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Votes 'BEST PATIO' in Living Magazine

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 2, 2016) Dodie’s Cajun Diner at The Harbor is thrilled to announce that thanks to your votes, Rockwall’s favorite dining destination has been named “BEST PATIO” in Lakeside Living’s 2016 Readers Choice Contest.

Rain or shine, Dodie’s covered patio overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard is the perfect place to soak up the scenery while enjoying cold beer and cocktails, signature appetizers, chef-inspired entrees, and live music from the Harbor Amphitheater.

“From sailboat races and spectacular sunsets to Concerts by the Lake and now Pokemon GO players, our patio is the go-to spot at The Harbor,” said Dan Keils, Dodie’s General Manager. “Come by and enjoy some good food and good times with a lakeside view.”

Whether you’re with a large group or prefer a more intimate booth setting, you can also bring your party indoors to enjoy in a lively atmosphere reminiscent of the French Quarter of New Orleans.  Take a seat at the bar or in the main dining room and catch the sports action on any of the seven big screen TVs.

Some of Dodie’s most popular dishes include Oysters Dodie, Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Étouffée, Louisiana Pot Roast, Redfish Nola, Cajun Fish Tacos, Fresh Atlantic Salmon, Alaskan King Crab, Blackened Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Mac & Cheese, Fried Catfish and Pasta Monica with Blackened Chicken, Shrimp or Crawfish – not to mention Dodie’s famous Po Boys and Salads. Weekend brunch specials are served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and include favorites like Crab Cake Benedict, Cajun Scramble, Chocolate and Cinnamon French Toast, and Chicken and Waffles. Brunch time drink specials include Bloody Mary’s, Tequila Sunrises and Mimosas for $3.

Join Dodie’s on Wednesday nights, 5pm to close, and take part in the Wednesday Night Crab Special—1 pound of crab, ½ pound of shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage plus a bucket of 5 domestic beers… all for $39.99!

Reservations are accepted at 972-771-0004 or visit dodiesrockwall.com. Follow Dodie's on Facebook to stay up to date on new specials, events, and Rockwall news.

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Names 'Best Orthodontist' by Living Magazine

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug 1, 2016) Dr. Bart Miller and the staff at Rockwall Crossing Orthodontics wish to thank their patients, friends, family and the community for voting them BEST ORTHODONTIST in Living Magazine’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards.

The practice is located inside Rockwall’s refurbished Missouri-Kansas-Texas train station, situated one block south of the post office.  The “Katy” green building at 711 S. Goliad St. has been designated as a historic landmark by the Rockwall County Historical Foundation.

Patients all ages are treated to friendly, old-fashioned service combined with the latest in orthodontic care.

“The best part about being in the orthodontic business is getting to know the people in the community, while helping them achieve beautiful, healthy smiles,” Dr. Bart said. “Since the average treatment time for full braces is two years, I get to see children and their parents on a regular basis, and over time, we develop real friendships. It’s like family. That’s the kind of history that’s really special.”

Bart was born and raised in Rockwall, graduating from Rockwall High in 1986. He attended Northwestern University and graduated from Rice University in 1990 – majoring in Spanish “because I enjoyed it,” he said.

Like his father, Dr. Frank Miller, Bart joined the U.S. Navy. He was commissioned as Surface Warefare Officer, accepted into the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program, and served on board the guided-missile cruiser, USS Truxtun, stationed in Washington state. Following his service, he started dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, completing his residency at Baylor College of Dentistry.

“At one point I thought about being a veterinarian,” Dr. Bart said. “I was in ROTC, I had my pre-med stuff done, and I went into nuclear propulsion. But I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I talked to a lot of people, and nobody ever really jumped up and down about what they did. I realized my dad LOVED what he did – and it looked more and more appealing to me.”

Dr. Bart has been practicing at Rockwall Crossing Orthodontics for the past 13 years. He credits his wife for encouraging him to pursue a career in orthodontics.

“Just do it,” she told me. “I love my wife. She’s the reason for all my success,” he smiled. Dr. Bart and Sandi have been married 23 years and have three children – Wyatt, Grant, and Josie.

Dr. Bart has served on the board of the Rockwall Family YMCA, the RISD Education Foundation, and the Rotary Club. He was even recognized as the Rockwall YMCA’s 2012 Father of the Year, an honor he says comes from being raised by great parents.

For a free consultation or to schedule an appointment, call 972-771-1117, visit RockwallCrossingOrthodontics.com, or drop by the dental depot to say hello and experience a bit of Rockwall history.

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Multiple "Best Of" awards by Living Magazine

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 1, 2016) The J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall is honored to have earned not one but four “BEST OF” awards, thanks to many votes of confidence from our community.

“We couldn’t be more excited that readers of Living Magazine voted us the Best Health Club/Gym, Best Yoga Studio, Best Pilates Class, and Best Camp for Kids!” said Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle. “As our members know, we are so much more than a gym; we are a community center, and we are family. Thanks to everyone who voted and helped make this recognition possible.”

The Rockwall Y’s newly renovated facility features a 12,000 sq. ft. addition, which includes a 6,000 sq. ft. cardio and free-weights workout area with state-of-the-art equipment, spacious locker rooms and showers, and a large Welcome Center and lobby. There is also a gymnasium and aerobics room, and brand new cycling studio. The expanded child watch area allows parents the convenience of working out while their children are cared for. The Y’s multipurpose room serves as a place for Board meetings, community functions and senior luncheons.

As remarkable as the facility is, Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle is quick to point out that the building is just a tool to fulfill the mission of the Y: to put Christian values into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Financial aid and scholarships are available to help ensure that no one is turned away from participating in Y programs due to inability to pay.

From group exercise classes and personal training to water fitness and swim lessons in the indoor pool, the JER Chilton YMCA offers health and wellness activities for all ages and abilities. Group exercise classes are included with membership, and participants enjoy a beautiful view of the YMCA grounds, thanks to the installation of a large window in the Group Exercise Room.

The Y’s youth sports programs include flag football, cheerleading, volleyball, baseball, T-ball, soccer, and basketball. Dedicated coaches help young athletes improve their skills, while being the best they can be off the field as well. Each child gets a chance to play in a safe, fun and exciting environment encouraging fair play, a positive atmosphere and family involvement. Best of all, there are no tryouts so all kids are welcome to play.

Teen programming includes a statewide, civic engagement program known as Youth & Government, giving high school and middle school students hands-on experience in the mechanics of the state legislative and judicial process.

Aquatics programs include everything from the Riptides competitive swim team to Family Swim, Senior Splash, LapSwim and AquaZumba. Plus, swim lessons are available for all ages; and the indoor pool is a great place to celebrate a private birthday party or other special occasion.

Summer camps, Angel Camp for children with special needs, and the Adventure Guides programs for fathers and their children are just some of the additional programs available through the Y that help nurture youth, build bonds, and strengthen families and the community.

Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle’s door is always open, and she invites everyone in the community to stop by, take a tour, ask questions, and get involved. To learn more, call 972-772-9622 or got to jerchiltonymca.org. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow the JER Chilton YMCA on Facebook and Twitter (@YMCARockwall).

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Mathnasium of Rockwall-Heath

(ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – August 1, 2016) Mathnasium of Rockwall-Heath is honored to have been voted ‘Best Tutoring Center’ in Living Magazine’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards. Owners Bob and Becky Barnes thank the community for its support.

When Bob and Becky first opened the Mathnasium franchise in Rockwall nearly six years ago, they never imagined the overwhelmingly positive impact the learning center would have on local children in terms of excelling in math. They soon outgrew their original space and last year relocated to a larger facility at the intersection of Goliad Street and Ralph Hall Parkway.

“I think Becky and I both agree that this has been the single most rewarding thing that we have ever done in our 30 years being in business together,” said Bob, who holds a Master’s degree in Education and taught sixth grade straight out of college. Becky also has a lengthy teaching history and taught for over 20 years prior to opening Mathnasium.

Becky said that the passion for teaching that she and her husband share helps them develop close bonds with their students, and their almost ministerial-type approach to helping kids learn math has led to a lot of success for Mathnasium and its students.

“It is so rewarding to watch these students progress as they increase their mathematical understanding, which in turn increases their confidence in their abilities,” Becky said. “When they begin to connect the dots, they actually come to enjoy math.”

So just what is the Mathnasium Method, and how has it become so effective at helping kids excel?

According to Bob, it all has to do with explaining math in such a way that kids can grasp the concept. Since adults are much more adept at thinking abstractly than children, helping them to understand math – an often complex and abstract subject – is all about explaining it in such a way that a child’s mind can comprehend it.

 “It starts to make sense when you explain to them how and why Math works,” Bob said. “One of the things that’s really important to Mathnasium, to us and to kids is that they develop what we call Number Sense: the ability to look at numbers, take them apart and put them together in a variety of ways. We want them to think of numbers as building blocks to things that they need to do.”

Bob and Becky said they fully support the Rockwall ISD and its incredibly hardworking teachers. They can also appreciate the difficulties that can come with teaching in the typical classroom environment.

“At Mathnasium, we have the luxury of spending an hour of one-on-one time with each student, which can be difficult to achieve in classrooms where teachers must work within time constraints and thus may not be able to spend as much individual time as they would like with their students,” Becky said.

“Whenever I sit down with someone and they are clueless about what they’re working on, we talk about it and work through it together,” Becky said.  ”The light bulb comes on and they say, ‘I get it!’  I get chills every time I think about it, because they went from a complete lack of understanding about what to do, to understanding what they’ve done, and being able to apply it to something else.  Now, that’s exciting.”

For more information, visit mathnasium.com/rockwall-heath or call 972-722-6000.

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Rockwall Art League Art Show

Call for Entries open through Sept. 20

(ROCKWALL, TX – July 25, 2016) Save the date as the Rockwall Art League plans its 16th Annual Fine Art Show on Oct. 14-16 at Rockwall Rotary Hall, 408 S. Goliad St.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Show hours will be Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 with an Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.

The call for entries is open until Sept. 20, 2016. Seven categories are eligible for entry: Oil; Acrylic; Water Media: watercolor, gouache; Photography, Drawing: graphite, pastel, pen and ink, colored pencil, charcoal, watercolor pencil; 3-dimensional sculpture (no jewelry); and Mixed media. Entry fee for members is $15 per painting or three paintings for $35; entry fee for non-members is $20 per painting or three paintings for $47. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: $200 for first place; $100 for second place; as well as $500 for Best of Show. Each artist may enter a total of three pieces.

Take-in for entries at the Rockwall Rotary Club building, 408 S. Goliad St., will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Judging will be the morning of Oct. 14 before the show opens. Artists must pick up artwork from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16.

For guidelines, entry forms and to learn more, visit rockwallartleague.org or email ral2016fallshow@gmail.com with questions. 

 

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14 oz Bone-in Pork Chop

(DALLAS, TX – July 25, 2016) Reservations are open for the 19th Annual DFW Restaurant Week – and Table 13, one of Addison’s most unique fine dining and entertainment venues, is among the participants.

Located at Belt Line and Inwood Road, Table 13 offers vintage-inspired food, beverage, and service in a distinctive, upscale atmosphere reminiscent of the early 1960s. Voted “Favorite Place To Be Seen,” “Favorite Happy Hour,” “Best Place to See Live Music,” “Best Martini,” and “Favorite Place for a First Date” in Addison Magazine’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards, Table 13 is home to some of Dallas’ most notable, showroom-style performers, including Hunter Sullivan, Goga Denisov, Henry Munoz, and Marc Toussaint.

During Restaurant Week, Aug. 15-21and extending all the way through Sept. 4 – Table 13 will offer a special three course prix fixe dinner menu for $45, as well as the popular Cadillac Lunch Experience, featuring two-course lunch options for $20 (tax and gratuity separate). Table 13 is also one of a few select restaurants participating in “Preview Weekend” Aug. 12-14. Twenty percent of every meal will go to support the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County, helping local children and families in need. That’s $5 for every Table 13 Restaurant Week lunch, and $7 for every Table 13 Restaurant Week dinner!

“This is our third year to participate in DFW Restaurant Week, and we’re excited to see so much interest from our regular patrons as well as folks who want to experience Table 13 for the first time,” said Mike McRae, who co-owns Table 13 along with longtime business partner Gabe Nicolella. “Due to popular demand, we’re even opening on Sundays when the restaurant is usually closed, to accommodate our Restaurant Week diners. It’s a terrific way to enjoy an exceptional dining experience while giving back to our community.”

Dinner guests may start with a Table 13 House Salad, Caesar Salad, Tomato Soup, or Lobster Bisque. Second course selections include an 8-oz. Filet with Maitre D’ Butter, Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus; Herb and Potato Flake Crusted Sea Bass with Leek Fondue; a 28-oz. Double Bone Hand Cut Pork Chop, cured in-house and served with Braised Red Cabbage and House Made Applesauce; or Lemon Caper Chicken, pan-seared with sautéed Heirloom Tomatoes and Artichokes, Mashed Potatoes and Lemon Caper Butter. For dessert, enjoy a delicious duo of Kahlua Cake and Mocha Mousse.

Lunch guests will begin with a Petite Table 13 House Salad, Petite Caesar Salad, or Tomato Soup.  Second course options include the Wellington Burger with Cut Fries; Shrimp Scampi; Lemon Caper Chicken; Salmon Meuniere; or a 14-oz. Bone-in Pork Chop. 

As if that’s not enough to tempt your taste buds, Table 13 is also offering a FREE additional dinner course if you spend $25 at a local Central Market and request a “Central Market Fourth Course Certificate. “ Fourth course options include Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Horseradish Cream sauce, or Chili-Dusted Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with Bleu Cheese.

View the entire Table 13 DFW Restaurant Week menu at: table13addison.com/restaurant-week-2016/.

Make your reservations today at Table13.com or call 972-789-9558. Be sure to mention that your reservation is for DFW Restaurant Week.

DFW Restaurant Week, presented by Your MetroplexCadillac Dealers, is a CBS RADIO DFW event. It is also proudly sponsored by Texas Beef Council, Central Market, Oak Farms Dairy, OpenTable, Sysco, FreshPoint, American Institute of Wine & Food, D Magazine, and The Star-Telegram.

For more information on DFW Restaurant Week 2016, visit DFWRestaurantWeek.com or the new website, www.DFWRW365.com. Follow DFW Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #DFWRW #DFWRW365

 

Table 13 Addison

(P) 972-789-9558

Table13Addison.com

4812 Belt Line Road

Addison, Texas 75254

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J.E.R. Chilton YMCA Father of the Year Bill Migneault Jr.

Even as summer activities continue at J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall, preparations are underway for fall. Day camps, swim lessons and group exercise classes continue as registration opens for fall sports and Adventure Guides.

Free Eye Exams

Carter Eye Center will be giving free eye exams at J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall July 20th from 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m. Call the Welcome Center at 972-772-9622 for more information.

Father of the Year Presentation

J.E.R. Chilton YMCA Father of the Year Bill Migneault Jr., was honored at a recent YMCA board meeting. Board Chair Brett Packer presented him with the award. He was nominated by his wife, Tara.

Each year, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas celebrates the anniversary of Father's Day by honoring local Dads as the YMCA Fathers of the Year. These Dads are honored at their local branches along with an association-wide evening celebration of family fun. 

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas established the "Father of the Year" award to recognize the significant impact fathers make in the lives of their children. Each year, the Dallas YMCAs accept nominations from family members in each local community who wish to honor a father with this special award. Each local YMCA chooses a "Father of the Year" from their community.

"Every year we receive so many outstanding nominations for this award," said Gordon Echtenkamp, President/CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.  "Narrowing the field is always a difficult task, yet we realize what wonderful and positive parenting is happening on a daily basis in our community."

Dodie’s donates over $5,000 to YMCA’s Angel Camp

Staff and families of the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall gathered at Dodie's Cajun Diner at The Harbor June 24th, where the restaurant's co-owners, Mike McRae and Gabe Nicolella, along with General Manger Dan Keils, presented a $5,400 check to the Y's Angel Camp program.

Each year, Dodie's donates proceeds from its Annual Crawfish Festival to Angel Camp, which provides day camp experiences like sailing, swimming, archery, riflery, horseback riding, and field trips to youth ages 5 to 18 with special needs. This year's Crawfish Fest, held in April, drew a sell-out crowd of 300 people and dished out more than 2,300 pounds of mudbugs. In addition to all-you-can-eat crawfish, Dodie's served up corn, potatoes, jambalaya, red beans and rice - accompanied by the live music of Kenny and the Kasuals. Raffle drawings helped raised additional funds.

"It's mudbugs and music for a really good cause," said McRae, who introduced the Crawfish Fest in 2013 as a way to celebrate crawfish season while supporting the local community. The Crawfish Fest has benefited Angel Camp for the past three years.

To learn more about J.E.R. Chilton's Angel Camp, contact Bonnie LaVielle, Executive Director, or Angel Camp Director Melissa Cotner at 972-772-9622.

Y Rock Triathlon

Over 100 triathletes of all skill levels took part in Rockwall's newest triathlon known as the Y ROCK (formerly Dirty Rock) Sprint Triathlon 2016, produced by PlayTri Racing and hosted by the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA on Sunday, June 26.

The event saw 120 participants hit the race course bright and early, beginning with a 300-yard snake swim in the Rockwall Y's 25-yard indoor pool, followed by a 9.5-mile (two loops) bike course and finally a 3.1-mile run to the finish line.

Coming in 1st Overall was 44-year-old Rockwall resident Jeff Schmitt with a total time of 52:11:42. Schmitt, a member of the Rockwall YMCA, said while the humidity was certainly a

factor for the participating triathletes, the most difficult aspect for him was maintaining a sprint-like pace throughout the course.

"It's like a sprint the whole way; you can never back off," Schmitt said. "That was the only real challenge, was staying on the gas for 50 minutes."

Net proceeds from the Y ROCK benefitted the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA, whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The funds help ensure that everyone is able to participate in Y programs, regardless of their financial situation.

For full race results visit playtri.com/yrock.

Summer Camp

Back from the family vacation? Kids bored? SEND THEM TO CAMP! Traditional Day Camps provide youth with activities that allow them to experience a variety of different adventures, teach core values, conflict resolution and leadership skills. Participants attend weekly field trips and camps include weekly swim time.

This camp is pergect for kids that love the great outdoors. Campers spend at least 80% of the day engaging in outdoor activities. J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall’s Camp Dakotah will operate weekly Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through August 19th.

Go to https://www.ymcadallas.org/locations/jerechiltonymca/programs/day_camps/ for more information:

Youth Sports

Registration is still open for the August session of British Soccer Camp. Scheduled for August 1-5 at J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall soccer fields, the camp is open to ages 3-16.

There are morning and afternoon sessions for First Kicks (ages 3-4) and Mini Soccer (ages 5-6). Half Day is available in the morning for ages 7-10 and in the afternoon for ages 11-16. Space is limited, so sign up today at http://www.challengersports.com/.

Registration has also begun for fall sports. Registration for Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, and Small Fry and Youth Soccer runs through August 22nd. Find all the information and registration links at https://www.ymcadallas.org/locations/jerchiltonymca/sports/.

For more information on sports at the Rockwall Y, contact Bill Cadman, Sports Director, at 972-772-9622 or bcadman@ymcadallas.org.

Summer Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are underway in the indoor pool at the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA and we have an all new Swim Lesson Curriculum.

Visit https://www.ymcadallas.org/locations/jerchiltonymca/aquatics/ for more information and the current pool schedule for classes and family swim time

For questions about the aquatics program, call 972-772-9622 or email Dustin Davis, Aquatics Director, at ddavis@YMCADALLAS.org.

Group Exercise Classes

Keep up with all the new classes by checking the class schedules page at https://www.ymcadallas.org/locations/jerchiltonymca/class_schedules/ or by following J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RockwallYMCA/.

Adventure Guides Program

Registration for Adventure Guides 2016-2017 school year begins August 1st. YMCA Adventure Guides is about adventures, father/child experiences and the building of life-long memories. It is a program designed to strengthen the relationship and bond between dads and their children between the ages of K-4th grade.

For a complete list of scheduled events, go to https://www.ymcadallas.org/locations/jerchiltonymca/adventure_guides/.

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Fall Sports- Flag Football

(FRISCO, TX—July 11, 2016) The Frisco Family YMCA has been busy this summer. From activities for the kids to new group exercise classes for mom and dad, the Frisco Y is keeping the community updated with the latest Y news.

$0 Joiner Fee

Summer is the perfect time to get the whole family active, healthy, and involved! From youth sports, swim lessons, day camp, and resident camp for the kids, to group exercise classes and personal training for mom and dad—the Y is where Dallas area families spend their summers.  

Join the Y in July and pay a $0 joiner fee!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/29HShDG

Parents’ Night Out

Let the kids enjoy some crazy games, fun times, movies and pizza while parents enjoy a date night. The Frisco Y is offering Parents Night Out from 6 to 10pm Saturday, July 30th.

PNO is open to ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. The kids play games, have adventures, make crafts, watch a movie and more in a safe and fun environment. Drinks and dinner are included.

Register before Tuesday, July 26th. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 214-297-9622.

CPR and Babysitting Classes

CPR Class is a Heartsaver course geared towards the general public and is not for nurses or other people who may need a Healthcare provider class. Students will learn basic First Aid and CPR for infants, children, and adults.

The Frisco Y’s Babysitting Training Class can also be scheduled for Girl Scout Troops and youth groups for personal sessions. First Aid and CPR basics will be covered, but not certified.

 First Aid and Babysitting classes are held the third Saturday of every month.* Our next First Aid/CPR course is Saturday, August 20th from 1 to 4:30pm.*Note: The babysitting classes for July and August are full. Please register for September if interested.

Register here: http://bit.ly/29Kk1WL

Summer Camp

Every summer the Frisco Family YMCA offers new experiences and create day camp activities for hundreds of youth. From traditional summer camps that encourage kids to explore new adventures, to preschool camps where campers participate in themed weeks and hands-on learning, the Y provides kids and youth with opportunity to learn, thrive, grow and of course have fun!

Camp Caddo in Frisco runs through Aug. 5th. Camp Lobos in Little Elm, Camp on the Ridge in McKinney and Camp on the Lake in Lewsiville run through Aug. 15th.

Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/1VKQb74

Youth Sports

The YMCA Youth Sports philosophy is to allow kids to participate in a noncompetitive program with an emphasis on fun, development of character, and fair play. The youth sports programs helps families and individuals grow personally, clarify values, improve relationships, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and most of all, have fun.

Registration is currently underway for Flag Football and Soccer. Learn more: http://bit.ly/29kYMsk

The Frisco Y also offers Small Fry Clinics. These are scheduled 45 minute classes on Saturdays for boys and girls ages 3-5. The goal of this program will be to teach the basics of team sports such as T-Ball, Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball and much more. YMCA Coaches will teach these classes and will be a building block for kids to then join the league format games.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/29QzwPN

For more information, contact Zachary Bergquist, Sports Director, at 214-297-9622 or email zbergquist@ymcadallas.org.

Adventure Guides & Princesses

The Adventure Guide and Princess programs for Grades K-3 aims to strengthen the bond between fathers and their children through activities that allow them to spend quality time together. The program involves community, nature, family and fun. The Guide and Princess program builds memories that will last a lifetime.

Circles for the upcoming year are starting now. Join an existing circle in your area or create your own circle with friends. The first step to experiencing all that Adventure Guides has to offer is to sign up for 2016-2017. Registration for the upcoming year is underway!

For more information, contact Mark Hull, Adventure Guides Coordinator, at 214 297 9622 or email mhull@ymcadallas.org.

Register: http://bit.ly/29Co4pN

Personal Training

Personal training is a great way to meet personal fitness and wellness goals. Sign up today for a free 1-hour consultation with one of the Y’s amazing personal trainers. (Register at the Member Services desk).

Don’t forget about the Frisco Y’s Introductory Personal Training Package - three 1-hour sessions for only $129!

If you have any questions, ask at our Welcome Center or connect with Nicole Golding, Membership Director, at 214-297-9622 or email ngolding@ymcadallas.org

Group Classes

With a YMCA membership, the Frisco Family YMCA offers a variety of free, group exercise classes to help members reach their fitness goals. Here's a link to our current Group Exercise Schedule: http://bit.ly/29qbsRz

Questions? Contact Nikki Golding, Membership and Wellness Director, at 214-297-9622 or ngolding@ymcadallas.org

Livestrong

If you are someone you love has been affected by cancer and is looking to work with a certified personal trainer to gain strength, flexibility and mobility, let the Frisco Family YMCA help.

The Frisco Y offers a 12 week cancer recovery program for all ages. It is tailored to the specific needs of the cancer patient. This free 12 week program meets twice a week for 1 hour in a friendly group setting.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/29DEhdG

Employment Opportunities

The Frisco Y is seeking Nationally Certified Personal Trainers, Child Watch Attendants, and a Member Services Representative to join the Y Family! Qualified applicants must be sharp, have a kind heart, smiling face, positive attitude, and a genuine desire to help people and connect with the community. The Y offers a flexible work schedule and fun atmosphere.

Contact Nikki Golding, ngolding@ymcadallas.org, 214-297-9622.

Frisco Family YMCA

3415 W. Main St

Frisco, TX 75034
(P) 214 297 9622

www.ymcadallas.org/locations/frisco

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(Frisco, TX—July 8, 2016) The Frisco Family YMCA is hosting a STEM Summer Camp for K-6th grades. Kids interested in robotics, coding and game design will be taught the Harvard/MIT Creative Coding Method to: design video games like Pong, PacMan and Shark Attack, code animations and interactive musical stories, and program robots for moves, mazes and dance sequences. Laptops, iPADs & Robots are provided for shared use.

Coding Fun 4 STEM Camp offers beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert level classes in computer programing fundamentals for students. Students will learn skills they can apply to any aspect of life, such as critical thinking, creative expression, group problem solving, communication, and resilience. But best of all, they get to work with real robots.

Within each difficulty level based on age and experience, each child will create interactive animations and games, learn about problem solving and debugging, and program real droids, drones and bots.

Founder of Coding Fun 4 STEM and “Coding Coach” Sunny Kumar said he has found children respond positively and creatively when presented with a challenge.

“It’s amazing how focused and engaged the kids can be if the activity they are doing is authentically challenging and relevant to their interests,” Kumar said.

Kumar explained Coding Fun 4 STEM was designed in alignment with the YMCA philosophy of active and group-based learning. The model used is called “Tangible Coding” and allows kids of all ages to code dozens of different types of robots, droids and drones using a mixture of onboard buttons, iPads and laptops.

Coding Fun 4 STEM uses Harvard’s Creative Coding teaching methodology emphasizing “paired programming,” which rewards kids when they work together in pairs. This encourages collaboration, group problem solving, and brainstorming. Kumar said most of the coding tools and curriculum he uses are from prestigious institutions like MIT, Tufts, Harvard and Google. The fun and tactile nature of the tools coupled with the digital games on the iPads and laptops help break down the barriers between the kids and the complicated concepts they can learn.

“This is the only effective way we found to keep kids of all ages fully engaged, as we playfully trick them into learning the arcane art of coding,” Kumar said.

The next summer session of Coding Fun 4 STEM at the Frisco YMCA is a four-day session beginning on Monday, July 11. The final four-day session for the summer begins on Monday, July 25.

Since 1991, the Frisco Family YMCA has changed the lives of youth and families in Frisco and surrounding communities, benefiting more than 11,000 people annually. Throughout our community the Frisco Family YMCA gives youth a safe, supportive environment in values-based programs. Your support will continue the Y’s tradition to improve lives and expand services to even more youth and families.

To register for a camp, visit codingfun4stem.com or contact Sunny Kumar at 646-266-6922.

For more information, contact Nikki Golding, Membership and Wellness Director, at 214-297-9622 or email ngolding@ymcadallas.org.

Frisco Family YMCA

3415 W. Main St

Frisco, TX 75034
(P) 214 297 9622

www.ymcadallas.org/locations/frisco

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Family fun, competitive cycling at Rockwall Rotary’s bike race  benefiting college scholarships

(ROCKWALL, TX – July 7, 2016) Calling all cyclists for family fun and friendly competition at the 2016 Hot Rocks Bike Ride. Registration is underway and sponsorships are available now for the 30th anniversary race, which will roll out at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, August 13 from Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium in Rockwall.

Presented annually by the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club, Hot Rocks has grown in popularity every year, attracting cyclists of all ages and skill levels - from recreational riders and beginning racers to aggressive competitors. Last year more 1,325 cyclists participated, helping to fund more than $30,000 in college scholarships for Rockwall ISD graduating seniors.

New this year are 12, 24, and 42 mile routes and the 100K (62 mile) Red Route, the perfect warm up for the Hotter N’ Hell 100 Race in Wichita Falls. Riders can expect fully stocked rest stops sponsored by local businesses, support along the route from local law enforcement, roving bicycle mechanics providing technical support, and support vehicles patrolling between each rest stop. All entrants will receive a Hot Rocks T-shirt. The top three male and female finishers of the 100k will receive cash awards.

New routes and other improvements are being incorporated to ensure that this year’s event is the best experience yet – offering safe, fun and challenging options for everyone.

Race maps, registration and other details can be found at

hotrocksbikeride.com. For continued updates, check out Hot Rocks Bike Ride 2016 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.