This week’s suggestions: Loving Day, NHL and NBA finals, Flag Day, Nature Photography Day and Bloomsday.

Celebrate Loving Day

Loving Day is celebrated June 12 every year in honor of the Supreme Court decision in the 1967 Loving v. Virginia case, which saw the high court strike down state bans on interracial marriage. Loving Day celebrations are held in many cities across the country, and they’ve become not just a day for interracial couples but a day to celebrate our multicultural and diverse country and communities. Check out the official site to learn about events in your area, ideas about how to host your own event, history and more: LovingDay.org.

Game on

Friday is Game 7 of the NHL Finals. Will Detroit capture another Stanley Cup? Can Pittsburgh pull off the win in Detroit? Tune in at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC. And on Sunday, tune in for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers are in Orlando for the game, and tip-off is 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. 

The star-spangled banner yet waves

Sunday is Flag Day, so make sure to proudly show off your patriotism. Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Second Continental Congress in 1777, and most towns across the U.S. will be holding events to celebrate the day (check your newspaper for event listings). If you need a refresher on flag etiquette or want to learn more about the day, go to www.usflag.org. If you want to get the kids involved, there are a host of flag craft ideas online.

Say cheese, Mother Nature!

Nature Photography Day is Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out the camera and head into nature this weekend. The goal of the day is to put the, um, focus on nature and spur interest in conservation. NANPA is sponsoring a nature photography contest of sorts (there are no prizes awarded), but to enter, your photo must be taken on the 15th. For more information about the contest and the day, go to www.nanpa.org/nature_photography_day.php.

Irish up your weekend

It’s a big couple of days for Irish writers W.B. Yeats and James Joyce. Yeats was born on June 13, and June 16 is Bloomsday, a celebration based on Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Many libraries and Irish cultural centers hold events for Bloomsday, so check your newspaper for listings. Or you could celebrate these authors with a weekend of Irish-themed activities. If you’re feeling adventurous, get a copy of Joyce’s masterpiece and give it a try (warning -- it’s not an easy read).

GateHouse News Service