Clay Aiken – October Fun!

October is the 10th month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar, which is used in almost all of the world today.

The opal is the birthstone for October and the calendula is the flower for the month. 

It is always interesting to look at the calendar when a new month starts…I get a good laugh at many of the special days, weeks, and specials that last the entire month.  Did you know that in October we celebrate:

~ National Caramel Month
~ National Liver Awareness Month
~ Bat Appreciation Month
~ National Chili Month
~ Feral Hog Month
All kidding aside, there was one special month celebration that I found that I would like to share:
National Bullying Prevention Month
Sponsored by Pacer Center – Champions For Children With Disabilities ,  The End of Bullying Begins with Me is the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. This is a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action.

PACER started the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.

PACER has a variety of resources that can be used during October.  They have ideas  to engage, educate, and inspire others to join the campaign and prevent bullying where you live. You can check out all of the different events and activities and make plans to get involved.

According to their website, there are a few special events held in October:

Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying – Schools, businesses, organizations, and communities will come together to Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 1st in Bloomington, Minn., and at dozens of other locations around the country throughout the month. This fun, active outdoor event increases awareness of bullying prevention and raises funds to support the cause. We have all the tools you need to host a Run, Walk, Roll in your community. Check out PACER’s free toolkit which shows you how to plan the event in five easy steps and includes tips, ideas, and resources.

Unity Day – October 19, 2016 Mark your calendar now and make plans to wear orange on Unity Day. That’s when scores of people around the country will join the movement to “Make it Orange and Make it End!” In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres promoted the cause on television by wearing orange and reminding millions of viewers about the importance of bullying prevention. Facebook supports the cause during October by providing users with information on PACER activities on its safety, educator, and privacy pages. Again in the next years, students have worn  orange and use PACER resources to support the cause, hand out orange “UNITY” ribbons at school, and write “UNITY” on their hands or binders.

What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about students who are bullied and want bullying to end, make your color ORANGE on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 19th. That’s the day everyone can link together—in schools, communities and online—and send one large, ORANGE message of support to students who have experienced bullying.

For more information on Pacer and National Bullying Prevention Month, visit PACER

I wonder if Clay Aiken has worked with this organization?  I certainly would not be surprised.

If you lived in New York City like Clay, you would have a choice of many special things to do in October.  The following are a few things that I think would be fun…Thank you to TimeOut-New York for their many suggestions!

  1.  Open House-NYC:  Open House New York 2016 is an annual weekend-long event during which historic buildings, architectural masterpieces, sundry landmarks and the best New York attractions welcome the public for great walking tours and nosing around. As one of the best NYC events in October, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore normally off-limits parts of New York and have a good snoop. This year, Open House New York will take place on October 15 and 16, 2016.  I would love to explore the Metropolitan Opera House.
  2. Columbus Day Parade:  At least 35,000 participants are expected to march along Fifth Avenue on October 10th, Columbus Day.  Each year more than a million people actually come to cheer.
  3. Queens County Farm Museum:  October means an intricate corn maze, wooden bins filled to the brim with just-picked apples and a pumpkin patch overflowing with gourds. Add to that the country & western band Savannah Sky,  crisp apple cider, get lost in the Amazing Maize Maze, and the fun of watching the farm’s flock of Cotswold and Romney sheep get a new hairdo during a shearing demonstration.

This all sounds fun to me!!!

What is your favorite thing about October?



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  1. Love October, cooler weather, colorful leaves and being outdoors! Would love to go to NYC and see the sites and hopefully run into Clay!

  2. October is a beautiful month. The sky is a lovely shade of blue, and the trees are decked out in stunning colors. Also, it is probably the last time I'll have to mow the grass this year.

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