Live-fire training takes place at local ranges such as Winchester Gallery Gun Store.
.40- and .380-caliber handguns are available to rent.
Jason Whitaker has a singular focus when it comes to firearms training: handguns. The NRA-certified instructor starts beginners with the NRA Pistol Class, which teaches novices to safely operate semi-automatic handguns and revolvers. Beyond shooting fundamentals, Whitaker can prepare pupils for the written and live-fire portions of the concealed-handgun-license test. JW Guns and Ammo also special orders guns, hunting supplies, and other firearms gear.
At Bayou Aviation, professional pilots employ decades of experience and certifications to help flightless fledglings disobey the rules set in place by gravity. After 20 minutes of pre-flight briefing, ostrich sympathizers will board one of Bayou Aviation's training aircraft for 40 minutes of airplane-license-plate bingo with instructor Jim Whitesell. With an Airline Transport Pilot license for multi-engine aircraft, Whitesell helps to ease ground-evading greenhorns toward their own private, commercial, flight-instructor, or ATP licenses.
A member of the US Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve from 1988 until 1996, Mac Mackinzie’s time in the service jumpstarted a lifelong passion for training students of all skill levels in the importance of safe weapon handling. At Critical Defense Group, the certified instructor leads courses that cover subjects from basic safety and shooting fundamentals to more advanced techniques such as speed reloading and shooting while moving. In addition to groups, Mac meets with students one-on-one to help eliminate poor habits and explore topics of their personal interest. When he’s not training citizens, Mac also works with military, law enforcement, and security personnel to further their skills in areas such as force on force and protecting executives, dignitaries, and celebrities.
In Bricks 4 Kidz hands-on programs, kids can learn to build anything from a motorized amusement park to a duck. But the building blocks aren't real bricks—they're LEGO blocks. Each of the company's summer camps, after-school classes, and birthday parties center around building themed LEGO model plans, designed by engineers and architects. By building structures that fit a zoo theme or a Minecraft theme—or by creating Lego scenes for stop-motion animation—kids learn science and math, teamwork, and problem solving skills, while having fun and getting their masters in LEGO architecture along the way.
The Rockwell County program is helmed by husband and wife team Kevin and Natalie Shepherd, who share a passion for educating children in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. To lead the program they utilize Natalie's background in counseling and play therapy, Kevin's knowledge as a practicing engineer, and their experiences parenting their daughter Sydney.
While many people might only think to use lasers to thwart tuxedo-wearing spies, Rockwall Laser Center uses them to help clients feel beautiful and confident—tuxedo or not. There, a staff of technicians–all of whom are certified by the Texas Department of State Health Service and most of whom are Certified Senior Laser Technicians–uses versatile lasers to remove unwanted hair, fight the signs of aging, and treat acne. The crew are also experts at removing unwanted tattoos, having removed a staggering 40,000 by 2013. The center's services also extend beyond the beam. During micro-needling therapy, aestheticians use a cartridge filled with precisely spaced, microscopic needles to create tiny perforations in the skin that jump-start healing processes, thereby helping to firm skin, soften fine lines, and banish little-brother cooties.
Founded in 2011 by New York theater veteran Jacob Thomas, Rockwall Summer Musicals blew audiences away in its first season with packed showings of The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! Refusing to rest on their laurels, the company's ambitious second season features Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy, continuing to bring Broadway to Rockwall without hijacking theater companies' tour buses at rest stops.