March 2: Dress in Blue Day, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Banana Cream Pie Day, Shabbat Across America

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National Dress in Blue Day

Everyone can comfortably participate in this holiday that raises awareness about colon cancer. Wear something blue, from blue jeans or a blue shirt to your favorite pair of blue shoes or earrings. National Dress in Blue Day serves as a reminder to get your colon checked.

"Colon cancer is often beatable when caught early, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States," according to the Colon Cancer Alliance.

By the numbers:

* 150,000 -- Number of Americans diagnosed with colon cancer every year.

* 50 -- The age when people should have their first screening test or cancer. Remember, symptoms often has no symptoms until it's at an advanced stage.

* 10 years -- Frequency of screenings recommended starting at age 50.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. It's Dr. Seuss' birthday. Theodor Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass. The city features the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden with bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss, the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and the Lorax. More than 200 million copies of his books have been sold, including these favorites: "Hop on Pop," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Green Eggs and Ham."

* Celebrate by reading some Dr. Seuss books or making up Seuss-inspired rhyming stories with kids.

* Enjoy a movie version of "Horton Hears a Who" or "The Cat in the Cat."

* Celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day and encourage your child to read a book.

Banana Cream Pie Day

Adding a potassium-rich fruit with soluble fiber to a pie will add creaminess, flavor and could squelch some of that dessert guilt. Pies have been enjoyed since ancient times and custard pies date back to Medieval times, according to Food Timeline. When bananas became popular in the United States in the 1880s, they became a staple fruit to fold into existing recipes for breads, cakes, puddings and pies. Snack on a traditional banana cream pie or one with strawberries or coconut cream frosting.

Shabbat Across America

Hundreds of synagogues will be participating in Shabbat Across America. Shabbat Across America "will give you a 'taste' of Shabbat. Explanatory services, traditional rituals, delicious meals and lively discussions are all important components of the Shabbat experience. as well as the opportunity to spend the evening with like-minded people, friends and family," according to National Jewish Outreach Program.

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