamship Savannah sailed from Savannah, Georgia on the first transoceanic steam-powered voyage. - See Water Poems and Quotes.

television Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Anniversary - Mister Rogers' Neighborhood debuted on this day in 1967.

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May 23
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candy National Taffy Day - If you, or your kids, have never pulled taffy this would be a good day to try if. It is messy but a lot of fun.

penny Lucky Penny Day - There are many superstitions about pennies. My grandmother used to say "See a penny, pick it up and all the day you'll have good luck. See a penny, let it lie and bad luck will find you by and by." See Money Poems and Quotes.

turtleWorld Turtle Day - This was designated by American Tortoise Rescue. See Turtle Poems.

flag South Carolina Admission Day - South Carolina became the 8th state in 1788. See South Carolina Poems and Quotes.

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May 24
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asparagus Asparagus Day - I can make a meal out of bread and butter and fresh asparagus. I pick the tips when they are only about eight inches high. After rinsing, I microwave them in covered in a small about of water until just barely tender. I add a dab of butter, dash of pepper and a little lemon juice.

fork and spoon Escargot Day - I am not a picky eater but can't imagine eating snails.

male symbol Brothers Day - This day is dedicated to all kinds of brotherhood, whether biological, step, fraternity, or any other type. See Brother Poems and Quotes.

Scavenger Hunt Day - Scavenger hunts can be a lot of fun but require pre-planning to set the theme and make up the clues. See Diva Girl Parties and Stuff for all kinds of scavenger hunt ideas.

Brooklyn Bridge Birthday - The Brooklyn Bridge was opened on this day in 1883.

book Little Lamb Day - Sarah Hale's "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was first published on this day in 1830. See Mary Had a Little Lamb on WikipediA.

baseball Night Baseball Anniversary - The first Major League night baseball game was played on this day in 1935 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. See Baseball Poems and Quotes.

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May 25
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music notes National Tap Dance Day - This was designated by Congress in 1989. It is the birthday of tap dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. See Performance Dance Poems and Quotes.

badge National Missing Children's Day - This was designated in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. One of my daughters stayed out all night as a teenager and it was agonizing until I knew she was okay. I can't even imagine how it feels for a child to be missing for days, weeks or years. See the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

motorcycle Indian Motorcycle Birthday - The Indian Motocycle Company was started in 1901 as the Hendee Manufacturing Company. In 1928 the name was changed to the Indian Motorcycle Company. See the history of Indian Motorcycles and Motorcycle Poems and Quotes.

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May 26
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music notes International Jazz Day 2018 - (on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) Jazz music developed in the U.S. in the late 1800's. If you are a jazz fan put on some music and enjoy. If you are not a jazz fan try listing to a local 'light jazz' station or artists such as Edie Brickell. As in ever genre of music there is a wide variety of sounds.

cherry Cherry Dessert Day - See Dessert Scrapbook Ideas.

blueberries Blueberry Cheesecake Day - See these Blueberry Cheesecake Recipes.

Bob Day - This is a day for Bobs to get together and celebrate famous people with their same name. My favorite Bobs are Bob Dylan, Bob Segar, and Bobby Kennedy.

book Dracula's Birthday - On this day in 1897 Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, was first sold.

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May 27
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music notes International Jazz Day 2017 - (on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) Jazz music developed in the U.S. in the late 1800's. If you are a jazz fan put on some music and enjoy. If you are not a jazz fan try listing to a local 'light jazz' station or artists such as Edie Brickell. As in ever genre of music there is a wide variety of sounds.

popsicle National Grape Popsicle Day - Grape was my daughters' favorite Popsicle flavor. Unfortunately it is also the one that stains the worst.

toaster Pop-up Toaster Birthday - Charles Strite applied for a patent for the first pop-up toaster in 1919. See The Cyber Toaster Museum.

Cellophane Tape Anniversary - A patent for cellophane tape was granted to Richard Drew on this day in 1930. This was later markets by 3M as Scotch tape.

medical symbol National Sunscreen Protection Day - Not all sunscreens are created equally so be sure to check the SPF level. Most sunscreens do not last all day so check the instructions to see how often you need to reapply.

Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary - On this day in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge opened. At the time it opened it was the longest suspension in the world. Since that time eight bridges have been built that are longer but none of them are so universally recognized.

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May 28
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red, white and blue ribbon Memorial Day 2018 (observed the last Monday) - Originally this was May 30, but in 1968 congress set it as the last Monday. It used to be called Decoration Day because it is a time people decorated graves. First created to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War, after WWI it was extended to honor Americans who died in any war. Now it is a day when many people visit the graves of deceased family and friends whether they served in the military or not.

hamburger National Hamburger Day - See National Hamburger Month and Day and Hamburger Recipes.

globe Sierra club Anniversary - The Sierra Club was founded on this day in 1892 by naturalist, John Muir.

female symbol Women in Trousers Day - In 1923, the U.S. Attorney General determined that it was legal for women to wear trousers anywhere.

Whooping Crane Day - The first whooping crane born in captivity was in 1975 after whooping crane eggs were moved into sandhill crane nests. Unfortunately, those whopping cranes did not mate so the project was eventually discontinued. Today there are only about four hundred whooping cranes left in the wild. See The International Crane Foundation.

Amnesty International Day - The purpose of Amnesty International is to help protect the human rights of people everywhere.

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May 29
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red, white and blue ribbon Memorial Day 2017 (observed the last Monday) - Originally this was May 30, but in 1968 congress set it as the last Monday. It used to be called Decoration Day because it is a time people decorated graves. First created to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War, after WWI it was extended to honor Americans who died in any war. Now it is a day when many people visit the graves of deceased family and friends whether they served in the military or not.

flamingo Pink Flamingo Day - The pink flamingo lawn ornament was created by Don Featherstone in 1957.

paper clip Paper Clip Birthday - The paper clip was patented in 1899 by Norwegian, Johan Vaaler.

flag Rhode Island Admission Day - Rhode Island became the 13th state in 1790. See Rhode Island Poems and Quotes.

flag Wisconsin Admission Day - Wisconsin became the 30th state in 1848.
See Wisconsin Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President John F. Kennedy (born in 1917) - He was the thirty-fifth president.

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May 30
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medical symbol National Senior Health and Fitness Day 2018 (last Wednesday) - This was started in 1993. See FitnessDay.com.

cat Hug Your Cat Day (listed in some places as June 4) - See Cat Scrapbook Ideas.

ice cream cone Ice Cream Freezer Birthday - A hand-cranked ice cream freezer was patented by William G. Young on this day in 1848. See Ice Cream Scrapbook Ideas.

watering can Water a Flower Day - By late May the rains have slowed down, so it is up to us to see that our plants and flowers get enough water. See Flower Poems and Quotes.

checkered flags Indianapolis 500 Anniversary - The first Indianapolis 500 was held on this day in 1911.

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May 31
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medical symbol National Senior Health and Fitness Day 2017 (last Wednesday) - This was started in 1993. See FitnessDay.com.

fork and spoon National Macaroon Day - See these Macaroon Recipes.

bike Bicycle Race Day - The first official bicycle race was held on this day in 1868. See Biking Poems and Quotes.

Copyright Law Anniversary - The first federal copyright law in the U.S. was signed by President George Washington on this day in 1790.

camcorder 'Make My Day' Day - This is the birthday of Clint Eastwood. He first spoke the phrase, "Go ahead, make my day", in the movie Sudden Impact in 1983.

medical symbol Save Your Hearing Day - When I was growing up we didn't know that fire crackers, guns, and other loud noises caused hearing loss. Today the loud music favored by teens will no doubt result in even more adults with hearing loss and tinnitus. Since teens can't imagine getting old it is up to parents to try to minimize their exposure to loud noises. I know all too well the problems hearing loss and tinnitus cause. I work at a call center and have four years before I can afford to retire but most likely won't be able to work more than another few months. See The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

medical symbol World No Tobacco Day - The World Health Organization created this day in 1987 to discourage the use of all forms of tobacco around the world for 24-hours.

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Month-Long Events

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heart Date Your Mate Month - See Spouse Dates.

Creative Beginnings Month - See Stretching Your Creativity Muscle. What I need is a 'Creative Endings Month' to encourage me to finish all my work-in-progress projects.

bike National Bike Month - See The League ofAmerican Bicyclists and Bike Poems, Quotes and Scrapbook Ideas.

tennis ball Tennis Month - See The United States Tennis Association and Tennis Poems and Quotes.

book Book Month - See The National Book Foundation and Book Poems and Quotes.

book Get Caught Reading Month - As designated by the Association of American Publishers in 1999. See Get Caught Reading.

mailboxPhilatelic Exhibition Month - See The American Philatelic Society and Stamp Scrapbook Ideas.

heart Hope Chest Month - See Hope Chests on WikipediA.

Moving Month - See Moving Poems, Quotes and Scrapbook Ideas.

quill pen Personal History Month - Many people do not write their own personal history because they do not think anyone would be interested. But consider how thrilled you would be to find a letter or diary written by your great grandmother. See Suggestions for Writing Your Personal History.

Recommitment Month - Now is the time to recommit yourself to something you have been neglecting - whether it be dieting, physical fitness, your marriage, or anything else that is important in your life.

School's Out Month - See School Poems and Scrapbook Ideas.

Young Achievers Month - See Young Achievers International.

National Business Image Improvement Month®

newspaperClassified Ads Month

pedigree chart Jewish American Heritage Month
See Jewish American Heritage Month and Hanukkah Poems and Quotes.

badge Law Enforcement Month - See Law Enforcement History and Info on WikipediA. Also see Law Enforcement Scrapbook Ideas.

red, white and blue ribbon Military Appreciation Month - First designated by the United States Senate in 1999 and designated by both houses of Congress in 2004. See National Military Appreciation Month. Also see Military Scrapbook Ideas.

Older Americans Month - First designated in 1963 as 'Senior Citizens Month' by President John Kennedy. President Jimmy Carter changed the name to 'Older Americans Month' in 1980. See The Administration on Aging and Poems, Quotes and Humor about aging.

camera Professional Photographer's Month - See The Professional Photographers of America.

Revise Your Work Schedule Month - More and more workplaces have flexible schedules, job sharing, work-at-home, etc. If your employer doesn't, it wouldn't hurt to make suggestions. Sometimes just a small change in your work schedule can make a big difference in your life.

grill Barbecue Month - See Barbecue'n on the Internet.

eggsEgg Month - See The American Egg Board.

hamburger Hamburger Month - See National Hamburger Month and Day and Hamburger Recipes.

lettuce Salad Month - See Salad Recipes.

fork and spoon Salsa Month

strawberry Strawberry Month - See Easy Strawberry Recipes.

globe Clean Air Month - See The American Lung Association® and Environment Poems and Quotes.

motorcycle Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month - See The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Motorcycle Poems, Quotes and Scrapbook Ideas.

zzz Better Sleep Month See The Better Sleep Council and Sleep Scrapbook Ideas.

sunglasses Sight-Saving and Ultraviolet Awareness Month - See Prevent Blindness America®.

medical symbol Correct Posture Month - See Posture for a Healthy Back.

medical symbol Family Wellness Month

medical symbol Healthy Vision Month - See The Low Vision Gateway and Prevent Blindness.org.

medical symbol Prom/Graduation Safety Month - See Dangerous Season for Teens and Talking with Your Teens about Drugs and Alcohol. Also see The Problem with College Drinking.

medical symbol National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - See The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and Sports Medicine on About.com.

medical symbol Women's Health Care Month - See The Governments Source for Women's Health Information.

medical symbol National Arthritis Month - See The Arthritis Foundation.

medical symbol National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month - See The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

medical symbol Better Hearing and Speech Month - See The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

medical symbol National Celiac Awareness Month (started in 1987, originally in October) - See the Celiac Disease Foundation.

medical symbol Childhood Stroke Awareness Month - See Stroke . . . It's not just an adult condition.

medical symbol National Digestive Diseases Awareness Month - As designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. See The Digestive Disease National Coalition.

medical symbol Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month - See The National Fibromyalgia Association.

medical symbol Hepatitis Awareness Month - As designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2001. See WebMD.

medical symbol National High Blood Pressure Education Month - See Preventing High Blood Pressure.

medical symbol Huntington's Disease Awareness Month

medical symbol Lupus Awareness Month - See The Lupus Foundation of America.

medical symbol Lyme Disease Awareness Month - See The Lyme Disease Foundation.

medical symbol Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month® - See The American Academy of Dermatology.

medical symbol Mental Health Month - See Mental Health America.

medical symbol National Neurofibromatosis Month - See Neurofibromatosis, Inc. and the Children's Tumor Foundation.

medical symbol National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month - See The National Osteoporosis Foundation.

medical symbol American Stroke Month - See The National Stroke Association.
If you suspect someone has had a stroke ask them to: smile, repeat a simple sentence, raise both arms and stick out their tongue. If they have problems with even one of those things call 911 immediately.

medical symbol Sturge-Weber Awareness Month - See The Sturge-Weber Foundation.

medical symbol National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month - See The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Advocates for Youth.

medical symbol National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month - Every day we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals, many of which are known to alter the normal activity of the nervous system. See The National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation for more information.

medical symbol Trauma Awareness Month - See The American Trauma Society.

medical symbol Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month - See The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.

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Week-Long Events

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book National Family Reading Week
(week ending the first Saturday)
Let everyone take turns readying aloud from their favorite book.

cake Eat Dessert First Week
(1 - 7)
This week is not just about food, it is about not always doing chores and errands before the fun stuff - and often having no time left for fun. Obviously some chores have to be done but others can wait. So this week do only what chores are necessary and spend the rest of the time having fun. See Dessert Scrapbook Ideas.

mailboxInternational Pen-Friends Week
(1 - 7)
Whether by email or postal mail it is fun to communicate with someone in another state or country. See Written Communication Poems and Quotes.

Take a Smart Risk Week
(1 - 7)
This is not about jumping blindly into something. It is about doing your research and then doing something that has a large potential reward for a small amount of calculated risk.

Peace of Mind Week
(1 - 7)
This is something many of us have tried to find for a long time. It is time to stop searching by yourself. Talk to a friend or therapist, read a self-help book or sign up for a class that you think will point you in the right direction.

sneaker National Physical Education and Sport Week
(1 - 7)

dog National Be Kind to Animals Week®
(first full week)
This was started in 1915 by the American Humane Association. See Pet Poems and Quotes.

apple PTA® Teacher Appreciation Week
(first full week)
See PTA.org and Teacher Poems and Quotes.

telescope Astronomy Week
(15 - 31, 2017, starts the Monday before Astronomy Day)
See The Astronomical League and Sun, Moon and Star Poems and Quotes.

smilie Get Happy Week
(first week)
Do things you enjoy and talk to people you like as much as possible this week. See The Secret Society of Happy People and smile ;-).

National Hug Holiday Week
(first full week)
This day was created to remind us that senior citizens still need hugs and often do not get them. See The Hugs for Health Foundation.

medical symbol Suicide Awareness Week
(first full week) This site is for anyone thinking about suicide, anyone who thinks a friend or family member might be thinking of suicide, and suicide survivors. See The American Association of Suicidology.

National Historic Preservation Week
(first full week)
This was created in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation®.

female symbol Work at Home Moms Week
(first full week)
Working at home while raising a family can be rewarding but challenging as well. Be sure to get out of the house occasionally and take time for yourself.

Flexible Work Arrangement Week
(first full week)
Even if you think your employer will not agree to flexible hours or doing part of your work at home, it doesn't hurt to ask. You will have a better chance if you get other employees in on it and have specific plans to propose. Be sure to point out the pluses for the employer, like less absenteeism and higher productivity.

medical symbol Brain Tumor Action Week
(first full week)
See The North American Brain Tumor Coalition.

medical symbol North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
(first full week)

bell bottom jeans Goodwill Industries Week
(first full week)
Think twice before you throw away clothes, toys, or anything you no longer want but that is in good shape. Your local Goodwill store would like to have it. You will not only be providing someone with a low-cost usable item but jobs for everyone who works for Goodwill. When you take your donations, look around, you might be surprised at what you find. See Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

suitcase National Travel and Tourism Week
(first full week)
This was designated by Congress in 1983. See The U.S. Travel Association.

medical symbol Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Week
(first full week)
MCS is a sensitivity to various toxins in the world around us. This can be pesticides, fragrances, cleaning products, detergent, gasoline fumes, smoke of various kinds, and anything else released into the air. Many people have unknown symptoms that could be caused by MCS. See Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

medical symbol Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
(first full week)
This was designated in 1996 by the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.

medical symbol National Mental Health Counseling Week
(first full week)
See The American Mental Health Counselors Association.

dog National Pet Week
(first full week)
See ASPCA.org and Pet Scrapbook Ideas.

mailboxNational Postcard Week
(first full week)
See Written Communication.

nurse's cap National Nurses Week
(6 - 12, week ending on Florence Nightingale's birthday)
See the History of Nurses Week, Nursing School 411, and Health Care Worker Poems and Quotes.

wildflower National Wildflower Week
(second week)
This time of year you should see wild flowers in vacant lots, fields, and ditches if you take the time to look. See Flower Poems and Quotes.

National Etiquette Week
(work week beginning the second Monday)
Good manners see to be lacking among many today. While some rules of etiquette may be outdated, manners and civility make the world a happier and more comfortable place.

medical symbol Food Allergy Awareness Week
(second full week)
See The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

medical symbol Stuttering Awareness Week
(second full week)
This was designate by Congress in 1988. Please teach your children not to tease someone who stutters. Also to be patient and let the stutterer finish their own sentences. See The Stuttering Foundation®.

heart Online Romance Week
(second full week)
If you haven't before, this would be a good time to explore online dating sites (but check them out first).

medical symbol Cover the Uninsured Week
(second full week)
Hopefully the new health plan will take care of this but it is still far from reality. See Cover the Uninsured.

medical symbol National Hospital Week
(second full week)
The motto for this week is 'Celebrating Health, Hope and Healing'™. See National Hospital Week.

book Reading is Fun Week
(second full week)
See Reading is Fundamental.

medical symbol National Women's Health Week
(second full week)
Encourage the women you know to eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, have regular checkups, stop smoking and get enough sleep. See WoomensHealth.gov.

medical symbol National Nursing Home Week®
(second full week)
If you know anyone in a nursing home, visit them this week (and as often in the future as possible). Even if you don't know anyone in a nursing home, volunteers are welcome. See The American Health Care Association.

medical symbol National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week
(second full week and previous Friday and Saturday)
See The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

book Children's Book Week
(first full week in May)
This was previously celebrated the third week in November. See The Children's Book Council.

red, white and blue ribbon Armed Forces Week
(from the second Saturday to the third Sunday)
If you know someone who is in or has been in the Armed Forces, take time this week to thank them. See Wikipedia for more info.

badge Police Week
(week that includes the 15th)
According to President George W. Bush, "Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week pay tribute to the local, State, and Federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect us with courage and dedication. These observances also remind us of the ongoing need to be vigilant against all forms of crime, especially to acts of extreme violence and terrorism."
See Law Enforcement Poems and Quotes.

National Transportation Week
(week that includes the third Friday)
This was designated by President John Kennedy in 1962.
See Vehicle Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol National Running and Fitness Week
(third full week)
See The American Running Association.

Hurricane Preparedness Week
(third full week)
See The National Hurricane Center and Weather Emergencies.

medical symbol Emergency Medical Services Week
(third full week)
See Fire Science Online. A great resource for college and career planning is Learn How to Become....

medical symbol National Medical Transcriptionist Week
(third full week)
This was designated in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan. See The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.

heart New Friends, Old Friends Week
(third full week)
Spend part of the week making new friends by visiting a neighbor you haven't met yet, talking to people in the park and other places you visit. Spend the rest of the week calling or emailing old friends you haven't seen in a while. See Friendship Poems and Quotes.

dog Dog Bite Prevention Week
(third full week)
See The Humane Society of the United States for tips on preventing dog bites.

medical symbol National Safe Boating Week
(third full week)
No matter how long you and your family have been boating, take the time every spring to go over safety rules and tips. See Water Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Neuropathy Week
(third full work week)
See The Neuropathy Association.

medical symbol Tinnitus Awareness Week
(third full week)
Tinnitus is often called 'ringing in the ears' but it can be many other sounds. In my case I have a constant background of cicadas singing in both ears. See The American Tinnitus Association.

bike Bike to Work Week
(third full work week)
See The League of American Bicyclists and Bike Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Schizophrenia Awareness Week
(third full week)
See the National Institute of Mental Health.

medical symbol Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week
(the week ending on Memorial Day)
Be sure to take hand sanitizer to the lake. Do not let your children swim if they have recently had diarrhea or other bacterial infections. See the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

volleyball net National Backyard Games Week
(last full week before Memorial Day)
Get out those badminton sets, rubber balls, etc. or just play games like tag that don't require equipment. Play something different each day this week and every week all summer. Not only will this bring the family closer together but everyone will be healthier as well. This was created in 1998 by Patch Products.

car Click It or Ticket
(last Monday to Sunday)
This was previous called Buckle Up American Week. See the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

medical symbol Older Americans Mental Health Week
(last full week)
Depression and other mental problems may make someone appear to be physically ill. Many medications can cause mental symptoms. It is important for older Americans to be treated by a doctor that evaluates both mental and physical causes for symptoms. This was designated by The voice of Midlife and Older Women.

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