Each year, on March 31st children and adults alike, pick up their favorite colors for National Crayon Day. Opening up a box of crayons opens up a world of imagination and hours of fun. 

Wax and chalk-based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries.  Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today.  He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.

In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal.  The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests and was an immediate success.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCrayonDay

Get out your crayons and color away! We’ve provided three color pages for all age levels for you to download and print. We would love to see your final creations! Post them to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages and we’ll definitely respond. 

Use #NationalCrayonDay to share on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the founder of this colorful and fun holiday. In the meantime, we’ll keep finding more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

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Learning how to use – “Attach!”

When you are a “Grandma” – learning new computer skills are way pass “Dumb Dora’s,” ability!

This is one such day, for me, the “Grandma” … when the learning just does not want to go into the right part of my BRAIN.  When, like in my case, have some pictures that someone would like to put in their book…  that they are writing…  and to be published soon…  had to get instructions on, “the HOW TO DO” …  and my biggest mistake was not making written notes, as I was doing  the first couple pictures.

My Instructor walked away and said “I’ll check and see if what we sent has been received?” “Go ahead and do the next picture and send it, just like we did the first pictures.”

“Dumb Dora”…  that’s my name for myself…  when I have a task assignment to do and I feel completely out of my realm as to what to really do…  being afraid to make a mistake…  I start out as I think I remember and as I begin…  the sequence seems just a little different and as I cancel and try to start over… I feel like I am so far into the “FORREST” of mentally  being lost… there has to be a step or two…  to do…   that I have forgotten?

When you have a picture to send on the email, and you keep going over  and getting the picture and you are looking at the email and everything you see… looks good to go  and you click the  “SEND” and you receive no response….  that the picture has been received?

You  now have to wonder… what the heck am I doing?

What am I forgetting to do? Should I get up and go to the desk that is waiting for the picture and really be so “DUMB” so as  to have to ask,  “Did you receive the picture, yet?” 

 And then, what I have to do is just tell them….  that I sent the picture several times… just  have no idea…. as to why it didn’t get where it was supposed to go? And then have to say, “Would you come and show me how to do it  all over again?”

So, we go over the sending of a picture with the email again! I,  sitting there and doing one step after another … just as I am being told and then, the  magic word is said!

“Hit the symbol for “ATTACH” – “WOW” – I had to say the word “ATTACH” – several times!

That’s what I forgot to do. Every time I went to send the email…  never gave “ATTACH” a second thought…  so no wonder no picture was  received on the other end?

So, nowGrandma,” do not forget…  if you want someone to receive “SOMETHING”…  You do have to give it…  and the only way you are going to give it… “YOU have to ATTACH it!”

“That’s Right: “HIT ATTACH!”

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“PIANO DAY is March 28 and April 6, 2020!”

PIANO DAY is March 28 and April 6, 2020!

International Piano Day is the 88th day of the year. (The traditional piano has 88 keys.) This year that lands on March 28, 2020. However, we had intended to celebrate it in Portland on April 6. (That’s because the Bösendorfer Model 290 Imperial piano has 97 keys, and that is worth celebrating!) But, because of the current restrictions on gatherings, we have postponed this celebration until a later date.

Want to learn more? Contact … @portlandpiano.org 

We all love piano music. Please help us support piano and piano education in our community, through this fun and rewarding activity, coming soon!

Where we will be on PIANO DAY 2020

Union Station: 800 NW Sixth Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209 Performers will be found inside in the center of the room.

What is Piano Day?


In 2017, Portland Piano International (SOLO) presented its first Piano Day event to celebrate the 88th day of the year, March 29, 2017 — an official day that had never before been celebrated in the United States!

Four years ago, German pianist Nils Frahm declared the 88th day of each year to be “Piano Day,” a special day to celebrate the piano. The 88th day of the year was chosen because the modern piano (usually) has 88 keys. In 2016, there were more than 20 events held across the globe, from Japan, Australia, Russia, Slovenia, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Lithuania, France, the UK and Canada.

How does Piano Day work in Portland?


On Monday, April 6 from 9am to 7pm, there will be one location in the Portland Metro area where you can hear the piano played by local pianists of all ages: Union Station in Northwest Portland.

The choice of music is up to the performer and there are no restrictions on what can be played.

This event is free to the public, but each performer raises funds from the community with a minimum goal of $20 per minute played. A robust software platform is in place to help manage the peer-to-peer fundraising process. The funds raised are used to support the educational programs of Portland Piano International.

Over 80 events around the world are scheduled in honor of Piano Day this year and we can’t wait to have you participate in this international celebration, right here in Portland. Here’s the signup link to play.

Why do performers participate in Piano Day?


Play a fabulous piano. This is a chance to play on a truly great grand piano.

We’re making history. Each time we do this, we are joining pianists around the world celebrating the piano! 

Play on a world stage.  Performances are streamed live and are watched around the globe.

Get swag. After the performances, the participants receive a certificate of participation. They also get their choice of two free tickets to an upcoming Portland Piano International performance (pending availability)!

Help a great nonprofit. Since 1978, Portland Piano International has been bringing some of the best pianists to Portland and providing educational opportunities to teachers, students and the general public through master classes, a summer festival, professional development in rural Oregon, commissioning new works for solo piano, etc.




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National Scribble Day on March 27 inspires children to kindness through art.

Each of us starts out as a little colorful, wrinkled up human being with eyes, nose and sometimes a shock of hair. Our personality develops as we go. We’re a bit like a scribble.

Children’s scribbles become more than just scribbles when eyes and a smile are added. Somehow a personality leaps onto the page and with it, encouragement for children to grow and express themselves. The positive result looking back at them spreads a surge of joy that is infectious.

That’s what’s so wonderful about scribbles – anyone can make them no matter their ability. This means everyone from Grandpa to the smallest family member can join in the day.  Gather up the crayons in every color and scribble up smiles for everyone!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalScribbleDay

Scribble with a child on National Scribble Day.  Whether it laughs, dances or grins, it doesn’t really matter. The child can laugh, dance and grin, too!  Educators, visit new.dianealber.com/scribbleday/ for resources and to sign up for stickers.

Families, you can participate at home by bringing out the crayons and art supplies. Let the kids of all ages get creative with their scribbles. Art is an excellent way to relieve anxiety and there are no lines to stay between here! Here are some fun ways to enjoy creating scribbles:

  • Challenge your household to scribble sudsy scribbles – you know, ones that use the right amount of soap when they wash their hands.
  • Have fun naming your scribbles.
  • Turn your final scribbles into a game of who’s who. For example, whose scribble looks most like Mick Jagger or Marilyn Monroe?

Educators, also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ways to celebrate the day with your students.

Use #NationalScribbleDay to share your scribbles on social media.


Diane Alber, author of I’m NOT Just a Scribble, founded National Scribble Day in 2019 to share a message of kindness and acceptance and to encourage children to create art no matter their ability. Every artist started with a scribble!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Scribble Day to be observed annually on March 27th.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!


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“When the CALL for Laughter is NOW”




All selections viewed and found to be just plain good  old time stuff… that was good a long time ago… and for today … should fill the bill… A OKAY!

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“So you need to self-quarantine the family”



Sometimes we just need a reminder of the things that we usually do not think about… when we are worried about catching some disease…  that we do not want for our family and friends.

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