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World Series

The World Series is the baseball (MLB) annual championship series played in North America every year.  Major League baseball is one of the oldest professional sports league in the country. It has 30 teams placed in two divisions like; American League (AL) and National League (NL). The World Series will be played by the teams in two divisions and the winner of the series will be decided through best of seven playoffs. The winning team will be awarded the Commissioner’s trophy. The World Series are played during the month of October and sometimes in November. This Major league championship has started in 1903. Till 2016 there were 112 times the contests has been played, the American League has won 64 times and National League won 48 times.

This year the series was played between Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, both teams have played 7 games the cubs emerges as victorious after the seventh game which was played in Cleveland. New York Yankees have the good record in reaching the World Series, they have played 40 series and won 27, Kansas city, Philadelphia and Oakland Athletics all the three played 14 times and won 9. Boston Redsox played 12 in that they won 8 times.

By 2016, no team has won successive World Series championships seeing as the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999, and 2000—the best ever such drought in Major League Baseball history.

History

The World Series is first played in 1903. New York Yankees are the only teams hold the longest winning streak record they won consecutively in three series 1998, 1999, 2000. This is the best winning streak and no of teams in MLB holds such record till 2016. The popularity of baseball increased during 1920-30 era, Babe Ruth was a most dominant player in this era.

Precursors towards the modern World Series (1857–1902)

The Original World Series

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston

In anticipation to form the American Association of the Second Major League, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players of 1871–1875 and then the National League 1876 represented as the top level of organized baseball in the United States in 1882.

All the championships were awarded to the team effort and the best record at the end of the season. From 1884 to 1890, the American association and the National League faced each other in a set of series of games at the end of the season to determine the overall champion.

The series were jumbled in contrast to the modern World Series, and the terms were arranged as per the negotiation of the owners of the championship teams in advance. The number of games played ranged from as few to three in 1884, and to a high of fifteen in 1887. Detroit beat St. Louis ten games to five. Both for the years 1885 and 1890; but the series ended in a tie, as each team having won three games with one tie game. These series were then referred to as The Championship of the United States. Slowly these series became so popular in the Unites States.

Winners

The Chicago Cubs celebrate the winning of 2016 World Series

You can see The Chicago Cubs celebrate the winning of 2016 World Series, which has ended in the club's 108-year championship drought.

The numbers in parenthesis in the table are World Series appearances, as of the date of that World Series.  You can see the Winning and the Losing teams in the respective columns and the number of times that team has appeared in a World Series as well as each respective teams' World Series record to date.

  • The National League Team
  • The American League Team

List of World Series champions

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Halloween in the United States

Halloween is celebrated by many Americans on October 31. These celebrations include costume parties, tricks, or treating. But now you can see it celebrated in many places apart from the United States.

How do people celebrate and what do they do on this day?

Halloween is usually celebrated amongst friends, family and sometimes with co-workers. However now it is also celebrated in public places; yet, in some areas they hold large community events on this day. Parties and public gatherings along with other events will be planned on October 31 itself, but sometimes they plan to celebrate in the weekends it can be before and after the date.

While, Adults celebrate this day by holding costume parties, watching horror films, or creating haunted houses or graveyards. Children dress up in fancy dresses and visit other homes; and while their visit they demand chocolates, snacks or a small gift. If they do not get anything in return, they threaten people by saying that they will do some harm to the inhabitants of the house. This is nothing but treat or trick played by many during the Halloween. No one will do anything harm to any one, as this will be carried out a very friendly way. However, if your children are taking part of this day, then make sure that someone accompanies them to ensure that their 'treats' are safe to eat or play with.

You can see some families carve pumpkin lantern with 'scary' faces and with other vegetables. The homes and gardens are decorated in Halloween style. This is a tradition to intend to ward off the evil spirits from you. If you have plans to stay at your home on Halloween, then you can make it more interesting by doing big things with small ideas. Plan how to surprise people who visit your home this Halloween. All you need to do is offer them things which are homemade; like get a small bowl with presents or sweets filled to offer,  or you can make small toys or dolls in Halloween style and please the little spirits.

There is another cause that ties with Halloween; that is collecting donations for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).  When you are going to your neighborhood to trick-or-treat on Halloween night, you can carry small cardboard boxes with the UNICEF logo on them and request people to help you collect donations which you are going to send directly to UNICEF, instead of collecting candies or sweets this will make you proud by helping the children out there.  Once you are done with your collection, you can send it to UNICEF, who will use it to help needy children worldwide.

Public Life & Holiday.

Halloween is not an official holiday; you can see Government offices and businesses open as common and public transport services run on regular schedules. If you need to drive around in late afternoon or in the evening, it is essential to keep a careful lookout for children who are not used to being out on the avenues after dark. Make sure that there is someone assisting the kids especially when they are wearing dark costumes or masks, as there are very fewer chances to see than normal. 


 

Origin

Halloween is a Pagan festival which was originated from the parts of Northern Europe, mainly from the United Kingdom. Many European cultural customs hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most powerful and people carry the belief that spirits can make contact with the physical world. In the Christian era, it became more like a celebration of the evening before All Saints’ Day. Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland brought this holiday to the United States.

The process of Halloween was started in the early 1900s; when the postcards and die-cut paper decorations were created. While Halloween costumes started to appear on the market in the 1930s and the custom of 'trick-or-treat' appeared in the 1950s. Slowly there was an increase in various types of products available in Halloween style with time. Now Halloween can become the very profitable holiday for the manufacturers of costumes, yard decorators, and candy makers.

Signs

There are various symbols associated with Halloween. These include the ghosts, spooks, and walking skeletons which represent the contact between the spiritual and physical world. Human figures that often represent on Halloween are witches and wizards. You can also see Bats, black cats and spiders often connected with this holiday; as these animals are associated with the night and darkness and accompany witches and wizards.

There is also a wide range of objects associated with this day; they include pumpkins, fire, gravestones, bones, and skulls. You can see many of these objects are now available in stores as decorations for the Halloween season.

Happy Halloween!!!

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Diwali - 2016

Diwali – the festival of lights is near to us. This festival is celebrated in various ways across different customs. While the followers of, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism observe various customs related to Diwali.This year Diwali is on Sunday, October 30th. As per the position of the moon, the Diwali date changes every year.

As per the Hindu calendar, the date of Diwali falls on the fifteenth day of the lunar phase in a month in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartika; which usually falls in the month of October or November as per the English calendar. However, Diwali falls on the Amavasya day which is also known as no moon day. Another way to know the exact date of Diwali is it comes 20 days after the popular festival of Dussehra, Durga Puja, or Vijaya Dashmi.

In India this is one of the most awaited festivals, in fact, people of every age waits for this auspicious day to celebrate.

How to People celebrate?

The Festival of Lights

On average Diwali is celebrated for five days in many places and a day or two in some. The dates vary as per the regions of India and the date of Diwali comes on various dates; this is because of the traditional lunar calendars which they follow, and this can be interpreted in different ways.

People decorate their homes and workplaces with tiny electric lights or get small clay lamps; they fill the lamps with oil and light them. Every house will be decorated with bowls of water filled with floating candles and flowers on the surface with popular decorations.

Before the day occurs, people make a special effort to clean their homes and yards and paint them new.The day starts with taking bath with fragrant oils and water, wear new clothes, pamper everyone in the family with gifts and sweets. Sweets will be distributed to close friends and business associates. In the evening fireworks will be all set to crackle. You can see kids blowing fireworks which they are allowed to blow up in the guidance of their family.

Declared as public holiday

In India, Diwali is declared as public holiday. Everything remains closed. But you will find sweets shops, firework stores and other businesses shops open. Transport will usually stay unaffected as many locals travel for religious celebrations. However, those who wish to use public transport facilitates on the day should ensure with the local transport establishments on public transit schedules.

History

Diwali is known as the festival of lights. This day mainly symbolize the victory of morality and the lifting of spiritual darkness.  The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals of the Hindu calendar and signifies that this day brings light into our lives sending the darkness away.There is another recall on this festival; that is Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after finishing his 14-year exile. The myths between Rama and Ravana are told during another holiday, which is Dussehra, Durga Puja, or Vijaya Dashami. On Diwali, people will pray to Goddess Lakshmi who is the lord Vishnu’s consort as she symbolizes wealth and prosperity. In West Bengal, this festival is celebrated as Kali Puja, and Kali is Shiva's consort.

While Diwali festival in southern India; often commemorates the conquering of the Naraka, he is the king of Assam who caged many people. It is assumed that later Krishna freed all the prisoners.In many Buddhist places in India, it is marked as the anniversary of the Emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism around the time of Diwali. People who observe Jainism mark this day as the anniversary of Mahavira's (or Lord Mahavir) attainment of nirvana on October 15, 527 BCE. Mahavir also established the central religious ideas of Jainism.

Sikhs celebrate Diwali as BandiChhorh Divas, which is the sixth Nanak's (Guru Hargobind) return from imprisonment in the Gwalior Fort. This concurrence has resulted in the resemblance of celebrating the day among many Sikhs and Hindus.

Wish you a happy and safest Diwali, mark this day in your personal calendar and start planning for cheerful celebrations!!!!

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October 15 — The Sweetest Day

To do the sweetest thing, you really don’t need the sweetest day. However, we celebrate random holidays, which come every another day. The sweetest day is a holiday which apparently started in 1922, but came to be known very recently.  This is a special day to celebrate with your loved ones.

Significance of Sweetest Day

2017, Sweetest Day is a general holiday celebrated in some parts of the United States. It is a day of dreamy actions or expressions. This day is to remember the less fortunate and has also been referred to as an "imaginary promotion" formed by a famous candy industry exclusively to increase sales of sweets and cards from 2017. The Sweetest Day is observed on the third Saturday of October.

History

The origin of 2017 Sweetest Day is unclear; as a widely established theory on the first Sweetest Day was on October 10, 1921, in Cleveland. This was when a commission of 12 candy makers led by C.C. Hartzell, gathered jointly in 1921 to deliver 20,000 boxes of chocolates and candies to the less-privileged in the city. The top film stars then Theda Bara and Ann Pennington assisted this program.

There is another theory as of 1922, a candy-store owner in Cleveland by name Herbert Birch Kingston wanted to memorize the people in the city who were underprivileged, he started distributing candies and chocolates as many as he can. He selected hospitals and orphanages in the area as the people in these places will be happier. While as per some people’s opinion, this holiday was created to greet people and share their love. So greeting card companies took advantage and sold more candies and cards, but this anyway widely rejected based on no evidence.

There were also many attempts to start this Day in New York City, including an affirmation of a Candy Day all over the United States by candy makers on October 8, 1922.  But, in 1927, it was decreed that the week will begin on October 10, 1927, and be addressed as Sweetest Week.

While in 1940, one more Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 19. This Sweetest Day is only celebrated in 11 states and parts of two states Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan,  North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and areas of both Pennsylvania west and New York of the spine of the Appalachian Mountains.

Traditions

Sweetest Day traditions are alike to Valentine's Day in many locations, you can enjoy this day as you wish. Celebrate this day by giving gifts, candies, chocolates, cards, flowers, and whatever you wish to give. Make this day the happiest by spending your time with your family, friends and your beloved ones. But remember there shouldn’t be a day to make it sweetest but it is upon you how you start your day and coming days. Express your love and care to everyone that will surely make all your days sweetest.

Happy Sweetest Days!!!!!

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Yom Kippur - 2016

When is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Oct. Tuesday 11 and lasts through Oct. 12, Wednesday.

Yom means "day" as per Hebrew and Kippur come from a root which means "to atone", this word is connected with the biblical name which is like covering of the Ark — kapporet. Yom Kippur is generally expressed as "Day of Atonement" in English.

History

Yom Kippur is the sacred day of the year celebrated by Jews. It is the Jewish Day of communal and personal atonement, means expiation/reparation for sins committed during the past year. Jewish people celebrate this day with fasting for over 24 hours and rigorous prayers, and they love to spend most of the day in synagogue services.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah is the first day of this sacred month; it is considered as the Jewish New Year starting as in the Jewish calendar. This month is for the forgiveness of all the sins and people ask to forgive them to God. Yom Kippur is the 10th day of the seventh month; which is also known as Tishrei as per Jewish calendar and with regards to Sabbath of Sabbaths. This day is also the first month of the civil year.

According to Jewish values, the almighty “God” engraves everyone’s fate in the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah, and wait till Yom Kippur to "seal" the judgment. In this period Jewish people seek forgiveness from god for things which they have done against him and against human beings.

On the Yom Kippur day, people are set to give their confessions and petitions to god, after following this ritual at the end of the Yom Kippur day it will be believed that their deeds will be forgiven by the god almighty.

On a regular day, Jewish people follow three services (evening prayer, Morning Prayer, afternoon prayer) and on Yom Kippur day they will have five services they will have special prayer service called Neila and closing prayer, along with their regular three prayer services.

Torah the Jewish Bible mandates Yom Kippur as atonement for sins which commences on 10th day of the 7th month or Tishrei and followed as strict rest day, and it is strictly observed without eating any food nor drinks, no washing, and bathing, no one is allowed to wear leather shoes and no anointing.

The reasons to follow strict observations on Yom Kippur is by not just for doing these things, but there is a saying that one’s body will suffer or become uncomfortable but he still can survive. The soul is considered as living source or life in the body. By observing this strict practice on this day ones soul will become uncomfortable, and this uncomfortable condition makes the person realize how others feel when they are in pain. This is the main purpose of observing this strict fasting and fasting on Yom Kippur.

Some of the customs on Yom Kippur

Fasting is one of the central components of this holiday.  As per the Jewish tradition, the adults are commanded to take fast for the whole day. However, there are exceptions for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and for those who are ill.

In order to apologize, god, one must follow these three things, praying, charity, and repent.

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Oktoberfest begins in Germany

2016 Oktoberfest begins in Munich; the Beer lovers from all around the world are ready to stream into the Munich's Theresienwiese for the start of this year's cheer with beer Oktoberfest. This is going to be the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

What is Oktoberfest all about?

What is Oktoberfest all about?

The Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, who later became the King Ludwig I. He married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, according to Oktoberfest de. The celebrations ran through October 17, for five days after the marriage. A large fest was organized in front of the Sendlinger Tor, one of the gates that lead towards to Munich. The celebrations were the highest moments for the people o Munich and the festivities included horse races which became later the Oktoberfest custom lasting until today since 1938.

History

While in the year 1811, an agricultural fair was added, and by 1818 beer pubs were started alongside with the performers. So starting from then, it became a great traveler attraction and a great opportunity for the visitors to learn more about Bavaria, its people, and culture.

Munich Oktoberfest is held in the month of September, as the weather is milder than the Octobers. The fest lasts for almost sixteen days, beginning on a Saturday in September and ends on the first Sunday of October. Already the horse racing was ended in 1938, the other events continued over the years with the exception of wartime.

Since 1887 lederhosen and dirndls are the traditional wear for the attendees. When the sharp dot hits at 12 noon on Saturday, September 17th, The Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter will tap the first barrel declaring the "Wiesn“ - as per Munich people they call it-  officially open.  The fest begins with a parade, and then it’s the time you can see everyone with big beer mugs cheering each other.  You will see the City mayor and the other civic leaders, followed by a horse-drawn brewer’s carts, bands, and townspeople wearing the traditional costumes. The parade ends at the oldest tent at the Oktoberfest, the Schottenhamel Tent where the mayor starts the fest with the first keg of beer and then the toasting begins.  It is estimated that more than 7,000,000 people attended the opening ceremony.

The Schottenhamel Tent

The six major brewers of the Oktoberfest Maerzen beer in Munich will be found in the seven halls where there will be live music throughout the day and evening. Here are the six major brewers: Lowenbrau, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrauhaus, Spaten, Augustiner, and Paulaner.

You will find people dancing and screaming outside the beer tents, with the music, sideshows, carnival rides and lot of delicious German food serving.

While kids below the age six must leave the tents before 8.pm; even they are in the company of their parents. For families you will find extra discounts on particular days, and everything will be served to eat like; wursts of beef, chicken, pork, veal, slices of beef, pieces of chicken, sauerkraut, variety of potato salads, cabbage, onions, and of course pretzels to be enjoyed with a large stein of favorite beer.

Happy Oktoberfest!!!

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9/22 — Autumn Equinox Begins

When do the Seasons of the Year Begin?

Here are the times & dates for the four seasons as per Eastern Time.

Seasons of 2016

seasons of 2017

Fall comes year after year, but the arrival of waiting for autumn is still very special for all of us. One day late in the summer, we will feel the subtle crispness in the air. Before you are aware of it, you can see the spice colors of the pumpkin everywhere and on everything.  We all will be wrapped in sweaters and wear boots and seen in shades of orange, after slogging in the hot august, it excites us.

We should thank the autumnal equinox for this exciting shift from the hot and sultry summer to foggy fall. While most of us are aware of when the first day of autumn hits the lands on the calendar, but there is more to the equinox.

What is the Autumnal Equinox?

What is the Autumnal Equinox?

The autumn equinox happens every year on September either on 22nd, 23rd or even sometimes on 24th depending on the calendar. This is considering as the astronomical start of the fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The name equinox comes from Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night) — “equal night”; which means the day and night are about the same duration of time. During this equinox period, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator” from north to south.  During this period, the amount of nighttime and daytime will be roughly equal to each other.

The other definition for autumn equinox is nights of below freezing temperatures are combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

From here on the temperatures will slowly begin to drop and the days light will start to get shorter than the nights that means the hours of daylight will decline.

Enjoy the Northern Lights

You have a chance to catch and enjoy the northern light in the month of September. As September rolls in you enjoy the autumn equinox and can easily catch the increase of aurora borealis display for those who are located at Northern Hemisphere. As per NASA, the equinoxes are prime time for Northern Lights and you will find more geomagnetic activities to take place in the fall time and spring, than in the summer or winter.

Celebrated Across the World

There are many cultures across the world which host feasts to celebrate the September equinox.

Happy 2016 equinox!!!

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International Talk like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day – ITLAPD is a parody holiday celebrated for the first time in 1995 on September 19. This holiday was created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) of Albany, Oregon, U.S., out of respect for World War II’s D-Day. However, this day was a quite low event until 2002; when it received media awareness via syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry. If you see today it is celebrated all around the world as a way to increase funds for charity organizations, Childhood Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

History

On June 6, 1995, a group of men were playing racquetball with all excitement throughout the day they were shouting and encouraging each other. But for reasons unbeknownst to them, they started shouting in piratical slang at each other. From then it took on a life of its own. By the end of the game, the players realized that it was essential that they create a holiday to celebrate which encouraged the use of such a fine language. The one thing they needed was the date to celebrate, but due respect for the adherence of the Normandy landings, they chose summer’s ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to keep in mind.

This was just an inside joke between the two friends John Baur and Mark Summers, but later the holiday gained publicity when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about the created holiday to the American syndicated columnist and author of a great number of books Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and he promoted the holiday, and it’s been one of the amazing years soon after another and people all over the country started celebrating this auspicious holiday.

Pirates — Criminals at Sea

Pirates are people who commend acts of robbery and fighting at sea. This was there since the seas are open to being used to transport the goods and the people from one part of the world to other. Many famous people who used to travel through sea were captured by pirates.

Traditionally if we see pirates were considered to be the most disgraceful human beings. In many countries, the acts of piracy were punishable by torture and death. Even today piracy is considered as outstandingly bad crime at par with other terrible crimes such as sedition.

Parody Version

While from the 18th century itself the image of pirates got a makeover of being cruel criminals to being a somewhat parody. They were shown with sporting eye patches, with a large colored handkerchief or a tricorne hat.  They were seen always accompanied by a pet, frequently with a parrot or a monkey; they speak a special version of the English language, which is again grammatically wrong, and often interspersed with growls.

How to Celebrate?

  • Along with kids, men and women are seen dressed like swashbuckling pirates on this day.
  • You will have completions held in your local communities and will be eligible to grab bonus if you are able to carry a pet on your shoulder, that can be a parrot or a monkey.
  • You will enjoy when you speak like a pirate the whole day. Mix together your speech with grunts and growls and slur your word that’s enough. Try to call your pals “matey”.  No good grammar on this day.
  • Plan your day and host a pirate-themed party and ask your guests to dress up like a pirate.

Did You Know?

A famous Englishman William Dampier was the first person to explore parts of what today Australia and he is also the first person to circumnavigate the world thrice. He is also known as the English pirate responsible for introducing many words in the English language which are still is use today. Some of those words include chopsticks, caress, posse, barbecue, and snug.

 

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How to Start a Neighborhood Book Club

Thinking to start a book club? Then just follow these basic steps to good books, good talks, and good eats. I am little excited about today’s post. This is because, I have been a part of  a book club for a year now, but my group has actually met even longer than that.  I can say that it’s pretty much the best, and instead of fizzling for years for too many book clubs, you can have your own which can be better than in years coming.

To make your book club interesting, first, make sure that you have truly remarkable people you are more interested in books. Part of the success of our book club is due to the fact that it was filled with smart, curious and yet interesting people who happen to love books and talk about them. There are some of my closest friends, but I have to say that I think part of the group’s success is also due to some simple tips that helped us to sustain a large book club. Let us learn about the tips which will help you to make a better book club and yet, how to even make it thrive.

What kind of book club?

First, decide what kind of book club you want to start and on a club orientation part also: Whether it will somewhere between social or academic; once you make this decision at the outset, you'll know who to invite and what books to read.

What kind of books?

Every book gives us some sort of information we will be looking out for. But the most important thing while starting a book club is to think about the books you enjoy—in terms of genre and level of difficulty; then consider a mix of genres. Next, diverge your reading by moving between more challenging works and those on the lighter side.

  • Fiction—general, current or classic, historical, mystery, sci-fi, western, romance.
  • Non-fiction—memoir, biography, history, current events, science, travel, cooking.
  • Others— like poetry, drama, or what makes you interest to read.

What about members?

Number— It’s not that important that you have big numbers in the initial stage only, but having a decent number will make you happy. So try to have at least 8 to 16 members and once you grow popular in your circle, you will have to grab more numbers. If you have above five then it’s enough to start a discussion on any topic.

Word to the astute: Have people with similar reading styles; s this will help your group to enjoy reading and sharing ideas.

Invite friends—this helps you to involve your friends and introduce them to other devoted readers; ask each of them to invite 1 or more. It's not important for everyone to know one another and in fact, it's fun if you don't. After you meet a couple of times, you can grow the club at your own pace.

Online— as this is new to your area and you don't know people; you can slowly share your Book Clubs to other groups through Meetup.com.

How often and when you should meet?

This is again an important thing to do, pick a schedule and stick with it. This can be once in a month or as your members wish to meet.

How Often & when will depend on the books you choose, and the time can be anytime depending on your club members availability. Try avoiding meeting at nights due to driving issues and safety concerns.

Where should we meet?

You can meet in Homes, public libraries, churches, cafes and restaurants. All make good meeting places.

What about food?

You have to ask your members and decide if you want to eat at home or out in restaurants? If at home, do you want full meals or something lighter with cheese, dessert & coffee?

Home Meetings— we can see some clubs hosts do all the cooking, and the members don't have to prepare a dish every time the meeting rolls out. You can follow this or as other club do you can ask other members to share the cooking and bring some dish.

Book Club Recipes— which means, many clubs love to match their food with the book there are reading; for example if you are reading about Italy they you may try having Italian food, this is one way fun and you will have knowledge about their traditions and taste also.

What should we call ourselves?

Give your club a Name — Cal your club with a great name which makes the identity; here are some best names; Brookville Book Babes, Red Hat Readers, New York Literary Lions. Or simply name with your street name or city name, even that works.

How do we keep in touch?

Set out monthly meetings and send the reminders via email, Twitter, or Facebook. Start your own blog sites or use Facebook or Pinterest to connect your members and highlight their book selections.

Keeping Recollections

Maintain a club journal, a scrapbook or a 3-ring binder which will help you to track your book selections, discussion highlights, and members' opinions. This will especially helpful to bring new members up to speed. Share your photos of special events and gatherings.

Community Sharing

Start collecting dues for a scholarship program or to help an annual literacy at local schools. You can also purchase books for your local libraries or schools, and even become members to help tutoring programs. Through community involvement you not only make your book club popular or recognized but also help your own community.

 

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Summer Tips - Best Brains

Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Fun in the Sun & Safety

For under 6 months Babies:

The main recommendations from the AAP to protect you and prevent from harsh sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, dress infants in lightweight long pants, and long-sleeved shirts, and cover with brimmed hats that shade the neck and prevent sunburn. However, when sufficient clothing and shade are not available, make sure that a minimal amount f sun protection cream is applied with at least SPF 15(sun protection factor) to small areas, such as infant’s face, neck, and the back of the hands. When babies get a sunburn, then immediately apply cool compresses to the affected areas; and look for more information on Baby sunburn Prevention tips.

For all other Kids

  • To protect from the sun and its harmful rays, covering up is one thing that is suggested for every age, this not only helps you against harmful ultraviolet radiation but also protects you from the hot sun. Always stay in the shade whenever it is possible and limit your sun exposure during the peak hours between 10 a.m. to 4. p.m.
  • Wear a hat which is of the 3-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protections against both UVA and UVB rays, and clothing which comforts you from the sun.
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF 15 or more on both sunny and cloudy days as it protects against UVA and UVB rays.  Make sure to apply enough sunscreen – about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Be sure to re-apply sunscreen for every two hours, before and after swimming.
  • Be extra conscious near water, sand and even snow; as they reflect UV rays very easily and it may result to sunburn more quickly.

Heat Stress in Infants

Heat Stress in Infants

A little more care is needed for Infants and small kids under three; as they will not be able to regulate their body temperature in the same way the adults do. If we see every year, children die from heat strokes and for being left in a hot car, often unintentionally, though, the majority of these deaths occurring in children three and under.

Heat Stress in Children

Heat Stress in Children

  • The intensity of the activities that last 15 or more than that should be reduced whenever you feel high heat or humidity reach critical levels.
  • Before you do outdoor physical activities; drink freely and do not feel thirsty. For activities less than one hour, water alone is fine; however, always drink water or sports drink; before you start your physical exercise as this will help you to beat the heat and makes you active.
  • Wear light-colored and lightweight clothing that is limited to one layer and easily absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat. Be sure you replace the sweat-saturated shirts by dry clothing.
  • If you have to go out for practices and games in the heat; then it be should be shortened and make sure that you take there more frequent water/hydration breaks. Children should be moved on time to cooler environments if they feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseated.

Here are a few tips for parents when traveling in a car with less than three or above:

  • Be sure to check the back seat and always check all children are out of the car when you arrive your destination.
  • Keep away from distractions while driving; especially do not use a cell phone.
  • Be aware of kids in the car when you have any surprise change from the routine, i.e; especially when someone else is driving them in the morning, and you take a different route to work or child care.
  • Ensure that your childcare provider calls if your child has not arrived within 10 minutes of the expected arrival time, or in any emergencies.
  • As we are aware that the inside of a car can reach unsafe temperatures quickly, even when the outside temperature is not that hot. Never leave your child alone in a car, even if you expect to come back soon. Make sure you lock your car when it is parked so that the children cannot get in without supervision.

Pool Safety

Pool Safety

  • Make sure that someone is there when your children are playing with water, and never leave them alone in or near the pool or a spa even for a moment without close supervision as this is the best way to prevent drowning in children.
  • Whenever children under age 3 are in or around water, an adult; preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR – should be within arm's length providing touch supervision.
  • Fit a fence at least 4 feet high around all the four sides of your pool. Be sure that there are no openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over the fence.
  • The safest fence is one that covers all four sides of your pool and separates the pool from the house and yard. If your house serves as the fourth side of the fence, then make sure that you install an alarm on the exit door connecting the yard and the pool. For extra protection, install window guards on windows facing the pool.
  • Be sure that you prevent drowning; as drowning victims more frequently have to use the pet doors to gain access to pools. Keep all of your barriers and alarms in good condition and with fresh batteries.
  • Keep rescue equipment; such as a shepherd's hook, life preserver, and a portable telephone near the pool. So that it would be easy for you to save the victims. Make sure that the shepherd's hook and other rescue equipment are made of fiberglass or other materials that do not carry out electricity.

Boating Safety Tips

Boating Safety Tips

  • Make sure you wear life jackets all the time when on boats, docks or near bodies of water.
  • The life jacket you are wearing should fit you right, and its jacket should not be loose and should always be worn as instructed with all straps belted.
  • Adults should be warned of the dangers of boating; when under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and even some prescription medications.

Have a Safe summer Time!

Have a Safe Summer Time!!!!

 

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