As a child of the 1980s, my life centered around three things: Banana Clips, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam and the skating rink. My cool aunt lived in L.A. at the time, and she sent me a pair of electric blue skates with fluorescent yellow wheels that came in their very own yellow backpack with "L.A." emblazoned in big, black letters on the pocket. As far as I was concerned, life didn't get any better and Skate World was my place to shine. I could skate backward--fast. I could weave in and out of traffic. And best of all, no one could touch my "Hokey Pokey." I was good. And I'm eternally grateful to Skate World for its contribution to my development into a self-assured young woman. Apparently, I'm not the only one who recognizes the long-term benefits of a good skate night. On October 28, RMC Ministries Inc. hosts the 2005 Tamar's House Skate-A-Thon themed Rollin' & Bouncin' for Healin.' From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at What's Hot Fun World, 400 S. Buckner Blvd., you can roll to raise funds for Tamar's House, a Christian ministry that states its mission is to assist those who have experienced "childhood sexual abuse including suicide, prostitution, depression, inappropriate sexual behavior and more." Skate-a-Thon registration is free, and rink admission tickets are $5. Call Renae McMillan at 214-957-7700 or visit www.tamarshouse.org. . --Stephanie Morris Rhythm Run
This year, if you're like us, you've probably cut more checks to the Red Cross than you have to Visa or MasterCard. But now that major disasters have gobbled up your donation budget, arts groups are suffering from lack of funds. True, arts groups aren't as direly important as emergency aid, but tsunami and hurricane victims need something to help make life enjoyable again. That's where community arts programs come into play. One area group not to be overlooked is the Hubbard Chamber Music Series as it presents its seventh annual Hubbard Rock 'n' Run benefiting its Young Artist Music Program. The race starts Saturday at 9 a.m. at Harry Myers Park, East Washington and Clark streets in Rockwall. Participation fees are $16 for the 5K race and $10 for the 1-mile fun run. Call 972-772-7692 or visit www.hubbardchambermusic.com.