Marine mammal education

Head to the Marine Mammal Center’s ocean-themed classroom next Sunday for a free lesson on our watery world.

At various times between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can catch interactive, multimedia presentations about animals in the arctic or enjoy a docent-led tour of the facility. Learn about the center’s residents, volunteers and rescues, and wave to the seals and sea lions from the observation deck.

The center is at 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito. For more information, visit or call (415) 289-7335.


Star theater

What: Stargaze in the comfort of the indoors. The Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, celebrates its 50th anniversary with $1 admissions on all its educational, audiovisual weekend programming. Discover black holes, supervolcanos and proton collisions in 3-D.

When: Show times vary, Saturday and next Sunday

Where: Fleischmann Planetarium, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno

Cost: $1



Fiery fashion

What: For a night of one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art, attend The Crucible’s hotly anticipated annual fashion show, “Hot Couture: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire.” The collaboration between Bay Area fashion designers and industrial artists leads to a haute couture runway of music, dance and fire.

When: 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: The Crucible, 1260 Seventh St., Oakland

Cost: $40 general admission, $100 VIP



Environmental film festival

What: Films, art and workshops will all focus on energy at the 12th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Expect to see pieces about nature, community activism, conservation and more, and be inspired to act. Don’t forget the art and wine stroll, fancy gala and late-night dance party.

When: Show times vary, Thursday through next Sunday

Where: Various theaters in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley

Cost: $120 basic festival pass, $60 youth pass, $20-$40 individual film screenings



Travel guide talk

What: Pauline Frommer, daughter of Arthur Frommer, will discuss the relaunch of the Frommer brand and its 30 new travel books, as well as her award-winning “Pauline Frommer Guidebooks” series. The presentation and question-answer session will likely cover travel tips, trends and destinations for the new year.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 16

Where: Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 447-5696

— Janelle Bitker