Category: August Weeks



    National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness about organ donation, especially among minorities and observed annually in August.

    Coordinating with National Minority Donor Awareness Day, the observance takes place the first week in August. Within the African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander-American communities, there is a serious shortage of transplants. Minorities make up 57% of those on the organ waiting list. Due to chronic conditions, minority patients are at an increased need for transplants affecting the heart, kidney, pancreas, and liver. National Minority Donor Awareness Week promotes awareness for healthy living habits and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

    Transplant facilities take into consideration several factors when matching donors to recipients. Blood type is the most critical component; ethnic similarities often have similar blood types increasing success rates when paired between members of the same ethnic/racial group. It’s necessary to know organ donation isn’t based on race or ethnicity. Anyone can donate because all organs can save a life.

    This special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors as organ, eye and tissue donors. In addition, this observance also encourages the public to take better care of their health in order to reduce the number of people needing a transplant.” ~Donor Alliance website

    There are several places you can go to learn more about organ donation. You can start by checking the donor option on your next drivers license test. websites like provide excellent information to common questions asked about organ donation. Your family doctor can also provide useful information if you prefer to seek medical advice. Organ donations is free to the donor.


    Help spread the word about the importance of organ donation in your community. Use #NationalMinorityDonorAwarenessWeek  and #DonationIsColorBlind in social media.


    In our research, we were unable to determine the origin of National Minority Donor Awareness Week.




    National Bargain Hunting Week is observed each year during the second week in August. Whether rummaging through boxes at a flea market, the clearance rack of a department store or the shelves at an off-price business, the hunt for the bargain can be just as exciting as the item discovered.

    Before you head out to bargain hunt, make a list of what you’re looking for, with appropriate dimensions (such as acceptable size for large items). Stock your vehicle with rope or twine (to tie things down) and blankets (to cushion items). Stop in your favorite stores frequently. The merchandise at second-hand stores tends to turn over regularly. Do your homework before shopping. See what certain items are going for on Craigslist or e-Bay. Be sure appliances work before you put down the cash.

    The last day of the yard sale is generally the best time to make your move. You can get a lot of items for a song, as vendors are often willing to make good deals rather than load up the trucks for the trip home. There is nothing wrong with haggling a bit if the situation allows for it (in some cultures, it’s offensive not to). If you plan on haggling, let the vendor name the price first, and go from there. Respect the vendor’s effort because they may have some attachment to the item. Vendors often give discounts on bulk purchases – if you ask. Be polite, no matter what.


    Get friends together and make it a group activity! Shopping, like so many things in life, is more fun in numbers. Go look for some bargains! Use #BargainHuntingWeek in social media.


    National Bargain Hunting Week made its debut in 1996. Debbie Keri-Brown, the author of the books Bargain Hunting In Central Ohio and Bargain Hunting in Columbus, founded National Bargain Hunting week in 1996.

  • ELVIS WEEK – Week of August 16


    During the week of August 16, fans recognize the King of Rock and Roll throughout Elvis Week. Elvis Aaron Presley was born a twin on January 8, 1935. His twin brother Jesse Garon died at birth. Presley became one of the biggest rock-n-roll stars during the mid-1950s. Eventually, he would become known as the King of Rock-n-roll for his iconic music and performances throughout his career. He is still considered one of the best performers in musical history today.

    Elvis’ first backup band consisted of guitarist Scotty Moore and stand-up bassist player Bill Black. They recorded their first records at Sun Studio in Memphis under the supervision of Sam Phillips. Interestingly, Phillips also discovered Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and a host of others. Bill Black remembered he was not particularly impressed with Elvis upon their first encounter. Elvis himself said his first recordings sounded like “someone beating on a bucket lid.”

    Besides being an accomplished musician, Elvis also served in the United States Army. Elvis was stationed in Germany and served in two armor battalions. Presley received an honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1960.

    “Nothing really affected me until Elvis.” – John Lennon


    Presley bought the Graceland mansion in the spring of 1957. Since Graceland is located on U.S. Route 51, the city council of Memphis voted to name a portion of the highway Elvis Presley Boulevard.

    Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. Celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock and Roll, Memphis and the Elvis Presley estate observe the date with Elvis Week. Elvis was inducted in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 by John Lennon’s sons Julian and Sean. Elvis’s friend, Memphis disc jockey George Klein, delivered the acceptance speech.

    Even in death, the King of Rock and Roll attracts an overwhelming fan base. Over 600,000 people from around the world tour Graceland annually. The house was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

    Elvis Week in Memphis includes a fan reunion, dance party, a 5k run, auctions, rock, country and gospel concerts, seminars, memorial services, tours of Graceland, candlelight vigil and more! Plan a trip to Memphis for Elvis Week! Use #ElvisWeek in social media.

    The Elvis Presley Estate from Graceland Mansion in Memphis, TN, hosts Elvis Week annually.




    Intimate Apparel Market Week provides a way for industry leaders to come together and exchange information and ideas about this vital sector of the fashion industry. The observance occurs four times a year during the first week of February, May, August, and November.

    When it comes to fashion, intimate apparel is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. In 2017, the global industry generated nearly $1.6 billion. At its current growth rate, the market is expected to reach over $325 billion by 2025.

    Not surprisingly, women are the top consumers of intimate apparel. Women account for two-thirds of the total market share. Individuals over the age of 36 make up a majority of intimate apparel buyers. Of all the regions in the world, people in Asia-Pacific are some of the top consumers of intimate apparel. The most popular types of intimate apparel include bras, underpants, sleepwear, shapewear, and thermal wear.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #IntimateApparelMarketWeek

    During Intimate Apparel Market Week, a non-profit organization called the Underfashion Club hosts fundraisers for upcoming talent. During this week in fashion, designers gain the spotlight by showing off their skills and innovations in the intimate apparel industry.

    To observe this week go shopping for new lingerie. If you’re a woman, don’t be one of the 80 percent who wears the wrong bra size. This is the perfect week to get properly fitted for a bra. You can do this at your local lingerie department store. If you’re a male, buy some new intimate apparel for your wife. Even if it’s a comfortable pair of pajamas, she will be sure to love it. Attend a fashion show in your area. Learn about the intriguing history of lingerie.

    No matter what you do to observe the week, be sure to use #IntimateApparelMarketWeek when sharing on social media.


    The Underfashion Club organizes Intimate Apparel Market Week four times a year. This nonprofit organization was formed in 1958. At the time, they called their company the Corset and Brassiere Women’s Club, Inc. They changed this to the Underfashion Club in 1963. Their mission is to attract and educate young people and to provide them with opportunities in intimate apparel. In addition to the intimate apparel market week, the Underfashion Club hosts the Femmy Gala. During this event, they recognize and celebrate the achievements of industry leaders around the world.




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  • NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK – First Full Week of August


    The first full week of August brings around National Farmers Market Week. Along with it comes the bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables ripe for your family’s table.

    The week is ideally timed to coincide with the seasons when local produce starts to come into full maturity. That makes the week a good time to re-visit your local food producers who appear year after year when produce is ripe. The people bringing in produce congregate in the parking lots and shopping areas to sell directly to customers. During the first week in August, there will even be one set up in the parking lot of the US. Department of Agriculture in Washington DC.

    Farmers markets are some of the most community-based enterprises to exist. More than 85% of farmers market vendors traveled fewer than 50 miles to sell at a farmers market. In fact, more than half of farmers went less than 10 miles to their market, according to the USDA.

    The annual national proclamation from the U.S.D.A. making this Farmers Market Week praises the local effort for producers to sell directly to customers:

    They serve as significant outlets by which small-to-medium, new and beginning, and veteran agricultural producers market agricultural products, and [generate ] revenue that supports the sustainability of family farms and the revitalization of rural communities nationwide.”

    What is the farmers market?

    A farmers market is a public retail event, usually, one in which farmers or their family members directly sell their products to consumers.

    They are not elaborate points of sale, often no more than a display of produce from the back of a pickup truck, or the side door of a van parked along with others in an urban parking lot. Farmers markets are very personable; bonds grow between farmers, shoppers, and communities.

    By cutting out middlemen, farmers earn more from their goods ow and shoppers receive fresh locally produced food.

    The advantages of buying at a farmers market:
    • Taste the real flavors of the produce
    • Celebrate the season with a traditional bounty
    • Support the local economy
    • Eat wholesome natural foods instead of processed foods
    • Building connections to learn cooking tips, recipes, and meal ideas

    Visit a farmers market. Each market has a different feel, so visit several for a nutritional and educational outing.

    There are nearly 10,000 farmers markets in the United States. You can find a local farmers market from the U.S.D.A. listing.

    Use #farmersmarketweek to follow the conversation on social media.


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaimed the first National Farmers Market Week in 1999.

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    During the hottest, muggiest part of summer, National Cleanse Your Skin Week August 1-7, brings heightened awareness to the importance of facial skin cleansing.

    “Cleansing one’s face correctly is important throughout the year,” says NYC dermatologist, Joshua Zeichner, MD.  “In the summer there may be a tendency to cleanse more frequently and even more vigorously to remove perspiration and dirt in the air, as well as makeup, sunscreen, and even chlorine and saltwater that may have accumulated after a day at the beach or poolside. For some skin types such as dry, oily or acne-prone, over-cleansing can cause more harm than good.”

    You shouldn’t need a calendar to always remember to treat your skin with respect and gentle care. But, keep in mind that the summer comes with its own special requirements, so switch your routine to match the season.  Don’t forget … winter is right around the corner!

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Cleanse Your Week

    During National Cleanse Your Skin Week, start a daily skincare routine that will help keep your skin soft, healthy, and happy all year long.  Use #NationalCleanseYourSkinWeek to share on social media.

    National Cleanse Your Week HISTORY

    National Cleanse Your Skin Week was submitted by L’Oreal/CeraVe to encourage proper skincare year the whole year-round.  The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in July of 2016.

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    The Makers of CeraVe® Skincare Declare


    July 1, 2016 – Bridgewater, NJ – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., the makers of CeraVe® Skincare, has declared August 1 – 7, 2016 as National Cleanse Your Skin Week. This designated week, which is officially listed on the National Day Calendar, is designed to bring heightened awareness to the importance of facial skin cleansing during the hottest, muggiest part of the summer.

    “Cleansing one’s face correctly is important throughout the year,” says NYC dermatologist, Joshua Zeichner, MD. “In the summer there may be a tendency to cleanse more frequently and even more vigorously to remove perspiration and dirt in the air, as well as makeup, sunscreen and even chlorine and saltwater that may have accumulated after a day at the beach or poolside. For some skin types such as dry, oily or acne-prone, over-cleansing can cause more harm than good.”

    National Cleanse Your Skin Week Tips

    CeraVe®, a line that is developed with dermatologists, offers these tips to help skin survive the summer looking soft and healthy:

    • It is advisable to cleanse your skin in the morning and evening, but over-washing can lead to skin irritation and inflammation. Use a gentle liquid cleanser that’s made for your skin type, such as CeraVe® Hydrating Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin or CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin.
    • Don’t be fooled into thinking that a lot of lather means a cleanser is good for your skin. You may not need lots of lather to achieve effective cleansing.
    • Washcloths may be irritating to the skin. If reused, they can carry bacteria and fungi that can lead to acne and other skin conditions.
    • Always cleanse before going to bed to avoid having dirt, oil and makeup get on your pillow and transfer back to your skin.
    • If your face is flushed and sweaty from exercise, let it calm down for a few minutes by rinsing with cool water. Avoid facial scrubs because they can be harsh especially if you have sensitive skin.

    You shouldn’t need a calendar to always remember to treat your skin with respect and gentle care. But, keep in mind that the summer comes with its own special requirements, so switch your routine to match the season. Don’t forget … winter is right around the corner!

    Colleen Krause
    The Lane Communications Group

    CeraVe is a registered trademark of Valeant Pharmaceuticals® International, Inc. or its affiliates.
    © 2016 Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

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