8 things to do around Lake Highlands Dallas this first weekend in March 2016

This weekend is filled with sunshine, running, patios, live music and puppet shows about cannibalistic grandmothers, so let’s get on with it …

Percussion Concussion at Lake Highlands Freshman Center Thursday
Percussion Concussion at Lake Highlands Freshman Center Thursday.

The Percussion Concussion (Thursday)—Kick off your beautiful, fun-filled weekend early with the Lake Highlands High School bands annual Percussion Concussion, a thrilling show that rocks concertgoers right out of their seats. Sixth graders from Moss Haven, Lake Highlands Elementary, Merriman Park and White Rock; junior high musicians from LHJH and Forest Meadow; 9-12 graders from Lake Highlands High School and area home schoolers all join together to put on this phenominal percussive production. It’s free at 7 p.m. in the Lake Highlands Freshman Center auditorium.

A walking group meets in front of Lake House Bar and Grill: Katie Bernet
Neighborhood groups like these urban hikers often meet at Lake House Bar and Grill. (Photo by Katie Bernet)

Anniversary party at the Lake House (Saturday)—When John Schmitz and Eric Paulsen opened The Lake House on Northwest Highway at Lawther three years ago, it was a shaky proposition. A mess of construction surrounded the site, and the previous owners hadn’t lasted long. But the remodeled restaurant, solid menu and friendly bartenders drew a loyal following, so it is time for celebration, which will take place this Saturday, March 5. Food and drink specials feature from 11 a.m. to midnight, as Oak Highlands Brewery takes over the taps. Live music launches at 1 p.m. with Justin Pickard, and the Hazardous Dukes downbeat at 3:30 p.m. Charley Crockett and the Blues Drifters perform at 6 p.m. (7510 E. Northwest Highway).

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Trinity Levee 10k (Saturday)—The monthly Dallas Running Club race will not be held at White Rock Lake, as it usually is. Rather this month the whole production moves to south Dallas and the Trinity Levee. The race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. 5k and 10k courses included the Trinity Skyline Trail and a rare opportunity to run across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. A short fun run for kiddos features a sprint across the Large Marge. You can register online through race morning, which is convenient and unusual. Visit this site for more details and registration.

The Store in Lake Highlands. (Photo from The Store's web page)
The Store in Lake Highlands. (Photo from The Store’s web page)

Anniversary celebration at The Store in Lake Highlands (Thursday-Saturday)—In 2002, Michael Jackson dangled Baby Prince from a balcony, Robert Blake was acquitted of murdering his wife and Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open. A little closer to home that year, Cheryl Calvin opened The Store in Lake Highlands at Northlake Shopping Center, and she’s celebrating this Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5 with wonderful door prizes, food and entertainment. Feast on cake from Casa Linda Bakery and turkey legs from One90 Smoked Meats Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

The big weekend also includes multiple opportunities to give back. The Carter Bloodcare blood drive will take place in the lot Thursday from 1-4. The Reverse Food Truck collects food and/or monetary donations Friday and Saturday from 10-4. It all happens in the Northlake Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Ferndale.

Love is in the tulips at the Dallas Arboretum this weekend.
Instagrammers, go for it at the Dallas Arboretum this weekend.

Dallas Blooms (through April 10)—More than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs have burst at the Dallas Arboretum, and there are massive topiaries shaped like Texas. Basically, it’s an Instagrammer’s dream. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, dallasarboretum.org, 214.515.6500, $10-$15, plus $15 on-site parking.

Kathleen Wilkes' photography.
Kathleen Wilkes’ mesmerizing photography is on display at the Bath House Cultural Center.

Silent Witness (through April 30)See what White Rock Lake looks like through Kathleen Wilke’s eyes. The Dallas-based photographer, known for her underwater snaps, stayed on dry ground to create this series, which documents life at the lake.
It’s at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, 214.670.8749bathhousecultural.com, and it’s free.

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Hansel and Gretel is told through puppets at the Dallas Children's Theater.
Hansel and Gretel is told through puppets at the Dallas Children’s Theater, which is not at all creepy.

Hansel and Gretel (starts Friday)You know the story. An elderly woman living in a house made of candy captures a brother and sister and attempts to fatten them up. This time its told by puppets and accompanied by the music of Engelbert Humperdinck. Not into puppets? Dena Dishes Dallas has a detailed write up that will make you rethink. Most appropriate for kids 4 and up. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, 214.740.0051, dct.org, $22-26

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