30 Apr
2016

May 2016 Events and Holidays

MayWel­come to May! Time for flow­ers and spring time! And Pick­les!
“What? Pick­les?” you may ask. “Yes. Pick­les,” I say to you.

May is packed full of fun things, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to: Children’s Book Week (May 2- 8), May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day (May 4, clear­ly), No Pants Day (May 6), Nation­al Chick­en Dance Day (May 14),  Nation­al Minia­ture Golf Day (May 21),  and Geek Pride Day (May 25) just to name a few! Oh, and let’s not for­get Mother’s Day on May 8th! Do you have your card and gift yet???

Keep read­ing for a list­ing of all of the events and hol­i­days in May!

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May is Get Caught Read­ing Mon­th! What hap­pens when you get caught read­ing? Do the lords of lore come and give you a shiny gold star? May­be you get mag­i­cal book pow­ers like the girl from Ink Heart! Or may­be, real­ly, every time some­one catch­es you read­ing they think you’re one very cool and well round­ed indi­vid­u­al. Shout out to all the friends and lovers who met their oth­er half over the bind­ing of a book! This mon­th is for you!

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The first week in May is both Children’s Book Week AND Teacher Appre­ci­a­tion Week (May 2–8)!! So cel­e­brate your favorite teacher by read­ing one book they taught you to love. And then may­be send them a note to say thanks!

Oth­er hol­i­days this week include May Day, Bat­man Day, and Moth­er Goose Day, all on May 1st! May 1st is also the Pitts­burgh Marathon, so if you’re not run­ning or cheer­ing, you may want to con­sid­er not leav­ing your house because all the roads will be closed. Just say­ing.
On May 3rd,  Court of Misty and Fury by Sarah J. Mass is being released.

This week is also host to May the Fourth (May 4) aka Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! Next up is Cin­co de Qua­tro (May 5) and  the Ken­tucky Der­by, Tuba Day and No Pants Day (all on May 6). We’re also SUPER EXCITED about CIVIL WAR hit­ting the­aters on May 6!!! Oh my gosh! We already have tick­ets!

Birth­days this week include: 
Joseph Heller (May 1), Alice who went to Won­der­land (May 4), Leo Lion­ni (May 5), and Sig­mund Freud (May 6)

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First and Fore­most this week, there is Mother’s Day (May 8)! Make sure you give your mum as much love as she deserves! And if you’ve for­got­ten to buy your card and gift, we’ll be open from 10 to 5 that day.
Also this week is World Bel­ly­dance Day (May 9), Lim­er­ick Day (May 12), and Nation­al Chick­en Dance Day (May 14).

Birth­days this week include:
Kat­niss Everdeen (May 8), Peter Bench­ley (May 8), J.M. Bar­rie (May 9), Ker­mit the Frog (May  9), Lisa Simp­son (May 9), Daph­ne de Mau­ri­er (May 13), Robert Pat­tin­son (May 13), Steven Col­bert (May 13), George Lucas (May 14)

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Okay, here’s where we get to the PICKLES! I bet you were won­der­ing when that would come up. It’s Inter­na­tion­al Pick­le Week (May 14- 25)!!! It’s also Amer­i­can Craft Beer Week (May 16 — 22), and Nation­al Back­yard Games Week (May 18 — 25) so I sense a real­ly good back­yard par­ty with lots of games, beer and cook­ies in our future!

Next up is Nation­al Choco­late Chip Day (May 14), Nation­al Sea Mon­key Day (May 16), Nation­al Piz­za Par­ty Day (May 20) and Eliza Doolit­tle Day (May 20)!
We’ll hope­ful­ly see you all at 3 Rivers Comi­con (May 21–22) and Food Truck-a-palooza (May 21) this week­end. If you’re not into comics or food (what is wrong with you but okay) you could cel­e­brate Nation­al Minia­ture Golf Day (May 21) or join in the fun at Ven­ture Out­doors Fest (May 21)!
Birth­days this week include:
The love­ly own­er of this fan­tas­tic store! Sir Boss-Lady Kris­ten cel­e­brates her birth­day on May 15th! Stop by and buy some­thing! She’d love that!
Oth­er birth­days are L. Frank Baum (May 15) and Tina Fey (May 18).

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Start your week off right at BOOK CLUB! Cards Unlim­it­ed Book club will be meet­ing at 6pm on May 22nd to dis­cuss The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Coin­ci­den­tal­ly, may 22nd is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth­day, so we’re super excit­ed to be cel­e­brat­ing by read­ing this book.

Two books that we’re pret­ty excit­ed about come out this week: The City of Mir­rors (The Pas­sage Tril­o­gy) by Justin Cron­in and The Last Star of the Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey (both May 24). Geek Pride Day and Tow­el Day are both May 25. And then on the 27th, X-Men: Apoc­apl­y­se hits the the­aters!!!!!!
If that isn’t excit­ing enough for you, hit up the Pyro Fest over the week­end (May 28 — 29)!

Birth­days this week include:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22), Scott O’Dell (May 23), Sook­ie Stack­house (May 24), Cook­ie Mon­ster (May 24), Dashiell Ham­mett (May 27) and Ian Flem­ing (May 28).

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It’s Memo­ri­al Day (May 30)! AND THEN, NEIL GAIMAN IS RELEASING A NEW BOOKThe View From the Cheap Seats (May 31)!

Birth­days this week include:
Mel Blanc (May 30)

1 Apr
2016

April Events and Holidays

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Wel­come, dear Read­ers, to the beau­ti­ful mon­th of April. It is the mon­th of flow­ers, of Trick­sters and of Grilled Cheese! This mon­th is absolute­ly packed with fun spring things! High­lights include:  Nation­al Peanut but­ter and Jel­ly Day (April 2), Tekko (April 7 — 10), Nation­al Library Week (April 10–16), Drop Every­thing and Read Day (April 12) and Talk Like Shake­speare Day (April 23)! There are PILES more hol­i­days and events, so keep on read­ing!

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April is the mon­th of many things! It’s Alco­hol Aware­ness Mon­th, Grilled Cheese Mon­th, Knuck­le Down Mon­th and STDs Mon­th! What an inter­est­ing com­bo! Basi­cal­ly, knuck­le down, and edu­cate your­self. Then cel­e­brate with Grilled Cheese! Sounds good to us!

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April starts off string with like 6 hol­i­days in the first TWO DAYS! On April 1st, you can choose to cel­e­brate April Fools Day or Nation­al Fun at Work Day! Or you can be everyone’s favorite trick­ster-cowork­er and cel­e­brate both! On April 2nd, it’s Inter­na­tion­al Children’s Book Day, Tweed Day, Nation­al Peanut­but­ter and Jel­ly Day, and Inter­na­tion­al Pil­low Fight Day! If you feel like trav­el­ing a wee bit, you can hit up the 39th Annu­al Maple Syrup Fes­ti­val in Mey­ers­dale, PA. It’s fab-tac­tic road trip weath­er, right?

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This week is Nation­al Robot­ics Week (April 2 — 10)! So grab your WD-20 and get chug­ging! Wait. What?
On April 6th, we’re pret­ty inter­est­ed in the Speak Freely with John Fet­ter­man event. World Health Day is on April 7th, the same day as the start of Tekko!! Cel­e­brate Nation­al Sib­lings Day (April 10th) hang­ing out with your favorite sib­ling! Make sure to Insta­gram all those pics you take so your oth­er sib­lings know what’s up!

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It’s Nation­al Library Week! It’s like the BEST WEEK OF THE WHOLE YEAR. This week is also jam-packed full of things: Bar­ber­shop Quar­tet Day (April 11), Drop Every­thing and Read Day (April 12), Scrab­ble Day (April 13), Nation­al That Sucks Day (April 15), Record Store Day and Nation­al Wear your Paja­mas to Work Day (both April 16).

There are a num­ber of fun things hap­pen­ing around the city, also! The Jun­gle Book (the new ver­sion) will be hit­ting the­aters April 15, the same night as Carnegie Sci­ence Center’s 21+ Night, themed SCI FI!  <3
The Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Col­ors is on the 16th. Or, if you’re look­ing for more Rough and Row­dy events, check out the Steel City Roller Der­by Game (also April 16)!

Shadyside peo­ple will be excit­ed to know that on Sat­ur­day, April 16th the 4th Annu­al Bark Shadyside Pup Walk, the 6th Annu­al Great Shadyside Yard Sale and the sec­ond Shadyside appear­ance of The Neigh­bor­hood Flea is hap­pen­ing from 9am — 2pm in the Lib­er­ty School Park­ing Lot (cor­ner of Ivy & Ellsworth)!!!!

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Start the week off on a high note: It’s 420 (April 20) and Nation­al HIGH Five Day (April 21)! Earth Day is April 22, but Pitts­burgh will be cel­e­brat­ing Earth Day from the 21st to the 24th. 
Talk Like Shake­speare Day is April 23. Passover starts on the 23rd as well, and goes on through the 30th.
Need your film fix? Hunts­man: Winter’s War opens April 22nd!

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It’s Admin­is­tra­tive Pro­fes­sion­al Day and Morse Code Day on April 27! Say a big old thanks to the peo­ple who keep the world run­ning smooth­ly with some beeps and bops and boops! Plant a tree on Arbor Day (April 29)! And then, the Nation­al Pie Cham­pi­onships hap­pen! And Inter­na­tion­al Jazz Day! Pies and Jazz! Both on April 30th! You can also get your spring-time Hal­loween fix and cel­e­brate Walpur­gis Night (also April 30).
We are ridicu­lous­ly excit­ed for one movie in par­tic­u­lar this week­end: Keanu hits the­aters April 29! It’s a fun­ny John Wick with a kit­ten. Seri­ous­ly. So. Excit­ed. Check out this trail­er.

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That’s it folks! Hap­py April!

1 Feb
2016

February 2016 Calendar of Events

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Wel­come Feb­ru­ary! Thank good­ness Jan­u­ary is OVER! Jan 2016 was def­i­nite­ly a bit chop­py there for a bit. But time keeps mov­ing, and it a new mon­th full of new things! Excit­ing things! Keep read­ing to hear about the hot stuff hap­pen­ing in the cold of Feb­ru­ary.

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This mon­th is Library Lovers Mon­th, Nation­al Con­doms Mon­th and Mar­i­jua­na Aware­ness Mon­th! You can prob­a­bly cel­e­brate those all at once… just say­ing.

 

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On Feb­ru­ary 2, Punx­sutawney Phil has his say for Ground­hog Day. On the 5th, get your freak on for Work­ing Naked Day! It’s prob­a­bly best to get per­mis­sion first though. The 5th is also Bub­ble Gum Day and the release of the MUCH ANTICIPATED(here, at least) Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies in the­aters!! Buy your tick­ets now, kids!

Cel­e­brate on the 6th with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s! It’s Ice Cream For Break­fast Day! It’s also a great day to vis­it I Made It! Mar­ket in the Water­front! They’ll be sell­ing so many hand-made good­ies. You just have to stop by and see!

Birth­days this week: Ayn Rand and James Joyce (Feb­ru­ary 2), George Romero (Feb­ru­ary 4), and Arthur Weasley (Feb­ru­ary 6).

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I’m sure every­one has already put the Super Bowl in their cal­en­dars, but just incase you need the reminder, it’s on the 7th! The 8th is Opera Day, so make sure to save your vocals! The 9th is Mardi Grass and Read in the Bath­tub Day. You might want to choose between the two, because eat­ing mas­sive amounts of pan­cakes and drink­ing all the booze will prob­a­bly make it real­ly hard to read in the tub. The 9th is also the release day for Morn­ing Star by Pierce Brown AND Glass Sword by Vic­to­ria Ave­yard!!  We are so ready to con­tin­ue the Red Ris­ing and Red Queen Series, JUST LET US TELL YOUOMG.

On the 12th, we would cel­e­brate Dar­win Day, but we will be super busy SEEING DEADPOOL IN THEATERS.

Birth­days this week: Lau­ra Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dick­ens (Feb­ru­ary 7), Seth Green and John Williams (Feb­ru­ary 8), and Judy Blume and Charles Dar­win (Feb­ru­ary 12).

 

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Are you ready for this? ARE YOU READY????

 

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Of course, we all know that the 14th is Valentine’s Day. But did you know that it is also Fer­ris Wheel Day? Fol­lowed, on the 15th, by Nation­al Gum­drop Day and the West­min­ster Dog Show on the 15th and 16th!

Birth­days this week: Joseph Gor­don-Levitt (Feb­ru­ary 17), and Bruce Wayne (Feb­ru­ary 19).

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Heart­break of all heart­break, Alan Rick­man would have turned 70 on the 21st. How­ev­er, you can dis­tract your­self from that pain by get­ting tick­ets to the Steel City Roller Der­by Game on the 21st. It’s the Allegheny Avengers vs. the Mon Mon­sters! It’s also BOOK CLUB! Join us to talk about T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. <3

The 22nd is Nation­al Mar­gar­i­ta Day! It’s a NATIONAL hol­i­day, so you should prob­a­bly cel­e­brate. On the 23rd, we cel­e­brate the ancient art of throw­ing stones with Curling is Cool Day, as well as the release of A Gath­er­ing of Shad­ows by V.E. Schwab!

Nation­al Chili Day is on the 26th. The 26th is also the first day of Tex­as Cow­boy Poet­ry Days, but more impor­tant­ly, it’s day one of Pitts­burgh Win­ter Beer­fest! Beer­fest clos­es out on the 27th, which is also, con­ve­nient­ly, Open That Bot­tle Night.

Birth­days this week: Alan Rick­man (Feb­ru­ary 21), and Edward Gorey (Feb­ru­ary 22).

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Start off the week by watch­ing the 2016 Oscars on the 28th! This week also has a BONUS ROUND day, because Leap Day is on the 29th!

Birth­days this week: Super­man (Feb­ru­ary 29)

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1 Jan
2016

January 2016 Events and Birthdays

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Wel­come 2016! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL OF OUR LIVES? We’re pumped to start a fresh new year here at KU. And what, with all of the­se awe­some hol­i­days and birth­days to cel­e­brate? Even more bet­ter-er! Read on to find out why you should be drink­ing hot tea, eat­ing soup, toss­ing your fruit­cake, and writ­ing let­ters this mon­th!

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1 Dec
2015

December 2015 Calendar of Events

 

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Hel­lo and wel­come, Decem­ber! HANUKKAH IS HERE! CHRISTMAS IS HERE! KWANZAA IS HERE! We’ve been wait­ing for Decem­ber since, well, Jan­u­ary, and we’re delight­ed that it’s here again! Decem­ber is more than the usu­al hol­i­days, though. Just to name a few, we’ve got Nation­al Cot­ton Can­dy Day (Decem­ber 7), Cat Herders Day (Decem­ber 15), Nation­al Choco­late Cov­ered Any­thing Day (Decem­ber 16), and Bacon Day (Decem­ber 30) and they all make this mon­th even more mag­i­cal! Read on to find out all of our awe­some cel­e­bra­tions this mon­th! Read more »

1 Nov
2015

November 2015 Calendar of Events

 

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Hel­lo and wel­come, Novem­ber! Fall is in full swing, the days are short­er, and we’ll be dream­ing of thanks­giv­ing din­ner for the next 26 nights.  PASS THE CRANBERRY SAUCE! Here are all of the excit­ing things we’ll be cel­e­brat­ing this mon­th from Sher­lock Holmes Week­end, to Home­made Bread Day, Dr. Who Day, and every­thing in between.

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30 Sep
2015

October 2015 Calendar of Events

Hay girl hay, Octo­ber has arrived! It’s FALL! It’s the mon­th of chili, apples, piz­za, pop­corn, sausage, and bak­ing. Essen­tial­ly, just anoth­er awe­some Fri­day night, that goes on for a whole mon­th, amirite? Put down your pump­kin spice lat­te and read about the REST OF THE THINGS you should be cel­e­brat­ing this mon­th!

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31 Aug
2015

September 2015 Calendar of Events

September Events

Ah, Sep­tem­ber, it leads a dou­ble life. Some peo­ple are CLINGING TO SUMMER FOR DEAR LIFE, while oth­ers are count­ing down the days until pump­kin spice lat­tes are avail­able and they can begin carv­ing pump­kins. No mat­ter which way you swing, Sep­tem­ber prob­a­bly has a hol­i­day you’ll like whether it’s bour­bon (Bour­bon Her­itage Mon­th), Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien (Tolkien Week Sep­tem­ber 20–26), or  cof­fee (Nation­al Cof­fee Day Sep­tem­ber 29). Read on to see all of the good stuff we’re crazy about this mon­th! Do it you won’t.


 

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Mon­th-long hol­i­days are the best because you get a whole mon­th to savor them. Bour­bon Her­itage Mon­th means drink­ing all the bour­bon! Children’s Good Man­ners Mon­th is a great time to edu­cate the chil­dren in your life how to behave. If you don’t have a library card, you’re in luck because Sep­tem­ber is Library Card Sign-up Mon­th. See also: 
The only thing bet­ter than hon­ey is Nation­al Hon­ey Mon­th! Hon­ey forever. Shame­less Pro­mo­tion Mon­th allows us to say HEY ARE YOU FOLLOWING US ON FACEBOOK AND ISNTAGRAM AND TWITTER? WE LOVE YOU. Last but cer­tian­ly least, Sep­tem­ber is Plea­sure Your Mate Mon­th. But­ter them up with a cute card, get some mas­sage oil, light some can­dles, and hope­ful­ly that works out for you. Wink.

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INTERNATIONAL ENTHUSIASM WEEK is Sep­tem­ber 1 through the 7. What do you get enthu­si­as­tic about? May we sug­gest every­thing this week? GET FIRED UP. Salami Day (Sep­tem­ber 7) is a good time to get re-acquaint­ed with some salami.

Birth­days this week: Jack Daniels and Wern­er Her­zog both on Sep­tem­ber 5. Here are Wern­er Herzog’s hilar­i­ous thoughts on chick­ens.

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On Sep­tem­ber 8, 1966 Star Trek Orig­i­nal Series pre­miered. So today we are get­ting all ‘live long and pro­poser’. Roald Dahl Day is on Sep­tem­ber 13 and we’re prob­a­bly going to be eat­ing choco­late, peach­es, tak­ing RED WAGONS of books from the library, and so on and so forth. We love Roald Dahl! (You can get the print of the quote below here.)

Birth­days this week: Leo Tol­stoy (Sep­tem­ber 9) and Bel­la Swan (Sep­tem­ber 13).

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Do you know any greet­ing card writ­ers? If so, you’re in luck on Sep­tem­ber 18, because it’s Hug A Greet­ing Card Writer Day. On Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sep­tem­ber 19), drink your grog with your beau­ty, play your horn­pipe, and RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER, you land lub­ber. Tolkien Week is back (Sep­tem­ber 20–26) and bet­ta than eva. We’ll have books on tape play­ing through the store, a Tolkien quiz to take and gen­er­al enthu­si­asm all week. Nation­al Dog Week (Sep­tem­ber 20–26) is a great time to sneak­i­ly pet oth­er people’s dogs while they’re not look­ing. And may­be adopt a dog. Or take your own dog for a walk. What­EV­ER. DOTHING!

Birth­days this week: Sophie DahlMont­gomery Burns, and Agatha Christie (Sep­tem­ber 15), H.A. Rey (Sep­tem­ber 16), William Gold­ingHermione Granger, and Arthur Rack­ham (Sep­tem­ber 19), George R.R. Mar­t­in and Mal­colm Reynolds (Sep­tem­ber 20), Bill Mur­ray, Stephen King, and H.G. Wells (Sep­tem­ber 21).

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Dear Diary Day (Sep­tem­ber 22) is a great time to get back to jour­nal­ing. And don’t hold back. For exam­ple, “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Mar­garet. Gretchen my friend, got her peri­od. I’m so jeal­ous, God.” #Judy­Blume. MOVING RIGHT ALONG. Hob­bit Day (Sep­tem­ber 22) means throw­ing a Bil­bo Bag­gins birth­day par­ty! Yay! Cel­e­brate Bisex­u­al­i­ty Day (Sep­tem­ber 23) is a hol­i­day close to our hearts. No mat­ter who you’re into, we love you just the way you are. On Punc­tu­a­tion Day (Sep­tem­ber 24), you can fin­ish every sen­tence with an excla­ma­tion point! And dou­ble ques­tion marks after all ques­tions. Nation­al One Hit Won­der Day (Sep­tem­ber 25) you can pore over this list and rem­i­nis­ce. On Love Note Day (Sep­tem­ber 26), write some­one you love a love note. And yes, it can be your pet. KU Book Club meets on Sep­tem­ber 27 at 6 PM to dis­cuss Ray Bradbury’s Some­thing Wicked this way Comes. Bring  your book and a friend! Banned Books Week (Sep­tem­ber 27 — Octo­ber 3) IS OUR FAVORITE! Come on in to see the banned books we sell, because damn the man! Get ready for Ask A Stu­pid Ques­tion Day (Sep­tem­ber 29). While you either believe in stu­pid ques­tions or you don’t, you’re bound to get asked one today. On what is like­ly the most pro­duc­tive day of the cal­en­dar year, Nation­al Cof­fee Day (Sep­tem­ber 29) is a great excuse to pound that cof­fee! Caffiene fore­var. Blas­phe­my Day (Sep­tem­ber 30) encour­ages indi­vid­u­als and groups to open­ly express crit­i­cism of reli­gion and blas­phe­my laws. So get to get­tin.

Birth­days this week: Frodo and Bil­bo Bag­gins (Sep­tem­ber 22), Arthur Guin­nessJim Hen­son, and F. Scott Fitzger­ald (Sep­tem­ber 24), Mark Hamill and Shel Sil­ver­stein (Sep­tem­ber 25), John­ny Apple­seed (Sep­tem­ber 26), T.S. Eliot and Scott Pil­grim (Sep­tem­ber 27), Tru­man Capote (Sep­tem­ber 30).