On your marks: Two big runs this month

 Bundle up and start your year off on the right foot with the 2019 Snowman Run 5k on at 9 a.m. on Jan. 12 at Mansfield’s Katherine Rose Memorial Park (303 N. Walnut Creek Drive).

This all-age event includes a timed race, s’mores and hot cocoa at the finish line and is a great winter activity to keep the whole family active. Registration is $15 and available online (visit the website listed below), or visit the Mansfield Activities Center to sign up in person and get a gift certificate.

The Snowman Run is sponsored by Mansfield Methodist Medical Center.

For more: raceroster.com/events/2019/20215/2019-snowman-run.

Then, on Jan. 26, the Women’s 5K Walk/Run Supporting SafeHaven (formerly known as the Jiggle Butt Run) will start at 9 a.m. at the University of Texas at Arlington’s University Center (300 W. First St.). Proceeds from this event go to help women find freedom from domestic violence.

Here’s the race-day schedule:

  • 7 a.m. – University Center doors open for a Pre-Event Expo.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Warm-ups begin inside University Center.
  • 9 a.m. – The race begins. Awards and refreshments will be dispersed immediately after the race during a Post-Event Expo inside the University Center.

Participants may register as individuals, teams, VIP or virtual runner (new this year). There will be a pre-event party at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at The Runner.

For more: jigglebuttrun.com.



Art Exhibition: Hiroshige

When: Jan. 1 – Feb. 24

Where: Arlington Museum of Art

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday

In a nutshell: This outstanding exhibition features 55 revolutionary wood-block prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), recording the scenic views along the famous “Eastern Road” that linked Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. This popular series, known as the Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, was published in 1834 and established Hiroshige’s reputation as the foremost artist of the topographical landscape.

For more: arlingtonmusem.org


Planetarium shows

When: Jan. 1 – 31

Where: The Planetarium at UT Arlington (700 Planetarium Place)

Time: Check website for show times

In a nutshell: With a 60-foot-diameter dome and its state-of-the art Digistar 5 DLP Projection system, The Planetarium at UT Arlington is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the state of Texas. The Digistar 5 system can project stars, planets, galaxies and virtually anything else onto the dome.

For more: uta.edu/planetarium


UTA Basketball

When: Jan. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

Where: College Park Center (600 S. Center St.)

Time: Times listed below

In a nutshell: The UTA men’s team will host the following schools this month: Georgia State on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.; Georgia Southern on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.; Arkansas State on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. and Little Rock on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. The UTA women’s team will host the following schools this month: Appalachian State on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.; Coastal Carolina on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.; Georgia Southern on Jan. 24 at 11:30 a.m. and Georgia State on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

For more: utamavs.com


Monday Night Painting – All Media

When: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Where: Sparks Studio of Creative Arts (509 W.

Main St.)

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In a nutshell: Instructor Barbara McFarland teaches watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels and mixed media in this weekly workshop for aspiring artists. McFarland’s work has received numerous awards in local, regional and national shows. She has spent two summers painting on location at the La Romita School of Art in Italy.

For more: sparksstudioart.com


CenterSpace Happy Hour

When: Jan. 24

Where: CenterSpace Coworking (609 E. Main St.)

Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

In a nutshell: CenterSpace Coworking hosts this monthly happy hour, which features beer, wine and light refreshments. Feel free to BYOB. This event is open to CenterSpace members, friends and family of members, and those interested in learning more about CenterSpace Coworking.

For more: centerspace.com


Downtown Arlington Open Coffee Club

When: Jan. 31

Where: Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar

Time: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

In a nutshell: Talk tech, startups and the digital lifestyle over coffee and pastries with an added special guest speaker. This is a meet-up unlike all of the others in the area – it’s moderator led.

For more: urbanalchemy.bar