WPA enrolling

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy is enrolling for the fall semester. WPA is an accredited university model school offering Christian education for kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit www.wpacademy.org or call 972-937-0440.

Open house and building dedication

Ellis Appraisal District will hold an open house from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at its newly renovated and expanded offices, 400 Ferris Ave., Waxahachie. A dedication ceremony in honor of Elmo Wade for his service to the district will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Celebrating Breastfeeding Month in August

The local Outreach Health Services office invites every pregnant and breastfeeding mom and their families to join it at a celebration of Texas Breastfeeding Month at 3:15 or 4 p.m. Aug. 4. The office is located at 110 Amanda Lane, Waxahachie. For more information or to RSVP, call 972-937-4777.

United Way kick-off

The United Way of West Ellis County will host its 2010 campaign kick-off with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The featured guest speaker is Francis M. Lazarus, Ph.D., president of University of Dallas.

The event is sponsored by the BBQ Pit, Rose Cameron; Citizens National Bank of Texas; city of Waxahachie; First Financial Bank; Vintage Bank; and Waxahachie Civic Center.

Call 972-723-9280 or e-mail unitedwayofwec@sbcglobal.net to RSVP.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive through Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Waxahachie Civic Center parking lot. All donors will receive a free cholesterol check and a T-shirt.  Photo ID is required. Sign up online at www.carterbloodcare.org, referencing DRV0328873, or call Peggy Spalding at 972-938-7345 to schedule a donation time. 

Rain barrel class offered

The city of Waxahachie’s Parks and Recreation Department is holding a class on how to construct a rain barrel. The cost is $30 per person. All materials are provided and each participant takes home a completed rain barrel. The deadline to register is July 31 or until class is filled. Space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

The class is from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Call 972-937-7330, ext. 284.

Those interested may register in person at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers, in the Utility Department downstairs.

For more information on any of the events listed about, contact the city of Waxahachie at 972-937-7330, ext. 284.

Downtown movie night

The city of Waxahachie will host a downtown movie night Friday, Aug. 7, by the pocket park across from the Ellis County Courthouse.

“Journey to the Center of the Earth” will be screened. This is a 3-D movie and glasses will be available for the first 200 people.

Sims Library offers computer confidence class

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer a computer confidence class on from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 8. This is an intermediate level class for those who would like to explore and refresh their computer skills in various Microsoft programs.

The library offers free computer classes every month. The computer class is open to registration for anyone who has a library card at the library. Pre-registration is required for the class and will be held in the reference room on the basement level of the library. 

Call 972-937-2671 or stop by the library to register for the classes.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie Daily Light will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made in advance by calling Rachael Loftis at 469-517-1442.

Maypearl School registration information

Maypearl High School principal KayLynn Day announces registration for all Maypearl students grades seven-12 for 2009-2010.

Registration for returning and new students will be held at the secondary campus with the following schedule:

•4-7:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, for 11th- and 12th-graders

•4-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, for ninth- and 10th-graders

•4-7:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, for seventh- and eighth-graders

“Go online to complete the (online) student registration form at www.maypearlisd.org,” Day said. “Print and bring the form to registration night. This will speed the registration process up. Students will receive their class schedule the night of their registration.”

New students to the district may register from 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 5, and Monday, Aug. 12, at the secondary campus.

School starts Aug. 24.

For questions, call 972-435-1020.

Open house at Little Hawks Learning Center

The Little Hawks Learning Center, which serves the Red Oak ISD employee childcare program, will have a grand opening at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. The center is located at Shields Elementary. The community is invited to attend.

Free shot clinics

Free immunization shots for babies and for children attending school will be given at 507 N. U.S. Highway 77 from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. Shots will also be given from10 a.m.-noon and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 and from10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Turner Learning Center, located at 614 Getzandaner.

For additional information, call Kris Rencher at 972-923-4680.

Master Gardeners grilling festival

The Ellis County Master Gardeners will host a grilling festival at the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market on the courthouse square Saturday, Aug. 15. The grilling will be done courtesy of Mark Arnold, Ellis County AgriLife Extension agent. The fruits and vegetables will be donated by the farmers market vendors and the Master Gardeners. Grilled fruits and vegetables will be served from 9-11 a.m. or until they are gone, free of charge to all farmers market attendees.

Benefit concert set for Aug. 15

The PitPops, a nine-piece oldies rock band from the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, will be featured at a fundraiser for Ellis County Habitat for Humanity on Aug. 15 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for single tickets. A table of eight can be purchased online-only for $105.

There will be a cash bar and concessions available as well as a large dance floor.

Purchase tickets online at www.Ellishabitat.org or call 972-937-2797 for information.

The PitPops consists of a full rhythm section, percussion, brass section and vocalists and plays a wide variety of popular hit songs from the 1960s and the 1970s. Members describe their music as “rock and roll with soul.”

For more information, visit www.ellishabitat.org.

Free shot clinics

Free immunization shots for babies and children attending school will be given at 507 N. U.S. Highway 77 from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. Shots will also be given from10 a.m.-noon and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, and from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Turner Learning Center, located at 614 Getzandaner.

For more information, call Kris Rencher at 972-923-4680.

Downtown movie night

The city of Waxahachie will host a downtown movie night Friday, Aug. 21, by the pocket park across from the Ellis County Courthouse.

“Cars” will be screened.

Community Dance and Gymnastics Day

GO! Dance and Gymnastics Studio will host free dance and gymnastics classes to everyone in the Ellis County community.  

Each class session will be one hour per age group. The class will be divided into two sections: 30 minutes of dance and 30 minutes of gymnastics. Everyone ages 3-20 is welcome to come and participate. A guardian must be present at time of registration.

Drop-ins are OK, but a call ahead to reserve a spot is preferred. Ages 3-6 is from 1-2 p.m.; ages 7-9 is from 2-3 p.m.; ages 10-13 is from 3-4 p.m.; ages 14-20 is from 3-4 p.m.

The event is set for Aug. 22 at the studio, located at 1301 S. Kaufman St., Ennis.

“We welcome everyone to come and experience dance and gymnastics for the first time or the 100th time,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call 972-878-3255 or visit online at www.EnnisDanceAndGymnastics.com.

Texas Music Festival in Milford

The Texas Music Festival in Milford, featuring Billy Joe Shaver, will be held Aug. 22. Shaver and 10 other Texas singer/songwriters or groups will appear at the festival.

Vendor spaces are 10 feet by 10 feet for $25. Each vendor will receive two tickets to the music venue.

For more information, call Carlene Hunt-Perryman at 972-875-7272 or Lisa Phoenix at 972-832-3860.

Sims Library offers TexShare computer classes

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer a new advanced computer class on the TexShare databases from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 29. This is an advanced level class examining the TexShare databases available at the library. Students must either have completed the beginner and intermediate level computer classes or have equivalent computer experience to register.

Every month, the library offers free computer classes, which are open to registration for anyone who has a library card at the library. Pre-registration is required for the class, which will be held in the reference room on the basement level of the library. 

Call 972- 937-2671 or stop by the library to register for the classes.

Glenn Heights Family Festival

The Glenn Heights Family Festival will be a three-day event from Sept. 10-12 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the city’s founding.

The first day will take place from 3-10 p.m. in conjunction with Glenn Heights Family Night Out. On Sept. 11, the event activities will run from 3 p.m.-midnight. Firefighters, police, members of the armed forces, paramedics and emergency medical technicians in conjunction with Patriot Day will be recognized. Founder’s Day will be celebrated as part of a citywide celebration from 10 a.m.-midnight Sept. 12. People who helped to found the city and city staff will be recognized in a ceremony.

Each day there will be events for the whole family to participate in that include a rock climbing wall, a traveling educational natural show, a carnival, arts and crafts live music featuring a jazz band and fireworks. Food vendors also will be on site.

Red Oak Founder’s Day

Red Oak will celebrate its annual Founder’s Day on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Old Town Park in coordination with Red Oak ISD’s homecoming. The event is a cooperative effort between the city, ROISD and Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Shelley Oglesby at the chamber at 972-617-0906.

Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza

Waxahachie Civic Center is accepting vendor applications for the sixth annual Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.

For more information, contact April Ortiz or Jeanee Smiles at 972-938-3434.

Walking for Hope

Walking for Hope Clinic of Ellis County will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the walking trail at Getzendaner Park. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. with a $25 registration fee. A team with 10 members can get a discounted rate of $200.The event will include goodie bags, T-shirts, bounce houses, car show and live entertainment.

For more information, contact Linda Chamberland at lkchamb@cnbcom.net.

Master Gardener photo contest

The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association will hold a photo contest, with entries accepted through Jan. 31.

There is no entry fee and all entries will need to be submitted via the Master Gardener Web site at www.ecmga.com.

For more details, visit the Web site and select “photo contest” or call 972-825-5175. Prizes will be awarded.