Category: May Weeks

  • NATIONAL EASTERN BOX TURTLE WEEK | First Full Week in May

    NATIONAL EASTERN BOX TURTLE WEEK | First Full Week in May

    We celebrate National Eastern Box Turtle Week the first full week in May to praise the remarkable resilience of the Eastern Box Turtle.

    #NationalEasternBoxTurtleWeek

    The entire first full week of May celebrates a resilient and popular reptile, commonly known as the Eastern Box Turtle. A subspecies of the common box turtle, the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) is native to eastern parts of the U.S. and radiates beautiful colors on its shell. Today, we want everyone to celebrate by learning about the Eastern Box Turtle.

    “Eastern Box Turtles are walking wildflowers of color who move forward with patient perseverance.”

    What is the Eastern Box Turtle? As a part of the hinge-shelled turtles, Eastern Box Turtles are not a tortoise and are mostly terrestrial. They are considered slow moving reptiles that live a long life and are fairly slow to reproduce. Their attractive appearance and gentle disposition are admired by children and adults alike. Sadly, Eastern Box Turtles are susceptible to high mortality due to the pace they move when crossing roads, or when trying to escape harm. Unfortunately, illegal poaching also contributes to declining numbers. In addition, habitat loss has also been an increasing problem for the Eastern Box Turtle and it’s survival.

    How can you identify an Eastern Box Turtle from other turtles? Eastern Box Turtles are beautiful turtles, especially the male species. Even though female Eastern Box Turtles mostly have brown shells, male turtles of this species have radiant lines of yellow, orange, red, or white on their shell. In addition, they also have very distinct spots. On occasion, the female species also has bright colors on their shells, making identification between male and female tough. Interestingly, the easiest way to tell the male species from the female is all male Eastern Box Turtles have red eyes.

    Interesting Facts

    There are interesting facts about the Eastern Box Turtle that are worth knowing. For example, Eastern Box Turtles:

    • Are the official reptile in North Carolina.
    • Can regenerate and reform their shell when injured or damaged.
    • Have fives toes on front legs and four toes on the hind legs.
    • Range in size from 4.5 to 8 inches long.
    • Feature sharp stout limbs with webbed feet at the base of the feet.
    • Tend to cool off in ponds, shallow streams, and mud.

    SUPPORTING EASTERN BOX TURTLES

    • Volunteer with a turtle Rescue team to treat sick and injured turtles.
    • Visit a turtle habitat.
    • Learn about Eastern Box Turtles.
    • Visit the TRT website to learn about Eastern Box Turtles.
    • Donate to a local vet clinic that treats injured and sick turtles.
    • Share your support on social media using #NationalEasternBoxTurtleWeek.

    FOUNDER

    National Day Calendar began working with Bruce Worf to form National Eastern Box Turtle Week in 2022. Each year during the first week in May, we will celebrate this reptile holiday. The week also honors the work of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Turtle Rescue Team. The Turtle Rescue Team (TRT) is a veterinary student-run organization that treats native, sick, and injured wild turtles. Eastern box turtles make up the majority of the patients treated.

    Turtle Rescue Team

    The TRT was founded in early 1996 by Dr. Gregory Lewbart and has been treating over 500 turtle patients in recent years. Dr. Lewbart, Professor of Aquatic, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in these fields of Veterinary Medicine. He provides expert advice and supervision to veterinary students rotating through the clinic with the help of Zoological Medicine Research Specialist, Kent Passingham.

    After a generous donation by wildlife rehabilitator, Linda Henis, TRT has expanded significantly. The clinic has consultations and diagnostic equipment provided by NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital to allow students the opportunity to work, diagnose, and treat turtles with state-of-the-art equipment.

    Dr. Bruce Worf, a physician and longtime sponsor of the TRT, with the help of Representative Rosa Gill, spearheaded the effort to get the North Carolina Legislature to designate the TRT as a Special License Plate, featuring the TRT logo, an Eastern Box Turtle with a Red Cross adorning it’s shell. In addition, Niki Theobald, Development Director, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine also supported the creation of a NEBTW to honor the work of the TRT.

    Other Achievements

    Students at TRT:

    • Contribute to published research on their turtle patients.
    • Participate in various Outreach Programs with North Carolina museums, aquariums, and parks.
    • Established the Turtle Ally Certification Program to help veterinarians across North Carolina improve their skills in treating injured native wild turtles.
    • Volunteer in a very successful anti-poaching operation that results in a significant period of incarceration and legal sanctions for a poacher of wild turtles in North Carolina.

    Dr. Bruce Worf also contributed to founding National Megalodon Day, which is celebrated June 15 each year.

  • NATIONAL VOLUNTEER HOST FAMILY WEEK

    NATIONAL VOLUNTEER HOST FAMILY WEEK

    Each year during the second week of May, we celebrate National Volunteer Host Family Week. It is a time to honor the families who volunteer to open their heart and homes to host an international student from across the globe. When you host, you open yourself and your loved ones to a new world of culture, including unforgettable experiences!

    Over 30,000 families from across the United States accept an international exchange student into their home and provide a loving, nurturing family environment. Host families are the heartbeat of global diplomacy. Not only do they promote goodwill both domestically and abroad, they promote cultural immersion and education for all ages.

    Foreign exchange students leave home to experience the culture of everyday American life in and out of school. Leaving one’s home country and family can be difficult, however, arriving to a welcoming, loving host family makes the experience fun, easy, and exciting!

    PARTICIPATION

    Host families are members of the community they live in, which is why your involvement is important. In fact, the success of the international student exchange program is a community effort. In other words, be supportive of your local program.

    HISTORY BEHIND NATIONAL VOLUNTEER HOST FAMILY WEEK

    The international student exchange program began in 1961 with the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known as the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The act was created to increase a mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, with the goal of expanding cultural horizons of students through academic experiences abroad has been successful.

    Since 1989, Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG Intl.) has been dedicated to providing high-quality international exchange experiences that transform the lives of high school students, host families, and communities throughout the world. Each year, FLAG hosts over 500 students from more than 25 countries. FLAG programs are devoted to the development of  interpersonal, intercultural and lifelong relationships around the globe.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Volunteer Host Family Week to be observed the second week in May each year. Join National Day Calendar and FLAG International as we celebrate all volunteer host families and their contributions on #VolunteerHostFamilyWeek.

     

  • EMERGENCY NURSES WEEK – Week of Emergency Nurses Day in October

    EMERGENCY NURSES WEEK

    Emergency Nurses Week recognizes the unique value of emergency, ER, or trauma nurses. It always takes place the week surrounding Emergency Nurses Day, the second Wednesday in October each year.

    These professionals focus on the immediate care of patients who require medical attention to avoid long-term disability or death. It is a complex role, treating the trigger event for the emergency visit as well as communicating with the patient, the families, and the care team.

    This front line position is very people-centered, not only physically but emotionally too. People in emergency situations often feel distraught and upset. So, the emergency nurse must treat the emotions as well as the emergency medical issue. It can be chaotic, especially if the cause of the visit is a violent incident.

    Emergency nurses are in demand. Not only is because there a growing demand for emergency health care, but also, there is a high turnover rate for emergency nurses. That’s why the latest employment trend in the field is for traveling, ER, or trauma nurse. They work for a traveling nursing agency that sends them around the country to live and work in a critical need area. A quick search on the Internet shows 17,000 openings for traveling emergency or trauma nurse.

    HOW TO OBSERVE EMERGENCY NURSES WEEK 

    The week honors nurses who are often highly stressed by the chaotic and rushed environment in which they work.

    • Write a thank you note to an emergency nurse or emergency nursing department that has helped you.
    • Use #emergencynursingweek, #ENWeek, or,#YouMakeADifference
    • Follow the exciting posts of Emergency Nursing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emergencynursing
    • Follow Emergency Nursing Association on Twitter @ENAorg
    • Read what it’s like to experience a day in the life of an emergency room nurse https://dailynurse.com/day-life-emergency-room-nurse/
    • Invite an Emergency Nurse to speak to your power lunch, brown bag lunch, or service club.
    • Look for then sign up with your local hospital or clinic’s emergency nursing department to participate in an injury prevention presentation.
    • Host an injury prevention program with your local emergency nursing staff in your community.

    NATIONAL EMERGENCY WEEK HISTORY

    • 1989, the organization Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) has recognized the second Wednesday in October as Emergency Nurses Day.
    • 2001, ENA expanded the celebration to devote an entire week to honoring emergency nurses.

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  • AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK – Second Full Week in May

    AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK

    American Craft Beer Week celebrates independent brewers and small breweries around the country. More and more, these small businesses bring a unique flavor to the light and dark beers and everything in between. Not only that, but they employ thousands of employees in communities right where we live. Their dedication to their craft keeps their hometowns vibrant.

    They also keep us coming back for more with their unparalleled style and taste. Most breweries offer excellent food pairings to go with their brews. They’re familiar with the local farmers and showcase their products as well. Local brewers are often proud of where they live and work, and it shows in the products and services they provide.

    Each one keeps the tap flowing with a variety of craft beers brewed locally. While they may be influenced by a brewer’s interests, flavors, and preferences, they’re crafted and created in American hometowns all across the country.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanCraftBeerWeek

    Visit a local brewery or order from an independent brewer. Ask for a tour or purchase gift cards. Sample a flight and pick your favorite. Give a shoutout to your favorite local craft brewer, too. They’re masters of the trade. Many have spent years perfecting their recipes, going to trade shows and competitions. Ask for their award winners or their latest brew. Let them brag and then let them brag some more! Then it will be your turn to brag about your hometown brewmasters. Use #AmericanCraftBeerWeek to share on social media.

    AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK HISTORY

    The Brewers Association launched American Craft Beer Week in 2006 through CraftBeer.com to support craft breweries and the independent brewers who work their magic into every barrel.

     

     

     

  • NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK WEEK – Week of Bike to Work Day

    NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK WEEK

    Join your fellow sweaty coworkers who make the effort to bike to work during National Bike to Work Week. In the United States, it is always the week of National Bike to Work Day and is part of National Bike to Work Month. In Canada and Europe, it is later in May or June. So, it’s likely with successful promotion, on this week you could see a marked uptick in the number of people on squeaky bikes with their helmets on backward.

    The central aim of the event is to help the environment and exercise in a fun and social way. Ultimately, as people try it for one day or one week, they’ll hopefully bike to work more often.

    National studies show that more companies are promoting physical activity such as bicycling to work. A story in Harvard Business Review states: “Johnson &Johnson’s leaders estimate that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent.”

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BikeToWorkWeek

    If you’re not a bicyclist but are driving during commuting hours, watch for more bicycle traffic than usual. Do not block bicycle lanes on the roadway.

    If you are a bicyclist, before starting out and getting into traffic, check your bike:

    • Are the tires inflated to the pressure listed on the side of the tire?
    • Is there at least ¼ inch of padding on your brakes?
    • Are the brakes full engaged before you handbrake lever is fully pulled?
    • Are the cranks free to turn and not too loose?
    • Is the chain free of rust and gunk?
    • Does your helmet fit properly?

    Follow on social media with #BikeToWorkWeek, #NBTWW, #BikeLeague.

    NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK WEEK HISTORY

    In the United States, the League of American Bicyclists is credited with starting the week observance and promoting celebrations in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month started the observance that then created National Bike Week.

    In the United Kingdom, the first preliminary Bike Week was held in 1923 and the tradition was born.

     

     

     

  • NATIONAL EMSCULPT WEEK – Week of May 20

    NATIONAL EMSCULPT WEEK

    National EMSCULPT Week during the week of May 20th ushers in the opportunity to take your regular fitness routines to the next level by strengthening and toning your muscles just in time for summer!

    The program is ideally timed a week prior to the official kick-off to summer and swimsuit season. Utilizing HIFEM technology, EMSCULPT introduced entirely new technology to aesthetics that goes beyond waistline reduction and elimination of fat cells to strengthen muscles. The unique technology induces approximately 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions per 30-minute session and is the ONLY technology that strengthens and defines hard-to-target areas including the abdominals and buttocks, and most recently arms and legs as well with the introduction of the small applicator taking full-body shaping to another level.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEMSCULPTWeek

    • Give your summer body a head start during National EMSCULPT Week.
    • Visit www.bodybybtl.com to find a participating physician near you.
    • Use #EMSCULPTWeek to share on social media.

    NATIONAL EMSCULPT WEEK HISTORY

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    In 2019, BTL founded National EMSCULPT Week to celebrate the innovative treatment and revolutionary technology that addresses muscle.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National EMSCULPT Week to be observed annually during the week of May 20th.

     

  • WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK – First Full Week in March

    WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK 

    Women in Construction (WIC) Week highlights women as a visible component of the construction industry. WIC Week also raises awareness about the opportunities available for women who are construction workers. During the week, presentations at high schools will show girls how they can plan and prepare for a career in construction.

    The National Association of Women in Construction includes 120 chapters and more than 4,000 members. Their goal is to bring awareness to the role of women in the construction industry by hosting events, wearing pins and stickers, and engaging with their communities.

    Women make up about 9% of the construction industry’s workforce, compared to 75% of the education and health services industry.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WomenInConstructionWeek

    • Consider presenting at a school near you.
    • The skilled labor industry has jobs to fill and those who fill them will have a lifetime of steady, reliable work ahead of them.
    • Share your experiences in the construction industry.
    • Explore educational and job opportunities.
    • Expand your skills.
    • Update your resume.
    • Learn more by following Women In Construction on Facebook and use #WomenInConstructionWeek or #WICWeek to share on social media.

    WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK HISTORY

    The Women in Construction organization was first founded in 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas. The organization supported women working in the field of construction, primarily as secretaries and office personnel at the time, and grew rapidly in a short time.

    The first Women in Construction Week was proclaimed in honor of the organization in September of 1960 by Amarillo, Texas Mayor A.F. Madison.

    Today, the week is sponsored by nearly two dozen entities including:

    • Associated General Contractors of America
    • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
    • Federal Highway Administration
    • American Society of Highway Engineers
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • INTIMATE APPAREL MARKET WEEK – Quarterly

    INTIMATE APPAREL MARKET WEEK

    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.

    INTIMATE APPAREL MARKET WEEK HISTORY

    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.

     

    DATES

    2022

    January 30 – February 5
    May 1-7
    July 31-August 6
    October 30-November 5

  • NATIONAL DAY FLAVOR – Week of May 28 – June 3

    We’re heading into the official start of summer with Memorial Weekend! National Day Calendar lists all the upcoming food holidays in handy National Day Flavor menu.  Perfect for the weekend, we start off with National Hamburger Day and National Brisket Day.  Another BBQ favorite later in the week is National Rotisserie Chicken Day.  If you enjoy hazelnuts or macaroons, this week is for you.  And who can resist Rocky Road?

    Take some time to remember the lives of service men and women who we honor this Memorial Weekend.

    National Hamburger Day May 28
    National Hamburger Day May 28

    NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY

    National Hamburger Day is observed each year on May 28.  This day celebrates a summer-time grilling favorite and National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month.

    Hamburger.  Seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sauteed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, or cheese. Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger.

    It is most likely that the hamburger sandwich first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries, but there is much controversy over its origin. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States.

    The world’s largest hamburger was prepared on September 2, 2012, in Carlton, Minnesota by Black Bear Casino Resort and weighed in at 2,014 pounds.

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    Use #NationalHamburgerDay to post on social media.

    HISTORY

    Our research was unable to locate the origin of National Hamburger Day. For Some Fun Hamburger Trivia See: https://www.foodreference.com/html/fhamburgers.html

     

    Are you dedicated to charcoal or the convenience of propane? Whatever your preference, purists of one form or another exists and this weekend will bring out most of them.

    Open flame provides added seasoning to our cooking. After a long winter, our palates eagerly await the mouthwatering delights summer brings. From summer kickoff to National Tailgating Day and beyond, whether it’s fresh vegetables, seafood or seasonal fruits and tantalizing spices, it’s grilling season.  Let the flavors hit the fire!

    BLEU CHEESE BURGERS FOR A CROWD

    ¹⁄³ cup mayo
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    ¹⁄³ cup sour cream
    dash Worcestershire
    ¹⁄³ cup bleu cheese crumbles
    salt and pepper to taste

    2 lb ground beef (87% lean)
    2 eggs
    1 tbsp Worcestershire
    1 clove minced garlic
    ¼ cup bread crumbs
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp pepper

    Mix the first set of ingredients to make the dressing in a small bowl and chill.

    In a medium bowl, mix ground beef with remaining ingredients and divide into 8 patties.  Place patties on hot grill. When burgers are ready, place on buns and add 1-2 tablespoons of dressing.

    Sunday, May 28
    National Brisket Day
    National Hamburger Day

    Monday, May 29
    National Coq Au Vin

    Tuesday, May 30
    National Mint Julep Day

    Wednesday, May 31
    National Macaroon Day

    Thursday, June 1
    National Olive Day
    National Hazelnut Cake Day

    Friday, June 2
    National Rotisserie Chicken Day
    National Rocky Road Day
    National Doughnut Day

    Saturday, June 3
    National Chocolate Macaroon Day
    National Egg Day

  • NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK – Second Full Week

    NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK

    Recognizing all the good that comes when volunteers and donors come together to benefit those in need, National Salvation Army Week is a celebration that spans more than six decades.

    The Salvation Army’s existence dates back to 1865 and William Booth, a Methodist minister from London. He founded the Christian charitable organization and it has since spread to 130 countries worldwide.

    You may be familiar with their red shield and bell ringers during the holidays. But the Salvation Army is so much more than that. They provide relief to victims of natural disasters and operate homeless shelters, food pantries, and afterschool programs. The Salvation Army also offers job training, veteran services, and help to victims of domestic abuse. All of these services come from an abundance of faith and a belief in spiritual healing.

    The Salvation Army’s humanitarian efforts are probably most recognized when its volunteers enter war-torn countries to offer aid, supplies, and support.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSalvationArmyWeek

    • Thank a Salvation Army volunteer.
    • Make a donation.
    • Share your experiences with the Salvation Army.
    • Read about its history.
    • Join in the celebration by visiting www.salvationarmy.org.
    • Use #NationalSalvationArmyWeek to share on social media.

    NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK HISTORY

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared National Salvation Army Week in 1954.