Teachers and staff of two of our elementary schools face off during the annual softball game to raise funds for sixth-grade activities. Come cheer for your chosen side when Lake Highlands Elementary takes on Wallace at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The concession stand opens at 5:30 p.m. so get there early. There is no cost to attend, but proceeds from the food and drink sales will help students at both schools have an enriching year. It all takes place at the Lake Highlands High School softball field.

Oak Highlands Brewery will be celebrating German culture and raising money for breast cancer patients all at the same time this Saturday during Oktoberfest. From noon-6 p.m., there will be brats, German music and plenty of beer. There is no charge to attend, but 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the AiRS Foundation, which provides reconstructive surgery after mastectomies. As reported earlier, through Oct. 31, proceeds from the brewery’s Oktoberfest brew will benefit the nonprofit.

Chicken walking

Rooster Home and Hardware will teach you everything you’d need to know about raising chickens at home during a free class on Saturday at 2 p.m at the shop, hosted by Urban Chickens.

“105 White Out to Wipe Out Child Cancer” offers a charitable twist on the classic “white party” (you know, like Diddy’s white parties). Wear your best whites and begin the day with tennis from 3-5 p.m. followed by a lavish cocktail party and live auction at Royal Oaks Country Club, 7915 Greenville. All proceeds benefit Wipe Out Kid’s Cancer. 
“Goosebumps the Musical,” based on the best-selling book series by R. L. Stine, opens this weekend at the Dallas Children’s Theater. Running Sept. 22-Oct. 29, the story follows two kids who are starring in a musical when strange things start to happen. Shows are on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $22-$28.

Twigg Realty will hold its third annual Clean Up By Canoe at White Rock Lake this Saturday at 9:30 a.m., where neighbors can pick up some of the trash that can’t be easily reached from the shoreline. This family event will provide canoes, life jackets and paddles, and will include gift certificates and prizes.

The Friends of White Rock Lake welcome neighbors to the Corinthian Sailing Club on Saturday at 7 p.m. for an Adopt-A-Prairie open house and a Texas Pollinator BioBlitz orientation. The Friends are looking for more stewards for the nearly 130 acres of native Blackland Prairie that surround White Rock Lake. This open house will give participants information about the biodiversity of the prairie, as well as the adoption process and requirements. There will also be a forum for local wildflower lovers to plan how to bring some color to the grasslands around the lake. Register for the event here.

The Dallas Arboretum will host beer tastings this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10, and include four 2-ounce pours of the brews at the Café on the Green.

Take part in the future of Dallas’ arts and culture this Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The Dallas Children’s Theater will host public conversations, activities and neighbors will have the ability to share thoughts on Dallas’ cultural future.

New York Times bestseller Doug Stanton will be signing copies of his military history book, “The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War” at Half-Price Books on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the event.