Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Boo! Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween!
Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Oct. 1–31. To promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters, The ASPCA sponsors this important observance. For more information: 212.876.7700, ext. 4655 or browse www.aspca.org.
Computer Learning Month. Oct. 1–31. Events and activities for learning new uses of computers and software, sharing ideas and helping others gain the benefits of computers and software. For more information: 408.720.8898 or browse www.computerlearning.org.
Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Oct. 1–31. To encourage families to eat together. It has been shown that children of families who eat together have better nutrition, do better in school and have fewer behavior problems. For more information: 253.445.4553 or browse www.nutrition.wsu.edu.
Emotional Wellness Month. Oct. 1–31. Get more out of every day with laughter and enjoyment. For more information: 704.849.2900 or browse www.wordsofwellness.com.
Gay and Lesbian History Month. Oct. 1–31. To commemorate the first two lesbian and gay marches on Washington in October 1979 and 1987.
Halloween Safety Month. Oct. 1–31. To encourage the steps necessary to make Halloween safe. For more information: 800.331.2020 or browse www.prevent.blindness.org.
National Sarcastics Awareness Month. Oct. 1–31. To help people everywhere understand the positive and negative effects of sarcasm. For more information: 510.891.8479 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Organized Week. An opportunity to streamline your life, create more time, lower your stress and increase your profit. For more information: 770.325.3440 or www.napo.net.
National Work From Home Week. Oct. 3–9. To celebrate the trends, technology and tactics that allow millions of Americans to work from home. For more information: 954.346.0251 or browse www.chiefhomeofficer.com.
National Adult Immunization Awareness Week. Oct. 1–16. To emphasize the importance of appropriately vaccinating adults against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria, influenza, pneumococcal disease and varicella. For more information 301.907.0878. or browse www.NFID.org/NCAI.
National Food Bank Week. Oct. 10–16. To recognize efforts of food banks, their donors and volunteers to alleviate hunger. For more information: 608.223.9121 or browse www.secondharvestmadison.org.
Teen Read Week. Oct. 17–24. To encourage young adults to read for the fun of it. For more information: 800.545.2433, ext. 4390 or browse www.ala.org/teenread.
World Vegetarian Day. Oct. 1. To celebrate vegetarianism’s benefits to humans, animals and our planet. For more information: 518.568.7970 or browse www.navs-online.org.
Birth Anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi. Oct. 2, 1869. To celebrate the Indian political and spiritual leader who advocated nonviolent resistance as a weapon against tyranny. He was assassinated in the garden of his home at New Delhi, Jan. 30, 1948.
Columbus Day Observance. Oct. 11. To commemorate the landing of Columbus in the New World on Oct. 12, 1492.
National Boss Day. Oct. 16. A day for employees to honor their bosses. For information: Edward A. Haroski, 1315 Forestwood Dr., Lewisville, N.C., 27023.
Halloween. Oct. 31. An ancient celebration combining Druid autumn festival and Christian customs.
Hone your skills for work and family and you hone them for living life to the fullest