July activities! From #WatermelonDay to #GummiWormDay and from our #Luau to #ChristmasInJuly with frozen Hot Chocolate! What a month! August is shaping up to give it a run for its money!
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July activities! From #WatermelonDay to #GummiWormDay and from our #Luau to #ChristmasInJuly with frozen Hot Chocolate! What a month! August is shaping up to give it a run for its money!
Our #IndependenceDay bash Friday and Monday. Trivia, Photo Props, Give-Away’s, Nails, Face Painting, Music, Bomb Pop’s and Friends!!!
Some of our fun give-away’s for today! It was National Flamingo Day! Pink Flamingo Trivia, Pink Flamingo Yard Bird Ring Toss and Flamingo Crafts! Start of Summer this week and and Flamingos definitely make us feel tropical, summery and festive!
Monday was National Daylight Appreciation Day which coincided with the Summer Soltice and National Selfie Day! So we celebrated by decorating and taking pictures with Summer and Sunshine themed photo props and taking some silly filtered pictures!
In honor of Donald Duck’s birthday earlier this month we had a Donald Duck themed day! Complete with video clips, trivia, a craft project, Donald Duck juice give-away’s and a special ‘duck butt’ sundaes that look like a duck when it pokes its head under the water!
We love our RN/LPNs!!! They make our lives better each day with the love and care they provide our folks! #NursesRock #OurNursesRock #AdultDayNursing #NursesDay
We had a wonderfully cheerful reminisce about gardening and flowers and even had some lovely springtime give-away’s for #WeedYourGardenDay and #FlowersInArtDay!
Had a wonderful #MothersDay2021 Celebration made complete by beautiful quilt give-away’s and delicious strawberry cream rose ice cream cones! Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mommas out there!
In keeping with the May, celebrating we are. May the 4th be with you! #StarWarsDay #MayTheFourth #MayTheForceBeWithYou #LucasFilms #Disney #StarWars
We made Mickey-style (Disney) ears in Star Wars characters: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Rae, Princess Leia and of course Yoda or Grogu.
Help us say Happy birthday to our friend, Shiela!!!
Continued out Easter fun today! Finished our decorations for our bunny tree, had a confetti egg toss and made a fun mess, had a let’s make a deal egg drawing for a chance at prizes and, as always, enjoyed fun with friends!
We had a fun and festive Easter/Good Friday here at the Moline center! We did an Easter egg scavenger hunt, had Easter jokes, trivia, riddles and more. We guessed at the amount of jelly beans and other Easter Candy favorites in jars. We played music, had giveaways and door prizes and yummy treats. Fun times had by all!
We had a shamrockin’ good time for St. Patrick’s 2021! We had all kinds of themed activities through the week, Luck of the Irish BINGO, green treats such as popsicles and mini cupcakes, Leprechaun punch, movies, music, pictures and videos about Irish traditions and of course plenty of Shamrock Shenanigans!
We have been hard at work having fun and keeping safe since our reopen!!! Here’s just a few highlights from the first week!
Friday, February 26th: Tell a Fairy Tale Day
• For a look at Brothers Grimm fairy tale trivia see: https://www.savannahnow.com/article/20120704/NEWS/307049855
• If Brothers Grimm is a little too grim for your taste, see this trivia quiz on Disney fairy tales: https://tigerbeat.com/2017/03/little-mermaid-disney-fairy-tales-quiz/
• To create your own Disney fairy tale see: https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/create-your-own-disney-fairy-tale-well-tell-you-when-youll-meet-the-one
Thursday, February 25th: Throwback Thursday
• 1570 Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England for heresy and persecution of English Catholics during her reign. Also absolves her subjects from allegiance to the crown.
• 1643 Pavonia Massacre: Dutch US colonists kill 120 Algonquin Native Americans at Communipaw (New Jersey).
• 1751 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent).
• 1791 1st Bank of US chartered.
• 1793 1st US cabinet meeting, held at George Washington's home.
• 1804 Thomas Jefferson nominated for US President at Democratic-Republican caucus.
• 1836 Samuel Colt patents first multi-shot revolving-cylinder revolver, enabling the firearm to be fired multiple times without reloading.
• 1836 Showman P. T. Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth, claiming she was the 161 year-old nursemaid to George Washington.
• 1837 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.
• 1838 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours.
• 1847 State University of Iowa is approved.
• 1859 1st use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence.
• 1862 Congress forms US Bureau of Engraving and Printing to print newly issued US paper currency, the United States Notes.
• 1863 Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency.
• 1870 Hiram R. Revels is sworn in as 1st African American member of Congress (Sen-R-MS).
• 1875 Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill.
• 1885 US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds.
• 1901 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son" premieres in NYC.
• 1907 US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic.
• 1908 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens.
• 1910 Dalai Lama flees Tibet for British India to escape Chinese troops.
• 1913 The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax.
• 1919 Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon).
• 1925 Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska.
• 1930 Check photographing device patented.
• 1932 Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship.
• 1933 1st genuine US aircraft carrier named, USS Ranger.
• 1943 Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front.
• 1944 US 1st Army completes invasion plan.
• 1945 US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo.
• 1956 Nikita Khrushchev denounces Joseph Stalin at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
• 1957 Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day".
• 1960 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" premieres in NYC.
• 1963 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me".
• 1969 Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars.
• 1977 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons.
• 1982 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs.
• 1987 US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action.
• 1991 US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28.
• 1992 Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards.
• 2016 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller are honored by unite4:humanity for their work promoting awareness of and fundraising for Alzheimer's research.
• 2020 Iran emerges as a newCOVID-19 hotspot, recording 95 cases and 11 deaths as a deputy health minister that appeared on TV confirmed as also infected.
• 2020 Memorial service for NBA star Kobe Byrant held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Wednesday, February 24th: National Tortilla Chip Day
• Tortilla chips were initially an afterthought, a simple snack made with leftover tortillas.
• These crispy triangles of deliciousness soon became a nationwide sensation, and each February 24, we celebrate these salty snacks with National Tortilla Chip Day.
• Whether you eat yours plain or dip them in a spicy salsa, tortilla chips bring the fiesta to any occasion.
Tuesday, February 23rd: Right Brain vs. Left Brain Day
• Roger W. Sperry, a psychobiologist and Nobel Prize winner, theorized that the left-side or digital brain is all about logic, sequencing, linear thinking, mathematics, facts, thinking in words while the right-side or analog brain is all about imagination, holistic thinking, intuition, art, rhythm, nonverbal cues, visualization of feelings and daydreaming.
• Typically, the left half of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right half of the brain controls the left side of the body. People have correlated that to right-side body dominance indicating left-brain dominance and vice versa.
• This theory has been the subject of many neuroscientific tests that has found proof of interconnectivity and complementary information processing and input from both hemispheres no matter the function, be it logical or creative.
• Nevertheless…what side is your ‘dominant’ side?
• Check out this website for optical illusions that create conflict in our brains… https://www.echalk.co.uk/amusements/OpticalIllusions/illusions.html
Monday, February 22nd: George Washington’s Birthday
• Happy Birthday to our country’s first president!
• To learn more about George Washington’s birthday or see more of his quotes visit these sites:
Friday, February 19th: Chocolate Mint Day
The flavor that is loved, hated, or loved to be hated…mint chocolate! Mint chocolate made its way into the chocolate scene years ago and has been disrupting the sweets game ever since. A little bit of sweet and a little bit of bite all wrapped up together.
Thursday, February 18th: Pluto Day
The debate has been on for some time…does Pluto get to stay on as a planet or be booted from primary school Solar System lessons? To find out more about the debate and about Pluto itself, see the links below:
Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day
Random Acts of Kindness Day is just one day out of the larger Random Acts of Kindness Week and Random Acts of Kindness Month. February may celebrate the virtue of kindness as a theme but it is something to be celebrated every day, in every way, no matter the month or cause. Many organizations and groups look to Random Acts of Kindness Day as a day to give back, to celebrate by celebrating others. What are you doing that shows kindness and compassion today?
Tuesday, February 16th: Mardi Gras
Happy Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday as some call it! Celebrate it up today with some glitter, beads and beignet’s because Lent is just hours away!
Monday, February 15th: President’s Day
It is Presidents Day here in the United States, there is just so much information out there that on top of the fun puzzles, and activities, included below are links to additional activities and information about all things presidential!
• To learn more about the presidents of the United States see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/
• To learn about what the presidents of the United States did before they were presidents see: https://www.infoplease.com/us/government/executive-branch/presidents-occupations
• To learn about what presidents are on our currency see: https://www.infoplease.com/business/money/portraits-and-designs-us-paper-currency
• For presidential trivia see: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/8/who-knew--u-s--presidential-trivia/#close or https://www.infoplease.com/us/government/executive-branch/presidential-trivia
• For everything you need to know about the United States presidents see: https://www.infoplease.com/us/government/executive-branch/presidential-factfile
Sunday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day
• Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14th.
• It originated as a minor Western Christian feast day honoring early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and, through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.
• Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae).
• Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred in 269 and was added to the calendar of saints by Pope Gelasius I in 496 and was buried on the Via Flaminia.
• Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (now Terni, in central Italy) and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian in 273. He is buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location from Valentine of Rome.
• The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14th. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him.
• In 1797, a British publisher issued The Young Man's Valentine Writer, which contained scores of suggested sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own.
• In 1835, 60,000 Valentine cards were sent by post in the United Kingdom, despite postage being expensive.
• A reduction in postal rates following Sir Rowland Hill's postal reforms with the 1840 invention of the postage stamp (Penny Black) saw the number of Valentines posted increase, with 400,000 sent just one year after its invention, and ushered in the less personal but easier practice of mailing Valentines.
• In the United States, the first mass-produced Valentines of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland (1828–1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts.
• In 1868, the British chocolate company Cadbury created Fancy Boxes – a decorated box of chocolates – in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Day.
• In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts, such as giving jewelry.
• The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children.
• When the valentine-exchange cards made in school activities are included the figure goes up to 1 billion, and teachers become the people receiving the most valentines.
• The average valentine's spending has increased every year in the U.S, from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013.
• Valentine's Day is considered by some to be a Hallmark holiday due to its commercialization.
Friday, February 12th: Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday and Black History Month
• Lincoln's Birthday is a legal, public holiday in some U.S. states, observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12th, 1809 in Hodgenville (Hodgensville, Hodgen's Mill), Kentucky.
• In some states, Lincoln's birthday is not celebrated separately, as a stand-alone holiday. Instead Lincoln's Birthday is combined with a celebration of President George Washington's birthday (also in February) and celebrated either as Washington's Birthday or as Presidents' Day on the third Monday in February, concurrent with the federal holiday.
• The day is marked by traditional wreath-laying ceremonies at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky, and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
• Lincoln's tomb is in Springfield, Illinois.
• New Jersey stopped observing the holiday on May 23, 2005 with the enactment of the Public Employee Pension and Benefits Reform Act of 2008.
Black History Month
• Black History Month has its origin in 19th-century celebrations of Lincoln's Birthday by African-American communities in the United States.
• By the early 20th century, black communities were annually celebrating Lincoln's birthday in conjunction with the birthday of former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass on February 14.
• The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week of February would be "Negro History Week" to coincide with the traditional Black commemorations of both men's birthdays.
• By the 1970s, "Negro History Week" had become "Black History Month" and has since expanded further to Canada, where it is also celebrated in February, and to the United Kingdom, which celebrates it in October.
• Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history.
• Among prominent figures are Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first U.S. woman to become a self-made millionaire; George Washington Carver, who derived nearly 300 products from the peanut; Rosa Parks, who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and galvanized the civil rights movement; and Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
• On February 12, 2019, the NAACP marked its 110th anniversary. February 12, 1909, was chosen because it was the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
• Spurred by growing racial violence in the early 20th century, and particularly by 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois, a group of African American leaders joined together to form a new permanent civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
• Black History Month---the people:
o Jack Johnson became the first African American man to hold the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title in 1908. He held onto the belt until 1915.
o John Mercer Langston was the first Black man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in Ohio in 1854. When he was elected to the post of Town Clerk for Brownhelm, Ohio, in 1855 Langston became one of the first African Americans ever elected to public office in America. John Mercer Langston was also the great-uncle of Langston Hughes, famed poet of the Harlem Renaissance.
o While Rosa Parks is credited with helping to spark the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her public bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955—inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott—the lesser-known Claudette Colvin was arrested nine months prior for not giving up her bus seat to white passengers.
o Thurgood Marshall was the first African American ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and served on the court from 1967 to 1991.
o George Washington Carver developed 300 derivative products from peanuts among them cheese, milk, coffee, flour, ink, dyes, plastics, wood stains, soap, linoleum, medicinal oils and cosmetics.
o Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He represented the state of Mississippi from February 1870 to March 1871.
o Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives. She was elected in 1968 and represented the state of New York. She broke ground again four years later in 1972 when she was the first major party African American candidate and the first female candidate for president of the United States.
o Madam C.J. Walker was born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana and became wealthy after inventing a line of African American hair care products. She established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories and was also known for her philanthropy.
o In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African American performer to win an Academy Award—the film industry’s highest honor—for her portrayal of a loyal slave governess in Gone With the Wind.
o On April 5, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. He led the league in stolen bases that season and was named Rookie of the Year.
o Before Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan joined the billionaire’s club, Robert Johnson became the first African American billionaire when he sold the cable station he founded, Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 2001.
o First Black President: In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Black president of the United States.
o In 2021, Kamala Harris became the first woman of African or Asian descent to become vice president. Harris's mother immigrated to the United States from India and her father immigrated from Jamaica.
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