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poppies.JPGAt this rate, it's becoming difficult to remain aware of all the things April stands for.

Since the start of the month, the Assembly has passed a range of resolutions making April 2014 an official occasion for awareness or acknowledgment of issues ranging from disease to flowers to microbrews.

On Monday, members opened session with a solemn hour-long ceremony honoring Holocaust survivors and enshrining the Assembly's recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week. After the session concluded, members proceeded to make April Child Abuse Prevention Month, Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month.

Other Assembly-sanctioned ways to think of the time between March and May 2014 include California Poppy Month, California Craft Brewery Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Mathematics Awareness Month.

Unfortunately, West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness only got a week, as did National Multicultural Cancer Awareness.

Other potential April additions to the annals of state-recognized periods of consciousness, like Distracted Driving Awareness Month or School Bus Drivers Day, have not yet gotten votes in the Assembly.

PHOTO: California poppies line along the Michako Trail at the Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve in Novato, Calif., on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/ Manny Crisostomo.


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