Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Holidays and Observances for March 19 2014

Kick Butts Day

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 19, 2014. We're expecting more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world.

On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:
  • Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;
  • Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and
  • Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.
Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996.

While Kick Butts Day is officially held on one day each year, our hope is that every day will be Kick Butts Day in the fight against tobacco. You can use our Activities Database to organize events and take a stand against tobacco on any day of the year. By making every day Kick Butts Day, we can win the fight against tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.

We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. To achieve our mission, we:
  • Promote public policies proven to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. These include higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws, well-funded tobacco prevention and stop-smoking programs, and tough regulation of tobacco products and marketing.
  • Expose and counter tobacco industry efforts to market to children and mislead the public.
  • Strengthen tobacco control efforts in the United States and worldwide by providing support and information to our many partners.
  • Mobilize organizations and individuals to join the fight against tobacco.
  • Empower a tobacco-free generation by fostering youth leadership and activism.
  • Inform the public, policy makers and the media about tobacco's devastating consequences and the effectiveness of the policies we support.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that accepts no government or tobacco industry funding. We rely on contributions from individuals, philanthropic foundations, corporations and other non-profit organizations.

National Chocolate Caramel Day

It's a sticky situation. We'll deal. March 19 is National Chocolate Caramel Day.

Caramels are soft, chewy, velvety bites of heaven. When they're combined with chocolate, they become a taste sensation second to none.

Luckily , making them at home isn't as daunting as you’d think. Yes, there’s some equipment involved, and yes, there should always be an adult in the room, but the rest is easy.

First you need to decide if you want to make chocolate caramels, or caramels covered in chocolate (the former saves a step meaning you can get to eating the candies quicker).

When it comes to making candy, there are a few things you need to know. First, sugar behaves differently when heated to different temperatures. For example, heat sugar syrup to between 235 and 240 degrees Fahrenheit and you've got soft-ball stage candy. At this stage, the candy can be made into fudge or pralines. Heat it further to between 300 and 310 F and you've got hard-crack stage candy that’s perfect for brittles or lollipops.

Somewhere in the middle is the caramel, or firm-ball stage. When you heat sugar syrup to between 245 and 250 F you’ll get a candy that’s both malleable and firm. Your trusty candy thermometer will tell you when your syrup is at the right temperature. And no, this isn't the same one you use to see if you have a fever or check the doneness of your tenderloin.

To make actual caramel, you have to add cream and butter, and vanilla if you'd like. In most caramel recipes, the cream is added over heat, while the rest of the ingredients are added off the heat.

When you add your cream, the mixture will bubble up the sides of your pot. This is normal, and why it’s important for kids to have an adult present. Once it's off the heat, whisk in butter and chopped chocolate until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Pour it into a greased baking dish and cut it into squares once it's cool. And there you go – chocolate caramels.

Wrap them individually in small pieces of wax or parchment paper and see how long they last. Go ahead, try to eat just one.

National Poultry Day

Have a fowl feast on March 19 because it's National Poultry Day!

You won't have any trouble keeping your options open on this holiday: Poultry, the term used to define domesticated birds that are raised for their eggs and meat, includes chicken, quail, turkey, duck, goose and pheasant.

The first "white meat" (the other being pork) is the second most widely eaten meat in the world. Poultry legs, wings, breasts and thighs are the favorites for consumption, but roasting the whole bird is also an agreeable option, especially around the holidays.

There's more than one way to cook a bird, so roast, bake, fry, grill, stir fry, sauté, glaze, marinate, poach and kebab to your heart's content. Poultry and lemon pair well together, so amp up the flavor in favor of your usual roast chicken and glaze it with lemon curd. It could be life-changing.

Not feeling like serving the bird? It's also National Chocolate Caramel Day, so grab your favorite combination of both or dive in to this mouthwatering chocolate and caramel bread pudding. Whether you go sweet or savory, one of these two is sure to put a smile on your face.

International Client's Day

International clients' day – unofficial holiday when companies' owners and managers thanks their clients. Client day is celebrated each year on 19 March. First time client day was mentioned in 2010 and its authors became Lithuanian and Russian business people. The idea behind the client day is that world has many memorable days, however there is nothing dedicated to clients – most valuable part of any business and organization.

So, each year on 19 March companies‘ owners and managers are invited to join the celebration and to thank their client. Traditionally clients are pleased by discounts, special offers or all kind of events only for them. The day is supported by telecommunication companies, banks, retail stores, government organizations, education institution and more in Lithuania and Russia. Popularity and importance of Client's day is growing year after year and more organizations are joining the day.