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April 22, 2017

Today we celebrate:

April Showers Day - We do get a lot of showers in April, but that’s as it should be if we want lots of beautiful May flowers. I do not know who created this day or why, but clearly it’s someone who loves rain.

Auntie Litter’s Annual Earth Day Parade and Celebration - According to Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations of the World Dictionary by Cherie D. Abbey, Birmingham, Alabama has, for the last twenty five years, celebrated this day as part of Earth Day. Auntie Litter is a mascot, dressed in stars and green and white stripes, for a program that stresses conservation, litter reduction and recycling. The parade is followed with science demonstrations, costumes, and a variety of entertainment.

National Jelly Bean Day – I, for one, love jelly beans. I always have them in the house around Easter time, they don't last long so I don't have anymore but since it's a special day, I think I'll see if I can find some somewhere.

Earth Day – This year the theme is “Environmental and Climate Literacy”. We need to teach the people of the world to recognize the threats to our planet and to empower them with the knowledge they need to take action against those threats and preserve this planet that we depend upon for our very lives.

Girl Scout Leader Day – This is a day of appreciation for all the volunteers who work with the Girl Scouts as leaders or mentors. The program would not exist without them and our girls would suffer from the loss.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day – This is a day for chemists, chemistry teachers and chemistry students to show the world “the positive role that chemistry plays in preserving the Earth.” They are working to save the environment for future generations. The theme this year is “Chemistry Helps Feed the World.”

In God We Trust” Day – On this day in 1956, President Eisenhower signed a law declaring “In God We Trust” to be our nation's motto. This phrase has appeared on our paper money since that time. It had been used on our coins in the past, but our paper money always said “E pluribus unum.”

International Mother Earth Day – This day is all about recognizing our responsibility to promote harmony and balance with nature and the Earth to meet the social, economic and environmental needs of our future generations.

International Marconi Day – At first glance, I thought this was Macaroni Day too, so don’t feel bad, but it most definitely is not about pasta. Born on April 25, 1874, Guglielmo Marconi played an enormous role in the invention of wireless telegraphy. In other words, we have radio capability because of him. We celebrate his birthday on a Saturday close to his birthday with amateur radio events going on all over the world.

National Day of Puppetry - Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of April, (some puppetry groups choose to celebrate on different days) this is a day to learn about the art of puppetry, practice some puppetry on your own, or watch a puppet show. The most important thing to do today, is have fun with puppets.

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