It’s hard to beat a day spent with adoptable dogs and home-cooked food. Norma’s Cafe is hosting the “Dog Days of Summer,” where Dallas DogRRR will be on site with a pack of pooches in need of loving homes (scroll through and see their cute faces above). Head over to the Park Lane location, 9100 N. Central Expressway suite 151, from 7:30-9 p.m. this Friday to see the dogs. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat, because proceeds from the day will benefit the rescue dogs. Those who do choose to adopt will score a $25 gift card for Norma’s, in addition to a new fur baby who comes with all its vaccinations, spayed or neutered and microchipped. “We support all dog rescue groups and shelters plus the stance of ‘Adopt Don’t Shop,’ ” said Norma’s owner Ed Murph. 

Map of the Northaven Trail. (City of Dallas)

Map of the Northaven Trail. (City of Dallas)

Local Boy Scouts are spearheading a work day at the Northaven Trail this Saturday. Anyone who wants to volunteer can meet at 8 a.m. as volunteers gather at the Freda Stern Respite (see map). Then, while walking the trail, they will weed, prune and landscape their way along, ensuring a beautiful walkway for all who pass.

Learn to draw like the masters during a program 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday at the Meadows Museum at SMU. Guest artist Ian O’Brien takes participants on a tour of the galleries, exploring different techniques. The event is geared toward adults and students 15 and older. Sketchpads and pencils will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own. The session is free with museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for students.

Gateway Church is hosting an informal gathering to bring new friends together. The event is this Saturday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dallas campus, 12123 Hillcrest. For more information, email Jacqueline Marciante,


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