Your Guide to February

 

#GoRedforWomen and join the movement to end heart disease and stroke by wearing red today.


 Academy Awards 

 Roll out your own red carpet and tune in to see which stars of the silver screen will take home an Oscar® this year.


 

 
Valentine’s Day 

 Fun fact: About 40% of people would like to receive a V-Day gift, but only 25% plan to give one. Better get that box of chocolates, just in case.


 


 Presidents’ Day 

 Happy Birthday, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!

 

  


Why is it called Fat Tuesday? It’s the direct translation of the French words Mardi (Tuesday) and gras (fat), which reflects the practice of overindulgence that often takes place before lent.

 

  

​​ Leap Day

 It only comes around every four years! But why? The Earth takes 365.242 days to orbit around the sun, so leap years are needed to balance our calendars with those extra hours.

 

 

 

 

Your Guide to January


National Trivia Day 

Impress your friends with the interesting facts that fill your brain. Or wow a roomful of people by attending a local trivia event!


National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 

Show support for local officers by sharing a positive story on social media, wearing blue, or displaying blue lights outside your home.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

This day is not just about honoring the man; it’s also about contributing to your community to honor his legacy.


National Pie Day [not Pi Day!] 

Sweet or savory, meat or fruit, we really don’t mind as long as it’s pie!


Chinese New Year

Usher in the Year of the Rat with red envelopes, new clothes, and a break from cleaning!

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Have Fun at Work Day

Organize a potluck lunch or ping pong tournament, bring in massage chairs, and take some time out of your day to really enjoy where you work!

The Red Sox lost Babe Ruth to the NY Yankees — for $125,000.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which later became known as the March of Dimes.

Alaska became the first noncontiguous state.

The rainbow Apple logo was developed and company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak introduced the Apple II computer to the public.

HBO aired the pilot episode of The Sopranos, only the second original drama it had ever made (The Wire was the first hour-long drama).

Free online encyclopedia Wikipedia launched.


Celebrities born in January include Hayao Miyazaki, Ellen DeGeneres, Dolly Parton, Oprah Winfrey, and Justin Timberlake.

What Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

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  • Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States.
  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
  • In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

Veterans Today

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States:

  • 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 9% of veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 are still alive as of 2018.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2015, 3.89 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2017, the top 3 states with the highest percentage of veterans among their population: Alaska, Montana & Maine.
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 170 medical centers; more than 1,063 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics.

 

Find Out Where You Can Be Apart Of Veterans Day Celebrations

Your Guide To November

A highlight of this month’s happenings.

 

 

 

 Veterans Day 

 The Dept. of Veterans Affairs estimates there are around 19 million veterans in the U.S. You probably know one — so hug a vet today!

Are you ready to take your recycling game to the next level? Take the pledge!

 

 

 
Take a Hike Day 

 Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned hiker, find a trail near you and enjoy the scenic wilderness in your area.

  

 

 Education Support Professionals Day 

 Show some love to your school’s front office staff, bus drivers, security staff, and other support staff who contribute to a child’s education.

 


Thanksgiving 

 The practice of sending turkeys to the White House began in the 1870s. In 1989, George H.W. Bush granted the first official turkey “pardon.”

 

 

 

​​Small Business Saturday 

 Support neighborhood businesses during one of the busiest shopping weekends in the year by choosing to shop local.

 

 

While nearly any warmer-than-usual day in fall is often called Indian summer, a true Indian summer must have these traits:

  • Occurs between Nov. 11 and Nov. 20

  • Warm weather following a period of true cold weather or a hard frost

  • A hazy atmosphere

  • Clear and cool nights, in significant contrast to the daytime temperatures

Produce in season this month includes apples, arugula, bok choy, cauliflower, chard, endive, leeks, onions, parsnips, pears, pumpkins, radishes, and spinach.

 

 

Your Guide to New England Fall Events 

New England Fall Events is your best guide for seasonal fun and fall activities

We have state-by-state guides to the best PYO apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides, food festivals, harvest celebrations, and events for the fall season. New England Fall Events makes it easy to create new fall traditions and priceless family memories. This is a guide for New Englanders, by New Englanders.

Slow down and savor New England’s fall culture and traditions by celebrating the orchards, farms, small businesses, seasonal attractions, fall festivals, and local food which are the very fabric of our communities.

fall website

http://newenglandfallevents.com/

If you could help fight cancer…

For over 14 years, I have walked The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. It started in memory of my Nana, losing her at 8 yrs old has made me want to make a difference and fight to battle cancer for others.

We have all sadly known someone inflicted with this disease. I have had to stop counting.

Cancer effects everyone and its not going away, but we can definitely fight it, we can create treatments, and we can support those who are faced with it.

I’m happily walking 26.2 miles to raise money for Dana Farber on September 22nd.

A small $5 donation will go a very long way. (Where does your money go?)

 

Those that are diagnosed, need you….those who unfortunately will hear the dreaded 3 little words of “you have cancer”, need you. Those children living their childhood in a hospital, need you.

 
I have met countless Dana Farber patients who cheer us on along the route…here are a few of the courageous kids…

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Your Guide To August

Wrap up summer with these key dates.

 

National Night Out

A night of neighborhood block parties designed to promote stronger, safer communities. Find a local event near you

 

 


Purple Heart Day

Recognizes recipients of the Purple Heart Medal — the oldest military decoration — which is awarded to soldiers wounded or killed in combat.

 

 

 

National Garage Sale Day

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Plan a successful garage sale with these tips.

 

 

International Youth Day

This year’s “Transforming Education” theme highlights the need for inclusive and accessible education for young people across the globe.

 

 

 

National Nonprofit Day

A day dedicated to all the charitable organizations that exist to make the world a better place. How can you give back?

 

 

Senior Citizens Day

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

 

 

Sandwiched between the Summer Blockbuster season and the back-to-school rush, August is considered a “dump month” for movie releases.

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency following the Watergate scandal.

This year’s U.S. Open runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 8. Game, set, match!

August is the birth month of Lucille Ball, Louis Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, and Julia Child.