Know the Ropes

Indoor rock climbers go over the wall

8/25
Maybe you've watched them--wafer-thin, 4-foot-tall munchkins scrambling effortlessly up the climbing walls at Galyan's sporting-goods store or REI. You look down wistfully at your own doughy midriff, feel your spindly upper arms and think, "Fall, you little snots, fall!" No, wait. Did we just type that? Heh-heh. What we meant is that you think, "Wow, I wish I could do that." Well, stop wishing, Mr. Couch Potato. Exposure Indoor Rock Climbing, 2389-B Midway Road in Carrollton, offers the training you need to prove that you're the equal of any 8-year-old. Exposure's Fundamentals I and II classes will teach you the basics of rock climbing, such as foot placement, movement efficiency and the physics of climbing. Alex Freels, a manager at the facility, promises that high upper-body strength is not a requirement and that virtually anyone can learn to climb--and get a full-body workout to boot. Right now, Exposure is offering a discounted $40 price for both classes, which are held on alternate Monday nights. You also will receive a $25 coupon good for a monthly membership. Call 972-732-0307 or visit www.exposurerockclimbing.com for details. --Patrick Williams

8/23
Film for Little Mo

Fifty years ago, Maureen Connolly Brinker became the first woman to win a Grand Slam in tennis. To celebrate, the Women's Museum will screen a new documentary, Unforgettable, The Little Mo Connolly Story, and formally introduce a new exhibit area honoring her. At 16, Connolly was the youngest player to win the U.S. Championship, and, at 19, she won the first female Slam. Her career ended suddenly in 1954 when she broke her leg in a horseback riding accident. She married, moved to Dallas and founded the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation. See the film Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the museum, 3800 Parry Ave. Call 214-915-0860. --David Wilson

8/27
A Real "Whiz Kid"

It's baseball season, but you're not having any fun, are you? Want to get your baseball fix without having to suffer through a Rangers game or the heat? On Wednesday, all you baseball die-hards can catch a glimpse and shake hands with 1976 Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts at Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Park for a book signing and discussion of his book My Life in Baseball. Co-written with former SMU law school dean C. Paul Rogers, this true story explores the 19-year baseball career (most of which was with the Philadelphia Phillies) of this twice-honored Major League Player of the Year as well as his childhood and what life has been like after baseball. This unforgettable player, stamped with a major-league work ethic, established himself as one of the best pitchers of the 1950s. Buck Showalter, are you listening? The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. at 7700 W. Northwest Highway. Call 214-739-1124. --Jenice Johnson

 
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