The Salad Bowl

The “Salad Bowl” has replaced the “melting pot” as an analogy for the USA. A melting pot requires ingredients to give up their individual flavor. A salad, on the other hand, needs each ingredient to retain its uniqueness and participate in the overall flavor. The Salad is meant to provide girl and adult Girl Scouts with resources and ideas to recognize, celebrate and participate in the River Valleys’ “salad.” Bertrene Cage welcomes comments and suggestions at 763-971-4046 or

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Diversity means differences. Human diversity means differences among people. It’s all of us in our rich and infinite variety. So in October we celebrate people who are differently-abled.

Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week of October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In the 1970s, a historic shift in disability public policy occurred. For the first time, the exclusion of people with disabilities was viewed as discrimination. The efforts of disability activists led to significant changes in laws, such as the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and the designation of a full month to recognize the potential of America’s 30 million working-age people with disabilities.

Cultural Calendar


Diversity Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

  • 17 – Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu)
  • 21 – Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)
  • 25 – Mother-In-Law Day
  • 31 – Reformation Day (Christian)


American Diabetes Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National American Indian Heritage Month

  • 1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian, Roman Catholic)
  • 1 – Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” (Mexico, Latin America)
  • 2 – All Souls’ Day (Roman Catholic)
  • 12 – Birthday of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  • 27 – Eid al-adha (Islamic, Muslim)

*Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date