Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits

Lose the tie, don the go-go boots …

and attend the 1960s-themed No Tie Dinner and Dessert benefitting AIDS services of Dallas, featuring sweets from Frosted Art Bakery, Cheesecake Royale and Kessler Cookie Company, to name a few. The party gets underway April 6 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon, at 7 p.m. A $50 donation garners guests access to unforgettable food, and, according to organizers, “the hippest event of 2013.” Visit aidsdallas.org for more information.

Thank a police officer …

… by participating in the White Rock 5K to benefit families of Dallas Police Officers on April 18. The 5K course winds along the shores of White Rock Lake. Park at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. Event organizers ask attendees to carpool, if possible. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at West Tower of Doctors Hospital at 9330 Poppy Drive, and the race starts at 7 p.m. Online registration is $30 through Sunday, April 7. After that, registration will be $35 though Tuesday, April 16 at midnight. Race day fee is $40. Visit the whiterock5K.com.

 

Pull on your gardening gloves …

… volunteer at the Dallas Arboretum. What’s a better way to enjoy the spring than among the tulips? If you have a green thumb, become a garden and greenhouse worker to help plant, trim, weed and many other tasks. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry; there’s opportunities for everyone. Volunteer in the gift shop, office or visitor services. For more, visit dallasarboretum.org or contact Sue McCombs at 214.515.6561 or smccombs@dallasarboretum.org.

 

Know of ways

that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion to launch@advocatemag.com.