Category: August Weeks

  • NATIONAL BALAYAGE WEEK – Week of August 16


    National Balayage Week during the week of August 16th ushers in a celebration of highlights, specks of gold, sun kissed-tresses, chestnut ombres, and everything in between! It comes just at the end of summer recognizing the radiance of freehand strokes mimicking the beauty of summer.

    balayage {baa-lee-yaazh}

    The free-hand hair painting technique called balayage comes from a French word meaning “to sweep away” due to the action of sweeping the lightening onto the hair. Originating in 1970s Paris at the Carita Salon, the trend soon exploded onto the style scene. In the ’70s, this technique was initially called “Balayage a Coton” for its use of cotton strips to separate the colored hair from the untouched portions. The method has now evolved and is definitely not just for blondes! Brunettes, redheads, even those with black hair can all take advantage of this creative hair painting technique – adding subtle dimension and swirls of cinnamon or caramel.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBalayageWeek

    Balayage isn’t just for summer blondes and #NationalBalayageWeek will celebrate the freehand strokes, specks of gold, sun-kissed tresses, chestnut ombres, and everything in between. Matrix Color and Total Results invites you to come celebrate #NationalBalayageWeek in all its hair painting glory!

    Join us and celebrate during Matrix #NationalBalayageWeek by:

    • Shopping your favorite SalonCentric products
    • Following Matrix on Instagram and Facebook for dedicated live education with top Matrix artists


    Matrix founded National Balayage Week in 2020 to celebrate this fantastic hair art form. MATRIX, the leading professional hair care, and hair color company in the United States proudly offers the best lighteners with Light Master and the best in hair care with Total Results.

    National Day Calendar proclaimed National Balayage Week to be observed the week of August 16, annually.

    About Matrix

    Founded in 1980, MATRIX is committed to the development of its line of salon professionals and offers a wide range of products including COLORGRAPHICS, COLORINSIDER, Color Sync, Logics, Oil Wonders, SOBOOST, SOCOLOR, Style Link, and Total Results.

    MATRIX professional products are available only in salons and can be guaranteed authentic when purchased from authorized retailers. Matrix is happy to celebrate hair art and painting with exclusive deals and offers. Visit for hairstyle and hair color inspiration as well as MATRIX trends and tips! Professionals visit for techniques, formulas, salon resources, and much more!

    MATRIX professional products are available only in salons and can be guaranteed authentic when purchased from authorized retailers. Matrix is happy to celebrate hair art and painting with exclusive deals and offers. Visit for hairstyle and hair color inspiration as well as MATRIX trends and tips! Professionals visit for techniques, formulas, salon resources, and much more!

    For additional information, please contact Chandra Magnuson (917) 937–2098—




    In August, the third full week queues the processes that businesses and organizations need during National Management Training Week.


    The week invests in the knowledge and talents of the people businesses entrust with the role of manager. Every organization, from small businesses to non-profits and civic groups, promotes employees internally. Many managers often find themselves in leadership roles because they were performing well in their entry-level position (or line-level job).

    According to Bloomleaders, 77% of corporations experienced leadership gaps in 2019. Employees typically seek jobs at companies that have leadership development, statistics show. But employers seek candidates that already have some form of leadership skills. This is because management doesn’t want to spend the time or money to train employees to develop their leadership skills. Because of this never-ending (not to mention vicious!) cycle, the stats just keep on getting worse and worse. Therefore the primary goal of the week is to help businesses place management skills before leadership. Giving managers the tools and skills to be managers and supervisors will lead their teams to success.

    Another key goal behind the week is transforming the human in human resources. Lisa I. Perez, the founder of HBL Resources, Inc., says she wants “every employee to walk out of their manager’s office with their dignity intact.” And that’s no matter how tough the conversation has to be.

    National Management Training Week hopes to create productive conversations in our workforce that lead to improved management training practices and the development of excellent managers.


    Businesses, organizations, and employees are invited to join the celebration. First, review your current internal promotion process and consider how you can improve it. Other ways to take part in the week include:

    • Launching an internal succession process.
    • Getting your leadership team together to design your training plan.
    • Creating a mentor or protégée program.
    • Sharing a gentle reminder of internal training programs your business already has.
    • Creating a training schedule if you don’t already have one.
    • Putting your potential managers on special projects.
    • Promoting job shadowing within your organization.

    But don’t stop there. Employers and employees can boost their potential and resources by taking proactive actions to improve their management outlook.

    Share your experiences learning, training, and building in your business by using #NationalManagementTrainingWeek on social media, too.


    In 2020, Lisa I. Perez, president of HBL Resources, Inc., founded National Management Training Week to bring national awareness to the need for better management training and preparedness in the workplace. In addition, she’s made it her mission to provide all the elements necessary for successful career advancement in every business landscape.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Management Training Week on July 16, 2020, to be observed the third full week in August, annually.

    About Lisa I. Perez
    HBL Resources Inc.
    Silver Stevie

    Lisa I. Perez, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the founder of National Management Training Week and HBL Resources, Inc., a human resources consulting firm. She brings over 30 years of HR experience and serves as a trusted advisor, trainer, or consultant to a broad range of organizations. Her mission is Transforming the Human in Human Resources® through “The Complete Manager Makeover®” management training system and its memberships. Her commitment to growth and development emerged early in her career. She started in hospitality as a front desk clerk, progressed within the HR discipline, and accomplished the Corporate Director of Recruitment and Succession Planning role within 10 years. The founder also believes in giving back; therefore, proceeds from The Complete Manager Makeover products and services are donated towards installing clean water filters in Kenya and Uganda, Africa.

    HBL Resources, Inc was named the Silver Stevie® Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year category in The 18th Annual American Business Awards®. The firm focuses on HR Consultation, HR Administration, and its founder’s true passion, Training, and Development. HBL Resources is designated as an approved provider of recertification credit programs from both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).


    Doug and Chris enjoy a visit with the
    Founder of National Management Training Week.

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    Relevant Observances
  • RIDE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER – Two Weeks Before and Through Labor Day


    Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over during the two weeks leading up to Labor Day targets motorcyclists who ride when they have been drinking.

    The campaign focus on the end of riding season for much of the US.  As motorcyclists head into the extended Labor Day weekend, the campaign aims to decrease drunk riding. The long, warm days of summer begin to fade, and riding season winds down. For some, it’s their last long, summer ride. For too many who choose to ride while drinking, it will be their last ride forever.

    The bottle and the throttle don’t mix.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 25% of motorcycle riders killed in crashes are drunk. A rider is considered intoxicated when their blood alcohol limit reaches or exceeds .08.

    However, NHTSA says many alcohol-related motorcycle crashes are caused by riders who are slightly under the .08 limit. Though they’ve had less than the legal limit, it’s still enough to let booze to overwhelm their usual safety cautiousness. Hence, they end up pushing themselves and their machines past safe limits.

    According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, this is all it takes to affect riders:

    • .02 – It becomes difficult to perform two tasks at the same time.
    • .05 – Tracking moving objects becomes difficult and response time to emergency situations is reduced.
    • .08 – Riders lose concentration and perception of road conditions.
    • .10 – Braking appropriately becomes difficult.


    Before drinking, plan a sober ride home. If you see a drunk rider on the road, call law enforcement immediately. When you are hosting a group ride, make sure food and non-alcoholic drinks are served. Provide drinking riders with safe rides home. Assure them their motorcycles will be secure, and they will get a return ride to their bike when they are sober.


    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over annually. The program singularly targets motorcyclists and is part of a regularly occurring crackdown on drunk driving organized. Other Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns targeting four-wheel vehicle drivers are:

    • Feb 3, Super Bowl.
    • Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day.
    • May 5 Cinco de Mayo.
    • July 4 Independence Day.
    • Aug 14-Sept 2 End of Summer/Labor Day week.
    • Oct 1 Halloween.
    • Nov 29-Dec 10 Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas.


  • TWINS DAYS WEEKEND – First Full Weekend in August


    Twins Days Weekend is the first full weekend in August every year. People will see double in Twinsburg, Ohio during the Twins Day Festival. Guinness Book of World Records calls it the “Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World.”

    The goal of the Twins Days Festival is to celebrate the uniqueness of twins and others of multiple births. Researchers attend the festival because it provides a centralized location for a multitude of twin-related information, including research studies and photo documentation of twins.

    Did You know:
    • In the last 40 years, the Twin birth rate in the United States has varied from 18.9 to 33.2 per 1,000 live births.
    • The Twin Project at the University of Texas says, “The percent of people who are twins differs by race and ethnicity. In the U.S., twins are most common in African-Americans (36.8 per 1000) and least common in Hispanic/Latino Americans (21.8 per 1000). The states with the highest rates of twins are Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, and the state with the lowest rate is New Mexico.”
    Famous twins:
    • Shawn and Aaron Ashmore. Shawn starred in the X-Men films and “The Following” while his brother was in “Killjoys” and “Warehouse 13.” Both actors played in Smallville as well.
    • James and Oliver Phelps the charming, red-headed Weasley Brothers from The Harry Potter series
    • Dylan and Cole Sprouse “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
    • Billy and Benny Loyd McCrary, better known as “The McGuire Twins,” were professional wrestlers. They tipped the scales at a combined weight of 1468 pounds.
    • Also, wrestlers, Brie and Nikki Bella are a professional wrestling tag team for World Wrestling Entertainment.
    • Perhaps the most famous twins of all time, are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen who played Michelle Tanner in the sitcom Full House. They are not identical twins, but rather fraternal twins.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #TwinsDaysWeekend

    Attend the Twins Days event in Twinsburg, Ohio. Non-twins are welcome. Learn more about National Twins Day at the website

    Follow the day’s conversation using #twinsdays on social media.


    Moses and Aaron Wilcox, who founded Twinsburg, Ohio in 1819, inspired the creation of Twins Days. In 1976, during the Bicentennial Celebration of the United States, people in Twinsburg started planning to set aside one day a year for twins. The following year, determined not to let the idea die, a committee went into action and made the second Twins Day happen. There were 38 sets of twins who attended that year.

    The past 43 festivals have seen over 77,000 sets of twins and multiples attend.

    Relevant Observances

    National Twin Day – All across the country, twins, their friends and families celebrate all things twins on December 18th.


  • NATIONAL COMPOSITES WEEK – Last Week in August


    Observe National Composites Week annually during the last week in August to promote the way the Composites Industry transforms our lives.

    A composite is two or more materials with different properties, typically fiber and resin, combined to act in concert. Fiber reinforced composites produce some of the strongest, most versatile, most technologically advanced parts ever developed. Composites offer manufacturers, designers, and engineers a new world of design possibilities. They can be tailored to provide the exact material properties and mechanical performance required, enabling efficient use of material – saving weight and reducing waste.

    Composites entertain, found in the majority of recreational activities including biking, hockey, golf and paddle sports. They help people stand tall, enabling the development of state-of-the-art prosthetics and orthopedics bringing comfort and independence to amputees and the injured. Composites save lives, advancing the performance of body and vehicle armor, and seismic reinforcement. They protect the environment by enabling reduced emissions on the road and in the air, and by supporting renewable energy through better wind turbine design and more sustainable infrastructure. Composites help create a more technologically advanced world, enabling the development of fuel-efficient aircraft, drones, air taxis, and heightened space exploration.

    The composites industry contributes $22.2 billion annually to the U.S. economy and is expected to reach $130 billion by 2024. Help us celebrate the innovation found within the Composites Industry, innovation that is helping transform the world.


    Consider all the ways composites impact our lives. What composites do you rely on every day? Educators, consider reviewing composites as a classroom project. What careers are directly involved with composites? This week would be an excellent time for a S.T.E.M.  or S.T.E.A.M. project.

    Share what’s happening in the composites industry. Are you an engineer, builder, designer, researcher? What’s the latest innovation, and how are you changing the world? Use #NationalCompositesWeek to share on social media.

    Visit to find more ways to promote your participation within the Composites industry.


    A&P Technology, Inc. founded National Composites Week in 2019 to applaud the industry’s innovation, economic contributions, and its proliferation.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Composites Week to be observed the last week of August annually.




    National Exercise With Your Child Week is observed in August. Good health is a family affair. When you practice a healthy lifestyle, your children are more likely to follow. Starting young is the key to developing healthy fitness habits. Good exercise habits also give your child a head start for Physical Education in school, sports and other activities. Encouraging each other to stick with an exercise program also helps you stay fit. A healthy body is a key to a healthy mind.

    There are several things you can do with your children to encourage physical fitness. Dancing is an excellent form of exercise. Turning on the radio and or playlist pumps up everyone to get down and work that cardio and muscles. If you prefer a more strict exercise regiment, try planking. If you hold the plank for at least 30 seconds, you will end up with great abs. Squats and burpees can go hand-in-hand. Both help with muscles found in the lower portions of your body. If you prefer to do it all, join a sport. Sports have been known to get kids (and adults) into shape and keep them fit as long as they continue to participate.


    Learn how you can exercise with your children. Organizations all over the nation are participating in Nation Exercise With Your Child Week. Check locally to see who’s taking part in your community.

    Use #NationalExerciseWithYourChild in social media.


    Shiela Madison founded National Exercise with Your Child Week in 2010 to promote family physical fitness.


  • NATIONAL AVIATION WEEK – Week of August 19


    National Aviation Week commemorates the achievements that have taken humankind into the great blue yonder! Always occurring during the week of August 19, the date coincides with National Aviation Day, which celebrates Orville Wright of the Wright Brothers. The Aviation Week Network sponsors conferences, exhibitions, webinars and other events around the world to celebrate the history of aviation.

    Orville Wright made the first flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial, just south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. While the Wright Brothers were not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, they are recognized as the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible.

    Aviation history is full of exciting accomplishments, adventure, and daring heroism. In fact, numerous museums and landmarks across the country and around the world will walk you through aviation’s impressive timeline. From the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio to March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California and the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., nearly every state in the country fills the imagination with original and replica planes of the pioneers of flight. Even the early frontier of space flight makes the agenda for aviation enthusiasts! Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center will not disappoint.

    Of course, local libraries answer the call with shelves lined with books about every era of aviation. NASA also offers free e-books.

    • The wingspan of the 747 is 120 feet, which is longer than the original Wright Brothers flight.
    • Food tastes different under cabin pressure in an airplane.
    • There are over 6,000 passengers in the air over the U.S. at any given moment.
    • You can lose about two cups of water from your body for every hour you spend flying. If you’re traveling cross-country, keep yourself hydrated.
    • The President and Vice President of the United States never fly together—nor do they fly with the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Prince Charles never flies with Prince William. Just in case…
    • ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT – Two bicycle repairmen from Ohio.
    • AMELIA EARHART – Female aviation pioneer.
    • BESSIE COLEMAN – First female aviator of both African American and Native American descent.
    • CHARLES LINDBERGH – first solo trans-Atlantic flight.
    • MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – WWI flying ace, the celebrated “Red Baron.”
    • JERRIE MOCK – First woman aviator to successfully circumnavigate the globe solo.
    • HOWARD HUGHES – Aviator, tycoon, movie maker and all-around eccentric
    • CHUCK YEAGER – The test pilot who broke the sound barrier,
    • YURI GAGARIN – First man in space.


    Encourage schools and organizations in your community to celebrate the legacy of aviation.

    Use #NationalAviationWeek in social media.


    In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19, the birthday of Orville Wright, as National Aviation Day.


  • NATIONAL RESURRECT ROMANCE WEEK – 2nd full week in August


    National Resurrect Romance Week is observed the second full week in August. This week-long celebration takes place six months after Valentine’s Day. Founder Michael Webb felt Valentine’s Day had been placed on a commercial scale, with the act of romance taking a back seat. Webb wanted to encourage people to celebrate love from the heart to remind ourselves that the best gift you can give is a showing our significant other the real meaning of love.

    The purpose of the week is to place the emphasis back on our hearts and off of our wallets. To designate just one day for romance seems bewildering to me, so I am hoping that people will make an effort to do something romantic each day for an entire week. If people do that, they will see an amazing change in their relationship and will be more motivated to becoming a year-round romantic.” –Michael Webb website

    There are many ways we can show our significant other how much they mean to us. When a romantic gesture comes from the heart, it has an impact on our emotions. A simple task of putting flowers on a ceiling fan and turning it on as your sweetie walks in can make an ordinary day into an impromptu romantic moment. Little gestures always go a long way, especially showing your significant other how much they mean to you in small acts of kindness and love. There are so many ways we can show our sweethearts we love them without having to purchase extravagant gifts. National Resurrect Romance Week is the perfect time to rekindle the affection we have for our significant other.


    Think of it as a second Valentine’s Day. Plan on at least one romantic gesture each day of the week.

    Use #NationalRespectRomanceWeek in social media.


    The week was created as an “anti-commercial” holiday in 1995 by Michael Webb.


  • BE KIND TO HUMANKIND WEEK – Last Week in August


    Be Kind To Humankind Week is observed the last week in August. Founder Lorraine Jara was inspired to create Be Kind To Humankind Week (BK2HK) by a sad story of two men involved in a boating accident from her hometown. The two men clung to life while other boaters passed them by because they didn’t want to get involved. One of the men eventually died. Lorraine decided to honor the memory of the deceased young man by creating a week to encourage kindness among people. Many have recognized her for her efforts, including entertainers like Oprah Winfrey and Paul Simon as well as several U.S. Presidents.

    Be Kind to Humankind Week (BK2HK) is an annual celebration of kindness that is recognized globally from August 25th-31st each and every year. It is basically “a week of reflection and kind thoughts of others to make this world a better place. Of course we suggest practicing kindness daily, but this is the week you can take.” – Lorraine Jara

    The entire week of BK2HK celebrates each day specifically guiding people on how they can be a kinder human being to others during that day. Here is a breakdown of each day of the week with suggestions on what you can do to be kind to others:

    • Sacrifice Our Wants For Others’ Needs Sunday – Show others you care. Do you know someone who is unable to leave the house due to health issues? Offer to run errands or pick up groceries. Then stay for a visit. Friends with limited mobility enjoy offers of companionship for a walk in the fresh air. Even an opportunity to see family in a nursing home will help to meet others’ needs.
    • Motorist Consideration Monday – Drive or travel courteously. Whether traveling by car or motorcycle, bicycle or public transportation, practice consideration and patience.
    • Touch-A-Heart Tuesday – Spread kindness, one heart at a time. Encourage others in their dreams and goals. Offer to babysit for a couple you know so they can have a night for themselves.
    • Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday – Offer a helping hand. Offer to watch a neighbor’s house while they are on vacation and water their lawn and feed their pets. Offering to give a friend a ride to work is also a way to help.
    • Thoughtful Thursday – Treat each other well. Offer your bus seat to someone who looks like they may need to sit down. If you’re out shopping allow someone with fewer items to cut in front of you at the checkout.
    • Forgive-Your-Foe Friday – Come together. Contact the person in your life with whom you’ve let a disagreement divide you. The power of a sincere apology is worth more to an individual than never resolving issues.
    • Speak-Nice-Words Saturday – Say something nice. Hold your tongue when tempted to be harsh. Teach your children to speak kindly towards others and they will grow into friendly, respectful adults.


    Spread the word about Be Kind To Humankind Week by organizing events for your community. Share your own experiences with kindness.

    Use #BeKindToHumankind or #BK2HK in social media.


    Be Kind To Humankind was created in August of 1988 by Lorraine Jara in Toms River, New Jersey.


  • NATIONAL KOOL-AID DAYS – 2nd Weekend in August


    Oh yeeeeeeeaaaaah! Kool-Aid Days during the second weekend of August recognizes the invention of Edwin Perkins in 1927. The event takes place annually in Hastings, Nebraska. Weekend activities include live musical entertainment, an auction and a beauty pageant known as “Miss Kool-Aid Days.”A Nebraska businessman, Perkins originally marketed the soft drink as “Kool-Ade.” Of the original six flavors, cherry, grape, orange, lemon, and root beer, the inventor’s personal favorite came in raspberry. Perkins said he was inspired by the successes of Jello and Coca-Cola.

    While the product originally sold as a concentrate, shipping problems helped spark the product’s success. The expense of shipping the bottled concentrate prompted the manufacturer to switch to the powdered version we’ve all come to know and love.

    The original name of the product was “Fruit Smack.” The company changed the name when they switched to powder. When the Great Depression hit, the company cut the price of Kool-Aid in half. The strategy paid off, and Kool-Aid kept its popularity through the economic downturn’s worst years. Packages of Kool-Aid (minus the brand name) were included in soldiers’ rations during World War II. Davy Jones of the Monkeys appeared in television commercials for Kool-Aid in the sixties.

    Baby Boomers will remember the cartoon “Kool-Aid Kids” of the 1960s. Even though the company created the spokesman Kool-Aid Man in the 1950s, he didn’t come into his own until the 1980s. Kool-Aid man now pops up occasionally on television in comedy shows like Robot Chicken and Family Guy. Kool-Aid is the official state soft drink of Nebraska.


    Plan to attend and enjoy Kool-Aid Days. Try fried Kool-Aid, which is basically a pancake with Kool-Aid powder added in the mix. Marinate dill pickles in Kool-Aid. You could also make Kool-Aid Play-Doh.

    Use #KoolAidDays in social media.


    Kraft Foods founded Kool-Aid Days.