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    National Dog Day

    Prepare to pamper your pooch! August 26 is National Dog Day. Founded in 2004, this holiday celebrates pups of all kinds and serves to remind everyone just how many dogs need homes. How can you take part on this dog-gone great day? Spend Time with Your Pet Think of the everyday things that you do with your dog. Take your puppy to the park, go for a walk or just sit and cuddle. Even though this is a ‘holiday’, you don’t necessarily need to go over-the-top to celebrate. If you don’t have time to bake a doggie dessert (but, wouldn’t...

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    Grandparents Day

    National Grandparents Day is on first Sunday after Labor Day each year as set by President Jimmy Carter, in 1978. Grandparents Day’s history begins with Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia. Marian’s motivation was to let people know about the lonely elderly in nursing homes. She encouraged grandchildren to learn from the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide by spending time with them on a regular basis. Below is the original proclamation by President Jimmy Carter. --------------------------------- As we seek to strengthen the enduring values of the family, it is appropriate that we honor our grandparents. Grandparents are...

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    Labor Day

    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is an annual and national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country. The Labor Day holiday is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. According to the US Department of Labor (DOL), the concept of a day to honor US laborers was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Many others believe that a machinist named...

5 Ways To Celebrate Grandparents Day

Whether you're the grandchild or the grandparent, National Grandparents Day is a day that celebrates the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. While most grandparents might appreciate flowers, chocolates, or cards, they'd really like nothing better than spending time with you on Grandparents Day. If you can manage a visit, go for it! If you can't, do the next best thing and call or Skype. However you are able to connect on Grandparents Day, here are a few ideas to enhance your time together: 1. Cook together Not only does time in the kitchen allow for conversation and a delicious treat,...

National Grandparent’s Day Kids’ Activities

National Grandparent’s Day is September 13. Founded by Marian McQuade, a housewife from West Virginia, this celebration was proclaimed a holiday in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. Whether you’re a grandparent or you’re a parent who wants your child to spend time with grandma and grandpa, you have plenty of options for this very special day! Pack a Picnic Even preschoolers can help put together a picnic lunch for grandma and grandpa. Make sandwiches, toss together a salad (the kids can tear lettuce and mix a homemade dressing) and bake cookies or cupcakes to take as dessert. Create a Craft...

National Dog Day

Prepare to pamper your pooch! August 26 is National Dog Day. Founded in 2004, this holiday celebrates pups of all kinds and serves to remind everyone just how many dogs need homes. How can you take part on this dog-gone great day? Spend Time with Your Pet Think of the everyday things that you do with your dog. Take your puppy to the park, go for a walk or just sit and cuddle. Even though this is a ‘holiday’, you don’t necessarily need to go over-the-top to celebrate. If you don’t have time to bake a doggie dessert (but, wouldn’t...

Challah Bread For Rosh Hashanah

All over the world, folks celebrate the Rosh Hashanah by baking challah bread, a braided bread prepared for special holidays and the Sabbath.  Since it's also traditional to eat apples and honey when ringing in the Jewish New Year, why not combine traditions and bake an apple-honey challah bread? Here's how:   APPLE-HONEY CHALLAH BREAD INGREDIENTS 1 pkg. active dry yeast 1/2 c. + 1 tsp.  honey, divided 1/3 c. vegetable oil 2 eggs, beaten 1 egg yolk, beaten 1 1/2 tsp. salt non-stick oil spray (such as Pam) 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and chopped 1/2 lemon 1 egg,...

Patriotic Pretzel Sparklers

Here's a fun snack idea for your 4th of July barbeque - Kids of all ages will enjoy these edible sparklers. Ingredients Long rod pretzels White chocolate, melted Sprinkles in red, white and blue Directions Break white chocolate into a deep bowl or tall coffee mug. Melt chocolate in the microwave. Holding one end of the pretzel rod, dip the other end into white chocolate about 2/3rds of the way down. Sprinkle red, white and blue sprinkles over the wet chocolate. Invert to harden in a wax paper-lined cup. Keep pretzels cool in the fridge until ready to serve. Author...

Countdown to Father’s Day

Did you know that many child development experts believe the influence of a father on his children is most critical from the ages of six to 14? Former President George W. Bush, himself a father of two, agrees. As he wrote in the 2008 Presidential Proclamation for Father’s Day. “By providing their sons and daughters with a positive example, fathers help give their children the necessary foundation they need to make wise decisions throughout their lives.” Father’s Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted...

Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day Administrative professionals are essential in virtually all sectors of businesses and institutions. Their contributions are celebrated annually on Administrative Professionals Day. This holiday was founded in the United States, but other countries celebrate it, too. It is recognized in conjunction with Administrative Professionals Week, formerly known as National Secretaries Week. Date of Celebration In the United States, Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated on Wednesday within the last full week of April. This same week is also Administrative Professionals Week. In 2013, Administrative Professionals Day is slated for observance on April 24th. Many other countries and communities around...

Earth Day

Earth Day April 22nd may just seem like any old day to many people. To others, this is better known as Earth Day. It is one of the few environmental holidays around that celebrates our planet across all countries. The holiday has activism in its roots, although it is a widely peaceful holiday. Earth Day serves as an important reminder that not doing anything impacts the environment just the same as harming it. History In the late 1960s, people were becoming more aware of their surroundings along with many of the atrocities that were taking place. This was also the...

Ascension Day

When is Ascension Day? Ascension Day is a Christian holiday that observes the ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven. It is celebrated on the 40th day of the Easter season, which takes place 39 days after Easter Sunday. Also referred to as the Feast of the Ascension, it is another important holiday to Christians as they pay tribute to their Savior as they await his return. History of the Holiday According to the Holy Bible, Jesus was crucified on the day the Christian Church now recognizes as Easter Sunday. It wasn’t until 39 days later, however, the Jesus rose into...

World Day for Cultural Diversity

When is World Day for Cultural Diversity? World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a holiday dedicated to the acceptance and embracing of diversity across all cultures. Also simply known as World Day for Cultural Diversity, it is observed every May 21st with the support of the United Nations. This is an educational holiday to promote peace and tolerance across cultures. History of the Holiday At the turn of the century, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) saw an opportunity to broaden its reach in cultural awareness across the world. During a General Assembly...

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