Unlike other benefit runs where participants pay a flat entry fee, the AIDS Arms LifeWalk requires runners and walkers to work a little harder by collecting pledges from sponsors, thus helping to spread the message of the annual event. Now in its 13th year, the LifeWalk is a growing event whose main goal is to heighten awareness and educate people about HIV/AIDS. Dallas ranks fourth in the United States for new infections, so continuing education is of utmost importance. Proceeds raised from this year's LifeWalk will benefit three local organizations. AIDS Services of North Texas provides the area with prevention programs as well as care and advocacy for HIV-positive individuals. The Dallas Urban League's Health and Human Services Division educates people who are at a high risk of infection, including those recently released from prisons and jails. The Resource Center of Dallas helps those already infected with HIV by providing them with support groups, a daily lunch program and various health programs. AIDS Arms, the group that organizes the LifeWalk, provides support for 1,600 HIV-positive people and their families each month. The LifeWalk is a family-friendly and pet-friendly 5K run/walk. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners in each age and gender category and to the walkers and teams that raise the most money. This year's course passes by the newly opened Latino Cultural Center, and Grammy-winning R&B artist Erykah Badu is the celebrity spokeswoman. Registration starts Saturday at 7 a.m. The run begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:05 a.m. at Dallas City Hall Plaza, Young Street and South Ervay Street. Participants must raise $25 to get a T-shirt. Call 214-443-WALK or visit www.aidslifewalk.org. --Jay Webb
It's been a few months, but we're sure at least a few Dallas hockey nuts remember the great Stars debate from July when fan favorites Derian Hatcher and Darryl Sydor got the boot. Was this decision a foolish crushing of Dallas' hopes? Or did the Stars clear space for new, better blood that could succeed where last year's team failed against Anaheim in the playoffs? We'd make a few predictions, but judging from the bruises our bookie delivered last week, we figure our betting wisdom may be better off hidden. Feel free to make your own assessment on Thursday at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., when Dallas faces the Patrick Roy-less Colorado Avalanche in preseason combat. Call 214-GO-STARS. --Sam Machkovech
You're running out of excuses to skip staff meetings to play golf, aren't you? Well, if you want to answer the seductive call of the greens and be able to tell your boss you're doing charity work, come out to the Third Annual C.A.L.M. Charity Golf Tournament on October 2, which helps raise money to start summer camps for children with lymphatic malformation. This tournament is being held at Trails of Frisco Golf Course, 10411 Teel Parkway, Frisco. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Sponsor levels are $500 for a gold sponsor, $375 for a silver sponsor and $100 for a bronze sponsor. Call 972-712-6662. --Mary Monigold
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This'n ain't for Bubba and the "let's get some guns and go kill something" crowd. The seventh annual Camp Summit Sporting Clay Shoot, scheduled for the Elm Fort Shooting Park on October 4, will not only feature world champion marksman Scott Robertson but is certain to lure a superlative cast of amateur competitors. Individual and team tournaments are on tap with activities beginning at 8 a.m. and winding up with a 2 p.m. awards program. Tickets are $85 for an individual and $350 for a team of five. Proceeds benefit Camp Summit, a nonprofit organization offering residential camping programs for physically challenged children and adults. Call 972-484-8900. --Carlton Stowers