Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Observations & Celebrations

February Monthly Observances
Bake for Family Fun Month

Library Lovers Month
National African American History Month
National Black History Month
National Care About Your Indoor Air Month
National Children's Dental Health Month
National Hot Breakfast Month 

National Mend A Broken Heart Month
National Parent Leadership Month
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
National Therapeutic Recreation Month 

Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Relationship Wellness Month

Wise Health Care Consumer Month
Youth Leadership Month
Lent: 13-3/30

 February Weekly Observances

*Women's Heart Week: 1-7

Boy Scout Anniversary Week: 3-9
Children's Authors & Illustrators Week: 3-9 
International Coaching Week: 3-9

International Friendship Week: 4-8 
National School Counseling Week: 4-8 

*Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week: 8-14
Celebration of Love Week: 10-16 

Children of Alcoholics Week: 10-16

Random Acts of Kindness Week: 10-16 

Brotherhood / Sisterhood Week: 17-23 
National Conference on Education: 21-23
Read Me Week: 21-25

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: 24-3/2
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week: 24-3/2

Peace Corps Week: 25-3/3 
 February Daily Observances
NOTE:  An * in front of the day means that the observance is on the same date every year regardless of the day it falls on.

Give Kids A Smile Day: 1 
* Freedom Day: 1
Wear Red Day: 1 (First Friday)
*Groundhog Day: 2
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day: 2 

Take Your Child To The Library Day: 2 
National Pancake Day (IHOP) : 5 
African American Coaches Day: 5 

*Digital Learning Day: 6 
National Girls & Women in Sports Day: 6 
*Ballet Day: 7

*Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: 7 

*Boy Scout Anniversary Day: 8 

*National Stop Bullying Day: 9 
World Marriage Day: 10 
(2nd Sunday) 

*National Shut-in Visitation Day: 11
*NAACP Day: 12

*Pet Theft Awareness Day: 14  
*Library Lovers Day: 14

*National Have A Heart Day: 14

(World) Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day: 14 
*League of Women Voters Day: 14
*National Women's Heart Day: 14 

*Race Relations Day: 14
*National Donor Day: 14

*Valentines Day: 14
*Susan B. Anthony Day: 14
*Innovation Day: 16

*National PTA Founders Day: 17 Link
*World Human Spirit Day: 17
*World Day for Social Justice: 20

*International Mother Language Day: 21
Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day: 21

*World Thinking Day: 22 Link

Free Vitamins for area children

The Hometown Pharmacy Company has launched a Healthy Kids program.  This program allows children between the ages of 5-12 to receive a free supply of vitamins.  Stop by an area location to sign up!

906 N. State St.

108 West County Line Rd W.
Located inside Sparkle Market

655 Creed St
Located inside the
Nemenz IGA Supermarket

New Castle
20 E. Lawrence St
Across from the Towne Mall next to Joseph's

3623 S. Meridian Rd
Located inside the Sparkle Market

7156 Warren Sharon Rd
Located inside Mr D's Food Fair

1135 W. Western Reserve Rd
Located inside the Sparkle Market

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Winter Survival Kit

How to Make a Winter Survival Kit
Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here is what you need:
  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Kit tips:
  • Reverse batteries in flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout.
  • Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
  • Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.
911 tips:
  • If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you're experiencing.
  • Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.
  • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
  • If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.
Survival tips:
  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.
  • If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If you're with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.
  • Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
  • Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. Don't risk a heart attack or injury. That work can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Fresh Air: It's better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle's exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
  • Don't expect to be comfortable: You want to survive until you're found.

Free Online tutoring

Khan Academy is  non-profit educational organization and a website.  Their mission is to provide a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

January Observations & Celebrations

Here are some observations & celebrations going on in Janurary

Bath Safety Month

National Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month
National Mentoring Month  

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Poverty in America Awareness Month

Self-help Group Awareness Month
Self-Love Month

New Year's Resolutions Week: 1-4*Celebration of Life Week: 1-7 
International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week: 13-19
National Vocation Awareness Week: 14-20 
National Soccer Coaches of America Week: 16-20

No Name Calling Week: 21-25 

*Global Family Day: 1
*National Motivation and Inspiration Day: 2

*Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day: 11

*National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: 11 

*Humanitarian Day: 15 
(Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. Started in 2009
by a committee for King Days of Respect. Different than World Humanitarian Day in August.)

*Kid Inventors' Day:  17

*National Sanctity of Human Life Day (or Pro-Life Day): 18 

National Day of Service: 19

*Inauguration Day: 20 
(traditional)  See 21st this year.

Inauguration Day: 21 (Observed) 
*National Hugging Day: 21 

Martin Luther King Day: 21 (Observed)

*Celebration of Life Day: 22

*National Handwriting Day: 23

*National Compliment Day: 24

National Pre-school Fitness Day: 25 
(Last Friday)

*National Puzzle Day: 29 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Safe Sleep Info for Childbirth Educators

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SNAP Challenge Blog

ChopChop Kids is a fun, family cooking magazine and the founder/president recently took on the SNAP Food Stamp Challenge and she's blogging her thoughts and recipes.  

Snap test kitchen

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant

If you are involved with an organization or school and have a great idea for a service-learning project to impact student achievement in YOUR community, apply for a grant here --->     State farm yab grant application

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mahoning Valley Center Project Hope

 The Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, Warren, will offer Project Hope on Wednesday where volunteers will be on the streets feeding and clothing those in need. The center is in need of donations of food, cash, personal hygiene items and winter items such as hats, gloves, nylon sleeping bags and blankets. Donations are tax deductible. Call 330-369-3010.

Doodle for Google!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quality Family Time

With two library systems in our area, there are plenty of opportunities for learning and having fun.  I keep track of those storytimes and events on this Kidding around blog.  So, if you're looking for something fun to do with your children, please check it out.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Freedome Missionary Baptist Church

PARENT-STUDENT PROGRAM OFFERED: New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 1590 Tod Ave., Warren, will offer a free parent-student program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday with chess, games, movies, lunch and free tutoring for children in kindergarten to sixth grade. For reservations, call 330-766-0467.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mahoning Valley Hope Center

The Mahoning Valley Hope Center  offers a wide variety of wonderful services for our community such as:

  • "Drop Back In," which helps those ages 18 to 22 return get their high school diploma.
  • the Financial Peace University
  • Girl Scouts
  • Celebrate Recovery 24-hour crisis and referral center
  •  the Ohio Benefits Bank
  •  Urban 4-H
  •  Junior Master Gardeners
  • Jobs for Life 
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition (NEOCORR)
  • Alateen
  • Power Thoughts
  • Celebrate Recovery 
  • Crisis Intervention and Referral Center.
  • Project Hope
  • day care
  • health care
  • Isabella's Closet -clothing and supplies for children

The center is located at 3217 Surrey Road in Warren and can be reached at 330-369-3010