Take part in The Great Amazing Race, learn about reptiles and more things to do in the Lake Highlands-Lakewood area

The Great Amazing Race.
The Great Amazing Race will see teams of two race across a 1.5-mile-long course while stopping periodically to complete physical and mental challenges. (Courtesy The Great Amazing Race)

The Great Amazing Race will see teams of two race across a 1.5-mile-long course while stopping periodically to complete physical and mental challenges. (Courtesy The Great Amazing Race)

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“Around the World in 8 Plays” is a one-act comedy performed by a cast from the Northwest Bible Church at the Bright Lights Theatre in Lake Highlands. (Courtesy Bright Lights Theatre)
Here is a list of some ongoing and upcoming events taking place in the Lake Highlands and Lakewood area over the next several weeks.

May 13: Enjoy a one-act comedy

“Around the World in 8 Plays” is a one-act comedy performed by a cast from the Northwest Bible Church at the Bright Lights Theatre in Lake Highlands. Similar to Aesop’s fables, the play is ideal for adults or families with students in upper elementary levels and older. 6:30 p.m. (May 13), 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. (May 14). $12 (under age 18), $15 (over age 18). Bright Lights Theatre, 9940 Acklin Drive, Dallas. 318-584-1313. www.brightlightstheatre.org

May 14-15: Celebrate Black Heritage

The second annual Black Heritage Celebration will showcase Black designers, artists, entertainers and businesses. The event includes a vendors market, artist exhibition, cooking demonstration and live performances. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$16 (event included in general admission). Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. 214-515-6615. www.dallasarboretum.org/bhc


May 14: Visit a spring market with local businesses

Wallace Elementary School in Lake Highlands is holding a spring market featuring local small businesses. Proceeds will go directly toward funding field trips for students of Wallace Elementary. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Wallace Elementary, 9921 Kirkhaven Drive, Dallas. 972-978-6576. www.wallacepta.membershiptoolkit.com

May 15: Run The Great Amazing Race

Fans of the long-running CBS show “The Amazing Race” can get their chance to participate in a nontelevised local version of the physical challenge during The Great Amazing Race’s 11th outing near White Rock Lake on May 15. This challenge will see teams of two race across a 1.5-mile-long course while stopping periodically to complete physical and mental challenges. Clue cards at challenge stations will instruct teams on how to complete a given task before continuing to the next station. The race is open to ages 5-85, with any age combination for teams permitted. With an average completion time of one hour, all ages are encouraged to participate. Awards will be given to the fastest teams across four divisions based on grade and age, with the younger member of the team determining which division teams compete in. The award divisions are for grades K-3; grades 4-8; grades 9-12 and up to age 39; and age 40 and up. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Max Cure Foundation, a nonprofit childhood cancer research foundation that provides financial support to low-income, military and first responder families who have a child with cancer. 2 p.m. $59.99 per two-person team. Norbuck Park, 200 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas. www.greatamazingrace.com

May 21: Enjoy live music, bowling and beer

Texas native Kirk Holloway will perform at Bowlski’s Lakewood Theater. Holloway worked to make his mark on the country music scene in Nashville, but found success in his home state. Patrons may bowl, drink beer and listen to a live show simultaneously. 9 p.m. $10. Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway, Dallas. 214-434-1113. www.bowlskisdallas.com

May 21: Explore the Pacific Islands

The Forest Green Branch Library in Lake Highlands is inviting residents to explore the culture of the Pacific Islands. Story hour includes “Laka, The Goddess of Hila and the First Hula.” Participants can also attend a Hula workshop. There will also be a screening of the Disney film “Moana.” 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Forest Green Branch Library, 9619 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-670-1335. https://dallaslibrary.librarymarket.com

May 28: Learn about reptiles at the Dallas Arboretum

Representatives from the Dallas Zoo will be at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to introduce guests to ambassador animals, including birds, mammals and reptiles. Zoo staff will educate guests on animal habitats and more. 10:30-11 a.m. $10-$16 (event included in general admission). Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. 214-515-6615.

www.dallasarboretum.org
By Alexander Willis
Alexander joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in February 2022 and helps lead the Richardson and Lakewood/Lake Highlands papers. Graduating from the University of North Texas in 2017, Alexander spent four years as an associate editor for a publication based in the Nashville area of Tennessee, covering everything from local politics to city governments. When he's not writing, Alexander can be found on the tennis courts, hiking, or sampling DFW's wide array of restaurants.