This Weekend: Run, Hike, Drink, Kiss

— by Caroline on Crack

Why is everyone having their holiday party this weekend? Now I don’t have time to do the following fun stuff.

Friday, December 12

Thrillist Red Line Barhop
Tis the season to get drunk. Thrillist was good enough to celebrate the new late weekend hours of the Red Line with its list of bars near each stop, from Union Station to North Hollywood. And this Friday, they’ll put that list to the test with a Red Line barhop, but end at the Pig ‘N Whistle in Hollywood. Each bar stop will probably last for an hour. No fee to participate, just bring money for drinks, your Metro pass and your will to drink! Camaraderie is free.

  • 7:30pm-3am. Starting at Traxx in Union Station, 800 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles (map).(213) 625-2999?.

Full Moon Hike
Enjoy the full moon with a nighttime hike through Franklin Canyon. You’ll get to see and hear wildlife and enjoy the view of the stars and the city. It’s a moderately strenuous hike and lasts for two hours so prepare accordingly — dress warmly and bring water. Meet at the Franklin Canyon Ranch Site lower parking lot near restrooms in Franklin Canyon Park.

  • 7pm. Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills (map).

LF Warehouse Holiday Sale
I was only able to hit the tail end of the LF warehouse sale last time and vowed to get their earlier this time so that I wouldn’t miss out on any of the goodies like I did before. Early bird gets the good stuff and with 70-85% off women’s designer sweaters, jackets, coats, jeans, and accessories you need to get there toute de suite! Cash and credit card only.

  • Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 7am-3pm. LF Warehouse, 5333 McConnell Avenue, Los Angeles 90066 (map).

Saturday, December 13

31st Annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run & Walk
If you did the LBC Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, you might want to follow it up with this fun run along the beach in Venice and Santa Monica. Enjoy a wonderful view and the ocean air while you easily knock off 5K. You can register at the race the morning of and if you raise $100 or more for Harvest Home, your reg fee is refunded. You also get a long sleeve tee ($35), a sweatshirt ($45) or both ($55) with your reg fee (prices are for the 5K) as well as drinks and snacks on race day. Don’t forget your Santa hat!

  • 7:30am 10K, 9am 5K. $35-$55. 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica (map).

L.A. Derby Dolls: Ri-ettes vs. Santa’s Little Helpers!
Kick off your holiday celebrations with some ass-kicking as the L.A. Ri-ettes take on Santa’s Little Helpers, a collection of the best skaters in the nation. It’s standing room only unless you purchase a VIP ticket for an unassigned seat. BTW, make sure you get there on time so you don’t miss Gene Simmons of Kiss playing bass while his daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons sings the national anthem.

  • $20, $40 VIP. 6pm-11pm. The Doll Factory, 1910 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles (map).

Sunday, December 14

Verdugo Signatory Scotch Tasting
Reserve your seats asap for a special scotch tasting involving the likes of Edradour, the original “farm” distillery, and Highland Park, “the best spirit in the world.” It’s just $25 and space is limited so prepay asap. Call the bar or email kyle [at] with your credit card information. If anything this is a great way to do some research on what you should get your favorite Scotch lover for the holidays.

  • 5:30-7:30pm. $25 prepay. Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles (map). (323) 257-3408.