APRIL 23, 2020 | NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY | NATIONAL PICNIC DAY | NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY | NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY | NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY | NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY
NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY
Every year on April 23rd, National Take a Chance Day encourages us to break out of our comfort zone.
Most of us have unaccomplished goals or dreams. What if this was the day to take the chance to make them happen? Even if it is just the first step toward that goal, it will be one step closer than before.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain
Uncertain where to start? Polish up that resume’, sign up for a foreign language class, or buy a pair hiking shoes. Those are all first steps to taking chances on new jobs, traveling to a foreign country, or hiking that trail.
Ready for a bigger chance? Buy that plane ticket or finally, take your business plan to the bank. It’s time to broaden those horizons.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTakeAChanceDay
Celebrate your goals or dreams by taking a chance and getting started today! Share on social media using #NationalTakeAChanceDay
NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this day.
NATIONAL PICNIC DAY
On April 23rd, National Picnic Day encourages everyone to pack up their lunch and take it outdoors.
There are a variety of ways to take part in a picnic. This meal hearkens back to mid-18th-century al fresco French dining when all you needed was a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese and fruit and you could have a party under the sky.
From the French for piquenique, picnicmeans a meal eaten outdoors.
From barbecues to simple cold plates, picnics are light informal affairs intended to be relaxing and fun for everyone to enjoy the day. Some favorite picnic foods include sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit and vegetables, light salads, and homemade bars. However, picnics can be expanded to include grilled items, too. Burgers and corn on the cob cook up nicely on a portable grill. During large picnics, guests often bring a dish to share creating a pot luck atmosphere.
The fresh air tends to rev up our appetite, so getting in some physical activity while enjoying a picnic is nice, too. Games of horseshoe, Frisbee, catch or flying a kite add to the fun of the day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPicnicDay
Celebrate this day by having a picnic of your own. Pack up a cooler or basket with a few of your favorite items. Make sure to include a beverage or two. Be sure to keep perishable items on ice so no one gets sick. Visit a favorite park or recreation area. Lay the blanket out in the sun or shade (whichever you prefer) and enjoy the day with a meal under the sky. Bring a Frisbee or a ball to toss around, too.
If the weather does not cooperate, have a picnic in your home on the living room floor! Share your photos on social media using #NationalPicnicDay.
NATIONAL PICNIC DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this outdoor holiday.
NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY
Each year on the fourth Thursday in April, National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day encourages parents to take their children to work.
This annual event is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day. The day is designed to help children explore the workforce. It inspires children to see the different roles required to run a business or to build a project. They may find an interest in engineering, accounting or art while spending the day with mom or day. Perhaps a child’s natural proclivity for order leads them into logistics someday.
Children are observant and curious. Bring them into your work world so they can explore careers and skills. Empower them to set goals and create path to their dream career.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TakeOurChildrenToWorkDay
Share with your children what a day in your work life is like. If you work from home create activities to simulate what your day might involve. Perhaps they can join you on a conference call. Share with them the skills and education your job requires. Describe the process for completing a project and how ideas are sparked. For more at-home project ideas visit daughtersandsonstowork.org.
Employers are encouraged to invite employees to bring their children to work. For more information visit daughtersandsonstowork.org. Share your story on social media using #TakeOurChildrenToWorkDay
NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY HISTORY
Our research found that National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day was founded by Gloria Steinem and the MS Foundation for Women in 1993. It is the successor to Take Our Daughters to Work Day which, in 2003, was expanded to include boys. Most companies allowed both girls and boys to participate since the beginning, renaming the day “Take Our Children to Work Day.”
NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY
On April 23rd each year, National Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages us to speak like the Bard and the characters in his plays.
Born April 23, 1564, William Shakespeare is the author of some of the world’s most celebrated plays and poems. In 2016, we honored the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. What better way to celebrate his life and art than to speak like the poet and playwright.
We can speak like Shakespeare by substituting thou, thee and ye for you and they. Rhyming couplets and creative insults were his particular favorites. Many of the phrases we use today we can owe to Shakespeare.
We could make you wait with bated breath for the list. We could send you on a wild goose chase to find them. For goodness sake, you might just be the laughing stock if we did!
Oh, come now. No need to fight fire with fire. Come what may we will give you the naked truth and teach to you talk like Shakespeare. We’ll snatch you out of the jaws of death and put you in a pickle too while we are at it!
What makes your hair stand on end? Did we set your teeth on edge? Well, what’s done is done.
You may be such a sorry sight, but still, the world is your oyster even if you wear your heart on your sleeve. Aye, you have seen better days! We must send you packing. It’s all Greek to you anyway!
HOW TO OBSERVE #TalkLikeShakespeareDay
Speaketh like Shakespeare and celebrate his birthday. Share on social media by using #TalkLikeShakespeareDay.
Educators, visit theNational Day Calendar®Classroomfor lessons designed for National Talk Like Shakespeare Day.
NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY HISTORY
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day was first launched in 2009 by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which was inspired by another day devoted to talking in character – International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19). In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed April 23rd as Talk Like Shakespeare Day giving the theater’s efforts official recognition.
The day also coincides withEnglish Language Daywhich began in 2010 as a cultural recognition day by the United Nations.
NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY
During National Poetry Month in April, National Poem in Your Pocket Day shares the way poetry brings joy by simply carrying one in your pocket. When you share the poem, you’ll bring joy to others.
There are so many different styles of poetry. This day, however, places no restrictions on the rhyme, rhythm, syllables or length. The goal is to share a poem. You may scribble it on a receipt or recite one while waiting in line. Add a poem to the back of an envelope on outgoing mail. Don’t be surprised if you discover a poem tucked into a book. You might even find one jotted down on the side of your coffee cop on the tag of your teabag.
Poems come in so many different sizes, they can be squeezed onto a square of the calendar or jotted on the side of pencil. No matter where you find them, we’re sure they’ll bring surprise and joy.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PoemInYourPocketDay or #PocketPoem
Memorize a poem or two to share with the people you meet throughout the day. It’s the perfect day to share your poem on Social Media using #PoemInYouPocketDay or #PocketPoem.
NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY HISTORY
The observance has been celebrated as part of National Poetry Month since 2002. The Office of the New York Mayor, along with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, initiated the annual city-wide Poem In Your Pocket Day. The Academy of American Poets took Poem In Your Pocket Day national in 2008.
NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY
April 23rd recognizes the food holiday National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Cookbooks and bakers offer a large variety of recipes for cherry cheesecake. Some cherry cheesecake recipes call for the cherries to be mixed into the batter and others place the cherries on top.
This smooth dessert hits the spot when the end of the meal rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, either cream cheese or cottage cheese is used. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust.
When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Depending on the recipe, cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked.
Cherries on their own offer a bounty of nutrients. For example, the antioxidants in this red fruit protect cells from damage. Because cherries pack an anti-inflammatory punch, they may help reduce the risk of heart disease, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CherryCheesecakeDay
With so many recipes to choose from, serving a cheesecake for dessert will be easy. Make your favorite recipe or try the one we found. Get the family involved and share your results, too!
Cherry Cheesecake recipe.
Share your cherry cheesecake photos on social media using #CherryCheesecakeDay.
NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of the cake holiday.
NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY
Each year on April 23rd, National Lost Dog Awareness Day increases awareness concerning missing dogs and to celebrate reunions.
Through networks of shelters, veterinaries, social media, and other media sources, many lost canines and families reunite. The day is an opportunity to learn more about prevention and networking. There are preventive steps to take to prevent your family pet from going missing. Some of these preventative steps also help return Fido to you if he does go missing.
Preventative steps to take:
- Keep your dog secure. Whether on a leash or a fenced yard, your dog is less likely to wander if it’s secured.
- Training is valuable. Dogs who have been trained either by a professional are less likely to go missing. Most importantly, they learn recall commands, but formal obedience training offers owners valuable information that can lead to a better relationship between pet and owner.
- Always supervise your animal. Dogs, especially expensive purebreds, can be stolen even from a fenced yard.
- Tags and microchipping help with the recovery of a missing animal. These steps must be completed when you first receive your new family member. Tags are inexpensive, but dogs can slip a collar. Many pet adoptions sites will hold microchipping events for a fraction of the cost, and the price is coming down all the time. It’s essential to keep the information on the microchip or tag up to date. It is only as useful as the information listed in helping recover your pet.
- Spaying and neutering reduce your pet’s likelihood of wandering off in search of a mate. Additionally, it eliminates the chances of unwanted offspring should your dog wander off unexpectedly.
- Keep records up to date on your animals. That includes photos, vaccinations, and those valuable tags and microchips, too.
Taking action if your pet goes missing:
- Contact your local shelters and vets. Provide them current information regarding your dog, including a color photograph.
- Walk your neighborhood. Let your neighbors know as you search.
- Post notices in neighborhood grocery stores, gas stations, and coffee shops. Go to social media and post your pet’s info in local community forums.
- Check advertising websites. If your dog was stolen, you might recognize the description from the ad. Contact the police if you think your dog was stolen.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LostDogAwarenessDay
Take steps to protect your pet. Develop a plan. If you’re a dog owner, share your experiences using #LostDogAwarenessDay.
NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs Wisconsindirectors Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie created National Lost Dog Awareness Day in 2014 to increase awareness and help prevent animals from going missing. They also promote celebrating the reunions.