Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
It's National Bath Safety Month. Remember the young and elderly are especially at risk. It only takes a second for a mishap, one that can change your life.
National Bath Safety Month. It takes only a few unguarded moments for a bathroom-related accident to cause serious injury or even death. Small children and the elderly are especially at risk. Don’t leave children alone in the bathtub for any reason, and install grab bars for the safety of everyone. For more information visit http://www.mgh.org/trauma/bath_safety.html
National Blood Donor Month. Spearheaded by the American Association of Blood Banks in conjunction with the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Center, the goal of National Blood Donor Month is to ensure that supplies of donated blood remain at safe levels in hospitals and emergency rooms around the country. For more information visit http://www.americasblood.org/
Women’s Self-Empowerment Week, Jan. 4-10. An opportunity for women (and men, too!) to celebrate the achievements and potential of women, and for women to start the year with fresh motivation to keep excelling in every area of endeavor.
National Nuclear Science Week, Jan. 24-28. Some 18 million nuclear medicine procedures are performed each year on 305 million U.S. patients; 20 percent of our nation’s electricity is generated by nuclear power. Nuclear Science Week was created to recognize the contributions of the nuclear science industry and those who work in it every day. For more information visit http://www.nuclearscienceweek.org/
Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 20-30. Held in Utah, it’s the largest festival of independent cinema in the United States, and it has become the premiere showcase for independent filmmakers in the U.S. and around the world. For more information visit www.sundance.org/
New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. A day to make a few resolutions, watch some football, and recover from the previous night’s parties.
International Programmer’s Day, Jan. 7. Behind most modern conveniences stands a line of code jockeys and computer programmers. They’ve contributed to DVRs, direct deposit, Web surfing, online bill paying, cell phones, and lots of other advantages we take for granted. Go to the International Programmers Day website to show your support. For more information visit internationalprogrammersday.org/
Stephen Foster Memorial Day, Jan 13. A federal observance celebrating the life of composer Stephen Foster, who wrote such songs as “Camptown Races,” “O! Susanna,” and “My Old Kentucky Home.” For more information about Stephen Foster visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/stephenfoster.html
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17. Commemorating the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., born Jan. 15, 1929. For more information visit www.mlkday.gov/