Archive for April 16th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Passover (04/16)

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about
the Jewish Holiday of Passover

April 16 : 02 days till 1st night Passover

Did you know that during the Seder, participants must drink four cups of wine (grape juice may be substituted)?

An extra cup is set out on the table for the Jewish prophet Elijah, who is said to visit every Passover Seder.

Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join us for our Did You Know? countdown to Passover, which begins at sundown on Monday April 18, 2011.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Earth Day (04/16)

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures about
Celebrating and
Saving Mother Earth

April 16 : 06 days till Earth Day

Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970?

At the time, 20 million people got in on the celebration. In 2000, 500 million celebrated Earth Day. This year over 1 billion people in 175 countries around the world will participate in Earth Day celebrations.

Did you know that the overall rate of recycling in the United States today stands at approximately 28%?

That’s double what it was a decade ago. By contrast, Austrians recycle fully 60% of their post-consumption waste products. The United Kingdom, on the other hand, has a recycling rate just above 17% and Greece pulls up the European Union rear with an abysmal 10%.

Earth Day is a day to both celebrate the environmental victories of the past and to reflect on the many remaining opportunities for improvement. Whether you celebrate Earth Day by attending a rally, signing a petition or switching to highly efficient light bulbs, make an effort to be mindful of the original vision for this day: to serve as a national learn-in for the sake of the environment.

Join our Earth Day celebration as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Earth Day on April 22nd!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/16)

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 16 : 08 days till Easter

Did you know that Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of wearing ashes (in the sign of a cross) on the forehead as a sign of repentance?

The movable holiday, which falls anytime between February 4 and March 10, is the first day of the Lenten Period. The ashes are saved from the burning of the previous year’s Palm Sunday palm branches.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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(April 16) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Record Store Day

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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Record Store Day
Check your local record store for events celebrating the timeless arts of spinning vinyl.

photo credit: via flickr

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