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June 2013 Celebrations


June 2013

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – Sponsored by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. See Purrrr-fect Day (June 3) and Garfield Day (June 19) for more "cat" ideas.
Audiobook Appreciation Month – Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. Listen to a book this month. Contact the National Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped to register people for free talking books. Check out Books Should Be Free for free audiobooks.
Bathroom Reading Month – Since 1988, the Bathroom Readers' Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom. Bathroom Reading Month celebrates the 66 percent of Americans who proudly admit to this time-honored pastime. Check out some good bathroom reading books this month. For something on the lighter side, check out this Bathroom Humor.
 Boat Month – Watch the musical Show Boat. Make paper boats and see if they will float in a kiddie pool. We also celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week (June 1–9) this month.
Butterfly Month – See Blue Butterfly Day (June 22) for some great butterfly ideas.
Caribbean-American Heritage Month – To pay tribute to the diverse cultures and immeasurable contributions of all Americans who trace their heritage to the Caribbean. See our Theme of the Month page for a complete list of activities.
Camping Month – This month, first observed in 2009, is an initiative to encourage and inspire Americans of all ages to get outdoors. Camping is probably out of the question, but you can still enjoy outdoor activities this month. In addition, plan a Ptich-a-Tent Party this month. We also celebrate Great American Backyard Campout (June 22) and Summer Camp Memory Day (June 27) this month.
Drive Safe Month – Ask your group to come up with a list of safety driving practices. Also, sponsor a driving class for seniors at your community to help Keep Older Americans Safe on the Road.
Effective Communications Month – This month is dedicated to improving our communication skills (including listening, speaking, and writing skills) and non-verbal communications (like body language). Do you know how to read body language? Did you know that our eyes give us away when we are not telling the truth? For a fun activity, print these 12 non-verbal gestures, cut them out, and put them in a bowl. Ask people to take one out and demonstrate the gesture. Then have the rest of the group guess the meaning.
Fabric Care Month – It is a month set aside to educate people about how to handle tough laundry problems. See Kill a Stain Day (June 8) for a great idea.
Flag Month – See our Flag Day page for programming ideas.
Great Outdoors Month – To celebrate the rich blessings of nature's beauty and renew our commitment to protecting the environment and keeping open spaces beautiful and accessible to everyone. Celebrate Great Outdoors Month by getting outdoors as often as you can.
Ragweed Month – Did you know that ragweed belongs to the sunflower family of plants? Learn all about Ragweed this month.
Rivers Month – We also celebrate Canadian Rivers Day (second Sunday in June) this month. Show the movie A River Runs Through It. Try to solve the Floating Down the River word fit puzzle. How many rivers of the world can you name?
Rose Month – Celebrate with World Red Rose Day (June 12), "Everything Is Coming Up Roses" Day (June 20), and Paper Roses Day (June 28).
Skyscraper Month – Skyscraper Month celebrates the evolution of the high-rise building, and the oldest commercial real estate association—the Building Owners and Managers Association. Check out these Skyscraper Quizzes. Also, celebrate A Towering Day (June 26).
Spring Into Summer Month – Summer begins on June 21. How about playing a game of S-U-MM-E-R Bingo this month?
Swimming Month – Traditionally, public swimming pools open after Memorial Day. Check with your local community center to see if they have a program that your residents can attend. If you have a pool at your facility, have a "Pool Party" this month. Even if you don't have a pool, you can solve the Pool Party puzzle.
Tie the Knot or "I Do!" MonthTie the Knot when the Wedding Bells ring. Then solve the Mixed-Up Wedding puzzle.
Weather Month – June is considered the "month of perfect days." (However, the hurricane season begins on June 1, so not all of the days will be perfect for everyone.) We also celebrate Weather Prophecies Day (June 5), Weather Watchers' Wednesday (June 12), and Cuckoo Warning Day (June 21) this month. See our Daily Signs page for a special weather sign. Also, build your own rain gauge this month. (FYI: Weatherperson's Day is celebrated on Feb. 5 and Weather Observers Day is celebrated on May 4.) It just makes sense that it is also...
Weather Vanes, Wind Chimes, and Windsocks Month – Plan a "Windy Party" on a windy Wednesday this month. Make a windsock out of craft foam and ribbon or an old shirt sleeve. Can you solve the Twin Windsocks or Matching Weather Vanes puzzles?
ZAM! Month (Zoo and Aquarium Month) – Celebrate Zoo and Aquarium Month with an outing to your local zoo or aquarium. Solve the Sea World puzzle. Note: See our Theme of the Month page in July for some great programming.