Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Mother’s Day is May 9. Remember, mothering is more than giving birth to a child. Honor all mothers. Memorial Day/Decoration Day, May 31 to celebrate and give thanks to hose who have died in battle.
Better Hearing and Speech Month. To raise the awareness of help available to the 41 million Americans with speech and hearing problems. For more information: www.professional.asha.org.
Clean Air Month. The American Lung Association releases its air quality report, “State of the Air,” on
May 1. For more information: www.lungusa.org.
Family Wellness Month. To encourage people to spend more time with their families and appreciate those closest to them. For more information: www.WordsofWellness.com
Get Caught Reading Month. A reminder to people of all ages of the joys of reading. For more information: www.getcaughtreading.org.
Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month. To promote education and awareness of the dangers of fibromyalgia (also known as FSM, fibrositis or chronic muscle pain syndrome). Kit of materials available for $15. For information contact the Fibromyalgia Council of America, www.psinc.org.
National Bike Month. The 48th annual celebration of bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. For more information: www.bikleague.org.
Revise Your Work Schedule Month. To increase awareness, exploration and implementation of nontraditional work schedules such as flextime, telecommuting, job sharing and compressed workweeks. For more information: www.worktimeoptions.com.
Weekly Events in May
National Safe Kids Week. May 1–8. To prevent the No. 1 killer of children—unintentional injury. For more information: www.safekids.org.
National Wildflower Week. May 2–8. To encourage the observation, cultivation and study of native wildflowers as a means of deepening humankind’s relationship with the Earth. For more information: www.wildflower.org.
National Police Week. May 9–15. To honor those fallen in the line of duty.
Nation Etiquette Week. May 16–22. A national recognition of proper etiquette in all areas of American life. For more information: www.zyworld.com/etiquette.
National Safe Boating Week. May 22–28. To promote boat safety nationwide. For more information: www.safeboatingcouncil.org.
National Backyard Games Week. To celebrate the unofficial start of summer and promote family togetherness. For more information: www.patchproducts.com.
Daily Events in May
The Kentucky Derby. May 1. Held at Churchill Downs in, Louisville, Ky. The running of America’s premier thoroughbred horse race, inaugurated in 1875. For more information: www.kentuckyderby.com.
May Day. May 1. The first day of May has been cele-brated since ancient times. In many countries this day is observed as Labor Day (which is celebrated in the United States in September).
Mother Goose Day. May 1. To renew appreciation for the old Nursery Rhymes. For more information: www.delamar.org/mothergoosesociety.
Cinco De Mayo. May 5. Mexican National holiday recognizing the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Mother’s Day. May 9. Always the second Sunday in May. To honor mothers everywhere.
National Third Shift Workers Day. May 12. To show appreciation for and honor these often-forgotten workers who toil through the night to keep countless companies and businesses running smoothly.
National Bike to Work Day. May 21. About 2 million people participate nationwide in Bike to Work Day. For more information: www.bikeleague.org.
National Missing Children’s Day. May 25. To promote awareness of the problem of missing children. For information: Child Find of America, Inc., P.O. Box 277, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561-0277.
Memorial Day. May 31. Also known as Decoration Day because of the tradition of decorating the graves of servicemen. An occasion for celebrating those who have died in battle.