What gives? Small ways you can make a big difference this January

Cook chili

The second-annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit Lake Highlands Junior High is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, from 4-7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best chili, best booth and best costumes, so silliness is encouraged. The entry fee is $100, but tickets just to taste are $35 and available at lhjhpta.org. This is an adult-only event.

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Or plant a tree

Lake Highlands Junior High is also hosting a work day Jan. 13 to start the process of planting 130 new trees on campus. See more on that here.

Adopt a dog

The nonprofit Angie’s Friends will have adoptable dogs of all sizes available to meet at Half Price Books on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Or run a race

The annual Too Cold To Hold half marathon, 10k and 5k is set for Sunday, Jan. 28, at 8 a.m. in Norbuck Park. The race partners with a slew of charities like Operation Kindness, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the North Texas Food Bank. New this year, the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities will sponsor team 22, with all donations raised to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief. Register at runproject.org.

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