Check out these local event options, most of which are held with virtual access, coming in October through December.

Through Dec. 14

Critters and Crafts:
The Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center offers its fall Critters and Crafts program for kids ages 3-10. The program will introduce the basic biology of animal groups with to-go packs containing video lessons, as well as crafts. Pack pickup days: Oct. 5 (Fish), Oct. 19 (Frogs), Nov. 2 (Reptiles), Nov. 16 (Birds), Nov. 30 (Mammals), Dec. 14 (Animals in Winter). Orders for packs should be placed no later than noon three days prior to pickup. 7112 Newcastle St., Bellaire. $16 (members), $20 (nonmembers). 713-667-6550.

Through Oct. 3

17th Annual Run in Hermann Park: Hermann Park Conservancy is hosting its 17th annual Run in the Park, though this year it is doing so virtually to maintain the health and safety of participants. Participants can run or walk a 5K or 10K either at the park or around their homes between Sept. 26-Oct. 3 while supporting the conservancy. Registrants will receive a T-shirt by mail, as well as gifts from Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and Shake Shack, and will be eligible for door prizes courtesy of Fleet Feet Houston. 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston. Registration is through Oct. 3 at 11:59 p.m. $20 for 5K or 10K events. 713-524-5876.

Through Nov. 8

Sub-Saharan photography exhibit at MFAH: Hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “Through an African Lens: Sub-Saharan Photography” features photography from across Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe through some 20 artists. 5601 Main St., Houston. 713-639-7300.

Through Dec. 19

States of Mind:
Art and American Democracy exhibition: Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts is holding an exhibition titled “States of Mind: Art and American Democracy,” which includes many works that examine the status of the country’s founding principles of freedom and equality, while others touch on questions of voting access, gun control and immigration policies, timed to coincide with the 2020 presidential election to encourage dialogue around social and political issues. 6100 Main St., Houston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tue.-Sat.). Free. 713-348-2787.


7 Author Talk with Jennifer Rosner: Presented in partnership with Brazos Bookstore and Holocaust Museum Houston, the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center will host a virtual conversation with Jennifer Rosner, the author of “The Yellow Bird Sings,” a story about Róża and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, as they hide from soldiers during World War II, a fictitious tale inspired by the true stories of Jewish children hidden during World War II. 7 p.m. $8.50 (virtual ticket), $18.50 (premium ticket bundle with the book picked up curbside from Brazos Bookstore). 713-729-3200.

25 Virtual Houston Jazz Festival: In partnership with the Art Blakey Estate, Miller Outdoor Theatre will host the 2020 Houston Jazz Festival. “Message from Bu” will feature Bu’s Jazz Messengers, who will play to honor the jazz legend’s 101st birthday. The event will be livestreamed on several platforms, including NPR Live Sessions and Facebook Live. 6 p.m. Free. 832-487-7102.

29 The Great Pumpkin Hunt: As of press time, the city of Bellaire was planning to host its annual Great Pumpkin Hunt, which is expected to include live music by The Lost Boys, popsicles by Popston and more. 7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire. 4:30 p.m. Free. 713-662-8222.