This week’s suggestions: Check out the “Transformers” sequel, watch world-class tennis and soccer, celebrate National Chocolate Pudding Day, watch the BET Awards and camp out in your backyard.
More than meets the eye?
This summer’s most-anticipated movie sequel, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” opened this week. While most reviewers aren’t keen on the film overall, they do say it has what people are looking for in a summer blockbuster: lots of action and lots of explosions. The movie is rated PG-13 and appears to be appropriate for kids that age, unlike other recent PG-13 movies (“Year One,” to name one). Check out the official site at www.transformersmovie.com.
Celebrate chocolate pudding
Need an excuse to slurp up some delicious chocolate pudding? You’ve got one Friday – it’s National Chocolate Pudding Day! We’re planning to whip up several batches of rich chocolate pudding, and we suggest you do the same. Recipes are generally simple, so you can get the youngsters involved as well. If you need more ideas about how to celebrate the day, check out eHow’s page: www.ehow.com/how_2191001_celebrate-national-chocolate-pudding-day.html.
Go camping in your backyard
Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout, so get your gear ready and experience nature in your own backyard. Everyone’s talking about staycations this year, and this is a great opportunity to “get away from it all” while not spending much money. Just get a couple supplies (s’mores are essential), turn of your cell phones and go camping. For more information on the day or other ideas, go to the official site: www.nwf.org/BackyardCampout.
The U.S. national soccer team pulled off a “miracle on grass” last weekend to advance to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup (a precursor of the World Cup), and they pulled off another miracle this week by beating Spain, the best team in the world, to advance to the championship game. That game takes place Sunday at 2 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. And if you’re looking for more world-class sports action, be sure to check out the Wimbledon, which kicked off this week and continues through July 5. American Venus Williams has won the ladies tournament two years in a row (and three out of the past four), so she’s the one to really keep an eye on.
Awards-show season isn’t over yet
The BET Awards are Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT, so if you want to check out the hottest stars this weekend, this is the show to watch. The BET Awards honors musicians, actors and athletes, and Jamie Foxx is hosting this year’s show. Get more information at www.bet.com/specials/betawards09.
GateHouse News Service