The organization Trees of Hope is accepting donations of 1- to 2-foot-tall artificial Christmas trees for gifts to Memorial Hermann Hospice patients and their families. No live trees or trees with electrical lighting can be accepted, and all decorations must be securely fastened. Trees may be delivered to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Medical Plaza 2, 7737 Southwest Freeway, noon-4 p.m. Tues. Dec. 10. Each one must be identified with the donor's name, address, phone number and email address. For more information, call 713-338-7400.
Christ the King Episcopal Church, 19330 Pinehurst Trail Drive, will host a free "Breakfast with Santa" 9 a.m.-noon Sat., Dec. 12. Highlights will include music, crafts, games and complementary pictures with Mr. Claus.
The Total Jingle Bell Run and Walk, benefitting the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA, is set for 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 15. Start and finish lines are at 808 Pease. The event is open to persons of all fitness levels, and participants may choose the kids fun run for 13 and under, the 5-mile adult run and walk, or the 3-mile family run/walk. Register at www.ymcahouston.org/jingle-bell-run/ by Fri., Dec. 13. Complimentary parking will be available in the KBR Garage, 500 Jefferson, and at the and the 1600 Smith Garage.
The Houston Happy Hikers will hold the Museum District 5k/10k Walk Sat., Dec. 14, starting at the Jones Building and St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. The free AVA-sanctioned non-competitive event is for families and individuals interested in walking, jogging or running for fun and health. Participants can start anytime 8-11 a.m. For more information, see www.houstonhappyhikers.com.
The West Houston Muscle car club will hold its fourth annual Toys for Tots drive 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Caliber Collision, 25430 Bell Patna Drive, Katy. The event will also include a display of muscle and classic cars displayed, music and giveaways. Spectators and participants are asked to donate new toys. Foe more info, see www.westhoustonmuscle.com.
The University of Houston-Clear Lake Autism Speaker Series will host a talk by behavior consultant Amy Richardson at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 in the university's Student Services and Classroom Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Richardson will discuss "reducing problem behavior through functional communication training." Admission is free, but registration is requested at 281-283-3537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, will stage "A Walk to Bethlehem" Fri.-Sun., Dec. 13-15. The Biblical reenactment will also feature "Bethlehem Square," an opportunity to learn about and explore the foods and activities of the time of Christ's birth. For more information, see fumcmc.org.
The Houston Choral Showcase will spotlight songs from the Broadway production of "Elf" and new arrangements of seasonal tunes during its Show Choir Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 15, at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway. Tickets are $15 at the door, with advance-purchase discounts available at houstonchoralshowcase.org.
Ars Lyrica, 800 Bagby, will mark New Year's Eve with a celebration of Venice and its carnival tradition through a program of music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi performed by sopranos Melissa Givens and Blair Doerge with violinist Yung-Hsiang Wang, Baroque flautist Colin St. Martin, and guitarist Richard Savino. The annual holiday gala follows in the Sarofim Hall grand lobby. For tickets and more information, see www.arslyricahouston.org.
The Texas A&M Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts a multi-media performance by Te Amo, Argentina at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in the school's Rudder Theatre. Tickets are available at 979-845-1234.
The Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts at Texas A&M will present the Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in the university's Rudder Theatre. The ensemble, consisting of Miami performers in theater, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, will premiere two commissioned pieces. Advance tickets are available at 979-845-1234 or boxoffice.tamu.edu.
The Battleship Texas Foundation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host the The Battleship Texas Centennial Celebration noon-10 p.m. March 15 at the San Jacinto Battleground Park, 3523 Independence Parkway S. The event, honoring the ship's history and paying tribute to surviving World War II crew members, will include entertainment by Robert Earl Keen. For more info, see battleshiptexas.org.
The 30th Annual BP MS 150 is set for April 12-13, 2014, aiming to raise more than $18 million to fund cutting-edge research and programs for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Some 12,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the two-day, 180-mile journey from Houston to Austin. Registration is $100 through Jan. 31 at BPMS150.net. It increases to $130 on Feb. 1.