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Oct. 7: World Smile Day, Denim Day, National Diversity Day, Frappe Day

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World Smile Day

Text smiley faces all day, draw them on hand-written notes, and perform an act of kindness to help at least one person smile. That the advice of the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation. Commercial artist Harvey Ball is credited with the bright yellow smiley face we all know and love.

"That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet. As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace. Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day," in 1999, according to World Smile Day.

National Denim Day

How much would you pay for a new pair of jeans? Would you be willing to donate that same amount to a good cause? Wear jeans on Lee National Denim Day and enjoy your casual Friday. But the holiday is about more than being comfortable. It's a way to raise funds for the Women's Cancer Programs of EIF. How do you participate? It's easy: "Wear jeans and donate the cost of a pair of jeans to support breast cancer research." The money raised directly benefits established research institutions, including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

For 2011, the Lee National Denim Day Celebrity Ambassador is Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs." Previous celebrity ambassadors have included Felicity Huffman, Steve Carell, and Christina Applegate, who started the Right Action for Women "to provide educational and financial support to young women who are facing the risk of breast cancer due to a family history of the disease or genetic predisposition," according to EIF.

National Diversity Day

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." -- Margaret Mead. The holiday is for celebrating differences and promoting tolerance. The slogan for the day is "Embrace diversity, embrace our world," according to National Diversity Day.

Frappe Day

It could be Frappe Day or Frappé Day. Pronunciation aside, you'll be enjoying a tasty beverage. In some regions, including Massachusetts, a frappe sometimes refers to a milkshake with ice cream. The chocolate kind were celebrated on Sept. 12 and the coffee-flavored milkshake had its day on July 26.

A frappe may also be a shaken, cold drink that contains coffee. In Rhode Island, they like to call these "cabinets," according to What's Cooking America. There is also the Greek version of a frappé made with instant coffee and a frothy foam on the top and served cold.

Make a Very Raspberry Frappe, a Raspberry-Coffee Frappe or concoct your own version.

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