Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum

May 5–Nov. 5 Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum
The highly anticipated Chihuly exhibit opens this month with dramatic, colorful glass sculptures in more than 15 locations throughout the garden. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings are “Chihuly Nights,” a rare opportunity to stroll the garden at night and enjoy these illuminated works of art. Artist Dale Chihuly’s spectacular sculptures have been showcased in 97 exhibitions in seven countries in the last decade. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland, 214.515.6500, , $9 (child)–$15 (adult); Chihuly Nights $9–$20

May 4 Lipscomb Elementary School carnival
From 4–8 p.m., the Lipscomb PTA and the Swiss Avenue Historic District present a day of fun for the East Dallas community. Enjoy music, giant slides, mini golf, games and great food. Proceeds support Lipscomb Elementary. Lipscomb Elementary School, 5801 Worth, free

May 4–June 3 Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
Children ages 4 and older will enjoy this play at Dallas Children’s Theater. Based on the popular books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, this story of a bug’s world is full of humor and fun. Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman, 214.740.0051, $20–$26

May 4–5 24-Hour Video Race
The 11th annual race, presented by The Video Association of Dallas, runs from 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 4 until midnight on Saturday, May 5. One hundred teams compete based on one assigned theme, one prop, one location and one line of dialogue. Everyone from elementary school students to professional filmmakers is welcome to participate. Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird, 214.428.8700, , entry fees vary

May 5 Wine on the Roof
East Lake Pet Orphanage’s “Wine on the Roof” fundraiser kicks off at 7 p.m. The event features a silent auction, dinner with wine pairings, raffle items and more. All proceeds benefit the homeless pets at East Lake Pet Orphanage. East Lake Pet Orphanage, 10101 Northwest Hwy., 214.349.ELPO, $65/$75 (at the door)

Dog Bowl

May 6 Dog Bowl
From 1–5 p.m. the Friends of Fair Park host the sixth annual Dog Bowl. Pets and owners will enjoy an animal-only agility course, pet/owner look-alike contest, splash pools, music and more. Adoptable dogs will be available at the Woofstock “tail”-gating zone. Beer and other concessions will be for sale. Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park, 3750 Cotton Bowl Cir., 214.421.9600, free/$10 Fair Park parking

May 12–13 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour
2012 marks the historic district’s 39th year to host the tour, this year showcasing homes at 4949 Swiss, 5105 Swiss, 5303 Swiss, 5816 Swiss, 6000 Bryan and 6110 Bryan. Air-conditioned coaches and horse-drawn carriages will be provided free of charge. During the tour, food from Penne Pomodoro and other eateries will be available alongside artisans and live music at Savage Park. The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch is Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. , $20–$25 home tour, $20 brunch

May 13 Paint Your Pet
Pinot’s Palette will donate $15 to the non-profit DFW Rescue Me for every painter in its “Paint Your Pet” class on May 13. DFW Rescue Me’s goal is to reduce the number of animals euthanized in Dallas through educational and adoption programs. Pinot’s Palette, 6465 E. Mockingbird, 214.827.4668, , $65

May 13 Mother Earth concert
At 3 p.m., The Women’s Chorus of Dallas presents a special Mother’s Day concert in the lush surroundings of the Texas Discovery Gardens. The concert concludes with a live butterfly release. Attendees can purchase a dedication to someone special in the concert program for $10. Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 MLK Jr., 214.520.7828, advance: $15 (seniors and students)–$25 (adults)

May 17 White Rock Lake Foundation Golf Tournament
Join the neighborhood organization that financially supports Dallas’ Park and Recreation Department for its inaugural charity golf tourney, beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds fund White Rock Lake and park improvements. Tenison Highlands Golf Course, 3501 Samuell, $125

May 19 Dallas VisionWalk
With a mission to raise funds for sight-saving research, Dallas’ walk has been named the top VisionWalk in the country. The 5k moves back to White Rock Lake this year. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; stage presentation and walk at 10 a.m. Winfrey Point, 950 E. Lawther, 972.378.3555, , free (donations welcome)

May 19 White Rock Spring Games
Local elementary school students grades 1–8 are invited to compete with friends from other schools in the White Rock Spring Games from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Games include the 200-meter relay, obstacle course challenge, cross country relay, warrior dash, 3-on-3 soccer and 3-on-3 basketball. Proceeds benefit the parent associations of Lakewood, Stonewall Jackson, Hexter, Lakehill Prep, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John’s Episcopal and J.L. Long. Norbuck Park, southeast corner of Northwest Highway and Buckner, $100–$125 (late registration)

May 20 A Peep at the Coops
The 11 a.m.-5 p.m. self-guided tour features a dozen of East Dallas’ chicken coops, ranging from basic to extravagant. On tour day, purchase a $5 map at Stonewall Jackson Elementary. All proceeds benefit Stonewall Gardens. Stonewall Jackson Elementary, 5828 Mockingbird,, $5

May 20 Lakewoodstock
The goal of this family-oriented arts and music festival is to bring neighbors together. Proceeds from the event (after expenses) go to the improvement of Lakewood Village Shopping Center. Children will enjoy the climbing wall, bungee trampoline and laser tag, while parents are invited to peruse the works of local artists and enjoy live music and refreshments. Lakewood Village Shopping Center, Gaston and Abrams, , free

May 20 White Rock East Garden Tour
The 11th annual garden tour, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., will showcase nine unique local gardens in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda Estates. A plant sale will be held from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Proceeds benefit neighborhood programs. $10

May 26 Howl at Hillside
Hillside Village Shopping Center hosts a benefit for White Rock Lake Dog Park from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. White Rock Dog, DFW Rescue Me, Animal Allies of Texas and Dog & Kitty City will have dogs available for adoption. Hillside Village, Mockingbird and Abrams, 214.989.4151, free

May 25–27 CityArts Festival
Friends of Fair Park and Big City Crushed Concrete present the ninth annual CityArts Festival. This celebration of the arts features a juried art show, a culinary showcase with cooking demos and samplings, two outdoor film nights and a children’s area with arts and crafts. During the festival, the museums of Fair Park are offering reduced admission. Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum, 214.421.9600,, free/$10 Fair Park parking

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