Oasis Beach & Tennis Club's focus on the sport of tennis is obvious, if only based on the sheer number and variety of courts available. There are 14 total:
are outdoor hard courts, two are clay courts, and two are indoor, climate-controlled courts. But when it comes to coaching, especially for junior athletes, the instructional team focuses less on numbers and more on the 4 C's: consistency, commitment, courage, and character. They view these building blocks as essential to success in the sport more so than any numerical metric, such as number of aces you can pull off in a game or the number of times someone has mistaken you for a cool guy named Ace.
But the club has plenty of other amenities, such as a traditional fitness center, pool, and nine beach volleyball courts. Volleyball events are held regularly. Clinics for adults help players take their tennis game to the next level and an on-site tennis pro shop supplies high-quality gear and stringing services. When it's time to relax, take a spot in a cabana surrounding the turquoise resort-style pool open from Memorial Day through Labor Day while kids spend time at the onsite
childcare facility, available for free for members from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. Additionally, members receive a discount at Urban Air Trampoline park, which shares a location with Oasis.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Here at Rockwall Hills, we are dedicated to teaching correct riding techniques, whether you just want to get comfortable around horses or you want to learn to ride to the Olympic level, we have everything you need. Our head trainer is long listed for the Olympic team in three-day eventing.
What is the experience customers can expect?
You get a 45-minute, one-on-one riding lesson with one of our certified riding instructors. You will learn grooming techniques and how to tack up your horse properly, and then receive a private riding lesson, learning to steer, post the trot, canter, jump, etc.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Our head trainer, Ellen, has a passion for horses and teaching. She has created an environment that is family friendly and kid-oriented. We have lots of group lessons available as one advances, and the Rockwall Pony Club is based out of our barn.
What do you love most about your job?
The joy of seeing one advance in their riding. Whether it is their first time riding, their first time to canter, jump, complete their first show, that is why we do what we do. For the love of the horses and the love of the equestrian sport.
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.
A connection to the sea is in US Coast Guard–licensed captain Scott Self's blood—and, likely, his name. Given Texas's high concentration of the surname Self, it's probable that Scott hails from a band of prisoners shipped over from the coast of England in the first half of the 19th century courtesy of the British Royal Navy. Each prisoner on these ships was dubbed a Seawolf, a title that would eventually be shortened to Self. It's certainly fitting, then, that Scott finds himself at home on the water—he's even twice retraced his ancestors' transatlantic trip aboard a 44-foot sailboat, once heading eastward and once westward.
Today, Sail with Scott offers group and private sailing charters out of Lake Ray Hubbard's Bella Harbor. Captain Andy Blesi, a licensed captain who has been boating all his life, sails Harbor Lights, a 57-foot heated double-decker powerboat. The ship whisks passengers on peaceful cruises across the lake's calm waters, offering glimpses of scenic vistas and beautiful lakeside homes. Sail with Scott is located 23-miles east of downtown Dallas on Interstate 30.
A lush tapestry of Bermuda grass unfurls across 6,532 yards of rolling hills to form Stone River Golf Club's 18-hole course. A relatively open layout, the course lulls golfers into a comfortable rhythm before surprising them with the occasional fairway-side pond, strategically placed tree lines, or undercover course rangers that work as process servers. The par-5 16th—the course's hardest-rated hole—requires a long tee shot and a long-iron or short-wood approach shot to reach the green in two, which sits 590 yards from the tee box. Golfers can prepare for rounds by taking cuts at the irons-only driving range, getting a feel for the putting surface on the practice green, or passive aggressively introducing clubs to their potential replacements at the pro shop.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,432 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 69.4 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 114 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
It was early one Christmas morning when Mr. and Mrs. Powell presented their son Robert with his present— tae kwon do lessons. Robert took to the sport instantly, studying, practicing, and mastering its powerful kicks and swift punches throughout grade school and all the way up through college. Along the way, he put his skills to use competing in local and international tournaments.
Today, Robert draws upon his impressive history with tae kwon do and heads his own martial-arts studio, where he teaches adults and kids techniques and form. He intersperses tae kwon do lessons with movements from a variety of different martial-arts styles, including jujitsu, haganah, and pekiti tirsia. In addition to combat and self-defense instruction, Robert and his instructors strive to promote life skills such as perseverance, self-control, and integrity, while at the same time discouraging undesirable habits such as bullying or making fun of babies because they can’t fill out their own tax forms.