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The Master List: The Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, December 9-11

While most of us are in the throes of the holiday season, shopping for family gifts and filling up our calendars, there are a few out there who are also consumed with planning an occasion that's months away. Spring and summer are distant thoughts for most of us, unless you're a bride planning a wedding in the most coveted matrimonial months of the year, and those ladies have more than holiday shopping on their minds right now. If you've still got a lot of planning and shopping to do for your wedding, you're in luck this weekend because the self-proclaimed ultimate FOB (friend of the bride) is stopping in Dallas this weekend to lend his wedding expertise.

As fashion director of Kleinfeld Bridal in New York and star of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress, Randy Fenoli has important responsibilities, like finding the right dresses for picky brides and preventing bridezillas from strangling the wedding party. Now he's coming to the aid of brides outside New York in Randy to the Rescue. Randy is hitting the road in a mobile bridal boutique -- which probably doesn't well on bumpy roads -- to visit brides across the country, and he's enlisted floral, entertainment and lighting vendors, among others, for his first episode in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole on Sunday.

Randy to the Rescue: TLC's Ultimate Bridal Event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a market of wedding specialists offering free consultations on everything from reception décor to bridesmaids dresses. Bridal consultants will also be giving dress tips and doing fittings by appointment beginning at 11. At 11:30, Randy will discuss new trends in bridal fashion and show off his favorite dresses from designers including Amsale, Lazaro and Kenneth Pool, and afterward he will help one lucky bride pick her own dress. Hopefully, there's a TLC discount for that gown.

It's not too late to register for an appointment with a bridal consultant for $20 at General admission is also available online for $15. Visit for more information about Randy to the Rescue.

Not planning a wedding? We aren't either. See what holiday events, of the grown-up variety, are happening this weekend after the jump.

2nd Anniversary + Holiday Donation Drive Concert Friday, December 9, at We Are 1976 Our favorite shop for unique, quirky gifts and stylish screen prints is turning two today, and the real party gets started after regular business hours. We Are 1976 is hosting its 2nd Anniversary + Holiday Donation Drive Concert tonight at 7 p.m. Camille Cortinas and The Motel Pines will perform while guests enjoy food, drinks and portraits by photographer Roger Peters. We Are 1976 is asking that you bring canned food and toiletry donations for The Network, a nonprofit organization that offers assistance for seniors, children and those in emergency situations. Musicians and bartenders will also be making donations - their tips - so make sure to slip your bartender a little extra. For more information on accepted donation items, visit

[take] Home for the Holidays Reception and Holiday Party Friday, December 9, at Ro2 Art Uptown For those still working on their shopping lists, avoid the mall and cross a few items off the list while you enjoy the company of talented artists tonight at Ro2 Art Uptown. Ryder Richards, Fannie Brito, Terry Hays and Kathy Robinson-Hays are among the artists whose works are on display -- and for sale -- at the [take] Home for the Holidays reception and holiday party. Gaze at paintings, sculptures and other works from dozens of artists, and if you see something you like, you can buy it and take it home tonight, unless you're a Prius driver buying a mural. The reception starts at 7 p.m., so get to the West Village early to avoid to valet parking and do a little extra shopping. Admission is free. Call 214-803-9575 or email [email protected] to RSVP. Visit for more information.

3rd Annual White Rock Holiday Market Saturday, December 10, at The Green Spot Market & Fuels On the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, local vendors and food purveyors gather for the early-morning market at The Green Spot, but once a year the market swells with additional vendors for the annual White Rock Holiday Market. Regular food vendors and 50 extra craft vendors will be at the market tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up wine from Brennan Vineyards, bread from Empire Bakery and honey from your own zip code, sold by Texas Honey Bee Guild. Bella Rose Jewelry, f. is for frank and Chickeeboom are among the jewelry designers, and Dowdy Studio, D.P.C. and Toomasooba are a few of the designers selling clothing and accessories. Admission is free. See the full list of participating vendors at

Silent Night Christmas Show Saturday, December 10, at Texas Theatre There aren't many films these days with tag lines like this: "The story of a man who turned the other cheek and got punched in the nose." No, the slapstick humor popular in movies older than some of our parents is gone, but you can visit the days of nose grabs and stomach punches during a special screening of two Laurel and Hardy classics at Texas Theatre beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Silent Night Christmas Show features Big Business, the 1929 silent short that pits Christmas tree lot owners, Laurel and Hardy, against an angry customer, and Babes in Toyland, a 1934 feature-length film about two employees at Toyland who try to help Little Bo Peep and Mother Peep pay the mortgage on their home, a shoe. Yes, all the characters from Mother Goose are there. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the seven-minute 1944 version by Popeye and original Superman cartoon animator Max Fleischer, will also be shown. Visit

Holiday Pet Extravaganza Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11 at White Rock Lake Dog Park The best thing about having a dog around during holiday meals is that you can feed it all the food you don't want to eat under the table. Of course we're kidding, but maybe your pooch does need to get ready for the holidays with a little exercise and partying down at the White Rock Lake Dog Park. There are always plenty of adorable dogs, and dog owners, at the park, but this weekend there will be more for the dogs to do than run around and sniff future friends. You can buy treats and gifts for your dog and get a photo of your little one with Santa Paws, plus there are treats for humans and a drawing for more than $1,300 in gifts. The Holiday Pet Extravaganza is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit White Rock Lake Dog Park's Facebook page for more information.

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