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APRIL 14, 2018 | NATIONAL GARDENING DAY | NATIONAL EX-SPOUSE DAY | NATIONAL REACH AS HIGH AS YOU CAN DAY | NATIONAL DOLPHIN DAY | NATIONAL PAN AMERICAN DAY | NATIONAL PECAN DAY

National Gardening Day - April 14
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NATIONAL GARDENING DAY

National Gardening Day on April 14 is the perfect time for gardeners and would-be gardeners to pick up a shovel and some seeds and kick-off a beautiful year of homegrown bounty.

Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, National Gardening Day celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades. Growing your own food also lets you provide fresh and natural nourishment for your family for a fraction of grocery store prices.

National Gardening Day is a call to action to get out and grow flower or vegetable gardens regardless of whether you plant in the ground, in containers, in straw bales or a square foot gardening box.

HOW TO OBSERVE
There are many ways that you can observe National Gardening Day including:

  • Find the right book, guide or resource for your needs at Cool Springs Press, county extension service, the local bookstore or library.
  • Sign up for a gardening course in your area, or find a Square Foot Gardening course with a Square Foot Gardening Certified Instructor.
  • Look for a community garden in your area.
  • Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends.
  • Join a garden club. There isn’t one near? Start one!
  • Visit your local nursery or garden center—you will be amazed and excited by all the beautiful options
  • Visit Quarto Homes on Facebook and Instagram for more gardening information
  • Share on social media using #NationalGardeningDay #diygarden.

HISTORY

Cool Springs Press

, an imprint of The Quarto Group, founded National Gardening Day on April 14 to celebrate gardening and to encourage home gardeners and students to learn more about how to garden.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Gardening Day to be observed annually in 2018.

About Cool Springs Press
Cool Springs Press, an Imprint of The Quarto Group, is a leading publisher of step-by-step how-to books for both DIY gardening and home improvement, including books on Many different gardening methods.

 

 

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NATIONAL EX-SPOUSE DAY

National Ex-Spouse Day is observed annually on April 14th.  This day recognizes one’s ex-spouse.  The question has been asked why would one want to celebrate their Ex? We are not sure there is an answer to that question.

For a wide variety of reasons, sometimes marriages just do not work out. Recent statistics show that the divorce rate for first marriages is at 50 percent.  Some people find that they get along better after a divorce than they did during the marriage. Unfortunately, all divorces do not turn out that friendly and the experience can be painful and traumatic.  Regardless if it is a friendly separation or not, there needs to be a way to manage the situation when children are involved.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalExSpouseDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Ex-Spouse Day was created in 1987 by Reverend Ronald Coleman of Kansas City, Mo.

National Reach as High as You Can Day - April 14
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NATIONAL REACH AS HIGH AS YOU CAN DAY

National Reach as High as You Can Day is observed annually on April 14th.  

We can define “reach” many ways.  Search Guinness World Records for “highest reach” and Guinness gives us 322 results.  We can reach for our dreams or our goals.  Reach for the stars or the sky.  We can even reach for the balloon floating away from us much like the one that carried the Wizard of Oz away from Dorothy.

Of course, records can be set for the oldest or the youngest to reach a particular location, age, height or status.  

While this day may not be about setting records, it is certainly about reaching high; higher than we think we can.  We often become complacent.  National Reach as High as You Can Day is just a reminder on the calendar not to let your dreams go adrift. Reach for them.  Reach as high as you can!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ReachAsHighAsYouCanDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin of National Reach As High As You Can Day.

National Dolphin Day - April 14
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NATIONAL DOLPHIN DAY

Each year on April 14th, people across the nation participate in National Dolphin Day.

Dolphins are cetacean mammals that are related to whales and porpoises.

Ranging is size from 4 ft to up to 30 feet; dolphins are among almost forty species in 17 genera.

Found worldwide, they prefer the shallower seas of the continental shelves.

As carnivores, their diet consists of mostly fish and squid.

  • Male dolphin – bull
  • Female dolphin – cow
  • Young dolphin – calf
  • Group of dolphins – school or pod

Dolphins are known to have acute eyesight both in and out of the water along with having a well-developed sense of touch, with free nerve endings densely packed in the skin.  They can hear frequencies ten times or more above the upper limit of what adult humans can and are capable of making a broad range of sounds using nasal air sacs located just below the blowhole.

Living in pods of up to a dozen dolphins, they are highly social animals. Pods do merge in areas where there is an abundance of food, forming superpods, which may exceed 1,000 dolphins. Dolphins can, and do, establish strong bonds within their pods and will stay with injured or ill individuals, even helping them to breathe by bringing them to the surface if needed.

You will see the dolphins frequently leaping above the water’s surface. They do this for various reasons; when traveling, jumping saves them energy as there is less friction while in the air, this is known as porpoising.  Some other explanations for leaping include orientation, social display, fighting, non-verbal communication, entertainment and attempting to dislodge parasites.

The United States National Marine Mammal Foundation conducted a study that revealed that dolphins, like humans, develop a natural form of type 2 diabetes which may lead to a better understanding of the disease and new treatments for both humans and dolphins.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalDolphinDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Dolphin Day is listed as part of the American Veterinary Medical Association Pet Health Awareness Events.

National Pan American Day - April 14
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NATIONAL PAN AMERICAN DAY

National Pan American Day is observed annually in the United States on April 14.   This day is recognized by Presidential proclamation and is part of Pan American Week.

National Pan American Day commemorates the First International Conference of American States which concluded on April 14, 1890.

Inspired by the idea of a Panamerica, United Sates Secretary of State James G. Blane first developed the concept of an International Conference for the Western Hemisphere. It took a nearly a decade, but in October of 1889, the conference began. Held in Washington, D.C., the conference covered a large variety of subjects from currency and banking to military and trade.

The International Conference also created the International Union of American Republics, the forerunner of the Organization of American States (OAS).

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalPanAmericanDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

In 2015, President Barack Obama proclaimed National Pan American Day.  Following is the link for the Proclamation signed by President Barack Obama.  Following is the link for the Proclamation signed by President Barack Obama.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/10/presidential-proclamation-pan-american-day-and-pan-american-week-2015

National Pecan Day is a food holiday observed each year on April 14.

 

A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States. “Pecan” is an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. They are an excellent source of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin E.  Pecans can help reduce LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels in the blood.  They are rich in dietary fiber.

Pecans make great snacks all on their own, but they also make terrific garnishes to other foods such as desserts, salads or the main meal.  Sweet or savory, pecans can add a little glamor to a dish or be the star of the show.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy the following nutty recipes.

Pecan Snack
Sugar Coated Pecans

Use #NationalPecanDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Pecan Day.

About National Day Calendar

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