These are the dog days of summer.
Doggie Splash Day
What: The City of Rockwall hosts people and their pets for sunbathing, a swimsuit contest, a dog-paddle race, and more (canines, $5; humans, free).
Why: You didn’t name your chocolate Lab Michael Phelps for nothing.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Harry Myers Park Pool, 815 E. Washington St., Rockwall.
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Buy Buy Summer Sidewalk Sale
What: West Village shops — Accents, Epic Apparel, L. Bartlett, Lilli London — roll out racks of summer styles marked up to 75 percent off.
Why: There’s still plenty of time left for breezy dresses, lightweight tunics, and swimsuits.
When: Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 3699 McKinney Ave.
What: A photo exhibit by Ky Ngo in the lobby featuring children at the Promise of Peace Community Garden, an East Dallas project that promotes positive perspectives and healthier lifestyles.
Why: Wine hour is today at 5 p.m. with bites made by Central 214 chef Blythe Beck with fresh herbs and ingredients grown in the garden.
When: Thru Fri.
Where: Hotel Palomar, 5300 E. Mockingbird Ln. (214-520-7969).
What: To toast its 50th anniversary, the Amon Carter Museum stays open after hours with activities like hula-hooping on the plaza and a photo booth, plus hot dogs, ice cream, cake, and performances by The Marshall Ford Swing Band and Austin-based Del Castillo.
Why: It’s a free night in Cowtown.
When: Sat., 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth (817-738-1933).
Back-to-School 101 Party
What: To prepare you for the rigors of academia (yours or the kiddo’s), The Ritz-Carlton Spa hosts mini lessons ($25) on makeup, nail care, and skin care .
Why: Margaritas, guacamole, and a 25 percent discount on all spa purchases.
When: Wed., 5-7 p.m.
Where: 2121 McKinney Ave., 2nd flr. R.S.V.P. to 214-922-4820.
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