Project Graduation discount cards

Project Graduation discount cards are available for sale now at the following merchants: Waxahachie Daily Light, Bennett’s Printing, Northgate Hair Design and Dr. Stan Parker’s office.

The cards feature discounts for a number of local merchants.

All proceeds benefit Project Graduation for Waxahachie High School seniors.

‘Crop disaster program signup

The signup period for the 2005-2007 crop disaster program ends Friday, Feb. 27.

Signup information and required forms are available at each county Farm Service Agency office.

Late applications will not be accepted.

All application determinations will be made by March 27.

For more information, contact the local FSA office or visit the Web site at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

Bristol Opry

The Bristol Opry will host a country music show at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the old Bristol schoolhouse, located at 100 Church St. in Bristol. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. The Bristol Cemetery Association and Caring Hands of Bristol are sponsoring the event. 

For information or to be a sponsor, call Jim Gatlin at 972-846-2211, Randall Wills at 972-666-2151 or Roland Jones at 972-666-2273.

Benefit concert

A benefit concert for Manny Martinez will be held at The Pump, 200 E. Jefferson in downtown Waxahachie, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

The musical extravaganza, consisting of several bands and soloists, is sponsored by the Waxahachie High School Student Council, with music to begin at 7. Advance tickets are $5 and will be on sale by the student council at school. Ticket price at the door is $7.

The concert lineup opens with Dakota, with Baithouse Stompers to perform at 7:40 followed by Jennifer Fiedler at 8:20.

Among Angels will perform at 9, with Lynn Haven at 9:50 and concluding with Greenlightgo at 10:30. A snack bar will be available to the concert audience.

For more information, contact Calla Beach at 214-405-3700.

100th birthday reception

A 100th birthday celebration for Eva Hobbs Tate will be held at Renfro Health Care Center, 1413 W. Main, Waxahachie, in the sunroom from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The community is invited.

Tate will turn 100 years old March 1. The family requests no gifts.

Free health day for veterans

On Sunday, March 1, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring a free health day for veterans, their families and the public. All are encouraged to get checked. This will consist of taking blood pressures and checking glucose and cholesterol. There will also be a variety of information sheets and packets to help with diets.

The Waxahachie VFW Post 3894 is located on the southbound service road of Interstate 35E, just south of U.S. Highway 287. The event will run from 1-5 p.m.

For information or questions, contact 469-658-6846 or 972-937-7007.

ECEA birthday celebration

All area youth horse enthusiasts are invited to celebrate Ellis County Equine Association’s 25th Birthday and Anniversary at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy. Activities include cake, ice cream and a horseshoe tournament to celebrate the club’s birthday. After the festivities, the youth will elect officers for 2009 and come up with a wish list of activities for the year. ECEA is dedicated to the promotion and education of all horse breeds and horse enthusiasts surrounding Ellis County. Activities include shows, clinics, field trips, trail rides and more. Call Julie Hinz at 972-483-7774 for more information and to RSVP for the birthday party. More information can also be found on the club's Web site at www.elliscountyequine.org.

Life School enrollment

Parents can get in line to register their children at Life School of Red Oak at The Oaks Fellowship beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, March 2. Parents may not line up earlier due to weekend events at the church and Monday morning drop-off for current students.

The school will begin processing enrollment applications at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 4.

For more information, contact Suzanne Garner at 469-552-9200 or e-mail sgarner@ednet10.net.

Weather spotter training

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth presents its annual Skywarn Severe Weather training from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Midlothian Conference Center.  The training is held in partnership with Ellis County Office of Emergency Management and is free and open to the public.

The program will discuss spotter operations, recommended reporting procedures, thunderstorm formation, severe weather production and features associated with severe storms. The presentation will also review tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features and safety when thunderstorms threaten.

The two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format, featuring numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.

For more information on severe weather and the National Weather Service, visit the Fort Worth Forecast Office’s Web site at http://www.weather.gov/fortworth. 

For more information on the Ellis County SKYWARN group and emergency communications, visit the Ellis County Amateur Radio Club’s Web site at www.wd5ddh.org. 

For brochures or more emergency preparedness, visit the Ellis County Office of Emergency Management Web site at www.co.ellis.tx.us.

Cowboy Gathering March 6-7

The Texas Independence Day Celebration and Cowboy Gathering, at Jackson Hole, near Maypearl, will be held March 6-7. The gate will open for campers at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, with the concert to begin at noon, March 7.

The lineup includes country artists, cowboy poetry and buffalo soldiers.

Singers lined up for the show include Brian Burns, Mike Blakely, Tommy Alverson, Billy Cate, Fletcher Jowers, Brett Watts and Kevan Banford. Among the western poets set to appear are Charles Williams, Buck the Big Man and Teresa Burleson.

Included in the celebration will be food, vendors, western and Native American gift stores, hayrides, carriage, miniature train and pony rides, petting zoo, horse shoe and washer contests, face painting, antiques, hiking and music.

This particular event will see 10-percent of the profits donated to Relay For Life of Central Ellis County and the American Red Cross.

Jackson Hole is located three miles north of Maypearl off of Farm-to-Market 157. Turn left on Smith Road. The address for Jackson Hole is 458 Smith Road.

The cost is $10 per person at the gate and $10 per campsite.

For more information, e-mail Mark Miller at timelesstyle@ectisp.net.

David Dodd benefit

A benefit for David Dodd will be held from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie.

Bands will play from 5-9, with a jam session from 9-10. Special guest emcee is Ron person, with musical groups L and N with John and Gene, Wayne Earls Band, Ellis County Bluegrass, Blue Field Express and Good News Band set to perform. Sound is by Bill Galloway.

Admission is $5 per person; concessions will be available. For more information, to make donations or to volunteer, contact Nolen or Beth Vest at 972-935-6343 or 972-935-6583.

Pro wrestling event

Killer Tim Brooks presents big time pro wrestling with four matches and a title event at Killer’s Camp, 472 Cox Road, Waxahachie, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7. There will be signs on Farm-to-Market 1446 to follow or call 214-893-8696 for more information. This is a non-alcohol, non-smoking establishment. Families are encouraged to attend and bring their children.

LifeStyles Home and Family Expo

Vendor registrations are being accepted for the 2009 LifeStyles Home and Family Expo and Taste of Waxahachie.

Sponsored by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, the event is slated for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Booth prices are $250 and $325, respectively.

For more information, contact Michelle R. Finch, membership director with the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, at 972-937-2390, or visit online at www.waxahachiechamber.com.

King Tut at the library

Nicholas P. Sims Library will present a King Tut children’s program to allow children to learn about the life of the boy king. The event will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 7. Museum replicas from the exhibit will be on display and each child will make a necklace craft and take home a King Tut coloring book. Children ages 2 to 10 are invited along with adults.

Ellis County Women’s Conference

Ellis County Women’s Conference at Waxahachie Bible Church

Women are invited to attend the “Outpouring of Love” Ellis County Women’s Conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Waxahachie Bible Church. The event is hosted by several Ellis County churches and ministries. Tickets are $15 and include the day’s speaking and breakout sessions as well as breakfast and lunch.

“Come for the opportunity to connect, participate, volunteer and pray,” a spokesman said.

For more information and to register, go to www.reconciledtopray.com/conference or call Shanya Matthews at 214-693-5218.

Waxahachie Police Explorers

The Waxahachie Police Department Explorer Post 416 is accepting new applications for anyone interested in joining the program. 

Law enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.

For information, contact officer Wess Winn, post coordinator at 972-937-9940 or stop by the police department, 216 N. College St., and pick up an application. Applications need to be completely filled out, signed and returned to the police department by March 4.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door.

Book signing

Dr. Rob Tenery will be at Hastings, 791 U.S. Highway 77 North at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, to sign copies of his book, “Dr. Mayo’s Boy – A Century of American Medicine,” which was published by Brown Books Publishing Group of Dallas.

Women’s conference

Women are invited the Outpouring of Love Ellis County Women's Conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 7 at Waxahachie Bible Church as hosted by Ellis County churches and ministries. 

Tickets are $15 and include the dspeaking and breakout sessions as well as breakfast and lunch. 

For more information, visit online at www.reconciledtopray.com/conference or call Shanya Matthews at 214-693-5218.

LifeSkillEd retreat

Lisa M. Hill, executive director/founder of LifeSkillEd, has announced a retreat for youth, ages 8 to their mid-20s, for Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at Heritage Baptist Church, 1000 Butcher Road in Waxahachie. Life skills will be the focus of the retreat.

The following Web sites can be used to register for the retreat, find out information about the organization, and to make individual donations in support of the organization:

http://www.regonline.com/skillsretreat (online registration direct link)

http://www.lifeskilled.org (general information about LifeSkillEd and basic information about retreat)

http://www.regonline.com/ripple10 (online $10 individual donation form)

Anyone needing additional information can contact Hill at 214-949-0171.

Sims Family Movie Night

Family Movie Tuesday at Nicholas P. Sims Library will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. March 10 in the meeting room, with “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” to be shown. The film is rated PG and is voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Alex the Lion meet the rest of his family in Africa but has trouble communicating after his time at the Central Park Zoo.

Fresenius health fair

Fresenius Medical Care of Waxahachie will hold its annual health fair and kidney disease awareness day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 13, at 1300 S. Rogers St. in Waxahachie.

The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

“There will be light refreshments, free blood pressure and glucose checks, free education materials on prevention and early detection of kidney disease, free diabetic foot assessments, free prostate screenings and nurses and staff available to discuss the latest dialysis treatment options and other patient services,” a spokesman said. “With March designated as National Kidney Month, now is a great time to educate the public about the importance of kidney health.”

Speakers for the event will be Dr. Paul Skluzacek and Dr. Ruben Velez, the center’s medical directors.

For more information, call 415-489-7348 or e-mail bagwella@loomisgroup.com or call the local facility at 972-938-2212.

Bridal show in Red Oak

Red Oak Municipal Center will host its first Red Oak Bridal Show from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

The community is invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Weddings Etc., the city of Red Oak and Kinney Studios. Admission is $3.

The event will include door prizes, vendor giveaways, cake and food tastings, bridal and tuxedo fashion show and bridal bazaar. More than 50 vendors will be on hand to present the latest in fashion, décor and wedding services.

For more information, call Lauren Whatley at 469-218-1202.

Relay For Life team captain meeting

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will hold a team captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway.

For more information, contact event chairman Denise Owens at 972-742-3982 or dowens@comerica.com; event co-chairman Deede Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; or team chairman Nancy Edwards at 972-937-7950 or nedwards@wisd.org.

Benefit sale at the library

A benefit sale will held at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 21. Items for purchase include library furnishings and collectibles. All proceeds will help fund library materials and programs for children, teens and adults, including the annual Easter egg hunt and summer reading program. For more information about the sale, call 972-937-2671.

Barbecue and chili cook-off

Alvarado Elementary North’s faculty and staff will hold a fundraiser barbecue and chili cook-off for Relay For Life on March 27-28 at Tres Rios Ranch in Glen Rose. Full camping, hookups and cabins are available. Prize money will be awarded. For more information, call Lori Nunez at 817-781-5082.

Meals-on-Wheels benefit

Meals-on-Wheels is hosting a “Night Under the Stars” kickoff celebration for its kitchen campaign. The event will be held March 28 at the proposed site of the regional kitchen facility at TXI Rail Port in Midlothian. There will be a reception and dinner with Congressman Joe Barton.

A ticket for the reception and dinner is $100, for the dinner only is $50. The reception starts at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7:30.

For more information, call 817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943. Additional information can be found online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Pancake breakfast

Shields Elementary fourth-graders will host their 11th annual Bluebonnet Café from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, in the cafeteria. The deadline for reservations is March 26.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger. The ticket includes pancakes and bacon with coffee, milk and orange juice.

“This event is run by the kids and offers the fourth-graders a wonderful opportunity to be involved in raising money for their party,” a spokesman said. “The kids host this event, serve the food, bus tables, run the cash register and do the advanced preparations.

“Parents get to sit back, enjoy the food and delight in seeing their kids being so responsible,” the spokesman said.

Donations are welcomed if unable to attend.

For reservations, call Michelle Campbell at 972-217-1719.

‘A Night Under the Stars’

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties presents “A Night Under the Stars” kickoff celebration for the kitchen campaign Saturday, March 28, at TXI Railport in Midlothian, where the new regional kitchen facility will be located.

The special guest will be Congressman Joe Barton, who will serve as honorary chairman of the Meals-on-Wheels “Kitchen Cabinet.”

For more information, call 817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943. Visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Spring Tea

The Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its annual Spring Tea at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 W. Jefferson.

Special Olympics track meet

Special Olympics of Ellis County will hold its annual meet April 9 at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.

Relay For Life team captain meeting

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will hold a team captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway.

For more information, contact event chairman Denise Owens at 972-742-3982 or dowens@comerica.com; event co-chairman Deede Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; or team chairman Nancy Edwards at 972-937-7950 or nedwards@wisd.org.

Navarro announces scholarship fundraiser

Navarro College has announced plans for a scholarship fundraiser, Brilliance, in Ellis County in April.

In its inaugural year, the theme for Brilliance will be “Great Expectations: Setting the Standard for Higher Education in Ellis County.” The funds raised will go toward scholarships benefitting students from all Ellis County communities.

Hosted at the Midlothian Conference Center, guests will partake in a gourmet dinner and silent and live auctions. The majority of support will come from corporate table sponsorships and individual ticket sales.

The fundraiser is intended to involve the community in helping to support both high school students who are attending Navarro College through dual credit courses and also Navarro College freshman and sophomore students who need financial assistance in realizing their educational goals.

The April 18 event will be a black-tie optional affair and feature artwork and entertainment from various Ellis County High School art and music departments.

For more information on how to be involved, contact Casey Ballard at casey.ballard@gmail.com.

Relay For Life team captain meeting

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will hold a bank night only (no meeting) at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway.

For more information, contact event chairman Denise Owens at 972-742-3982 or dowens@comerica.com; event co-chairman Deede Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; or team chairman Nancy Edwards at 972-937-7950 or nedwards@wisd.org.

Relay For Life

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cancer Society fundraiser from 7 a.m. May 15 to 7 a.m. May 16 at Waxahachie ISD Lumpkins Stadium.

For more information, contact event chairman Denise Owens at 972-742-3982 or dowens@comerica.com; event co-chairman Deede Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; team chairman Nancy Edwards at 972-937-7950 or nedwards@wisd.org; team mentor youth Brittany Villanueva or brittnvill_09@yahoo.com; survivor chairman Karen Mathiowetz at 972-483-7434 or mathiowetz@sbcglobal.net; sponsorship Kelly Saunders at ksaunders@tbhc.org; luminaria Kenny Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; Webmaster Stephanie Poe at 972-740-8672 or stephaniepoe@sbcglobal.net.