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National Family Day - Fourth Monday in September


On the fourth Tuesday in September, National Family Day encourages everyone to gather around the table and enjoy a meal together.

The old saying goes, “Families who eat together, stay together,” but did you know they may also be reducing the risk of addiction? According to the National Center on Addiction, families who eat three or more meals a week together reduce a teen’s risk of using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

That’s a fantastic outcome on its own. Family bonding is just a bonus. However, there are more benefits. For example, families who eat together also learn healthy eating habits, eat smaller portions, and are less likely to stress about food.

And back to the bonding – when parents engage with their children over a meal, their relationships are better. They learn responsibility while helping to prepare the meal and cleaning up. Children feel like they are a part of a unit, a team. They connect with the people who mean the most to them and who know them the best. Parents become and remain the people they turn to when the significant problems crop up.

Look forward to conversations about grades, dating, borrowing the car, and moving away. Don’t forget the debates about politics. Our children won’t always agree with us – and that’s ok. Why? Because we raise them to be independent thinkers and to express themselves effectively. These conversations start at a dinner table. They shouldn’t begin when our children’s world turns upside down.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFamilyDay

Have a meal with your family. It doesn’t have to be fancy. But it does have to include food and your family. Gather everyone and set the table. Talk to each other. Find out about everyone’s day. Then, commit to having another meal together before the week is out. Take a family photo and share it using #NationalFamilyDay.


The National Center on Addiction declared National Family Day in 2001 as a way to combat substance abuse among teens. Their research showed that teens who ate meals with their families were less likely to fall into substance abuse. They also tend to do better in school and eat healthier.

AUTUMNAL EQUINOX – Changes Annually


The Autumnal Equinox in September ushers in a change of season. It is observed annually when the sun can be seen directly overhead along the equator. The day marks the end of summer and beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

The autumn equinox is one of two days when all points on Earth except the polar regions see the sunrise and set at due east and due west. With few exceptions, all latitudes see almost precisely 12 hours of daylight and 12 of darkness.

While the United States marks the official end of summer at Labor Day, the seasons mark time differently. Depending on where we live, the trees and animals behave differently based on the amount of sunlight they receive. By the time the equinox arrives in September, the leaves in many parts of the country have already begun to change. The air at night is crisper.

People’s minds begin to think about warmer clothes and preparing their homes for winter. Since children are already in school, most summer activities have ended. In the fields, farmers eagerly watch for the opportune time to harvest. Apples, pumpkins, and root vegetables ripen in the orchards and gardens. On cool evenings, long walks along the trails under the canopies of gold, umber, violet and crimson keep us warm.

HOW TO OBSERVE #Autumnal Equinox

Enjoy a long walk. Sip some tea or watch the sunset. Autumn has arrived. Use #AutumnalEquinox to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed for the Equinox.



National Great American Pot Pie Day cooks up a toasty meal on September 23rd. Warm up the home with a toasty meal of pot pies to celebrate!
Pot pies typically include both a flaky top crust and bottom crust. Occasionally, recipes omit the bottom crust. Fill them with tender chicken, beef or pork and lots of vegetables for a hearty meal. Some other delicious fillings include turkey and seafood. Popular veggies include potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas. Finally, the gravy and seasonings make the pies irresistible. When they begin heating up in the oven, the family knows when dinner is ready!
This crowd-pleaser draws families together. During the cooler days, a meal of pot pie easily uses up vegetables from the garden and leftovers. It fills bellies after a long day of work, too. Several pies may be prepared ahead and frozen, too.
During the crisper evenings, gather friends and family around the table. These hot pies can be made to serve individually or one large pie. Either way, the aroma fills the home and warms the heart. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #GreatAmericanPotPieDay

There are several ways to celebrate! Invite the family to help make homemade pot pies. Go out to eat and order one from your favorite country restaurant. Or, pick up some frozen pot pies at the grocery store. The broad selection will satisfy everyone.

Give this recipe a try.Chicken Pot Pie IX

Then enjoy everyone’s company and share your evening by using #GreatAmericanPotPieDay to post on social media.


The pot pie and frozen food company, Marie Callender’s, created National Great American Pot Pie Day in 2002.



On September 23rd, National Snack Stick Day encourages you to pack your pockets, backpacks, and desk drawers with yummy snack sticks so you can celebrate!

Primarily made with beef or pork, snack sticks harken back to the days when families preserved quantities of beef, pork, and game. Full of family tradition, they made sausage through smoking and aging. Developed generation after generation, the recipes use premium ingredients and an abundance of love.

These little portions of smoked sausage are a convenient source of protein. Take several you with on a hike or throw in your gym bag. Snack sticks satisfy mid-morning hunger pangs and are easily shared after school, after work or anytime.  With a variety of flavorful choices, snack sticks please the whole family. From sweet to spicy and everything in between, this savory snack fits a busy lifestyle to perfection.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSnackStickDay

Kick back and chew on your favorite snack stick. Raise a toast to all those who set out to satisfy the taste buds of tradition. Bring extras to share with co-workers or classmates. It’s not a celebration unless there’s a crowd.

Where’s your favorite place to stash them for an emergency snack? We know, because we do it, too!  Share your favorite flavor using #NationalSnackStickDay on social media.


kscsausagelinkslogoblackfontThe Klement Sausage Companyfounded National Snack Stick Day in 2016 to celebrate on-the-go snacks for making on-the-go lives possible!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the food holiday in 2016 to be observed on September 23rd annually.



Teal Talk Day - September 23


Let’s talk. September 23 is Teal Talk Day. Over 249,000 women are diagnosed annually with ovarian cancer worldwide. Gather your friends, wear teal for a day out together and talk.

Join a group of co-workers for lunch. Men are welcome, also. They have mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters at risk for ovarian cancer. They should have the Teal Talk, too! There is no standard screening for ovarian cancer. In the absence of a test, awareness is best. In the hour, it might take to have the Teal Talk during lunch. Approximately 28 women would have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Invite your closest friends, neighbors, and sisters for drinks in the back yard. Wear your favorite teal and give the Teal Talk. Let them know early detection improves survival rates by 90%. Make sure they know the symptoms. Persistent bloating, lack of energy, loss of appetite, and feeling fuller sooner. Find more signs at Ovarcome.org.

Go for a walk with your mom and her friends. Even if it’s a short one, it will be long enough for a Teal Talk. Ask them about family history and encourage them to share it with their daughters and granddaughters. Encourage them to see their gynecologist to review family history for inherited risk factors. Families with a strong history of ovarian or breast cancer have a 15-40% lifetime risk when compared to the general population, according to the National Cancer Institute.


Find out more information at Ovarcome.org and have the Teal Talk with the people in your lives.  Use #TealTalkDay to share on social media.

It’s simple to get started. Ovarcome Founder Runsi Ayona Sen & Olympic Gymnast and ovarian cancer survivor Shannon Miller share some encouragement to get started on #TealTalkDay in this short video.

Celebrate Teal Talk Day in honor of all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ovarcome encourages you to talk about ovarian cancer, especially on September 23, but also every day. Every day is a good day to talk about ovarian cancer. Follow Ovarcome on FBTwitter, and Instagram for information, education, updates, and Teal celebrations! Together, we can Ovarcome!


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Ovarcome founded Teal Talk Day to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to encourage everyone to talk about it. With no screening currently available, Ovarcome wants you to be on top of symptoms – be empowered. You can help save a life!

Ovarcome was founded on February 23, 2012. Ovarcome is celebrating their five years of service to the ovarian cancer community by starting this national and global movement to talk about ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is a Silent Disease – but Ovarcome encourages you to be VOCAL about it! In the absence of a screening test, knowledge and awareness are the best ways to empower women and families. Teal Talk Day brings that knowledge and awareness to you.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared Teal Talk Day to be observed annually on beginning in 2017.



On September 23rd, National Checkers Day (which is also known as Dogs in Politics Day) recognizes political pooches or candidate canines, First Fidos, or Revolutionary Rovers. 

More dogs than presidents have lived in the White House. While this day marks the day in history that Checkers the dog stole the spotlight, many other powerful pooches found their way to center stage. 

For example, while President Carter was winning the election, his first First Dog was being born. The Border Collie only lived with the First Family for a short time, however. 

Another White House canine by the name of Murry the Outlaw of Falahill (Fala for short) created quite a stir. The well-traveled Scottish Terrier of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was notorious for taking off. After one trip with FDR to the Aleutian Islands, rumors suggested the President forgot his pet. According to the talk, the President sent the Navy back to recover Fala. The story spread and became fodder for political debate during the next election. 

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I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. Will Rogers.

Not being a dog person is one thing. However, rejecting one that’s a gift will outrage a nation. At least that’s what happened to President Harry S. Truman when a puppy named Feller came into his presidency. When after some time Feller stopped making appearances, the public wanted to know where he was. Truman’s evasiveness didn’t mollify his constituents, either. Eventually, the President came clean and admitted they were not a dog family to the shock of a nation. 

Many other dogs have lived in the White House. From Ronald Regan’s Lucky and Herber Hover’s nine different dogs, they either provided companionship or were a family member. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheckersDay

Learn more about the political dogs of the White House by visiting the Presidential Pet Museum. Share your memories of political pets either locally, nationally, or globally. Use #NationalCheckersDay or #DogsInPoliticsDay to post on social media.


On September 23, 1952, Vice President candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech.”  Accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses, Nixon needed to defend himself.  His place on the Republican ticket was in jeopardy as well, so he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. During the speech, Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift. The gift was a black-and-white dog the Nixon children had named “Checkers,” thus giving the speech its famous name.

The “Checkers Speech” was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, the largest television audience at that time, and it led to an outpouring of public support.

Thanks to Checkers, Nixon made the ticket, and we celebrate Dogs in Politics Day or better known as National Checkers Day.

Restless Legs Awareness Day


On September 23rd, Restless Legs Awareness Day promotes education around a medical condition impacting adults and children alike. 

Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn, a Swedish neurologist, first described this syndrome in 1945.  We have learned a lot about it since then, and there is still no known cause for it.

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED), is characterized by uncontrollable urges to move the legs. The condition affects approximately 7 percent of the population. Those experiencing severe symptoms say it impacts their quality of life. RLS, the condition presents with the following symptoms:

  • Strong urges to move the legs; unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations accompany the urges as well.
  • The symptoms worsen when relaxing or inactive; they’re especially worse when trying to sleep.
  • However, symptoms seem to improve when moving, stretching, walking.
  • During the night and evening hours symptoms increase.
  • There doesn’t seem to be any other associated cause – arthritis, injury.

Those with RSL lead normal lives. Identifying and eliminating exacerbating medications reduces symptoms. Researchers continue seeking a cause for RLS.

HOW TO OBSERVE #RestlessLegsAwarenessDay

If RLS seems to be affecting your lifestyle, see a doctor. Share treatments that have worked best for you. Help those with RLS and visit rls.org to learn more. Use #RestlessLegsAwarenessDay to post on social media.


The first instance of this awareness day can be traced back to 2012 when it was organized by The Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day


On September 23rd, Celebrate Bisexuality Day unites the bisexual community, their friends, and their supporters. It also raises awareness and provides an opportunity to educate the public about bisexuality. 

The day aims to counteract prejudice of bisexuals by both the straight and greater LGBT communities. Across the country, organizations will hold events in communities designed to dispell myths and increase awareness. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #CelebrateBisexualityDay

Attend a poetry reading or a seminar. Celebrate positive relationships or visit a festival. Listen to a podcast. Find out how to support friends or family members who are bisexual. 

Embrace bisexuality and use #CelebrateBisexualityDay to post on social media.


Three United States bisexual rights activists, Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas started Celebrate Bisexuality Day in 1999. The founders chose the birthday of Freddy Mercury (Queen’s lead singer) to establish the date. The date perfectly represented the dedication to raising awareness and the need for eliminating prejudice.

On Deck for September 24, 2019

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Recipe of the Day

Garlic Gazpacho

Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  This soup is served cold 
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


2 cloves garlic
6 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large tomato, unpeeled
1 large onion
1 each green bell peppers
2 small cucumbers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
1 dash salt
1 dash cayenne pepper


In a food processor, blend peeled tomatoes and garlic.

Add 1/4 of peppers and 1/4 of onions and 1/2 of cucumber and blend. Chill mixture for 1 hour.

Chop the remaining tomato and julienne the remaining vegetables. Cover and chill.

Just before serving, blend olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and tomato juice in blender. Combine with chilled mixture.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with remaining vegetables.

Serve with crusty bread, such as a baguette.

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