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Sherman A1

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July 31, 2015

Daily Holidays - July 31

National Raspberry Cake 
Day National Raspberry Cake Day is jubilantly celebrated each year on July 31. Raspberry cake is a cool and refreshing dessert that is a summer time favorite around the United States.

Raspberries are the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family. The name also applies to the plants themselves. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-raspberry-cake-day-july-31/

Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day Break out your bubble organ, laser harp, clackamore, fluba, dulcimer or double violin and go crazy for Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/uncommon-instrument-awareness-day/

World Ranger Day Around the globe, park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

It’s estimated there are more than 100,000 reserves, parks and protected areas around the world, with the oldest national park being Yellowstone in the US. World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007.

Many events are being staged around the world, including guided walks and screenings of the documentary The Thin Green Line. If there isn’t an event in your area, you could organise one – and help to raise awareness of the vital role performed by custodians of the world’s parks. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-ranger-day/

July 30, 2015

Daily Holidays - July 30

National Cheesecake Day Cheesecake Day is one of the creamiest days of the year. It’s a day to indulge in the decadence of this dessert, and sample some of the tastiest flavors. From the humble plain baked to the tangy key lime or maybe a chocolate one would hit the spot. Whatever grabs your sweet tooth we are sure that today is the day for some cheesecake. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/cheesecake-day/

Father-In-Law Day Father-in-Law Day is a wonderful occasion for you to strengthen your relationship and to spend quality time with your father-in-law, because let’s face it, he won’t be around forever.

Seeing as Father-in-Law Day was created by card companies, you could take the easy road and just send him a lovely card to show how much he is appreciated when he’s away, but a better way to show how much you care and love him is to organise a family event like a BBQ, a walk in the park with the grandchildren, or depending on his hobbies and passions, a special night out.

Father-in-Law Day is much more than a family obligation, it is a day when you can show just how much you care, bond with your father-in-law. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/father-in-law-day/

Medicare's Birthday Here's a bit of good news for Medicare, the popular government program that's turning 50 this week. Older Americans on Medicare are spending less time in the hospital; they're living longer; and the cost of a typical hospital stay has actually come down over the past 15 years, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Doctors, hospitals and government administrators have put a lot of effort into making Medicare more efficient in the past 15 years. Dr. Harlan Krumholz and colleagues at Yale University took on a study to see whether that effort has paid off. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/28/426740179/happy-50th-birthday-medicare-your-patients-are-getting-healthier

Paperback Book Day Whilst electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture and experience of reading a paperback classic. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/paperback-book-day/

July 29, 2015

Kansas City Council votes for minimum wage increase to $13 per hour by 2020

The Kansas City Council voted 12-1 last week for a minimum wage increase that calls for $13 per hour by 2020.

It’s not as high as the $15 per hour that will be required in a few years in Seattle, San Francisco and some other cities, but the new law would place Kansas City among a wave of cities instituting big pay raises for the working poor.

St. Louis leaders have vowed to raise this city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The effort is currently awaiting further action by the St. Louis Board of Alderman.

On June 5, the board introduced the bill to increase minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2020. Sponsored by Alderman Shane Cohn, 25th Ward, the bill would set the minimum wage for employees who work 20 hours a week at $10 as soon as it becomes law.


July 29, 2015

Indianapolis City Council Advances Support for Retail Workers

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis city council committee Monday advanced a resolution supporting a retail workers bill of rights after Republican councilors blocked the resolution earlier this month.

Democratic councilors tried to throw ceremonial support behind the bill of rights at the full council session earlier in July, but Republicans opposing the measure sent it to committee instead.

That gave retail workers and labor advocates the chance to formally testify to councilors. Jessica Dixon works a retail job while going to school. She says it difficult to balance both.

"On Numerous occasions, I’ve had to leave school because I had such an erratic schedule and not a living wage so I had to choose between finishing school and supporting myself," she told councilors. "And if I could get a steady job and a living wage, I would be able to finish my schooling."


July 29, 2015

Report: Pennsylvania employers stealing millions from workers every week

Every week in Pennsylvania, a troubling new report asserts, a large-scale theft takes place: Employers in the state are stealing between $19 million and $32 million from their workers.

It’s called wage theft — occurring in the form of minimum-wage violations, unpaid overtime, stolen tips, illegal pay deductions and other deliberate employer tactics.

And it regularly affects hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania employees, mainly low-wage workers who rely on every penny earned and see, on average, 15 percent of their weekly pay stolen, according to the recently issued 52-page report, titled “Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy.” from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice.

In the Philadelphia metropolitan area alone (including Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties), the report claims, an estimated 128,576 workers experience a minimum wage violation, 105,458 experience an overtime violation, and 83,344 experience an off-the-clock violation every week.


July 29, 2015

Daily Holidays - July 29

National Lasagna Day Celebrating Garfield’s favourite food, Lasagne Day champions the combination of minced meat and layered pasta. Add cheese, sauces, try vegetarian options and go wild! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/lasagna-day/

Rain Day Throughout human history, people and cultures all over the world have celebrated rain and it’s life-giving power. All life is dependent on rain, and rain is what keeps our world green and fresh and beautiful. Rain is no less important today than it has been in the past, and now people around the world have Rain Day, a day to celebrate all things wet and wonderful.

You don’t have to be a farmer with your eye on the latest batch of crops to be concerned with rain, and there are many things the ordinary person can do to celebrate. If you’re lucky enough to be somewhere where it rains on Rain Day, you can head outside to dance, sing, or just walk in the rain. If it doesn’t happen to be raining, you can serve up a delicious meal of fresh greens and other things that depend on the rain to grow, and reflect on how lucky we are to live in a rainy world. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/rain-day/

International Tiger Day The tiger is the largest of the world’s big cats and this magnificent creature, with its distinctive orange and black stripes and beautifully marked face, has a day that is dedicated to it. This was first celebrated in 2010 and was founded at an international summit that had been called in response to the shocking news that 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared in the last century, with only around 3,000 left alive. Tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this fact and try to halt their decline. Many factors have caused their numbers to fall, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching and Tiger Day aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need for conservation. Many international organisations are involved in the day, including the WWF, the IFAW and the Smithsonian Institute. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-tiger-day/

July 28, 2015

Daily Holidays - July 28

National Milk Chocolate 
Day Milk Chocolate Day (not to be confused with Chocolate Day) celebrates everything that’s good about milk chocolate – one of the most common forms of chocolate in snacks, bars and drinks! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/milk-chocolate-day/


Buffalo Soldiers Day Buffalo Soldiers Day is observed annually on July 28th. This day commemorates the formation in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers.

“Buffalo Soldiers” (one of many African-American regiments raised during the Civil War) were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.

Mark Matthews, who is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery, was the oldest living Buffalo Soldier at 111 years old when he died on September 6, 2005.

The segregated regiments were disbanded during the 1940’s and 1950’s as the U.S. armed forces embraced integration. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/buffalo-soldiers-day-july-28/
July 27, 2015

Daily Holidays - July 27


Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day Proud plant-owners can show off their leafy friends to the neighbourhood when Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day rolls around. The idea behind this day is to celebrate plants, and to acquaint plants with their immediate environment, which is supposed to be healthy for them. Plant-owners can admire each others’ plants, and exchange stories and tips on plant-care.

For those who find this concept a little strange, there are more conservative ways to get involved. Plants grow throughout their lives, and you can use this day as an excuse to re-pot any plants that might be getting a bit big for their abode. You can take your plant for a walk to a new location within the house, perhaps one where it might get more sun. And if you don’t own a houseplant, there’s no better day to bring one home and introduce it to your family. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/take-your-houseplant-for-a-walk-day/

Walk on Stilts Day If you’ve ever been to the circus or a parade, you have without a doubt seen someone walking along high above the crowd on a pair of stilts. To the common man, stilts are the mainstay of theatrical performers, clowns, jugglers, and that odd looking fellow from the Liberal Arts College in their annual parade. What most people don’t know is that stilts have a long and august history in many cultures, for reasons varying from ceremonial to purely practical. Walk on Stilts Day is the perfect time to learn about this surprisingly useful tools, and maybe try out a pair for yourself! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/walk-on-stilts-day/
July 26, 2015

Daily Holidays - July 26

National Bagelfest Day This crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle bread is very popular in the USA and Canada. Served with a variety of toppings as well as produced in a variety of flavors, bagel shops are a staple in most communities across the country.

Bagels were brought to the United States by immigrant Polish-Jews, with a thriving business developing in New York City that was controlled for decades by Bagel Bakers Local 338, which had contracts with nearly all bagel bakeries in and around the city for its workers, who prepared all their bagels by hand. The bagel came into more general use throughout North America in the last quarter of the 20th century, which was due at least partly to the efforts of bagel baker Harry Lender, his son, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender, who pioneered automated production and distribution of frozen bagels in the 1960s. Murray also invented pre-slicing the bagel. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

One Voice Day On One Voice Day, people all over the world unite to read the Universal Peace Covenant in one voice. Individuals and groups in all parts of the world unite spiritually to declare their commitment to global peace. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/one-voice-day/

Parent's Day Let’s face it, the most important people in many people’s lives tend to be their parents. Parents’ Day, then, is far from the horror of Parents’ Evening, and is actually a chance to say ‘thank you’, and to show how appreciative you are of the time, effort and love poured into your (assumable) successful upbringing and induction into normal society. Good work, parents. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/parents-day/

Aunt and Uncle Day is, as the name suggests, a day to celebrate a special set of relatives – your Aunts and Uncles.

The amount of aunts and uncles you have will vary from family to family. However, they often play a crucial role throughout your life; taking you to fun places, babysitting you when your parents are out, buying you birthday and Christmas presents and giving you important advice and support when you need it most. After all, there are some things we just don’t feel comfortable talking to our parents about.

So if you love your aunts and uncles, why not call them, spend the day with them, or send them a card or a gift? This is your day to show them how much you appreciate all of the effort they have put in, and all of the fun and laughter they have provided over the years. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/aunt-and-uncle-day/

July 25, 2015

Daily Holidays - July 25

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day On National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, we celebrate an ice cream dessert that combines hot and cold and is loved by most. Annually celebrated on July 25th, this tasty treat that has been served to many since hot fudge was first introduced in 1906.

A variation to the classic sundae, the hot fudge sundae is a creation of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, nuts (optional) and a single, bright-red maraschino cherry on top. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Carousels Day or Merry-Go-Round Day
July 25 is a day associated with carnival music and children’s laughter as we annually celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day.

The merry-go-round (also known as a carousel) is an amusement ride that consists of a rotating circular platform with seats on it for it’s riders. It’s seats are traditionally in rows and are made up of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts. Many of they animals are made to move up and down to stimulate galloping and are accompanied by circus music. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Thread The Needle Day Can you sew? Thread The Needle Day is a chance to get dust off your sewing skills, or to learn how if you don’t know how. Why not organise a sew-a-thon, or sewing lessons with friends to celebrate? https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/thread-the-needle-day/

National Day Of The Cowboy is observed annually on the 4th Saturday in July. According to the National Day of the Cowboy organization, this is a day set aside to celebrate the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.

The NDOC organization is currently working to towards passing bills in many of the states to make this day an official designation. More information on their efforts on both the federal and state levels can be found on the NDOC website.

In the words of the former President Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.” http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/


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