Light it up
You’ve likely seen Casa View Estates aglow with the lights of dozens of luminarie bags in recent holiday seasons. The soft flicker of candlelight carries a heavier message, however, as the event doubles as a fundraiser for those in need.Now in its third year, the neighborhood is again raising money for police and firefighters via Guns and Hoses.
This year’s event will take place Dec. 10 and 11. Donations to offset costs are being collected this month. To contribute, mail a check to CLENA, P.O. Box 180817, Dallas, 75218, or visit Volunteers are also needed to help place the bags on Dec. 10 and pick them up on Dec. 12. Get involved by contacting Kam DeLeon at 214.923.9773 or

Run it out
The nonprofit Dallas Running Club holds its annual Half Marathon at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Norbuck Park, at the corner of Northwest Highway and Buckner. Runners will tackle a 13.1-mile course over rolling White Rock area terrain. Or, for those who want to help and not run, e-mail for a spot passing out race packets pre-race, handing out water or Gatorade to runners on the course, setting or cleaning up, or helping out at aid stations — like the runners, volunteers also get a T-shirt. Race proceeds benefit the Tal Morrison Scholarship Fund, which helps fund higher education for Dallas public high school cross country runners. Visit to register.

Wildcat pride
Cheer on the Woodrow Wilson Wildcats when homecoming hits this month. The parade and pep rally are set for Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., with the big game on Nov. 4. Last year, the parade caused serious traffic jams for commuters around the Gaston/Live Oak intersection, so you may want to avoid the area unless you’re on foot.

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