In August  Planeta.com hosts one of our two tentpole events — Indigenous Peoples Week to celebrate August 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

Other events and celebrations in August include World Photography Day on August 19. Check out National Heritage Week in Ireland.

August 1 Swiss National Day (Switzerland)

August 6 Independence Day (Bolivia)

August 9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

August 10 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (1809)

August 12 World Elephant Day

August 15 Independence Day (India)

August 15 Ferragosto (Italy)

August 19 World Photography Day

August 24 Día de Parques Nacionales de Costa Rica (National Parks Day) (Costa Rica)

August 25 Founder’s Day, National Park Service (USA)

August 30 Melbourne Day commemorates the day the first European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in 1835. (MelbourneAustralia)

August Darwin Festival (DarwinAustralia)

August National Heritage Week (Ireland)

August 2017 Calendar (Cornerstone Park, Henderson, Nevada)

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Vegas Bingo

Our newest Vegas Bingo Card:

Vegas Bingo 07.2017

Learn the lingo!

51s – Air-Conditioning – America’s Party – Baseball – Bathtub Ring – Beatles – Bike Lanes – Bike Share – Boomtown – Boxing – Caliche – Campus – Casino – Chinatown – City – CityCentre – Clark County – Consumer Electronic Show – Conventions – Culture – Day Club – Desert – Developers – Destination Wedding – Dispensary – Downtown – DTLV – Electric Daisy Carnaval – Elvis – Estate Sales – Experience – First Friday – Flash Flood Warning – Free Parking – Fremont – Fremont Experience – Fremont Street – Gaming – Gambling – Golden Knights – Grand Canyon – Green Drinks – Helicopter Tour – Henderson – High Roller – Hikes – Holacracy – Hoover Dam – Hop On, Hop Off – Howard Hughes – Implosion – Lake Mead – Las Vegas – Las Vegas Locally – Las Vegas Restaurant Week– Life is Beautiful – Macau – Mafia – Master Plan Community – Mister – Mob – Mob Museum – Monorail – Monsoon – Mormon – Mormon Fort – Mountain’s Edge – My Friday – Neon – Neonopolis – Nevada – NHL – Night Club – Ninth Island – Off Strip – Paiute – Paradise – Parking – Pawn – Pawn Shop – Pawn Store – Pawn Stars – Poker – Pool Party – Prop Bet – Raiders – Red Rock Canyon – Rehydration Station – Residency – Ride Share – Resort – Rugby – Seven Magic Mountains – Short-Term Rentals – Solar Energy – Smith Center – Sportsbook – Spring Mountains – Stadium – Strip – Summerlin – Sunscreen – Symphony Park – Ticket In, Ticket Out – Toptional – Tourism Improvement District – Travel – Tule Springs – Uber – UNLV – Utah – UV Index – Valley – Valley of Fire – Vaquero – Vital Vegas – Ward – Water – Wedding – Wedding Chapel – Weir – Whale – Wind Advisory – Zion


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What’s on the July 2017 calendar?

July 2017 Sunset Park

July 1 Canada Day (Canada)

July 1 Territory Day #TerritoryDay (NT, Australia)

July 2-9 NAIDOC Week

July 3 Saint Day: Tomás el Apóstol (Mexico)

July 4 Independence Day (USA)

July 6 Frida Kahlo Birthday (Mexico)

July 11 World Population Day

July 14 Bastille Day (France)

July 17 Guelaguetza

July 18 Mandela Day (South Africa)

July 18 World Listening Day

July 24 Guelaguetza

July 27 International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

July 28 Independence Day (Peru)

July 29 Global Tiger Day

July 31 World Ranger Day

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June 2017 Calendar #WorldEnvironmentDay

Welcome June! I’m still excited having reblogged for the first time.

Once upon a time I used this blog as a means of learning how to blog, while the majority of my attention went to the maintenance of Planeta.com. And the only thing that’s changed is that I’ve grown from a novice blogger to an intermediate one with a vast storehouse of content from the past twenty years of hosting the website and virtual library.

For me, June is forever tinged with the global celebration of World Environment Day which in turn recognizes the creation of UNEP. Planeta.com was the organizer of the Colibri Ecotourism Awards. There are many great memories. Yes, this is the eco nerd holiday, so find a nice place with good people on June 5 and show the world some love.


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Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Reblogging this announcement from Anna Spenceley. First, for the rare pleasure of reblogging itself. And second and most importantly, as to applaud and cheer on friend Anna. We will be following the conference on Planeta.


Conf headerDates: 22-24 November 2017 (Conference), 25-26 November 2017 (Field visits)

In the framework of the 2017 UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development this conference wishes to provide a platform for tourism professionals, academics and practitioners from other SIDS and the region to discuss an integrated practical approach to sustainable tourism in SIDS. For this event, the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), and the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) partnered up with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’ Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS group), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Paris Tourism Sorbonne Institute of Research and Higher Education in Tourism (IREST), to organize a regional conference on sustainable tourism in SIDS, which will combine academic tourism research with practical best practice examples. The conference aims at connecting the various stakeholders working and researching the environmental and socio-cultural development…

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Las Vegas News Taco

Experimenting with live video, the question comes – what can we do that was difficult or expensive before? How about a livestream of the morning newspaper(s)? Without apology, this video is for the communication nerds and historians of the future – what exactly did a newpaper look like?

What I call a ‘news taco‘ in Las Vegas is simply the Las Vegas Sun wrapped inside the Las Vegas Review Journal. The stories of each paper and dead tree journalism in Vegas are worthy of a run to Wikipedia, Nevada Independent and Jay Rosen.

Rosen, by the way, invited himself to UNLV to discuss the Adelson purchase of the Review Journal, aka Adelson Times. It was a stellar presentation and Q&A session which was also streamed via Periscope, but unfortunately at a time when it was difficult to save or archive these live videos. Another loss were the live Periscope sessions of editorial meetings at the Review Journal. There were a few months after the purchase that the newspaper truly shone, which makes its current state so disappointing. There is still no sign of a newspaper ombudsperson. We might be better off with a journalism concierge.

Here are the newspapers stretched out on beach blankets the morning of May 4, 2017. Can’t do this on a windy day. Video from Periscope: https://www.pscp.tv/ronmader

Personally, I would love to see short videos that open the newspaper – sort of an unboxing of that day’s news – from friends in other places and friends here in Vegas – what are your thoughts on local news?





Buzzword Bingo: Ombudsperson = Public Advocate


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I always intend to write something meaningful, timely at the beginning of these monthly calendars. It generally does not happen. Most of my creative writing and editing these days is on Planeta.com.

May is the beginning of summer heat in Las Vegas. The thermometer is about to hit 90 and will climb further the next few months. That said, it’s a dry heat. I’ll be entertaining some out-of-country visitors and I look forward to seeing their reactions to Las Vegas 2017, not to mention the political landscape which probably has to be seen to be believed.

May 2017: Tule Springs

May 1 May Day

May 3 Dia de la Santa Cruz / El Día del Albañil (Mexico)

May 3 World Press Freedom Day

May 4 Permaculture Day

May 5 Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)

May 10 Mother’s Day (Mexico)

May 15 Anniversary of the founding of the city of Las Vegas (May 15, 1905)

May 15 Día del Maestro (Teachers’ Day) (Mexico)

May 17 National Day of Norway (Norwegian Constitution Day)

May 17 International Recycling Day

May 18 International Museums Day

May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22 International Day of Biological Diversity
More about biodiversity

May 23 World Turtle Day

May 25 Africa Day
African_Liberation_Day – Wikipedia

May 25 Towel Day (Celebration of the work of Douglas Adams)

May 26 National Sorry Day (Australia)
Archie Roach


First full week in May is recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984, established by a Congressional joint resolution passed in 1983. (USA)

First Saturday in May is World Labyrinth Day
Wiki: labyrinth

First Sunday in May International Permaculture Day

Second Saturday in May (North America)
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), the signature program of EFTA, is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds “between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.”

Second Sunday in May (USA)

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