International Tabletop Day is April 11

Do you need a reason to play more games? Break out your favorite tabletop games and celebrate on April 11, 2015! It’s International Tabletop Day!

International Tabletop Day was created three years ago, as a way to celebrate and encourage tabletop (board games, card games, etc.) gaming with friends and family. It’s a perfect opportunity to break out an old favorite game, or discover a new one. Get the kids involved, and show them how to have fun without a screen!

Tabletop Day poster

Tabletop Day poster

If you want to meet up with some new tabletop friends, try the event finder feature at TabletopDay.com: http://tabletopday.com/find-event. Nothing happening in your area? Start your own Tabletop Day event! http://eventbritepages.com/tabletopday.

For more information on International Tabletop Day, visit http://tabletopday.com/.

My family enjoys the classic UNO, Munchkin, and Apples to Apples. Do you have suggestions for some fun tabletop games? Let us know!

World Water Day Giveaway

The UN first designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, and fifteen years later, it’s still important to spread the word about clean water access! To help share World Water Day, leave a comment on this post and you’ll have a chance to win a beautiful scarf and umbrella from World Vision!

First, watch this video! Matt Damon (co-founder of Water.org) explains some important stuff about water and toilets.

Why worry about clean water? Have some facts!

  • Water is essential to life. The human body is 50-65% water. A newborn baby is 78% water.
  • The World Health Organization recommends at least 7.5 liters of water per person per day, and that minimum doesn’t include water for hygiene and sanitation.
  • Each American uses about 7500 liters of water per day.
  • In developing nations, women and girls spend 25% of each day gathering water for their families.
  • Handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs and prevent illness and disease. (Up to one trillion germs can live in one gram of poop.)
  • Every minute, a child dies from a water-related disease.

(facts from World Water Day site)

Water (World Vision)

Water (World Vision)

How you can help with World Water Day

One of the World Water Day partners is World Vision, and they have a great list of things to do for World Water Day. Of course, you can come up with your own ways to spread clean water awareness, and help with local water conservation efforts, too. This year’s specific World Water Day theme is “Water and Sustainable Development,” so you can also learn and talk about #water #sustainability #wateris and #waternow.

  • Start with a tweet: 22 March is #WorldWaterDay. Use #WaterIs to share messages about #Water & #Sustainability @UN-Water
  • Organize an event, such as a walk or run. One middle school is hosting a 1 mile barefoot walk to raise money and awareness of how hard it is for some people to find and gather water every day.
  • Comment for a chance to win!

    Comment for a chance to win scarf!

  • Give clean water by donating money. You could try water.org or worldvision, or find a local organization that you can help by volunteering.
  • Take shorter showers. It may not seem important, but the average 5 minute American shower uses more water than an average person in a developing country gets all day.
  • Print and share some World Water Day posters from UN Water. There are several to choose from here.

Whatever you decide to do, even if it’s just talking about the need for clean water, do something. Water is life! World Water Day is March 22.

Leave a comment below for a chance to win this beautiful scarf (normally $95) and an umbrella! (Scarf and umbrella will be provided and shipped by World Vision.)

Today is World Book Day!

Happy “World Book Day,” my fellow geeks, nerds, and bookworms! To observe the 18th annual World Book Day (March 5, 2015), you might choose to read a book, tell a story, make a donation to a library, or even try writing a book of your own. If you want more ideas, visit the official World Book Day site.

In the meantime, check out this cool project! Called “Arma De Instruccion Masiva,” (ADIM) or “Weapon of Mass Instruction,” built by artist Raul Lemesoff, it’s a former military vehicle, which has been remade into a mobile library.

Raul Lemesoff / ADIM mobile library

Raul Lemesoff / ADIM mobile library

The official ADIM site describes the project like this.

“The weapon of mass instruction is a mobile sculpture that carries books and gift books. The ability to transport allows to receive donations from anywhere and bring them to the far corners of Argentina and the continent…”

“The ADIM is the sculpture, also a street intervention, a unique piece of art, protest, encouragement, an image from another dimension…”

ADIM mobile library

ADIM mobile library

The ADIM travels Argentina and South America, bringing books to unexpected places, to promote reading and encourage creativity. The driver gifts books and accepts donations along the way.

Happy World Book Day!

More information?
http://worldbookday.com/
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/raul-lemesoff-arma-de-instruccion-masiva
https://sites.google.com/site/armadeinstruccionmasiva/