January is in full swing, and there are a number of events to attend this weekend in the Greater Houston area.
1. Attend a chili cookoff
The Back Deck at Houston National Golf Club hosts the second annual chili cookoff featuring prizes for judge and crowd favorites. 6-10 p.m. $10 (contestants). Houston National Golf Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd., Cypress. 281-304-1400. www.houstonnationalgolf.com
2. See Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’
A combination of light, rain and spirit, “Luzia” uses acrobatic stunts and visual performances to tell the story of “a waking dream in Mexico.” Times vary by date and showtime. $68-$285. 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston. 281-807-8700. www.shrp.com
3. Take a Polar Bear Plunge
Shenandoah Civic Club hosts this annual event for residents who dare to jump into the Mary Pat Case Municipal Pool in winter temperatures. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mary Pat Case Municipal Pool, 1619 Wellman Road, Shenandoah. 281-465-8768. www.shenandoahtx.us
4. Keep New Year’s resolutions while enjoying wine
Goat Yoga Katy-Fulshear is hosting a yoga class accompanied by goats and wine. All fitness levels are welcome. 4-5:30 p.m. $30. 7738 Fulshear Katy Road, Katy. 281-748-5754. www.goatyogakaty.com/classes
5. Celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Pearland MLK Celebration Committee hosts the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn. Channel 11 anchor Len Cannon is the guest speaker. 6-8 p.m. $50 per person; table sponsorships are available. Hilton Garden Inn, 12101 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland. www.pearlandmlk.org
6. Attend a royal ‘pawrade’
The Houston Museum of Fine Arts hosts a Royals Doggie Day as part of its ongoing exhibit “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.” Dog owners are invited to bring friendly dogs on leashes to take part in a regal dog costume competition and parade. 1-4 p.m. Free. The Brown Foundation Inc. Plaza, 5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston. www.mfah.org