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Days of Wine and Roses Enjoy bottomless glasses of Table 13's newest wine menu...

Dinner guests may enjoy bottomless glasses of wine with the purchase of a VIP Wine Pass

(ADDISON, TX – July 6, 2016) Table 13 in Addison is keeping the magic of Frank Sinatra alive with Days of Wine and Roses, inviting dinner guests to enjoy bottomless glasses of our newest wine selections with the purchase of a $28 VIP Wine Pass.

This special offer is available Monday through Friday through July 29 only, for patrons who also purchase a dinner entrée. The Wine Pass entitles our Very Important Patrons to endless pours of our most recently acquired wines, which include: Wente Chardonnay (Livermore, CA); II Donato Pinot Grigio (Veneto, Italy); Big Smooth Zinfandel (Lodi, Sonoma & Napa, CA); Orin Swift Locations “F” Blend (Bordeaux, France); Parducci, Pinot Noir (Mendocino, CA); Freakshow, Michael David, Cabertnet Sauvignon (Lodi, CA); and Steele Merlot (Lake County, CA).

Conveniently located on the southeast corner of Belt Line and Inwood Road, Table 13 is Addison’s award-winning fine dining and live music venue, offering vintage-inspired food, cocktails, and service in a distinctive, upscale atmosphere reminiscent of the early 1960's.  Be sure to check our website,, for our full entertainment line-up.

Reservations are strongly recommended; call 972-789-9558 or reserve online at Please note that our Days of Wine and Roses promotion is not available during lunch service. VIP wine parties should be limited to no more than six people.  $28 per person, per visit.

Table 13
4812 Belt Line Road
Addison, Texas 75254


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(ROCKWALL, TX – June 27, 2016) Staff and families of the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall gathered at Dodie’s Cajun Diner at The Harbor Friday, 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.

“The Crawfish Fest is one of our favorite ways to give back. We had a full house again this year, and no one went away hungry. Best of all, we raised almost $1,000 more for Angel Camp than we did last year,” Keils added.

During the check presentation ceremony on Friday, guests were also treated to Cajun cuisine, compliments of Dodie’s.

“We are grateful to Dodie’s and the community for supporting our kids. The Angel Camp program creates an environment that allows young folks to explore and enjoy new experiences with the support that their special needs require,” said Bonnie LaVielle, Executive Director of the Rockwall Y.

Angel Camp runs for six one-week sessions throughout the summer, and is underway now. To learn more, contact LaVielle or Angel Camp Director Melissa Cotner at 972-772-9622.

Submitted by BRN Media. 

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Soccer season at the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA sure has been a kick, but now all of the teams have to hang up their cleats until next season.

Coach Susie Leff said she was impressed this season by the positive and uplifting attitudes from parents and coaches as their young athletes improved their skills and had fun.

“I saw great coaching for everyone,” Leff said. “No yelling on the sidelines, just encouragement.”

Leff also noted the good sportsmanship displayed by all of the players.

“If a girl falls, another girl on the opposite team will stop the game to help her up,” Leff said. “There’s no screaming, just clapping and cheering on both sides for both teams. The spectators are in it just for the girls to have fun and that shows there is sportsmanship on the field.”

            YMCA Coordinator Gina Lancaster said good sportsmanship is one of the core values that the staff strives to instill in all of the players of all sports.

            ““We stick to our values,” Lancaster said. “We have the kids say the YMCA pledge and say good luck to each other at each game.”

            The YMCA pledge goes like this: “Win or lose, I pledge before God, to play the game as well as I know how; to obey the rules; to be a good sport at all times; and to improve myself in spirit, mind, and body.” Sports Director Bill Cadman said this reflects the ultimate goal of the Rockwall YMCA: to focus on children.

            “The main thing we try to do here at the Y is put the child first, and the sport second,” Cadman said.

            Leff said the soccer season scored because the kids were spending quality time forming friendships while they learned basic techniques.

            “The girls are just out there to have fun,” Leff said. “These are all young girls who go to school in this area. Bill does a great job putting the teams together: they are playing alongside friends and against friends.”

The soccer season winners include:

U 5 Boys: Vikings & Sharks (Tie)

U 5 Girls: Unicorns

U 6 Boys: Super Strikers

U 6 Girls: Stingers

U 7 Boys: Red Devils

U 7 Girls: Pink Panthers

U 8-9 Boys: Stingers

U 8-9 Girls: Purple Storm

U 10-12 Boys: Lightning


For information and updates on the next season of soccer sign-ups and other youth sports at the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA, visit

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(ROCKWALL, TX – May 19, 2016) J.E.R. Chilton YMCA Spring Volleyball finished its seven-game season strong with a single elimination tournament.

The 5th-6th grade champions are the Rockwall Volleyball Club, and the 3rd-4th grade champions are the Little Chargers.

RVC Coach Susie Leff said the season was full of fun times and big improvements for all of the girls.

“The season was great,” Leff said. “The coaches had complete patience for our children and it will help them be ready for 7th grade. I loved that they added a tournament because it gave the girls more time to play.”

More girls than ever decided to join a volleyball team this year. J.E.R. Chilton YMCA Sports Director Bill Cadman said participation went up by about 20 percent. Since the goal for some of the older players is to help prepare for middle school, Cadman said volleyball will now open up to 7th graders starting in the fall.

“It’s a youth recreational program, so the girls are getting the very beginner skills of volleyball,” Cadman said. “We want to get them prepared for junior high.”

Leff said her team was created because the girls wanted to have some volleyball background before 7th grade. She said she is glad that her daughter and her whole team had the opportunity to learn the basics and build friendships throughout the course of the program.

“Most of them had never touched a volleyball before,” Leff said. “The girls are not playing to win, they are playing to learn a new sport and spend time with other girls in the community.”

The Little Chargers team is made up entirely of students at Dallas Christian school. Coach Jamie Perkins, who teaches at Dallas Christian, said this makes it easier for the girls to practice right after school. Perkins said she was proud to see her team’s efforts pay off in the tournament and that the girls had lots of fun.

“The season was great; they worked really hard,” Perkins said. “Their chemistry is great and they trust each other. This is a team people need to watch in future years, because they are a force to be reckoned with.”

Perkins said she and her team always feel welcomed by the YMCA staff.

“The Y has been amazing: Bill Cadman has always welcomed my team. The first thing he asks at the end of every season is if we are coming back for the next one. Our girls pray before every game. The atmosphere at the gym allows that to happen.”

Cadman said he wanted to give a big thanks to all-star referee Greg Lamar for doing an excellent job once again this season. This is Lamar’s third year in a row to referee volleyball at the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA.

“He’s a good man.” Cadman said. “He never complains, and he always shows up on time.”

Volleyball may have served to a close for this season, but it will be back and bigger than ever in the fall with a new age group and the same positive atmosphere. Stay tuned for updates at

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Registration is underway and several sponsorship opportunities are available for the newest Sprint Triathlon in Rockwall, coming Sunday, June 26 to the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA, 1210 N. Goliad St.

Brought to you by Lead Sponsor Milestone Electric and produced by PlayTri Racing, the Y ROCK (formerly Dirty Rock) includes a 300 yard snake swim in a 25 yard indoor pool, a 9.5 mile bike ride (two loops), and a 3.1 mile run. The triathlon is open to everyone 13 years of age or older, and is suitable for beginners as well as ultra-competitive racers. Like all Playtri triathlons, the event will be USAT sanctioned and led by a USAT Level 2 Certified race director.

“We’re expecting well over 300 individual participants and more than 30 relay teams,” said Jude McCarthy, Wellness Director at the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall. “In years past, this event – previously known as Dirty Rock – featured an off-road element, but the off-road course we used was closed due to excessive rain and construction over the past year. As an athlete, I believe the new Y Rock will open doors for more people with a wider range of triathlon experience, from beginner to advanced, and will build a sense of community that will only deepen the relationship J.E.R. Chilton YMCA has with families in Rockwall.”

The race starts at 7 a.m., with an awards presentation set for 9:30 a.m. The course officially closes at 11 a.m. for all participants. Awards will be given for Top Overall, Masters, and Grand Masters; age group/weight class awards will be three deep for both male and female; and relay team awards will be for the top three overall relays. All finishers will receive a finisher medal.

Register online at, where additional details can be found, along with a bike course and run course map. Last minute updates and reminders will be posted on the Playtri Facebook page, the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA Facebook page, and Blue Ribbon News.

Net proceeds from the Y Rock benefit 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.

An eight-week Y Rock Training Program has been underway since May to help prepare race participants for the Y Rock. The program continues through June 24, and includes indoor cycling, running and swimming (M/W/F – indoor cycling at 5 a.m.; M/F – running at 5:30 a.m.; and T/TH – swimming at 5 a.m.; times subject to change).  Those interested in joining the training in progress may still do so, but the full rate of $100/Y member or $150/non-Y member applies.

To inquire about the training program, race sponsorship opportunities, volunteering, or anything else related  to the Y Rock, contact Wellness Director Jude McCarthy at 972-772-9622 or email


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(FRISCO, TX – May 3, 2016) Cloudy skies and chilly temperatures didn’t stop the numerous families and children from an afternoon of fun-filled activities during the Healthy Kids Day event at the Frisco Family YMCA (3415 Main St) on Saturday, April 30.

The event celebrated the YMCA’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, and featured all types of fun active play and educational activities to keep kids active and learning. Youth in attendance enjoyed a bounce house, hoola-hooping, bowling and face painting while perusing the many different stations set up outside the Frisco Y. They also learned about the many benefits which come with daily exercise and the importance of keeping physically active during the summer months away from school.

Around 20 YMCAs across North Texas participated in the Healthy Kids Day initiative.

Healthy Kids Day is celebrated at nearly 1,600 events across the country as a way to keep kids physically active and engaged in learning during the summer break.

“YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative dedicated to promote and strengthen the health and well-being of kids,” said Frisco YMCA Vice President of Operations Bill Markell. “As part of the Y’s promise to “Strengthen Community” we celebrate “Healthy Kids Day” in an effort to teach youth healthy habits, encourage healthy play, and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.”

Story and photos by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News editor.

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(Addison, TX – April 27, 2016) Thinking about taking Mom out for Mother’s Day? Don’t just do dinner; treat her to an extraordinary experience that includes cocktails, live music, and a vintage-inspired, pre-fixe Mother’s Day menu at Table 13.

Located at Belt Line and Inwood Road in the restaurant mecca of Addison, Table 13 offers award-winning service in a distinctive, upscale atmosphere reminiscent of the early 1960’s. Classically trained jazz pianist Scott Bucklin will perform from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mother’s Day menu offerings will include Lobster Bisque, Tomato Soup, Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, and Spring Mix Salad with Creamy Herb Vinaigrette as starters; as well as entrée choices of Oscar Style 6 oz. Filet, Crab Cake and Poached Egg, Pan-seared Salmon, Potato Crusted Sea Bass, Steak and Eggs, 14 oz. Marinated Bone-in Pork Chop, Steak Diane, Lemon Caper Chicken, and Shrimp Scampi. Top off your celebration with Bread Pudding, Chocolate Covered Strawberries or Kahlua Cake with Gelato Ice Cream.

The pre-fixe menu is only $39.95 per person, or $14.95 for children under 12. Plus, there will be $5 Mimosas and Poinsettia Cocktails especially for Mom.

For reservations, visit or call 972-789-9558. See the full Mother’s Day menu online at

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(ROCKWALL, TX – April 27, 2016) Tons of blood-pumping, paddle-swinging, sweat-inducing excitement filled the JER Chilton YMCA of Rockwall gymnasium during the Pickleball PlayDay Double Elimination Tournament on Saturday, April 23, sponsored by Home Depot, Tom Thumb, Target and USAPA Pickleball. The event saw many Pickleball players from across Rockwall County compete in three different divisions: Men’s Under 59, Men’s 60 and Over, and Women’s (casual or high skill).

Division winners in Saturday’s tourney:


1st Place – Jeng T / Sue Kim / Charlotte Rivera

2nd Place – Courtney Johnson / Angela Luhman

3rd Place – Julia Stanley / Jeanne Stasny

Men’s Under 59

1st Place – Randy Shannon / Nowell Upham

2nd Place – Trey Lee / Guy Ringer

3rd Place – Ryan De Capua / Jake Swann

Men’s 60 and Over


1st Place – Jim Chambers / Darwin Day

2nd Place – Tom Horner / John Lakner

3rd Place – Randy Bishop / Galen Hilliard

“It was a great day and I had lots of fun,” said Charlotte Rivera, USAPA Pickleball ambassador of North Central and Northeast Texas. “I think this has the potential to become a good regular event for the Rockwall Y, especially considering that the sport of Pickleball is growing leaps and bounds.”

JER Chilton YMCA member Ed Wheeler, who along with Sports Director Bill Cadman helped coordinate Saturday’s tournament, said he hopes the fun event will bring more Pickleball tournaments to the Y in the future. “We want to bring more people into the Y and create more excitement for the sport with many future playdays,” Wheeler said. “I’m pleased with the support of the Rockwall YMCA staff, as well as the support and participation of Pickleball teams from Rowlett, The Rise, Forney and Sunnyvale.”

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a fun sport combining many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, and played with a paddle and a plastic ball either indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court (20 x 44 feet) with a slightly modified tennis net. The sport was invented in 1965 by three Bainbridge Island dads for their kids, who were bored of their usual summertime activities, and has evolved and grown both in the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally across many European and Asian countries. Pickleball facilities can be found in all 50 states in the U.S. It’s a sport everyone can enjoy, with middle school and high school students often playing as part of their physical education classes, and seniors enjoying the social aspects and exercise that come with playing Pickleball.

About USAPA Pickleball

The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation organized to promote the growth and development of Pickleball, not only on a national but an international level. The organization provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings, and promotional materials, and is governed by a talented Board of Directors committed to growing the sport of Pickleball among players of all ages and characteristics.

Story and photos by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.

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(ROCKWALL, TX – April 26, 2016) The JER Chilton YMCA's Spring Beginner Dance class finished out a successful program with a dance recital on Wednesday, April 20, at the Y. Performing in the “Waltz of the Flowers” Spring Dance Recital 2016 and showing off their elegant dance movements were: Anisa Campbell, Dylan Logan, Isabella Rogers, Kayley Bowen, Nolah Feeley, Sadie Coe, Tatiana Lynch, Megan Stuart, Hayley Bowen, Kairi Rowan, Laila Abundio, Paige Ruby, Stella Byer and Vivienne Buck.

The Rockwall Y’s Beginner Dance program is designed to teach kids ages 3-10 to explore, develop and achieve through art of dance. The program’s instructor, Kylah Henry, has been dancing since she was four years old, and at age 11 was the youngest participant at the Annual Dance Conference at Grambling State University. She continues to study dance as a student at Rockwall High School and Centre for Dance.

“I really enjoy being around the kids, and seeing how they can develop in such a small amount of time,” Kylah said. “A lot of the arts programs don’t get as much attention as I feel that they need to, so to have an outlet here at the Rockwall YMCA is a really great experience, and I hope I get to continue to do it on a bigger scale.”

The Dance program offers six classes for both Creative Movement I (ages 3-6) and Creative Movement II (ages 7-10), followed by a recital during which the kids get to display all they learned to mom and dad. The Rockwall YMCA typically offers its Dance program four times a year – one for each season. For more information contact the Rockwall Y at (972) 772-9622.

Story and photo by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News editor.


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(Frisco, Texas – April 21, 2016) The Frisco Family YMCA invites the community to come celebrate Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. More than 1,600 Y’s across the country will participate, holding free community events that are open to all kids and families and filled with fun activities and educational opportunities.

The Frisco Family YMCA event will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at their facility, 3415 W. Main St., Frisco, TX 75034. There will be a Family Challenge Course, bounce house, face painting, prizes and giveaways, and a host of community vendors including Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, First Choice ER, Eldorado Smiles, Simply Fit Meals, Pediatric Specialists of Plano, and Texan Credit Union. Discover helpful information about the Y’s Know Before You Go initiative, Diabetes prevention, youth fitness programs, toddler programs, summer camps, youth sports, and Adventure Guides.

Whether families are members of the Y or not, everyone is welcome to experience Healthy Kids Day at the Frisco Family Y in order for children to develop and maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. Studies show that kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months, and that children gain weight two to three times faster during summer vacation during the school year. The Frisco Y encourages everyone to get up, get moving, and enjoy Healthy Kids Day!