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OCTOBER 17, 2019 | NATIONAL EDGE DAYNATIONAL PASTA DAY | NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY | BLACK POETRY DAY | GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY | NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY

NATIONAL EDGE DAY – October 17

NATIONAL EDGE DAY

National Edge Day on October 17th promotes a movement of youth refraining from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. 

As part of the Straight Edge movement, teens and young adults pledge to live a clean lifestyle. Many who follow the movement also abstain from recreational sex and unhealthy food choices.

The day also encourages the support of those who chose to live the Straight Edge lifestyle. Abstaining from tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs is not an indication someone is dull. Many who live on the edge, do so without these chemical enhancements. Some may travel and explore the world. They may be thrill-seekers or collectors of knowledge. Perhaps they absorb languages and music instead.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEdgeDay

Learn more about the Straight Edge movement and what it means. While most events occur on the East Coast, the movement is growing. Join an event near you or organize one. Share your events on social media using #NationalEdgeDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL EDGE DAY HISTORY

In 1999, the Straight Edge movement launch this national day with an event held in Boston, Massachusetts under the name of “Edge Fest.” Straight Edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs.  The movement adopted the term from the song “Straight Edge” by the 1980s hardcore punk band, Minor Threat.

 

NATIONAL PASTA DAY – October 17

NATIONAL PASTA DAY

October is National Pasta Month, and October 17 recognizes National Pasta Day. 
Pasta lovers celebrate!
While we find noodles all over the world, pasta is a type of noodle of traditional Italian cuisine. The first reference dates to 1154 in Sicily and was first attested to in English in 1874. Typically, it is made from an unleavened dough of durum wheat flour. The flour is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes. It can then be served fresh or dried to be stored for later use.  
Types of Pasta
Look for pasta in pasta in both savory and dessert dishes. Since it’s so versatile, pasta lends itself to sweet and every other dish on the table. Cooks feature pasta as a main dish, but they also serve up delicious hot and cold side dishes as well. And then, of course, those special desserts we can’t resist making our mouths water. 
Cooks originally made fresh pasta by hand. However, today, many varieties of fresh pasta are made commercially. Large-scale machines bring choices to our grocers daily. Smaller pasta machines on the market make having the freshest pasta at home even easier. 
  • Dried and fresh pasta come in several shapes and varieties.
  • There are so many kinds of pasta! According to the Encyclopedia of Pasta by Oretta Zanini De Vita, 310 specific kinds of pasta identified by over 1300 names have been documented.
  • In Italy, names of specific pasta shapes or types vary with locale.
  • Example: Cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending on the region and town.

The size and shape of pasta may determine the best sauce to pair with it. For example, serve linguine with lighter, thinner sauces to avoid breaking the noodles. A similarly shaped noodle, fettuccine, is less delicate. That’s why it carries heavier sauces like alfredo.

Learn more about pasta from the National Pasta Association.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPastaDay

Explore the world of pasta. Whether you’re cooking up a salad, main dish, or dessert, recipes abound. We offer several on our recipe page, too! If you don’t feel like cooking, take the family out to an Italian restaurant. No matter what you are planning, invite friends to join you. It’s the best way to Celebrate Every Day®!  #NationalPastaDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL PASTA DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday.

NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY – October – 17

NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY

National Mulligan Day is observed annually on October 17. 

In golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a specific move or action. The day offers an opportunity for giving yourself a second chance or, as some people call it, a “do-over.”   

According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), three different stories explain the origin of the term. The first derives from the name of a Canadian golfer, David Mulligan, a one-time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, who played golf in the 1920s.  A different, later, etymology gives credit to John A. “Buddy” Mulligan, a locker room attendant at Essex Fells C.C., New Jersey, in the 1930s.  Another story, according to author Henry Beard, states that the term comes from Thomas Mulligan, a minor Anglo-Irish aristocrat and a passionate golfer who was born in 1793.

According to the USGA, the term first achieved widespread use in the 1940s.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMulliganDay

We can all think of something that at one point in time, we have said, “I wish I could do that over.”  Celebrate the day by taking your do-over. Also, be considerate and offer a Mulligan to a few friends and neighbors out there. Some days we all deserve it. Use #NationalMulliganDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY HISTORY

C. Daniel Rhodes of Hoover, AL, National Mulligan Day as a way to give everyone a day to have a fresh start.  Along with Mulligan Day, Rhodes created Brother’s Day (May 24) and National Garage Sale Day (Second Saturday in August).

BLACK POETRY DAY – October 17

BLACK POETRY DAY

Black Poetry Day on October 17th honors past and present black poets. The day also commemorates the birth of the first published black poet in the United States. Jupiter Hammon was born in Long Island, New York, on October 17, 1711. 

The day celebrates the importance of black heritage and literacy. It also recognizes the contributions made by black poets and shows appreciation to black authors.

Take up a quiet spot at the library to read many of the talented black poets from around the world. Or find a poetry reading at a nearby bookstore, cultural or arts center like the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. The first center of its kind in the United States, The Furious Flower’s name is inspired by a poem written by former U.S. Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. They also have a growing collection of resources, offer workshops and so much more.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BlackPoetryDay

Host a poetry slam in your living room, front step, or in the break room. Encourage a black poet you know. Attend a poetry reading or share your own poetry. Pick up some poetry written by black poets and use #BlackPoetryDay to post on social media.

BLACK POETRY DAY HISTORY

Black Poetry Day was established in 1985.

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). 

When businesses get to know your customers, you also get to know more about what you need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, if they didn’t have it, they were willing to get it in for you.

With the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, unfortunately, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

Tips to Knowing Your Customer:
  • Ask your customers questions. Find out what services and products they need.
  • Use social media. Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
  • Follow up on a purchase. Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
  • Network with other business. Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.
HOW TO OBSERVE GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish! Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY OF GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day.

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NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY

National Get Smart About Credit Day on the third Thursday in October annually promotes learning about good credit. It is a national campaign where volunteer bankers help counsel young people on responsible credit habits.

The importance of sound financial management is something that can and should be taught at a young age. Learning healthy credit habits can be one of the most valuable lessons a young person can learn. 

What Affects Credit Scores
  • Amount of debt you carry – Paying off the amount you charge to your credit cards each month helps to improve this amount.  Showing that you are reducing debt each month gradually increases your score over time.
  • Age of credit history – The older your credit history (and the longer it is in good standing) shows a trend toward reliable financial standing.
  • Reports to collections agencies – Any inaccurate reporting to a credit agency needs to be reported immediately.  The sooner you resolve an inaccuracy, the quicker your credit report can be corrected.  Obtain a letter from the collection agency once you have been able to confirm the error and submit it to all the credit reporting agencies.
  • Late payments – Any time make a late payment, especially on a credit card or loan, this will be reflected on your credit report. Pay early, pay on time.  If you use your online banking system to make payments, remember to review your banks turn-around-time for payments.  Take their delays into account and schedule accordingly to avoid any late payments.
  • The number of hard inquiries for credit – If you are considering a loan for a car or house, each inquiry will be registered on your credit report.  When your credit is in good standing, it doesn’t have a big impact.
  • The number of accounts – Opening and closing accounts can have an impact on your credit score. Depending on the number of accounts, the impact on your score could be huge.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GetSmartAboutCreditDay

Make sure you are smart about credit and use #GetSmartAboutCreditDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY HISTORY

In 2003, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Education Foundation originated this National Day.

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On Deck for October 18, 2019

National Days

Internationalo Days

  • International Legging Day *

 

Recipe of the Day

Toasted Ravioli

10 minutes

40 minutes

Prep: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Canola oil
1 16 oz. package cheese ravioli, fresh or frozen (thawed)
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Prepare a platter with paper towels to absorb oil from the ravioli after frying.

In a deep fryer or a saucepan, heat 2-3 inches of oil to 325° F.

In a small bowl, whisk eggs and milk together.

In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs.

Coat ravioli thoroughly in egg mixture and allow excess to drip off. Then, dredge in the breadcrumbs and completely cover.

Drop ravioli gently into the oil, frying 3-5 at a time. Be sure to flip with a wooden spoon to cook evenly.

Remove ravioli to drain on the paper towels when they are golden brown and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Serve with marinara, ranch or alfredo sauce.

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