This weekend: Casket races (that’s right), diversity rally, family picnic, free movie and more

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Update: The coffin races have been canceled due to a little issue with park event permits, which is depressing. A reservation for Trocars Dallas still stands and the afternoon will include a picnic and a chance to drop by and get to know the group. 
Saturday, noon-5 p.m. They are off to the races … in caskets. That’s correct. The Dallas Trocars Casket Races are coming to Flag Pole Hill. I’m beaten — I cannot pitch this thing any better than they do on the invite: “Come and watch some crazy people ride casket shaped soapbox racers and hang out with some great people and good food. Build a racer and bring it out for a ride down the hill. If you have a hearse, please bring it out too.”

Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Park (7595 Fair Oaks) the group In Solidarity hosts Rally For Diversity. “We will come together to show off the power of diversity, not only of skin color, but also of culture, ideologies, gender, sexual orientation, and the various other beautiful forms that diversity takes on within our communities, nation, and our world,” organizers note. Local advocates and community leaders are scheduled to speak at this peaceful event.

Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Art Institute of Dallas hosts an open house. Considering a career in art? Come on by—8080 Park Lane.

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Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. the Fellowship of Freethought hosts a gathering for all families at Flag Pole Hill. The event, the group’s annual fundraiser, features food, games, raffle prizes, and a chance to meet “freethinking families from all over the metroplex.” Attendance is free, but contributions of food, drinks, cash or items to the raffle are appreciated. (To donate raffle items contact Lesa Perry at

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Friday night films begin at Shops at Park Lane. Gather with picnic blankets every Friday for a free outdoor movie. “Legally Blonde” screens this week. 8020 Park Lane,

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