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June 20, 2016

Today we celebrate:

International Surfing Day - Celebrated on or near the Summer Solstice, this is a day that focuses on surfing, and anything related to surfing. So even I, a definite non-surfer, can celebrate by dressing as a surfer, carrying a surfboard around, or simply floating on the ocean with a surfboard or other surfing related items like wetsuits.

Plain Yogurt Day - I didn’t find out much about this one. But it’s pretty clear that it’s a day for eating plain yogurt. Plain yogurt goes well in smoothies with fruit or simply mixed in a bowl with fresh fruit to give it a delicious fresh flavor.

World Productivity Day - This is a day for businesses to celebrate and promote what they do to help you be more productive. Whether it’s tricks, tips or caffeine I’m sure you can find someone who is willing to step in and lend you their expertise. In the past, some companies offered sales to encourage you to want to accept their help.

Cuckoo Warning Day - This is an old wives tale kind of day today, I think.  Apparently if you hear a cuckoo on this day, your summer will be a wet one. I can just hear the total silence coming over California as everyone strains their ears in hope that they will hear one. Does anyone have a cuckoo clock?

Ride To Work Day – Celebrate today by riding your motorcycle or scooter to work. The idea is to show everyone how much better their lives would be if they rode motorcycles and scooters every day by reducing congestion, saving time (because of being able to travel faster due to the reduced congestion, not a miraculously shorter commuting distance or the illegal and dangerous practice of weaving in and around other vehicles.) and reducing travel costs. This day has been celebrated for the last 24 years.

National Vanilla Milkshake Day - Milkshakes have been around since 1885.  Originally they were alcoholic beverages that were much like the eggnog we enjoy today with eggs, whiskey and milk.  Over the years the recipe changed until there were no eggs or whiskey and instead, beginning in 1922, ice cream was added to malted milk.

Toad Hollow Day of Thank You - Toad Hollow was the name of a school more than 100 years ago.  Ralph C. Morrison heard about it and used the name in his stories. He made the name come to life when he was given land in Kalamazoo County to make a Toad Hollow park. It was a success, but the county later took the land back for other purposes. However, the sentiment has lived on, spread by the Voluntoads (volunteers who worked at Toad Hollow) who have carried on in other locations the activities they performed at the park. They created this day to encourage us to take time to thank anyone who has helped us or has given anything to us.

Ice Cream Soda Day – Invented in 1874 by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this quickly became a popular beverage particularly among teenagers. There are others who claim to have invented this sweet drink around this time period, but Mr. Green is the one who generally gets credit for it.

American Eagle Day – Approved by the U.S. Congress in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 and by 40 Governors as of 2012, this is a day to focus on what this majestic bird needs in order to survive. It has been removed from the endangered list, but that doesn't mean that we don't have to worry about it anymore. It still faces a loss of nesting areas and habitat from which it finds food, as well as diseases.

World Refugee Day – Established by the United Nations, this is a day to honor the men, women and children who are forced to abandon their homes to avoid violence and persecution. Right now there are 43.7 million refugees in the world. That's a lot of people and the United Nations Refugee Agency provides assistance and protection for 34 million of them. I’m not sure what the other 9.7 million do to survive.

World Humanist Day – This is a day for Humanist people to share their values with the world. It is a “freethought” holiday that is supported by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, which is a global federation for atheist, rationalist, ethical culture and secularist groups. There will be conferences and proclamations and other activities going on today to spread awareness of their free thoughts.

Anne & Samantha Day – This day is celebrated on the solstice each June and December. You are meant to reflect on Anne Frank's and Samantha Smith's contributions to our world before their premature demise. The creators of this day are campaigning to have postage stamps in their honor before the first half of our century is over on Dec. 31st, 2050.

National Daylight Appreciation Day – This is a day to celebrate the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Today will be great for your energy bills (as long as it's not too hot and you're running the air conditioning all day) and for your energy levels as it has been proven that lots of sunlight can increase your mental and physical health and your energy levels. Try to get out and enjoy the daylight today.

The First Day of Summer - The first day of summer is the Summer Solstice when the northern hemisphere of the earth is tipped toward the sun and has the longest day of the year. It should be noted that it is also the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere and the real start to their winter.

The Longest Day - At first I figured this day would be another one about summer. But I was very wrong. This is a day about fighting Alzheimer’s disease. It is held on the longest day of the year and they use the theme “Fighting Alzheimer’s From Sunrise to Sunset”. Today we are going to work to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and money for research to find a cure or at least a way to halt the disease and stop it from robbing us of our loved ones.

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