>> RIDING THE RAILS: They built it. So now, you get to come to it. The “it” would be the new and improved PNC Field, home of the RailRiders. And if you like baseball, THIS is the week for you. The ‘Riders have a full week of wall-to-wall baseball planned – weather permitting, of course. Indianapolis is in for a four-game series Monday to Thursday. And if luck holds, Pirates’ uber-prospect Gerrit Cole is scheduled to pitch Thursday. Then it’s the Gwinnett Braves turn to visit Moosic. They’ll be in town Friday through next Monday.
>> PARTY LIKE ITS 1922: If you heard there was a film based on a book by the author of “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” with an actor who starred in “Critters 3,” and directed by the guy who produced the novelty song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen),” you’d probably pass and go see “Iron Man 3” again. But, if those same people also wrote a jazz era classic (F. Scott Fitzgerald), starred in “Titanic” and “Inception” (Leonardo DiCaprio), and directed the Oscar-nominated “Moulin Rouge” (Baz Luhrmann), you might reconsider. You may also want to see “The Great Gatsby” when it opens this Friday.
>> ROBERT SHAW MAY DISAGREE: If sharks could talk, they’d probably say something like this, “Swim! Swim! HUNGRY! Food! Food! Food! FISH! Eat! Eat! Nom! Nom! Nom! Hey, never saw that remora before. Swim! Swim!” OK. That’s just silly. It’s also not what “Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice” is all about. Some nice scientists have designated May 10 as a day to remind people that sharks are not the feared predators with think, but are actually a threatened species.
>> PUTT PUTT: In 1912 some fine blokes in London got together, made a miniature golf course called “Gofstacle” and spent the day puttering around. That may not have been the world’s first miniature golf course, but it’s the first one to make the papers. A hundred years alter, and minigolf courses have all sorts of funky designs from clown noses, windmills, dragons, loop-de-loops, you name it. Why is that important? Because Saturday is National Miniature Golf Day. That’s why.
>> MOMMY TIME: Hey mom. Next Sunday, when you get back from being treated to dinner, and you put your feet up next to the beautiful flower bouquet your kids got you, and you watch as everyone else does housework for the day, you can thank a woman named Anna Jarvis for it all. Jarvis is the mother of Mother’s Day. She first came up with the idea in 1908 and by 1914 had successfully lobbied to make the holiday a national event. Nice lady, that Ms. Jarvis.