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In celebration of obscure holidays.

Good Morning.

I have a newsletter problem. If the subject head isn’t interesting, I won’t open it. But without fail, I always open former Marina City Councilmember Frank O’Connell’s monthly newsletter because the format is so unique. It always begins with a month-long calendar full of obscure events.

Did you know July 4 is also Sidewalk Egg Frying Day? Did you know this month there is not only a Blueberry Day on July 7, but also a Blueberry Muffin Day four days later? Ice cream gets several features with National Ice Cream Day on July 18, but not before National Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17. Then it’s National Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23, but not before National Make Your Own Sundae Day on July 21.

Taking a break from food-related days, my favorite this month is Pandemonium Day on July 14, dedicated to disorder. This could mean drinking coffee from a different cup for me. I’m into it. One I won’t be celebrating? All Or Nothing Day on July 26, which discourages “waffling or procrastination” according to holidayinsights.com. Waffling is part of my writing process.

How do people celebrate all these obscure events? This week’s To-Do List has some suggestions.

-Marielle Argueza, staff writer, marielle@mcweekly.com

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STORIES TO READ THIS WEEKEND
A churro sundae at Las 2 Fridas in Monterey. Photographed by Daniel Dreifuss.
  1. Hunting for Mexican snacks in Monterey County opens a world of flavor. A partial list, from south to north, of popular Mexican snacks you can find in Monterey County.
     
  2. North County residents feel under siege by loud weekend parties. Why aren’t Monterey County officials stopping them? An amended noise ordinance, passed in 2019 by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, was supposed to fix the problem. But the ordinance has been a failure in the eyes of those it was meant to protect.
     
  3. Governor expands drought emergency to include Monterey County. Drought declarations loosen up the red tape for affected jurisdictions to receive emergency funding and resources, such as expediting water transfer requests.
     
  4. We’re number two. In which Squid discovers that Highway 1 is the world’s second most beautiful road trip (according to Instagram photos per mile).
     
  5. Carmel proclaims itself an inclusive city in response to a Confederate flag. The proclamation is framed in the positive, encouraging residents, businesses and other institutions to make the community one of acceptance, unity and harmony. It ends by denouncing racism in all its forms, hate speech, "symbols of hatred and bias, and all acts of violence towards all people."
     
  6. The community response to illegal fireworks in Seaside and Salinas was a little different this year. Law enforcement in Salinas and Seaside say the community reports of illegal fireworks they got this year were more frequent and detailed
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