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photo courtesy White Rock Dog Rescue

  • Smoked beef ribs, blue cheese grits, and herbed couscous are just a few of the food pairings on the menu at the Park Lane Whole Foods Firestone Walker Brewery beer dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday. Click here to register; $30 per person.
  • From 11-11:45 a.m. bring your infant, toddler or elementary-aged child to the Forest Green Library for popcorn and a movie. Free; call Janet at 214.670.1335 for more information.
  • Wine to the Rescue, to be held this Saturday, 7-10 p.m. at LuminArte Gallery in the Design District, will feature wine, an art show, pet adoptions, a silent auction, and light bites from Nick and Sam’s — all to benefit local White Rock Dog Rescue. Cost is $25 at the door; call 214.507.4016 for more information.
  • The Creative Arts Center presents Art as a Second Language, a series of family-friendly interactive arts activities led by art instructors on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at NorthPark Center.
  • Speaking of shopping centers, you will probably want to get cracking on back to school shopping for the kids: It’s tax free weekend Aug. 8-10. Check this website for the fine print before hitting the stores.