You've probably heard the story about Miss Lady of the Lake. After a nice day of boating, you see a strange woman in a flowing white dress who cons you with tales of sorrow into offering her a ride home. Though she's never left a puddle of water drenching our backseat, driving to and from White Rock Lake, we've been haunted by the aromatic smells billowing over the walls at the Dallas Arboretum. Sometimes it's so powerful, you're left with a surreal sense of nature at its finest. If you've seen this garden masterpiece, it's hard to know where nature ends and art begins. If you haven't, 'tis the season. Dallas Blooms' Autumn: A Harvest of Cultures displays thousands of fall-blooming annuals and perennials, plus more than 20,000 chrysanthemums during the October 4 through November 9 event. Along with the colorful array of blooms, the $20 million Trammell Crow Visitor Education Pavilion debuts its 5,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a high-definition orientation theater, indoor classroom, dining terrace and gift shop. More than 30 multicultural musical performances will waft melodies and orchestrate dances throughout the garden along with horticulture demonstrations on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 8617 Garland Road, the arboretum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit www.dallasarboretum.org or call 214-327-4901. --Desirée Henry
Greeks get down
Not everyone can dance, but--if you're desperate--there is a form of dance that requires no innate physical ability or intense training. Stomping, which has its roots in African tribal dances, requires only that you have legs and can keep rhythm. OK, still hard for some, but anyone else should be able to learn. Interested? Want to see this old-school style in action and donate money to a good cause? Then come to the McDonald's Stomp Down Step Show at the Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm St., where five Greek fraternities and five Greek sororities will be stomping their little hearts out for a prize of $5,000. Proceeds benefit the McDonald's Future Achievers Scholarship for African-American youths. So, yes, college students get onstage, stomp in unison and get money. Life's not fair. The competition is Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 214-525-6831. --Mary Monigold
The Good Old Days
Something old is something new
If you've simply got to have a dining table like the one Gramma Jane had or need a rocker to remind you of back when you were a kid sitting on Uncle Bob's front porch, circle October 2 on your calendar and get ready for a nostalgic journey. And bring your checkbook. The Slocum Street Antique Dealers Association will hold its fifth annual October Street Party at 1435 Slocum St., and you'll find everything from Oriental rugs to marble statuary along with every kind of furniture piece imaginable. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 40 showrooms totaling about 350,000 square feet will swing their doors open. So put on comfortable shoes and wander back in time. For more information, go to www.antiquesdallas.com. --Carlton Stowers
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Those pesky garden gnomes ransacked your flowerpots again? Well, then, revenge the lives of your beloved pansies and come to the Texas Home & Garden Show, October 3 through October 5, at the Dallas Convention Center to stock up on pesticides and eliminate your floracidal pests. And you can get cool spades, cooking tips and home improvement stuff, plus there's an appearance by HGTV's Kitty Bartholomew. Admission for adults is $14, but children under 14 are admitted for free. Call 713-285-5077 or visit www.texashomeandgarden.com. --Mary Monigold