Five ways to have fun this weekend.

1. In theaters this weekend is the action film “Venom” rated PG-13 an original story of the titular Marvel supervillain about a man who acquires the powers of an alien symbiote, then will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life; “A Star Is Born” rated R and a remake of the classic film, this time directed by and starring Bradley Cooper as a musician who helps a young singer and actress (Lady Gaga) find fame, even as age and alcoholism sends his own career into a downward spiral; and “The Hate U Give” rated PG-13 and based on the bestselling YA novel about a teenage girl who, after witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer, must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

2. It is World Space week and the theme this year is “Space Unites The World” which focuses on how space brings the world together. Celebrate by using Google Earth to explore the world zooming in on ancient wonders like Stonehenge or the Pyramids or use it to find your house or school. Other ideas include visiting your local observatory or try building your own model spacecraft from a small juice box, construction paper and other supplies. Directions are available at

3. October is here, which means it’s time to decorate for Halloween. You can get the kids involved by making cut-out pumpkins or ghosts, or you can start carving your Jack-o-lanterns. And don’t forget to get (or make) costumes!

4. October is also Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. If your family is ready for a new addition then head over to your local shelter. If not, then still head over and volunteer or drop off a donation of food or supplies to celebrate shelter dogs and the people who care for them.

5. There are a lot of sports events this weekend: The MLB playoffs are taking place, there are plenty of football games (NFL and college) scheduled, and NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors 400 race is on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Check your TV guide for more information.

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