Five ways to have fun this weekend.

1. It’s a pretty big movie weekend and the following are opening at theaters this week: “Coco” rated PG and Disney’s latest animated flick about an aspiring musician, Miguel, who enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery of his family’s ancestral ban on music; “Darkest Hour” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill during the early days of World War II; “Call Me by Your Name” a romantic coming-of-age drama set in Italy; “The Man Who Invented Christmas” about author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) who brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life using real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination; “Chappaquiddick” about the derailing of the life and political career of Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in the aftermath of a fatal 1969 car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara).

2. Many families are anxious about holiday gatherings due to divisive politics, but this weekend marks the end of Better Conversation Week. Meaningful talk with friends, family and coworkers makes life more enjoyable. To get your conversation started visit, The Family Dinner project to view the conversation topics or try one of their Thanksgiving Dinner Games to inject some lightheartedness after intense conversation via

3. If you’ve still got the energy to shop after Black Friday, Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday, the day to support local business and get a head start on holiday shopping. Small businesses not only add character to the community, they are critical to the country’s economic health, provide jobs and generate tax revenue. Skip the big box stores and see what your community’s small businesses have to offer.

4. November is coming to an end as so if Movember, an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. Find out more information at:

5. To top off the weekend, make sure to welcome the Christmas season by getting your decorations all set. It’s also a good time to go tree shopping – check the paper for information on tree farms in your area.

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