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March 12th - Featuring Dennis the Menace Freebies!

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies
Image: Publicity photo of child actor Jay North promoting his starring role on the CBS television comedy series Dennis the Menace.
March 12th is... Dennis the Menace Day (1951), IHOP National Free Pancake Day, National Alfred Hitchcock Day, Girl Scout Day (1912), National Baked Scallops Day, First Library Opened, National Milky Way Day, 312 Day, Aztec New Year, National Plant a Flower Day, World Day Against Cyber Censorship, International Fanny Pack Day (2007), Youth Day (Zambia), Independence Day (Mauritius), Arbor Day (China), St. Fina's Day, St. Gregory the Great's Day
MORE: National Organize Your Home Office Day
PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.
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Image: Dennis the Menace: His First 40 Years | Paperback: 224 pages | by Hank Ketcham (Author, Illustrator). Publisher: Abbeville (1991)Dennis the Menace Day (1951)
-- A long-running newspaper comic, created by Hank Ketcham, which first appeared in March 1951. Featuring the adventures of mischievous five-an'-a-half-year-old blond boy Dennis Mitchell, often at the expense of his parents, Henry and Alice, or his neighbor, Mr. Wilson, it quickly became a newspaper favorite. Over the next forty-two years, Dennis has been used as the basis for a weekly television series, an animated program, and now, a major motion picture.
Read: Dennis the Menace: His First 40 Years
-- Dennis the Menace is the third most-widely subscribed cartoon feature today, appearing in more than 1000 newspapers all over the world. It is read by an estimated 100 million fans, for whom Hank Ketcham has compiled this career to date collection encompassing some 700 separate cartoons and nearly 50 Sunday pages in color. In drawings made just for this book, Dennis himself serves as guide through the hundreds of carefully selected panels, which he annotates with a combination of wisecracks and historical commentary.
Image: Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1959-1962 | Hardcover: 1344 pages | by Hank Ketcham (Author). Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; Box Set edition (February 16, 2010)Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1959-1962 -- This box set of Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1959-1962 features over 1,250 cartoons in two books, featuring Dennis and his long-suffering parents, the Wilsons, his dog Ruff, his best pal Joey, his nemesis Margaret, and a seemingly endless parade of babysitters, as well as hapless shopowners, policemen, teachers, and family friends, all of whom come to realize it is Dennis' world... they just live in it! This book rests as easily on a grandfather's shelf as a granddaughter's, but they especially recapture the rambunctious youth of the baby-boomer generation.
Image: Dennis the Menace - The Complete Series | Dennis Mitchell (Actor), Mr. Wilson (Actor), Various (Director) | Rated: G | Format: DVDDennis the Menace - The Complete Series -- All 78 Episodes! Your favorite neighborhood pest and all his comic misadventures are back! Based on Hank Ketcham's popular comic-strip, this animated series became a staple in countless households throughout the mid-80s. Filled with misguided mischief, hilarious havoc and youthful curiosity discover how Dennis became the most lovable troublemaker around.
Dennis the Menace Coloring and Activity Books

Image: The Real Adventures of Dennis The Menace | Kindle Edition| by Ellsworth Vines (Author). Publication Date: October 4, 2013

The Real Adventures
of Dennis The Menace

Amazon Freebies:
Read Dennis the Menace ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited
Free Dennis the Menace apps
Listen to Dennis the Menace LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited
Watch Dennis the Menace Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
How to draw Dennis the Menace
Movie Lesson - Dennis the Menace (1993) - ESL worksheet
• Dennis Wordsearch
Dennis the Menace Daily Comic Strip, by AZCentral
Dennis the Menace (1959) (Titles and Air Dates Guide) -
Dennis the Menace - Play Game Online - Arcade Spot
• Dennis the Menace - DIY Costume guides for Cosplay and Halloween
DIY Weekend Project: How to Make a Slingshot
Dr. West's Dennis the Menace Coloring Book

IHOP National Free Pancake Day
- On IHOP Free Pancake Day, visit any IHOP restaurant and get a FREE short stack of our Original Buttermilk Pancakes. Then donate to help children battling critical illnesses. Each stack served on IHOP Free Pancake Day helps us flip it forward for kids in need. Doing good never tasted so good. Source
National Alfred Hitchcock Day
- At the turn of the century when film was being born, so was one of the greatest directors of all time. Known by many as the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock revolutionized film-making during his expansive fifty-year career. Sadly enough, although extremely influential, Hitchcock would never win a single Academy Award for his outstanding directing ability; however, Alfred Hitchcock's ideas and techniques changed film-making during its most pivotal years and for generations to come.
Girl Scout Day (1912)
- Girl Scout Day recognizes and celebrates the Girls Scouts of America. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout group in Savannah Georgia with 18 girls. The Girls Scouts became a national organization and was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are millions of girls involved with Girl Scouts.
National Baked Scallops Day
- Scallops are one of the most popular shellfish in the world. These meaty mollusks are low in fat and are delicious sauteed, deep fried, or baked! Baking them leaves out a lot of the butter and fat which otherwise goes into cooking this lean, white seafood. Put scallops on the menu and in the oven for National Baked Scallops Day!
First Library Opened
- There are disputes about which was the first public library in the nation. Early American cities such as Boston and Philadelphia and New York had the first organized collections of books, but which library was truly public is subject to dispute. Sidis claims the first public library was Boston's in 1636, although the official Boston Public Library was organized later in 1852. In 1698, Charleston's St. Philip's Church Parsonage had a parish library.
National Plant a Flower Day
- A day to get a little dirt under your fingernails. Take a few minutes to plant a flower today. Gardening is a great hobby. It's enjoyed by millions of people, old and young alike. It is a hobby which virtually everyone can participate in, regardless of age, and health. Senior citizens love it, as they can garden long after they give up other hobbies and sports.
National Organize Your Home Office Day
- One day each year for the more than 34 million home office households to find files, purge papers and tackle to-do lists.

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