Get Creative at Art’s a Blast

Artist Shay Cronin has been honing her craft for more than three decades, but it was only recently that she decided to debut her own business, Art's a Blast. With the help of other local artists and art teachers, Shay launched this endeavor in order to bring fun painting classes to the residents of Rockwall.

The studio hosts everything from private classes for adults to camps for kids. Regardless of the audience, Shay and her team conceive fun, engaging painting classes that result in take-home pieces ready to hang on your wall. Don't worry if you haven't picked up a paintbrush in a few years. Art's a Blast's teachers can easily instruct and help you through the process of painting one step at a time.

Treat Yourself to a Day at Every Body Massage Rockwall

At Every Body Massage Rockwall, the staff tailor treatments to each individual. So no matter what kind of stress you're holding onto after a week of work, or whether you're looking for a simple cleansing facial or a full-body wrap, you'll be able to find the perfect option at Every Body Massage.

There are more than 10 different massage options on the menu, including the classic Swedish massage, characterized by gentle pressure. For something more lavish, upgrade to a hot stone massage. It actually uses heat from water-smoothed rocks to ease your muscles before the massage even begins. If you're interested in even more doting, add on a facial or a full-body hydrating wrap and enjoy a full day of pampering at Every Body Massage Rockwall.

A Piece of Cake: Decadent Confections for Every Occasion

A pretty pink, flowery cake celebrating the arrival of a new member of the family. A lavish, three-tiered cake in honor of a special day. The bakers at A Piece of Cake have crafted all of these unique confections and more, and they're willing to take on any challenge, so remember this local shop before your next party.

The bakers here always have time to perfect each custom-designed cake they make. From the whimsical to the classic and contemporary, they have a way of handcrafting confections that simply outshine store-bought desserts. A Piece of Cake now offers flavors ranging from almond to Italian cream to pineapple, so there is sure to be something for every taste here.

Put Your Brain to the Test at Rockwall Escape Rooms

Escape Room challenges are all the rage these days, and they are a great place to take friends and family for some fun. Here guests will come across codes, puzzles, and clues throughout their adventure that they will use to escape the room. There are a number of escape rooms at the venue in Rockwall that each boast a different theme.

Each team will have an hour to solve the clues and escape the room. The themes of the room change every three months or so, but past themes have included an ancient Egypt-themed adventure, a wizard-centric room, and treasure hunts. Admission is $27 per person or $200 for a room (which accommodates eight people). Those interested in checking this place out should reserve their desired time slot online!

Sip on House-Brewed Beers at the Woodcreek Brewing Company

"There's just something about a garage that brings people together," at least according to the founders of Woodcreek Brewing Company. They launched their local brewery, initially, in a small garage. They didn't need much space to invent and start brewing the beers that would eventually become known all around Rockwall and beyond. Today, however, the brewers have outgrown their garage space and moved into a permanent location in Rockwall.

You can head to the tap room Thursday through Saturday to sip on the various brews. There are some that are always on tap, like the signature Lakeside Cerveza Blonde Ale, the New Horizon American Wheat, and the Highway 66 Pale Ale. However, Woodcreek brewers also create new suds for each season—stop by before April if you want to sip on the Black Gold Chocolate Stout.

Show Off Your Creative Skills at Painting With a Twist

The next time you’re planning a night out with friends or family, be sure to keep Painting With a Twist in mind. Painting With a Twist is an all-levels painting class that encourages guests to get in touch with their inner artist. For those who are unfamiliar with the Paint Night phenomenon, classes are led by experienced painters who help amateur artists on a step-by-step basis to help guests create works they will be proud of. After the class, each student gets to take home their painting to put it on display.

Guests of Painting With a Twist are encouraged to bring a bottle of their favorite beverage and some snacks to the class. Those interested in attending Painting With a Twist can register for a class online. As far as the painting students will create, that is selected when you sign up for a class. Every student in a designated class paints the same picture. There are Painting With a Twist locations across the country, including one that isn't far from Orion Rockwall. Be sure to check it out!

Body Synergie: Enjoy a Yoga Class This Fall

Are you trying to find a way to create balance in your life? Interested in practicing different ways to reduce day-to-day stress? Just looking for a different kind of exercise? Whatever your reason may be, you might be interested in taking a class at Body Synergie. This establishment on Ridge Road holds classes for both yoga and tai chi. With a variety of classes for you to choose from, this is the perfect place both for beginners looking to learn the basics and for more seasoned practitioners interested in challenging themselves.

Regulars at Body Synergie love the relaxed and calm atmosphere this studio provides. Class sizes tend to be small, giving each session an intimate and quiet feel. This allows you to really take in each pose and work to the best of your abilities. What’s more, the instructors are careful to make each class challenging but not impossible, so be sure to check out this great place soon!

Raise Funds for a Good Cause at the 5K Run for Rover

On Saturday, October 22nd, dog lovers (and dogs) are invited out to the annual 5K Run for Rover. The event goes from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and participants can choose to run or walk the 5K. The 5K is slated to take place nearby at Harry Myers Park, which is just two miles from Orion Rockwall—so participating in this feel-good event is super convenient for Orion Rockwall residents.

Registration is just $25 per runner and just $5 per dog. After the run, participants and their dogs can browse items from a range of doggie-centric vendors throughout the park. Proceeds raised benefit Rockwall PAWS, a local organization that saves animals from bad situations and provides them with the care they need. Specifically, funds raised will help pay for treatments for dogs with heartworm. Head out for a good cause this Saturday morning!

5K Run for Rover
When: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22
Where: Harry Myers Park, 815 E. Washington Street, Rockwall, TX 75087
Cost: $25 per runner, $5 per dog
http://rockwallpawsrunforrover.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=7215

Check Out Art By Local Artists at the Rockwall Art League

For a full weekend in October, the Rockwall Art League Fine Art Show will return to the Rockwall Rotary Building. The event is a favorite in the town and has been since its inception 16 years ago. Every year local artists and artists from further away enter a piece of art into the contest in hopes of winning one of the prizes. Entries are in a number of categories, including mixed media, photography, drawing, oil painting, charcoal art, sculpture, and more. Prizes are then awarded to the top three artists in each category.

On the weekend of the festival, all the pieces of art will be on display throughout the space at the rotary building for both the judges and the general public to check out. Admission to the art show is completely free for all guests. It only costs money for those who want to enter their own works into the contest. This is a great event, and it’s taking place just three miles from Orion Rockwall.

Rockwall Art League
When: October 14 – 16
Where: Rockwall Rotary Building, 408 South Goliad Rockwall, TX 75087
Cost: Free admission
http://planetrockwall.com/calendar/event/fall_art_show/

Downtown Rockwall’s Shops Offer Late-Night Hours Each Month During Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late Til 8

On the second Thursday of every month, shops and businesses in Downtown Rockwall stay open later than normal to entice late-night shoppers. Since 2013, many shops in downtown Rockwall have been staying open until 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month as part of the town’s Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late Til 8 initiative. It’s easy to spot a participating shop as all the participants have an owl outside their stores.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m and includes way more than just late-night shop hours. In previous months, the event has been known to promise food, drinks, door prizes, special sales, and more. The next events are on Thursday, October 13th, November 10th, and December 8th. Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late takes place conveniently close to Orion Rockwall. Head out in support of Rockwall’s great local businesses!

Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late Til 8
When: 5 – 8 p.m., every second Thursday of the month
Where: Participating businesses in downtown Rockwall
https://www.facebook.com/events/137343960008100/

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