Holiday home tour, Trek for Thomas, ornament sale, UNT Harpbeats, art openings and more to do this weekend

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s all about the holidays here in Lake Highlands. Check out our full holiday guide for a complete list of seasonal events, but here are some highlights happening this weekend.

Marking its 48th year, the Holiday in the Highlands home tour hits this Friday. Taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., tickets are $25 and all proceeds benefit the charitable efforts of the Lake Highlands Women’s League. Get all the details in our feature on this traditional neighborhood event.

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Thomas Martinelli suffers from a rare genetic condition that is causing him to lose his eyesight.
Thomas Martinelli suffers from a rare genetic condition that is causing him to lose his eyesight.

Thomas Martinelli was just 19 months old when he was diagnosed with a peroxisomal disorder, a genetic condition that’s slowly causing him to go blind. Affecting just one in 4,000, it has benefited from stem cell research, and researchers are even closer to finding a cure. To help that goal, the Martinelli family hosts Trekking for Thomas, a 1-mile fun run for kids, which also includes a beer and wine garden for adults. Set for Sunday  from 1-3 p.m., kids can also expect an obstacle course, bounce house and other treats. Registration ranges from $25 a person to $100 for the whole family, or $10 for those who just want access to the beer and wine. All proceeds go to the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders. Get all the details here.

Employees at Half Price Books all over the nation have been busy making ornaments, which will be sold Dec. 1 and 2 to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Each dollar spent will provide three meals for those in need in North Texas. Shop the ornament sale at the flagship shop on Northwest Highway on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. until sold out.

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Oak Highlands Estates will once again bring the “12 Days of Christmas” to life in consecutive yard displays, which light up the night from Dec. 1-31. Each of the 14 homes that line the Timberhollow cul-de-sac host their own elaborate display, part of a neighborhood legacy that’s been passed on for almost 30 years. The entrance is located one block south of Royal Lane off Abrams Road on Moss Haven Drive. The lights stay on from dusk to 9 p.m.

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Lake Highlands United Methodist Church will host the HarpBeats, the musical ensemble from University of North Texas. Playing everything from Bach to Radiohead, this free concert takes place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. On Monday at 7 p.m., the church hosts “The New Covenant: A Christian-Jewish Dialogue” featuring a discussion between Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger of the Jewish Studies Initiative, and Dr. Robert Hunt of the Perkins School of Theology, regarding Jeremiah 31.

"Rose Reflections" by Joan Chamberlain is one of the pieces featured in "Do You See What I See" at the Dutch Art Gallery.
“Rose Reflections” by Joan Chamberlain is one of the pieces featured in “Do You See What I See” at the Dutch Art Gallery.

Dutch Art Gallery will launch the new collection, “Do You See What I See?” In all, 48 artists contributed 85 pieces of work that feature a hidden object or meaning. Work ranges from photorealism to abstract. There will be an opening reception with some of the artists on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first 25 people will get a “goody bag” with a miniaturized piece of artwork. If you can’t make it Saturday, check out the display through Jan. 19 anytime the gallery is open.

“A Celebration of Color,” featuring more than 20 paintings curated by artist Susan Lecky, opens on Saturday with a reception from 7-9 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center. Meet the featured artists and hear the guitar stylings of Chris Richter during the free event. The exhibit will be on view through Jan. 27 whenever the center is open to the public.

The newly established Forest Audelia Boxing Gym will host an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Expect boxing demonstrations and a chance to meet the people behind the center. In-and-Out Burger will provide free food to the first 400 through the door.

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