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June 17, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Flip Flop Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in June, this day was created by Tropical Smoothie Cafe for the purpose of raising money for the charity they sponsor, Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is a camp for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. It is a chance for the entire family to have some fun, and make some wonderful, lasting memories and to just get away from the illness for a little while. If you wear your flip flops to Tropical Smoothie from 2pm to 7pm, you will get a free smoothie today. All 300 of their Cafe's will also be collecting donations for the Camp.

Midsummer – Also celebrated on the 3rd Friday in June rather than specifically on the 21st, which I would have expected since this is a day to celebrate the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year, and it is a holiday in many different Northern Hemisphere countries such as Sweden and Finland. Festivities include singing and dancing, sometimes having a bonfire and of course, with traditional foods.

Ugliest Dog Day - Celebrated on the third Friday in June, this day acknowledges that not all dogs are beautiful. But that doesn’t matter. Even ugly dogs, although they won’t win at the Westminster Dog Show, still deserve to be the center of attention and today is the day to give them that attention.

Eat Your Vegetables Day – Yesterday we celebrated Fresh Veggies Day. Well, today you have to actually eat them, not just have them available. Vegetables are very good for you, but only if you eat them so your body get take advantage of the minerals, vitamins and nutrients that they have in abundance.

National Apple Strudel Day – Apple filling wrapped in a flaky, delicious pastry. Days like this make me sad that I have to be gluten-free. It is pretty much impossible to find a good, flaky, gluten free pastry for something like mouth-watering apple strudel.

Stewarts Root Beer Day – If you are a fan of root beer, which I am not, you may share the opinion of my husband that Stewarts brand is one of the best since it is based on the root beer fountain sodas of old. Have some today and enjoy the feelings of the Good Old Days that they bring to you.

World Day To Combat Desertification and Drought – This day was declared in 1994 by the United Nations General Assembly. The first celebration day was in 1995. This is a day to focus on the serious problems of drought and desertification that many countries, particularly in Africa, face today. Solutions are possible if we work together, and of course, with the climate changing there may many other places experiencing the same problems.

Work @ Home Father's Day – On the Friday before Father's Day, we celebrate fathers who have chosen to work at home. This isn't possible for all father's, of course, but for those who can and do, their presence at home improves family interactions and can greatly improve their professional satisfaction.

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