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National Weed Appreciation Day on March 28th each year reminds us that some weeds are beneficial to us and our ecosystem. 

Humans have used weeds for food and as herbs for much of recorded history. Some are edible and nutritious, while other weeds have medicinal value.
Do you remember as a small child the fun you had with dandelions? Well, these bright yellow flowers serve a purpose. Dandelions are a food source for insects and some birds. Humans eat young dandelion leaves and enjoy tea and wine made from the leaves and flowers. The Native Americans used dandelions to treat specific ailments. Nutritionally, dandelions contain a source of vitamin A and C, calcium, iron, and fiber.
There are also other edible and medicinal weeds, some of which include:
  • Yellow Dock/Burdock:
The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. We may also harvest immature flower stalks in late spring before flowers appear. The flavor of the young stem resembles that of an artichoke. It is a good source of dietary fiber and certain minerals, including calcium and potassium. It is also used as a medicinal herb.
  • Lamb’s Quarter: (also known as goosefoot)
The leaves of lamb’s quarter are excellent added to lettuce salads or cooked and used as a replacement for spinach. Lamb’s quarter seeds are also edible. They are a good source of protein and vitamin A.
  • Amaranth: (also known as pigweed) 
Amaranth species are cultivated and consumed as a leaf vegetable in many parts of the world. The leaves can be cooked, and their seeds can be harvested and cooked the same as quinoa. The root of mature amaranth is a popular vegetable. It is white and usually cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy. The plant has a milky taste and is alkaline. It is also high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K, B6, calcium, iron, and the seeds are a good protein source.
  • Purslane
It may be eaten as a leaf vegetable but is considered a weed in the United States. While the plant has a slightly sour and salty taste when eaten, the stems, leaves, and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is. Because of its sticky quality, it also is suitable for soups and stews. Nutritionally, it is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Purslane also grows in all 50 states.
  • Dollarweed(also known as pennywort)
This aquatic plant thrives in a wet, sandy habitat. It is native to North America and parts of South America. However, it also grows as an introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed on other continents. As an edible weed, it can be used in salads or as a potherb.
Before using any weed as a food source, make sure it is correctly identified and free of herbicides and pesticides.  Research the safe edible part of each weed and find useful cooking and preparation tips.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WeedAppreciationDay

 Take the day to learn some of the benefits of the plants, weeds, flora, and fauna around us. Learn the uses and share your knowledge using #WeedAppreciationDay on social media.


 Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Weed Appreciation Day.



Observed each year on March 28th, National Something on a Stick Day is a food holiday that lets you use your creative talents. Once you get started, the possibilities are endless.  Foods that come on a stick are fun and easy to eat.

There isn’t much that can’t be put on a stick when talking about food. Soup might be that one exception, though if it were flavorful frozen, we might make an exception.

From cool summer treats like the Popsicle to frozen food staples like the corn dog, food on a stick is one of the world’s great inventions. Fresh fruit kabobs and skewers of grilled veggies and meat are both summer favorites.

Street fairs and food trucks have created a variety of recipes made to go on a stick that takes us from breakfast to after-party hunger with flavor combinations that sometimes make us wonder why we haven’t tried that before!  Whether it is fresh and healthy or breaded and deep-fried, menu choices are broad and plentiful for National Something on a Stick Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SomethingOnAStickDay

Get inventive and create your own combination. How about grilled pear on a stick? Or perhaps meat and cheese squares or brownie and marshmallows bites? Have a creative breakfast, lunch or dinner and have fun with the day!!

Families, while this day is primarily a food holiday, the classroom offers a project that’s both creative and inventive. It combines Something on a Stick Day and National Pencil Day together by making a pinwheel. Other ways to incorporate this day into your activities include:

  • Master eating with chopsticks.
  • Serve each meal on a stick. French toast for breakfast? Serve it cut up on toothpicks. Salad for lunch? Slide all the fixings on a skewer. The same goes for supper. Be creative and involve the whole family in the planning. Just don’t serve soup.
  • Challenge the family to create or name as many foods on a stick as possible. 
  • Have you ever put family photos on a stick or created something similar to a Flat Stanley?
  • Take a group photo using a selfie stick. That’s right, put your phone on a stick. 
  • Create a photo booth. Use fun props, many of which are on a stick. 

Use #SomethingOnAStickDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Something On A Stick Day.



March 28th recognizes a decadent and delicious dessert on National Black Forest Cake Day. Black Forest cake is the English name for the German dessert Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, meaning “Black Forest cherry torte.”

Most often, bakers layer several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer to make Black Forest cake. Then they decorated the cake with whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. Some traditional recipes call for sour cherries between the layers and a Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) to be added to the cake. In the United States, bakers usually do not use alcohol. However, in Germany, the liqueur is a mandatory ingredient. Otherwise, the cake can not legally be sold under the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte name.

The cake is named after the specialty liquor (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser) of the region of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany.

Beyond the history of the cake, bakers and pastry chefs create elegant displays when baking Black Forest cake. The combination of rich chocolate layered with layers of contrasting color and bold red cherries offer bakers an opportunity to design remarkable pieces. Their decadent interpretations leave us with fantastic memories and a sweet piece of cake to enjoy, too. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BlackForestCakeDay

With cake holidays, we can celebrate in many ways. Visit your favorite bakery and order a delicious black forest cake to bring home. Or, break out the cake pans and bake one up yourself. Show off your keen baking skills with one of these delicious recipes! You can also watch cake decorating shows to see what bakers design with a black forest recipe. What’s your favorite slice?

Black Forest Cake I
Jenny’s Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake

As you celebrate, be sure to use #BlackForestCakeDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this cake holiday. While we do, we sure do enjoy tasting the cakes as we go!



On March 28, National Triglycerides Day shines a spotlight on one of the key factors to a healthy lifestyle.

The observance serves as a reminder to patients and practitioners to know about the hidden risks of triglycerides. Learn your numbers and take steps to bring them to healthy levels.

High levels of triglycerides in your blood can be a risk factor for heart disease. Triglycerides are different from cholesterol, though they are both a type of lipid or fat stored in your blood. They serve different purposes. While triglycerides store unused calories and give the body energy, cholesterol builds cells and some hormones.

Monitoring triglycerides is important for heart health. A blood test will tell you if your triglycerides are within normal limits. If they’re not, high triglycerides can be a sign of other conditions such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome (cholesterol, weight and blood sugar are all a factor)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • rare genetic conditions

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTriglyceridesDay

Include a triglycerides check with your routine physical exam. Visit with your doctor to learn how triglycerides impact your health. Ask your doctor for advice on how to maintain healthy levels, too. Your primary care is your go-to source and will be able to guide you on your risk factors.

Use #NationalTriglyceridesDay to share on social media.


National Triglycerides Day was founded in 2018 to encourage awareness of healthy triglyceride levels and the role they play in a healthy lifestyle.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on March 28th.

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March 28th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History 2021

The Birds premieres in New York City. Director Alfred Hitchcock draws out the suspense as actors Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy encounter a series of increasingly aggressive birds.


British mathematician and astronomer, Fred Hoyle, coined the term “big bang” in an attempt to dispute the theory that all matter was created from one giant explosion. Hoyle’s description took place during the broadcast of the scripted radio show BBC Third Programme.


Rocky wins Best Picture at the 49th Academy Awards. The film was nominated for eight other awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Actor, both of which would have gone to Sylvester Stallone had he won. Rocky did go on to win Best Director (John G. Avildsen) and Best Film Editing.


Three Mile Island Nuclear accident occurred near Middletown, PA. Unit 2 of the nuclear power plant partially melted down causing the plant to be shut down.


Norfolk Scope hosted the first Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship where Louisiana Tech defeated the University of Cheney, Pennsylvania 76-62.

Recipe of the Day

Quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Prep:  20 minutes
Cook:  50 minutes
Total Time:  1 hr. 10 mins.
Serves 12 – 15


1 can pineapple rings
1 jar maraschino cherries
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter


Preheat oven to temperature required on cake box.

Drain and save juice from canned pineapple rings.

Use pineapple juice in mixing the cake and be sure to adjust liquids accordingly.

Grease bottom and sides of 9 x 13 cake pan, melt butter and pour into pan.

Next place crumbled brown sugar into the butter.

Place pineapple rings and cherries over brown sugar in bottom of cake pan.

Pour cake mix over everything and bake according to time on cake box.

Once baked and out of oven, place on a serving plate upside down over pan and turn over both plate and pan together.

Leave pan remaining over cake to allow brown sugar mixture to drizzle over cake.

Carefully remove pan and serve your pineapple upside down cake warm.

March 28th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 2021
Frederick Pabst – 1836

The German-born businessman built a reputation in Milwaukee, Michigan, when he joined his father-in-law Philip Best’s brewing company in the mid-1800s. In 1889, the business was renamed Pabst Brewing Company, and Pabst grew it into the largest brewery in the United States by the end of the century.

Ángela Ruiz Robles – 1895

In 1949, the Spanish teacher invented an electronic encyclopedia that is considered the precursor of today’s e-books. She later designed an updated version that included options for sound recordings.

Victor Mills – 1897

While working for Proctor & Gamble in the 1950s, the American chemical engineer worked on many innovative projects. One of his most notable was the disposable diaper, Pampers.

August Anheuser Busch, Jr. – 1899

Heir to the Anheuser-Busch brewing company, “Gussie” Busch grew the brewery into the world’s largest after his father saw it through Prohibition. In 1953, he bought the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

Marina Raskova – 1912

In 1934, Marina Raskova became the first woman in the Soviet Union to pass the aviation navigator exam and become the country’s first licensed female navigator.

Reba McEntire – 1955

The award-winning American country singer-songwriter and actress has been performing since the early 1970s. She became a household name in the 1980s. In 1984, she won her first Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year. It would not be her last.

Byron Scott – 1961

The American athlete played 10 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association bringing home three championship rings. He would continue his career as the head coach of the Lakers and then the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stefani Joane Angelina Germanotta – 1986

Known as Lady Gaga, the singer-songwriter and actress rose to prominence during the 2010s and gained critical acclaim for both her music and her acting performances.

Notable Mentions

Maxim Gorky – 1868
Byrd Baylor – 1927
Mario Vargas Llosa – 1936
Bernice King – 1963
Vince Vaughn – 1970
Julia Stiles – 1970

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