Fairy Garden Contest.

Oct. 20 Fairy garden contest

Start creating a fairy garden now using toys, pebbles, small furniture and plants, and submit it by 12:30 p.m. on contest day. Winners will receive gift cards. If competitions aren’t your thing, show up around 12:40 p.m. to see entries, hear a fairy story, eat cupcakes and get step-by-step instructions to create your own fairy garden. North Haven Gardens, 7700 North Haven, 214.363.5316, nhg.com, free


Oct. 5 Dance party

Special needs individuals older than 16 and their families and friends are invited to a night of music, dancing, bingo and gluten-free treats from 6:30-9 p.m. at the church’s Jubilee Hall. RSVP by noon on Oct. 3. Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston, 214.368.6348, phpc.org, free


Oct. 5 and 6 Garage sale

St. Rita’s annual fall event benefitting the Oblates of Mary Missions and local charities takes place Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. You can find furniture, clothes, toys, shoes and more. St. Rita Catholic Community, 12521 Inwood, 972.934.8388, stritaparish.net, free


Oct. 7 AIDS Arms LifeWalk 5k

Families, friends and pets are invited to raise funds for the AIDS and HIV positive North Texas community. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 1 p.m. Stick around afterward for food, drinks and entertainment. Robert E. Lee Park, 3333 Turtle Creek, 214.521.5191, $40 ($50 with dog)


Oct. 7 and 21 Dads and daughters dance

Girls in kindergarten through fifth-grade can spend the night dining, dancing and taking photos with their dads from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Paradise Luau. Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven, 214.239.7189, jccdallas.org, $75-$125 admission, $35 per extra daughter


The DSO on the Go.

Oct. 14 DSO on the Go

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performance will feature classical and light classics favorites with principal musician concerto soloists, starting at 2:30 p.m. Buy tickets online or at the door. Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Hwy., 214.692.0203, dallassymphony.com, $10-$25


Oct. 25 Dining and auction

Guests at the March of Dimes fundraiser can taste wine, bid on items and eat food prepared by neighborhood chef Kent Rathbun, whose restaurants include Abacus, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen and Shinsei. Omni Hotel Dallas, 555 S. Lamar, 972.232.1375, marchofdimes.com, $325


Oct. 27 Home ownership seminar

Representatives from Regions Bank will help attendees find ways to boost their financial savvy in relation to first-time home ownership, refinancing current homes, the availability of mortgages to the community at large and more. Bachman Lake Library, 9480 Webb Chapel, 214.670.6376, dallaslibrary2.org, free


Fired up 5K.

Oct. 28 Fired Up 5k

Join the local YMCA in its commitment to helping youth by participating in the “fun run” at 8 a.m. or the 5k at 8:30 a.m. The first 500 runners will receive long sleeved Dri-FIT shirts. Stick around afterward for food and bounce houses. Town North Family YMCA, 4332 Northaven, 214.357.8431, ymcadallas.org, $10 fun run and $25 5k before Oct. 21


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