The Cafe for June

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas, so here are some ideas that you might be able to use for your art and creative process.

June birthstone: Pearl, flower: Rose
To learn how to make a rose out of money, click here.

June is Great Outdoors Month. If you spend time in the Great Outdoors this month, learn a little more about the feathered friends you see. Click here.

June is zoo and aquarium month. Wolf cubs (pictured above) were born in May at Moonridge Zoo in Big Bear. To find out more about Moonridge Zoo, click here.

The second week in June is National Clay Week. Click here to go to the American Museum of Ceramic Art website. The museum is right in our own backyard in Pomona.

June 1- Donut Day. Learn how to make calorie-free donuts. Click here.

June 2nd Radio was patented in 1896. For an interesting timeline on radio history, click here.

June 3rd is the anniversary of the First U.S. Spacewalk by astronaut Ed White in 1965. For a look at the Smithsonian's Air and Space collections, click here.

June 4th- Aesop's Birthday. Read some of the stories you remember, and learn about others of Aesop's fables that you have never read. Click here for a nice online collection of Aesop's Fables.

June 5th Richard Scarry's birthday. He was an author of children's books, born in 1919. Click here to see some of the books he wrote and drew.

June 6th · First Drive-in Movie Theater Opens in New Jersey in 1933. For an interesting look at drive in theaters of the past, click here. ·

June 8th- Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday. Born in 1867, he is America's most well-known and celebrated architect. Celebrate his birthday by going to the Anderton Court Shops on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, a building Wright designed (pictured above). Click here for more information about Wright.

June 12th Anne Frank's birthday, born in 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The secret annex that she and her family hid in is now a museum. Click here to see that museum. Consider celebrating this by starting a journal of your own. A facsimile of Ann Frank's journal is pictured above. Below, see a collection of pictures and an actress reading Ann Frank's words.

June 14th Caldecott Medal first awarded in 1937. To learn which books over the years have won this award, and to learn more about the award, click here. ·

June 14-Flag Day. Proudly display your stars and stripes. Click here for more information on the holiday.

June 16th- National Fudge Day (as if you need to wait for a special day for this treat). Below is a video about the oldest sweet shop in England. I don't know if they actually sell fudge, but it's an interesting video nonetheless.

June 18th-International Picnic Day. To celebrate this day, why not have a picnic? If you want to make it extra special, click here .

June 19th- Juneteenth

On this date in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger in Galveston, TX read a special order from President Lincoln that informed Texans that the slaves were free. Surprisingly, this was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed (January 1, 1863). In this day of instant news coverage, it seems strange that there was a time when news traveled this slowly. Some historians surmise that several people in Texas did know about the Emancipation Proclamation, but they simply did not tell the slaves about it. Whatever the case, June 19th became the celebration called "Juneteenth." Click here for recipes and ideas to celebrate. The photograph above was from a Juneteenth celebration in the year 1900.

June 20th Bald Eagle Day. Click here for information on eagles.

June 21st is both Father's Day and the first day of summer. Click here for a great website that has gift ideas for dads, along with crafts the kids can make.

June 23rd Johannes Gutenberg's birthday. He was born in 1400, and he is credited by many as the European inventor of the moveable type printing press. Out of the 180 Bibles he is known to have printed, only 48 in the world today. Eleven of those 48 are in the U.S.A., and one is at the Huntington Library in San Marino near Pasadena (that one is pictured above). Click here for information on visiting the Huntington Library and botanical gardens. If you have never been, it's a beautiful estate with famous artworks, rare books, and a huge and beautiful garden walk.

June 25th Eric Carle's birthday, author of several children's books. To learn more about him, click here.

June 25th-LEON Day. LEON is NOEL spelled backwards. It means six months until Christmas. If you are planning to make some Christmas gifts this year, it might be time to start thinking about buying supplies so you won't be caught in mid-December with a million hours of work left to finish your gifts.

Day June 30th Superman's Birthday. Below are two videos with different Superman themes. The top one is the theme song from the 1940's, and the one below it, while not visually stimulating, is the John Williams theme from the Superman movies.

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