Red blend wines and New Orleans-style red beans

Red blends — red wines made with more than one grape — are often misunderstood in the United States. Learn more about these wines and try out our accompanying recipe for red beans.

Out & About: Events for October 2010

Dallas Clothing Exchange: Free. Drop off clean, gently worn clothes and shop for new ones at the fall Dallas Clothing Exchange, noon-6 p.m. Early drop-off is open the week before and the day of the event until 11:30 a.m. First United Lutheran Church.

Q&A: The Helfmans of Ken’s Man’s Shop

Don’t let the joviality of this shop’s dapper-looking dudes fool you. These guys can sell cashmere to Texans in August, and they know men’s fashion like Landry knew football.

What Gives: Small ways to help neighborhood nonprofits

Swing for sobriety at the 18th Annual Maggie’s House Golf Tournament on Oct. 22, or benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a purchase of plumping lip gloss from TrueBeautyRX during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Live Local: The lowdown on neighborhood businesses

Random, a home and gift boutique that opened five years ago at Inwood Village, is relocating to Hillside Village Shopping Center at Mockingbird and Abrams. The store carries an eclectic selection of goods, including stationery, jewelry, tote bags and funky home accessories, among other “random” stuff.

Mutual support among Lochwood Parents Group members

Fifty years ago, a group of moms in the Lochwood neighborhood got together and formed a club called Save Our Sanity, and it became a network of people willing to support one another in the realm of child rearing.

White Rock Paddle Company

Amy Ebert and Angeline Koh started out renting kayaks from a tent on the north side of the lake, and in September, the experienced kayakers began offering lessons.