Things slow down in January, but we found some dates to save for runs, tai chi and library fun, plus a set of events just beyond Vestavia city limits to keep your days and nights fun in frigid temperatures.

1. Commitment Day 5K Fun Run

Tuesday, Jan. 1 | 10 a.m.
Lifetime Fitness

Start off the New Year right with this annual 5K starting at Lifetime Fitness. Registration fees include a T-shirt, race bib and brunch social after the run, and kids will earn their very own 5K medals. Registration is free for kids under 12 attending with a paid adult. To register or volunteer, visit

2. Tai Chi Classes

Library in the Forest Community Room

Did you know the library offers Tai Chi classes? This low-impact, slow-motion exercise is taught by certified instructor for anyone age 18 and older who wants to try it.

  • Beginner Classes: Select Mondays at 6 p.m. —Jan. 14, 28
  • Beginner & Intermediate Classes: Thursdays at 2 p.m.—Jan. 10, 24

3. Friends of the Library: Vestavia Hills Fire Department

Thursday, Jan. 24 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Library in the Forest

Learn all about our community’s unsung heroes. Light refreshments will be served. For ages 18 and up.

4. Mario Kart 7 Tournament

Friday, Jan. 25 | 4-5:30 p.m.
Library in the Forest

Calling all teens! Test your Switch skills in this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament, and you can win an Amazon gift card too. Snacks will be served.

Bonus: Events Around Town

Jan. 11+12
The Beginning: Carlos Conducts Beethoven’s First Symphony
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Alys Stephens Center

Jan. 15
Swan Lake
Presented by the State Ballet Theatre of Odessa
Lyric Theatre
7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18-20
BJCC Concert Hall

Jan. 18+19
Carmina Burana & The Rite of Spring
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Alys Stephens Center

Jan. 24-Feb. 10
Million Dollar Quartet
Virginia Samford Theatre

Jan. 24-27
Birmingham Boat Show

Jan. 26
The Mambo Kings
Presented by Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Red Diamond SuperPOPS!
Samford University Wright Center

Jan. 26
Alabama Dance Festival feat. Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
Alys Stephens Center

Did we miss any events? Do you have an event coming up in a future month? Email to submit yours.