Weekend picks: skating, tubas, toys and more

The ice at Westchester Lagoon was in great shape for skating on Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2010. Anchorage Parks and Recreation hosted the Family Skate event.
Marc Lester
Tuba players took part in Tuba Christmas Saturday afternoon at the Performing Arts Center.
Bob Hallinen
The “Wonderland of Toys” exhibit at the Anchorage Museum includes a hand-painted wood Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty circus from the early 1800s.


4th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas skating party

Strap on your skates and head to the Westchester Lagoon, where the ice is ready and a DJ will be spinning tunes 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Burn barrels will be lit to keep fingers and toes toasty. Free.



Dozens of tuba and other low brass players will perform holiday music for an hour downtown as part of an annual celebration that takes place in cities around the world. Awards for best-decorated tuba will be presented and more. Noon Saturday in the Lorene Harrison Lobby outside the Atwood Concert Hall in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.


Wonderland of toys

From now until New Year's, the atrium of the Anchorage Museum will be full of twinkling lights and toys. Take a break from the holiday hustle to check out carousel horses, World War I toy soldiers and a hand-painted wood Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty circus from the early 1900s. The centerpiece? An evergreen tree decorated with more than 100 dolls dressed in costumes from around the world. Admission is $10-$15 for adults, $2-$7 for children ages 3 to 12 (children younger than 3 are free). Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday


Family Films for fun

The Anchorage International Film Festival will be showing local and international short films for all ages at the Loussac Library. From animations to live action shorts and documentaries, there will be six full hours of programming. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wilda Marston Theatre. Free.


Jingle Bell Run for arthritis

The Jingle Bell Run (or walk) is a family 5K to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Runners with reindeer antlers and jingle bells on their running shoes will be out in force, and there will be a costume contest, face painting and a visit from Santa. $25-35 for children and adults. Starts at the UAA Student Union Building. Children 10 and under start at 10:55 a.m.; everyone else begins at 11: 15 a.m. Visit anchoragejinglebellrun.kintera.org for more information.

-- Victoria Barber