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    October 14 is National Real Sugar Day and we celebrate the people who harvest sugar crops and learn about it’s origins. We also learn how to balance a healthy diet, while enjoying enjoy food made with real sugar.


    Today, we dedicate the entire day to celebrating the gold standard of sweetness on National Real Sugar Day. In a March 2021 survey, 1,500 U.S. consumers were asked to name any ingredients that makes food or beverages more enjoyable to eat or drink. Of course, sugar came in as the number one ingredient. Not only does real sugar provide our food with amazing flavor, aroma, color, and texture, it is also available to anyone who wants to make their life a little sweeter.

    The real sugar we stock in our pantries and use in many of our favorite recipes is grown by sugar beet and sugar cane farmers across the United States. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that provides energy when you need it. In fact, glucose is the building block of most carbohydrates and is a key fuel source for the body. In addition, real sugar is essential for the brain, muscles, and other organs to property function.

    Real Sweetness

    What is real sugar? Real sugar comes from sugar beets and sugar cane plants through photosynthesis. After harvest, sugar plants are taken to facilities to extract and package the sugar for use in our kitchens. In addition, sugar plants also contain molasses, which is found naturally in the sugar plants. When molasses is washed away from the real sugar, the result is brown sugar. Interestingly, when you leave the molasses on the sugar plants, the result is also brown sugar.

     “A healthy dietary pattern limits added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day.” ~Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    How much sugar can you consume? A healthy lifestyle is about maintaining a balanced diet, which includes proper physical activity and avoiding anything in excess. A healthy balance means being able to enjoy real sugar in nutritious foods, and occasionally sweets and treats.


    • Bake or cook something with real sugar and share with your family and friends.
    • Visit a sugar beet or sugar cane harvest to learn how sugar cane is processed. 
    • Share your favorite sweet recipe.
    • Host a baking day with your friends to make all of your favorite sweet treats.
    • Teach your class about where real sugar comes from.
    • Identify the closest state to you where sugar is grown.
    • Share your real sugar creations on social media by posting photos and tagging #NationalRealSugarDay.


    In 2022, National Day Calendar welcomed the Sugar Association, Inc. to the National Day Calendar Founder Family. National Real Sugar Day was born to be celebrated each year on October 14. 

    The Sugar Association consists of 14 member companies across 17 states that proudly grow, extract, and deliver the real sugar to the American public.

    The Sweet History of Sugar

    Sugar has been around for thousands of years and is one of the oldest commodities in the world. In fact, early documentation about domestication of sugar cane dates back to 8000 BC in Papua New Guinea. According to records, the indigenous people would chew on it raw. From there, it spread across the globe. 

    Sugar was crystallized in India for the first time around 350 CE. During this time, sugar was used to treat indigestion and stomach ailments by both Roman and Greek civilizations. Between 640-900 CE, the Chinese began developing cultivation techniques to grow and harvest sugar. However, the export of sugar would not reach Europe until around 1101 CE.

    A Growing Industry

    As the sugar industry grew, so did the invention of sugar cane presses to extract sugar more easily. In 1550, over 3,000 sugar mills were open in the Caribbean and South America. By 1751, sugar cane would enter Louisiana, making it the final sugar colony in the U.S. However, the discovery of beet sugar by German chemist Andreas Marggraf in 1747 would not reach the U.S. for another 100 years.

    In 1890, the first commercial sugar beet factories would open in the U.S. Interestingly, the mechanization of sugar cane cultivation began when 16 whole stalk harvesters were successfully used to harvest cane in Louisiana in 1938. Around 1946, machines would cut over 63% of the sugar crop in Louisiana.

    Today, real sugar grows from coast to coast and border to border of the United States. In fact, sugar cane is grown in three states: Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. In addition, 11 states grow beats: California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. While it was once so valuable that people kept it locked in a sugar safe, advancements in extracting sugar from plants have made this versatile ingredient available to everyone. 

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    September 1 we celebrate National Hotel Employee Day and honor nearly 2 million employees who work in the industry.


    Across the United States, hotel employees play a key role in some of Americans’ most important life events. Whether they’re helping facilitate family reunions, preparing for wedding receptions, or assisting guests with vacation activities, hotel employees are the backbone of any hotel stay. In addition, they keep guests safe, give back to their communities and are critical to making our nation’s nearly $2 trillion travel and tourism industry run smoothly.

    The hotel industry is a vibrant, innovative, and dynamic business. The success of each hotel depends upon the hardworking employees who staff the property on a daily basis. Each employee, including those who work behind the scenes, plays an important role in everyday operations.

    Hotel Employee Facts

    • There are nearly 2 million hotel employees in America.
    • The hotel industry offers employees more than 200 different career paths.
    • More than 50% of hotel general managers got their start in an entry level position.
    • On average, entry level hotel workers receive a raise within 9-12 months of being hired.
    • About 80% of entry level hotel workers are eligible for a promotion in less than one year of being hired.

    Hotel Operations

      What makes a hotel property successful? A successful hotel depends on the day-to-day activity of each employee. Providing guests the best experience possible requires a partnership among every section, department, and employee in the hotel. In fact, hotel employees typically work in one or more of nine major areas:

      • Lobby and guest services
      • Food and beverage
      • Recreation and events
      • Rooms
      • Security
      • Engineering and maintenance
      • Sales and marketing
      • Accounting
      • Human Resources

      Book It

      There are many different types of hotels and a variety of factors to consider before booking a stay, including location, amenities as well as reviews and recommendations. Technology has transformed the way guests book their hotel rooms. Today, hotel bookings make up 15 percent of all U.S. ecommerce, with some 500 online bookings happening every minute. Here are some consumer tips when booking hotels online:

      • Look before you book. Take time to verify the hotel’s booking site by checking the URL address. It’s important to know you are giving your personal information to the right hotel. Although the hotel name may be part of the URL, double check the website address to ensure it’s not a third-party vendor using a hotel’s identity without permission.
      • Take advantage of loyalty programs. Sign up for loyalty programs at your favorite hotels. Loyalty programs are free and offer a host of benefits. Remember to always book directly with the hotel to ensure you’re getting your points.
      • Ask the right questions. Before providing your credit card information, check the following:
        • What is the cancellation/trip change policy?
        • Is it a secure payment site? The URL should have a small lock and start with https://, and not http://.
        • Is the site, in any way, affiliated with the hotel?
      • Book directly with the hotel or a trusted travel agent. This helps ensure you get what you want and need from your reservation and provides the better value.


      • Thank a hotel employee in person
      • Leave a good review about your hotel stay online
      • Create a bucket list of must-stay hotels and visit those places
      • Tag and post #HotelEmployeeDay when you share photos of your hotel stay on social media


      In 2022, The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and National Day Calendar decided to celebrate National Hotel Employee Day each year on September 1. The day is meant to thank hotel employees for their hard work and dedication and recognize the integral role they play in our nation’s travel, tourism, and hotel industries.

      For more than 100 years, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been the representative and advocate for the U.S. lodging industry and its employees. AHLA is the only national association representing all segments of the hotel industry, including major chains, independent hotels, management companies, REITs, bed and breakfasts, industry partners and more. In addition to representing most U.S. hotel properties, AHLA represents the millions of employees who make them run, including:

      • Team members who work in both front and back of the house roles
      • General managers
      • Owners
      • CEOs
      • Corporate staff

      For more information, contact

    • NATIONAL CINEMA DAY | September 3

      NATIONAL CINEMA DAY | September 3

      On September 3 National Cinema Day celebrates movie lovers across the country and encourages them to return to the theatre and enjoy a movie on the big screen. 


      We all have memories of going to the movie theater. The excitement we felt waiting in anticipation for our favorite movie star to appear on the screen was exciting. No movie was complete without a box of fresh buttered popcorn and our favorite drink in hand. If we were lucky, we were able to get some candy, too. On National Cinema Day, everyone is encouraged to go to a movie and relive that special feeling of seeing your favorite movie star on the big screen. 

      Behind the Scenes 

      Movies have been around since the late 1800s. Louis Le Prince receives credit for coming up with the idea of moving images on a screen. His Praxinoscope invention was a single-lens camera that had the ability to take 12 frames per second. Le Prince was in the process of patenting his invention when he was killed by an unknown person. Even though he met his demise, Le Prince was the inspiration for an industry that awes us just as much as the original movies did.  

      Who invented motion pictures? Thomas Edison receives the credit for inventing the first device to show a motion picture. In fact, Edison would be the first to commercially sell his kinetoscope invention even though he was skeptical about his idea. Interestingly, the device would be used in public kinetoscope parlors for public view. By 1915, small theaters were set up in storefronts to view a motion picture known as nickelodeons.

      5 Early Motion Pictures

      • 1891 – Dickson Greeting
      • 1893 – Blacksmith Scene
      • 1895 – The Execution of Mary Stuart
      • 1896 – Le Manoir du diable (The House of the Devil)
      • 1902 – A Trip to the Moon (1902)

      Motion pictures have come a long way since the beginning. As technology has improved, so has the production of what we view on the screen. During the early years of movie production, the audience was awed by the ability to view moving people on the screen. Movies were in black and white and had no sound. Most of the time, live music was playing within a theater as the film moved on the screen. Today, movie goers expect to see amazing graphics, realistic stunts, and hear astounding music scores.



      This celebration is being promoted by The National Association of Theater Owners and The Cinema Foundation to encourage people to head to the theater. The foundation is offering special pricing of $3 movies at participating theaters as a way to celebrate today.  If you would like more information about a participating theater in your area, visit

    • NATIONAL PASTOR’S SPOUSES DAY | First Sunday in September

      NATIONAL PASTOR’S SPOUSES DAY | First Sunday in September

      The first Sunday in September celebrates National Pastor’s Spouses Day to honor the spouses who commit to supporting the pastor they married.


      Pastors are leaders of a church known for delivering sermons to church members. However, there is more to being a pastor than speaking to the congregation on weekly basis. They also have other duties that require assistance in daily planning. That assistance comes in the form of the pastor’s spouse.

      The spouse of a pastor supports, encourages, and helps the pastor serve the congregation and community. Without spousal assistance, a pastor would struggle while navigating through the daily responsibilities required of them. The relationship between a pastor and their spouse is a working union, supporting each other though ministry, friendship, and creating a spiritual atmosphere for themselves and the congregation.

      Staying Balanced

      The relationship between a pastor and their spouse is like any other marriage union. In fact, they have the same goals as any other couple. However, living under the watchful eye of their congregation can be stressful. They are often set to a higher standard. Pastoral couples must practice and live the life they have chosen, especially when they are assisting other couples with their relationships.

      5 Tips for a Successful Relationship

      • Communicate daily and always be clear.
      • Have personal time together away from daily duties and stresses.
      • Work through disagreements.
      • Have trust in one another.
      • Forgive each other.

      There are many things a pastor and their spouse do together as part of their calling. Living a wholesome life every day, while maintaining respect from the congregation can be difficult. However, because a of the unique experience a pastor has, it’s easy to guide the community towards living a life of glory with the help of their spouse.

      Why settle for the wings of a sparrow, when you can have the wings of an eagle! St. John 10:10

      What is fellowship? Fellowship is the opposite of division and drives a purposeful life. It is seeing beyond oneself to engage with others in community. It’s not about agreeing on every detail, but rather agreeing one cannot go alone and find purpose.

      How do you participate in fellowship? Staying after services to visit congregation members allows others to get to know the pastor and their family. When you build relationships with your ministry, it encourages others to be supportive of one another. Encouraging, promoting, and supporting good fellowship between members of a congregation provides emotional balance for everyone.

      Duties of a Pastor

      • Offering counseling.
      • Visiting hospitals.
      • Performing funerals.
      • Officiating weddings.
      • Being available when needed.

      Duties of a Pastor Spouse

      • Influences church culture.
      • Offers support and friendship to spouse and congregation.
      • Travels with spouse to share ministry message.
      • Visits congregation members.
      • Assists with planning events.


      • Show support for your pastor and their spouse.
      • Allow a pastor and their family to have personal space.
      • Be a friend.
      • Plan a special event, such as an anniversary party, for your pastor and spouse.
      • Offer assistance with planning events for the congregation.


      In 2022, Better Way Apostolic Church put in a request to have National Pastor’s Spouses Day added to the calendar. After consideration, the committee decided to approve the day, vowing to celebrate the new National Day the first Sunday in September each year.

      Better Way Apostolic Church is a place of worship that celebrates joyous occasions. The church comforts all during times of trouble. It also provides spiritual inspiration and direction to some of life’s most difficult moments, offering services to anyone who enters their doors. Best of all, they celebrate life!

      • Men’s Ministry
      • 1st Sons
      • Women of Purpose
      • Victorians
      • Married Couples Ministry
      • Singles Ministry
      • Christian Education and Outreach
      • Youth Department
      • Pastor’s Aide
      • Martha Ministry (Culinary)
      • Ushers
      • Youth Choir
      • Media Ministry
      • Social Media Ministry

      Behind the Scenes

      Elder Harold G. Durham is a significant voice of Christianity throughout the world and Pastor at Better Way Apostolic Church. Pastor Durham is an exciting, dynamic, and innovative member of the clergy. His sermons promote spiritual, social, and intellectual growth among his audiences. He preaches from a solid scriptural foundation, bringing to light new understanding and applications of Kingdom principals. His greatest joy is when people come to the Lord and allow Him to change them from the inside out, becoming a positive role model to all that they come in contact with daily.

      Pastor Durham is a Conference and Marriage Couples speaker. His goal is to help keep families together because a strong family helps to strengthen the core values as a nation. In addition to Pastoring within the four walls, Pastor Durham works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Religious Volunteer/Mentor with prisoners between the age of 17-21 years old. He helps to bring out the God-given greatness within each of them.

      Dr. Shirley Durham was born in Linden, Texas and is a woman of God. Her God-given vision is to help pastors and their wives, men, woman, and children around the world. She moves in the prophetic, preaching a powerful, anointed, and uncompromising message. She is a woman given to hospitality. She hosts marriage fellowships, singles gatherings, and mother and daughter tea gatherings in her home. She believes in the power of prayer.

      Pastor Harold Duhram and First Lady Shirley Duhram formed a union in marriage and service to serve under the eyes of God. Together they have five children. They are the president and founders of Better Way Apostolic Church, Inc. Arlington, Texas.


      NATIONAL SMARTIES® DAY | October 2

      National Smarties Day on October 2 celebrates the sweet legacy of an iconic candy and the smarty pants people who never stop learning.


      Smarties have been around since 1949. That’s over 70 years of celebrating this sweet candy wafer roll. In honor of National Smarties Day, we invite everyone to take a walk down memory lane and enjoy this nostalgic candy. If you’ve never tried Smarties, this is your chance to become a new member of the smarty pants club.

      What are Smarties? Smarties are rolls of a small pastel colored candy tablets that are sweet and a little bit sour. Unlike most candy, Smarties have only 6 ingredients, too. There are six different flavors in a Smarties package. Flavors are randomly mixed together for each individual Smarties roll.

      Smarties Original Flavor Lineup

      • White = Orange cream
      • Yellow = Pineapple
      • Pink = Cherry
      • Green = Strawberry
      • Purple = Grape
      • Orange = Orange

      A Smart Choice

      When it comes to candy, Smarties are considered a smart choice. For starters, Smarties are free from the nine major food allergies: milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and sesame.

      If you are at a loss for classic gluten‑free candy, Smarties products are your delicious solution. The sweet treat is also gluten-free. Interestingly, the ingredients found in Smarties candy contains no animal products, making them a tasty and cruelty-free choice for anyone looking for delicious vegan candy. Did we mention they are only 25 calories in each roll of Smarties? 


      There are an endless number of ways to celebrate today. If your candy cravings are keeping you from thinking straight, here’s a list of ideas to get you started:

      • Incorporate some Smarties in your favorite sweet treat. Use as a topping on ice cream, jello, or cake. You can even bake them in cookies, brownies or mix into homemade jam!
      • Create a DIY “Smartie Pants” Halloween costume.
      • Craft a thank you note for teachers and tape a Smarties roll to it.
      • Use Smarties as a teaching tool to learn to count, identify colors, match items, and build shapes to help with motor skills.
      • Make up your best Smarties pun or go with the classic, “Thanks for making me a Smartie!”
      • Eat a roll of Smarties, of course. Or maybe two.
      • Pick up some Smarties Mega Lollies for a friend.
      • Tag and post your Smarties celebration using #NationalSmartiesDay.


      In 2022, National Day Calendar welcomed the Smarties Candy Company to our list of Founders. Beginning October 2 and every year after, we will be celebrating National Smarties Day in sweet style. The October 2 date also pays a beautiful tribute to the birthday of company Founder and Smarties creator Edward Dee, who was born on this day.

      Edward Dee, Smarties Founder
      Edward Dee, Smarties Founder 1924-2019

      Iconic Legacy

      Edward Dee (1924-2019) came to the U.S. from England with his family in 1949. As a third-generation candy maker, Dee arrived with a candy idea that would build his legacy. Beginning in a factory in Bloomfield, N.J., Dee began Ce De Candy Inc. in a rental property with two machines–a wrapping machine and a candy pellet-making machine. Dee would move his company to Elizabeth, N.J. in 1959 and finally to Union, N.J. in 1967, where the business remains today.

      Smarties Co-Presidents
      Co-Presidents Sarah Dee, Jessica Dee Sawyer and Liz Dee

      In 2011, the company decided to change their name from Ce De Candy Inc. to Smarties Candy Company. The Dee family has always been sole owners of the company, keeping their family tradition alive. In the 1970s, Dee’s sons Jonathan and Michael joined the business. The company is now led by the founder’s granddaughters, Co-Presidents Sarah Dee, Jessica Dee Sawyer and Liz Dee, making it a woman run company for the first time in its history.

      There have been many updates over the years including improving manufacturing facilities, adding solar power to their NJ candy factory which offsets half of their energy usage, and releasing new candy products including Mega Smarties – the largest Smarties roll available!

      A Sweet Future

      Education was an important aspect in Dee’s life long before he would immigrate to the U.S. He was a Cambridge University graduate and he knew the value of education. Because of this, he decided to name his candy Smarties as a way to encourage others to never stop learning. In 2013 the company began the “Smarties Think” initiative to continue his vision. Since then, Smarties has given more than $250,000 to classrooms in need.

      The early days of Edward Dee going door-to-door to make candy sales clearly paid off. Today, the Smarties brand continues to be a leader in the candy industry producing billions of Smarties rolls per year. With factories in New Jersey and Ontario, the Dee family continues the tradition of providing an iconic candy for smarty pants people everywhere.



      Sourdough September celebrates the world’s oldest leavened bread, giving everyone a chance to enjoy this delicious delight the entire month.


      The entire month of September provides opportunity for bread baker’s across the world to share their talent of making sourdough bread. Initially starting as a campaign, this month long bread holiday has turned into a food celebration.

      What is sourdough bread? Unlike dry yeast breads, sourdough bread begins from a “starter” that contains a live culture of yeast. Interestingly, a sourdough starter can be a saved piece of sourdough bread from a previous or old piece of bread. The “sour” part of the dough is created by adding water and flour every week to the old piece of bread until it becomes fermented. Basically, a process naturally occurs between the yeast and “good” bacteria causes the mixture to sour and prompts growth. That growth eventually becomes a loaf of bread.

      Can you make a sourdough starter from scratch? Making a sourdough starter is super easy. You want to make wild yeast, which is 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water mixed into a paste. Over a period of about seven days, you’re going to remove, add, feed, and mix your wild yeast. You can visit any baking website on the Internet for a standard recipe. However, you might want to ask a family member if they have a recipe before you search the world wide web.

      Did You Know?

      • It is believed sourdough originated in Ancient Egyptian times around 1500 BC.
      • It appears the French bakers receive credit for bringing sourdough bread to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush in 1848.
      • San Francisco bakers are using the same sourdough culture used during the Gold Rush. In fact, to this day bakers refer to it to as the “Mother dough.”
      • Louise Boudin risked her life to save the original “Mother dough” during the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
      • You should bake sourdough bread in glass because the metal in baking sheets causes the dough to corrode.

      Is sourdough bread healthier than other breads? Yes! Sourdough bread is considered to be the least processed bread because of so few ingredients. It’s also easier to digest because the bread acts as a prebiotic, meaning the bread fiber helps to process the good bacteria found in intestines. Good bacteria helps us maintain a healthy digestive system. Furthermore, sourdough bread has been known reduce the rate starches are digested in the intestines. lowering the glycemic index.

      Not Just a Bread

      There are other uses for your sourdough recipes besides standard bread. In fact, sourdough can be used for several other things, such as:

      • Crackers
      • English muffins
      • Pancakes
      • Biscuits
      • Pizza crust
      • Pretzels
      • Rolls
      • Pie Crust


      • Share your sourdough recipe with family.
      • Bake real sourdough bread and deliver it to friends.
      • Buy 100% genuine sourdough bread from a local bakery.
      • Host a sourdough baking party, complete with condiments to go with your fresh sourdough bread.
      • Create several sourdough starters, add baking instructions and give them away to neighbors.
      • Attend a sourdough baking class.
      • Enter a local bread baking contest with your sourdough recipe.
      • Raise money for the charity Sustain.
      • Tag and share your sourdough celebration on social media using #SourdoughSeptember.


      In 2012, the Real Bread Campaign came up with an idea to get people to try, buy, or make their own sourdough. This food month began as a campaign to promote the benefits of real sourdough bread. Though the Real Bread Campaign celebrates food throughout the year, this month long food holiday shines the light on the baker’s who put time and effort into providing a genuine sourdough product.

      Each year the Real Bread Campaign encourages people to celebrate through sharing. In fact, they encourage bakers and bread lovers to add their sourdough event to their Real Bread Calendar. Their website provides several tips and ideas on how you can celebrate #SourdoughSeptember in your area.

      In 2022, follower Chris Young from Sustain reached out to National Day Calendar to request this trending holiday be added to our calendar. After researching it’s origins, we were convinced that this month long celebration was an excellent fix. Thank you Chris Young! If you would like more information about Sustain, you can email them at:



      September 22 focuses on raising awareness and sharing education about all 50 states and their capitals on National States and Capitals Day.


      As children, we learn about the 50 states and their capitals in the U.S. But as we get older, we tend to forget those important cities and their role in crafting policy and influencing the economy. And, while everybody knows their own state capital, many do not even remember the capital of the state next door. Today, let’s take the time to remind ourselves how important every state and capital is to our nation.

      Learning about States and Capitals

      Remember those paper maps we were given to learn about states and capitals? Our worksheet had blank states with star indicating where the capital was supposed to be. The agony of naming each state and capital was definitely stressful! We spent time memorizing names, where the state was and naming each capital. Not to mention spelling everything correctly. Some of us were lucky to have a teacher that would play a game to help us remember.

      Typically, we learn about states and capitals between the grades 3-6, starting with the state we live in. From there, we learn our country has 50 states and 50 capitals within each state. All 50 capitals have a unique history, which means there are 50 reasons why a specific city or town was chosen to be a state capital. In addition, we eventually learn how governments operate and the vital roll each state plays in our national government.

      Are state capitals found in the largest cities of each states? No. The first state capitals were built according the where the majority of the population lived in a state, or near a main access hub. For example, North Dakota is home of National Day Calendar. Our state capital is Bismarck, but was once the capital of the Dakota Territory. The Northern Pacific Railroad was built to transfer goods from eastern U.S. to the west, making Bismarck the prime location for state government. Bismarck became the official state capital only after the territory was split into 2 states–North and South Dakota.


      • The letter Q is the only letter NOT found in any of the state names
      • Sweet Home, Alabama is a real place.
      • It’s illegal to bury people in San Francisco, California.
      • New Jersey has a volcano.
      • South Carolina has a place called Monkey Island, that has over 4,000 rhesus monkeys.
      • The state bird for Wisconsin is a plastic flamingo.
      • There are more chickens in Delaware than there are people.
      • The Empire State Building in New York has it’s own zip code.

      State Capitals in Small Cities

      • Juneau, Alaska, population est. 32,300.
      • Dover, Delaware, population est. 39,400.
      • Frankfort, Kentucky, population est. 28,600.
      • Augusta, Maine, population est. 18,900.
      • Annapolis, Maryland, population est. 40,800.
      • Jefferson City, Missouri, population est. 43,230.
      • Helena, Montana, population est. 32,100.
      • Concord, New Hampshire, population est. 4,000.
      • Pierre, South Dakota, population est. 14,100.
      • Montpelier, Vermont, population est. 8,100.


      • Divide learning about states into regions to learn each region before moving on to the next.
      • Check out a book from the library each week on a specific state to learn facts. Return the book and pick another state until all states have been covered.
      • Learn fun facts about states. What famous people are from there? What kind of tourist attractions might be fun to visit?
      • Fix a puzzle with all 50 states and capitals.
      • Draw a map of the United States with the states and fill in the capitals, too.
      • Use Dick & Jane Educational Snacks to help your kids learn about states and capitals.
      • Tag your videos learning states and capitals on social media #NationalStatesandCapitalsDay.


      Dick & Jane Educational Snacks receives credit for the idea to celebrate National States and Capitals Day on September 22. Not only does it raise awareness about the importance of knowing all 50 states and capitals, it reminds people to have fun while learning.

      Owners Dick & Jane (yes, those are their real names), have a passion for education. With a mission to bring a fun way for kids to enjoy learning, they set out to help kids enjoy learning through creating a business of healthy snacks that also serve as learning tools. Primarily geared for students K-8, their snacks can be used as a teaching tool to learn about:

      If you would like more information about Dick & Jane Educational Snacks, please contact:

      Alisha Beasley
      Business Development Manager



      The second full week in September celebrates National Compassionate Leadership Week to create a more compassionate world.


      Our lives are unpredictable because of constant disruption in our daily routines. As we shuffle our family life with our professional life, we often feel overwhelmed and uncertain. As adults, we look towards other adults as a source of inspiration and reassurance. Oftentimes, we turn to our colleagues for leadership and guidance. Management and other organization leaders everywhere are more than just employers, they are becoming a source of compassion for their employees.

      Leading with Compassion

      Companies today are faced with the decision to become more active in employee lives. In fact, employees, consumers, and stakeholders are demanding that companies take care of their people, their communities, and the world around them, too. Old expectations of working for the bottom line no longer exists as a company goal. In fact, successful companies today work towards a double bottom line, a balance between strengthening the business and the employees that work there.

      Company culture today consists of a new kind of employee. Studies show that people entering into the workforce are too young, too diverse, too disengaged, too tired of not being heard and respected. Companies that include compassion in their leadership achieve success quickly because performance is always at a peak.

      Can you deliver a strong, successful business using compassion? Absolutely. The most successful companies can be compassionate and deliver strong results in business, education, politics and in our communities. Companies that produce compassionate leaders provide unspoken benefits of increased leadership and productivity, not to mention an increase in morale in the work place.

      How can companies show compassion for their employees? There are many things a company can do for their employees to show more compassion. Opening communication is a perfect way to learn about company values, expectations, and goals. Most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to give and receive praise and acknowledgement. Forming important bonds within a company helps leaders identify whether an employee is having problems outside of work. In return, knowing those problems is an opportunity to show compassion and offer extra support.

      The TramutoPorter Foundation

      For over 20 years, the TramutoPorter Foundation has been a leader in expanding compassionate leadership in the workplace. Their mission to create a more compassionate world has allowed them to form partnerships to help solve challenges in business, education, politics, and within families.

      The TramutoPorter Foundation has been working on behalf of several compassionate causes. They have implemented a scholarship fund to support students who have lived through and risen above adversity. The foundation formed a partnership with the RFK Human Rights Organization to create a program to promote workplace dignity. In addition, they have been working together to gather life-saving supplies for refugees feeling Ukraine. The foundation also announced a new partnership with Boston University that includes an endowment for scholarships in its school of public health. The endowment will support more compassionate approaches to solving global health challenges. Most importantly, it will create programming that will deliver a compassionate leadership curriculum to be delivered digitally.


      • Offer and attend training to encourage compassionate leadership skills.
      • Check in with employees often and take time to listen to them.
      • Schedule workshops for employees through human resources.
      • Get to know employees and their families.
      • Join the Compassionate Leader Movement.
      • Attend the Compassionate Leadership Conference in 2023 during Compassionate Leadership Week.
      • Nominate a leader who has demonstrated by example empathy in action for the Compassionate Leadership Award to be awarded each year during the Compassionate Leadership Week.


      Donato Tramuto and National Day Calendar created National Compassionate Leadership Week to be celebrated the second full week of September each year.

      The TramutoPorter Foundation was created in 2001 by Donato Tramuto and his longtime partner and Co-Founder Jeffrey Porter, after Donato lost two close friends and their son on 9/11 after visiting him in Maine. Donato was planning to join his friends on that day and a last-minute dental emergency prevented him from joining his friends and decided to return to Los Angeles the night before. Sadly, Donato’s friends perished in the plane that hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center that day.

      Donato was devastated by the tragic event and the loss of his friends. Instead of letting grief and anger consume him, he decided to create the foundation in their memory. Today, the memory of his friends and those who lost their lives that tragic day lives in Donato’s heart. He continues to dedicate his life to spreading compassion and understanding in the world to help solve problems, particularly in areas of health, education, and human rights.

      Compassion Movement

      Tramuto and Porter continue to spread its message of compassion through Compassionate Leadership Week. This week celebrates compassionate leaders by bringing attention to the proven benefits of compassionate leadership. It shows through their own example and many other leaders, that it’s possible to be compassionate while delivering strong results whether it be in business, education, politics or in our own families and communities.

      In 2021, the TramutoPorter Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary by pledging to expand its compassionate work envisioning compassion movement. In April 2022, the foundation launched a new book, authored by Tramuto, called The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results. The book and Tramuto were featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Investors Business Daily, Katie Couric Media and many other media outlets.


      Donato Tramuto

      • Founder & Chairman, Health eVillages
      • Founder & Chairman, TramutoPorter Foundation
      • Author & Healthcare Activist

      Donato J. Tramuto, is the former CEO of Tivity Health® , Inc., (Nasdaq: TVTY), and is widely recognized for his commitment to social change and transformational leadership in healthcare innovation. The New York Times deemed him “a global health activist.” Tramuto is also the founder and chair of The Tramuto Foundation, which advances rights to education and healthcare access for young people. In addition, the foundation combats human right violations. He launched the foundation in memory his two friends and their 3 year old son who lost their lives on 9/11 when United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Tramuto was scheduled to be on that flight. However, and due to a toothache, he never boarded the plane.

      Since the launch of the foundation, over 100 young adults have received a TramutoPorter Foundation Scholarship. All scholarships awarded help young adults pursue their dream of a college education. With the financial support from other organizations, the TramutoPorter Foundation delivers on their promise to make the world a more compassionate place. Tramuto is a sitting member of the board for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization and their Leadership Council Chairman. In fact, his commitment has led to funding a three-year, $1 million grant addressing workplace bullying in the U.S. and Europe. Amazingly, this leading national initiative also addresses workplace dignity and inclusion.

      A Compassionate Leadership Task Force, launched in September 2021 will initiate a pilot with a number of Boston colleges and universities to address the significant epidemic around loneliness and social isolation among our young and older adults. The task force will implement existing interventions by integrating them into community-centered organizations, like faith-based organizations. In addition, they will assist colleges and universities to address the compassionate leadership umbrella and how intergenerational connections can reduce the loss sense of relevancy among young and older adults.

      Published Author

      Tramuto is a successful published author. His works include:

      • Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business
      • The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results


      • Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope (2014)
      • RFK Embracing His Legacy Awards (2016)
      • PharmaVoice RedJacet Recipient Award

      Tramuto is also a passionate champion of cutting-edge approaches to healthcare access, drug safety, and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH), defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Under his tenure as CEO of Tivity Health and following his execution of a successful turnaround, he transformed the business business model to center around partnering progressively, profitably and collaboratively with consumers, payers, healthcare practitioners and employers in cutting-edge approaches to SDOH conditions including nutrition, fitness and social connection, that improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs.

      Before joining Tivity Health, Tramuto’s record of bringing together social commitment with healthcare innovation included his founding of Physicians Interactive Holdings (Aptus Health sold to WebMD in 2019). As a global provider of insight-driven digital engagement solutions for healthcare professionals and consumers. Reflecting a conviction that universal healthcare is a basic human right for all people, he launched Health eVillages in 2011, a non-profit organization providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology in the most challenging clinical environments and working to broaden healthcare access.


      • Brown University Healthcare Leadership Board
      • Advisory Board of Boston University School of Public Health
      • Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Europe
      • Health eVillages
      • Zeel Health
      • Esperta Health
      • Gryphon Investment Executive Advisory Board
      • Executive in Residence at Promerica Health, Concierge Health, Sharecare, Gento Health, and Skyscape
      • Honorary Scholar in Residence at St. Joseph’s College, Maine


      • Honorary Doctorate: University of Massachusetts at Lowell
      • Honorary Doctorate: Thomas Jefferson University
      • Honorary Doctorate: Lasell College
      • Honorary Doctorate: Saint Joseph’s College
      • Honorary Doctorate: Regis College

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      On August 3, we raise awareness around the benefits of salon hair gloss services on National Hair Gloss Day.


      The root of beautiful, healthy hair lies with hair professionals. These trained professional stylists know what’s best for your mane and keep you looking fabulous. Whether your maintenance schedule is low key, or you go for the color, cut and style, we rely on hair professionals to bring out our personality in their craft. Perfect for refreshing color and enhancing your hair’s natural shine, a hair gloss leaves you with healthier looking and feeling hair.

      Mane Concept

      What is hair gloss? Hair gloss is like lip gloss, meaning it adds a special coating that makes hair shine. In technical terms, hair gloss is a treatment that seals the cuticle of the hair to enhance hair tone. When hair gloss is applied, the cuticle become smooth showing radiant hair tone and sheen. In addition, hair professionals love to get to know their customers. This is how the stylist forms a relationship to provide better hair care and color. In fact, it is a great opportunity to create a bond between professional and customer resulting in a life-long friendship.

      If you are looking to try a new shade or change your hair color for the first time, a hair gloss application is for you. Also known as demi-permanent hair color, hair gloss is a gentler form of color that fades gradually over time, meaning you won’t get harsh root regrowth. With results that can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks, a hair gloss service is the perfect way to try that new shade while achieving shiny, healthy-looking hair.

        Benefits of Hair Gloss

        Hair damage is the best reason to get a hair gloss treatment. Hair damage is caused by a variety of reasons, such as:

        • Styling with heat tools
        • Tap water
        • Mechanical damage.

        Hair professionals often explain to customers why their hair is damaged. Listening to your hair professional about care for your hair not only helps you take better care of your hair, but it also helps during visits to the salon.

        While stylists typically use glosses as a way to tone, color-correct, refresh, and add shine to hair, there are countless reasons to get a Gloss Service. Hair glosses are one of the most versatile professional hair treatments available. It provides beautiful and personalized end results. Plus with the right gloss, you will have health benefits for your strands.

        • Color without commitment
        • Refreshes hair color between appointments.
        • Color correct brassy hair.
        • You get glass hair results.
        • Gives your hair a pick-me-up.
        • Hair color is subtle, not drastic.

        What Kind of Gloss Should I Get? And Where? With so many colors and looks to choose from, a professional stylist will be able to customize a color that is perfect for you. Because glosses are a form of demi-permanent hair color, they allow for color without the commitment. Demi-permanent hair color or a Hair Gloss Service is offered in salons. Some professional brands offer services and products without ammonia, which is considered best for optimal hair health, as well as when a client might be sensitive to smell.


        • Research the latest hair color trends and get inspired to transform your hair.
        • Book a gloss appointment before your next big event.
        • Get a Clear Gloss when your hair is feeling dull and uninspired.
        • Research where your nearest salon is!.
        • Book a gloss appointment, such as a Shades EQ Gloss Service.
        • Share your before and after photos of your hair gloss treatment on social media.

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        Redken and National Day Calendar teamed up in 2022 to create National Hair Gloss Day to be celebrated each year on August 3.


        For over 60 years, Redken has been a leader in the professional salon industry, empowering professionals and consumers to achieve healthy hair transformations with confidence. Founded by Paula Kent, a woman who believed in the power of science, Redken was the first company to take a scientific approach to hair. The company defines the right balance of protein, moisture, and supported by an acidic pH, which remains the alpha and omega of haircare to this very day.

        All Redken products are made with the highest quality ingredients. In addition, they are tested by salon professionals to ensure maximum efficacy, for every hair type and texture and every hair need. Based in New York City, Redken supports the expertise of salon professionals with principle-based education, cutting edge technologies rooted in protein-science, and a portfolio of products. As the number one provider in demi-permanent hair color on the market, including Shades EQ, Redken offers maximum versatility and flexibility for clients of all hair types and hair textures.

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      • Cheat Day Mac and Cheese


        Servings: Cheat Day means all yours!


        Kosher salt
        1 3/4 # cooked elbow macaroni
        4 cups milk, 2 or 3 sprigs thyme &
        2 cloves garlic, minced
        Roux: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter & 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
        7 to 8 Cups shredded Jack & Cheddar How cheesy do you like it?
        Freshly ground White Pepper
        1/4 cup fine chop parsley
        1 Package of bacon diced (Freeze then chop)
        1 onion, diced, 2 garlic cloves, minced, finely chopped thyme from 8 sprigs


        In a small saucepan
        Heat the milk with the thyme sprigs and 2 garlic cloves. Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.

        Start Roux
        Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to keep lumps from forming. Strain out the milk and whisk it into the roux. Continue to whisk vigorously, and cook until the mixture is nice and smooth.

        The Sauce: Stir in the 4 cups of the cheese into roux and milk and continue to cook and stir to melt the cheese. Season with salt and white pepper. Add the cooked macaroni and the parsley. Fold that all in to coat the macaroni with the cheese mixture.

        Bacon, Thyme, Garlic Add the bacon, render the fat, and cook until crispy. Add onion, garlic, and thyme leaves and cook for a couple of minutes until onions are translucent. Season with salt and pepper.

        Finish the Dish: In the pasta pot, toss pasta, cheese sauce, bacon, thyme, and garlic.

        Bon Appetit!
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        A big thank you to National Day Calendar Ambassador Cindy Lee for sharing this recipe!