Local festivals may be winding down, but there are plenty of opportunities to be out and about as the season for volunteering and learning begins.
1. Volunteer at Around The Block event to help clothe children
Kids Matter, a Texas-based nonprofit, will host its annual Around The Block event with a goal to clothe more than 1,000 children in need this holiday season. Kids Matter works with local school systems, churches, social service groups and other nonprofit organizations to identify and contact the local families of children in need. Volunteers are needed to assist parents and their children to help make the shopping experience as fun as it can be. Each family will go through a registration process and will be paired with one of the Kids Matter volunteers to assist the family with the event experience. Each family will be given a $100 voucher per child to spend on their specific clothing needs. Once the shopping is over, the children will proceed to the designated tents to pick up their backpack and books.
Free. 7-10:30 a.m. Kohl’s Southlake, 3001 E. SH 114, Southlake. 817-488-7679. www.kidsmatterinternational.org
2. Walk through history at Grapevine’s 11th Candlelight Tour of Homes
This year’s tour will include six homes east of Historic Main Street, along with a business located one block off of Main Street. Tour participants can walk the tour route and also ride the complimentary shuttle buses circulating throughout the event. Luminarias will mark each home. As participants stroll through the Historic Township, owners will be present to greet all participants and discuss the distinguishing characteristics of their properties. Homes date from 1896 to 2017, and include small and large residences.
Tickets are $15. 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. The tour begins at Ted R. Ware Plaza, 206 W. Hudgins St., Grapevine. 817-410-3185. www.grapevinetexasusa.com
3. Visit with ghosts of Southlake’s past
Southlake Mayor Laura Hill will be among local residents dressed in period clothing to bring to life the stories of a World War I doughboy, a Civil War veteran, a member of Woodmen of the World, a survivor of the 1836 Comanche raid on Parker’s Fort and two sisters who recorded some of the earliest stories of the first white settlers to the area. Participants should bring a small flashlight, wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather conditions that evening. The tour will be held rain or shine.
Tickets are required and are $12. 6:30 p.m. Lonesome Dove Cemetery, 2380 Lonesome Dove Rd., Southlake. 817-807-6827. www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-of-southlake-past-2017-tickets-38791894601?aff=es2
4. Tailgate at Grapevine Mills
The Built Ford Tough Toughest Tailgate will stop in at Grapevine Mills Mall on Saturday. Grapevine-area residents can enjoy Cowboys-themed fanfare and earn bragging rights by competing against each other in the tour’s Toughest Tailgate games of cornhole and an NFL quarterback target toss. Both activities are built into the beds of the new 2018 Ford F-150. In addition to meeting current Dallas Cowboys players Zack Martin, Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, participants can also win prizes, such as Bose wireless speakers and game tickets to an upcoming Cowboys home game.
Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Grapevine Mills, outside next to FieldHouse USA by Old Navy and Rainforest Cafe, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine. 972-724-4910. www.simon.com/mall/grapevine-mills
5. Shop for a cause at the Southlake Craft Fair
The Southlake Carroll Craft Fair will feature nearly 250 vendors, including jewelry, holiday decor and food-related gifts. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Carroll High School Parent-Teacher Orgainization. Money raised by vendor application fees helps support Project Graduation, which is an all-night event aimed at keeping students safe on graduation night. In addition to the PTO, students volunteer to work the craft fair.
Admission to the craft fair is free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Carroll Senior High School, 1501 Southlake Blvd, Southlake. 817-949-5800. www.sccraftfair.webs.com