Get Out: Patch's Pick-and-Choose Weekend Planner

See "The Grinch" or "The Nutcracker." Adopt a pet or learn to salsa dance.

Still have no idea what to do this weekend? Don't panic. Mar Vista Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks:

Where/When: , 3951 Grand View Blvd., Fri., Dec. 9, 5:30 pm.

Why Go: "The Grinch" is a Christmas classic, certian to put you in the holiday spirit. It's a perfect night out for families and you can't beat the price.

Pricing: Free

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica: The Nutcracker

Where/When:The Wadsworth Theater in Brentwood, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Sat. Dec. 10 and Sun. Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Why Go: The company has been producing this holiday classic ballet for 39 years. Children and adults can fall in love with the dancing and the story of Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy.

Pricing: $30 General Admission

Where/When: Unleashed, 13411 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, Sun., Dec. 11, 12-3 pm.

Why Go: If you're thinking of getting a pet as a gift for someone this holiday season, you coud do something great for them and for a rescue animal by choosing one of these loving animals in need of a home. This is a monthly event, held the second Sunday of each month.

Where/When: , 303 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey. Sat. Dec. 10, 2  - 4 p.m.

Why Go: Visit the Ballona Wetlands for this self-guided tour of the salt marsh and dunes, where visitors are free to walk on trails unescorted with docents at various stations to explain the sights.

Pricing: Free.

Where/When:  12932 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Sat. Dec. 10, 4-6 p.m.

Why Go: Learn how to shake and shimmy. Beginners to advanced classes. 

Pricing: $10

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