Five ways to have fun this weekend.

1. Head to the theater to see a big-screen version of the 1820 event that inspired the novel “Moby Dick.” Starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Ron Howard, “In the Heart of the Sea” tells the story of whaling ship that is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.

2. The second Friday of each December the world turns its attention to Official Lost and Found Day, Dec. 11. It is on this day that we take a moment to recall the stuff we’ve lost and perhaps make an effort to find it. So head back to the movie theater or coffee shop and see if your coat and sunglasses are still there.

3. The best part of Gingerbread House Day, Dec. 12, may be creating your own custom gingerbread house — or devouring it. It doesn’t matter whether you buy a gingerbread house kit or create your own architectural model out of gingerbread cookies, the fun is making the house with family or friends. According the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest gingerbread house was 60 feet long and 10.1 feet tall.

4. Look to the sky Sunday night to view the 2015 Geminid shower. A slender crescent moon will set soon after the sun, providing a cover of darkness to view plentiful meteors. The best time for viewing in mid evening from 9 or 10 p.m. until dawn. The sky show continues Monday night.

5. Operation Santa Paws continues for a few more days through Dec. 19. Take this opportunity to donate to your local animal shelter now because cold weather is dangerous for abandoned dogs and cats, and shelters can become overcrowded in winter. Your help can be in the form of a monetary donation, pet food, treats, cat litter or even office supplies. Or, maybe this is the right time for your family to foster or adopt a new pet.

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