7 things to do in East Dallas in September

Sept. 8
Carry the Torch 
The 5k and fun run will start and finish on the C. C. Young campus with an after party to follow, and is hosted by sportscaster George Riba. The run benefits C. C. Young Cares, a program for seniors in need, and will start at 7 p.m.
C. C.Young, 4847 W. Lawther Drive, 214.841.2909, carrythetorchrun.com, $25-$45

Sept. 9-24
‘Ruined’
This Pulitzer Prize winning play is a story about the resilience of the human spirit during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays
at 2 p.m.
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, 214.904.0500, bathhouse.dallasculture.org, $15-$30

Sept. 14
North Texas Giving Day
This will be the ninth year for the nation’s largest giving day. Donations can be made from 6 a.m. to midnight to all 2,500 certified nonprofits, more than a dozen of which are located in East Dallas.
214.346.5500, northtexasgivingday.org

Sept. 16
Tour de Fleurs
The 12th annual Tour des Fleurs quarter- and half-marathon races benefit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The start and finish line are located on the White Rock Trail behind the arboretum, and there will be a post-race party with live music, complimentary food and beverages, massages and yoga. Staging for the race begins at 6:45 a.m.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6615, tourdesfleurs.com, $70-$95

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Sept. 16 
LibraryFest@Lakewood
The Lakewood Library Friends June Leftwich Book Sale will include free activities for kids and musical fun with Kindermusik by Purple Nest at 11 a.m. The book sale features thousands of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audio-books — with all proceeds benefitting the library.
Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth St., 214.670.1376, lakewoodlibraryfriendsofdallas.org, free

Sept. 17
Okrapalooza
This seventh-annual fundraiser for Promise of Peace Community Garden includes an okra cook-off with live music, beer, wine and specialty okra dishes. The party runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Lot, 7530 E. Grand Ave., promiseofpeace.us, $35-$45

Sept. 20-30
‘Titus Adronicus’
Shakespeare Dallas presents what is considered to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy, a story of a Roman general seeking revenge against the queen of the Goths. Shows are at 8 p.m.
Samuell-Grand Amphitheater, 1500 Tenison Parkway, 214.559.2778, shakespearedallas.org, $11


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