This week’s suggestions: Check out “Robin Hood” or “Letters to Juliet” at the theater, celebrate Nylon Stockings Day, check out (and wager on?) the Preakness, observe Armed Forces Day and celebrate Biographer’s Day.
At the movies
There are two big movies opening this week, and both are relatively family-friendly. First there’s the much-hyped “Robin Hood,” starring Russell Crowe. This flick again pairs Crowe with director Ridley Scott, but this movie is PG-13 unlike the R-rated “Gladiator.” For those not into action movies, also opening this week is “Letters to Juliet,” a PG movie starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave.
And they’re off
Saturday is the second leg of the horse-racing triple crown, the Preakness Stakes. Can Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver also win this race and take another step toward becoming the first triple crown winner since Affirmed in 1978? TV coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT on NBC. Go to the official website of the Preakness, www.preakness.com, for news, horse information and more.
United in strength
Saturday also is Armed Forces Day, a day designated by the government as a day of honoring and thanking those who serve or have served in the armed forces. This year’s theme is “United in strength,” and VFWs and other places likely will be holding special events today, so check with the organization or watch the newspaper listings for event info. Or check out the government’s website on the day, www.defense.gov/afd.
Another celebration scheduled for Saturday is Nylon Stockings Day, which is held on the anniversary of the first sale of nylons. There are many ways to celebrate the day, and you can get the family involved by making crafts using nylons. Have you ever made a wind sock out of a nylon? Now’s your chance! You could also make a kite, a lint trap and much more. Search the Internet for more ideas on how to celebrate this day.
Read about someone
Sunday is Biographer’s Day, a “holiday” built around the anniversary of the first meeting of Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, who went on to write a biography of Johnson. Celebrate the day by heading to your library or local bookstore and checking out a biography (or autobiography) on someone you admire or want to know more about. Some new releases in this category are books by and/or about Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey and Carol Burnett. There are biographies about all sorts of famous and infamous people, so browse around and find something good to read.
GateHouse News Service