Saturday, October 5, 2013

Frugal Fun Day, Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, more

October 5th, 2013, is Tarantula Festival and Barbeque, International Frugal Fun Day, World Card Making Day, National Family Fire Drill Day, National Pumpkin Festival, Madonna del Lume Celebration, Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, Do Something Nice Day, World Teachers' Day, Proclamation of Republic (Portugal), Constitution Day (Vanuatu), and National Apple Betty Day.

The Tarantula Festival and Barbeque takes place on the first Saturday in October, in Morgan Hill, California. I'm sad to report they don't actually barbeque the tarantulas.

On International Frugal Fun Day, visit a free museum or a park in your area, or simply stay home and play board games! Fun doesn't have to cost money.

World Card Making Day is a time to show off your creative flair. Make a birthday card, a thank-you card, or a whole stack of holiday cards to send in December!

On National Family Fire Drill Day, take time to plan escape routes for your family in the event of fire, and then actually practice your escape. Don't forget to designate a rendezvous point, somewhere outside.

The National Pumpkin Festival is celebrated on the first Saturday in October, in Spring Hope, North Carolina. Events include a parade, a pageant, and contests.

The North Beach area of San Francisco, California, observes the Italian Madonna del Lume Celebration on the first Saturday in October, Events include the blessing of the fleet, a dinner and dance, and other festive events on Saturday and Sunday. Madonna del Lume, Madonna of the Light, is the patron saint of fisherman, guiding them safely home after time at sea.

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters is a time to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect the rest of us from the devastation of fire.

Even if it goes against your mood, do something nice for someone today. You may be surprised to find that you benefit as much as the recipient of your kindness. Celebrate Do Something Nice Day.

The United Nations sponsors World Teachers' Day. The theme for 2013 is "A Call for Teachers."

Portugal celebrates the 102nd anniversary of its Proclamation of Republic on October 5th.

Vanuatu observes Constitution Day on October 5th.

National Apple Betty Day is the perfect opportunity to go retro with your extra apples. Enjoy your Apple Betty as a simple crustless pie, or add crumbles to make Apple Brown Betty. Thanks, Betty.

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