7 things to do in Lake Highlands this July

July 1-9
‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’
Bring the family to see a Cinderella story set in Zimbabwe; it’s based on a Caldecott Honor Award Book.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, 214.978.0110, dct.org, $23-$30

July 4
The ECLH Parade
To the patriotic people of Dallas, Fourth of July holds profound meaning. Here in Lake Highlands it always equals a parade and post-procession party put on by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. Families, businesses, nonprofit groups and teams motor all manner of float and decked-out vehicle, march with banners or dance down Church Road past Lake Highlands High School. At the end of the route, the convoy pours into the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center’s lot for an entertainment-packed carnival. The parade is on the move by 9 a.m. The carnival continues until noon.
Lake Highlands North Park, 9229 Church, lhexchangeclub.org, free

July 5
Snake encounters
Daryl Sprout explores the world of snakes with magic, storytelling, and comedy at 11a.m.
Bookmarks in Northpark Center,  8687 N. Central Expressway, 214.671.1381, dallaslibrary.org, free

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July 7, 14, 21, 28
Family fun Fridays
It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the Dallas Arboretum. Each Friday, the arboretum offers face painting, a petting zoo and music.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland, 214.515.6500, dallasarboretum.org, $10-$15

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July 9
Too hot to handle
Billing itself as one of the hottest races around, this 15k, 10k and 5k offers a challenge for athletes of varying abilities that, once met, is rewarded with bling and bragging rights.
Norbuck Park, 200 N. Buckner, 214.660.1100, runproject.org, $35-$65

July 12-30
‘Menopause! The Musical’
This comedic musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The story of women who bond over their struggles is full of comedy, not tragedy.
Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, 972.744.4650, eisemanncenter.com, $41-$46

July 20
Creature teacher
Zookeeper Belinda Henry entertains and awes with wild animals knowledge about their habitat and fun facts at 1 p.m.
Skillman-Southwestern Library, 5707 Skillman, 214.670.6078, dallaslibrary.org, free

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