January Is…

Jan 1-31 “Alzheimer Awareness Month”: For info see www.alzheimer.ca.

Jan 1-31 “Book Blitz Month”: Focuses attention on improving authors’ relationships with the media in order to create a best-selling book. For info call Barbara Gaughen 805-968-8567 email bgaughenmu@aol.com. Web: www.goodmorningworld.org.

Jan 1-31 “International Brain Teaser Month”: Try to solve fun and funny brain teasers and puzzles. For info, call the Logic Puzzle Museum at 262-763-3946. Email logicpuzzlemuseum@hotmail.com. See www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org.

Jan 1-31 “Get Organized Month”: Is your New Year’s resolution to get more organized? Phone 856-380-6828, email napo@napo.net. See www.napo.net.

Jan 1-31 “International Creativity Month”: A month to remind individuals and organizations around the globe to capitalize on the power of creativity. For info call Randall Munson, Pres. Creatively Speaking 507-286-1331, email Creativity@CreativelySpeaking.com. Web: www.CreativityMonth.com.

Jan 1-31 “National Mentoring Month”: To raise awareness of mentoring, recruit individuals to

Jan 1 “Polar Bear Swim 2016”: English Bay Beach, Vancouver, BC. 96th Annual. The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the oldest in the world. Call 604-873-7011 or see www.vancouver.ca/parks/events/polarbear.

Jan 1 “New Year’s Dishonour List”: Each year since 1976 on this date the most overused words and phrases in the English language are announced and “banned”.  Examples include on fleek, dadbod, post-truth and guesstimate. For info call 906-635-2315 or see www.lssu.edu/banished.

Jan 1 “Z Day”: To give recognition to all persons and places whose names begin with the letter Z and who are always listed last in any alphabetized list. Email tom_zager@yahoo.com for info.

Jan 1-7 “Silent Record Week”: It’s the anniversary of the invention of the silent record in 1960, which was played on Detroit jukeboxes. The following year a silent concert was performed, featuring a full 120 piece Hush Symphonic Band. A good opportunity to have some fun with this, and perhaps dig out the recording and play it!

Jan 4 “Trivia Day”: In celebration of those who know all sorts of facts, and/or have doctorates in uselessology. For more of it call Robert Birch 703-533-3668.

Jan 4 “World Hypnotism Day”: A day when hypnotism professionals promote the truth and benefits of hypnotism to the people of the world while removing the myths and misconceptions. Call Thomas Nicoli 603-598-8389, email TomNicoli@WHDCommittee.com. See www.worldhypnotismday.com.

Jan 5-8 “Elvis Presley’s Birthday Celebration”: Lots of Elvis events going on at Graceland. He was born on January 8th 1935. For more information call 800-238-2000 or email glsales@elvis.com or see www.elvis.com.

Jan 7 “Golden Globe Awards”: Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. 71st Annual. Honouring achievement in film and television. For info email info@hfpa.org. See www.goldenglobes.org.

Jan 7-13 “Home Office Safety and Security Week”: One week each year dedicated to ensuring that home offices are safeguarded and protected against break-ins, theft, workplace injury, computer viruses and hacking, natural disaster and other maladies.

Jan 14-20 “National Non-Smoking Week”: Includes Weedless Wednesday. Held the 3rd full week of January to educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking and prevent new smokers from starting.

Jan 16 “National Nothing Day”: Created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973, this is one national day when people can just sit without celebrating, observing or honouring anything.

Jan 17 “Kid Inventors’ Day”: Water skis. Earmuffs. The Popsicle. What do these have in common? All were invented by kids! Celebrate the ingenuity and value of these young brainstormers. See www.kidinventorsday.com or email Lee Wardlaw at author@leewardlaw.com.

Jan 23 “National Handwriting Day”: Held around the anniversary of the birth of John Hancock [born Jan 23 1737] to encourage more legible handwriting. Hancock was an American statesman and the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence. Get a sample of writing from all the jocks at the station and judge the best and the worst. For information call 800-826-7774 or see www.handwritingfoundation.org.

Jan 24 “National Compliment Day”: A day set aside to compliment at least five people. It forges bonds, dispels loneliness and just plain feels good. For info call Debby Hoffman 603-783-4446 or email Debby@DebbyHoffman.com or see www.complimentday.com.

Jan 24 “Belly Laugh Day”: A day to celebrate the great gift of laughter. Smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud. Contact Elaine Helle by email jan24@bellylaughday.com. See www.bellylaughday.com.

Jan 26 “Fun At Work Day”: Inject some laughter into your workplace by planning a fun and relaxing activity. For info call Diane Decker 847-394-0994 or email dcdecker@msn.com.  Web: www.qualitytransitions.com.

Jan 27 “Family Literacy Day”: This day celebrates adults and children reading and learning together. See www.abclifeliteracy.ca.