Saturday, September 24, 2011

Seat Check Saturday, Worldwide Day of Play, Fish Amnesty Day, more

September 24th, 2011, is Seat Check Saturday, Worldwide Day of Play, National Punctuation Day, National Museum Day, Innergize Day, Family Health and Fitness Day USA, R.E.A.D. in America Day, Dating Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day, Fish Amnesty Day, National Public Lands Day, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, and National Cherries Jubilee Day.

Seat Check Saturday, always the fourth Saturday in September, is a day to focus on the safety of children. Certified technicians are available at many locations across the United States to inspect safety seats for proper installation.

The eighth annual Worldwide Day of Play, sponsored by Nickelodeon, gets a boost this year from First Lady Michelle Obama. She will symbolically flip a switch that will make Nickelodeon and its website go dark in the afternoon, encouraging physical activity among Nick fans. Live events will take place at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., featuring stars from iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush, and more.

National Punctuation Day, celebrated today and August 22nd, is near and dear to my heart. Consider brushing up on the proper use of commas, colons, and apostrophes.

On National Museum Day, sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine, participating museums offer free admission to anyone who presents a Museum Day ticket.

Innergize Day, created by Michelle Porchia, is a time to do things for yourself - energize within. "Innergize Day is celebrated the day after autumn begins because we need to do as the Earth does: experience a time of hibernation to prepare for renewal. It is a forced day of rest, when observers relax, reflect, and rejuvenate."

Family Health and Fitness Day USA is always celebrated on the last Saturday in September, to promote family involvement in physical activity.

The motto for R.E.A.D. in America Day is, "Anything is possible if you read." The acronym stands for "Reading helps Everyone Accomplish Dreams."

The UK celebrates Dating Day on September 22nd, but feel free to date even if you live elsewhere.

The motto for National Hunting and Fishing Day is, "Hunt. Shoot. Fish. Share the pride!" I guess that about covers it.

Fish Amnesty Day was created by PETA in response to the holiday above. It's your choice which, if either, to follow.

National Public Lands Day, always the last Saturday in September, is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day features flagship events in Raleigh, North Carolina, but  events are planned across the country.

If you're brave, if you have a fire extinguisher, and if your insurance is up to date, feel free to celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day. Ready, set, flambe!

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