This week’s suggestions: Celebrate Arbor Day, go to the theater for “Furry Vengeance” or “Nightmare on Elm Street,” watch the Kentucky Derby, celebrate Mother Goose Day and catch NBA and NHL playoff action.


Go plant a tree

Friday is Arbor Day, a tree-planting holiday that originated in the United States. Many groups are holding tree-planting events, and volunteers are needed, so check the newspaper for listings, or call around. The Arbor Day Foundation also has information about volunteering, as well as other tree-related info, at www.arborday.org. If you can’t find a place to volunteer or don’t have time on Friday, feel free to plant something by yourself at home – one tree can make a big difference.

Animals and Freddy

Opening this week on Arbor Day is the family-friendly nature-inspired comedy “Furry Vengeance.” The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields and a host of woodland creatures. The PG movie should be a hit with families, so pencil this in if you’re looking for something to do this weekend. For adults, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is back. The R film is a remake of the original, this time starring Jackie Earle Haley (previously seen as Rorschach in “Watchmen”) as Freddy Krueger.

Run for the Roses

The horseracing triple-crown season kicks off Saturday with the 136th Kentucky Derby. There will be a full day of coverage leading up to the race, with ESPN and NBC broadcasting from Churchill before the 5 p.m. EDT race broadcast on NBC. You don’t have to bet on the race to have fun – it’s exciting just watching the horses Run for the Roses. You could also whip up some mint juleps and/or wear some wild hats on this day. For more race information, go to the official website, www.kentuckyderby.com.

Jack and Jill went up the hill …

Saturday is Mother Goose Day, a holiday intended to celebrate nursery rhymes. The day was founded in 1987 when Gloria T. Delamar’s Mother Goose book came out, and it’s been held ever since. Take time today to stop by the library to hear or read some nursery rhymes, or pick out your favorites and have a family nursery rhyme day. If you want to look online for some rhymes, check out www.enchantedlearning.com/Rhymes.html - there’s a good list of all your favorites!

It’s crunch time

The playoffs continue this weekend for the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, and there will be plenty of do-or-die action. Check out the leagues’ official websites, NHL.com and NBA.com, for schedules, scores, news and more.

GateHouse News Service