Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Events for the Month
Family Golf Month. Sponsored by Play Golf America, which believes that “playing golf, may be the perfect family vacation.” Take your family golfing, and enjoy a day outside. For more information go to http://www.playgolfamerica.com/index.cfm?action=family
National Recreation and Parks Month. Established in 1985 by the National Recreation and Park Association, this month is dedicated to encouraging families to explore their local parks. It also recognizes and salutes those who maintain and work in parks around the country. For more information go to http://www.nrpa.org/Content.aspx?id=858
Women’s Motorcycle Month. In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren became the first women to ride motorcycles from coast to coast. For more information go to http://www.vanburensisters.com. Also see the story of African-American motorcycling pioneer Bessie B. Stringfield at http://home.ama-cycle.org/forms/museum/biopage1.asp?id=277
National Hot Dog Month. The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs during the summer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day). On average, that’s 818 hot dogs per second. For more information go to www.hot-dog.org
Sports Cliché Week, July 11-17. This week honors all those sports clichés overused by fans, athletes, and announcers. “The best defense is a good offense . . . We’re taking it one game at a time . . . There’s no ‘I’ in TEAM . . . It’s gut-check time . . .” Well, you get the picture.
National Parenting Gifted Children Week, July 12-18. Sponsored by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted), a national nonprofit organization, to celebrate the joys and challenges of raising, guiding, and supporting bright young minds. For more information go to www.sengifted.org
Independence Day, July 4. The adoption of the Declaration of Independence was on July 4, 1776. For more information go to http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Independence_Day.shtml
Apple Turnover Day, July 5. What could be more American than a good, old-fashioned apple turnover?
National Ice Cream Day, July 18. The third Sunday of National Ice Cream Month, proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
National Lasagna Day, July 25. Cartoon cat Garfield’s favorite food alternates layers of pasta, cheese, sauce, meat and/or vegetables. Celebrate by finding a new recipe to enjoy with family and friends.