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Events  Funerals  Moving  Parties  Picnics  Weddings 
EVENTS
Also see: MEETINGS, PARTIES, PICNICS

ATTENDING:
Well before:

____ Offer to help organize and/or to bring items
____ Consider taking the herb eckanatia(sp??) - to possibly prevent catching a cold, etc. from the people, especially children, you're visiting

If you think you might drink alcohol at the party:
____ Make arrangements so you won't be tempted to drive after drinking alcohol, e.g.:
          - Ride with someone else
          - Take a taxi
          - Spend the night at the party site

____ Plan to depart for the event in plenty of time to allow for unforeseen last-minute problems:
          - Trouble finding items you need to take with you
          - Heavy traffic, perhaps due to an accident, road construction or event along your route
          - Extra time required to buy tickets
          - Extra time to buy food, program
          - Extra time to use rest room

At least one day prior:
____ Check weather forecast to determine whether to bring umbrellas, coats, etc.

Before leaving for event:
____ Check weather forecast to determine whether to bring umbrellas, coats, etc

ORGANIZING:
Well before:

____ Set up meeting of people who will be involved and/or helping
____ Determine date, and, start and end times, after you determine and consider the impact of:
          - Traffic e.g., caused by other events, normal daily heavy traffic
          - Popular events which might conflict, e.g.:
              - Major league sports playoffs, e.g., Super Bowl, NBA, baseball
              - Local sporting events
          - When sprinklers come on (make arrangements to have schedule changed, if feasible)
          - When maintenance is done, e.g., owing grass (make arrangements to have schedule changed, if feasible)

____ Take steps to keep attendees from driving after drinking alcohol, e.g.:
          - Encourage designated drivers
          - Arrange for taxi's, etc.
          - Offer to drive attendees home
          - Invite attendees to spend the night at the party location

____ Designate a location for missing children
____ Determine if music should be played:
          - Type
          - Volume

____ Determine appropriate attire
____ Determine when events will occur, e.g.:
          - Food served
          - Awards presented
          - Games

____ Determine if pictures should be taken, e.g., to submit to local newspaper(s)
____ Determine items need to obtain
____ Assign responsibilities to people

Right after:
____ Check the area for trash, damage, articles left behind, etc.

Shortly after:
____ Submit pictures and story to local newspaper(s)

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FUNERALS
Also see: EVENTS

ASAP (preferably before person dies):
____ Make arrangements to have organs donated to persons needing transplants (it's advisable to sign a document indicating desires but it may be enough just to tell family members of desire to have organs donated)
____ Determine whether body will be buried, cremated or donated to science
____ Arrange for a cemetery plot
____ Prearrange for funeral services but don't prepay
____ Ask for a price list
____ Expect to pay approx. $2000 for a burial, $1000 for a cremation and nothing for donating to science
If you use a funeral home:
____ Consider buying the casket from a retailer instead of from the funeral home - can be much, much cheaper
____ Don't buy a casket which will protect body from elements - body decomposes better without protection, otherwise it becomes slimy

When person has passed away:
____ Make arrangements to have organs donated (if desired)
____ Confirm whether body will be buried, cremated or donated to science
____ Arrange for, or confirm arrangements for:
          - Cemetery plot
          - Casket
          - Funeral services
          - Flowers for the service

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MOVING
Also see: HOUSES, MORTGAGE

WELL BEFORE MOVING:
If you have children:

____ Consider moving before the end of the school year - so your children can attend the end of the school year at their new school

BEFORE MOVING:
____ Have your children get the mail and E-mail addresses, and, phone numbers of their friends
____ Give your new address and phone number(s) to:
          - Your relatives
          - Your friends
          - Your associates
          - Your neighbors
          - Your child's school

For more info:
____ Visit homefair.com
____ Visit USPS tips
____ Visit more moving tips

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PARTIES
Also see: EVENTS, PICNICS

ATTENDING:
Well before:

____ Contact host/organizer to ask:
          - If there's anything you can do to help
          - If there's anything you can bring
          - Who else is expected to attend
____ Arrange to attend with a friend, especially if you're a woman - to help ensure no one harrasses you or drugs your drink and assaults you

If you think you might drink alcohol at the party:
____ Make arrangements so you won't be tempted to drive after drinking alcohol, e.g.:
          - Ride with someone else
          - Take a taxi
          - Spend the night at the party site

During party:
____ Watch your drink, especially if you're a woman - to ensure no one tries to drug you and then assault you
____ Ask host/organizer if there's anything you can do to help

After party:
____ Send a thank you note to host/organizer

ORGANIZING:
Well before:

____ Ensure the organizers and/or owners of the party location are covered by liability insurance
____ Take steps to keep attendees from driving after drinking alcohol, e.g.:
          - Encourage designated drivers
          - Arrange for taxi's, etc.
          - Offer to drive attendees home
          - Invite attendees to spend the night at the party location
____ Make arrangements for smokers, e.g.:
          - Signs asking people to not smoke or to smoke outside
          - Place ash trays outside
____ Ensure capacities of decks, balconies, rooms, etc. will not be exceeded

After:
____ Douse cigarette and cigar butts in the sink

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PICNICS
Also see: EVENTS, FOOD PREPARATION, GRILLING, LIGHTNING, PARTIES

Before picnic:
____ Determine what's available at picnic site, e.g.:
          - Rest rooms
          - Grills
____ Check weather forecast

Items to take:
____ Things to provide shade, e.g.:
          - Cabana
          - Umbrella (e.g., beach)
____ Grill/hibachi
____ Condiments
____ Utensils
____ Meat thermometer (e.g., instant read)
____ Container(s) for:
          - Trash
          - Recyclable items

During picnic:
If a lightning storm is possible:

____ Determine if lightning monitors are installed at the picnic site
Regularly:
____ Check the lightning monitors

After picnic:
____ Have everyone help pick up trash

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WEDDINGS
Also see: EVENTS, PARTIES

____ Decide where to get married:
          - City (consider getting married at your honeymoon location - although it might be hard for many guests to attend)
          - Specific location
____ Ask people to perform functions for wedding, e.g.,
            - Maid of Honor:
            - Bridesmaids:
            - Best Man:
            - Groomsmen/ushers:
            - Guest book:
            - Cut cake (after bride and groom cut first piece(s):
            - Clean up:
            - Take gifts:

____ Determine which family members should be included - to help determine how long it will take and so you can notify family members when you'd like for them to be in place for pictures

____ Decide on a schedule of events including:
          - Pictures of family members
          - Who will do what

____ Type up schedule of events including events which are intended to be at specific times and events which will be done in a specific order, e.g.,
          - Earliest to drop off kids with babysitter
          - Earliest to drop off items for wedding and/or reception
          - Attendees seated for ceremony
          - Pictures, including who should be in pictures
          - Food served (will bride and groom be served first?)
          - Champagne provided
          - Toast by best man
          - Cake cut
          - Bride and groom's first dance
          - Bride and groom dance with parents
          - Money dance
          - Groom removes garter from bride
          - Groom throws garter to bachelors
          - Bride throws flower bouquet to bachelorettes
          - Bride and groom depart

____ Provide copies of schedule of events to appropriate people, including:
____ Wedding coordinator
____ Photographer
____ Videographer
____ Those you would like included in family pictures
____ Buy gifts for each other

____ Collect items to take to wedding:
____ Safety pins (to fix clothing problems)
____ Tissue for bride to put in cuff
____ Ring

____ Don't tie rings on ring pillow too tight

After reception:
____ Bride and groom exchange gifts

For more info:
____ Check weddingmag.com
____ Check partydirectory.com
____ Check weddingmail.com
____ Check usabride.com
____ Check brideworld.com

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