NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY
On May 18th, National No Dirty Dishes Day suggests taking a break from your regular daily routine. There are a few options for this day.
- Eat all meals out. Order take out and eat your meals in the containers they come in. If it’s possible, it would be a bonus treat.
- Use disposable plates, cups, and silverware. To stay earth-friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.
- Fast. While not everyone can fast, occasional fasting can be good for the body.
- Eat only foods that come in their own containers and eat small meals. For example, eat a banana for breakfast. Prepare hard-boiled eggs the day before and enjoy them for lunch.
- Finally, avoid dirty dishes by washing every dish you use as you use it. That way, no dirty dish ends up in the sink.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NoDirtyDishesDay
Avoid dirty dishes! Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils. Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media.
You can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects that help you Celebrate Every Day. We even include one for No Dirty Dishes Day!
NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this anti-dirty dish day. In the meantime, we’re going to wash our own dirty dishes.
NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY
National Visit Your Relatives Day on May 18th encourages family members to stay connected. Our hectic lives make it easy to get so caught up in the busyness of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. We often lose touch with our relatives. The observance reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and have not seen or spoken to for a while.
Sometimes it is hard when families do not live close. Often siblings, cousins, parents, and dear relatives are scattered across the country. A visit can be a phone call or a face-to-face live chat on the computer. With today’s technology, we are now able to communicate with loved ones living far away, yet seeing them as if they are right beside us.
Life is much too short not to make time for family.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay
On this day, spend time with your family, either in person, on the phone or computer. You will be glad that you did. Take the Relative Scavenger Hunt challenge and see if you can complete it while talking with your family members. The more you visit, the better chance you will have of completing it, too! Use #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for project ideas designed for #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay. We also have several other projects that you can use to engage each other online.
NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this family-oriented holiday
NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY
On National Cheese Souffle Day, observed May 18th, we can all enjoy a little of this French delight. The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb, souffler, which means “to blow up” or “puff up.” Combine egg whites with custard, and it will puff up into a fine, golden souffle when baked.
The soufflé’s base consists of a French creme base, a flavored creme sauce or puree, and beaten egg whites. Egg yolks and beaten egg whites, mixed with various other ingredients make up a soufflé. The base provides the flavor, and the egg whites provide the lift. Many who make souffle commonly add cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, and lemon. Serve your souffle as a tasty main course dish, or sweetened it for a dessert.
This holiday focuses on the cheese souffle. Gruyère cheese, parmesan, cheddar, provolone, and fontina are just a few of the cheeses you can use to make an amazing soufflé. Add complimentary herbs and spices and your dish will be a hit at the dinner table!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheeseSouffleDay
Order a cheese soufflé at your favorite restaurant, or you can try your culinary skills with this Cheese Souffle recipe. Use #NationalCheeseSouffleDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this food holiday.
NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY
On May 18th, National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day annually recognizes thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
The day also promotes continued awareness and education concerning HIV vaccine research. Over 30 years have passed since HIV was identified as the cause of AIDS. However, researchers continue in their mission to develop a vaccine. While treatments and preventative measures exist to help those impacted by HIV and AIDS, a viable vaccine is still the only means to prevent its spread.
Around the world, 37.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, the virus seems to spread the most in the poorest and most underprivileged communities in the world. They have the least access to educational information, preventative measures, and medical treatment.
This observance focuses on the continued need to develop a successful vaccine for HIV.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay
For more information on events and activities visit the National Institutes of Health website and use #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay and #HVAD to post on social media.
NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
Organized by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this day is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. Community activities and media events are being held around the country in recognition of the observance.
Ernie Pyle, war correspondent and columnist, dies in Japan as the result of wounds received by enemy fire.
Jacqueline Cochran, a pioneer in women’s aviation, piloted an F-86 jet and became the first woman to break the sound barrier.
Mount St. Helens erupts along with a magnitude 5+ earthquake in Washington state. While most of the ash fell within 12 miles of the resulting crater, ash dispersed in a cloud around the world.
Helen Sharman became the first British Astronaut in space when she joined the crew of the Soyuz. During her mission, Sharman also became the first woman to visit the Mir space station.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 45 minutes
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces cheese
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Grease a 9-inch tart or quiche pan.
Line the bottom of the pan with cheese and bacon.
Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into the pan.
Bake for 35 minutes until set.
Reggie Jackson – 1946
Also known as Mr. October for his postseason clutch hitting, Reggie Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. He spent the bulk of his career with the Oakland Athletics with three World Series wins and taking home MVP honors in 1973.
Then in 1977, after Jackson had signed with the Yankees, he added another series win and MVP honor to his name. Jackson and the Yankees earned another World Series Championship a year later.
During his career, he hit 563 home runs and 2584 hits with a batting average of .262.
George Strait – 1952
The award-winning country music singer, songwriter has been producing music for more than 40 years. Considered the “King of Country,” Strait dabbled in movies starring in films like Pure Country.
Jeana Yeager – 1952
In 1986, Pilot Jeana Yeager joined Dick Rutan in Voyager, a lightweight aircraft designed by Burt Rutan. They took off from Edwards Air Force Base and completed the first nonstop flight around the world without refueling. They completed the flight in 9 days.
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