By Audra Stamp
After some long days of hard work, all you need is to sit down and laugh, do some shopping, or anything else the local area has to offer. Find out some fun attractions and events this weekend in hopes of relieving some stress and just having a good time.
Thursday May 30
Cesar Millan – Haven’t you always wondered what your dog was thinking? Well it’s time to find out from Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer on how to have a happier and better relationship with those furry friends. You will get insight to his methods and philosophies that will better your understanding of your pet, and he’ll have none other than is favorite pet, Junior, right by his side. This is an invaluable learning experience that will help the whole family down the road. www.attpac.org
Cabaret Extravaganza – Spend your Thursday night in downtown Dallas at Station 4 and the Rose Room for an entertaining Cabaret Extravaganza. Victoria Weston hosts the show which features Vince Martinez, Paul J. Williams and Linda Petty. The $40 entry fee will help the Cedar Springs Merchants Association, and not only will there be singing, but some comedy, a silent auction and some food and drinks to please the stomach.
Friday May 31
Dog Days of Denton – Time to pamper, prep and pose for the camera, if you have four legs and are covered in fur that is. What better way to spend your Friday night then watching the finest dogs of Denton strut their stuff. Starting at 5 p.m. all the festivities will begin, and festival food and crafts will all be available for purchase. Events will include a dog parade, dog show, stupid pet tricks, dog/owner singing contest, “Glamfur shots,” Dog/Master look-alike contest, dog n’ disc, flyball and agility demonstrations. It welcomes all ages, both humans and our four-legged best friends. www.dentondogdays.com
Stock Yard Championship Rodeo – Well it’s time to put your cowboy boots and hat on and head on down to the Forth Worth Cowtown Coliseum. Starting at 8 p.m., the audience will get to see the brave men and women of Texas doing some bull riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, tie down roping, team roping and break away roping. And for the kids, who are eager to be a part of the action, they can participate in the calf and mutton scrambles in hopes of taking home a prize. Bring the family for a good ole country time. www.stockyardsrodeo.com
Saturday June 1
Paint for Life Fund – Buying a new painting can be exciting, but knowing the money goes towards a cause makes the purchase even better. Grab you wallets and head down to 29 Pieces in Dallas to check out the amazing sights from over 100 watercolor paintings. GoPhilanthropic Foundation is sponsoring this event in which the paintings were brought back from Cambodia and will be sold to help Cambodian orphans. Placing their artwork in your home will display your dedication to their developing lives. www.gophilanthropic.org
Senior Roller Coaster – Are you someone who’s always been a daredevil, no matter your age. This is a must event for any seniors daring enough to take part in “Get Ready to Roll…It’s Not All Downhill.” The Senior Source hosts this event for those of 50 years or older at the new Summer Adventures in Fair Park to come ride on The Windstrom roller coaster. Admission to the park and the coast is $50 and for those less likely to ride, they can enter the park for only $25. The park offers not only the coaster, but areas to get wet, other fun rides and plenty of areas to relax, so come be a kid again. www.theseniorsource.org
Family Movie Night – Nothing’s better than a free movie…except two free movies. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison is opening its doors to the public to show some movies from back in the day, RocketMan (1997) and October Sky (1999). The free event will also include concessions, chairs and tables, and plenty of memorabilia from the museum that will be on sale. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday night with the family? www.eaa.org
Pink Floyd – Pink. Man. Pink. For all those Pink Floyd fans, there is a new version of a 60’s style laser light show and accompanying it is your favorite Pink Floyd music. From 7 to 8 p.m., The University of Arlington will host an awesome show featuring Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here. Open to all ages, adults are $6 and children are $4, but the dancing, singing and time spent there will be priceless. www.uta.edu
Sunday June 2
Tracy Morgan: Who’s ready for some laughs, because Tracy Morgan will have the whole House of Blues crowd laughing all night. Morgan will stop in Dallas as part of his “Excuse My French” tour, but many know him more from his days on Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and is open to all ages, so get your tickets now for a fun night of extreme laughter. www.houseofblues.com
Rangers vs. Royals: On a nice sunny Sunday, what is better than grabbing your ball cap, eating some cracker jacks and basking in the sun while watching your favorite Texas baseball team. Newly acquired hitting coach George Brett (yes…that George Brett) will try to get his hitters bats going when Yu Darvish takes the mound. We’ll start the chant now: Let’s Go Rangers, Let’s Go!