August Is…

Aug 1-31 “Children’s Vision and Learning Month”: To remind people of the important role that good vision plays in a child’s ability to read and learn. Call 330-995-0718 or 1-888-268-37770, email info@covd.org. Web: www.covd.org.

August 1-31 “Get Ready for Kindergarten Month”: A celebration to support a happy entry into kindergarten. Going into kindergarten is a life-changing event not only for the child, but also for parents, siblings, and educators. Call Katie Davis 914-588-2992, email katiedavis@katiedavis.com.

Aug 1-31 “Happiness Happens Month”:  14th annual celebration to encourage people to express happiness and discourage parade-raining. Sponsored by the Secret Society of Happy People. Call 972-459-7031, email pamelagail@sohp.com. See www.sohp.com .

Aug 1 “Girlfriend’s Day”: Celebrate this special day by taking your girlfriends shopping, to a play, to the movies, out to eat, to the spa and/or to the park. A fun slumber party is recommended. For info call Thelma Martin 404-849-1249 or email tmartin@savionaire.com.

Aug 1-7 “International Clown Week”: All over the world, clowns will be clowning around for a good cause this week.

Aug 1-7 “World Breastfeeding Week”: Breastfeeding advocates, health care professionals and social services agencies focus on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding. Email the LaLeche League of Canada at teresaannpitman@rogers.com. See www.lllc.ca.

Aug 1-11 “Halifax International Busker Festival”: Halifax, NS. Street performers and artists from around the world, vaudeville nights and entertainment tent. Call 902-429-1068. See www.buskers.ca

Aug 4 “Single Working Women’s Day”: Honouring the many single working women who do it all. Call 773-571-4199 or email info@swan.org.

Aug 4 “Sisters Day”: Celebrating the spirit of sisterhood. May include biological sisters, sorority sisters, sisterly friends, etc. Call Tricia Eleogram 901-681-2145. email triciaeleogram@gmail.com. .

Aug 5 “Civic Holiday”: The first Monday in August is observed as a holiday in seven of Canada’s 10 provinces (Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan have Civic Holiday. It is called British Columbia Day in BC and Heritage Day in Alberta).

Aug 5-9 “Psychic Week”:  Either invite a local psychic into the control room and have some fun on the air, or phone a different psychic each day “live on the air” and when they don’t answer saying “Hi [insert your name and your station name]”, hang up on them as they can’t be very goodAfter all, shouldn’t they know who it is?

Aug 7 “Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day”: Buy anything lately? Did you succeed in getting the darn thing open? For info call Thomas & Ruth Roy 717-279-0184. email info@wellcat.com.

Aug 7 “Professional Speakers Day”: A day celebrating the consummate professionals who help people through their oratorical skills. Call Jim Barber 954-476-9252, email pro.speaker.day@thebarbershop.com. See www.professionalspeakersday.com.

Aug 7-11 “Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship”: Shelburne, ON. This event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for over $17,000 in prizes. Call 519-925-8620 or email fiddleshelburne@yahoo.ca or see www.shelburnefiddlecontest.on.ca.

Aug 8-11 “Edmonton Folk Music Festival”: Gallagher Park, Edmonton, AB. Folk music and fun for the entire family. Call 780-429-1899. email fadmin@efmf.ab.ca. web: www.edmontonfolkfest.org.

Aug 9-11 “Abbotsford International Airshow”: Leading air show in North America attracts the world’s top aeronautical performers. Email info@abbotsfordairshow.com or see www.abbotsfordairshow.com.

Aug 9-13 “Perseid Meteor Showers”: Among the best known and most spectacular meteor showers, peaking about Aug 10-12. As many as 50-100 may be seen in a single night. Wish upon a “falling star”!

Aug 10-16 “Elvis Week”:  Over 75,000 fans invade Graceland and Memphis for the hundreds of events that are organized. He died Aug 16, 1977.  Call Graceland at 1-800-238-2000 or www.elvis.com   Payphones near the ticket-line: 901-345-9847, 901-332-9416, 901-332-9442.  Also, call the ‘Elvis’ McDonalds Restaurant (in Tupelo-his birthplace) 601-844-5505.

Aug 12 “United Nations: International Youth Day”: A day to increase public awareness of the World Programme of Action to the Year 2000 and Beyond. See www.un.org.

Aug 12 “Vinyl Record Day”: Favourite songs can bring back fond memories and Vinyl Record Day encourages celebrating these music memories with family and friends. The day also seeks to recognize the tremendous cultural influence that vinyl records and album covers have had for more than 60 years and the need to preserve that audio history. Call Gary Freilberg 888-644-4567, email gary@VinylRecordDay.org.

Aug 12-16 “Weird Contest Week”:  It happens in Ocean City, New Jersey.  Artistic pie eating, French fry sculpting, wet t-shirt throwing and more. They have a different contest daily, so call Mark Soifer, the PR Director of Ocean City at 609-525-9300, or email msoifer@hotmail.com for some great stories.

Aug 13 “International Left-Handers Day”: Since 1992, an annual worldwide day when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. See www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk for info.

Aug 15 “Best Friend’s Day”: Celebrate this special day by doing something fun with your best friend. Call Thema Martin 404-849-1249, email tmartin@savionaire.com.

Aug 16 “Joe Miller’s Joke Day”:  Joe is believed to be the first person ever to publish a joke book.  Joe was a comic actor who worked at the Drury Lane Theatre and he published a 70-page book [247 Jokes] called “Joe Miller’s Jests” in England in 1739.  It was revised and expanded hundreds of times and the last printing contained 1,500 jokes.  A great opportunity to launch your own joke book, with money going to charity.

Aug 17 “International Geocaching Day”: To celebrate the sport of geocaching: a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game in which players search for hidden containers using a GPS-enabled device. For info, email Groundspeak, Inc. at contact@groundspeak.com. See www.geocaching.com.

Aug 18 is “Bad Poetry Day”.  Compose some really bad material and read it on the air, or have people call in with the worst material, or read a few lines of well-known poems [visit your local library] and have callers tell you what you’re really saying.

Aug 22 “Be An Angel Day”:  Encourage people to do “one small act of service for someone” today.  For more information on this day call Rev Jayne Howard-Feldman at 410-833-6912, email earthangel4peace@aol.com. Web: www.earthangel4peace.com.

Aug 25 “Kiss-And-Make-Up Day”: A day to make amends and for relationships that need mending. Email Jacqueline V. Milgate for info Jacqueline825@yahoo.com.