Around Town: Blue Ribbon News Fall Calendar of Events for Rockwall, Heath

(ROCKWALL, TX – September 29, 2015) There’s plenty to do in the Rockwall / Heath area this fall! To submit your events, email .

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

In The Pink Luncheon

Join Lake Pointe Medical Center’s 6th Annual In the Pink Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Dallas Rockwall Lakefront. Event includes panel discussion & door prizes with net proceeds benefiting community outreach & education for the prevention, diagnosis & treatment of cancer in the communities served by Lake Pointe Health Network. Beneficiaries are Rockwall County Helping Hands & The Bridge Breast Network. Info: , 972-412-3380 x2628.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

San Jacinto Plaza Music Series

The popular San Jacinto Plaza outdoor venue in downtown Rockwall will continue to host live music Friday and Saturday evenings through Oct 30. Located in the 100 block of South San Jacinto between Rusk and Washington Streets. Limited seating is available; feel free to bring your own chair. Food and beverages also welcome. Music starts at 6:30 pm and ends around 9 pm. The music schedule is available at rockwall.com/mainstreet andfacebook.com/downtownrockwall.

 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels cast: (Back row, from left): Taylor Vanzandt, Ashley Reeves, Bridget Lynch, Bob Lewis, Samuel Seldon, Judy Rogers, Marty Scott; (front row) Alex Zolkowski, Cathryn Harris, Amy Adams, Brandy Fields, Gene Fields, Stacey Kluttz.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 THRU SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rockwall Community Playhouse’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels continues this weekend with performances at 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday & 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: rockwallcommunityplayhouse.org or 972-722-3399.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 THRU SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Fine Art Show

Rockwall Art League presents its 15th Annual Fine Art Show, Friday through Sunday at the Rockwall Rotary Building, 408 S. Goliad. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday with an Artist Meet & Greet from 5 to 7 p.m.; & noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free & open to the public. Artwork sales support RAL’s Tom Collins Memorial Fine Art Scholarship, given annually to a Rockwall graduating senior. The show will be judged by artist Carol B. Mitchell. Info: rockwallartleague.org.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Bluebonnet Planting

Friends of RaymondCameronLakeParkwill host their 2nd annual Texas Bluebonnet planting. They will meet at 10 a.m. at the fishing pier at PhelpsLake. Hear the story of the Legend of the Bluebonnets as performed by members of the Rockwall Community Playhouse. Hannah Moore, Nebbie Williams 6th grader, will perform the reading, accompanied by flute player, Landon Wynne, Utley 7th grader. Children will be given muslin bags of seeds to scatter on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Rib Rub Run & Roll

Teams will fire up their grills for a smokin’ hot barbecue competition as folks flock to Rockwall’s historic town square for a day-long celebration that includes a 5k/10k run, live music, Kids Zone, car & motorcycle show; wine tasting competition & IBCA sanctioned BBQ contest. Located in the parking lots between The Center & City Hall. Visitor parking available at City Hall, 385 S. Goliad. Race registration: playtri.com/ribrun. (Click here to read our story about one family’s tribute to their loved one, to be featured at the car show).

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Brew On The Square

Members of the Lake Ray Hubbard Homebrew Society will participate in the Brew² Homebrew Competition from 1 to 4 p.m. on theDowntown Rockwall Square, where they will taste available entries & cast votes (two per member ) for the Best on the Square Award. Join the Lake Ray Hubbard Homebrew Society starting at 10 a.m. at the signup tent inSan JacintoPlaza. Must be at least 21 to participate.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Daughters of the American Revolution

Rock Wall Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, celebrating 125 years since the founding of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on Oct. 11, will display DAR memorabilia, fun facts & photos throughout October at the Rockwall County Library. Those interested in DAR, genealogy or history may contact Regent Mindy Lovell, 214-502-7697 & attend DAR’s next meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at Holy Trinity by the Lake Episcopal Church,1524 Smirl Dr. in Heath.

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Fire Department Open House

Rockwall Fire Department will host its annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station #2, 920 Rockwall Parkway. This family-oriented event is free of charge including free In-N-Out Burger lunch to the first 1,000 guests; serving 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Denim & Diamonds

AMICA will host its annual gala at 6 p.m. at Culpepper Steakhouse with live & silent auctions, live music, signature cocktail bars, hors d’oeuvres & dinner, photo booth, wine pull, casino & raffles. Info & tickets: .

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

TEXAS NIGHT OUT

Every year, thousands of Rockwall residents participate in Texas Night Out by turning on their porch lights, locking their doors & spending the evening outside. Many communities host block parties & cookouts. Join neighbors & local police 6 to 8 p.m.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

FIRE TRUCKS & FREE PIZZA

Rockwall Domino’s, 2330 Greencrest, and the National Fire Protection Association are teaming up with the Rockwall Fire Department to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 – 10). On Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6 – 8 p.m., anyone who orders a Domino’s pizza may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives aboard a fire engine. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free. If the smoke alarms are not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Drum Jam

Join the weekly drum JAM hosted by Jimi Watusi & friends every Tuesday through Nov. 10 at The Harbor Amphitheater. Bring drums or any instruments, food, drinks, vibes & kids always welcome – family style. Info: 469-338-9237.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Back the Blue Concert

Enjoy the free Rockwall County Back the Blue Concert and Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its new location, 6620 Farm to Market Road 549, featuring Tex-Mex from Primos, games, dunking booth, vendors & music by Deryl Dodd. The event’s goal is to raise charitable donations for the Health Police & Fire Association emergency fund.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Police, Fire Golf Tournament

The 2nd Annual Heath Police & Fire Association Golf Tournament will tee off at 1 p.m. at Buffalo Creek Golf Club. Proceeds benefit a local scholarship to be awarded to aHeathHigh School graduating senior. Info: 214-674-7543.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Night Owl Shopping

Shop late ‘til 8 in downtown Rockwall. The theme is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; wear pink to receive discount at participating merchants.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Rockwall Newcomers

Rockwall County Newcomers & Friends will welcome the Tapdazzlers at 10 a.m. at Occasions atStoneRiverinRoyseCity. To join the fun, call Barbara, 972-771-1057; Cathy, 942-400-9934 or visit newcomersrock.com. RSVP by Sept 28.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Rockwall Vigil

Join Women In Need from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Rockwall County Courthouse to remember lives lost to domestic violence & celebrate those that have broken the chain. WIN, local leaders & survivors will share inspiring stories & bring awareness & hope. Info: 972-772-3000 or wintexas.org.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Parker Cemetery Lecture

Jan Willess Johnson will share information about one of the oldest cemeteries in Rockwall, as part of Rockwall County Historical Foundation’s Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series, noon to 1 p.m. at Rockwall’s historic downtown Courthouse. Free & open to the public.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Fall Plant Sale

The Rockwall County Master Gardeners will host a Fall Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the area between the Rockwall County Courthouse & the library. Plants will include pansies, violas, ornamental kale & cabbage, snapdragons, perennials & much more.  Master Gardeners will also be available to talk to you about why we think October is our favorite month to plant & prepare beds.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Mistletoe & Holly Bazaar

Shop holiday merchandise & enjoy carnival games, a bounce house, mechanical bull ride, raffle drawings, bake sale, food truck & vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church,3375 Ridge Roadin Rockwall. Info: Ruth Muckian, 972-772-0928.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Aspasians Fall Marketplace

Discover unique gifts, home décor, clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods & more at the Fall 2015 Aspasians Fall Marketplace, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium parking lot. The event helps fund scholarships for local students.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Centsible’s Holiday Market

The thrift store at Helping Hands will be transformed into a fall & Christmas market with bargain prices, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Wonderful Life Auditions

Auditions will be held at Rockwall Community Playhouse, 609 E. Rusk, at 1 p.m. Saturday & Sunday for It’s A Wonderful Life, directed by Darlene Singleton. Bring a one-minute monologue & a jingle to sing & be prepared to deliver both in your best ‘radio voice’. Performances will be Nov 7-Dec 13.  Info: rockwallcommunityplayhouse.org.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12

Republican Women Meeting

State Senator Konni Burton will be the guest speaker at the Rockwall County Republican Women meeting at Harry Myers Park Community Center. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm with the program starting at 7. Public welcome.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Rockwall Democratic Party with host Sol Villasana invite you to their Third Annual Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from 6 to 9 p.m. at Arboledas Mexican Grill, 1103 Ridge Road, Rockwall. Local and regional candidates will be on hand and the Democratic Presidential Debate begins at 8PM. Free appetizers.  Cash bar. RSVP to Judith Matherne, 214-771-6166, or, Sol Villasana, 214-231-0137.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Watchdog Reporting

The public is welcome as Friends of the RockwallCountywelcome Dave Lieber, Watchdog Nation investigative columnist for the Dallas Morning News, at 11 a.m. in the Library Community Room. $20/lunch. RSVP by Oct 6: 972-771-8976 or .

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

Rockwall Homecoming Parade

Rockwall High School’s Homecoming Parade begins at 6 p.m.; line-up at 5. Parade begins at Dobbs Elementary parking lot & travels to Utley Middle School parking lot.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

First Responder and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Women In Need will honor first responders & volunteers with a special come & go luncheon at the Rockwall County Courthouse, Liberty Hall. Info: 972-772-3000.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

Rockwall Homecoming Game

Rockwall Yellowjackets face Sachse at 7:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Not So Scary Hayride

Young children from 0 to 7 will enjoy storytelling, Monster Mash, a free pumpkin & not-so-scary hayride, 8:30 to 10 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Harry Myers Park East. $25/$15 discounted resident fee.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Democratic Party Meeting

The regular meeting of the Rockwall County Democratic Party will begin at 9 a.m. at Harry Myers Community Center, 815 E.Washington, Rockwall.  Guest Speaker will be Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez who will share her compelling story as a Texas Latina.  Local Democratic candidates will also be on hand. A continental breakfast will be served.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

McLendon-Chisholm Country Fest

Bring family and friends to the McLendon-Chisholm Country Fest happening from 1 to 6 p.m. at 1371 W. FM 550 in McLendon-Chisholm. This community event will feature a special skydiving flag presentation by Army Golden Knight SFC Dana Bowman (retired). Enjoy live entertainment, a chili cook-off, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, bounce house and silent auction.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Royse City FunFest

The Royse City Chamber presents its annual Fun Fest with vendor booths, food, entertainment, kids zone, MicroFest and RunFest, noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Royse City. Info: RoyseCityChamber.com

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

Trimathlon

Registration is underway at mathnasiumtrimathlon.com for the fifth annual Mathnasium Trimathlon, a free, national competition that allows kids in 2nd through 5th grade to demonstrate math skills, win prizes & earn money for their school. The local competition begins at 8:30 a.m. at Mathnasium of Rockwall-Heath,1300 E. Ralph Hall Parkway.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

Chili CookOff

Join the Miracle Mix Chili Cook Off from noon to 2:30 p.m. at 505 E. Boydstun in Rockwall. This community event raises funds for Children’s Relief International’s Tessa Grace Miracle Milk program. Your participation means that hungry & malnourished children will be helped; all donations go to providing Miracle Mix/Milk for HIV orphans in South Asia & malnourished babies in Mozambique; and there are great cook off prizes.  There will be a face painting, bounce houses, games & great food. There will even be a Pumpkin Patch and pumpkin painting. Come hungry, because we’ll of course be serving chili, chili dogs, veggies, chips and other goodies. Bring folding chairs, picnic blankets & your pot of chili! To sign up for the chili contest, email Leigh Ann Scheibe at leigh.ann.926@gmail.com. Leigh Ann will then send entrants the chili cook off rules.

 

THURDAY, OCTOBER 22

Open Space Workshop

Rockwall County Open Space Alliance will host a community-wide workshop to present the final draft of the Open Space Master Plan, 6 p.m. at Rockwall County Courthouse, Liberty Hall. Info: rockwallosa.org*UPDATE – As of Oct 6, the Open Space Committee has announced a delay in the Open Space Master Plan and must postpone this workshop until further notice; stay tuned! 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

Heath Homecoming Game

Heath Hawks face Forney at 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Glow Run

Help ‘Shine a Light on Domestic Violence’ at the Women in Need’s 2nd annual Glow Run at Harry Myers Park. Onsite registration begins at 5 p.m. on race day with the race starting at dusk. Info: wintexas.org or 972-772-3000.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Guardian Anti-Bullying Show

The Guardian Anti Bullying Live Action Show is coming to Rockwall. Stunts, kicks, flips and a positive anti bullying message being delivered by world champion black belt martial artists, 3:30 p.m. at the Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center. Info: facebook.com/events/1634023780197294.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Pancake Breakfast

Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s 687 E. I-30 in Rockwall. Have breakfast and know you are helping provide coats for kids. Cost: $8. Get tickets from any Breakfast Rotary member or call 214-632-5268.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Halloween at The Harbor

Enjoy carnival games, entertainment & a costume contest from 6 to 9 p.m. during the Halloween Extravaganza at The Harbor.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Public Meeting

Rockwall County will host a public meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwall County Historic Courthouse, 101 E. Rusk, to gather public input for a County-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

Trick-or-Treat on Main

Have a goulish good time at Trick-or-Treat on Main inDowntownRoyseCity, 6 to 8 p.m. Info: roysecity.com.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

THRU SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20

A Show of HeART

Join Uptown Downtown Art Gallery in celebrating seven years of Artists of Texas at the 2015 Fall Art Show. Jurors are Bob Chilton & Julie Petro. Info: artistsoftexas.org/a-change-of-heart-member-art-show.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

‘Tis the Season Bazaar

First United Methodist Church Rockwall, 1200 Yellowjacket Lane, will host its annual Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring handmade crafts, gifts, holiday décor, vendors galore & some of the best pecans in Texas. Admission: $1 or one can of food to be donated to Helping Hands. Proceeds benefit local charities & missions.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 

Tri-County Choral Society Fall Concert

Enjoy the Tri-County Choral Society’s “We Honor the Brave” Fall Concert will be at 7 p.m. at Royse City High School, 700 S. FM 2642. Adults, $10; Children Under 12, $5; Children Under 5, Free. All veterans attend for FREE.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Night Owl Shopping

Shop late ’til 8 in downtown Rockwall. The theme is Fill the Food Pantry; customers who bring canned good donaations for Helping Hand will receive a discount at participating merchants.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Festival of Trees

Join Helping Hands as the Hilton Dallas Rockwall Lakefront transforms into a winter wonderland for the Festival of Trees and Gala. Info: rockwallhelpinghands.com.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

GIS Day Celebration

The City of Rockwall’s Geographic Information Systems Department will be host to its 2nd Annual GIS Day event. GIS Day is an international event that showcases how GIS is used and what the technology offers. It also coincides with National Geography Awareness Week, a geographic literacy initiative sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The Rockwall GIS Department will display a map gallery, educational videos, GIS technology & GPS equipment. This event is open to the public and will be hosted at Rockwall City Hall, 385 S. Goliad Street in the Council Chambers from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.