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March Events Calendar (2011)

March is Women's History Month, it highlights and celebrates the contributions of women throughout history. Women have made significant contributions across the board in just about every field.

Monthly Events

American Red Cross Month.
The Red Cross was created by Clara Barton in 1881. American Red Cross Month recognizes the role the Red Cross plays in saving the lives of people around the world. For more information visit http://www.redcross.org/museum/history/marchis.asp

Leeks and Green Onions Month. Members of the onion family, leeks and green onions (scallions) look similar—but each adds its own unique flavor to food. I was unable to find out if this is really celebrated, but did learn from my gardening friend that she starts her leeks and green onion indoors in March.

Women’s History Month. An outgrowth of International Women’s Day on March 8 of every year, Women’s History Month highlights and celebrates the contributions of women throughout history. For more information, visit http://www.nwhp.org/

Weekly Events

National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week, March 1-7.
Do you know someone who deserves a special thank-you? Take the time to show your appreciation with a letter. No website found that shows this is a fact, but what a lovely idea. Will you write a letter to seven individuals or seven letters to one person?

Celebrate Your Name Week, March 6-12. Who would you be without your name? Learn what your name means and whom you were named after, explore your family’s roots, and embrace your unique identity. Said to be founded and established in 1997 by Jerry Hill who was (is?) an American onomatology hobbyist.

Newspaper in Education Week, March 7-11. The first full school week of March. Print may be dying, but newspapers are still a vital source of information about our community and our world. Highlight the benefits of using newspapers in the classroom as “living textbooks” that can help teach our children. For more information, visit the Newspaper Association of America Foundation at http://www.naafoundation.org/Curriculum/NIE/NIE-Week.aspx

American Chocolate Week, March 20-26. The third week of March is for enjoying all the wonders of chocolate.

Daily Events

Read Across America Day, March 2.
Observed on the birthday of the author Dr. Seuss, the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day calls for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult. For more information, visit http://www.nea.org/readacross/

National Anthem Day-USA, March 3. Anniversary of the adoption of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” as our national anthem. Although Francis Scott Key wrote the Star anthem on September 14, 1814, the USA adopted the Star Spangled Banner as its national anthem on March 3, 1931. For information, visit
http://www.nps.gov/archive/fomc/tguide/lesson9a.htm

Fat Tuesday, March 8. The last day of Mardi Gras, preceding the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 9. We know it's a a big party, but if you are interested in the religious side of Fat Tuesday visit http://www.americancatholic.org/features/mardigras/

Pi Day, March 14. Math geeks everywhere enjoy the date 3-14, which is the beginning of the infinite sequence of numbers one gets by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter: 3.1415926535 . . . For more information Pi Day visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/

Freedom of Information Day, March 16. Open and free access to government information remains the hallmark of a democratic society. For more information, visit http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/about.aspx?item=FOIA_Hall_of_Fame

Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17 Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. For more information, visit http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day

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