1 Jun
2017

June 2017 Calendar of Events

Happy June! Now that summer is unofficially underway, it's time for everything summer fun. Highlights of this month: Gay Pride Month, Doughnut Days, World Juggling Day, Father's Day, and Take Your Dog To Work Day, to name a few. Read on to find out what else we're stoked for this June! Read more >>

30 Jun
2016

July 2016 Events and Holidays

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Welcome to JULY people! It's getting hot in here! If you're looking for something to do between all the yard sales and barbecues, we've got some ideas! For instance, July is not just National Grilling, Hot Dog and Ice Cream Month, it's also Independent Retailers Month! Hey, that's us! Also up this month is I Forgot Day (July 2), International Kissing Day (July 6),  National French Fries Day (July 13) and National Tequila Day (July 24)! Birthdays this month include Robert Heinlein(July 7), Hunter S. Thompson (July 18), Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling (both July 31). Speaking of Harry and Rowling, The Cursed Child hits our shelves at 12:01 AM on July 31ST! If you pre-order soon, you can still join us for our Midnight Release Party! (Co hosted with Coffee Tree, because they are great people!!) For more information or more holidays, keep reading!

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July is the month of many things, including AC Appreciation Days, National Dog House Repairs Month, National Grilling Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Hot Dog Month, and National Independent Retailers Month!! Start the party!

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Okay, so there's a few extra days in this "week" but why are you even counting? First up this month is Canada Day (July 1)! It's the same day that the movie version of The BFG hits the theaters!!! Next up is I Forgot Day and World UFO Day which are very conveniently on the same day so that you can forget about the UFOs. (both July 2)

Get the grills out for Independence Day! But make sure to include some vegetarian options, since it is also Independence From Meat Day (Both July 4). Seriously, who thought that one up? Not eat meat on one of the biggest grilling days of the year. YEAH RIGHT. *ahem* I mean. Go you! You do that awesome meat free thing!!

Make sure you load up on sunscreen for Bikini Day (July 5)! All bodies are Bikini Bodies. But they don't all have to be crispy lobster bodies. Only YOU can prevent skin fires.

International Kissing Day and Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day share the box on the calendar (both July 6), so you might as well multi-task and make that a hot lunch date, yo.

Birthdays this week include:
Indiana Jones (July 1), Franz Kafka (July 3), Robert Heinlein  and Dr. Watson (both July 7).

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It's time for the CUTEST HOLIDAY EVER: Teddy Bears Picnic Day (July 10)! And then there's National French Fries Day (July 13) or you know, 'MURICA FRIES DAY if you're so inclined. It's also International Town Criers Day (also on July 13) and I honestly can't tell you why that's still a thing anymore. I vote we all just spend the day watching John Steward and John Oliver hash out the news.

St. Swithin's Day is July 15th, and then National Ventriloquism Week is from July 13th-16th. That's not a whole week, we know, but I guess July is also TIME DOESN'T MATTER month. Oh. also. Who is super excited about the new Ghostbuster Movie???? It hits the theaters on the 15th!

Birthdays this week include:
E.B. White (July 11), Henry David Thoreau (July 12), and Patrick Stewart/Jean-Luc Picard (both July 13).

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This week is National Zookeeper Week (July 17-23), so make sure you go say hi to all those lovely people who decided to get paid to hang out with adorable and sometimes scary animals. And also sometimes pick up poop. In fact, July 17th is National Ice Cream Day, so go say hi on the 17th and then hit up Allegheny Ice Cream right outside the Zoo. Their hotdogs are AMAZING. (It's also National Hot Dog Month, remember??? DO IT ALL!)

Next up is National Lollipop Day (July 20) and then on the 22nd, it's Casual Pi Day, Rat Catcher's Day AND ALSO Star Trek Beyond hits the theaters. Oh and then it's National Hot Dog Day (July 23) so maybe go have some more hot dogs. again. NO REGRETS.

Birthdays this month include:
Hunter S. Thompson (July 18), Cormac McCarthy (July 20), Ernest Hemingway (July 21), and Daniel Radcliffe (July 23).

 

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This week starts strong with National Tequila Day (July 24) and we have just the recipe for you! Check out Kards Unlimiteds' Killer Tequila Sangria to get the party started HOOOOOO. The next day is Merry Go Round Day (July 25) so make sure you get all that tequila out of your system or it could  be a nasty ride. Next up is Barbie in a Blender Day (What. the. what.) and Walk on Stilts Day (both July 27).

On July 30th we're having our MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!! If you haven't pre-ordered your copy yet, call us ASAP! The book will be distributed at 12:01 AM on July 31st! Haven't heard about the Midnight Release Party yet? Here's some information for you!

Birthdays this week include:
Alexandre Dumas (July 24), Beatrix Potter (July 28), Neville Longbottom (July 30), and Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling (both 31).

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 BOOK: The View From the Cheap Seats (May 31)!

Birthdays this week include:
Mel Blanc (May 30)

20 Apr
2016

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Happy 420 dudes!!  Today stoners across the United States will unite by firing up a joint in support for marijuana.  Flocks will gather at large meet ups in cities where marijuana is legalized.  Medicinal marijuana stores will sell out of their special baked goods.  Fast food locations will be crowded with hungry, enthusiastic citizens.  Celebration for this crop will be seen everywhere!

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Let's take a peek about the origin of 4/20.  During the 1970s, a group of young-ins in Californiawanted to establish a way to score cannabis crops.  This group, also known as the Waldos, meet at 4:20PM in front of the Louis Pasteur statue to discuss the whereabouts of this rumored abandoned crop.  After many failed attempts to find the crop, 4:20 stuck as a code word for marijuana.  The spread of the code word has been attributed to Deadheads that attended neighboring schools.

Nowadays, more and more people are embracing the marijuana culture.  In Colorado, the marijuana market generated over $63 million in tax revenue with an additional $13 million in licenses and fees.  As states continue to fight for marijuana legalization, the future is looking green.

Interestingly enough, the traffic sign "420" is routinely stolen across the United States.  The Colorado Department of Transportation was so fed up with the thievery that they replaced the sign with one reading "419.99."  You will find this trend in other states too!

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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!

16 Mar
2016

Easter Is On Its Way!

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We have tons of Easter gifts and goodies, so stop by today to fill your Easter Basket!

14 Mar
2016

To mathematics and delicious pies!

To all my fellow nerds out there, Happy Pi Day!!

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Today marks the celebration of pi (3.141592653)!  Yay, pi!!!  Some people might be asking why pi has its own holiday?  Well, pie appears in mathematical formulas all over the place.  You can find it woven into the fabric of the Universe or in the shape of an actual pie. One physicist decided that its so special it deserves its own holiday and we agree!!

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Our famous scientists finger puppets-many of the research conducted by this crew would not have been possible without Pi.

Pi Day serves as an awesome day to make numerous math and food related puns!  Impress your friends by trying to say as many puns as possible or show off your math knowledge by reciting the number of digits of Pi you know.

Pi Day Fun Fact:  Pi Day officially starts at 1:59 PM on March 14th.  The combined date and time results in 3.14159.

March 14th is known as the birthday of Albert Einstein (physics god).  Einstein is known for his influential work on relativity and his famous equation, E=mc2. In 1921, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in recognition for his work in the sciences.  Einstein was a passionate music lover and once said "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music."

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Celebrate Einstein's birthday by purchasing our collection of Einstein merchandise.  Try purchasing our Einstein inspired mug so you can ponder physics every morning.  Then purchase our punny mints to freshen your breath in a nerdy way!

Math not your thing?  No worries!  Celebrate Pi Day by creating a scrumptious pie treat?   While making the pie, pay close attention to the geometry of the dessert. At Kards Unlimited, we sell a variety of cookbooks with fantastic pie recipes.  I will be creating a pie today and detailing my journey in this week's special edition of Baking with Kards!  Also, pick up KU's Pi Day themed card to send to all of your nerdy/pie enthusiastic friends!

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Mathematics is a wonderful tool that helps us explore the physical world around us.  I invite you to reflect on all objects circular and the number Pi today.  Or you can just send this awesome Pi Day Pun meme to all of your friends.

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