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.

 

 

 

 

Preparation Tips to Protect Your Home from Blizzards & Snowstorms

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.

Tips for Showing Houses in the Winter

When winter weather strikes, you may think it’s time to stop putting your house out there, but don’t worry. You can still successfully show a house in the winter months, but it will take a little extra preparation. In fact, buyers who are shopping in the winter are often highly motivated, because they typically have an urgent need to move during the “off season.” This, combined with fewer houses on the market in many communities, can lead to an easier sale. Here are some tips to help you showcase your home well, even if the snow and ice are hitting your community.

Keep Walkways Clear

Make sure that people who are interested in your home can clearly see the path from driveway to front door. This means shoveling and salting all season long. You need to be proactive about this, even if the snow is actively falling, because footprints from people walking on freshly fallen snow can turn into dangerous ice. Also, keep that “for sale” sign free of snow, so people who drive by know the home is available.

Leave Space for Wet Shoes

Have a space by your front door where potential buyers can leave wet shoes. Most buyers will be respectful enough not to tramp into your home wearing wet shoes, if you provide a spot for them. Be prepared for some extra cleaning, though, because some potential buyers won’t feel comfortable removing their shoes.

Turn on the Lights

When you leave your home for a potential showing, turn on all of the lights. Winter tends to be a darker time of year, and you want your home to show as clearly as possible. In addition, open all blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.

Make It Warm

Even if you enjoy a little chill in the air during the winter, buyers should feel warm and toasty when they walk in. During showings, increase the thermostat a little higher than usual before buyers arrive, then set it back to your comfort level during the showing to keep the furnace from kicking on while the buyers are in the home.

Take Photos Strategically

If you have the freedom to, take the photos of your home on a day when there is either fresh snow or before the grass dies at the end of fall. The photos will live on the Internet for a while, so you want them to showcase the home well. A dreary yard with half melted snow may cause the home to show poorly.

Selling your home in the winter is possible, and can even be quite successful, but it does require a little strategic planning. With these tips, you can have a successful winter home sale.

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 October

Key dates for a fun, festive month!

 

National Taco Day

Seek out your favorite taco stand and chow down on this Mexican staple. ¡Delicioso!

 

 

 

 

Fire Prevention Day

 Part of Fire Prevention Week, this day commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and reminds us to always practice fire safety.

 

 

 

National Chess Day

Did you know? The longest recorded chess game took over 20 hours, consisted of 269 moves, and ended in a draw!

 

 

 

 

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

 Seven states currently celebrate a variation of this day as an alternative to Columbus Day.

 

 

Unity Day/National Stop Bullying Fall

Wear orange today to show you’re part of the solution and to unite with others to support anti-bullying efforts.

 

 

 

 

 Halloween

 Have a safe and sweet-filled Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

October is the chosen month to commemorate all different types of food: from sausage and seafood, American cheese, chili, and cookies, to pasta, pork, pretzels, and pizza. Now you have an excuse to indulge in your favorite dishes

It’s also Adopt a Shelter Dog month. Adopt, don’t shop, and provide a needy fur baby with a forever home. You may even enjoy reduced adoption fees this month at your local shelter.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) both kick off their seasons in October.

 

Your Guide to September

Goodbye summer, hello fall!

 

National Wildlife Day

The U.S. has over 1,300 endangered species.* Be an advocate for wildlife by supporting your local zoo or animal sanctuary and educating others to do the same.

 

 


Grandparents’ Day

There’s nothing like the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. Learn how you can #DoSomethingGrand at grandparentsday.org.

 

 


Patriot Day

Help turn a day of tragedy into a day of doing good. Make a positive impact by volunteering on this National Day of Service and Remembrance.

 

 

National Cleanup Day

Whether it’s picking up just one piece of trash or joining a team cleanup event, do your part to keep Mother Nature litter-free.

 

 

First Day of Fall

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” — Stanley Horowitz

 

 


 Rosh Hashanah Begins

Two days of introspection and jubilation usher in the Jewish New Year and begin the 10 days of penitence that end with Yom Kippur.

 

 

 

 

September is Hispanic Heritage Month — an invitation to celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture across America and recognize the numerous ways Hispanic Americans have contributed to our nation.

Pro football is back! The NFL opening game kicks off Thursday, September 5.

On September 5, 1774, the first Continental Congress was called to order, serving as the first government of the 13 colonies and eventually the United States.