Ellis County veterans on DVD

Nicholas P. Sims Library is filming conversations with Ellis County wartime veterans for the library DVD reference collection to share with future generations. Any veterans interested in participating is asked to contact the library at 972-937-2671 or e-mail adultlibraryservices@simslib.org. 

Trip to Choctaw Casino

The Waxahachie Senior Center is planning a trip to Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla. Make reservations now for the trip, which is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 16. Reservations are $10 per spot. On arrival at the casino, participants will receive a $10 play voucher good on any game and a $5 coupon toward the cost of a meal.

The center address is 122 Park Hills Drive on South U.S. Highway 77. The trip is open to anyone older than age 21.

For more information, call 972-937-8271.

Genealogical society to meet

The Ellis County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the Ellis County Woman's Building, 407 W. Jefferson in Waxahachie. The program will be presented by Samantha Estey of Waxahachie, who will speak on genealogical resources at Nicholas P. Sims Library. All members and guests are welcome to attend the meeting. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sharan Farmer at sharanfarmer@yahoo.com.

Sims volunteers needed

Sims Library’s Volunteer Orientation will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Anyone interested in helping with Sims’ Summer Reading Program is encouraged to attend. Volunteers must be 14 years old or older. For more information, contact 972-937-2671.

Special education records to be destroyed

The Texas Education Agency requires that school districts maintain special education eligibility folders on previous students for a period of seven years after the student either graduates or no longer qualifies for special education services.

The Red Oak ISD special education office will begin destroying records/folders June 5 for the 2001-2002 school year. If any former student or parent of a former student would like to obtain information, call the special education office at 972-617-5895.

Bake sale to benefit peewee cheerleaders

The cheer teams from Tejas and Little Indians, of Waxahachie Cheerleading, will host a fundraising bake sale at Oma’s Jiffy Burger, 403 Water St., from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 5-6.

Howdy Party

Ellis County Aggie Moms invite all Ellis County Aggies, 2009-2010 Aggies and their families to the annual Howdy Party from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin, Waxahachie.

The event will be held in the family life center gym and will include special guests, Aggie yell leaders and Reveille.

“Come meet other Ellis County Aggies and families, enjoy refreshments, hear and practice Aggie yells and have your photo taken with Reveille,” a spokesman said. “You will also have an opportunity to sign up to become a member of Ellis County Aggie Moms. We can’t wait to meet you.”

GED graduation

Navarro College will host its GED graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Dawson Auditorium on the Corsicana campus.

Those students interested in participating in the ceremony should contact the Adult Education Department at 903-875-7464.

North Texas Lake Rally

The North Texas Lake Rally for scooters is set for Friday-Sunday, June 12-14, at Lake Waxahachie. Friday's activities include camp setup, pool party and ice cream social. Saturday's activities include breakfast, country ride or historic guided city tour, scooter show, live show with the Joel Sprayberry Band and free dinner and happy hour at Courtside Bar and Grill. Prepay is $30 or pay $35 at the event.

For more information, call 214-532-5794 or e-mail vespaman76@netzero.net.

Ellis County Republican Women to meet

The Ellis County Republican Women will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. June 16 at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive, Waxahachie.

Ellis County Republican Women benefit

Ellis County Republican Women will hold a wine tasting and silent auction from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18 at the Midlothian Conference Center, 1 Community Circle Drive, Midlothian.

“Please join us for a memorable evening as we enjoy eclectic an unexpected samplings from Kegs and Corks,” a spokesman saidl

A $25 ticket includes two complimentary glasses of wine. The silent auction will feature items donated from area businesses.

For tickets, call Kim Garlitz at 972-923-9208 or e-mail kim.garlitz@gmail.com.

All proceeds will fund ECRW programs, including the Dictionary Project.

Juneteenth in the Park

Juneteenth in the Park will be celebrated with food, fun and fellowship from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Lee Penn Park.

The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., with cars, floats, bikes, horses and other welcomed. Prizes will be awarded. Registration fee for a parade entry wanting to be judged is $10.

For more information, call 972-937-3737.

DFW Summer Balloon Classic

The DFW Summer Balloon Classic returns to Midway Regional Airport from June 19-21 with more than 40 hot air balloons and more.

The event kicks off from 4-8 p.m. Friday, continuing from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday and featuring the Energizer Hot Hare, Propane Exception Energy, Curves, Re/Max and United Van Lines balloons among others.

Between the morning and evening hot air balloon activities, the extravaganza will feature gliders, skydivers, helicopters, a variety of airplanes, military aircraft, Commemorative Air Force, powered parachutes, radio control aircraft, kites and more, in static displays, demonstrations and flyovers. Some flights will be available to the public. There also will be food concessions, exhibits, displays and more.

The event is free to the public with a $10 parking fee. No ice chests and no pets are allowed.

For more information on the event or to sign up as a nonprofit exhibitor, vendor or volunteer, call Standefer at 469-644-4576 or visit online at www.summerballoonclassic.com.

Blood drive

Living Hope Church of the Nazarene will sponsor a blood drive from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21 for Crystal Rabe, 22, who has been diagnosed with mylopic leukemia and is at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

Walk-ins are welcomed. For an appointment call Rosmaria Rabe at 972-825-7817 or 214-435-6898 or e-mail raberosmaria@att.net.

Anyone age 15 and older can donate. Ages 15-16 must have parental consent.

The church is located at 2420 Brown St.

Scholarships available

Oak Cliff Business and Professional Women’s Club is accepting scholarship applications to be postmarked or hand-delivered to 512 N. College St., Waxahachie, TX 75165, no later than June 30. Women applicants must be entering at least their second year of study at any community college or university. Application forms and information can be obtained by contacting Rhonnie Tompkins at 972-935-9188 or at www.bpwoakcliff.org.

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.