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Diversity Calendar - 2011
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JANUARY

LA BEFANA
January 6
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
January 9
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
January 1-31
A time to highlight the importance of giving life through the donation of blood
www.organdonor.gov

Exercise-healthSHAPE UP US MONTH
January 1-31
People are encouraged to lead healthier, more productive and meaningful lives participating in lifestyle events for all age groups for heart disease prevention.
www.ShapeUsUp.org


FEBRUARY

LANGSTON HUGHES BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
February 1
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
February 4
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.

Family ReadingLIBRARY LOVERS MONTH
February 1-28
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.
www.librarysupport.net/librarylovers

NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
February 1-28
A national effort cosponsored by veterinary dental groups to educate consumers on the importance of good dental care for their pets.
www.petdental.com 


MARCH

ST. PIRAN’S DAY
March 5
Celebrates the birthday of the patron saint of Cornwall and Cornish people throughout the world.

CARNIVAL
March 5-8
Especially in Rio de Janeiro, this carnival is said to be one of the last and largest great folk festivals.

SeniorNATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
March 1-31
A time for celebrating the wide range of women’s contributions and achievements.
For more information contact:
www.nwhp.org

NATIONAL MARCH INTO LITERACY MONTH
March 1-31
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
March 1-31
Celebrates kiting with more than 600 events throughout the country, includes kite festivals and kite-making classes.
www.nationalkitemonth.org 


APRIL

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY
April 2
Observes the birth of Hans Christian Andersen and commemorates the international aspects of children’s literature.
www.usbby.org

NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE
April 6
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.
www.childhelp.org

CareerLAUGH AT WORK WEEK
April 1-7
Laughter and humor are vital to a healthy and productive workplace. Benefits include improved productivity, teamwork, communication, stress relief, and job satisfaction.
www.LaughAtWorkWeek.com


NATIONAL ARBOR DAY

April 29
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.
www.arborday.org

MAY

LEI DAY
May 1
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.

RHUBARB FESTIVAL
May 20-21
Held in Intercourse, PA, this lighthearted celebration honors rhubarb and includes food, games, and contests featuring this abundant plant.
For more information contact:
www.kitchenkettle.com 

FAMILY WELLNESS MONTH
May 1-31
The month offers an opportunity to spend more time with family and appreciate those closest to you.
www.wordsofwellness.com 

Hispanic Heritage MonthLATINO BOOKS MONTH
May 1-31
The Association of American Publishers has designamted May to help promote books by and for Latinos.
For more information contact:
www.publishers.org 



JUNE

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

June 4
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.
www.americanhiking.org 

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.
www.tecumsehdrama.com 

ORIGINS INTERNATIONAL GAME EXPO
June 22-26
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.
www.originsgames.com 

GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD CAMPOUT
June 25
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.
www.nwf.org 

JULY

SAINT CYRIL AND METHODIUS DAY
July 5
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 OakleyANNIE OAKLEY DAYS
July 29-31
Annually celebrated in Greenville, OH to keep alive the memory of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
www.AnnieOakleyFestival.org 

BEREAVED PARENTS AWARENESS MONTH
July 1-31
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.
www.bereavedparentsawarenessmonth.info 

NATIONAL HORSERADISH MONTH
July 1-31
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.
www.horseradish.org

AUGUST
LUGHNASADH
August 1
An annual celebration marking the first harvest during the Wiccan year. Also known as Lammas Eve, Lady Day Eve, August Eve.

Louis ArmstrongSATCHMO 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.
www.fqfi.org

 

MUSIKFEST
August 5-14
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.
www.musikfest.org

PITTSBURGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
August 20-21
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:
www.pittsburghrenfest.com 

SEPTEMBER
BABY SAFETY MONTH
September 1-30
A month long educational campaign to increase consumer awareness of safety issues surrounding the safe use and selection of juvenile products.
www.jpma.org

NATIONAL ALCOHOL & DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH
September 1-30
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.
www.recoverymonth.gov

CLEVELAND NATIONAL AIR SHOW
September 3-5
The country’s oldest air show held at the Burke Lakefront Airport, and featuring extensive military and foreign aircraft participation.
www.clevelandairshow.com 

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.
www.ala.org/bbooks 

OCTOBER

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY
October 21
Held annually on this day, and throughout the month of October, participating radiologists provide discounted or FREE screening mammograms.
www.nbcam.org 

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
October 1-31
A month long celebration recognizing the health, recreational benefits, and safe skating features of this long-loved pastime.
www.rollerskating.org 

CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH
October 1-31
Highlights the importance of the availability of gluten-free options for sufferers of this disease.
www.csaceliacs.org 

NOVEMBER


NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK
November 20-27
An interfaith campaign to help promote reading of the Bible.
Many free sources are available.
www.nationalbible.org 

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
runningOR Call 1-877-GO-VEGAN

NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
November 6
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:
www.ingnycmarathon.org 

SAXOPHONE DAY
November 6
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.

DECEMBER

SPECIAL EDUCATION DAY
December 2
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.
www.specialeducationday.com

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHTINGS
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.
www.roscoevillage.com 

NATIONAL MINER’S DAY
December 6
A day set aside to honor, appreciate, and remember the accomplishments and sacrifices the work of brave miners.
www.minersday.org 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE RECOGNIZED
December 28
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.