Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
February 22 is "Inconvenience Yourself Day", but you don't have to wait to reach out to someone who needs your help. Take a moment to call a lonely relative. Visit the senior next door. Inconvenience yourself--just a little.
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. 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 the public. For more information. www.librarysupport.net/librarylovers.
National Black History Month. Feb. 1–28. To recognize achievements and contributions by African Americans. For more information. www.asalh.org.
National Time Management Month. Feb. 1–28. Dedicated to renewing those best-laid plans, re-evaluating and reprioritizing harried, out of balance lives—and making commitments to balance them. For more information. springboardtraining.com.
Love a Mensch Week. Feb. 6–12. Mensches are decent, responsible men or women. Singles are urged to meet a mensch and appreciate him or her during this week. For more information, browse www.lovecoach.com.
Celebration of Love Week. Feb. 12–18. To stress the importance and value of love in making the world a better place in which to live. For more information, browse www.friendshipandgoodwill.org.
Great Backyard Bird Count. Feb. 17–20. 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/gbbc.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Feb. 1. Celebrates and honors all girls and women participating in sports. Recognizes the passage of Title IX in 1972, the law that guarantees gender equity in federally funded school programs, including athletics. For more information. www.NGWSDcentral.com.
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
Pay-A-Compliment Day. Feb. 6. Pay a compliment to co-workers, family members or strangers on the street or in the elevator in your office building.
Valentine’s Day. Feb. 14. Celebrates the feast 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.
Presidents Day. Feb. 20. Observes the birthdays of George Washington (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12).
Inconvenience Yourself Day. Feb. 22. 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.
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