If the holidays really beat you up, spend a weekend watching people who aren’t you taking (and delivering) beat downs, all for you and your family’s pleasure and entertainment. Elks Lodge #71 in Lake Highlands, 8550 Lullwater, hosts SOAR Championship Wrestling New Year’s Revolution. Attendees meet WWE hall of fame member Ron Simmons and former WWF tag team champion Sir Mo. The main event pits Kongo Kong against Limitless Keith Lee — plus six additional matches with a special kid event at intermission wherein two little ones will take home a championship belt. For the very wee ones, child care is available. Also on hand: a full bar, concessions and post-tournament karaoke. It all begins with a free pizza party and anti bullying event Friday evening. Saturday, Ron Simmons hosts a clinic from noon-3 p.m. The main show and meet and greet with Simmons is Saturday — bell time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-15, and you can buy them here.
Not far from Lake Highlands and worth the tiny trek — the White Rock area’s chilliest fundraiser hits this Sunday, Jan. 8, when attendees are challenged to take the Polar Bear Plunge in the name of Alzheimer’s. Hosted by White Rock area-based Hypnotic Donuts and the Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles, for a $10 donation, you can take an icy dip into the Eagles’ pool before warming up in the Tiki Bar while you nibble on donuts. There will also be a snow-play area for kids, a raffle for a catered office brunch from Hypnotic Donuts and food and drink available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event begins at 3 p.m. at the Fraternal Order, 8500 Arturo Drive. For details, contact Joshua Griffin at 214-668-6999 or email@example.com.
Friday at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, 9555 N. Central Expressway, singer-songwriter Cliff Eberhardt is the venue’s first act of the year. Eberhardt is joined by Americana songwriter Louise Mosrie, who opens the show at 8 p.m. Tickets run $15-$18.
Beginning Thursday and running through most of February, the enduring Pocket Sandwich Theater near Lake Highlands begins its 2017 season with “Tomorrow is Forever-The Spy Melodrama.” Tag along on an adventure with spies Hardy Flynt and Purity Steele as they attempt to thwart the creators of a mind control device that brainwashes world leaders. Tickets are $12-15 at the doors, 5400 Mockingbird.
Saturday, kick off the first weekend of 2017 with a Dallas Running Club 10k, which is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. DRC is a nonprofit fitness organization based in Lake Highlands. Monthly races are held at White Rock Lake, usually beginning at Winfrey Point. This Saturday’s race starts at 8 a.m. Register between 6:30-7:30 a.m. inside the Winfrey Point house, and follow the people wearing shorts in 30-degree weather to the starting line.