June 2013 Celebrations
- 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!" Month – Tie 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.
Music, Games, Hobbies, Arts & Crafts
- Accordion Awareness Month (International) – Learn more about the accordion, invite an accordion player to perform, or plan a "Squeezebox Social" this month. Check out Accordion Worldwide for a very complete history of the accordion.
- Clay Crafts Month – Celebrate Clay Day (June 15) during Clay Week (2nd full week in June).
- Clothespin Crafts Month – International Clothesline Week (June 1–8) is also celebrated this month. Make It from Clothespins. Check out Clothespin Crafts for Kids and these 10 Easy Crafts with Clothespins from Country Living. Go Clothespin Mining this month.
- Do-Si-Do Month – The National Square Dance Convention begins on June 26 this year. Learn a little about the History of Square Dancing this month. Check out Wheelchair Square Dancing (FYI: We celebrate Square Dance Month in September and Square Dance Day in November.)
- Fishing Month – We also celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week (June 1–9), Underwater Adventures Day (June 11), anniversary of the premiere of the movie Jaws (June 20, 1975), and Gone Fishin' Day (June 30) this month. (FYI: National Fishing Week in Canada is held July 6–14, 2013.) Your bingo players will fall "hook, line, and sinker" for these special FISHY bingo cards. They are perfect for Fishing Month or anytime you feel a little "fishy" about bingo.
- Milk Carton Crafts Month – It makes sense because it is also Dairy Month. There are lots of things you can do with empty milk cartons. For example, make Milk Carton Pen Pots or Milk Carton Candles. For your feathered friends, make a bird feeder or bird house out of a milk carton.
- Play with Pinwheels and Whirligigs Month – Help visiting children make pinwheels and whirligigs this month.
- Perennial Gardening Month – Sponsored by the Perennial Plant Association. Take a trip to a local nursery and pick out some perennials for your garden. Play a game. Type up a list of flowers—some annuals and some perennials. Ask people to identify which is which. National Garden Week (June 2–8) is also celebrated this month. (FYI: April is Gardening Month and May is Flower Power Month and Gifts from the Garden Month.)
- Sock Crafts Month – Try making a Sock Puppet, a Ladybug Heating Pad, or other sock crafts. How about a Sock-It-To-Me Cup Cozy.
- Surf Music Month – Surf music was born in the U.S. in the 1960s. The King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale, invented surf music while trying to mimic the sound of the waves on his electric guitar. He came up with a shimmying "reverb" sound that sounded wet, and this sound would become a key part of surf music. Learn more about the Sound of the Surf. Catch some sound waves by playing such hits as "Wipe Out," "Surf City," "Hawaii Five-O," and "GTO." Can you hear the sound of the waves?
- Women's Golf Month – Plan a miniature golf game just for the women this month.
Clothes & Fashions
- Fashion Fads Month and Tailor-Made Month – We also celebrate Tailor Fit Day (June 5), Beau Brummell Day (June 7), and the birthday of American fashion designer Bill Blass (June 22) this month.
- T-Shirt Month – Plan a "T-Shirt Day" so that everyone can wear their favorite shirt. Plan a "T-Shirt Contest" (not the wet T-shirt kind). Judge categories of shirts, such as funniest saying, funniest picture, most original, fanciest or dressiest, best sports shirt, best grandmother shirt, best bingo shirt, etc. For prizes, award T-shirts with your company's logo. For a party, plan a "T-Shirt Tea." Just for fun, write half of a Funny T- Shirt Slogan on one T-shirt and the other half on another. Ask guests to find their other half. (I Get Enough Exercise – Just Pushing My Luck.) Also, learn How to Paint a T-Shirt and make your own "wearable art" this month.
- June Foods Poster – Print a copy of one of the monthly Foods Posters to display this month.
- Banana Month – We also celebrate Banana Split Day (June 7). Sing "The Banana Song" ("The Name Game") or the "Banana Boat Song" ("Day-O"). Bake up some Easy Banana Bread and wash it down with a Coco-Banana Colada or Banana Smoothie. Or make Gingersnap-Banana Frozen Yogurt on a warm summer day.
- Candy Month – Celebrate Candy Man Day (June 10), Good & Plenty Day (June 12), National Fudge Day and A Crackerjack of a Day (June 16), Hershey's Holiday (June 19), Candy Land Day (June 26), and Sucker Saturday (June 29). Also, see this month's Food page and learn all about Saltwater Taffy.
- Country Cooking Month – Check out Country Cooking Month for more.
- Cheese Month – We also celebrate Velveeta Day (June 2), the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival (March 31–June 2), and A Cheesy Day (June 4) this month. Plan a "Cheesy Happy Hour" and serve cheese and crackers. It is also...
- Dairy Month – Since 1937, the dairy industry has set aside June as a time to pay tribute to the vital role that milk and dairy products play in a healthy diet. Celebrate "Holy Cow!" Day (June 12), Got Milk Day (June 16), and Milkman Day (June 17) this month. Plan some "udderly" fantastic activities this month – like a "Party 'til the Cows Come Home." Visit a dairy farm if there is one nearby. Purchase some ceramic cows and ask your crafters to paint them. Then plan your own Cows on Parade. Plan a special family program – a silent "Cash Cow Auction" where all of the items have something to do with cows. Ask everyone to "mooove" over for a different kind of bingo game with the DAIRY cards from Activity Basket.
- Dairy Alternative Month – Ironically, it is also the month people are encouraged to eliminate dairy products from their diet and explore alternative foods made from soybeans, nuts, and grains. What's a person to do?
- Donut or Doughnut Month – See Donut Day (June 7) this month.
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month – Visit a farmer's market this month. Make Fancy Fresh Fruit Cookies.
- Iced Tea Month – See Iced Tea Time Day (June 10) and Sun Tea Sunday (June 16) for more.
- Pudding Month – See The Proof Is in the Pudding Day (June 18) for more.
- Soul Food Month – Plan a "Soul Food Festival" with things like black-eyed peas, collard greens, and sweet potato pie. Check out Soul Food Online for recipe ideas.
- Steakhouse Month – Visit a local steakhouse with your "Out to Lunch Bunch" this month.
- Turkey Lovers' Month – Sponsored by the National Turkey Federation to promote turkey consumption at a non-holiday time of the year. For a special treat this month, grill turkey outdoors and make Apple Turkey Burgers.
People / Professional Pride
- Family Month – National Family Month is held annually Mother's Day through Father's Day (May 12–June 16, 2013). Plan lots of family programs during the month.
- Children's Awareness Month – A celebration of children in our everyday lives and communities. It's a chance to remember our children and grandchildren.
- Men's Month (International) – Men's Month increases the awareness of the many unique issues that impact men's lives. Do something special for the men in your community this month. See our Father's Day page and Men's Programs for some great programming ideas.
- Nursing Assistants Month – Celebrate Nursing Assistants Day (June 13) and Nursing Assistants Week (June 13–20). Print a copy of this special poster to display this month.
Focus on Health & Wellness
- Aphasia Awareness Month – Sponsored by the National Aphasia Association. More than one million Americans have aphasia, a language-processing disorder that impairs a person's ability to speak or understand speech. Ask a speech therapist to talk with your staff this month.
- Cataract Awareness Month – Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are close to 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older with cataracts. More than half of all Americans will have cataracts by age 80. Plan a "Keep Your Sight" program with the information from Prevent Blindness America. (FYI: Some resources also list Cataract Awareness Month in August.)
- Cancer from the Sun Month – A month dedicated to educating people about the dangers of skin cancer from too much exposure to the sun. Make sure your residents are wearing sunscreen when they go outdoors.
- Headache Awareness Week (June 2–8) – Sponsored by the National Headache Foundation. It is a month dedicated to educating the public about the reality and severity of headache pain. Give neck and shoulder rubs at the end of your exercise classes this month.
- Improve Your Physical Dexterity Month – See our Health & Fitness page for a great exercise idea that will improve how you move this month.
- Men's Health Week (June 10–16) – Held each year during the week preceding Father's Day. National Men's Health Week is designed to promote the benefits of preventive healthcare among men. Invite a physician to speak to your group about men's health issues. Start a men's walking club or exercise group this month.
- Professional Wellness Month – Take time to do the things that keep you at your professional best—attend conferences, read publications, and improve your work skills and knowledge.
- Safety Month – See the National Safety Council for ideas and planning guides.
- Vision Research Month – Ask an eye doctor to visit and discuss the latest in Vision Research.
- June Health Holidays from Health Canada.
- International Health Observances (by month, week, and day).
Need MORE reasons to celebrate?
Visit our Special Days page for ideas for every day of the month. In addition, see the Monthly Gazette for the birthstone of the month, flower of the month and other fun facts about the month. You might also find the information in the Daily Chronicles (historical events and famous birthdays) useful when planning your monthly programs.