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Italian Epiphany festival in which the “Befana”, a kindly witch, and rides down the chimney on a broom and bestows toys and candies on those who have been good or a lump of coal for those who have been naughty. Fairs, parades, and other activities highlight this celebration.
STEPHEN FOSTER DAY
A musical program and recital in honor of American composer Stephen Foster is held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL
Foster has ties to the Mahoning Valley. Curious readers may contact the Information Services Department to find more information concerning this popular 19th century composer.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER BLOOD DRIVE MONTH
A time to highlight the importance of giving life through the donation of blood
SHAPE UP US MONTH
People are encouraged to lead healthier, more productive and meaningful lives participating in lifestyle events for all age groups for heart disease prevention.
LANGSTON HUGHES BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
African-American poet and author, who was born on this date in 1902 in Joplin, MO. A few years later he moved to Cleveland, OH where he began his career before moving to New York and becoming a leading force in the Harlem Renaissance.
ROSA PARKS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
Rosa Louise McCauley was born in Tuskeegee, AL in 1913. On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, AL this seamstress sparked the modern civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on the city bus. She was arrested and fined, and this action launched a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system. Years later she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH
A month long celebration of schools, public, and private libraries of all types. A time to recognize the value of libraries and to work to ensure that he nation’s libraries will continue to serve.
NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
A national effort cosponsored by veterinary dental groups to educate consumers on the importance of good dental care for their pets.
ST. PIRAN’S DAY
Celebrates the birthday of the patron saint of Cornwall and Cornish people throughout the world.
Especially in Rio de Janeiro, this carnival is said to be one of the last and largest great folk festivals.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
A time for celebrating the wide range of women’s contributions and achievements.
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NATIONAL MARCH INTO LITERACY MONTH
This month celebrates the love of reading among children, and helps promote awareness of literacy as a fundamental skill for success. Check the PLYMC “Happenings” for literacy programs and our website regarding Baby Brilliant Kits.
NATIONAL KITE MONTH
Celebrates kiting with more than 600 events throughout the country, includes kite festivals and kite-making classes.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY
Observes the birth of Hans Christian Andersen and commemorates the international aspects of children’s literature.
NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE
Americans are asked to keep victims of abuse and neglect in their thoughts and prayers, to seek to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect and to give victimized children hope for the future.
LAUGH AT WORK WEEK
Laughter and humor are vital to a healthy and productive workplace. Benefits include improved productivity, teamwork, communication, stress relief, and job satisfaction.
NATIONAL ARBOR DAY
The first observance of Arbor Day was held in Nebraska in 1872. It has been celebrated annually as a day to honor and plant trees.
On this special day in Hawaii, leis are made, worn, given, displayed and entered in lei-making contests. This special day also includes the crowning of the Lei Day Queen, Hawaiian music, hula dancing and flowers galore.
Held in Intercourse, PA, this lighthearted celebration honors rhubarb and includes food, games, and contests featuring this abundant plant.
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FAMILY WELLNESS MONTH
The month offers an opportunity to spend more time with family and appreciate those closest to you.
LATINO BOOKS MONTH
The Association of American Publishers has designamted May to help promote books by and for Latinos.
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NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
This first Saturday in June celebrates trails and the volunteers who maintain them. More than 1,200 trail organizations, agencies and businesses host a variety of events including new trail dedications, workshops, equestrian and mountain bike rides, trail maintenance projects and organized hiking on backcountry trails in America’s wild lands.
TECUMSEH: THE EPIC OUTDOOR DRAMA
June 10-September 3
The spectacular stage production reenactment of the life and death of the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh is held in a large, tiered amphitheater nestled in the hardwood forest of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Chillicothe, OH area.
ORIGINS INTERNATIONAL GAME EXPO
Held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH this 37th annual meeting is for those who enjoy board games, card games, role-playing, miniatures, classic games, and more. One of North America’s largest game conventions.
GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD CAMPOUT
The National Wildlife Federation encourages people of all ages to get outside and camp. Participants register their campsites online at www.backyardcampout.org and receive exclusive information regarding activities, recipes, wildlife and more.
SAINT CYRIL AND METHODIUS DAY
This day is dedicated to the Greek priests and scholars from Thessaloniki, who were invited to introduce Christianity and the first Slavic alphabet to the people of the Slovakian kingdom in AD 863.
ANNIE OAKLEY DAYS
Annually celebrated in Greenville, OH to keep alive the memory of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
BEREAVED PARENTS AWARENESS MONTH
This observance encourages people to reach out to grieving parents by listening to them without advising them, giving them support and a hug when appropriate and needed.
NATIONAL HORSERADISH MONTH
This month celebrates this 3,000 year-old-plant that has been used for its numerous food uses for centuries as a bitter herb for Passover seders, and as a flavorful accompaniment for beef, chicken, and seafood.
An annual celebration marking the first harvest during the Wiccan year. Also known as Lammas Eve, Lady Day Eve, August Eve.
SATCHMO SUMMERFEST August 4-7
New Orleans pays tribute to the “International Ambassador of Jazz” in the birthplace of Jazz by sponsoring music festivals, photo exhibits, cultural displays, children’s activities and seminars and panels.
Bethlehem, PA showcases more than 500 musical performances on 14 indoor and outdoor stages throughout its historic district. The 10-day event also features food, fine arts and children’s activities.
PITTSBURGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
A re-created 16th –century marketplace with more than 100 craft shops, games, foods, and six themed stages greets the visitors to this annual celebration held in West Newton, PA. For more information contact:
BABY SAFETY MONTH
A month long educational campaign to increase consumer awareness of safety issues surrounding the safe use and selection of juvenile products.
NATIONAL ALCOHOL & DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH
This celebration highlights the benefits of drug and alcohol abuse treatment and recovery and the contributions of the service providers. It also promotes the message that recovery from abuse in all its forms is possible.
CLEVELAND NATIONAL AIR SHOW
The country’s oldest air show held at the Burke Lakefront Airport, and featuring extensive military and foreign aircraft participation.
BANNED BOOKS WEEK
CELEBRATING THE FREEDOM TO READ
September 24—October 1
An annual event celebrating the freedom to read and have open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship.
NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY
Held annually on this day, and throughout the month of October, participating radiologists provide discounted or FREE screening mammograms.
DIWALI (DEEPAVALI) October 26
A five-day festival in India celebrating the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya following a 14 year exile. Houses are whitewashed, and elaborate designs drawn on thresholds with colored powder to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. This celebration may be celebrated on different dates in some parts of India.
NATIONAL ROLLER SKATING MONTH
A month long celebration recognizing the health, recreational benefits, and safe skating features of this long-loved pastime.
CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH
Highlights the importance of the availability of gluten-free options for sufferers of this disease.
NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK
An interfaith campaign to help promote reading of the Bible.
Many free sources are available.
VEGAN MONTH November 1-30
A growing number of people are adopting a conscientious lifestyle by neither eating nor using any animal products [meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, eggs, gelatin, leather or fur]. Ethical, health and environmental concerns motivate them to GO VEGAN.
For more info contact: VEGANET, PO Box 3545, Washington, DC 20027-0045
OR Call 1-877-GO-VEGAN
NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
Over 38,000 runners from every corner of the globe gather to compete, with more than 2.5 million spectators watching from the side. Held annually the first Sunday in November. For more information contact:
A day to recognize the birth anniversary of Adolphe Sax, Belgian musician and inventor of the saxophone and other brass and wind instruments for band and orchestra use. November 6, 1814---February 7, 1894.
SPECIAL EDUCATION DAY
Celebrating the anniversary of the first US special education law enacted December 2, 1975. A day to honor progress, dialogue about challenges that still remain, and consideration of reforms for the future of educating all children.
December 3, 10, 17
Held on the first three Saturdays of December at Roscoe Village in Coshocton,OH, the festivities includes traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, storytelling, roasted chestnuts and hot mulled cider, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus. Call 1-800-877-1830 or visit the website.
NATIONAL MINER’S DAY
A day set aside to honor, appreciate, and remember the accomplishments and sacrifices the work of brave miners.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE RECOGNIZED
On this date in 1945, the US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance and urged its frequent recitation in America’s schools. The pledge was composed in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister.