Learn Life-Saving Basics at AHA Heartsaver CPR/First Aid on October 21st

When an emergency strikes, sometimes quick thinking is all it takes to save a life. In order to jump into action, however, you need to know what to do. The AHA Heartsaver CPR/First Aid class on Saturday, October 21st equips people with zero medical training to provide support that could save a life.

Designed by the American Heart Association (AHA), this class certifies participants 16 years and older in life-saving CPR and first aid techniques. Pupils will learn how to appropriately administer CPR to infants, children, and adults. CPR is an effective way to keep the lungs and heart working until emergency medical personnel can take over. Class attendees will also learn what to do if someone chokes, how to use an AED, and what to do for simple cuts and scrapes. The class costs $35 and includes a certification of participation after successful completion. It will be held at the Texas Health Rockwall Medical Office Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Burn Calories, Then Replace Them With Brisket at the Rib, Rub, Run, and Roll on October 7th

Smoke Smith BBQ, All Sauced Up, and The Sausage King are just a few of the Rockwall-area eateries that will be grilling and smoking meats at this year's Rib, Rub, Run, and Roll. On Saturday, October 7th, you and the rest of Rockwall's barbecue lovers can taste what they've been cooking in downtown Rockwall.

But before you feast, prepare your body by burning some calories. The 10K, 5K, and 1-mile fun run start at 8:30 a.m., taking participants all around Rockwall. After the run, come back to the starting line and enjoy live music, a car show, and, of course, fresh barbecue. Official judges will make most of the calls regarding the best brisket, most tender spare ribs, and perfectly smoked chicken, but the public is invited to cast their vote for the best wings. Buy a package of five tasting tickets and exchange each for a carefully crafted wing in the designated cooking tent, then cast your vote.

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Give Back to Your Community at Col-Met’s 2nd Annual Ride for a Cause

The Helping Hands of Rockwall is an organization devoted to lending a helping hand to those who need it. They provide financial assistance and medical support to underserved people in Rockwall. In order to continue with this worthy cause, Helping Hands needs support itself. Be part of that support system when you participate in Col-Met's 2nd Annual Ride for a Cause on Saturday, September 23rd.

The motorcycle ride and fun run registration fees benefit Helping Hands, so the perks of taking part are two-fold: you get a great workout and you give back. Even if you don't want to be part of the run or bike ride, you can still come out to the car show and carnival at Col-Met's facility. Kids can have their faces painted and grab a snow cone before having some fun racing remote-controlled cars. Meanwhile, adults can bid on items at the silent auction and enjoy live music provided by local bands. The fun unfolds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission to the festival and car show is free.

Escape a Sinking Sub or Solve a Gruesome Crime at Escapology in Rockwall

A world on the brink of war. A shocking murder carried out in a train car. A relentless hacker determined to rob civilians of billions. These are just a few of the scenarios you may encounter at Escapology in Rockwall. The escape-the-room gaming center resides within Shenaniganz, offering an adrenaline-pumping alternative to go karts and laser tag.

Escapology offers six distinct rooms to foster teamwork and creativity. You must solve riddles and work together to find clues in order to complete your mission and escape the room within 60 minutes. If you're looking for a challenge, reserve "Under Pressure." This room transports guests to the North Atlantic in June of 1944 as World War II rages. You're aboard a U.S. Navy submarine that has suddenly lost power, and you'll only make it back to dry land by solving a series of cryptic clues. Come to Rockwall's Escapology to experience the thrill of escaping a sinking submarine, shutting down a would-be terrorist, or any of its other adrenaline-inducing adventures.

Stock Up on Fresh Food at the Rockwall Farmers’ Market

Summer may be coming to a close in a few short weeks, but the Rockwall Farmers' Market is keeping farm-to-table produce coming until the end of September. Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, the Historic Downtown Square of Rockwall transforms into a fresh-air market where city-dwellers have direct access to fruits, veggies, meats, and other items cultivated by local purveyors.

More than 30 vendors come to the market each week, so there's always a large and varied selection. Grab grass-fed meats or farm-fresh eggs from one vendor; check out a colorful array of fruits and veggies from another. Pick up prepared foods like jam, pasta, and tamales. Or simply swing by to enjoy the live music that each Saturday morning promises. The market's last day of the season will be Saturday, September 30th.

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Shop, Win Prizes, and Enjoy Refreshments at Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late Til’ 8

When Rockwall residents asked for more flexible business hours, the boutiques and shops of downtown Rockwall listened. In October of 2013, the first Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late Til’ 8 unfolded, during which local shops stayed open until 8 p.m. so that customers could make it after work or dinner. The initial night was such a success that the tradition has continued once a month.

The next Night Owl event is scheduled for Monday, September 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. The extended hours are honored at many of the downtown Rockwall shops, and they're just a part of the appeal. The shops that stay open also offer door prizes, refreshments, and often special sales. Just look for the owl outside the door of a business that signifies it's participating in the event.

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Milner Pilates Studio Fosters Fitness in Rockwall

Milner Pilates Studio creates a space where everyone can leave any stresses of daily life at the door and spend an hour focusing only on themselves. The instructors use the time-tested practice of Pilates, a fitness approach pioneered by namesake Joseph Pilates. It helps create a stronger core and deepen self-awareness through a series of moves linked to breathing.

The instructors keep classes small so that each pupil receives the attention that he or she requires to master every move. Classic mat sessions are taught almost daily throughout the week, and they're capped at 10 attendees—whereas equipment classes are held only three times per week. The latter feature Pilates-specific equipment designed to intensify your workout, and they're limited to five students. You can also schedule a private or semi-private Pilates session for even more attention at this individual-focused fitness studio.

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Browse Affordable Items at Half Price Books

Affordable books are the focal point at Half Price Books, a family-owned bookseller near Orion Rockwall. The shop is home to brand new books in addition to used books in a variety of genres. Locals love this shop for its super affordable prices. Half Price Books can maintain its affordable prices by purchasing used books (and movies and music) from its customers after they are done reading (or playing) them.

Inside the shop, guests can browse bestselling novels, young adult fiction, historical fiction, children’s books, and more. As far as movies and music, the selection is equally as expansive with options ranging from classic films and albums to the latest releases. A visit to Half Price Books is perfect for any summer-reading (or summer-movie-watching) needs, plus, it’s only two miles from Orion Rockwall.

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Groovy’s: Trendy Pieces For Your Wardrobe

Christi Foster's love for art and fashion is apparent in the inventory at Groovy's boutique. As the owner of this beloved Rockwall shop, Christi travels far and wide to source new pieces for her boutique. Some of them come from little-known designers who have yet to make it big, whereas others are crafted by household names.

Regardless of the name on the label, all of the apparel at Groovy's points toward one common goal: to make Rockwall women feel beautiful and confident. That's why Groovy's selection includes a vast array of trendy and classic styles to cater to all tastes. Clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags are just a few of the items you'll find on the shelves when you come here to explore. So the next time you're looking for something distinct to add to your wardrobe, check out Groovy's.

Take Home a Dozen Bite-Sized Bundtinis From Nothing Bundt Cakes

The key to creating a truly great bundt cake lies in selecting the best ingredients, as the bakers at Nothing Bundt Cakes know well. That's why they only allow real butter, farm-fresh eggs, and classic cream cheese to enter their kitchen. With these old-school ingredients in hand, they're able to craft decadent desserts that look as good as they taste.

The Nothing Bundt Cakes branch in Rockwall allows you to order your cakes online or come in and grab something from the display case. They create bundt cakes in all different sizes for every occasion. Order an 8- or 10-inch "Round of Thanks" to congratulate someone for a job well done, or let the bakers at Nothing Bundt Cakes create a cake for a special party. Pick up a dozen bite-sized "bundtinis" for a family picnic or order a slightly larger "bundtlet" in a seasonal flavor to celebrate a special occasion. Regardless of the size or flavor you choose, expect a treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes to wow your family and friends.

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