Here is your mission for the next few days, should you choose to accept it.

Bob White, Bank of Texas (Presenting Sponsor), Honorary Chairs Pat and Lauren Arthur. Middle row: Trains co-chair Courtney Raggio, Stephen Megally, Heba Megally, Adel Megally, Erin Arthur; Burke Arthur; Trains co-chair Courtney Westerburg.  Front row: Ronald McDonald, William Raggio, Kid Conductor Bishoy Megally, Fady Megally, Hadley Westerburg, Riley Westerburg

Trains at NorthPark kids and supporters — Top: Bob White, Bank of Texas (Presenting Sponsor), Honorary Chairs Pat and Lauren Arthur. Middle row: Trains co-chair Courtney Raggio, Stephen Megally, Heba Megally, Adel Megally, Erin Arthur; Burke Arthur; Trains co-chair Courtney Westerburg. Front row: Ronald McDonald, William Raggio, Kid Conductor Bishoy Megally, Fady Megally, Hadley Westerburg, Riley Westerburg.

 

Here is your mission for this weekend, should you choose to accept it:

Ongoing: The Trains at NorthPark rolling now through New Year’s Day. Elaborate toy trains traverse 1,600 feet of track through replica cityscapes. The exhibit, benefitting Ronald McDonald House, is open daily with limited hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Extra information: 214.631.7354 or rmhdallas.org, $3-$6, children under 2 free.

Today through Dec. 7: The Bath House Cultural Center’s “Forest, Feathers, and Fur,” features acrylic paintings by Roxanne Mather. It’s running through Dec. 7. Check out the website for more.

Today through Dec. 8: Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts presents Will Power’s play, “The Seven,” with performances through Dec. 8 at either 2 or 8 p.m. Tre Garrett directs the modernized Greek tragedy that follows the struggles of the sons of Oedipus as they vie for the throne of Thebes. Tickets are $7-$13 and available for purchase online here. To purchase box office tickets, call 214.768.2000.

Jerry and Julie Reddy filling the cups with water and Gatorade. By Pete Puckett

Jerry and Julie Reddy fill cups with water and Gatorade at the 2011 White Rock Marathon. By Pete Puckett

All weekend: Marathon stuff

Friday, Dec. 6: World renowned marathoner Meb Keflezighi will give a free lecture at Luke’s Locker at Mockingbird-Central at 6 p.m. The event is free, but you must register here.

Dec. 6-7: The Dallas Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. Anyone interested in health and fitness, marathon runner or not, is invited to the free-entry Dallas Marathon exposition, Friday from 11 a.m.-7p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 Griffin Street.

Dec. 7: The Mayor’s 5k race is at 9, but it is sold out, so if you are registered, don’t forget to be there. Get to the expo early and cheer on the runners. Or, if you don’t care but plan on driving somewhere that requires crossing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge or something else on this map Saturday morning, you’ll need to change plans.

Dec. 8: The Rock. Can we still call it “The Rock” even though they changed the name from White Rock Marathon to Dallas Marathon? Sure, why not? The big events, the 26.2-mile marathon and the 13.1-mile half-marathon begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. Here, find a map of the course, for spectating and/or aversion purposes.

Read our 2012 story about the marathon history and name and course changes here.

Down the road: The yellow brick road, that is. Meet the authors of the “definitive” book on the movie The Wizard of Oz. They will do a book signing and lecture at C.C. Young next week, Dec. 11. at 2 p.m. Click here for details.