The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland, presents Dallas Blooms, its annual spring floral extravaganza from March 2-April 7. This year’s theme is “Dallas in Wonderland”.

The showcase will feature characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland” in topiary form, including Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the King and Queen of Hearts, and the Mad Hatter and March Hare at their tea party.

Weekend activities for families are scheduled throughout the event, including live music, animal exhibits, tea parties, croquet and horticultural demonstrations.

On March 9-10, KRLD broadcasts live its lawn and garden program, hosted by gardening personality Neil Sperry. On these days, admission is free from 8-10 a.m. with a coupon from Calloway’s Nursery. On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, the Arboretum hosts a Brunch Among the Blooms. The Bonsai Society of Dallas exhibits on March 30-31, and the Iris Society exhibits on April 6-7.

Dallas Blooms ends on Easter Sunday when Tom Thumb helps present the city’s largest Easter egg hunts for children up to 10 years old. More than 25,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden on the Arboretum’s grounds.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under age 6 and members. Parking is $2. Call 327-8263 for information.

News & Notes:

ST. PATRICK’S PARADE: The 17th annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled March 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., one day before the holiday. The parade starts at Blackwell and proceeds to Yale. Organized by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association, the parade is an amateur event with few to no professional floats that features Greenville merchants and neighborhood groups. Prizes are given to parade participants in several categories from “least likely to finish” to “best of the best”, an honor that pays $500. Call 368-6722 for information.

LOCAL ARTIST ON DISPLAY: Lakewood painter Steven Hopwood-Lewis displays his art on March 8 in a solo show at Kristy Stubbs Gallery, 2700 Fairmount. Hopwood-Lewis, and elementary school art teacher in the Mesquite public school system, describes his paintings as eccentric and says he plans to expand into portraiture this spring. His work has been displayed in Houston, Austin, Chicago, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Call the gallery at 871-9311 for information about the show.

NATIVE AMERICAN ART EXHIBIT: Tillier Wesley, a full-blooded Creek artist from Weatherford, displays his acrylic work March 9-30 at the Gallery of Native American Art, which recently moved to 2913 Greenville from North Dallas. A self-taught painter, Wesley’s work depicts the life and culture of plains Indians. Admission to the exhibition is free. Call 827-4050 for information.

STORY TIME: Prudence Mackintosh – a local author, humorist, and writer for Texas Monthly and D Magazine – tells stories about raising a family in Dallas on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth, as the final installment in the Lakewood Library Friends’ free book review series. The library also hosts family story times with stories, films, music, puppets and poetry on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. Call 670-1376 for information.

DOWNSTAIRS CONCERTS: The Downstairs Café at Wilshire Baptist Church, 4316 Abrams, presents two concerts this month. On March 8, Pierce Pettis performs at 7:30 p.m. On March 22, the Vigilantes of Love perform at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for both shows. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The café is a smoke-and alcohol-free environment that features acoustic fold musicians. Call John Brashier at 824-4531 for information.

BLUEGRASS BAND PERFORMS AT OZONA’S: The Dallas Bluegrass series brings Laurie Lewis and the Grant Street Band to our neighborhood. The group performs March 23 at 8 and 10 p.m. at Ozona Westex Grill, 4615 Greenville. Lewis is a fiddler, vocalist and song-writer whose latest album, “The Oak and the Laurel”, is up for a Grammy in the traditional fold album/artist of the year category. Tickets cost $10. Call 827-5624 for information and 265-9105 for reservations.

BREW PUB OPENS IN DEEP ELLUM: The Copper Tank Brewery opened its second location in Texas last month in Deep Ellum at 2600 Main. Open seven days a week, the Copper Tank, which also has a location on 6th Street in Austin, brews its own ale and serves food until 2 a.m. Live bands play Thursdays-Saturdays.

DRUM JAM: Every Wednesday, Across the Street Bar, 5625 Yale, hosts the Psychedelic Drum Jam led by Greg Beck from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 363-0660 for information.

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