wildcat-prowl-webOct. 4
Withers Wildcat Prowl
5k and Fun Run
Raise awareness for healthy living while raising funds for Withers Elementary at an 7:30-11 a.m. community event benefiting the PTA. Registration includes a T-shirt, race bib and chip timing.
Withers Elementary, 3959 Northaven, wildcatprowl5k.org, $10-$25

Oct. 3
Mayor’s breakfast
Mayor Mike Rawlings provides an update on the state of the city and other issues at a 7:30-9 a.m. event hosted by the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Doubletree by Hilton Dallas-Campbell Centre, 8250 N. Central, 214.368.6485, ndcc.org, $40-$60

Oct. 4
‘Texas Ranch Women’
Carmen Goldthwaite, Southern Methodist University writing teacher and author, greets readers and signs her book, “Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie,” at 3 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Suite 300, 214.739.1124, barnesandnoble.com, free

Oct. 4
Barefoot Run
Run a 5k or mile shoeless; raise funds for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, which provdies new shoes and socks for vunerable children. Beginning at 8 a.m., the event features races, games, live music and food trucks.
Bachman Lake, 3500 W. Northwest Highway, barefootrun.com, $15-$30

Oct. 11
Hector Olivera
The internationally acclaimed organist performs from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
St. Monica Catholic Church, 9933 Midway, 214.358.1453, stmonicachurch.org, adults $10/ free for students and children

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Unwind every Tuesday night at Fatin Awad’s meditation class from 7-8 p.m. Awad is a guest teacher from the Kadampa Buddhist Center. Drop-in students are welcome.
Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill Way, 214.670.6477, dallasparks.org, $10 with recreation center membership.

Oct. 11
Miniature and Fairy Garden Contest
Create a fairy-sized garden display for a chance to win a North Haven Gardens gift card at this annual contest, featuring several miniature gardens. Entries must be submitted between 9 a.m. and noon on contest day. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m.
North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven, 214.363.5316, nhg.com, free

Oct. 15
Platinum Panthers
Kick off homecoming and honor distinguished alumni with fellow Hillcrest High School graduates from 5-8 p.m. A cash bar and dinner are included at the event, hosted by Friends of Hillcrest. Email Betsy Nelson at bbn50@aol.com by Oct. 11 to register.
Crossroads Diner, 8121 Walnut Hill, hhspanthers.com, $35

Oct. 26
St. Michael’s fall festival
The church hosts a trunk-or-treat in the parking lot from 10-11 a.m. followed by a chili cook-off and other family-friendly activities.
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas, 214.363.5471, saintmichael.org, free

Oct. 26
Fired Up 5K
Walkers and advanced runners alike can participate in the Fired Up 5K race from 7-10 a.m. Food and bounce house fun await at the finish line.
Town North Family YMCA, 4332 Northaven, 214.357.8431, $10-$40