Pause for paws
Dog Day Afternoon comes to Plano's Bob Woodruff Park on Saturday, but don't expect to see a sweaty Al Pacino and John Cazale--though there may be a subtext involving genital operations, much like the Sidney Lumet movie of the same name. This Dog Day benefits Operation Kindness, North Texas' largest no-kill shelter for homeless dogs and cats. (See. That's much, much better than what happened to Pacino's character Sonny, the inept bank robber, in the original.) From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., dog owners and their pets can take part in an Honor Walk around the park's lake, plus compete in a number of canine contests, including stupid pet tricks, Frisbee toss, fastest tail in Texas and best costume. A microchip clinic will be open throughout the day, and for $15 you can have an identifying chip implanted in your pooch. The fee includes lifetime registration, so scrounge up the bucks for the implant if you can. Not all animal shelters treat lost doggies as kindly as Operation Kindness. And don't worry if it seems a little demeaning to dress up your dog for a costume contest. Your dog will love you unconditionally no matter what, and love means never having to say you're sorry. But that's another movie. Bob Woodruff Park is located at 2601 San Gabriel Drive. Registration is $15 for the walk, plus $5 for any or all of the contests. Call 972-418-PAWS, ext. 224, or visit www.operationkindness.org for information. --Patrick Williams
Talk Flirty to Me
Full disclosure: I have not read Ronda Rich's What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should). I don't need to. I'm a Southern woman, so I already know what they know. I'm also a little irritated that she's giving away our secrets. But I understand--I, too, would roll over on my sisters if a book deal was on the table. Just another thing every woman should know. Now Rich is offering non-Southerners some more insight with What Southern Women Know About Flirting. The book avows that we're experts at this, too. Yeah, I coulda told you that. The author will read, sign and flirt on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Borders Books, 10720 Preston Road. Admission is free. Call 214-363-1977. --Rhonda Reinhart
You know the little angel and devil that sit on your shoulders, influencing you to make life's tough choices? Next time you take a shopping trip, make room for Ingrid Newkirk. The president and co-founder of PETA has a new book titled Making Kind Choices. In her newest work, Newkirk suggests animal-friendly ways to shop for everything from groceries to household products to cosmetics. But she does it all with humor and fun anecdotes, instead of preaching fire and brimstone. So tell the right shoulder to keep an open mind. Newkirk will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Friday at Borders Books, 10720 Preston Road. Admission is free. Call 214-363-1977. --Jenice Johnson
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A word with such a hard consonant, a word that carries such a negative connotation simply shouldn't describe a meat. Yet haggis does--sort of. Sort of because it's less a cut of meat than an amalgam of meats. It's a sheep's lung, heart, liver and something called suet stuffed into the sheep's stomach and boiled for three hours. Even Scotsmen say the only way to eat it is drunk, proving Mike Myers correct in So I Married an Axe Murderer: "I think it's repellent in every way. In fact, I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare." Try it if you must June 3 through June 5 at the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington. There will be games, beer and, of course, haggis, plus other foods, too. Admission is $10 on Friday and Sunday and $15 on Saturday. Call 1-800-363-SCOT or go to www.texasscottishfestival.com. --Paul Kix
If you've been putting off your annual trip to the Dallas Zoo because the stench from your last visit is still fresh in your nostrils, then take a deep breath for the zoo's Summer Fun Weekend. The eighth annual event adds more entertainment and attractions for the regular zoo admission price. This year's extra-animal lineup includes a performance by Dallas Power House of Dance and an appearance by rising Disney star Ashley Tisdale. It's an all-ages affair in Dallas, so Eddie Coker must be strumming his guitar and singing for the kids. Plus this weekend is the opening of the Tamarin Treehouse, debuting the exotic monkeys' new swingin' playhouse. The Dallas Zoo's Summer Fun Weekend is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. Admission is $8 for general admission, $5 for ages 3 to 11 and $4 for seniors. Call 214-670-6826 or visit www.dallaszoo.org. --Jay Webb