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MAY 11, 2019 | NATIONAL DOG MOM’S DAY | STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE DAY | NATIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE DAY | NATIONAL EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY | NATIONAL BABYSITTER’S DAY | NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY | NATIONAL FOAM ROLLING DAY | CORNELIA DE LANGE SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL TRAIN DAY | NATIONAL MINIATURE GOLF DAY | NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY

National Dog Mom's Day - Second Saturday in May
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NATIONAL DOG MOM’S DAY

During the second Saturday in May, National Dog Mom’s Day sends out a chorus of yips, barks, and howls of praise for all the dog mommas!

Our dogs are our family members, whether they came into our lives unexpectedly or as carefully planned additions. We adopt them as puppies, adolescents, or fully mature animals with a bit of baggage and yet, we find common ground, a connection and bond like families do. They know our moods, and we know theirs. We care for them, shelter them and share an immeasurable loyalty with them.

National Dog Mom’s Day recognizes the bond women share with their fur kids. When they humor us, charm us or even when they are naughty, they are like any other child to us.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On National Dog Mom’s Day make sure to get some extra cuddles. Bake up some yummy homemade puppy treats. Plan for some double pampering – a pedicure for you and paws for the puppers. Then take an extra special selfie with fur baby to mark the occasion.

Use #DogMomsDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Dig – The Dog Person’s Dating App founded National Dog Mom’s Day to celebrate and thank the dog moms who dedicate their love and support every day to their dogs. It’s a different, special and visceral love that deserves its own day to be recognized and appreciated.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Dog Mom’s Day to be observed the second Saturday of May beginning in 2018.

About Dig – The Dog Person’s Dating App
Dog people are always looking for ways to get dogs in their lives. You’ll linger near the dog park’s fence, you’ll repeatedly offer to dog-sit while your friends are away, and you’ll scan every dating app for photos of potential matches with dogs at their sides. If you’re lucky enough to own a pup, you know that things never work out with someone if they’re not as into your dog as you are. So Dig founders Casey and Leigh Isaacson built a dating app that connects dog people based on what’s most important to them. Dig is the best way for dog lovers and dog owners to find a compatible date.

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE DAY

The second Saturday in May is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.  So it is appropriately named Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day. How is it possible? It occurs in more than 10,000 cities and towns, and the food is collected by those men and women carrying our mail across the country.

As they deliver to you mail order parts, bills and postcards, you get to do your part by filling their mailbag with non-perishable food donations.

Over the last 20 years, one billion pounds of food has been delivered by this drive which is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. The letter carriers representing the NALC receive help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers.  The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Volunteer your time at your local post office to sort food gathered for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Visit either of the following sites for more information on how to participate: www.nalc.org or www.usps.com. Use #StampOutHungerFoodDrive to show your support for this worthy cause!

HISTORY

The Stamp out Hunger Food Drive started in October 1991 as a pilot program. After the initial success of the drive that took place in ten cities across the country, the program was moved to the spring.  Food banks during this time of year struggle to meet demand as contributions dwindle after the holiday season. 

NATIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE DAY

Always observed on May 11, National Twilight Zone Day is that mysterious day highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences.

The television show The Twilight Zone was created, written and narrated by Rod Serling. It premiered on October 1, 1959. The episodes were wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers. The show aired from 1959-1964.

HOW TO OBSERVE

What’s your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone? Use #NationalTwilightZoneDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Twilight Zone Day.

NATIONAL EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY

Observed annually on May 11, National Eat What You Want Day is about having one day a year of eating with no regrets.  Whether you love donuts or fast food, today is your day to indulge without feeling guilty.  Chili cheese dogs, greasy hamburgers, french fries, potato chips, cake, cookies, candy and ice cream are just a few of the things you can enjoy today without remorse.  Decadent food is definitely on the menu today.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate this fantastic food day by eating your favorite foods.  Call a friend and go out for some fun and indulgence.  Use  #EatWhatYouWantDay when sharing on social media.

HISTORY

Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of wellcat.com, Eat What You Want Day is just a way to enjoy life with friends and family.  Many nutritionists even agree that “taking a short break” from your diet regimen is actually good for you.

NATIONAL BABYSITTER’S DAY – Saturday before Mother’s Day
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NATIONAL BABYSITTER’S DAY

National Babysitter’s Day is a special day celebrated the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  On this day, we give babysitters across the nation appreciation and special recognition for their quality child care.  

Babysitting isn’t what it used to be. In certain parts of the country, babysitters earn a good chunk of the mighty dollar. Their skills factor into their hourly rates, too. Depending on the area of the country, sitters can demand anywhere from $12 to $20 an hour.

Money aside, they do provide fun and safe care so parents can have some time for some rest, a dinner and maybe a movie.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take advantage of the opportunity to show your appreciation for your babysitter.  Send them a special thank you gift of flowers, candy or a handmade thank you card from your little munchkins!  Share your appreciation on Social Media using #NationalBabysittersDay.

HISTORY

Our research team was unable to find the creator of National Babysitter’s Day.

NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY – Saturday before Mother’s Day
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NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY

National Birth Mother’s Day is observed the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This day has been set aside as a day for birth mothers to acknowledge and support one another. It is a day to recognize the biological mothers of adopted children.

Each birth mother’s experience is personal. While the day originated as a day of solidarity, education and compassion, it has evolved and may be received with a mixture of emotions, viewed as a celebration of the life a birth mother has brought into the world and has chosen to share with another family.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalBirthMothersDay to share on social media. 

HISTORY

National Birth Mother’s Day was established in 1990 by Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh to show support for birth mothers like herself.

NATIONAL FOAM ROLLING DAY

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National Foam Rolling Day is observed annually on May 11. Foam rolling has been called the poor man’s massage.  You only go to the dentist once a year, but you brush your teeth every day.  We can’t get a massage every day, so foam rolling is the next best thing! Brush your muscles daily with a foam roller.

The first foam roller was patented in the US in the 1920s, so foam rolling is nothing new, but foam rolling has just gained momentum in recent years.

TriggerPoint would like to take this day to educate people on the benefits of foam rolling. Like any other over-the-counter fitness tool, foam rolling doesn’t guarantee medical results, but by introducing mobility into tissue that’s stuck together, tense or overused, you can expect reduced tension, better mobility and less overall stress. TriggerPoint empowers people to reach an optimal level of movement by providing the world’s best therapeutic self-care products and education.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Treat yourself to some foam rolling and relaxing time. Share with your friends on social media using #NationalFoamRollingDay.

HISTORY

National Foam Rolling Day was submitted by TriggerPoint, a division of Implus Corporation and proclaimed by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in June 2015.

CORNELIA DE LANGE SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY

Observed annually on the second Saturday in May, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day sheds light on this often misdiagnosed, little-known syndrome.  

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) causes a range of physical, cognitive and medical challenges.  It is a genetic disorder that even though present at birth, it is not always diagnosed at birth.  Affecting the physical and intellectual development of a child, CdLS is often known as Bushy Syndrome or Amsterdam dwarfism. CdLS can lead to severe developmental abnormalities affecting an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 30,000.

For more information regarding CdLS day visit the CdLS Awareness Day website.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #CorneliaDeLangeSyndromeAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Founded in 1989, National CdLS Awareness Day was created as an opportunity to educate everyone about this often misdiagnosed condition.  For more information on CdLS visit www.cdlsusa.org.

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY

National Train Day was observed annually on the Saturday closest to May 10th. Trains have several different distinct categories that are separated by how their locomotives are powered, their use, and by the design of their tracks.  A train is a form of rail transport consisting of a series of “cars” that usually run along a rail track.  Trains transport cargo and passengers. A train’s speed can reach up to 350 mph.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

While Amtrak discontinued the observance in 2016, we can still celebrate trains, their history and our fascination with them. Visit a train museum or take a trip by train. Learn how steam power moved the country westward. If you like to read, your library might have The Railways: Nation, Network and People by Simon Bradley or America’s Great Railroad Stations by Roger Straus, Hugh Van Dusen, Ed Breslin. Use #NationalTrainDay to share your experiences on social media.

HISTORY

National Train Day was started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about rail travel and the history of trains in the United States.  Amtrak discontinued the day in 2016.

NATIONAL MINIATURE GOLF DAY

Annually the second Saturday in May recognizes National Miniature Golf Day. This day is separate from Miniature Golf Day, which is celebrated worldwide on September 21.

Similar to the sport of golf, but as the name suggests it is a miniature version of the game. While still played with a series of 9 or 18 holes, miniature golf courses are shorter, usually themed and have a variety of obstacles which add to the difficulty of the game.

There isn’t any need to call “FOUR” since only putters are used in this version. The distances are too short (usually about 10 yards) to use any of the other clubs in golf.  The courses are made mostly of concrete or artificial turf so there are no divots to replace, either! The game is also known mini-golf, midget golf, putt-putt and peewee golf.

Some of the more challenging miniature golf courses have waterfalls, caverns and castles with drawbridges as part of their obstacle course.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Meet your friends at your local miniature golf course and have a fun-filled day!  Share your photos using #NationalMiniGolfDay.

HISTORY

The Illustrated London News had mention of the earliest documented minigolf course in its June 8, 1912, edition. The first standardized minigolf courses to enter into commercial mass-production were the Thistle Dhu course in 1916 in Pinehurst, North Carolina and the Tom Thumb patent of Garnet Carter from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee in 1927.

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Miniature Golf Day.

NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY

National Archery Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in May. One of the oldest sports still in existence, archery has been around since before 2800 BC bows have been used for hunting and battle. Archery was introduced to the modern Olympic games in 1900 but only appeared again in 1904, 1908 and 1920.  Then once again after a long absence, it returned in 1972.

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In recent years, archery has been growing in popularity.  TheNational Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) began in Kentucky in 2002.  The program has since spread to 47 states and 10 countries, with over 2.1 million kids participating each year.  The second Saturday in May is generally the time the NASP tournament is held. This is the largest archery tournament in the world.  Each year kids from all over the U.S. look forward to traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for this culminating event to end their school archery year.  The event draws over 11,500 students participating in NASP.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Archery in the Schools Program by sharing your archery activities using #NationalArcherySchoolsProgram on Social Media.

HISTORY

National Archery Day was submitted by the National Archery in the Schools Program in March 2015.  The registrar of National Day Calendar proclaimed National Archery Day in March 2015 to be observed annually on the 2nd Saturday of May.

 

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