Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
No Housework Day was mentioned in one of the magazines I picked up at the supermarket. I had never heard of No Housework Day, but I did like the sound of it. After doing some checking I found that it does indeed exist, it occurs every April 7. In addition to this fun day, there are very serious issues to think about this month as well.
Chevrolet has teamed up with Autism Speaks to drive home the message of autism awareness. During April – Autism Awareness Month – visitors to the Autism Speaks website (http://www.autismspeaks.org), can click on the “Help Chevy Help Autism” icon and take a virtual test drive of the 2008 new Chevy Malibu. Chevrolet has committed to a minimum contribution of $500,000, but every virtual test drive taken gets Chevrolet closer to its goal of donating up to $1 million to Autism Speaks to support its mission of increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research.
Alcohol Awareness Month. April 1–30. To raise awareness among community prevention leaders and citizens about alcoholism, with a special focus on the problem of underage drinking. For more information, visit www.ncadd.org.
Autism Awareness Month. April 1-30. Celebrated every year in April, provides an opportunity for families, friends, and local communities to raise public awareness about autism. It is sponsored by the Autism Society of America (ASA). Individuals and communities can get involved by participating in activities sponsored by their local ASA chapter or by promoting services related to autism. For more information visit http://www.autism-society.org/
Celebrate Diversity Month. April 1–30. To celebrate all diversity that exists within our workplaces, schools, and communities. For more information, visit www.celebratediversitymonth.org.
Emotional Overeating Awareness Month. April 1–30. To raise awareness of the challenges faced by those who try to numb unpleasant feelings with food. For more information, visit http://emotionalovereatingawarenessmonth.com.
National Humor Month. April 1–30. Initiated in 1976 by humorist Larry Wilde to increase understanding of the therapeutic roles laughter and humor play in our health and in our work environments. Benefits of laughing include lower blood pressure, improved brain functioning, lower stress, elevated mood, and higher productivity. For information, visit www.laughtergood.com.
National Poetry Month. April 1–30. To pay tribute to the great legacies and ongoing achievements of American poets and the vital place poetry holds in American culture. For more information, visit www.poets.org.
National Youth Sports Safety Month. April 1–30. The prevalence of injuries in youth sports gets highlighted. For more information, visit www.nyssf.org.
Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. April 1–30. Sponsored by the ASPCA to increase recognition of animal cruelty and urge Americans to report instances of violence toward animals. For more information visit www.aspca.org.
Medication Safety Week. April 1–7. To increase the public’s knowledge about medication safety and offer strategies to reduce risk. For more information, visit www.womensheart.org
National Week of the Ocean. April 6–12. To highlight humanity’s interdependence with the ocean. For more information, visit www.national-week-of-the-ocean.org.
Administrative Professionals Week. April 20-26. Administrative Professionals Week started in 1952 as an annual observance to honor those in the profession for their contribution to business and the government. For more information, visit International Association of Administrative Professionals http://www.iaap-hq.org/.
April Fools’ Day. April 1. The day is generally observed by playing a practical joke on a "victim" who soon becomes known as an April Fool. This custom is thought to have started in France during the 16th century but the British are credited with bringing it to the United States. http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/other/aprlfool.html
No Housework Day. April 7. Please search Net for various sites. http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/nohouseworkday.htm
National Siblings Day. April 10. To honor, appreciate, and celebrate all brothers and sisters and memorialize those who are no longer with us. For more information, visit www.siblingsday.org.
Earth Day. April 22. To draw attention to accelerating the transition to renewable energy worldwide. For more information, visit www.earthday.net.
Administrative Professionals Day. April 23. For more information, visit Administrative Professionals Week above. According to IAAP, Administrative Professionals Day is observed annually on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week.
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. April 24. The national date for the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program is on the fourth Thursday in April. For more information, visit http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=485