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Noteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

July4thItaly takes over the rotating EU presidency from Greece on July 1. More details on Italy’s priorities here.

The U.S. celebrates its 238th year of independence on July 4 and 155 million hot dogs are expected to be consumed on this day according to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Perhaps this is why July is also National Hot Dog Month.

The FIFA World Cup wraps up on July 13. Did you know that South American and European countries have won the World Cup 9 times and 10 times respectively? There has been no other continent which has produced a World Cup Champion. Other major sport events to watch in July and August include the Tour De France (July 5), the golf British Open (July 17), and the tennis US Open (Aug. 25).

President Barack Obama celebrates his 53rd birthday on August 4. Also celebrating a birthday this month is Prosek’s fearless leader, Jennifer Prosek. Happy birthday, Jen!

Want to learn more about Mexico and how “US companies can best leverage the $507 billion import-export market with Mexico?” The Economist hosts a free webinar on this topic on August 5.

Other important, if not quirky, events to take place in the months of July and August include International Joke Day (July a), World Population Day (July 11), National Tequila Day (July 24), National Cheesecake Day (July 30), Friendship Day (August 3), International Left Handers Day (August 13), Womens Equality Day (August 26), and International Bacon Day (August 30). End of Story


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Noteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

Happy Fathers Day 2014The month of June kicks off with the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2 in San Francisco. According to the rumor mill, possible announcements at the event will be iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and perhaps a refresh of the iMac. iPhone 6 is not on the docket. Not to be outdone, Google hosts its Google I/O event on June 25 also in San Francisco. Expected announcements include Android TV, consumer launch of Google Glass, more smartwatch models, and Android for cars.

How many major sport events can a month have? Apparently, a lot! Round 4 of The French Open starts on June 1, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final starts on June 4, the NBA Final starts on June 5, the 114th U.S. Open Championship starts on June 12, FIFA World Cup also starts on June 12, and the month wraps up with the Tour de France on June 23.

The G8 Leadership Summit is now the G7 as Russia has been suspended due to fear of its military moves in Ukraine. Taking place on June 4-5, the summit’s location is now in The Hague in the Netherlands

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Noteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

how-should-you-celebrate-mother-s-day-may-8-2012-600x480May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

In sports, three major events take place in May: the Kentucky Derby (May 3), the PGA’s The Players Championship (May 8-11), and the French Open (May 26-June 8).

Anna Jarvis who started Mother’s Day filed a “lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day.” Clearly, she lost the suit because according to the U.S. Census, Americans on average spend about $671 million on cards, $126 million on gifts and $1.9 million on flowers each year on Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to call your mom on May 11.

Two key PRSA events taking place in the month of May. In New York City from May 15-16, PRSA and PRIME Research host their Strategic Corporate Communications and Research Conference where leading communicators share how to “prove and improve your return on PR investment with strategic research approaches.” Speakers include Gary Sheffer of GE, David Tovar of Walmart, and Andrew Bowins of MasterCard. Then, on May 20-21 in Chicago, PRSA hosts its Connect 14 Conference, which “features power networking with colleagues, as well as targeted programming that responds to the latest internal communications challenges and opportunities.”

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taxes_sdNoteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

The month kicks off with April Fools’ Day. Here is a look-back at the biggest pranks in 2013.

Panama plays host to the World Economic Forum on Latin America on April 1-3. The conference focuses on the region’s efforts in maintaining its economic growth, boosting the diversification of its economies, increase its productivity, fuel competitiveness, enhance trade and invest in human capital.

The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference is on April 2-4 in Santa Barbara, CA. As always, the conference convenes experts from a diverse range of industries – oil, gas, alternative energy, clean tech, manufacturing, finance, and consumer businesses – to debunk myths and opportunities. This year’s speakers include chairmen and CEOs of Walmart, Tyson Foods, Statoil, Toyota, Waste Management, and more.

Something to look forward to on April 15 – a total lunar eclipse is visible to those in Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas. Speaking of April 15, don’t forget to file your taxes. Here are “10 Tips for Getting the Biggest Tax Refund.”

About 36,000 runners compete in the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21. Runners will commemorate those killed by the bombing at the 2013 race.

Celebrate Mother Earth on April 22. This year’s theme for Earth Day is Green Cities, which focuses on initiatives that help create sustainable communities. How will you do your part?

Rounding up the month, PRWeek hosts its PR Summit 2014 in London on April 29. A one-day strategic PR event, the focus of this year’s summit will be on the evolution of PR in the global and digital landscape.

Other important, if not quirky, events to take place in the month of April include National Walk to Work Day (April 4), World Pillow Fight Day (April 5), World Health Day (April 7), Passover (April 14), and Easter (April 19). End of Story


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month ahead . . .

March is National Women’s History Month and the theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” Other events celebrating women in March include International Women’s Day (March 8), Harriet Tubman Day (March 10), and Girl Scout Day (March 12).

The PRSA hosts a series of seminars this month on a variety of topics ranging from Pitching Challenging Brand to Grow the Word-of-Mouth Movement, and PR and Big Data. Full calendar here.

Always 46 days before Easter, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is on March 4 this year. Fun fact: there are three colors associated with Mardi Gras – purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

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