NortheastPumpkin art abounds at Circle of Friends saleFor 30 years the Circle of Friends has called its annual fundraiser to benefit young cancer patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center a Pumpkin Sale. But the moniker is somewhat misleading. A more apt name would be a Pumpkin Art Show. The work on display at the event is truly remarkable.The event Oct. 12 will feature more than 1,000 fresh Texas- and New Mexico-grown pumpkins, squash and gourds painted and adorned by some amazingly talented artists.Circle member Pam Raby said, “There is something for everyone — funny faces, ghosts, witches, goblins, sports team logos, university and college logos, cartoon figures including Snow White, Scooby Doo, Angry Birds and more.” Shoppers will choose from pumpkins elaborately hand-painted with autumn, harvest, Thanksgiving and holiday scenes and embellished with beautiful ribbons, hats, foils, and metallic finishes. “These vegetables are truly awe-inspiring works of art, and because they are fresh, not frozen, they can be a unique and lovely addition to any home’s decor for many months,” Raby added. In charge of pumpkin beautification are Regina Hidalgo and Julie Kingeter. The artists include such notables as Judy Corley and Susan Woodward, whose designs are highly prized by connoisseurs of the show. Vicki Kight and Joy Williams are co-presidents of Circle of Friends, whose members work for months on the event as well as volunteering and spearheading programs to help patients at Cook Children’s and their families.The sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Venue at Hometown, 6021 Walker Blvd, Suite 121, in North Richland Hills. Arrive early because you never know when the pumpkins will sell out. And be sure to get a raffle ticket for a beautiful permanent pumpkin. Learn about the charity at cofmidcities.org and see the pumpkins at www.facebook.com/COFriendsMidCities. The phone number at the Pumpkin Patch is 817-903-8523.Behind the Garden Gate in Trophy ClubGardens alive with fall splendor in five Trophy Club homes will be open for tours from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday Hosted by the Trophy Club Women’s Club Gardeners, the “Behind the Garden Gate — Fall Into the Season ” tour will also feature the beautiful Trophy Club Park. Guests on the tour will see pumpkins, mums and colorful foliage in the midst of stunning waterfalls, pools, koi ponds and fountains. They can stroll along a lovely dry creek bed and across a bridge, and view outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. Refreshments will be served, and don’t miss the raffle and silent auction, spokeswoman Mary Hampton says.Tickets are $10 in advance (available at Tom Thumb in Trophy Club and at the Roanoke Pharmacy) or $12 at the door. Tickets for children under 12 are $5. To inquire, contact Teri Nickells at email@example.com .Celebration of Hope GalaHundreds of guests will flow into the Hurst Conference Center on Oct. 19 for a gala evening focused on cancer prevention.Hosted by the Empowered Life Cancer Network, the party will include dinner, dancing, a fashion show and entertainment by violinist Richmond Punch and the Nu’Power Band. Rebecca Lopez, WFAA/Channel 8 newswoman, will host the festivities.The highlight of the evening will be the “I’m a Survivor” fashion showcase produced by Macy’s. Demi Austin-Thomas, founder of the organization, says the mission is to “Save lives through the power of prevention.” She added, “We are extremely engaged within underserved and underinsured African-American and Hispanic communities, specifically in the Tarrant and Dallas County areas, in providing education and prevention methods.”Auction swag includes weekend use of cars from Sewell Cadillac and motorcycles from Adam Smith Texas Harley-Davidson, mini iPads, Macy’s gift cards and golf packages.General admission is $55 a person or $105 a couple. To make reservations, call 682-738-6802 or visit www.celebrationofhopegala.com.ArlingtonAfter Dark in the ParkA family-friendly festival is set for Oct. 11-13 at River Legacy Parks, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. Funds raised benefit programs at the Living Science Center at the park. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Planned activities include karaoke, storytelling under the stars, animal encounters, a pumpkin patch, a walk on the wild side, a Bass Pro camping expo, face-painting, balloon artists, and games and activities geared for children ages 2 to 10. For the older kids (age 8 and up), a “mildly spooky” walk through the woods is a new attraction this year.Family Fun Packs bought in advance are $45 and include four admission tickets and 40 coupons for games and concessions. Visit www.riverlegacy.org or call Kristi Payne at 817-860-6752 to learn more. Fort WorthSenior Citizens Arts & Crafts FairThe Senior Citizens Fair may have been around for over half a century, but shoppers can always expect to see fresh, new products at the market. Billed as traditional yet trendy, the Arts & Crafts Marketplace opens at the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall on Thursday at 10 a.m.Eager shoppers looking for quilts, holiday decor, jewelry, art and ceramics will descend on the gift market in droves. More than 25,000 handcrafted items made by senior citizens will include stained glass, furniture, baby items, dolls, afghans and fashion apparel. Home-baked delicacies are a big category at the show, offering dozens of selections for busy shoppers.Spokeswoman Eva Riggs says the show has grown from 1,000 items created by 200 local senior citizens in 1962 with $3,000 in sales to more than 1,000 senior crafters from across North Texas whose net profits last year exceeded $200,000. Gross sales since 1962, she said, are $7.8 million.Admission is $5 but Claire Wallace, president of the Senior Citizens Fair board of directors, advises shoppers to use their Star-Telegram Press Pass discount or redeem the sticky tab coupon from the Sunday newspaper.The market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11 and until 6 p.m. Oct. 12. Visit www.seniorcitizensfair.org or check it out on social media at www.facebook.com/pages/Senior-Citizens-Fair/153598658024677.Gifts From the Heart to benefit Humane SocietyWell known for their longtime support of the Humane Society of North Texas, Danny Wright and Rebecca Miller will appear at a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Casa Mañana.Wright, a gifted concert pianist and Steinway recording artist, has done many benefits for the organization over the years. He will perform with special guest Buffi Jacobs, a cellist with the popular rock band Polyphonic Spree.Miller, a former TV meteorologist and a devoted animal-rights activist, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening’s show. Tammy Roberts, interim operations director for the Humane Society, says the organization is thrilled to have Wright’s continued support. “We’re looking forward to enjoying this night and hope to raise awareness of and funds for the work we do every day to save the lives of neglected animals across North Texas.”Wright, a TCU alumnus from Fort Worth, will perform Broadway and movie tunes and numbers from his 40-album catalog including his Grammy-nominated album, Reflections, and his latest release, Gifts From the Heart: Songs From God. Tickets are $20 for the concert only or $45 for the concert and a catered reception after the event. Call the box office at 817-332-2272 or buy online at Ticketmaster.