Attention, cheapskates

Here at Night & Day we like to be considerate of our reader(s). When the bored and the uninspired turn to our pages hoping to find the perfect activity to inject some cheer into their uneventful lives, we don't want to disappoint. Our only hope in life is that the last thought of our devotees as they go to bed is "By George, those fine foks at the Dallas Observer's Night & Day section are A-OK."

As part of this unselfish attitude toward our dear readership, we try to be mindful of their bankbooks. As they say, money doesn't grow on trees. And as they also say, the best things in life are free. To the unimaginative this cliché generally means love, happiness, etc; we interpret it differently. When we hear this beloved aphorism, we generally think of one thing: book-signings.

But in our never-ending quest to satisfy those Dallasites who look to us for encouragement and ideas, we've decided to broaden our scope a bit. After all, there are no-cash-required happenings all over our fair city. Our comprehensive and time-consuming research has turned up some titillating activities in the metroplex that won't cost you a cent.

Through Saturday, you can look at a lovely 16-piece collection of historic Cartier writing instruments. The pens and pencils will be on display at PenWright. It's almost like going to a museum, only it's a store, so they don't charge you to get in. That's right...free!

If you wake up Saturday morning and feel a little bloated or otherwise enlarged, consider heading over to Sun Harvest from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There you can witness a seminar by Dr. Barbara Wetter (please, no jokes) titled "Losing Weight Naturally." And guess what...it will cost you nothing. While you're there, you can pick up organic vegetables or some wheat germ or other healthy stuff, which is not free unless you steal it--an activity we simply cannot endorse.

Finally, if you're not arrested at Sun Harvest, you might check out the monthly meeting of the First Men's Garden Club of Dallas. Especially if you're interested in growing tropical plants, about which guest Don Miller will lecture, and also especially if you're a man. Refreshments will be served afterward as well...gratis.

So you see, you don't have to spend money to have a good time. Then again, you might give it some thought--after all, you really can't put a price on happiness.

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Larra Ann Keel