May 2018

“I am only one, but still I am one.

I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

—Helen Keller


ACTIVITIES (like planting, for instance–things you can do on a personal, local level)

For the Flying Things: The birds, the bees, and butterflies!


  • Don’t forget to put out food and water for the birds. Please, make sure the water will be in the shade during the heat of the summer.
  • Please, don’t pull or cut the dandelions! Bees need them for food, especially in the early spring. They also love clover blooms, if you’re lucky enough to have some.
  • Got milkweed?  


Gardening This Month:


  • Follow Color Us Empowered on Facebook where I share the best articles, videos, and other information about all aspects of gardening (among other things) that I can find.



  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month

May 1:  

  • International Worker’s Day 
    • Celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers; anniversary of the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, when workers were striking for an eight-hour work day and were confronted by police.

May 3:
  • World Press Freedom Day   

May 7-13:

  • Be Kind to Animals Week
    • Mission/Purpose:   “As Be Kind to Animals Week now turns 100 years old, we are launching a year-long campaign, Kindness 100, to celebrate a century of humane work and set the stage to create a more humane world for animals over the next hundred years. Join us in a new Compassion Movement for the 21st Century, take the Kindness 100 Humane Pledge, teach your kids the meaning of caring through our important and fun curricula, and get your friends involved.”
    • For Additional Information:

May 14-17:

  • Animal Care Expo 2018
    • Mission/Purpose: Learn new skills and strategies to find pets homes, keep pets in homes, engage your community, humanely manage community cat populations and more! 
    • Where:  Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO
    • For Additional Information: 


May 21:

  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 

May 22:

May 25: