Daily Dose of Fun with Community Ed

Daily Dose of Fun with Community Ed.!

We want to stay connected and engaged with you while we can't see you in person! Join us for ideas, challenges and inspiration on daily activities and fun for the whole family! To see image examples, please view our Facebook event page.

Friday, May 1 - May Day

Rejoice! Today is May Day and in many ancient calendars, the welcoming of summer!
May Day has been a traditional day of celebration for centuries, with some of the earliest appearing in pre-Christian times. In English tradition, the observance is celebrated by crowning a May Queen and dancing around a maypole. The Finnish recognize a carnival-type celebration in the streets that includes a special type of lemonade made with lemons, brown sugar, and yeast. In France, it is correct to give people either dogwood or lily of the valley while Italians celebrate with a seasonal feast in honor of the arrival of spring.
How to Celebrate May Day:

• Dance! Either dance around a May Pole or just dance with someone near to you.
• Plant flowers. Make a point of planting wildflowers and you will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
• Make a flower crown. When you’ve finished, wear it!
• Make a May Basket and fill it with flowers to share. Then, deliver it to your neighbor, ring the bell, and run!


Thursday, April 30 - Oatmeal Cookie Day

A day we can REALLY get behind! National Oatmeal Cookie Day. Well really, ANY cookie day we are excited to celebrate!

Oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s. The cookies quickly became popular, and by early the 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats. Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber. 

Ways to celebrate today:

• make a batch of oatmeal cookies!
• try a new oatmeal cookie recipe
• drop some off at your friend or neighbors house

Wednesday, April 29 - Peace Rose Day
Each year on April 29th National Peace Rose Day honors a well-known and fruitful garden rose.
The light yellow to large cream-colored flowers of the Peace rose have slightly flushed crimson pink petal edges. It is a hybrid tea rose that is hardy, vigorous, and highly resistant to disease.
French horticulturist Francis Meilland, developed the Peace rose between 1935 and 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France, to protect the new rose, he sent cutting to his friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States. It is believed these cuttings were sent to the United States on the last plane available before the German invasion.
Each country that received a cutting, gave the rose a different name. In France, it was called “Madame A. Meilland” in honor of the breeder’s mother. Italy named the rose Gioia meaning Joy. In Germany, the name of the rose was Gloria Dei, for glory to God. The United States named the rose “Peace” and the national flower of the United States is the rose.
As the Second World War came to a close in Europe, the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced on April 29, 1945, the name it was given in the United States.
Later in 1945, Peace roses were given to each delegate at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations, in San Francisco, with a note that read: “We hope the Peace rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace.
How to celebrate National Peace Rose Day:
• tell a friend about it's unique and interesting history
• plant a shrub in your garden to enjoy
• share clippings with others so they may enjoy them too
• draw a picture and color it of the beautiful rose

Tuesday, April 28 - National Superhero Day

Each year on April 28th, National Superhero Day honors superheroes, both real and fictional.

Batman, Wonder Woman and Black Panther are just some of the superheroes whose names we recognize. 

Our real-life superheroes may not have superpowers or wear capes, but they are also great role models who serve and protect while fighting evil. Military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and nurses and doctors are just a few of the heroes who protect us on a daily basis. 

How to celebrate National Super Hero Day:

• Let your superhero know you appreciate them, either with a phone call, written note, sidewalk chalk art or something else 
• Share what you think makes a hero
• Take a picture with your favorite hero
• Dress up like your favorite superhero

Be sure to share with us some of the ways you celebrated heroes in your life today!



Monday, April 27 - National Tell a Story Day

National Tell a Story Day on April 27 each year in the United States encourages people of all ages to share all kinds of stories. Whether it’s read from a book, one from your imagination, or an actual story from a childhood memory, the day supports gathering with friends and family to share those stories.
Ways to celebrate National Tell a Story Day:

• What better day to begin documenting your unique account of history as it's unfolding right now, then to begin a journal?
• Record yourself or go live on Facebook, and share with your friends and family a reading of one of your favorite books
• Make up a story from your imagination about a dinosaur named Bruce and tell someone what he's been up to
• Share with your kids a funny story from your childhood

Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, today, National Gardening Day, celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades. 

Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, today, National Gardening Day, celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades.

Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate National Gardening Day:

• sign up for a gardening course in your area (of course we recommended going through your local Community Education 
• Look for a community garden in your area 
• Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends
• Join (or start!) a garden club
• Visit a local nursery or garden for inspiration, expertise and bit of 'exercise' while supporting a hometown business! 
• try identifying which plants and flowers are in your own backyard or neighborhood
• play in the dirt! (maybe save this one for when the weather warms up) 

Whatever you do, we'd love to see your pictures past or present of your garden!

Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, today, National Gardening Day, celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades.

Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate National Gardening Day:

• sign up for a gardening course in your area (of course we recommended going through your local Community Education 
• Look for a community garden in your area 
• Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends
• Join (or start!) a garden club
• Visit a local nursery or garden for inspiration, expertise and bit of 'exercise' while supporting a hometown business! 
• try identifying which plants and flowers are in your own backyard or neighborhood
• play in the dirt! (maybe save this one for when the weather warms up) 

Whatever you do, we'd love to see your pictures past or present of your garden!