Brains & Brews. I don’t know about you, but my brain always feels a lot more creative after a couple of beers. Will that translate to me being better at answering science trivia? Only one way to find out. This series at Sky Bar features different scientist guest speakers every week, followed by some trivia. This week’s theme, “Science Speakeasy,” features graduate students from the UA College of Science, talking about the cutting edge, fascinating research going on at the university in the laid-back environment of Sky Bar. 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27. Sky Bar Tucson, 536 N. Fourth Ave. Free. Information.
Wee Winter Wonderland. Don’t ask us why, but there’s something especially charming about holiday scenes—a little girl scooting across the living room on a new scooter Christmas morning, a Georgian dining room decorated for Hannukah, a father and daughter celebrating Kwanzaa—when they’re recreated in miniature. And where better to go for such a fix than the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, which is decorated for the holiday season and features more than a dozen holiday-themed displays? Enjoy this exhibit from Tuesday, Nov. 26, to Monday, Jan. 5. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. Included with museum admission—or free for members! Museum admission is $10.50 adults, $8.50 military/senior, $7 students and youth ages 4 to 17. Purchase tickets in advance by Nov. 25 and save $2 per ticket. Information.
Thanksgiving Brunch at Starr Pass. Thanksgiving dinner is overrated, brunch is where it’s at. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is hosting a heaping helping of holiday cheer with a massive brunch at their Signature Grill. Main dishes include Spanish chorizo stuffed chicken, Steelhead trout, rainbow quinoa pilaf, and whipped sweet potato; plus an antipasti bar, pumpkin bisque and Signature pozole. Of course, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey and prime rib, with butternut squash ravioli on the side. The day also includes a kids buffet and plenty of pastries. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard. $72 per adults, $27 per child 6-12 years, free under 5 years. Call (520) 791-6064 for reservations. Information. Information.
Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic. Yeah, this is a 5K and 1.5-mile run literally on Thanksgiving morning. There are some people who would never even consider spending the morning of what is supposed to be the most gluttonous day of the year in this country with some organized exercise, and that’s not unreasonable. But if this sort of thing is up your alley, here are the details: The race is around Reid Park, with separate events for men and women. It’s “European-style,” which means it’s on grass and dirt, and even has obstacles, like hay bale and water jumps. And the prizes include treats like pumpkin pies! 8 a.m. start for the first race. Thursday, Nov. 28. Reid Park (900 S. Randolph Way) at Ramada 10. $25, or $23 for Southern Arizona Roadrunner members. Or $30 for day-of registration. The 1.5K fun run is $15, or $20 for day-of registration. Information.