Friday, August 9, 2013

Holidays for August 9th 2013

Assistance Dog Day

Working Like Dogs is proud to announce National Assistance Dog Day on August 9 in recognition of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. Assistance Dogs can be from a variety of breeds including, but not limited to: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, as well as shelter dogs. These specially trained dogs perform many tasks for their partners with disabilities and are classified in the following ways: Guide Dogs – Assist people with vision loss, leading these individuals around physical obstacles and to destinations such as seating, crossing streets, entering or exiting doorways, elevators and stairways. Service Dogs – Assist people with disabilities with walking, balance, dressing, transferring from place to place, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs and aiding with household choirs, such as putting in and removing clothes from the washer and dryer. Hearing Alert Dogs – Alert people with a hearing loss to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, another person, buzzing timers or sensors, knocks at the door or smoke, fire and clock alarms. Seizure Alert/Seizure Response Dogs – Alert or respond to medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, post-traumatic stress and seizures. Medical Alert/Medical Response Dogs – Alert to oncoming medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, and posttraumatic stress disorder. All of these types of assistance dogs are dedicated to their humans, who rely on them to achieve their daily function. Please celebrate the selfless love and devotion these dogs so humbly provide by participating in National Assistance Dog Day. National Assistance Dog Day was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs. She founded Working Like Dogs, to honor assistance dogs around the world.  

National Book Lovers Day

Bibliophiles, take your (book) marks! August 9th is Book Lovers Day. Libraries celebrate this noteworthy holiday with author appearances, special story-times for children and read-a-thon programs. Bookstores may offer one-day discounts for patrons of August 9th. (Know any book lovers? Check out the "Top 5 Online Gift Cards for Book Lovers: Great Online Gift Cards for Rabid Readers.") On August 9th, Book Lovers Day offers a wonderful and quite literary occasion for lovers of literature to curl up with great books. Why not pick a shady spot, as under a lovely tree, and leaf through the pages of a favorite volume on Book Lovers Day?  

Hand-Holding Day

Would you like to give someone a hand? Why not reach out to someone special on Hand-Holding Day - August 9th? No one seems to be able to grasp the initial appearance of this affectionate occasion, and the actual inventor of Hand-Holding Day has never been pinpointed. However, this midsummer holiday seems to be designed to flex friendliness among acquaintances and loved ones. From timid touches to solid handshakes, folks tend to greet one another demonstratively on August 9th. After all, it's Hand-Holding Day.  

Middle Children's Day

The middle child may blend into the background in many families, as the eldest and youngest often seem to grab the spotlight. August 9th sets things right. It's Middle Children's Day. On Middle Children's Day, mothers and fathers may plan individualized outings for their middle children. Some middle children are invited to select the family's supper menu on August 9th. Others may be excused from routine chores to celebrate Middle Children's Day.  

Veep Day

Who is your right-hand man or woman? To a president (of a country, company, club or other organizational entity), the vice president is the go-to guy or gal. This valuable ally is often tagged the Veep, and August 9th recognizes this number-two staffer's valuable contributions and position. August 9th is Veep Day, recalling an unusual incident in American history. On August 9, 1974, American Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the 38th U.S. President, based upon the resignation of 37th President Richard M. Nixon. On Veep Day, all sorts of presidents honor their vice presidents with kudos, coffee, cakes, public accolades and other festivities.  

National Polka Day

Grab the accordion and put on those dancin’ shoes – August 9th is National Polka Day! The polka is a fast-paced couple’s dance that is still popular today. The Polka The polka is a snappy dance that originated in Bohemia in the 1800s. Some believe a peasant girl named Anna Slezak actually “invented” the dance in 1834. The dance quickly spread to ballrooms around the world and the rest, as they say, is history. The basic step consists of a continuous series of triple “step-close-steps” accompanied by polka music. Not only is the dance loads of fun, it’s great exercise too! Polka Fun
  • Polka festivals are popular attractions that often feature different styles of polka, accordion music, traditional food and of course, lots of beer. Besides 24-hour hours of non-stop polka music, Polka Heaven also includes a calendar of upcoming Polka events and festivals.
  • The Polka is so popular, it is the official state dance of Wisconsin!
  • Learn how to Dance the Polka with step-by-step instruction.
  • And be sure to watch Lawrence Welk get his dance on with this fun Beer Barrel Polka video on the left side of this article.
National Rice Pudding Day

It’s National Rice Pudding Day! Rice pudding is a delicious treat that combines the smooth, creamy texture of pudding with nutritious and filling rice. The recipe evolved from an ancient dish known as “pottage,” which originated in the Middle East. Almost every region of the world has its own take on rice pudding. Some versions are sweet while others are savory, and some are thick while others are thin. In the United States, most people serve their rice pudding sweetened with a sprinkle of nutmeg and raisins. Yum! Enjoy some rice pudding today in honor of National Rice Pudding Day!  

Smokey Bear`s Birthday (Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires)

Though the U.S. Forest Service fought wildfires long before World War II, the war brought a new importance and urgency to the effort. The forest service began using colorful posters to educate Americans about the dangers of forest fires. Since most able-bodied men were already serving in the armed forces, none could be spared to fight forest fires on the West Coast. The hope was that local communities, educated about the danger of forest fires, could prevent them from starting in the first place. The Japanese Empire, on the other hand, considered wildfires as a possible weapon to utilize. During the Lookout Air Raids of 1942, the Japanese military attempted to set ablaze coastal forests in southwest Oregon. In separate attempts on September 9 and 29, the Japanese I-25 submarine surfaced and launched a Yokosuka E14Y floatplane loaded with incendiary bombs. Neither attempt was successful. U.S. planners also hoped that if Americans knew how wildfires would harm the war effort, they would better cooperate with the Forest Service to eliminate any kind of fire. The Japanese military renewed their wildfire strategy late in the war: from November 1944 to April 1945, some 9,000 fire balloons were launched into the jet stream, with an estimated 10% reaching the U.S. Five children and their teacher, Elsie Mitchell, were killed by one of the bombs near Bly, Oregon, on May 5, 1945. The group had found a balloon, and one of its bombs detonated while they were examining it. A memorial was erected at what today is called the Mitchell Recreation Area. On August 13, 1942, Disney's fifth full-length animated motion picture Bambi premiered in New York City. Soon after, Walt Disney allowed his characters to appear in fire prevention public service campaigns. However, Bambi was only loaned to the government for a year, so a new symbol was needed. A bear was chosen. His name was inspired by "Smokey" Joe Martin, a New York City Fire Department hero who suffered burns and blindness during a bold 1922 rescue. Smokey's debut poster was released on August 9, 1944, which is considered his anniversary date. Overseen by the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Campaign, the first poster was illustrated by Albert Staehle. In it Smokey was depicted wearing jeans and a campaign hat, pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. The message underneath reads, "Smokey says – Care will prevent 9 out of 10 forest fires!" Knickerbocker Bears gained the license to produce Smokey Bear dolls in 1944. Also in 1944, Forest Service worker Rudy Wendelin became the full-time campaign artist; he was considered Smokey Bear's "caretaker" until he retired in 1973. In 1947, the slogan associated with Smokey Bear for more than five decades was finally coined: "Remember ... only YOU can prevent forest fires." In 2001, it was officially amended to replace "forest fires" with "wildfires", as a reminder that other areas (such as grasslands) are also in danger of burning.