This week’s suggestions include participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, celebrating Love Your Pet Day and watching NBA All-Star events or the Daytona 500.
1. The annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins today. People are encouraged to spend 15 minutes watching birds and then report the types and numbers online at www.birdsource.org/gbbc. This is good opportunity for parents to get their children interested in nature, and parents will enjoy the experience, too. The website above has more information on what to do, and it has kids’ activities as well.
2. The big movies opening this weekend are “I Am Number Four,” a PG-13 superhero movie; “Unknown,” a PG-13 thriller starring Liam Neeson; and the PG-13 “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” starring Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson.
3. Sunday is Love Your Pet Day, a day when pet owners are encouraged to pamper their pets and show them how much they love them. You can take your dog for a walk in the park, go to a pet store and buy some treats or just spend more time than usual with your family friend. Check your local pet stores and animal shelters to see if any events are planned.
4. This is NBA All-Star weekend, with three days of events planned, including the rookie game on Friday, the slam-dunk contest on Saturday and the main event on Sunday. Head to the local sports bar or hold a party to celebrate. The All-Star Game is Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on TNT.
5. Sunday is also the running of the Daytona 500, and this year’s will be even more special, as officials plan to honor Dale Earnhardt Sr. during the race. (Earnhardt died in a crash 10 years ago.) TV coverage begins at noon EST on Fox.
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