This week’s suggestions include the Great Backyard Bird Count, watching the new “Die Hard” movie, and more. 

1. The annual Great Backyard Bird Count runs from Friday through Monday. People are encouraged to spend 15 minutes watching birds and then report the types and numbers online at This is good opportunity for parents to get their children interested in nature, and parents will enjoy the experience, too. The website above has more information on what to do, and it has kids’ activities as well.


2. There are several big movies opening this weekend: “A Good Day to Die Hard,” an R action movie in the “Die Hard” franchise, again starring Bruce Willis;  “Beautiful Creatures,” a PG-13 fantasy film being called the new “Twilight”; and “Escape from Planet Earth,” an animated PG film.

3. NASCAR returns to action this weekend with the Sprint Unlimited taking place Saturday at Daytona. The race is at 8:10 p.m. EST on Fox.

4. There are other sports in action this weekend as well: The NBA and NHL have games all weekend, and there are international soccer games as well.

5. Valentine’s Day celebrations are likely to spill into the weekend this year, so plan your romantic dinner or movie night now - before it’s too late.  

GateHouse News Service