Sunday, May 15, 2011

New Friends Old Friends Week, American Craft Beer Week, more

This week features a variety of celebrations: National New Friends Old Friends Week, American Craft Beer Week, National Police Week, National Stuttering Awareness Week, National Transportation Week, National EMS Week, National Dog Bite Prevention Week, National Backyard Games Week, World Trade Week, National Watercress Week and British Sandwich Week.

May 15th to May 21st is National New Friends Old Friends Week. Make new friends, keep the old. That's what Facebook is for, right?

American Craft Beer Week 2011 is celebrated from May 16th to May 22nd, but I recommend taking breaks periodically and switching to water or juice! Official events are scheduled in all fifty states this year, for the first time ever.

President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclamation regarding National Police Week back in 1962. Thank a police officer for keeping the rest of us safer every day.

National Stuttering Awareness Week runs from May 12th to May 18th. Actor Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is Chair of the event.

National Transportation Week is a time to show appreciation for everyone who works in the transportation industry.

In Washington, DC, May 15th to May 21st is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Dogs all over the world bite people, though, so everyone should take notice.

In honor of National Backyard Games Week, May 15th to May 21st, go outside and play tag, hide and seek, croquet, relay races, frisbee golf or whatever else suits your fancy. Does anybody remember Jarts? That was my favorite. Jarts was taken off the market because the heavy, sharp darts could impale anyone in the vicinity - imagine that.

The third week of May is celebrated as World Trade Week in the United States. Organizations and businesses unite "to promote and facilitate national trade in the U.S. economy."

The theme for National EMS Week 2011 is "Everyday Heroes." And I know from personal experience that they are heroes indeed.

National Watercress Week is celebrated in the UK from May 16th to May 23rd. Watercress is technically an herb, not a veggie, but feel free to use the green leafy in salads, soups and sandwiches.

British Sandwich Week runs from May 15th to May 21st. British residents may register to win a trip to the Sandwich Islands in Hawaii in honor of this special week.

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