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National Beach Day on August 30th celebrates all the sandy beaches across the nation. It also provides an opportunity to help keep those relaxing places clean, so we can continue to enjoy them long into the future.

Whether we spend time on beaches oceanside, at a lake or river, they provide recreation all summer long. Swimming, water sports, and sunbathing are just a few of the relaxing things that come to mind. We also enjoy playing Frisbee, volleyball and long walks. Floating along in the surf on a hot summer day with friends creates summer memories we remember for years to come.

Sometimes, just packing a few icy beverages and a good book is enough to make a beach day perfect. However, we are responsible for caring for the beach, too. Not only should we pack out what we pack in, but it’s necessary to follow the beach rules, also. Safety and fun go hand in hand.

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When it comes to swimming at the beach, the American Red Cross provides excellent tips.

1. Swim with a lifeguard present and only in designated areas.
2. Go with a buddy. Never swim alone.
3. Watch for currents, moving water, and riptides. These occur in oceans, lakes, and rivers.
4. Swim within your depth. Don’t swim longer than you are physically capable of doing.
5. Take swimming lessons.
6. Learn CPR.

Organize a group to clean up your favorite beach. Since it’s near the end of the season, your beach will appreciate it. Find out what the facility needs. Take up donations for supplies to keep the beach even cleaner next year. Donate garbage and recycling cans for your beach. Attend a seminar on water pollution and how to prevent it.

Share pictures of your favorite beach while enjoying the last days of summer!

Use #NationalBeachDay to share on social media.


In 1929, the Knights of Columbus out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin launched a National Beach Day as part of their convention plans. However, it never took root.



On August 30, National Grief Awareness Day recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss doesn’t have a prescribed course and is a reminder closure comes in many forms. When a loved one dies, the void they leave affects everyone differently.

Throughout the day, take stock of those in your life who have been affected by a form of loss. The death of a loved one, a close friend or enduring an extreme change in their lifestyle can trigger grief. When we lose the stability of shelter, a job or a routine we have known for years, we suffer a type of loss that requires closure. Some adjust to these changes easily, and others take time to become familiar with new routines.

Offer to listen to a friend or ask them to join you for a coffee or tea. Send a message letting them know they are never far from your mind. Then, set a date for another visit.  If you find you are suffering from grief, know that it’s natural. You’re not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help if you feel your grief is overwhelming.

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Look for signs of grief in yourself and your loved ones. Self-care is vital after and during a loss. There’s no shame in seeking assistance with grief if the pain becomes overwhelming.

Visit www.change.org to find out more, sign the petition, and use #GriefAwarenessDay to share on social media.


Angie Cartwright founded National Grief Awareness Day in 2014. Familiar with loss, Cartwright too became lost in grief. She has become dedicated to bringing support to those who have suffered like her and enlightening others to the realities of bereavement.



On August 30th, National Toasted Marshmallow Day celebrates one of America’s favorite fire-roasted treats. Be sure to stock up on marshmallows so you can celebrate!
Get your friends together and gather up some firewood. Grab a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallows. Then, make plans for a great night! Toasted marshmallows are a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire. Also, what better way to kick off a long weekend than to enjoy a delicious, warm, gooey, toasted marshmallow? Add a pair of graham crackers and a chocolate bar – and ask for s’more!
Depending upon personal preference, heat marshmallows to various degrees. Some like them gently toasted. Others look for a charred outer layer. Charring a marshmallow is simple. Hold it in the flame until the sugar catches fire. Then, carefully blow it out. It’s important not to wave it around as you’ll only fan the flames. Marshmallows also come in a variety of flavors and sizes for maximum toasting opportunities. For a fun alternative, try roasting Marshmallow Peeps. Watch them closely as the granular sugar coating will burn more quickly.
Believe it or not, marshmallows date back to Ancient Egypt. The mallow plant provided a sap the Egyptians used to create a candy with nuts and honey.

Ligonier, Indiana holds an annual Marshmallow Festival. It is also the marshmallow capital of the world. How sweet is that?

Homemade marshmallows use sugar, unflavored gelatin, corn syrup, and flavoring.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ToastedMarshmallowDay

Toast up some marshmallows and enjoy. Have a marshmallow toasting competition. Who makes the best-toasted marshmallows in your circle of friends? Share recipes for homemade marshmallows or s’mores combinations, too. 

Share your best marshmallow toasting techniques and use #ToastedMarshmallowDay to post on social media.
While you’re enjoying a freshly toasted marshmallow, download this camp fire-themed coloring page perfect for the day! When you are finished, show us your masterpiece!


The National Confectioners Association sponsors National Toasted Marshmallow Day.

August 30 in History


The Andromedid meteor shower offered up a spectacular thrill for stargazers. Its resulting meteor storm displayed more than 1300 meteors per hour.


Ty Cobb debuts with the Detroit Tigers. Known for his speed, fans anticipated his start, too. Following the Tigers win over the New York Highlanders, Cobb would stay in professional baseball for 23 years.


Bob Dylan releases his sixth album, Highway 61 Revisited. The album featured Like A rolling stone and Ballad of Thin Man.


Thurgood Marshall became the first African American Supreme Court Justice. Leading up to his nomination, Marshall prevailed in Brown v. Board of Education, resulting in the end of school segregation. President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit followed by a 1965 appointment by President Lyndon Johnson to the office of U.S. Solicitor General.


The astronaut, Guion S. Bluford, Jr., makes history when he became the African American to fly in space.


The Space Shuttle Discovery launches from the Kennedy Space Center on its maiden voyage.


The rock band Nirvana releases the DVD Live at Reading.


Portraying a story read headlines, Inherit the Wind opens in theaters. The film starred Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly.


Weighing in at 22 pounds, 14 ounces, the world’s largest honeycomb broke the world record. The honeycomb came from a beehive owned by Argirios Koskos of Greece.

Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Quinoa Risotto with Baby Kale
Prep:  5 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:
  20 minutes
Servings: 4 


2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil, separated
8 ounces of shrimp, uncooked
2 ½ tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed
½ cup dry white wine
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
6 cups baby kale (or quick-cooking green such as spinach, arugula, etc)


Bring the broth to a simmer, lower heat and keep warm.

Heat 1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil in a large saucepan on medium.

Add shrimp and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until pink, flipping halfway through, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Heat the Liquid Coconut Oil in the pan.

Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent.

Add garlic, stir and cook an additional 30 seconds.

Add quinoa, stirring to coat with the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add wine and stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed.

Add ½ cup broth and the lemon juice. Stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth ½ cup at a time.

When all broth is almost absorbed, add the remaining tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil, the shrimp and fold in the kale.

Continue to stir until all liquid is absorbed and the kale is wilted.

Serve immediately.

Born on August 30

Mary Shelley – 1797

Author of the gothic tale Frankenstein, Shelley first published the novel anonymously.

Barry Appleby – 1909

Fans of this British cartoonist know he’s the creator of the comic strip named The Gambols.

Kitty Wells – 1919

Inspiring future generations, the country singer was known for her folk and honky-tonk style.

Maurice Hilleman – 1919

Helping to eradicate childhood diseases such as the mumps, Hilleman developed more than 40 vaccines during his career.

Geoffrey Beene – 1927

In a fashion career spanning over 40 years, Geoffrey Beene created affordable styles for evening and business.

Warren Buffett – 1930

After starting his first business in high school, the investor and businessman made his first million in the early 1960s. Thirty years later, he became one of the world’s richest men when he made his first billion.

Ernie Ball – 1930

As an entrepreneur, Ball created components of musical instruments, especially guitar strings, frets, and guitars. Today, the business that bears his name continues bringing these components to the public.

Carrie Saxon Perry – 1931

Not only was Perry an advocate, in 1987, but she also ran for election as Hartford, Connecticut’s mayor. Upon her election, she became the first African American woman elected as mayor a major New England city.

John Phillips – 1935

The singer and songwriter led the musical group The Mamas & the Papas.

Sylvia Alice Earl – 1935

The oceanographer is known for her contributions to ocean research. She also founded the Mission Blue, SEAlliance and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research.

Molly Ivins – 1944

The journalist and columnist was known for getting to the root of a political story.

Amy Sherald – 1973

The Baltimore portrait artist is known for painting the First Lady Michelle Obama.

Lisa Ling – 1973

The one-time The View co-host continued her journalism career by launching the documentary series This is Life with Lisa Ling.

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