Just print out the list below, add all the items on the list, and present them in a box or gift bag.
This is the perfect gift for the retiree’s party and will be the hit of the celebration. Everyone will be sure to enjoy it!
These items could also be used as party decorations and party favors. Just use your creativity for a fun, memorable celebration!
Items to include in the Survival Kit:
Balloon: to start the celebration with a BANG!
Gold Leaf: because you’re worth your weight in gold
Love Heart Candy: to remind you to follow your heart
Marker: retirement MARKS the beginning of a new journey!
Elastic Band: try to stay flexible during your retirement years
Candy Watch: to use your time wisely
Marble: to help replace the ones you lost at work
Tea Bag: retirement is just one long tea (or coffee) break!
Seeds: For all the seeds of knowledge you have sown
Starburst Candy: For a burst of energy when you need it!
Straw: to have a drink & let your hair down
Money: to help with your retirement fund
Candle: to keep your future bright
Toothpick: to pick out the best in every day
Confetti: to remember that life is a party, and the best is yet to come!
M & M’s (share size): share your M & M’s with your retiree friends
What a perfect way to show your patriotism…with patriotic pies.
These are perfect for a patriotic holiday in the USA such as the 4th of July, 2018! They will, no doubt, be the hit of the party!
Here are four favorites that will make your creative juices flow. Who knows, maybe you will tweak the recipes and create your own masterpiece!
Old Glory Cherry & Blueberry Pie
A Patriotic Pie Complete with Blueberries,Strawberries and Bananas
Mini Patriotic Pies Flag-designed Masterpiece
Red Berry Pie Paired with Blueberry Pie – A Patriotic Slice of America
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Enjoy these patriotic pies on this Independence Day 2018!
We want to share with you 4th of July quotes from famous Americans who have contributed so much to our freedoms and wonderful way of life. We are forever grateful.
John F. Kennedy
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore!”
Marquis de Lafayette
“Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.”
“The essence of America—that which really unites us—is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea—and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from, but where you are going.”
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
Oscar Wilde“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
What day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document?
Aug. 2, 1776
How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th?
Which three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July?
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826, the 50th anniversary.
Which president was born on the Fourth of July?
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.
What other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?
Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Denmark Danes and Norwegians celebrate American Independence Day because thousands emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s. Other European countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July.
When did the Fourth of July become a legal federal holiday?
Is there something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
It might not be a treasure map as the movie claims in “National Treasure,” but there is apparently a message written upside down at the bottom of the signed document: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s not known who wrote this and when it was written. Parchment was usually rolled up during the Revolutionary War years, it’s thought this statement served as a label.
Learn why John Adams would think the country is celebrating Independence Day on the wrong date:
Adams wrote that July 2, the date the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, not July 4, would be the day patriots celebrated their freedom. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, (a new or distinctive era or a moment in time) in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
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You have a choice of days as well as the type of music you prefer. The music genres are varied throughout the summer: jazz, blues, rock, R&B, Motown, oldies, bluegrass, reggae, Americana, Dixieland, pop, Latin, country and more!
All you need is a blanket or chair as well as some yummy snacks. The difficult part is deciding which concerts to attend!
FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
5-7 p.m. Fridays (June & July)
First and Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point, 955-6060, firstandmaintowncenter.com
COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC
PIKES PEAK JAZZ AND SWING SOCIETY’S ~ JAZZ IN THE PARKS
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, ppjass.org
SODA SPRINGS PARK PAVILION – Manitou Springs
Front Range Big Band, Wednesdays – June 26 and July 24 at 7:00 pm
Little London Winds, Mondays @ 7 p.m. – June 17 through August 12
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FOREST LAKES SUMMER CONCERTS
6-9 p.m. second and fourth Fridays
Waterfront Park, corner of Waterfront and Forest Lakes drives, Monument. Concert Series
HILLSIDE GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute, $7, includes ticket for one nonalcoholic beverage, beer or wine, 520-9463, hillsidegardensandevents.com
BANNING LEWIS RANCH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays
Banning Lewis Ranch, 6885 Vista del Pico Blvd., 522-2432, banninglewisranch.com
FLYING HORSE SUMMER CONCERTS
6-8 p.m. first and third Thursdays
Angel Mist Park, 13509 Silverton Road, 389-0700, flyinghorsecolorado.com
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN AT GRACE AND ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
7 p.m. Fridays
601 N. Tejon St., 328-1125, gssepiscopal.org
MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH
6:30 p.m. Saturdays
First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., firstchristiancos.org
MANITOU SPRINGS LIBRARY LAWN CONCERT SERIES
6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, ppld.org/manitou-springs-library; in case of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled.
WOODLAND MUSIC SERIES
Indoors at Ute Pass Cultural Center or outdoors at the Woodland Pavilion, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284, woodlandmusicseries.org
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE COLORADO FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6-8 p.m. Fridays
North plaza of University Village Colorado, 5230 N. Nevada Ave., uvcshopping.com
PAINT THE TOWN BLUE SERIES
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through July 19
Thorndale Park, 2310 W. Uintah St., pikespeakblues.org
MONUMENT CONCERTS IN THE PARK
7-9 p.m. Wednesdays
Limbach Park bandshell, Second and Front streets, Monument, 481-3282, trilakeschamber.com
GOLD HILL MESA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
4:00-7:00 p.m. Saturdays (Look for Saturday schedule at link below)
Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, 633-2202, goldhillmesa.com
MUSICAL MONDAYS IN MONUMENT VALLEY PARK
7 p.m. Mondays
Monument Valley Park, on lawn west of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Cache la Poudre St.
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE GLEN
6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays ~ July & August
The Glen at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., broadmoorchurch.org
COLORADO COLLEGE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL – Month of June
Concerts in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.; Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6552, coloradocollege.edu
You don’t want to miss the Summer Concerts & Activities in Colorado Springs!
What is the origin of Father’s Day?
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran and a single parent who raised six children. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, Sonora told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.
Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. Source…
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Make Father’s Day special this year by encouraging your kids or grand kids to make him something themselves! These Fathers Day crafts for kids are fun and easy-to-make.
Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting.
It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make to their children’s lives.
Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.
Father’s Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June.
1) This is such a cute, easy-to-make Father’s Day card from a small child or baby.
2) Not sure what to give dad? You might like the printable Father’s Day coupon book via Martha Stewart Living which gives him six gifts, including a free car wash, lawn mowing, breakfast of his choice, two “you decide” blank coupons, and one “King for a Day.” You can mix and match or just print more of the “you decide” coupons.
3) Have your kids make this thumbprint grapes Father’s Day card for their dads! All you need is paint and a marker. At the top of the card it says “Love You Bunches, Dad” or “Love You a Bunch, Dad!”
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The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is a heritage railway and is located in Canon City, Colorado. The railroad runs through the Royal Gorge on a 2-hour scenic and historic train ride along the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.
The 1950s-era train leaves the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City on a daily schedule.
This is a family-oriented outing for young and old alike. It carries 100,000+ guests each and every year!
Top 7 Facts to Know About the Royal Gorge Route Railroad:
1) A heritage railway is a railway that is kept to carry living history rail traffic in order to re-create railway scenes of the past. It is like stepping back in time!
2) In the 1870s, carbonate ores rich in lead and silver brought miners to the upper Arkansas River Valley of Colorado.
3) The mining activity was so brisk it attracted the attention of both the Rio Grande and Santa Fe railroads. After the Royal Gorge War between the two railroad companies, the route opened in 1879.
4) The Santa Fe Depot was built in 1910; the last passenger train ran in 1967.
5) Union Pacific RR purchased the Route in 1995; the last thru freight train ran in 1997.
6) Royal Gorge Express purchased the Route in 1998 and began regular service in 1999.
7) Dining service was introduced on RGRR in 2003 and Vista Dome cars entered service in 2005.
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