This week’s suggestions: Head to the theater for the latest animated feature, “How to Train Your Dragon”; catch the NCAA tournament on TV; celebrate Earth Hour; watch the MLS season kick off; and celebrate Palm Sunday.
Dragons, time machines and more
It’s a fun weekend at the movie theater, with the big movies being the films bearing the titles “How to Train Your Dragon” (rated PG) and “Hot Tub Time Machine” (rated R). “How to Train Your Dragon” looks to be a good family film, and boys especially should get a kick out of this 3-D movie. For adults, the comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine” will be the big film. The movie stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover and, of course, a hot tub time machine.
The madness continues
The NCAA tournament continues this weekend, with Sweet 16 action stating Thursday, and Elite Eight action starting Saturday. Will there be more big upsets? Can Northern Iowa make it to the Final Four? Will the three remaining No. 1 seeds dominate? Check out the action on CBS, or hit the sports bars with some buddies. Go to www.ncaa.com for schedules and more information.
Are you ready for some soccer?
Major League Baseball begins next week, but another professional sport kicks off this weekend: Major League Soccer. The league expanded this year by adding a team in Philadelphia, and they play the opening game this season against Seattle on Thursday night at 9:30 EDT on ESPN2. There’s lots of action Saturday as well, with another game hitting prime time: Chicago vs. New York on ESPN at 7 p.m. EDT. Go to MLSnet.com for schedules, news and more.
Turn off the lights
Saturday night is the time for the annual Earth Hour, a time when people and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour. The event takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time, and many gatherings are being scheduled. Check the newspaper for listings, or go to the official Earth Hour Web site, www.earthhour.org, to learn more or to find information about events near you.
A holy time of year
Sunday is Palm Sunday, an important date in the Christian calendar, and the Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown on Monday. If you’re not a regular churchgoer and want to check out some of the Palm Sunday activities, check out the newspaper’s church listings for more information. There are plenty of public happenings around these two holy days, so look them up if you’re interested.
GateHouse News Service