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March is named after the Roman god of war, but maybe it should have been named after Bacchus, the Roman god of pleasure.  We talked to some elders to find out what they like best about March and they had a lot to share and it seems there is something for everyone.

Some of you are party animals will celebrate Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday on the 1st or St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th.  Others prefer the great outdoors and can be found celebrating in the garden on March 12th (plant a flower day) or howling at the moon on the 15th (the Ides of March).  While others love the 20th, the first day of spring.  In case you miss those days, no worries, you can still celebrate on the 30th (take a walk day).

March is Women’s History Month and you might find women walking particularly tall, sharing stories of our nation’s relatively unsung heroes.  March is also Red Cross month, a perfect opportunity to organize a blood drive or make a donation.  March even includes a chance to celebrate those that provide essential assistance, as the 3rd is caregiver appreciation day.

For sports fans it’s a great month.  Basketball fans rejoice on March 12th, the beginning of March Madness, the NCAA’s annual men’s college basketball tournament.  Spring skiers enjoy the best of both worlds, deep snowpack and warmer temperatures. Plus March is the lull right after the football season has completed and just before hopes are refreshed by the optimism only spring training can bring to baseball fans.

Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 12, and while getting up earlier might not be what you celebrate, certainly everyone can take advantage of a little extra daylight stretching into the evenings.  It makes it a great time to enjoy long and casual dinners outside.  In fact, you might use it as an excuse to celebrate March 14th, otherwise known as Pi or Pie day.

As you can see, there is a lot of wisdom we can take from our discussion with elders on how to enjoy March.  One last day they pointed out, and we can all use, is March 22nd (as young as you feel day).  A day and month for all of us in Mill Valley to forget about age and just have fun.  Here’s hoping you can enjoy this wonder-filled month!

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