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London area events: Metro's best bets Nov. 15-16

Gems, theatre, hackers — what's not to love about this weekend in London?

These are our best bets for whiling away the next couple of days.

Makin’ stuff

Robots, fruit-powered alarm clocks, 3D objects: A Saturday event is designed to help you make pretty much anything you can imagine.

It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at UnLab (999 Collip Circle), and it’s being organized by UnLondon.

Un, yeah. All those “Uns” aren’t mistakes.

UnLab is a spot that bills itself as London’s very own “hackerspace” where artists, techies and people who just like to make stuff get together and, well, build.

UnLondon has a similar focus. The non-profit thrives on getting people to challenge and embrace “ideas related to new technologies and social platforms.”

Saturday’s event is aimed at kids and teens, ages 5 to 16. It’s $40 at the door. More details are available on UnLondon's website.

Family jewels? 

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Looking for something fancy, shiny or just a little different?

The London Gem and Mineral Show is said to be "out of this Earth."

It runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Western Fair District's Canada Building. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for kids.

Be prepared to dig deep. With more than 60 dealers offering everything from fossils to beads to precious gem stones, you may feel the urge to shale out some cash.

One at a time

If traditional plays don’t hold your attention, maybe you should try a one-act number.

Or, better yet, a who festival of them.

It’s arrived at McManus Theatre (on the bottom level of The Grand Theatre) with one-act plays running from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Started in 1999, the London One Act Festival celebrates new and developing playwrights, directors and actors. This year's rendition has been running for a few days now, so this is the last chance to catch the action — in the form of four plays that are each 30 minutes or less.

You can get all the details here.

History alive 

Chris McAuley as Paul Peel (Metro file)

Chris McAuley as Paul Peel (Metro file)

Here’s your chance to learn about — and experience— a talented London family from days gone by.

Amber Lloydlangston, curator of regional history, is leading a Museum London tour Sunday focused on artist Paul Peel and his just-as-artistic family.

Following the tour, which starts at 1 p.m., actor Chris McAuley will perform a monologue from the recent play Grey Days Preferable: A Portrait of Paul Peel.

McAuley's theatrical portrait of Peel explores his rise on the Paris art scene, his family life and his artistic beliefs.

More details are available on the museum’s website.

Jazzin' it up

Don't just exercise when you can Jazzercise. And, don't just Jazzercise without a good reason.

This event ticks both boxes.

Habitat for Humanity is having a fitness-themed fundraiser on Sunday with proceeds going toward building homes in the Philippines.

Hearts will start thumping at 1 p.m. for a one-hour Jazzercise class. Then, you can chill from 2 to 3 p.m. with a little flow yoga.

Cost is $10, registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and it's happening at the Salvation Army Village gym (1340 Dundas Street E.).

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