Guess Who’s Turning 174 This Month

March 01, 2011

Welcome to March!

As you know, Chicagoland Real Estate Forum likes to let our readers know the significant celebrations for each month.

OK, maybe “significant” is not the best adjective to describe March’s “National Caffeine Awareness Month,” but here it goes anyway:

March is:

*American Red Cross Month

*Kidney Month

Mr. Food in the frozen food aisle and pointing to a March is National Frozen Food Month sign

Mr. Food, as seen on Chicago's ABC-7 news, must love the month of March for all its celebrations of food.

*Foot Health Month

*Music in Our Schools Month

*Youth Art Month

*Mental Retardation Month

*National Women’s History Month

*National Feminine Improvement Month

*National Nutrition Month

*National Noodle Month

*National Peanut Month

*National Sauce Month

*National Flour Month

*National Frozen Food Month

Have you noticed there are a lot of food observances this month? Here’s a good way to celebrate frozen food in March: Enter a contest.

The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association is sponsoring the “Win a 7-Day Family Caribbean Cruise Sweepstakes” in honor of National Frozen Food Month.

All you have to do is enter at before April 30 and you could win a 7-day Caribbean Cruise for four people including airfare and, of course, food.

While on their site, you might as well check out some easy recipes to make at home. Find something frozen and nutritional with noodles, peanuts, flour and sauce and you’ve got all of March’s food observances covered.

Nonfood-related March events include:

*Wednesday, March 2: National Read Across America Day: Held in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2, 1904, there will be events held locally and all over the country. Saturday, March 9, is World Read Aloud Day as well. Celebrate both by reading to a child.

*Friday, March 4: Chicago’s Birthday: Chicago is turning 174 on Friday and there will be a party at the Chicago History Museum to celebrate. The free event from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include live music, crafts and cake.

NAR bus

NAR representatives begin their Home Ownership Matters bus tour in Chicago this month.

*Saturday, March 5 through Sunday, March 13: Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show 2011: More than 100 exhibitors will be on hand at the show at Navy Pier. On Saturday, March 5, the National Association of REALTORS will travel to the show by bus to tout the benefits of owning Chicago real estate.

*Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day is on Wednesday, March 17, but the Saturday before is the day to celebrate in Chicago. On Saturday, March 12, the Chicago River will be dyed green at 10 a.m. (that’s a half-hour earlier than in past years), and the Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon at Balbo and Columbus.

*Sunday, March 14: Daylight Savings Time: Remember to spring forward by turning your clocks ahead one hour from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 14. This is also a great time to remember to “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” in all your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

*Saturday, March 20: First Day of Spring: There’s a joke that Chicago goes from winter to summer. According to Chicago meteorologist Tom Skilling, March is tied with April as the city’s fastest warming month. Of past Marches in Chicago: 83 percent have seen 60-degree highs; 52 percent have produced 70-degree readings and all of three years have generated 80-degree temperatures.

After experiencing the snowiest February in Chicago history, I think most of us are just hoping for no more white stuff.

Have a great March!

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