Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Of all the important days and events taking place this coming month April Fools' Day is high on the "lets have fun" list. April Foods' Day never disappoints the young at heart and in spirit.
What's going elsewhere: This April dining event in Limerick, Ireland, is a must-do for fans of the old Fawlty Towers series. "Faulty Towers...the dining experience." http://www.limerick.ie/visiting/whatson/aprilevents/2012-04-11faultytowers.html You can definitely count me as a FT fan. It does not matter how the name of the poorly run establishment is spelled.
Jazz Appreciation Month(JAM) Devoted to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure, encouraging musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz. For more information visit http://edsitement.neh.gov/spotlight-jazz-appreciation-month-jam
Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month helps to "raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices." For more information visit http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/aprtoolkit.aspx
Financial Literacy Month. To help and encourage the people to learn how to handle their money so they are not mired in debt. For more information visit http://www.financialeducatorscouncil.org/financial-literacy-month.html
National Kite Month. With spring in the air, what better time to go fly a kite? National Kite Month is a not-for-profit venture co-founded by the American Kitefliers Association and the Kite Trade Association International to help introduce people to the fun of kite flying, the rich history of kites, the stunning artistry of kite makers, and how kites can be used as educational tools. For more information visit http://www.kitetrade.org/national_kite_month
If your town has an event be sure to attend, dozens of high flying kites is a site to behold. Or get together with friends and fly your own kite.
National Public Health Week, April 2-8. President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April to be National Public Health Week in 1995. The public health community celebrates by focusing on issues important to improving the public’s health. For more information visit http://www.apha.org/programs/healthweek/
National Library Week, April 8-14. Celebrate all that your local library has available for the asking. If you have been putting off getting a library card this is the time to do it. If you have not visited your library lately, you will be surprised at what you have been missing. For information visit http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek
National Dance Week, April 20-29. To expose and introduce as many people as possible to the enjoyment and benefits of dance through promoting dance in schools, expanding community awareness, and increasing professional development. For more information visit http://www.nationaldanceweek.org/
National Park Week, April 21-29. A presidentially proclaimed time to celebrate the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system. Though most national parks are free throughout the year, none will charge admission during National Park Week. For information visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/
April Fools’ Day April 1. Your shoes are untied. . . April Fool! Corny! Right? Be sure to look down and laugh if your child says it.
World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. "... to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention...[of this disease.] http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/waad
Army Day, April 6. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed April 6 Army Day in 1942, stating, in part: “Our Army is a mighty arm of the tree of liberty.” For more information visit http://www.defense.gov/afd/military/army.html
Easter, April 8. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. And the Easter Bunny hides colored eggs for children.