Flutter By

Go early, if you dare, to Texas Discovery Gardens on Friday for the shock of your life. People will be swarming for this Fear Factor experience; do not attempt if you have a heart condition. The otherwise benign and beautiful TDC conservatory has been converted to a chamber of horrors filled with thousands of flapping, flopping insects, touching you with their hairy legs and even probing your skin with their sticky tongues. Shield your eyes, quick, from the teeming clouds of pastel--PASTEL--colors and powdery residue. Watch out! It's a Blue Morpho and a swooping Paper Kite. Egad! Metamorphosis! OK, really, it's a gentle butterfly immersion experience, the first of many the nature lovers at TDC plan. Every week during the State Fair (you'll have to pay), TDC will release 1,000 butterflies to delight and amaze you and your family from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day through October 19. The live butterfly exhibit is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 3 to 11. Call 214-428-7476. --Annabelle Massey Helber

Saddle Up
Horsin' around for charity

Why have a normal boring weekend of club-hopping, movie-going and self-indulgence when you can have an eventful weekend of activities for a good cause? In its 15th year, Roundup for Autism offers the public celebrities and rodeo legends for a two-day event benefiting the Autism Treatment Centers of Texas. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. September 26 at Mesquite Championship Rodeo at the Resistol Arena. Veteran actor Barry Corbin, of Northern Exposure, Urban Cowboy, WarGames, The Big Easy and Lonesome Dove (to name a few), will host the rodeo, and six-time all-around world rodeo champion Larry Mahan will act as master of ceremonies. The festivities continue bright and early the next day at 8 a.m. with a golf tournament at Bear Creek Golf Course, followed by a night of dinner and dancing at the Pegasus Ball in Regency Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel. For pricing and more information, call 972-644-2076 ext. 104. --Jenice Johnson

Zen Stretch

As director of OM yoga center in New York City, Cyndi Lee does a lot of things with her body that most mortals can't. Some might swear that she's double-jointed or had some ribs removed. The fact is she's been teaching yoga for more than 20 years and, in her case, practice really does make perfect. She'll teach four workshops over the weekend with such exotic titles as "Restorative Yoga for Couples" and "Making Friends With Yourself and Your Hips." If you keep it up, maybe in 20 years you can do the human pretzel routine yourself. Classes are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Dallas Yoga Center, 4525 Lemmon Ave., Suite 305. Tuition is $30 to $50. Call 214-443-9642. --Jay Webb

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