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ROCKWALL COUNTY | 2020
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ROCKWALL FOOD SCENE Eat Local!
7 Important Numbers 8 Contributors 10 Publisher’s Note 13 Welcome Note 14 Harry Myers Park 15 Rockwall Pets 16 Dining Out 27 Daycare and Preschools Guide 28 Golf & Tennis Guide 30 Shopping Guide 33 Get Healthy PMA 34 Meet the Booth Family! 36 Rockwall County History 38 Youth Sports 40 Rockwall Community Playhouse 42 Places of Worship 44 Local Events
ROCKWALL COUNTY HISTORY Rockwall was founded in 1854 and is the County Seat of Rockwall County. Discover its long history and interesting story!
SHOPPING GUIDE Looking for a new dress, shoes or that perfect gift? Here are the best spots to shop like a local.
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LOCAL EVENTS There are so many! Here are the ones that make every local’s calendar.
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IMPORTANT NUMBERS CITY OF ROCKWALL
Main Number Streets & Drainage Issues Animal Control Water/Wastewater Issues Parks & Recreationq Police Non-Emergency Fire Non-Emergency Utility Services
972-771-7700 972-772-6791 972-771-7790 972-771-7730 972-771-7740 972-771-7717 972-771-7770 972-771-7736
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www.cityoffate.com City Manager Animal Services Parks & Recreation Police/Fire Non-Emergency Water/Wastewater Issues Utility Services
972-771-4601 x105 972-382-DOGS (3647) 972-771-4601 x 108 972-771-7724 972-771-4601 972-771-4601
CITY OF HEATH
Animal Control City Manager Police/Fire Non-Emergency Parks & Recreation Water/Wastewater Issues Streets & Drainage Issues Utility Services
972-771-7790 972-771-6228 972-771-7724 972-771-6228 972-961-4892 972-961-4892 972-771-6228 opt 4
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972-524-4824 214-796-1445 972-636-2250 972-524-4700 972-524-4848 972-524-4819 972-626-9422 972-524-4700
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CO N T RIBU TORS
MICHELLE THURGOOD, MT Photography
DAVID SWEET, Rockwall County Judge
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JENNIFER RUMBO DRAKE, Rockwall County Historical Foundation
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LOCAL > PUBLISHER’S NOTE
ROCKWALL COUNTY! Whether you’ve moved from the next town over or from overseas, settling into a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. Within the first few months, you will likely be establishing new routines, getting to know local hotspots, looking for local professionals and influencers, and exploring your new community’s vast resources. With so many nuances and so much on your plate from this new change in your life, it can be daunting to think about everything you need to do to get used to your new surroundings. Enter BeLOCAL, your local resident’s recommendation guide for Rockwall County. In your hands, you hold the best of the best of everything the local community has to offer. From dining to parks to family outings and attractions, this is your locals’ guide to what you need to know, and what you want to know about your new community. With so much to offer, you’ll need a guide to truly understand the area from current residents’ point of view.
answered a survey of their favorite places to eat, shop, and visit. These things aren’t always easy to figure out. I’ve lived in the area for over 20-years now and was surprised by how much I learned putting together BeLOCAL! We hope this publication helps you transition more smoothly and find yourself more quickly acclimated to your new community. With current residents’ assistance, you’ll be able to find the hidden gems that sometimes take years to discover! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy life with your guide to your new home. I hope to hear from you and I would love to meet for a cup of coffee and get your feedback on this magazine. I can be reached by using the info below. Cheers! TERI PREAS Area Director/Publisher 214-675-7215 email@example.com
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NEW RESIDENTS! I am pleased that you have chosen Rockwall County as your new home. You are not alone in your decision as Rockwall County is one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Texas. It is an honor to serve as your County Judge and work with a Commissioner's Court that is committed to lead Rockwall County with pragmatic, common-sense solutions with respect to our history with a plan for the future. Rockwall County has taken the lead in working with each city in our county and the Texas Department of Transportation to identify opportunities to improve the highway, overpasses and major roadways throughout the county. A major expansion and renovation of Interstate 30 that will add additional main lanes as well as frontage roads will start in early 2021. Please check the Rockwall County website at www.rockwallcountytexas.com to see an updated summary of completed, ongoing and future transportation projects. Rockwall County is truly an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family. Rockwall and Royse City ISD are two of the best school districts in the state and have been recognized nationally for several of their accomplishments. All of the cities in Rockwall County are blessed to have a true "Home town feel"; a commitment to quality of life in terms of programs offered and excellent open spaces and parks. I encourage you to go to the website for your city and check out all of the events going on throughout the county. There truly are events for all ages. If you are wanting to get involved and make a difference in your community, while on the
city website fill out an application to serve on a board and commission. We are blessed to live in one of the safest counties in Texas. We have first class medical responders, well trained fire departments, dedicated police departments and Sherriff's Deputies who are committed to ensuring that public safety is a given. Rockwall County has a very healthy and vibrant business community. Chain stores, retail shops and restaurants of all types throughout all of the county. If you have questions about businesses in Rockwall County, take a look at the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce or the Royse City Chamber of Commerce Websites. All of us in Rockwall County are here to serve you, the public. If you have concerns for which the county may be able to assist you, please feel free to contact my office by calling 972-204-6000 or stop by in person. My office is located at 101 E Rusk in the Historic Courthouse in Downtown Rockwall. My doors are always open during business hour. Kind regards, David Sweet
Rockwall County Judge
101 E. Rusk, Room 202 • Rockwall, Texas 75087 • Office 972.204.6001 • Cell 972.639.6530 firstname.lastname@example.org 2020
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LOCAL > DOG PARK & DISC GOLF PARK
FUN IN THE SUN!
HARRY MYERS PARK â€˜I love the Dog Park at Harry Myers Park, I get to play with new friends and want to go there every day!â€™ -Maggie
The Dog Park at Harry Myers Park has plenty of open space for your best friend to run freely. The dog park has two fenced-in, off-leash dog play areas. One section is for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs. There is also a common drinking water area for people and pets to refresh themselves. Harry Myers Disc Golf Course 2.0 is officially open! This course has been consistently rated as one of the best courses in Texas thanks to its beautiful location
of Harry Myers Park and the course designer John Houck. Due to a variety of challenges as well as opportunities, the city chose to work with John Houck again to create Harry Myers 2.0! The goal of the course redesign was to increase the challenge for pros as well as improve playability for amateurs and recreational players. The course features a variety of layouts that challenge you use every trick in the bag.
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Rockwall Pets is a foster-based rescue, which means they don’t have a shelter facility. All of their animals live in a foster home, with their dedicated team of foster parents, until their forever family adopts them. In addition to local adoptions, they utilize relationships with partners across the country to transport animals to them. These areas, usually in the northern states,
actually have a need for adoptable animals because of the shortage in their area. Rockwall Pets is a 501(c)3 rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of shelter dogs and cats using a variety of methods with the ultimate goal of contributing towards a no-kill nation. Although they do not have a facility, they do host weekly adoption events. Come meet their adoptable pets and perhaps your new furry best friend!
At the Rockwall Petco:Saturday 1–5 PM • Sunday 1–4 PM Looking for a new fur baby? Adopt, don’t shop! rockwallpets.com
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american Bin 303 Since the day Bin 303 opened the doors of their historical location in Downtown Rockwall, husband and wife team, Mat and Breean Nugent have shared their love of wine and excellent Texas cuisine. Bin 303 has a style of fine Texas cuisine that incorporates a ‘Go Texan’ attitude. Their menu includes appetizers like Pork Belly Risotto Fritters and Iron-Skillet Crab Dip, 22oz Cowboy Cut Bone-In Ribeye, Flat Iron Steak and Pepper Dusted Filet, Chimichurri Glazed Salmon, Texas Redfish and Simply Grilled Seafood. Sides and salads to match the impeccable entrees are all on the menu. Bin 303 offers four rotating wines on tap. Come by and enjoy a bottle at their expansive bar or celebrate with a selection from their reserve list. 105 Olive St, Rockwall
Joe Willy’s Market & Grill Joe Willy’s is your neighborhood grill. They serve hamburgers, Philly steak sandwiches, salads, and great sides like fried pickles and fried mushrooms. There is a great condiment bar, so you are sure to get your meal just the way you like it. Make sure to save room for their hand-dipped shakes. 2006 South Goliad, Rockwall
Boots Burger This hidden gem is nestled in a neighborhood in downtown Rockwall. A burger stand that has been serving up the best burgers around for over 40 years. Boots Burger features both exceptional taste and amazing prices. This is one place you have to try They accept cash only and you cannot eat on the premises, but it’s worth it just the same. 701 Austin St, Rockwall
Rodeo Goat Livin’ that lake life. Eatin’ burgers. Drinkin’ beer. Havin’ fun. That’s what they’re about at Rodeo Goat. Serving a menu full of creative burgers, fresh sides, craft beer, unique cocktails, and more! What is Rodeo Goat all about? Burgers made from fresh ingredients like beef that is ground in house daily. (They also have salmon, turkey, and vegetarian options)! Hand punched fries made from fresh Idaho potatoes. Beer! Including tons of local craft beer options, unique Rodeo Goat cocktails. Beautiful view of Lake Ray Hubbard. Fun, fun, fun! 2095 Summer Lee Dr., Rockwall
Charlie’s Burgers & Street Tacos Charlie’s serves Street Tacos on hand-rolled tortillas and Burgers freshly ground in house daily. They have live music every Thursday evening from 7–9pm. Tuesday is Taco Night and Happy Hour is every Tuesday through Thursday from 4–7pm, offering discounted beer, wine and margaritas. Located in Downtown Rockwall, Charlie’s is a convenient spot to meet old friends and make new ones. 213 E Rusk St, Rockwall
Route 66 Classic Diner Get ready for a blast from the past at this classic ‘50s diner with grub that’ll really make you feel like you’re at home. They’re open early for breakfast and also serve lunch. They have all the comfort food you like including pancakes, bacon, fried catfish, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and plenty of cakes and pies. 206 W Rusk St, Rockwall
The Fatted Calf The Fatted Calf, on the square in downtown Rockwall specializes in “Down-home Chic” food at a reasonable price. The Fatted Calf is a comfortable, upscale restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Special dinners and evening events take place throughout the year. Daily specials are offered and feature only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. The genesis of the restaurant came from the need for a high quality, comfortable dining restaurant in Rockwall. 112 E Rusk St, Rockwall
Rozie’s Grill Shenaniganz is not just a place to have fun—it’s a place to enjoy good food too, at Rozie’s Grill. Even though they serve delicious pizza, they also feature plenty of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and dinner items like pork chops, ribs, and chicken fried steak. 1290 E Interstate 30, Rockwall, inside Shenaniganz
Standard Service Before the days of self-service, the standard was a handshake with a grocer who sold only fine quality staple goods. Standard Service honors this tradition in a casual neighborhood restaurant focusing on fresh natural ingredients and genuine hospitality. Their modern American menu ranges from light fare to rich comfort food, with classic cocktails, beer and wine, all meant to be enjoyed surrounded by the people that know you best. To us, that’s just what a local spot should be. Open for brunch on the weekends, lunch, dinner and is kid-friendly. 4240 Ridge Rd., Heath The Downing Bottles & Bites Rockwall native, chef David Hoffman and his wife, restaurant and wine veteran Jenni Hoffman opened The Downing Bottles & Bites to bring their experience and expertise to Downtown Rockwall. When you stop in, you'll be greeted by their retail and tasting area, where you can purchase wine and craft beer by the bottle to enjoy at home, or stay awhile in their cafe. where the very best small plates, sandwiches, and desserts are served. With both indoor and patio seating, it's the best spot for a date night or enjoyable weekday lunch in Rockwall. 106 San Jacinto, Rockwall Wells Cattle Co. Wells Cattle Co. offers “whole ground beef” which means they include every cut of beef in the grind. That’s right! The ribeye, loin, brisket, roasts…ALL IN! Their cattle are raised in a free-range pasture environment with a strict diet of grass, hay, and high-fat/ low-grain supplement during the winter months. Their menu consists of burgers, Bratwurst, twice-grilled cheese sandwich, fries, and don’t miss the wonderful desserts like homemade peach cobbler and Keto cheesecake and Keto cookies. They run “specials” on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 206 N Fannin St, Rockwall
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asian Basil Café Unique Thai and Japanese Specialties. From Pad Thai to handmade Japanese rolls and dipping sauces, they have what you’re craving for at Basil Café. They carefully prepare all dishes using time-tested and proven special recipes. Order your favorite or try something new from the menu! They also feature fresh sushi made daily to your order.
Kyoto Japanese Steak House Kyoto Japanese Steak House in Rockwall serves the area’s finest Japanese and other Asian favorites in a family atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a fun interactive experience at one of the teppanyaki tables or a cozy meal at the sushi bar, the menu and service-focused staff offer a truly enjoyable dining experience. At Kyoto Japanese Steak House, you will experience the best ingredients prepared in the best manner—including Wagyu-style beef. Wagyu beef is renowned for its exquisite marbling, sweet flavor and tenderness. It is so tender that it is often easily cut with a butter knife. Also, try the Sa Cha shrimp, chicken, and scallops that are wok-tossed with a Chinese tea sauce. 1599 Laguna Dr, Rockwall
Edo Japan Edo Japan is a Japanese steakhouse that also features sushi and pastries from their bakery. It is a fine dining establishment that provides all the fun and excitement of hibachi, as well as a serene environment to take in the delicious cuisine.1067 Interstate 30, Rockwall
Pho Garden Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and heavy reliance on herbs and vegetables. Vietnamese food is commonly ranked as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Pho Garden has many entrees you will love, such as grilled sliced pork over vermicelli, fresh spring rolls, and of course the signature pho. 423 Interstate 30, Rockwall
Edohana Edohana features Japanese hibachi style food along with sushi, sashimi and rolls. They have various meats to choose from like chicken, steak, filet mignon, sukiyaki style meats, lobster tail and more. A great place to enjoy hibachi cooking and entertainment at your table. 716 Interstate 30, Rockwall
Ramen Head Ramen Head was created out of the desire to have the very best Ramen and street eats around. Ramen Head combines locally sourced ingredients with diverse knowledge and unending passion to create new and creative flavor combinations among the diverse territories of Asian cuisine. Ramen Head is a hip modern restaurant with a casual ambiance where one can come to eat, socialize, and experience food that will make you crave for more! 112 N. San Jacinto, Rockwall
Hunan Chinese Restaurant Located in Rockwall Square, Hunan has served the community and surrounding area for over two decades. They offer all of your Chinese favorites as well as specialties like sizzling beef with shrimp and scallops and the Wonderful Shrimp, marinated in wine, ginger, garlic and a special sauce prepared by the chef. 110 N San Jacinto, Rockwall Koung Thai Restaurant If you’ve never had Thai food before, be assured that not all dishes are as hot and spicy as you might think. At Koung Thai everything is cooked and seasoned to your preference based on a sliding spice scale. They serve authentic Thai dishes using the freshest and healthiest ingredients for lunch and dinner, and you can also order lunch sets with soup for take-out. Beer, wine and sake are available. 2006 S Goliad St, Suite 218, Rockwall
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bbq Sideways BBQ Starting out as a competition BBQ Team, Sideways now has a restaurant to showcase their award-winning BBQ. Owners Josh Deaton, Jeff Cassar and Ernie Mays Jr. are bringing fresh new ideas to the Harbor in Rockwall. This establishment has specials like burnt ends, which are highly sought-after pieces of brisket once it has been smoked. Karaoke or open-mic nights are a regular occurrence and offer everyone a chance to be a “star.” 2067 Summer Lee Dr, Suite 105, Rockwall
LOCAL TIP ‘Being out and about town is fun for me, I especially love sitting on the patio at Sideways BBQ at the Harbor!’ -Otis
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cajun Dodie’s Cajun Diner Located on Lake Ray Hubbard at The Harbor, Dodie’s Cajun Diner serves the best home-cooked Cajun crawfish and seafood. Enjoy your meal on the patio while enjoying a view of the lake and listening to some great music. There is full bar service and a fun atmosphere. 2067 Summer Lee Dr, Suite 115, Rockwall
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italian Gianni's Italian Bistro Gianni's has achieved to succeed in the art of cultivating bold, unique flavors that are unparalleled in their rich Italian cuisine. Whether it is the Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta, Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, or Spaghetti with homemade meatballs and tomato sauce, there is always something new to try at Gianni's Italian Bistro! Your taste buds will thank you! 465 Laurence Dr. Heath Giovanni Giovanni was born out of a deep love for food and family. The namesake restaurant evokes the memory of a long line of chefs dedicated to guarding the sanctity of Italian food. Fusing old and new, they have created an amazing menu and space for everything from date nights to family dinners. With an extensive wine selection and a true Italian experience, the only difficult choice will be the Osso Bucco or the Bolognese! 2091 Summer Lee Dr Suite 111, Rockwall Luigi’s Italian Café Luigi’s makes homemade baked Italian pasta and pizzas made with fresh stretched dough. Taste the authentic Italian cuisine like chicken Albanese, shrimp Alvino (jumbo shrimp sautéed with butter, garlic, lemon, white wine, and a touch of marinara over linguine pasta), and the gnocchi Piemontese (potato dumplings with pancetta, broccoli, olives, spinach in a light marinara sauce & a touch of cream). 2002 S Goliad St, Rockwall
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Napoli Italian Restaurant Known for their crispy, delicious chicken Parmesan, fresh salads, handmade pasta, rum-soaked tiramisu and extensive wine bar. Napoli’s has been a long-time favorite in the Rockwall community. They have wonderful garlic bread with an amazing house dressing. A must-try. 407 S Goliad St, Rockwall Samee’s Pizza Getti Samee’s Pizza Getti features tasty Italian food with French flair. A great family restaurant and neighborhood bar, they have live karaoke every Wednesday night, happy hour 7 days a week 11am–7pm and NFL Sunday Ticket so that you can watch your favorite teams. 561 Interstate 30, Rockwall Zanata Zanata is the perfect neighborhood spot, featuring sophisticated food in a casual setting. The Mediterranean-infused Italian menu features handcrafted pizzas, satisfying entrees, and mouthwatering bites all authentically cooked in two brick wood-burning ovens. Try their signature blue crab dip to get the meal started or go with one of their weekly specials. Zanata brings the great food culture of Italy and neighboring countries to the heart of historic downtown Rockwall. 202 E Rusk St, Rockwall
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L. Trevino’s Comida Mexicana L. Trevino’s Comida Mexicana opened in Rockwall serving homemade authentic food using family techniques in food preparation with the selection of the finest in meats, poultry, shrimp, and produce. The menu has a variety of children’s plates as well as salads, steaks, chicken, shrimp and fish dishes. They also now serve their popular take on tacos. 101 N Goliad St, Rockwall
mexican Chiloso Mexican Bistro Chiloso is a fabulous Mexican bistro that centers around a small number of fresh ingredients prepared simply. They have crisp, bold-flavored Mexican food like the incredible grilled avocados. You can stuff them with your choice of meat and toppings then smother them in queso. Another favorite is the breakfast tacos— all made the way you like them! 2455 Ridge Rd, Rockwall
El Potrillo de la Sandia Great Mexican food at The Harbor, El Potrillo del la Sandia offers a full menu of authentic Mexican food including homemade chiles Rellenos, Mexican mole, fajitas and much more. They have a full bar with imported beers, cocktails and margaritas. They also provide live salsa and merengue music on Friday evenings for your enjoyment. 2101 Summer Lee Dr, Suite 105, Rockwall
Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Manny's Uptown retaurant was founded by Manuel "Manny" Rios in 2005. Manny is a retired army veteran. He started his interest in the restaurant business with his sister as a server. After learning the restaurant business, Manny decided it was time to follow his dream of opening his own Tex-Mex Restaurant, with traditional family recipes. Manny was inspired by his chef father Charlie Rios. Manny's Uptown strives to give their customers the best quality in TEX MEX food and giving the best in customer service. "I am proud to serve you family recipes from the past generations!" -Manuel "Manny" Rios, Manny's Uptown Founder. 469 Lawrence Dr. Heath
pubs The Roundabout The Roundabout is your neighborhood pub! The Roundabout was founded in the downtown historic district of Rockwall. There philosphy is simple: provide great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere. They are the kind of restaurant you can pop into and grab a pint of Guinness, a plate of authentic fish and chips, and catch a soccer match in a cozy British environment. Join them every Sunday for Buffet Brunch from 10AM to 3PM. The Roundabout offers a cozy pub environment you will love. They open early so you can keep up with the action, you’re never more than a few miles from your favorite British pub! 308 N Fannin St, Rockwall
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LOCAL TIP Painting with a twist is a fun and focused local opportunity for social gatherings or team building events. BYOB but they supply everything else! -Courtney W.
steaks/seafood Culpepper Steak House Culpepper Steak House is a local Rockwall favorite. Prime rib, Berkshire chop, Chilean sea bass, stuffed chicken roulade, au gratin cowboy potatoes, and Boursin creamed spinach are just a few items that make this place a local gem. You can enjoy the sophisticated dining room or the beautiful outside patio. 309 E Interstate 30, Rockwall Mistra Restaurant Located inside the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront hotel, Mistra is a full-service Mediterranean-inspired restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, homemade flatbreads and exceptional salads. They have a full
breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner daily. Despite being located inside the hotel, Mistra is open to the public and family-friendly and has complimentary wireless Internet and outdoor seating. 2055 Summer Lee Dr, Rockwall The Oar House The Oar House, which features a menu full of northern Italian and seafood entrees, is one of Rockwall’s favorite seafood restaurants. The chef prepares between three and four specials in the evening. While the seafood is always a favorite, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes is its filetto al Cognac—a filet mignon in a rich cognac sauce. 305 E Interstate 30, Rockwall Southern Junction Southern Junction is one of the most unique places you can find. You can be the chef and prepare your steak over a hickory charcoal pit with their fully stocked seasonings or their chef will prepare your steak for you. All meals are served with a hot baked potato, house salad and Texas toast. Live music from known entertainers and a large dance floor offer all the entertainment you could want. 5574 Highway 276, Royse City
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LOCAL > DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOLS GUIDE
DAYCARE & S L O O H C S E R P Children’s Learning Center of Rockwall 915 N. Goliad Street Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 771-5596
Children’s Lighthouse Rockwall 3009 N. Goliad Street Rockwall, TX 75087 (972)771-3330 childrenslighthouse ofrockwall.com
Children’s Park Preschool 941 Steger Town Road Rockwall, TX 75032 (972) 722-4009 childrensparklc.com
Imagine Pre-K 306 E. Rusk Street Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 499-5535 imagineprek.com Lighthouse Academy At The Shores 951 N. Lakeshore Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 772-5800 lighthouseacademyrockwall. com Lighthouse Private School 5600 Horizon Rd. Rockwall, TX 75032 (972) 972-771-5333 lighthouse-school.com
Children’s Park North 695 W. Rusk Street Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 467-2327 childrensparknorth.com
‘The Little Gym gives my 3-year old a friendly and fun environment! The focus is always on safety, fun, and well-rounded learning. ’-Mindy Y.
Essential Steps 305 E. Rusk Street Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 772-0180 essentialsteps.com Galaxy Ranch 1835 T L Townsend Drive Rockwall, TX 75032 (972) 772-9798 galaxyranchschool.com Highview Learning Center 905 W. Holiday Fate, TX 75087 (972) 771-8411 highviewlearningcenter.com
Primrose School of Rockwall 3115 Ridge Road Rockwall, TX 75032 (972) 772-0180 primroseschools.com Rainbow’s End Child Development Center 301 W. Kaufman Street Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 771-2693 Whitehills Child Development Center 604 White Hills Drive Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 771-5677 whitehillschildcare.com Woodbridge Montessori Academy of Rockwall 3100 Stone Creek Dr. Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 885-7753 wbmontessori.com Rockwall County 27
LOCAL > GOLF & TENNIS GUIDE
PLAY! BUFFALO CREEK GOLF CLUB Buffalo Creek Golf Club features an array of rolling hills and majestic trees off the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard. Measuring 7,018 yards, this par 71 course was designed by Jay Morrish and former PGA Tour player Tom Weiskopf, opening in the summer of 1992. Ranked among the “Top 25 High Priced Golf Courses in Texas” by the Dallas Morning News in 2011, this exciting course features Champion Dwarf Bermuda greens and a pleasant variety of practice facilities to help you refine your driving skills and short game. Buffalo Creek also boasts event amenities, including a pavilion, to complement the friendly service you’ll receive from the staff. Whether you’re looking for a venue for your next event or a new course to play your weekly round of 18 holes, Buffalo Creek Golf Club has everything you need for an enjoyable day on the green.
LOCAL TIP ‘Buffalo Creek Golf Club is a great track. The grounds are always well
624 Country Club Drive Rockwall, TX 75032 972-771-4003
kept, and the course presents a real challenge for players of all levels.’ -Brian W.
LOCAL TIP My 7-year old had her birthday party at Young Chefs Academy and it was the Best! The kids got to make a dish and learn basic cooking skills. I highly recommend this for future birthday parties!’ -Cassandra K.
ROCKWALL GOLF & ATHLETIC CLUB Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club is a Club like no other. It is a personal sanctuary nestled among the banks of Lake Ray Hubbard within the inspiring backdrop of water and wildlife found only on this side of the DFW Metroplex. RGAC is a place where a spirit of togetherness is cultivated among members and shared ideals are nurtured. Members here are friends – like family. Engage the entire family with concerts, holiday events, summer camps, and a wide assortment of year-round recreational programming. Here, lifelong memories are made, traditions are honored, fun is had, and stories are written. At its heart, The RGAC lifestyle is about families having the freedom to live as you have always dreamed. Take advantage of the dining, The Pub, Tennis, Pool, Fitness Center and Family Fun Zone. 2600 Champions Drive Rockwall, TX 75087 971-771-0301 STONE RIVER GOLF CLUB Let the course at Stone River Golf Club be your escape to relaxation. Their challenging yet fair test of golfing skill is presented over rolling, green acres highlighted by glistening ponds and groves of trees. Spoil your senses as you pick-up a match with a fellow golfer or instruct your children in the game you love. Stone River Golf Club caters to both the dedicated golf enthusiast and those just picking up the game of golf. Multiple tee boxes are friendly and forgiving to our novice players. Those serious about squeezing in their weekly round will be pleased to know that 3 1/2 - 4-hour rounds are not uncommon. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the relaxed atmosphere on the recently renovated back nine. For an experience you won’t soon forget, join us for a round at Stone River Golf Club. 2001 Stone River Blvd Royse City, TX 75189 972-636-2254
OASIS BEACH & TENNIS CLUB Rockwall’s premier country club. Come relax and unwind in style with your family and friends. Whether you train hard and play tough or want to enjoy a night out with some great cuisine or just hang out and watch the game, Oasis Beach & Tennis Club wants to be your family’s home away from home. Oasis Beach & Tennis Club is the home of C4 Tennis Academy, an international total developmental tennis program. C4 features world-class tennis coaches, who are experts in the cutting-edge art of tennis development. Programs will be offered for players of all levels, as well as tournament participation and travel with coaches. Oasis Beach & Tennis Club is the elite tennis club in Rockwall. There are 12 Lighted courts, 2 clay courts, Pickleball and Basketball, Leagues, Drills and Clinics. The Oasis Beach Club features a Special Events Venue with swimming pool & beach volleyball. Contact them at www.oasistennis.com or www.oasisbeachclub.com 972-772-7768
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LOCAL > SHOPPING GUIDE
By Noelle Fontes
AllSports Sporting goods store that supports local teams and organizations by providing custom uniforms and spirit wear. Specialize in creating custom t-shirts for commercial or individual purchase. allsportsusa.com 2006 S Goliad St, #212, Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 771-0600 Ava Rey Locally owned boutique carrying fashionable everyday women’s apparel, accessories and home & body care. They offer membership plans giving customers access to exclusive discounts, monthly jewelry and quarterly gifts. avareyrockwall.com 106 N. San Jancito, Rockwall, TX 75087, (214) 771-8903 Bella’s House This is a local boutique for the more mature lady that has great style and wants to look cute and put together. They carry a little bit of everything, apparel, shoes, jewelry, accessories and gifting items such as home accents and fun novelties. facebook.com/BellasHouse 4 E. Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 771-6800
LOCAL > SHOPPING GUIDE Divas & Darlings Boutique Women’s clothing shop offer sizes ranging from XS-3XL for our fashionforward ladies. Carrying trendy apparel, spirit wear, shoes, jewelry, fragrance, body care, and gifts. shopmydivas.com 19 Ridge Rd, Suite 129, Rockwall, TX 75087 (469) 769-7100 Embroidery & More of Rockwall Texas Custom personalized gifts, embroidery and screen-printing on a variety of products for spirit wear, local sports teams, businesses, and party favors. facebook.com/pages/ Embroidery-and-More 1300 E. Ralph Hall Pkwy Rockwall, TX 75032 (972) 772-0006
Enjoy Offers a wide variety of local gourmet goodies including jams, spreads, salsas, dressings, dips, pickles and candied jalapenos coffees and teas. They carry many unique items made by local artists and craftsmen. Enjoy also creates custom gift baskets for any occasion or budget. shopenjoyrockwall.com 114 N. San Jacinto St, Rockwall, TX 7508 (972) 771-5450 Groovys A trendy store with tons of styles suited for ages 14-44. They carry a range of styles and price points including name brand apparel, shoes, custom bags and sunglasses. They are also known for their gifting items popular with young women. groovys.com 5 E. Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 722-8004
Guy’s Haberdashery Men’s Upscale shop, carries fine apparel, denim, accessories and features custom made-to-measure sport coats by Reveal. You can find great men’s gifts such as watches and customer favorite Jack Black soaps, lotions and grooming products. https://www.facebook.com/GuysRockwall/ 108 N. San Jacinto St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (214) 771-3588 Hansel & Her Women, children, and baby boutique catering to women ages 35- 55. They carry shoes, accessories, bags, spirt wear, and apparel including plus sizes. They also carry little boys and girls lines including Magnetic e baby wear. facebook.com/hanselandher 218 E. Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (469) 338-5455
‘The charming shops and unique restaurants, clustering around the old City Hall, always offer pleasant strolling, but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during May through October, there are always free concerts on San Jacinto Square from 6:30 -9:00. Whether you drop by after dinner, to trip a light fantastic, or enjoy the entire concert with a picnic, it will be a special evening.’-Jane S.
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’I enjoyed a neighborhood event at the Wood Shoppe Rockwall. From building my sign to staining and painting it, the entire experience was wonderful!’ -Jo L.
Hazel & Olive A contemporary boutique with tons of styles suited for teen girls and women. They carry a range of styles including apparel, swimsuits, shoes and accessories. They are also known for their trendy novelties and gifts. hazelandolive.com 6 E. Washington St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (888) 705-6313 Kid to Kid Consignment Buy or sell gently used children’s resale, consignment items babies, toddlers and kids from gear ie: strollers, carseats, mobiles and high chairs, to clothes, shoes and toys for kids up to size 14. kidtokid.com/rockwall 2455 Ridge Rd #143, Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 722-2980
Poe & Arrows Women’s boutique featuring clothing for the urban, bohemian, free-spirited wanderluster. Known for festival-inspired, band tees, rocker clothes and flower child accessories. shoptiques.com/boutiques/poe-arrows 8 E. Rusk St, Suite A, Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 722-4850 Reign A Locally owned boutique carrying fashionable everyday women’s and men’s apparel. Along with a few candles, soaps and apothecary, they specialize in a wide range of fun, printed leggings. reigninstyleusa.com 112 N. San Jacinto St, Rockwall, TX 75032 (469) 769-1234 32 BeLocal
Serve Shop (Formerly called Hallie B’s) A women’s boutique for the Young, free-spirited, bohemian, earth lover with style. All lines carried are either ethically made, give back, handmade or send a positive message. The Serve Shop also sells and houses its own popsicle volunteer program, buy one, give one, that gives back to local organizations. hallieb.com 507 N. Goliad St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 971-4191 Simply Kate Locally owned women’s shop carries a wide variety of jewelry, trendy tops to basic bottoms, flattering dresses and fun skirts and large show selection. The popular items are the super soft graphic tees and flip flops. shopsimplykate.com 11 E. Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 922-9895 Southern Roots This boutique is known for it’s name brand apparel and shoes especially carrying every style of Birkenstock made. You will find higher price points with a higher quality product. They carry apparel shoes and accessories for children teens and adults. They’re seasonal novelties and accessories are also a selling point for this store. shopsouthernrootstx.com 9 E. Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (469) 314-1140 Steeli Bean’s Itty-Bitty Boutique Fashionable, and comfortable clothing and gifts for babies and toddlers. They carry items for baby and mommy including clothes and accessories. Known locally for being a baby boutique that carries top brand Kickee Pants. steelibeans.com 10 N. West St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (469) 264-7265 The Mint Julep Shabby chic home decor, lighting accents and gift items, they are known for their very nice and helpful staff. facebook.com/pages/ The-Mint-Julep-Rockwall 406 N. Goliad St, Rockwall, TX 75087 (469) 314-1706
LOCAL > NEIGHBORHOOD SPOT
GETHEALTHY LOCAL TIP â€˜I love living so
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PMA Debbie Weygandt, a naturopath, helps members in the Health Coaching Center to regain their health through nutrition and supplementation based on tissue analysis. Jon Weygandt, a building biologist, helps members minimize electromagnetic radiation and other environmental poisoning that decimates their health. You wonâ€™t find a store like this anywhere in the USA. Join today and see what all the talk is about!
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LOCAL > FAMILY PERSPECTIVE
Tim, Corey, Brooks, Perry and Jasper Booth
By Nancy Clark Photos by Michelle Thurgood Photography
Tim and Corey Booth both grew up in the Northeast. Tim hails from Waterloo, NY, and Corey from Williamsport, PA. Their paths crossed one Friday night in 2009 in California. Tim had moved to Marin County as a professional lacrosse player but also owns his own business, Booth LacrosseTM, founded in 2003, to share his award-winning skills and learning of the sport with the next generation of players. A job transfer with a company (that was later acquired by Intuit) brought Corey to the same area. After a nice dinner out, Corey and a friend stopped in a bar that was known to be a hang-out for Janis Joplin. It was there she met Tim and they have been together ever since. In 2012, Corey and Tim bought a small home in Vallejo California. Soon Brooks came along and they knew they needed—and wanted—more space. But everything was put on hold when Brooks was just 8 weeks old. Corey was diagnosed with cancer. Corey saw several doctors and was 34 BeLocal
encouraged to do traditional forms of treatment. Corey was uncomfortable with the choices until she found a doctor who could help her with some non-traditional and organic methods to treat her cancer. She immediately felt at peace with the approach and today is cancer-free. 2020
LOCAL > FAMILY PERSPECTIVE
Daughter, Perry, was born in 2016—literally in happy, a nod to her middle name, Asher, which the Booths’ home in Vallejo. Corey went THE BOOTH FAMILY’S means joy. Perry attends Galaxy Ranch into labor unexpectedly and could not Private School. Both Brooks and Perry ROCKWALL FAVORITES make it to the hospital in San Franadore baby brother Jasper. After all, Favorite Restaurant: Zanata cisco in time for the delivery. Tim at age 7, Brooks has been praying Favorite Breakfast: Book Club Café – Blueberry took over and delivered his own for a brother for 10 years! pancakes and Chai Latte daughter into the world. With Favorite Pre-school: Galaxy Ranch Private School two kids living in a small home Tim and Corey are busy parents Favorite Music School: Rockwall School of Music in California, an area that didn’t of three but they are also entreFavorite Nail Salon: Blizz Nail Bar always align with the Booths’ preneurs. They founded Brooks Favorite Auto Shop: Horizon Auto Center family values, the desire to move Sports Group (BSG), a non-profit Favorite Dog Groomer: Toni’s Dog Grooming became a priority. organization that organizes Favorite Pet Veterinarian: Pet Doctor lacrosse tournaments in California Favorite Car Wash: Speedy Bee Express Wish Favorite Grocery Store: Get Healthy Corey had considered Texas and the and Texas. Tim is also founder of Favorite Chiropractor: Dallas area earlier and Tim was familGaamer.io, a subscription-based webT3 Family Chiropractic iar with the Dallas area through some site providing online training and drills of his work relationships. It took two years for players and coaches for a multitude of and several visits before they found the perfect sports. Corey is a realtor with Regal Realtors. lot in Rockwall. They decided on a builder, Our Country They are also the owners of Piper Creek Homes which Homes, and moved into their new home in High Point buys, renovates and sells high-end homes in the Dallas area. Lake Estates on December 26, 2017. Following Sunday service at Encounter Church Rockwall, the family Corey and Tim love living in Rockwall and being part of will often frequent the Book Club Café for the family favorite, the American values that are the fabric of our commublueberry pancakes, or The Fatted Cow for its chicken and waffles. nity. They are looking forward to raising their growing Other Rockwall favorites are Zanata and Bin 303 for a special family (Jasper was born in March 2019) in Rockwall occasion or date night. where the kids can ride their bikes and play safely outside. Their house sits on a cul-de-sac that is peaceful, The Booth family story is not complete without their four fur-babies: and while only about 15 minutes from the downtown Bailey is a Lhasa Apso and has been at Corey’s side for 15 years. Rockwall Square, its one-acre lot with a pond in the Tootsie is a 12-year-old rescued teacup dachshund; Bear is also a back makes it feel like country. A pool was a must for rescue and a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix; finally, there is Mabel, a the Booths, and both Brooks and Perry have taken to lab mix the Booth’s adopted from Rockwall Animal Adoption Center swimming like fish in water, perhaps a characteristic inwhen she was just about 6 weeks old and found on the side of the herited from Corey who swam competitively for 17 years. road with a broken leg. Brooks is in 1st grade at Springer Elementary School, loves math, and not surprisingly, plays lacrosse for Rockwall’s youth program. He is also taking drum lessons at Rockwall School of Music. Perry is always 2020
Rockwall is a growing community with small-town values, values that support the Booth’s own blueprint for raising a family, with opportunities to lead a successful and meaningful life.
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Y By Jennifer Rumbo Drake-Rockwall County Historical Foundation
Small hints of our rich history are alive and well throughout Rockwall County! In 1852, Benjamin Boydstun, Terry Utley Wade, and William Clay Stevenson began digging in the rich blackland soil in need of a water well for his farmstead. Those local leaders discovered a unique â€œrock wallâ€? formation that resembled perfectly stacked rocks that has been documented throughout the county. This led to the town being named Rockwall in 1854, and subsequently the county in 1873. The discovery is located Discovery of the Rock Wall circa 1852
on private property; however, pieces of the structure are displayed at the Rockwall County Historical Foundation museum and in front of the Rockwall County Downtown Historic Courthouse!
Lake Ray Hubbard filling up
Original Sandstone Courthouse
nfortunately, the courthouse you see downtown is not the original structure. There was a beautiful courthouse made of native sandstone erected in 1892 for only $25,000! Many couples sought out to get married in such a remarkable place, however, due to deteriorating stones and mortar, it had to be razed in 1938. The current Historic Art Deco Courthouse was designed by Wichita Falls Architects Voelcker and Dixon and dedicated in 1941. At the time, there were several of the same design built throughout Texas with state funds, but it’s still quite unique and special to the downtown landscape.
Young Ralph Hall in WWII
Passing through town, we currently see “Highway 66” which used to be Bankhead Highway #1. In 1919, the 870-mile stretch went through Texarkana continuing to Mount Pleasant, traveling through Sulphur Springs, on to Greenville and through Royse City, Rockwall, downtown Rowlett, Garland, White Rock Lake, Dallas by the Old Red Courthouse, and making its way to El Paso! Automobile travel was becoming popular and many one-room lodging facilities popped up. Businesses and gas stations flourished as did our very own Bankhead Filling Station. If you look into the Lake Ray Hubbard waters today, you will see remnants of the old Bankhead. Congressman Ralph M. Hall, Rockwall native and one of our most famous Rockwallians, was elected 17 times to Congress, one of the last veterans of World War II on Capitol Hill, and the oldest person in history to serve and cast a vote in the U.S. House. As a young man, it has been said that he pumped gas for a man and woman whom he later identified as Bonnie and Clyde. He passed in Rockwall in 2019 at the age of 95. Congressman Ralph Hall
Current Courthouse Construction of Lake Ray Hubbard
LOCAL > HISTORY
Between 1959 and 1970, the city of Dallas acquired over 27,000 acres of land to create Lake Ray Hubbard and widen the Interstate Highway 30 crossing. The namesake derived from Ray Hubbard who presided over the Dallas Parks and Recreation System for 25 years. It has been 50 years since the landscape between Rockwall and Dallas county changed with this addition. We have sailing, regattas, concerts by the lake, and so much more! The lakeside living lifestyle is just another part of what makes Rockwall so wonderful!
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Bankhead Filling Station
Model T travelling on Bankhead Highway
Bankhead Highway Dedication
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CLUB RECREATIONAL &
ATHLETICS DALLAS TIGERS-EAST Since 1993, the Dallas Tigers have won 15 National Championships, 22 Tiger Alumni have been selected for U.S. National Teams, and over 150 Tigers have gone on to play Division I College Baseball. and 26 Tiger Alumni have been drafted to the Major Leagues. This club is about developing players and preparing them for the next level whether that is college baseball or pro. Players under 9 through 17 years of age are eligible to try out. Â Private tryouts are available. Contact Chris Ethridge 214-600-9847 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org LAKE POINTE SPORTS Lake Pointe Sports offers children ages 4 through 8th grade the opportunity to participate in recreational sports leagues in a non-threatening and fun environment. An outreach ministry of Lake Pointe Church of Rockwall, Texas, the main purpose of LP Sports is to utilize sports as a tool to share the Gospel of Christ with players and their families as well as to encourage all participants to take the next step on their spiritual journey. Soccer, flag football, baseball, T-ball and basketball are offered at Lake Pointe Sports. Call 469.698.2248 or email sports@ lakepointe.org for further information.
LOCAL > YOUTH SPORTS
ROCKWALL AQUATIC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE The RACE Swim Team was established in 2009 and has over 400 swimmers and counting! They are structured to accommodate swimmers from beginners to the elite level, ages 5 to 18. RACE is a member of USA Swimming (usaswimming.org) and they are a Rockwall ISD program. The RACE staff; 11 coaches with over 100 years of experience, focuses on teaching FUNdamentals of swimming while training to achieve peak fitness for all ages and ability levels. Their development groups work almost exclusively on technique. As swimmers progress, they are introduced to aerobic training, race strategy, and goal-setting. At the highest level, they are committed to proper technique while competing at state and national level competitions. Contact Information: 469-698-7410 ROCKWALL BASEBALL & SOFTBALL LEAGUE Welcome to the RBSL (Rockwall Baseball & Softball League). They strive to provide a high-quality environment for young athletes to learn and play the game of baseball/softball. The RBSL operates a spring, summer, and fall season. Our league is designed to accommodate players of all skill levels. www.playrockwall.com/rbsl/ ROCKWALL INDOOR SPORTS EXPO (RISE) Youth & Adult Soccer, Futsal, RISE Rookies, Lil’ Kickers, Placement Clinics. Offering soccer opportunities from 18 months of age through adult, RISE is where soccer lives and never gets rained out! www.riserockwall.com, 972-772-9061 ROCKWALL MUSTANGS TRACK CLUB Rockwall Mustangs Track Club is a private youth fitness organization with an emphasis on track and field. We are embarking on our 15th summer track season! The team participates in all events that are offered in the US Olympic program if we have interests. This includes racewalking, throws, jumps, sprints and distances. Experienced coaches direct in each of these track and field disciplines. Cross-country meets are scheduled in the fall. All coaches go through background screening and are required to complete the USATF Safesport program. Contact Coach Christopher Balanciere at 214-208-6696 or email@example.com
LOCAL TIP ’My daughter has progressed greatly since starting voice lessons at Rockwall School of Music. Because she has such a strong passion for singing, I realized how important it was to find a qualified music program that would teach her proper voice technique. They have exceeded my
ROCKWALL YOUTH COMMUNITY ATHLETICS HAWKS YOUTH SPORTS The RYCA and HYS are a united organization that will strive to provide the highest level of community athletics. With representatives from both Rockwall and Heath now equally represented at all levels, they hope to continue to grow and be the premier youth football and cheerleading program. www.rycayouthsports.com ROYSE CITY YOUTH BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Information at www.roysecity.com/parks-recreation/ ROYSE CITY YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUE RCYSDL is a premiere sports league that provides football and cheer to children starting in pre-K through 6th grade. Our coaches focus on teaching the fundamentals of both sports. All registered players and cheerleaders learn the importance of teamwork and safety while having fun. RCYSDL has a proud reputation of having the “best fans in the stands” and believes in enforcing respectful attitude and behavior on our athletes, both on the field and off. RCYSDL offers a few different programs for both football and cheer. This allows our parents to pick what best fits their child and family’s needs. firstname.lastname@example.org J.E.R CHILTON YMCA AT ROCKWALL The Y is a cause-driven organization and we focus our work in three key areas: Youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Nurturing the potential of kids, helping people lead healthier lives, and supporting our neighbors are fundamental to strengthening our communities. The Youth Sports philosophy is to allow kids to participate in a non-competitive program with an emphasis on fun, development of character, and fair play. We believe our youth sports programs help families and individuals grow personally, clarify values, improve relationships, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and most of all, have fun! YMCA coaches lead players through drills and games that build skills, develop coordination and enhance a love of the game. We make sure everyone participates and we emphasize the development of character. T-Ball, baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, volleyball are available throughout the year. They also have a workout facility and offers individual and family memberships. At the Y, everyone is a winner! www.ymcadallas.org/locations/jerchiltonymca, 972-772-9622
expectations in every way!’ -Erica C.
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PLAYHOUSE Rockwall Community Playhouse is a dedicated community theatre producing seven shows each season in an intimate, 84 seat facility just east of downtown Rockwall, Texas. You’ll find drama, comedy, musicals plus they offer programs for children and teens. They invite you to browse through their site for more information and get out to a performance or audition soon! Watch the RCP Video located on the Capital Campaign page, under the MORE INFO tab, and see how important your support is! Rockwall Children’s Playhouse (RCP) at Rockwall Community Playhouse (RCP) RCP at RCP After School Academy believes the future of community theater depends on identifying, nurturing and developing the talents of children. No matter what future endeavors children pursue, experience onstage prepares them for confident communication before a wide range of audiences. This tuition-based program has evolved to being offered twice a year.
LOCAL TIP ‘I love playing virtual reality games, bowling and hiding from my parents at Shenaniganz!’-Jakob S.
Daddy Warbucks and his staff welcoming Annie to his mansion for the holiday season. Photo by Mary Batcheffor
Contact Information 609 E Rusk St, Rockwall, TX 75087 | www.rockwallcommunityplayhouse.org | 972-772-3399 40 BeLocal
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WORSHIP ANGLICAN St. Benedict’s Anglican Church (214) 600-0779 511 E. Boydstun Ave., Rockwall
CATHOLIC Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (972) 771-6671 1305 Damascus Rd., Rockwall
Transformation Anglican Church (972) 772-5525 701 Kensington Dr., Rockwall
St. Matthias Catholic Church (972)771-1378 116 Kenway St., Rockwall
ASSEMBLY OF GOD Piedra Angular (972) 722-9743 418 Bourn St., Rockwall
CHRISTIAN LIFE Church of Prayer Christian Fellowship (972) 772-4411 3023 I-30 East, Ste 100, Rockwall
The Lakes Assembly (972) 722-0000 901 Williams Street, Rockwall
First Christian Church (972) 771-5740 3375 Ridge Rd., Rockwall
BAPTIST Bethel Baptist Church (972) 771-2414 520 E. Washington St., Rockwall
CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ North Svc. Rd. (972) 722-3919 1405 E. IH 30, Rockwall
First Baptist Church of Fate (972) 771-6215 813 W. Holiday, Rockwall
East Ridge Church of Christ (972) Praying 670 Stodghill Rd., Rockwall
First Baptist Church-Rockwall (972) 771-8459 610 Goliad St., Rockwall
EPISCOPAL Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (972) 771-8242 1524 Smirl Dr., Rockwall
Lake Pointe Church (469) 698-2200 701 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall New Caldonia Baptist Church (972) 771-5373 301 E. Bourn St., Rockwall
LATTER DAY SAINTS Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (972) 961-0471 6819 S. FM 549, Rockwall
LOCAL TIP ‘The RISE Club League is the Best basketball experience we’ve had in 9 years at the RISE. It’s by far the best program the RISE has put in place. I speak from 9 years of coaching youth sports and having 6 athletic children. Keep up the Great work!’ -Preston N.
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LUTHERAN Divine Peace-Rockwall (209) 304-5916 305 S. Fannin Street, Rockwall Joy Lutheran Church (214) 716-7539 302 N. Goliad St., Rockwall Our Savior Lutheran Church (972) 771-8118 3003 Horizon Rd., Rockwall METHODIST First United Methodist Church (972) 771-5500 1200 Yellow Jacket Ln., Rockwall Rockwall Free Methodist Church (972) 722-4192 35 Dalton Rd., Rockwall NON-DENOMINATIONAL Church Of His Glory (972) 772-5544 1995 FM 549, Rockwall Cornerstone Community Church (214) 771-4140 1950 Alpha Dr., Ste 400, Rockwall
Encounter Fellowship (469)-338-2811 3023 Interstate 30, Ste 1400, Rockwall
Dayspring Discipleship Inst. (972) 772-1905 505 E. Boydstun St., Rockwall
Great Faith Church (972) 207-7753 2304 Ridge Rd., Rockwall
Grace Bible Church (940) 595-2335 1251 S. State Hwy 205, Rockwall
Lakeshore Church (972) 771-1942 5575 S. Hwy 205, Rockwall
Holy Trinity Church (972) 772-6046 1524 Smirl Dr., Rockwall
Life Spring Church (972) 635-2394 6621 W. Interstate 30, Rockwall
Open Door Ministry (972) 722-5633 418 E. Bourn St., Rockwall
REACH: Rockwall (714) 342-2538 316 S. Goliad, Ste 207, Rockwall
Trinity Fellowship (214) 232-0198 118 Kenway St., Rockwall
Ridgeview Church (972) 771-2661 1362 E. FM 552, Rockwall
PENTECOSTAL Landmark Fellowship Church (972) 961-4960 1545 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall
OTHER Bridge Church (972) 722-5777 2051 Trail Gin, Rockwall Church of the Living Word (972) 722-9387 FM 551, Rockwall
PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church (972) 771-702 602 White ills Dr., Rockwall Rockwall Presbyterian Church (972) 772-8208 306 E. Rusk St., Rockwall
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HEART OF HEATH 5K & 1-MILE FAMILY RUN Held on Easter Saturday each year, the Heart of Heath 5K was established in 1994 by a group of dedicated volunteers to help raise funds for the construction of Towne Center Park, located behind Heath City Hall. Today, Towne Center Park is the “heart” of all City events, and this gathering has been expanded to include fitness FUN for the whole family including a new one-mile family run, life-size checkers, chess and other games, and complimentary healthy treats. www.heathtx.com/living-in-heath/special-events/ FAMILY FUN FRIDAY’S Energize your weekend at a neighborhood park, parks alternate monthly. Bring the family out for fun themed evenings, held monthly April-September. Kids can bounce in inflatables, families will team up in group games, and food trucks will be on site. The fun begins at 6 pm! The feature film will start at dusk. www.playrockwall.com/family-fun-friday/ MUSIC ON MAIN STREET Friday nights from April through August head to downtown Royse City for a family friendly night of live music! Local musicians play from 7-9pm. Bring your chairs or a blanket and enjoy! www.roysecity.com/events/
FOUNDERS’ DAY FESTIVAL Held annually in May, Rockwall’s Founder’s Day Festival celebrates the history and future of Rockwall. There are vendors, food and live music from well-known artists during the day. www.playrockwall.com/founders-day-festival-2/ SAN JACINTO MUSIC SERIES Celebrate summer! Spend an evening in Downtown Rockwall’s newest public space, San Jacinto Plaza. Live music Thursday – Saturday evenings May through October from 6:30PM to 9:00PM. Café style tables and chairs as well as seat walls fill the space. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, food and beverages. ROCKWALL FARMERS MARKET Rockwall Farmers Market is a Saturday morning staple! It has become one of the area’s most popular destinations for locals to purchase fresh produce and specialty foods such as grass-fed meats, fresh baked artisans breads, farm eggs, seafood, honey, jams, pasta, tamales to name just a few. The seasonal market is open Saturday mornings from the beginning of May until the end of September, 8:00 am until noon. You can find the market located on the Historic Downtown Square. They are dog and pet friendly. www.rockwallfarmersmarket.org CONCERT BY THE LAKE Thursday nights are for free, live music. Running from May-August every Thursday night, Concert By The Lake provides an opportunity for fans of live music to be immersed in various local bands from 7:30-9pm. www.playrockwall.com/concert-by-the-lake/
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JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOW & LIVE MUSIC Held annually on the 4th of July, the fireworks show at Harry Myers Park is free and there is live music and food vendors. Bring chairs or a blanket and a picnic basket, sit back and enjoy the show! www.playrockwall.com/july-4th-fireworks-show-live-music/ CELEBRATE FATE Held annually in September, Celebrate Fate is a day dedicated to the community. Live music, kids’ activities including free bounce houses and games, craft shopping and a Bike Derby. The bike derby precedes the Celebrate Fate activities and is a fun and educational community bike ride around Robert Smith Family Park. For those who do not have a bike helmet, riders can be fitted for a free helmet while supplies last. www.cityoffate.com/celebratefate
ROCKWALL FISHING DERBY Grab your tackle box and get ready for some fishing! The pond at Harry Myers Park West is stocked with catfish ready to bite. See what you can reel in and register to win medals in the heaviest, longest, or most fish in your age group. Bring your own bait, any type of bait is allowed. Held in the spring and in November annually.
After every market, enjoy a free concert with live music. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and market goodies! A NEW Hometown Tradition!
ROCKWALL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Celebrate the Holiday season on the lawn at Rockwall City Hall. Create ornaments and holiday decorations for your home while you drink hot chocolate and devour holiday cookies. The atmosphere will be full of live holiday music as Jolly Ole St. Nick drops by to listen to your children’s Christmas wishes. Bring your camera for a memorable picture with Santa! Held the first week of December annually. www.playrockwall.com/christmas-tree-lighting/
RIB RUB RUN & ROLL An all-day event, usually held in early October annually, the Rib Rub Run & Roll is a family friendly event that includes a 10k/5k/1-mile fun run, live music and a barbecue cook-off. Run a race or just bring a chair and taste the wonderful foods and take in the live music. www.playrockwall.com/rib-rub-run-roll/
BeLocal is pleased to partner with Planet Rockwall to provide you with the most relevant events going on in Rockwall and Heath. Visit www.planetrockwall.com for the latest in what is going on around town.
HEATH FARMERS MARKET The Farmers Market in Heath, presented by Heath Golf and Yacht Club and Whittle Development, Inc., will run September through late November; 2-6 pm in Town Center Park. Shop locally grown produce, food, hand-crafted goods, and a picture-perfect pumpkin patch. FREE CONCERT | 6 PM
TRICK OR TREAT ON MAIN STREET Each year, on the Wednesday evening prior to Halloween, Royse City’s Main Street is blocked from 6-8pm. Trick-or-Treaters are invited to come enjoy the games, candy, inflatables, and many special treats! www.roysecity.com/events/
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