Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
February is American Heart Month. It is good to remember that heart disease affects women too. The American Heart Association says, Walk more. Eat well. Live longer. Start! today. See their web site below for more information.
AMD/Low-vision Awareness Month. Feb. 1–28. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss. Low-vision aids can make the most of remaining vision. For more information, browse www.preventblindness.org.
American Heart Month. Feb. 1–28. Each year cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly 500,000 women. The American Heart Association focuses on education about women and heart disease. The AHA urges everyone to participate in Wear Red Day on Feb. 3. For more information, browse www.americanheart.org.
Bake for Family Fun Month. Feb. 1–28. The Home Baking Association dedicates this month to the great taste, good nutrition, economy and family fun of traditional home baking. For more information, browse www.homebaking.org.
Library Lovers’ Month. Feb. 1–28. To recognize the value of libraries and to work to ensure that the nation’s libraries will continue to serve. For more information, browse www.librarysupport.net/librarylovers.
National Black History Month Feb. 1–28. To recognize achievements and contributions by African Americans. For more information, browse http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis/history/index.htm ( See Reginald F. Lewis - Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun in related links )
Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb. 12-18. The idea of RAKW is to do a simple thing to improve the lives of others. Take your neighbor's garbage out, put change in a stranger's expired parking meter, or take flowers to the local nursing home. When you help others, you help yourself, too.
Great Backyard Bird Count. Feb. 16–19. Thousands of volunteers nationwide track the number and types of birds that live near their homes. Results help researchers monitor species in trouble. Co-sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. For more information, browse www.birdsource.org.
Groundhog Day. Feb. 2. Old belief that if the sun shines on Candlemas Day, or if the groundhog sees his shadow when he emerges on this day, six weeks of winter will ensue. For more information browse http://www.groundhog.org/faq/history.php
Valentine’s Day. Feb. 14. Celebrates the feasts of two Christian martyrs of this name. Now it is one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays. It is an occasion for the exchange of gifts, usually flowers or sweets, and greeting cards. ( See Valentine's Day - Romance Legends and Facts in related links )
Presidents Day. Feb. 19. Observes the birthdays of George Washington (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12).
Spay Day USA. Feb. 27. Campaign to end the tragedy of pet overpopulation by encouraging everyone to take responsibility for having at least one dog or cat spayed or neutered. For more information, browse www.spaydayusa.org.
Inconvenience Yourself Day. Feb. 28. A day to think about others and look for ways to inconvenience yourself while making the lives of others better or easier. For more information, browse www.inconvenienceyourself.com.