8 things to do in Oak Cliff this April

Havana nights Rosemont Early Childhood PTA (RECPTA)
Havana nights Rosemont Early Childhood PTA (RECPTA)

April 1
Havana nights
Rosemont Early Childhood PTA (RECPTA) invites you to Cuba — well, sort of. For its annual auction benefitting arts education at local schools, the organization has chosen the theme “El Noche En Havana.” Arrive at 7:30 p.m. ready to sip cocktails, play dominoes and dance the night away.
The Empire Room, 1225 N. Riverfront, recpta.org, $50 in advance or $60 at the door

Through April 15
Tax assistance
Taxes are due April 15. Need help? AARP Tax-Aide and the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will be at North Oak Cliff Library on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your W-2, a photo I.D., last year’s tax return and Social Security cards for all dependents.
North Oak Cliff Library, 302 W. Tenth, 214.670.7555, dallaslibrary.org, free

April 2
Endangered Dallas
A few Oak Cliff landmarks, including the motor court motels on Fort Worth Avenue, are in danger of being torn down, according to Preservation Dallas. See other threatened buildings during this guided tour led by David Preziosi.
Dallas Historical Society, 3939 Grand, 214.421.4500, dallashistory.org, $30-$40

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April 9 Lone-Star-Rack-track-with-people
Kessler Derby
Since its inception 11 years ago, the Kessler Derby has raised more than $430,000 for The Kessler School. This year, the races start at 6 p.m. Wear your cowboy cocktail attire.
Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, 214.942.2220, kesslerderby.com,
tickets start at $115

April 10
Earth Day
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of our neighborhood’s annual Earth Day celebration in the Demonstration Rose Garden at Lake Cliff Park. There’ll be a petting zoo, two stages worth of live entertainment, plenty of food and tons of plants. You can even adopt a pet, if you feel so inclined. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m.
Lake Cliff Park, Colorado and Zang, oakcliffearthday.com, free

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April 10
Drum circle
Labyrinth Walk Coffee House, inside Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, hosts its monthly jazz jam and drum circle at 5 p.m. Bring your own instruments and beer.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest, 214.337.2429, labyrinthwalkcoffeehouse.com, free

April 14
Sarah Jarosz
Perhaps you know her from “A Prairie Home Companion,” or maybe you’ve heard this multi-instrumentalist’s distinctive voice and songwriting on “Austin City Limits,” “Conan,” or “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Wimberly native Sarah Jarosz brings her contemporary folk/Americana sound to the Kessler.
The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis,  214.272.8346, thekessler.org, $22-$24

April 30
Kessler Krawl
Meet your neighbors during this cocktail party, inspired by a progressive dinner. Guests will travel between participating homes and sample drinks and appetizers from local restaurants. The fun begins at 7 p.m.
1005 N. Montclair, kesslerpark.org, $40-$50

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