It’s time to get those costumes and floats ready. The annual Lakewood Fourth of July Parade is upon us once again. The parade gets underway at 9 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Cambria and Lakewood.

This year’s theme is “Lakewood Goes Back In Time,” so expect to see your fair share of flower children, Elvis look-alikes, village people, Revolutionary War heroes and other time travelers.

There is no charge for entering the parade. Just be at the starting point prior to 9 a.m. Organizers ask that there be no commercialism such as floats or people advertising any business. The parade winds down Lakewood Boulevard and ends at the Tokalon Tennis Courts, corner of Tokalon and Lakeshore, where there will be free refreshments and other entertainment.

For more information, contact Stuart Hendricks at 214-826-6422.


The Science Place: The Science Place has scheduled a variety of special events this summer. At the IMAX Theater, the Science Place presents “Super Speedway,” a celebration of the excitement of science in Indy car racing. Narrated by Paul Newman, the film features Mario and Michael Andretti – Indy car racing’s first father and son team. Showtimes are daily at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. There are also screenings Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. Also planned are Summer Discovery Workshops, including A Rock & Roll Adventure in Ohio, July 4-7; Starship Academy, July 14-17; Survival Island Maximum Science IMAX Adventure, July 18; Starship Academy, July 19; The Invention Adventure, July 21-24; The Dream Is Alive Maximum Science IMAX Adventure, July 25; The Invention Adventure, July 26; and It’s Alive! – A Life Science Academy, July 28-31. For information, call 214-428-2033.

Dallas Museum of Art: Among the exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, is “Art at Square One: Russian Avant-Garde Works on Paper,” which runs through August 24 in the Focus Gallery. The exhibit focuses on the works of major artists of the Russian avant-garde movement such as Natalia Goncharova, Pavel Filonov, Olga Rozanova, Wassily Kandinsky, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich. Also through August 24, the Museum will feature “Painting the Universe: Frantisek Kupka, Pioneer in Abstraction.” This exhibit features the paintings and works on paper by Frantisek Kupka, a great innovator of 20th-century art whose works are known for their sumptuous color and large scale. For information, call 214-922-1200.

The Dallas Arboretum: The Dallas Arboretum, 8617 Garland, presents its summer program: “A Walk On The Wild Side.” The program lasts through September 1 and features more than 30 animal topiaries in display areas reminiscent of the seven continents. There also are interactive discovery stations showing visitors how animals use their senses to survive and thrive.

The Arboretum is open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “Cool Thursdays” on Thursday evenings features live music and extended hours until 9 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 and Arboretum members are admitted free. On-site parking is $2. For information, call 214-327-4901.

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