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March 23
Lake Highlands High School 50th
Whether you or a family member attended Lake Highlands High School, you taught or coached there, or you just happen to live within sight of the football field’s press box (that covers everyone from here to approximately the Oklahoma border, right?), you are invited to the high school’s afternoon-long 50-year celebration. From 1:30-5 p.m., tour the campus; see indoor and outdoor performances by the drill team, dance teams, bands and cheerleaders, to name a few; peruse a history of the school in photos and memorabilia; and catch up with former classmates, teachers and principals.
Lake Highlands High School, risd.org, 9449 Church, 469.593.1000, free

March 1
International Women’s Day
Celebrate women with International Women’s Day Dallas through its presentation of the “Words of Women” Essay of the Year, a history of International Women’s Day, community leaders speaking on the status of women, an international food buffet, cultural exhibits, music and entertainment, fun, food, and conversation.
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, dallasculture.org, 214.675.6573, $18-$20

March 5-22
‘Finishing School’
Is assisted living like high school all over again? In a two-act comedy by Dallas playwright Elaine Liner, new guy Al is the ‘’freshman’’ and Wizzer is the wiser senior. Laugh at late-in-life lessons about fitting in, flirting and finding new reasons to live it up. Starring Larry Randolph and John Davies.
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, dallasculture.org, 214.675.6573, $18-$20

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March 15
Dash Down Greenville
As is tradition, the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade and party is preceded by a speedier parade of runners racing the 5-kilometer Dash. The run, which starts at 8 a.m. near Central Market, benefits the North Texas Food Bank. Just think, by the time the race wraps up, the day’s festivities will be underway, and you will already have a parking space.
Greenville at Lovers, runproject.org, $30-$40

 

March 28
Acoustic Tunes
Three-time Woody Guthrie Award winner K.C. Clifford performs at 8 p.m. Claudia Nygaard opens.
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, 214.363.0044, unclecalvins.org, $15-$18

March 7-30
‘Beauty and the Beast’
A young girl, a beast, a rose, a curse. Can love break the spell? The classic French fairytale passed down through generations is brought to life through the magic of Kathy Burks’ renowned company of artists.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, dct.org, 214.978.0110, $17-$40

March 21–30
‘Mariachi Girl’
Join Dallas Children’s Theater for the North Texas professional premiere of this bilingual musical about young Carmencita. She dreams of being a mariachi singer and one day joining in a performance with her father, but he clings to a long-held family tradition of male-only mariachis. Can she celebrate her own heritage and expand his view of the world?
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, dct.org, 214.978.0110, $17-$40

March 22
Elks Lodge Ladies Style Show
The Divas and Daughters spring style show and luncheon features ensembles from Belk’s fashions for women. Wine is served at 11:30 a.m., lunch starts at noon, and the show goes on at 12:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Elks, who provide scholarships for neighborhood students, support for veterans, drug education and community improvement programs and more. Reserve your seat by March 17.
Dallas Elks Lodge No. 71, 8550 Lullwater, 972.414.1396, $18

Through April 6
Dallas Blooms
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Dallas Arboretum’s major floral festival Dallas Blooms, with the theme “Birds in Paradise.” Through April 6, the garden explodes with color as more than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs burst, and the beloved peacock topiaries return to spread their colorful petal tails in the Jonsson Color Garden.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, dallasarboretum.org, 214.515.6500, $10-$15, plus $10 for onsite parking