Five ways to have fun this weekend.
1. January is National Blood Donor Month. And donor blood supply levels are critically low as more than 150 blood drives were cancelled due to bad winter weather in the Northeastern U.S. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn if you’re eligible and see if there are any blood drives in your area. You can also learn more about the donation process on that website.
2. In theaters this weekend are two action-packed films, first “Proud Mary” rated R, starring Taraji P. Henson, as a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston; second is “The Commuter” rated PG-13 with Liam Neeson as a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. If you’re looking for a family friendly movie, check out “Paddington 2”, it follows the immigrant bear, now happily settled with the Brown family, as he picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
3. This weekend is the NFL playoffs’ Divisional round, so you’ve got two football-filled days to look forward to. On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons play the Eagles at 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC and the Tennessee Titans square off against the New England Patriots at 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS. On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS and the New Orleans Saints play the Minnesota Vikings at 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX. Visit nfl.com for more information.
4. This Saturday run yourself a bubble bath and include a rubber duck to celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day. It’ll make bath time lots of fun. Did you know that the original rubber duck, created in the 19th century didn’t float? It was made from solid vulcanized rubber (the kind used in tires) and intended to be a dog chew toy. Then in the 1940s, sculptor Peter Ganine created, patented and reproduced a sculpture of a duck as a floating toy and the rest is history.
5. Sunday is National Dress Up Your Pet Day and if the winter weather is still chilly in your area, celebrate the day by putting your dog or cat in a cute sweater. Find other ways to celebrate on https://www.dressupyourpetday.com/