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June Sun Shines on Safety, Pride, Environment and More
4 weeks ago

June Sun Shines on Safety, Pride, Environment and More

June sun shines awareness on Safety, LGBTQ Pride, the Environment, Summerfests and more worthwhile causes and fun events. It is the month to celebrate the official onset of Summer, Fathers, Hunger and festivals galore. Here are five top June Events to know. IN THE SUNLIGHT >NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH -- Every June, the National Safety Council [...]
Parade of Ships on New York’s Waters for FLEET WEEK
1 month ago

Parade of Ships on New York’s Waters for FLEET WEEK

The Parade of Ships on New York's Waters kicks off the 30th anniversary of Fleet Week NY on Wednesday. Fourteen ships entered New York's Hudson River Harbor this morning on their way to dock for seven days. Now in its 30th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It provides citizens [...]
Breaking Down Barriers Begins with Dialogue: Quote of the Week
1 month ago

Breaking Down Barriers Begins with Dialogue: Quote of the Week

The Socially Sparked Quote of the Week comes from outspoken activist Harvey Milk. The visionary civil and human rights leader firmly believed that dialogue played a crucial role in breaking down prejudices. In honor of this week’s celebrations for Cultural Diversity of Dialogue and the birthday of the late Harvey Milk, we highlight one of [...]
Tom Wolfe: Master of Neo Journalism Universe
1 month ago

Tom Wolfe: Master of Neo Journalism Universe

Tom Wolfe was the master of the neo journalism universe. The prolific author died on Monday at the age of 88. Wolfe had an uncanny knack for capturing American pop culture trends and bringing them to life through his masterful writings threaded with his personal perceptions. It has been 50 years since his now notorious [...]
Daily Dose of Wonderful: Quote of the Week
2 months ago

Daily Dose of Wonderful: Quote of the Week

This merry week in May deserves a daily dose of wonderful. The Socially Sparked® Quote of the Week is about inspiration. "Every day may not be wonderful, but there is something wonderful in every day." -- anonymous Thinking about inspiration, this week is National Nurses Week which culminates with International Nurses Day on May 12th. [...]
Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff Heats Up New York
2 months ago

Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff Heats Up New York

Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff heats up New York City and environs this weekend with two sizzling hot cabaret shows. The Socially Sparked spotlight artist and award-winning sultry jazz and cabaret talent brings her trademark Spider's spin on the music of Irving Berlin and Peggy Lee to Long Island's Tilles Center on Saturday and New York [...]
Artsy, Hip Gigantic-Size Shoe Exhibit Sparks Bloomies Return to Glory
2 months ago

Artsy, Hip Gigantic-Size Shoe Exhibit Sparks Bloomies Return to Glory

An artsy, hip gigantic-size shoe exhibit on display at iconic Bloomingdale’s (Bloomies) NYC flagship locale is turning heads and feet of New Yorkers and tourists. The new exhibit is reminiscent of Bloomies of yesteryear when the legendary retailer was known as the “It” department store for cutting-edge fashion, pop culture, splashy campaigns, celebrity and New [...]
Lovable Peanuts Gang Become Newest Kids on the Blocks
2 months ago

Lovable Peanuts Gang Become Newest Kids on the Blocks

The lovable Peanuts Gang become the newest kids on the blocks today when the American leg of The Peanuts Global Arts Collective Tour officially unwraps its graffiti-esque art murals on the streets of New York City. The groundbreaking worldwide, public art initiative is designed to bring communities together through the universal themes ingrained in Peanuts [...]
Say Cheese & Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day
2 months ago

Say Cheese & Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day

Say Cheese and celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day today. The designated day is part of April's National Grilled Cheese Month. Most everybody loves cheese. The beloved sandwich has Socially Sparked® our lives in countless ways -- it conjures up memories of our youth, days of yore, comfort, warmth and good old-fashioned TLC -- to name [...]
Closing Gender Wage Gap by Social Media Storm
3 months ago

Closing Gender Wage Gap by Social Media Storm

Closing the gender wage gap by social media storm happens today on Equal Pay Day. That's what advocates for equal pay nationwide hope to accomplish via organized Time For Transparency Chats on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Equal Pay Day is held annually on the second Tuesday in April. It's the approximate day the typical [...]
Ninety Six (96) Birthday Wishes Doris Day
3 months ago

Ninety Six (96) Birthday Wishes Doris Day

Ninety Six (96) birthday wishes Doris Day -- Hollywood's girl next door. The legendary American actress, singer and animal welfare activist is celebrating her big day with friends and singing to her pets. Here's how to celebrate with Doris Day. Doris Day has one birthday wish this year. The founder of the Doris Day Animal [...]
On Harmony by Norman Granz: Quote of the Week
3 months ago

On Harmony by Norman Granz: Quote of the Week

On Harmony by jazz impresario Norman Granz (1918 - 2001) is this week's Socially Sparked Quote of the Week. Known as one of the most influential producers of the 20th century jazz scene, Granz is equally recognized for his activism for civil rights and equality within the industry and beyond. "Jazz is America's own. It [...]
Easter Sunday Fashions Socially Sparked
3 months ago

Easter Sunday Fashions Socially Sparked

Easter Sunday fashions Socially Sparked our lives at the traditional Easter Parade in New York City today. The tradition of the Easter Parade on NYC's famed 5th Avenue dates back to the mid-1800s. 2018's post parade celebration at legendary Rockefeller Center did not dissapoint. Nor did the weather. Here's a look. EASTER SUNDAY FASHIONISTAS OF [...]
Long Live Mom and Pop Business Owners
3 months ago

Long Live Mom and Pop Business Owners

Long live mom and pop business owners, especially today on National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. While at first glance the large retail chains and online giant merchants may seem to be a death sentence to the small business owner, perception is deceiving. Here's why. The mom and pop stores of yore and those [...]
Farewell Bozo The Clown’s Frank Avruch (1928-2018)
3 months ago

Farewell Bozo The Clown’s Frank Avruch (1928-2018)

Farewell to Bozo The Clown’s portrayer Frank Avruch (May 21, 1928 – March 20, 2018). The Boston-based television personality entertained and Socially Sparked® millions of children of the 1960s as television’s Beloved Bozo The Clown (1959-1970). Avruch died at the age of 89 after a long battle with heart disease. He is survived by his [...]
Music’s Power by Hans Christian Andersen: Quote of the Week
3 months ago

Music’s Power by Hans Christian Andersen: Quote of the Week

Music's power by renowned master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen is the Socially Sparked® Quote of the Week. The Danish author is best known for fairy tales that have stood the test of time as The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes and Princess and the Pea. In honor of Music in Our Schools Month we [...]
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY
3 months ago

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Socially Sparked News wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Be 4 Ever Socially Sparked®.
Adieu Toys ‘R Us: Iconic 80s Store Closing
3 months ago

Adieu Toys ‘R Us: Iconic 80s Store Closing

Adieu Toys R Us: the ‘80s iconic store is closing its toy box to the world forever -- at least for now. The retail chain and its beloved mascot – Geoffrey Giraffe have Socially Sparked® the lives of millions of children of the '80s and '90s. While this news is bittersweet for every child that [...]
Cheese Doodles Socially Sparked Our Lives
4 months ago

Cheese Doodles Socially Sparked Our Lives

Cheese Doodles Socially Sparked® our lives in so many ways and continue to do so. An iconic snack food of pop culture deserves the spotlight, so on behalf of National Cheese Doodle Day, we've tweaked our 2017 feature. Here's a little background on the history of the curly cheese snack. Invented in the 1950s by [...]
Hats Off Dr. Seuss – Happy Birthday
4 months ago

Hats Off Dr. Seuss – Happy Birthday

Hats off to Dr. Seuss in honor of his Birthday. This cat in the hat Socially Sparked® our lives in countless ways -- as American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, book publisher and artist -- to name a few. Dr. Seuss Day is celebrated each year close to his birthday on March 2nd during Reading [...]
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