Far out and way scary movies, the Little League Baseball World Series, celebrating the birthdays of noted writers and musicians, "More Herbs, Less Salt" Day, and a toast to marshmallows

This week’s movies are far out and way scary

If you’re looking for a new movie to take the kids to, you’re out of luck this week. The two big films opening Friday are Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II” and “The Final Destination,” otherwise known as the umpteenth “Final Destination” movie. Both are horror films and are inappropriate for youngsters, but adults might get a kick out of these flicks.

Also new this week is “Taking Woodstock,” a fictionalized movie by Ang Lee about the Woodstock festival. The film is a limited-release flick, so you might have problems finding it playing near you. Check a site such as Movies.com to find where it’s playing.

Sports from "Little" to "Major"

The Little League World Series wraps up Sunday, so now’s your last chance to see these future stars (and perhaps your hometown squad) in action this season. Find more information on www.littleleague.org or ESPN.com. Also this weekend, the NFL continues its preseason action. Check NFL.com for game times and the TV schedule. And finally, you can watch David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy take on Chivas USA in Major League Soccer on Saturday night. Check MLSnet.com for more information.

Happy birthday, writers and musicians

This weekend marks the birthdays of Leo Tolstoy (his presumed birthday; some use a different calendar), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Mary Shelley. Celebrate the celebrated writers by reading their works or by watching film adaptations (“Frankenstein” with Robert De Niro and Kenneth Branagh is good watching). If you’re really feeling ambitious, crack open that dusty old version of “War and Peace” and give it another shot. Or check out Goethe’s “Faust” or “The Sorrows of Young Werther.”

You can also celebrate the birthdays of several beloved musicians as well. Country stars LeAnn Rimes and Shania Twain were born on the 28th, and Michael Jackson and jazz great Charlie Parker were born on the 29th. We suggest you hold a party and play some of their music, or simply kick back and enjoy the wonderful tunes these four have made.

Herb it up

Saturday is More Herbs, Less Salt Day, and it means exactly what it says. Not only is this a great idea to help healthy up your diet, it will add flavors to your cooking you might not even have known existed. We suggest you head to the market and try something new. Check out this culinary herb Web site, or head to your favorite cooking site and look up recipes by searching for certain herbs: http://culinaryherbguide.com.

Toast some marshmallows

Sunday is National Toasted Marshmallow Day, so break out the bag of tasty, fluffy marshmallows and go to town. There are ways to toast marshmallows without having a campfire, but they just seem to taste better when done that way. You can get the kids involved by thinking of ways to eat the marshmallows (s’mores!). And don’t forget the fondue way to make marshmallows – it’s not technically toasting then, but we’ll let that slide.

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