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 welcome comments and suggestions at 800-845-0708 or

Feast of Okambondondo

Okambondondo is a children’s harvest festival celebrated in the villages of Angola. It has no given date but may be celebrated at any time during the harvest season (February to April) and is sometimes celebrated more than once in a given year. For this celebration the children usually divide into groups, six to ten year olds meeting at one house, eleven to fifteen-year-olds in another, and those sixteen and older having their own feast in yet a third house. Each child brings a contribution to the feast. The boys bring dried fish or meat, and the girls bring cornmeal, beans, and corn. The children gather in the evening to play games and tell folk stories. Then the girls go to sleep in the kitchen while the boys sleep in another part of the house. At about one or two o’clock in the morning, the girls wake up and begin to cook the feast. When it is ready, they run to awaken the boys. They all eat together then leave the house for the village common, where there is singing and more games. At the first sign of dawn, they gather the remaining food from their feast to carry home for their parents to enjoy while they have a much needed rest.

Cultural Calendar


  • 18 – Martin Luther King Day
  • 27 – World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day
  • 30 – Tu B’Shevat (Arbor Day)


Black History Month
American Heart Month

  • 1 – National Freedom Day
  • 2 – Groundhog Day
  • 4 – World Cancer Day
  • 14 – Valentine’s Day
  • 15 – Presidents’ Day
  • 17 – Ash Wednesday
  • 20 – World Day of Social Justice
  • 28 – Purim