5 Things to Do This Weekend

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Iron Man returns

There’s only one big movie opening this week at theaters, and it’s the one everybody will be talking about come Monday: “Iron Man 2,” once again starring Robert Downey Jr. The movie is PG-13 and looks to be about the same content-wise as the original, so if you have young kids, base your judgment on that film. Check out the official site of “Iron Man 2” at http://ironmanmovie.marvel.com.

Victory and remembrance

On May 8, 1945, Nazi Germany officially surrendered to Allied forces, a day that is known as V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day). The United Nations also has declared this day a “time of remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during the Second World War.” Many VFWs and veterans groups will be holding observances Saturday, so check the newspaper for listings. If no public events are scheduled for your area, the day offers a good opportunity to read up on WWII or watch a documentary about it.

Stamp Out Hunger

Saturday is the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive, and mail carriers across the nation will be collecting non-perishable food while out on their routes this day. Not every town is participating, so check with your mail carrier or local post office to be sure. Even if no pickups are scheduled, this is a good chance to do some spring cleaning in your pantry and donate food to those in need. For more information on the NALC event, go to www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive.

For the birds

Sunday is World Migratory Bird Day, a day designed to educate the public about migratory birds and help those that are endangered. This year’s theme is “Save migratory birds in crisis – every species counts!” Many places are holding special events this weekend, so check around if you want to learn more about how you can help migrating birds. Or you could simply educate yourself and/or your family about birds: identify ones in your area that migrate; watch a film about birds (“Winged Migration” is a great one); or learn how you can help birds traveling through your area. For more information on World Migratory Bird Day, go to www.worldmigratorybirdday.org.

For the moms

And last but certainly not least, don’t forget to celebrate the mothers in your life on Sunday! (It’s Mother’s Day. If you forgot, wash your mouth out with soap and go sit in the corner until you’ve learned your lesson.) No matter if you’re a husband, child, grandchild, brother or whatever, take some time today to do something special for the super special moms you know: get her a unique present, serve her breakfast in bed, take her on a picnic at the park where you do all the prep work and cleanup, behave during church – do whatever you can to show Mom you care.

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