8 things to do this weekend in Lake Highlands: Gay kickball, authors aplenty, garden volunteers and more

Growing peppers in the Moss Haven farm

Moss Haven Farm is looking for a few helping hands for a spruce-up this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. Bring a water and gloves and be ready to help in the garden.

The entire region celebrates our wonderful nonprofit community on North Texas Giving Day on Thursday from 6 a.m.-midnight (see how to support Lake Highlands charities here). Every nonprofit will be hosting their own campaigns to try to raise donor dollars, visit the website/social media of your favorite charities to see what they have in store.

The Gay Kickball Association is a national effort that comes to Vickery Meadows this Saturday. Anyone can head over to Fair Oaks Park at 11 a.m. to take part in a pick-up game for all skill levels. The group is looking for new team members to take part in the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 23 and runs eight weeks.

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The Texas Special Olympics Kayak Race is this Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon at the White Rock Boathouse, 2810 White Rock Road. The day will include series of races between the athletes with intellectual disabilities. Come out and support the athletes, and if you would like to volunteer for the event, click here.

Jon Kay, a woodworking artist, will discuss his work during a free lecture. (Photo courtesy of C. C. Young)
Jon Kay, a woodworking artist, will discuss his work during a free lecture. (Photo courtesy of C. C. Young)

Art and aging author and folklorist Jon Kay, Ph.D. will be at The Point at C. C. Young on Friday at 10 a.m. to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of The Point. The Indiana University professor will lead a presentation followed by a questions and a book signing. “Life-Story Art and Aging: Material Life Review in Everyday Life” will be about life-story projects and how they support the physical, mental and social well-being of senior adults. This event is free.

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The Cool Thursdays Concerts at the Dallas Arboretum, will continue this Thursday at 7 p.m., with Kraig Parker and his “Tribute to Elvis Presley.” Enjoy the sunset over the lake and bring a picnic and beverages. Food trucks from Shake Shack, Easy Sliders and Bellatrino will also be there.

SMU will face off against Baylor in its annual scrimmage of horses at the Dallas Equestrian Center this Saturday at 10 a.m. There is no charge to attend.

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If you like hearing from your favorite authors, this is the week for you. Half-Priced Books on Northwest Highway has a slew of speakers slated to appear this week to showcase their work, answer questions and sign books.

  • On Thursday at 7 p.m., hear health expert Dr. Partha Nandi will share his new book “Ask Dr. Nandi: 5 Steps to Becoming Your Own Health Hero.”
  • On Saturday at 3 p.m., New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu will discuss and sign copies of her sci-fi thriller, “Warcross.”
  • On Sunday at 1 p.m., Kevin C. Neece, the man behind “The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew,” will sign books until 3 p.m.
  • Also on Sunday at 1 p.m., the pair behind “The Last Train Out,” Rudy and Kay Seamayer, will share their book, the story of Rudy’s escape from WWII and immigration to America.
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