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May 19, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Frog Jumping Jubilee Day - I used to play Leap frog as a kid, did you? Well whether you did or not, you are in for a treat today because that is what we are all going to do, and the more people involved the better. I wonder if we can get a line stretching all the way across the state. Perhaps that depends on which state. Delaware would have a better chance than Montana, for instance.

National Hepatitis Testing Day - There are three different Hepatitis diseases...A, B and C, and they are all very different. Millions of people are infected and many of them don’t even know because there are not always symptoms right away. So you need to get tested to know for sure if you have this disease and I recommend that you do it right away so that you can make sure you don’t spread it to your loved ones.

Boy’s Club and Girl's Club Day – This day celebrates the Boy's Clubs and Girl's Clubs that provide safe activities for our children all over the country. Parents need a safe place for their children to go when they have to work and these clubs fill that need. The first Boy's Club was begun in 1860 and in 1906 the Boys and Girls Clubs of America began operations and they have expanded to more than 4,300 locations.

National Devil's Food Cake Day – Rich and moist and delicious, this is one of my favorite cakes.

May Ray Day – This is a day with two purposes. The first is to celebrate the warmth the sun provides for our enjoyment and for our ability to grow things, and the second is to celebrate everyone named Ray. I suspect you may think I am kidding about this, but I assure you that this is a real day.

National Bike To Work Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in May, this is a day to leave the car home and bike to work, although if your job is just too far away, in some areas you can take buses for part of the distance. Good luck finding one that will be able to carry your bike. Riding your bike to work provides many benefits such as being great for the environment, providing exercise and saving money. Win, win, win!

World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day - More than 5 million people around the world suffer from IBD’s such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. There will be events taking place around this time, although not necessarily on this day, in the more than 40 participating countries. Many of the events will be in the form of charity walks, runs and open discussions with doctors.  

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – This is a day to spread awareness of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Asians and Pacific Islanders. This is a disease that does not care where its victims are from. Find out how to protect yourselves.

International Virtual Assistants Day - Today we acknowledge the increasing prevalence of virtual assistants and the invaluable services they provide. They are mostly freelance workers who take phone calls, do research, make appointments and a whole host of other activities.

Endangered Species Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in May, this is a day to learn about the endangered species in your state. Find out about their habitats and food sources and see if you can discover why they are endangered.

National Defense Transportation Day – The third Friday in May is obviously a very busy day every year because we are also celebrating this United States Federal Observance Day. On this day, we are urged by our President to celebrate with “appropriate ceremonies that will give complete recognition to the importance to each community and its people of the transportation system of the United States and the maintenance of the facilities of the system in the most modern state of adequacy to serve the needs of the United States in times of peace and in national defense.” He's pretty wordy. I would have just told everyone to have a party for the people who work to transport us from one place to another.

National Pizza Party Day – Yet another day to celebrate on the third Friday, my kids are happy, although they think that every Friday should be Pizza Party Day.

National NASCAR Day – This day has been celebrated for the last thirteen years. I'm not a big NASCAR fan, but my grandmother was when she was alive, to my astonishment. Just when you think you know someone, something like this comes out. Today drivers, millions of fans, media, businesses and more will work together to raise money for a variety of charities that NASCAR endorses. This day is celebrated on the third Friday in May.

European Neighbours’ Day - Created in Paris, France in 2000, this is a festival that has spread to more than 36 countries and more than 30 million people. It’s a day to fight the European trend toward isolationism by making a simple, nice gesture to your neighbours. Invite them to a meal, and build some social bonds and friendships that will eventually stand the test of time. Any city or neighborhood who wants to participate and spread the word is welcome.

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