In the month we celebrate our nation’s independence, it seems appropriate to partake in one of the most American of foods: the hot dog. Served with a variety of flavors and fixins, it’s one of the two major menu items at Wild About Harry’s. Among the most popular is the Chicago style, shown below. They go to great pains to make it authentic here, using the traditional bright green relish they say is next to impossible to get in the South.

Of course, one of the best things about being American is having the freedom to be different. And that brings us to what really drives customers wild: the frozen custard.

If you’ve never been to Harry’s (either this location or the original on Knox), you’ve probably never tried it. You should.

With plenty of eggs and very little air whipped in, frozen custard is denser and creamier than ice cream or yogurt, with its fat content generally falling somewhere in between. Choose from a variety of flavors, most of which change daily and all of which are made fresh in the store.

WILD ABOUT HARRY’S
11661 Preston (at Forest)
214-378-5000
$
Hours: Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Arts & Entertainment

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse Friday, July 18, Emilie Aronson; Friday, July 25, Mary Reynolds, Emily Kaitz and Louise Goldberg. Closed July 4 & 11. A smoke-free, alcohol-free venue for live music. All shows start at 8 p.m. and are $10 unless noted. Northpark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central. For information, call 214-363-0044 or visit www.unclecalvins.org.

Pugsley’s Library Live music on Saturdays. Openers 7-8:30 p.m., headliners 9-11 p.m. 2443 Walnut Hill. For information, call 972-243-1111 or visit www.pugsleys.com.

Community

Mah Jongg Tournament Tuesday, July 29, 7:15-10:30 p.m. (check in begins at 6:45 p.m.) Refreshments provided and prizes awarded. All proceeds go to JCC Senior Adult programs. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven. For information or to register, contact Sharon Balaban at sbalaban@jccdallas.org.

Jazzercise Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Dance and get fit at the same time. $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members per session. Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact jcohn@jccdallas.com.

Readers’ Theatre Mondays, 1 p.m. Sharon Cane leads weekly sessions reading various plays, with one or more performances planned throughout the year. No memorization required! Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact info@jccdallas.com.

Yoga Book Signing Saturday, July 12, 2-6 p.m. Bestselling author Glenda Twining’s in-store book signing about the total body yoga program that fights fat, wrinkles and fatigue. Whole Foods Market, 11661 Preston (at Forest). 214-361-8887.

Movie Time Every first, third (and fifth, when applicable) Tuesday of the month, 10:30 a.m. Each session includes an interactive discussion following the film’s conclusion. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information contact info@jccdallas.com.

Stretching and Exercise Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Stretching and low-impact group exercises with instructor Dorothy Gross. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information contact info@jccdallas.com.

Art Classes Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon Artist Veronique Jonas leads the class in ceramics and painting. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information contact scane@jccdallas.com.

Photography Club Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Coordinator Mel Bruck focuses each session on the various elements of photography. Bring in photos for review. Some classes include outings to local sites for picture-taking. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information contact scane@jccdallas.com.

Culinary

Summer Pasta Seminar Saturday, July 5, 11 a.m. Learn some fresh ideas on how to prepare summer pastas. A fresh pasta dish with herbed ricotta nut cheese will be prepared. Free, but class size is limited. Sign up at Customer Service. Whole Foods Market, 11661 Preston (at Forest). 214-361-8887.

Whole Kids Summer Camp Fridays (except July 4) throughout the month, 2-4 p.m. Drop 6-12-year olds off, and shop with ease as they explore some fun kid-friendly recipes. Friday, July 11 – Mexican Food: corn & black bean salsa, quesadillas & spunky chill; Friday, July 18 – Fun Food Colors Found in Nature: berries, fruit salad & kabob experiments; and Friday, July 25 – Italian Day: Make your own pizza, and macaroni, minestrone and pasta. Free, but class size is limited. Sign up at Customer Service. Whole Foods Market, 11661 Preston (at Forest). 214-361-8887.

Vegetarian Low Fat Cooking Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m.-noon. Chef Leslie Washburne focuses on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, soy products and promoting a plant-based approach to cooking. Free, but class size is limited. Sign up at Customer Service. Whole Foods Market, 11661 Preston (at Forest). 214-361-8887.

Why eat raw? Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Some believe that eating a high-enzyme diet consisting of raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, nuts, grains and seaweed will help increase your chances of achieving optimal health. Come see how good raw can be. To eat: raw chili with fruited avocado salad and green grape gazpacho. Free, but class size is limited. Sign up at Customer Service. Whole Foods Market, 11661 Preston (at Forest). 214-361-8887.

Eating Right for your Blood Type Saturday, July 19, 2-3 p.m. Resident expert Abraham French will give a comprehensive lecture on the blood-type diet. Free, but class size is limited. Sign up at Customer Service. Whole Foods Market, 11661 Preston (at Forest). 214-361-8887.

Simply Italian: Pizza Margharita Saturday, July 26, 2-3 p.m. Italian chef Domenico Biasa will cook an irresistible pizza margherita paired with traditional antipasti. Free, but class size is limited. Sign up at Customer Service. Whole Foods Market, 11661 Preston (at Forest). 214-361-8887.

Family & Youth

Around the Rain Forest World Monday, July 14-Thursday, July 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children 7-12 will explore the rainforests of Brazil, Central Africa, Southeast Asia and the Yucatan with artist Jo Dufo. Includes music and experimenting with different art mediums (Crayola resist, oil pastels and watercolors). $100 for non-members; $90 for members, plus $20 materials fee. Bring a sack lunch. Pre-register by July 9. Dallas Children’s Museum, Valley View Center, Preston at LBJ. For information, call 972-386-6555 or visit www.dallaschildrens.org.

Lighthouse Kids/Vacation Bible School Monday, July 21-Friday, July 25, 9 a.m.-noon. Kids enjoy music, crafts, stories and more. Early care available at 8 a.m. For children ages 3 through fifth-grade graduates. First United Methodist Church, Ross at Harwood. Call 214-220-2727 or visit www.furncdal.org.

Yoga For Two Thursdays through July 31, 10:30-11 a.m. Yoga for 3-5 year olds with their adults. With certified yoga instructor Alison Baden. $10 per child-adult pair, pre-registration required by 5 p.m. preceding Tuesdays. Dallas Children’s Museum, Valley View Center, Preston at LBJ; call 972-386-6555, Ext. 25 or visit www.dallaschildrens.org.

Go! Yoga Thursdays, through July 31, 11-11:45 a.m. Yoga for 6-10 year olds. $10 per child, pre-registration required by 5 p.m. preceding Tuesdays. Dallas Children’s Museum, Valley View Center, Preston at LBJ; call 972-386-6555, Ext. 25 or visit www.dallaschildrens.org.

Camp Valley View Saturday, July 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Valley View and Dallas Children’s Museum present this summer camp event. A one-time membership fee of $10 benefits the museum and gains each child access to all Camp Valley View events and mall merchant discounts. Dallas Children’s Museum, Valley View Center, Preston at LBJ. For information, call 972-386-6555 or visit www.dallaschildrens.org.

End of Summer Bash Event Day Wednesday, August 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts with storytime with Neighborhood Touring Program artist Audrey McClure and continues with crafts and rainforest activities. Dallas Children’s Museum, Valley View Center, Preston at LBJ. For information, call 972-386-6555 or visit www.dallaschildrens.org.

Library

Library Exhibit Decals, throughout July, Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Go Van Gogh: Searching for Faces Thursday, July 3, 2 p.m. Students play detective by searching for clues among the faces and clothing of figures and portraits from the Dallas Museum of Art. Also includes self-portrait creation. Space limited to 40; registration required. Presented by the DMA. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Library Live! – Aunt Pittypat Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 a.m. Participate in movement, choral sounds and role playing while enjoying classic European tales with Gene Raye Price. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Library Live! – Mr. Heath Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 p.m. The elements of music, puppets and motion create a performance filled with laughter and silliness. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 March. 214-670-6376.

One Voice Quartet Thursday, July 10, 2 p.m. This barbershop quartet performs songs and magic. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Wazup With Aesop? Tuesday, July 15, 2 p.m. Dorayne Breedlove presents an exciting dramatization of three Aesop fables. Sponsored by the Preston Hollow Early Childhood PTA. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Kids’ Safety Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. Dallas Police officers present a program on safety. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Leyendo Juntos Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m. Celebrity readers from Telemundo TV Channel 39 present bilingual stories both children and parents can enjoy. Ages 3-8. Call for details. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Firetruck Visit Thursday, July 24, 2 p.m. Learn about fire safety and tour a Dallas firetruck with city firemen. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Japan in a Suitcase: Kamishibai Tuesday, July 29, 2 p.m. Kamishibai uses large pictures to accompany a dramatic narration. Traditional aspects of Japanese culture such as origami and costumes also incorporated. For children in preschool and kindergarten. Space limited to 25; registration required. Presented by the Japan-America Society of DFW. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Bonkers the Clown Tuesday, July 29, 2 p.m. Join the Preston Hollow Early Childhood PTA for an afternoon of hilarity. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Monday Movie Matinee Mondays, 2 p.m. Short films and snacks. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Kreative Kids Club Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Crafts and stories for all ages. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Literary

Book Discussion Group Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Come for a lively discussion of A Sight For Sore Eyes, by Ruth Rendell. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Barnes & Noble Author Signings and Discussions: Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m., Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City, Four Blondes, and her new novel, Trading Up; and Thursday, July 31, 6:30 p.m., Dorothea Benton Frank, Isle of Palms; Free and open to public. Subject to change; call ahead to confirm. 7700 W. Northwest Hwy. 214-739-1124.


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