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The whole world will be watching
The 2010 soccer World Cup kicks off Friday morning in South Africa. This is the first such tournament to be held in Africa, and host nation South Africa will open play vs. Mexico at 10 a.m. EDT. The second game of opening day takes place at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with France taking on Uruguay. The United States opens the tournament on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT vs. England, the first time the countries have met in the World Cup since 1950. Games will be on ESPN channels, or head to a sports bar or pub if you can – the excitement is so palpable, it’s almost like being at the game. For more information, go to the official site of the World Cup at www.fifa.com/worldcup.
At the movies
The 1980s are back this weekend at the movie theaters, with the two big releases being “The Karate Kid,” a remake of the popular 1984 film, and “The A-Team,” a movie version of the popular ’80s TV show. “The Karate Kid” (rated PG) looks to be a good family film, and it stars Jaden Smith (the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith) and Jackie Chan. “The A-Team” is rated PG-13 and is in line with recent superhero movies as far as content (lots of action, not bad overall for families with older kids). “The A-Team” stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Jessica Biel.
Nibble on some corn
Friday is Corn on the Cob Day, so head to a farmers market (or supermarket) and pick up some delicious sweet corn. You don’t have to celebrate this delectable day only on Friday – if you have more time for a meal on Saturday or Sunday, celebrate then! There are several ways to prepare corn on the cob, and our favorite is to grill them. Check out some tips here: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Vegetables/GrillingCorn.htm.
The stars are out on Sunday
Sunday night is the broadcast of the annual Tony Awards, the ceremony that recognizes theater achievements. Each year it seems the show becomes more mainstream, and this year’s broadcast will feature a host of recognizable stars, even to those who don’t go to the theater: Green Day, “Glee's” Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison, Denzel Washington, Paula Abdul, Antonio Banderas, Cate Blanchett, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Douglas, Scarlett Johansson, Lucy Liu, Helen Mirren, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Raquel Welch and more. The broadcast is at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS. For more information on the award nominees and latest news, go to the official site, http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/index.html.
Fly the flag
Sunday is the start of National Flag Week, and Monday is Flag Day, so if you’ve been waiting for a reason to hang up your flag, this weekend is a great opportunity. You can get the youngsters involved by having them create flags using construction paper, or have them create a work of art incorporating the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. And if you want to brush up on your flag etiquette, check out this site, which has samples of things you shouldn’t do, as well as other rules: www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html.
GateHouse News Service