Sims Library offers computer classes

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer free computer classes for the community throughout 2010.

Classes are one-day from 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of the month. The four core classes are Intro to Internet (Feb. 13 and Oct. 9), Anatomy of an E-mail (March 13 and Nov. 13), Computer Confidence (April 10 and Dec. 11) and Basic Computers (Sept. 11). Additional advanced classes will be offered as well.

The computer classes are open to anyone with a Sims Library card.  Pre-registration is required for the classes, which are held in the reference room on the basement level of the library. 

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

Special celebration

The St. Cyril and St. Methodius Celebration begins with a 10:30 a.m. Polka Mass on Sunday, Feb. 14, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis, followed by a dinner and dance at KJT Auditorium. For more information, visit www.kjt35.org or www.stjohnchurch-ennis.org.

West Point Band in concert

The West Point Band will present a concert performing the “Armed Forces Medley” as a tribute to active duty members and veterans of the Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army at Midlothian High School auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.

The event is free and open to the public.

Ellis County Aggie Moms to meet

The Ellis County Aggie Moms will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the banquet hall of First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. For more information, go to www.elliscountyaggiemoms.org.

Choir Boosters to meet

Waxahachie Choir Booster Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the WHS Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call 972-923-4600, ext.131.

Waxahachie crime prevention meeting

The Waxahachie Police Department will host its next citywide crime prevention meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the council chambers at City Hall.

Topics will include crime prevention, how to form a neighborhood crime watch and current trends.

For more information, call community services officer Wess Winn at 972-937-9940.

Preservation seminar

Preserve America in partnership with The Texas Historical Commission’s Main Street program announces a free, full-day preservation seminar Feb. 18 featuring Noré Winter of the nationally acclaimed Winter & Company of Boulder, Colo.

Winter has been involved with Main Street programs since the National Trust initiated the concept in the 1980s. He is known across the country for his expertise in design, preservation, sustainability and community livability.

The seminar will be held at the Texas Theater in downtown Waxahachie, 110 W. Main St., Waxahachie, and will cover two main segments: Basic Principles of Design on Main Street (morning) and Current Planning Issues on Main Street (afternoon). The seminar is open to anyone with an interest in downtown revitalization and historic preservation.

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Council No. 8417 of the Knights of Columbus will hold its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Parish Family Center of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waxahachie. The event is open to girls ages 3 years-ninth-grade. Cost is $30 per couple and $5 per additional daughter(s). Photos, dinner and prizes will be provided. RSVP to Isaac Martinez at 972-921-4657.

Home Builders luncheon

The Ellis County Division Home Builders Association will hold its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Fat Daddy’s, 1011 N. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.

This month’s keynote speaker will be State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, who will deliver a legislative update.

The cost of the luncheon and presentation is $15 per person with reservations. Reservations may be made online at www.elliscountyhomebuilders.com. The cost is $18 at the door without reservations.

Benefit dinner and auction

The Ovilla Service League will host its annual dinner and auction at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Ovilla Road Baptist Church. This year’s beneficiary is the Ovilla Fire Department.

Dinner will be catered by Spring Creek Barbeque and will be served beginning at 6. A cakewalk will follow. A silent auction will take place during dinner and will end shortly after dinner service ends. The silent auction includes “many interesting, unique and handmade items,” a spokesman said.

The live auction includes some special opportunities from the fire department, like a ride on a fire truck. Another item from the fire department is dinner prepared by the firefighters and served in the new fire station. A flight on a private aircraft featuring a tour of the area has been donated by a local resident and businessman. Four lucky people will be able to attend a day at the drag races.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 3 to 12 and are available from any Ovilla Service League member, at Ovilla City Hall and from the Ovilla firefighters.

Auditions

Ennis Public Theatre will hold auditions for “Always … Patsy Cline” by Ted Swindley from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the theater, 2705C N. Kaufman, Ennis.

Casting includes one woman, age 25-45, in the title role. Actress must sing and bring track and or sheet music, preferably to a song from the show.

A second female role for age 28-55 will also be cast. This is a non-singing role.

The show will feature performances at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, April 16-May 8, with a 2:30 p.m. show Sunday, May 9.

Call 972-878-7529 for more information.

WSA concert

The time is near for the Waxahachie Symphony Association’s next concert. Pianist Gabriela Martinez, a Van Cliburn finalist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at First United Methodist Church. Tickets are available at the door: $12 for adult, $10 for senior adult and student younger than age 18 free.

Noche de informacion for Navarro College

Latinos Unidos Para Educación in conjunction with Navarro College and Ennis High School, presents Noche de Información at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Ennis High School commons located at 2301 Ensign Road. 

This bilingual presentation is free and invites the Hispanic community to gain information on banking, education, health, immigration, employment and the law. Informational tables will be available after the presentation for additional assistance. Information on entering college and completing financial aid applications will also be included. Free childcare will be provided as well as refreshments and entertainment.  For more information, call Mary Moseley or Maria Christon at 972-872-3510. For information on joining the LUPE council, call 972-937-7612 and ask for Terry Gibson or Carmen Gomez.

WHS hosts Black History Month

“The History of Black Economic Empowerment” is the theme of the 11th annual Waxahachie High School Black History Month Community Day Celebration, which gets under way in February.

The event, which is free to the public, will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 27 in the school’s Fine Arts Center.

Co-chairing the event are WHS teachers, Cynthia High, resource math instructor, and Beverly Swett, content mastery instructor.

Swett said space for approved displays of creative expressions and community outreach programs would be available throughout the event.

Interested individuals or groups need to complete a participation form by Feb. 10. All approved participants are requested to attend a rehearsal from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Fine Arts Center. 

For information about how to obtain a participation form or for more details, call High at 972-923-4600, ext. 135, or Swett at 972-923-4600, ext. 140. To receive a registration form, e-mail Swett at bswett@wisd.org.

Crockpot cookoff

Help fight cancer one bite at a time by entering the Crockpot Cookoff to be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Getzendaner Park Pavilion. Entries from the public are welcome. Categories include pinto beans, soups and chili. Entry fees are $15 per crockpot. “The public is invited to come for all you can eat and sample the wonderful tastes of Waxahachie,” a spokesman said.

Admission is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. There will be a bounce house and kids games. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. RSVP to enter to 972-825-1589. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Mr. & Ms. Red Oak pageant

The stars will be shining bright on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the 2010 Mr. & Ms. Red Oak Pageant. This year, the event will feature five women and four men working to earn the title of Mr. & Ms. Red Oak.

“The pageant is heating up as contestants from schools around Red Oak ISD are preparing to bring the crown home to their school or department,” a spokesman said. “The event is a fun filled night of laughs, laughs and more laughs as dedicated staff members the Red Oak area strut their stuff.”

The annual fundraising event benefits the Project Success Drug Education Program. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Red Oak High School cafeteria and tickets can be purchased at the gate. 

Tickets are $5 adults and $3 for students, with younger than 6 and older than 65 free.

For more information, contact Red Oak ISD Police Department at 972-617-4607.

Crochet class

Sabrina McDonald will teach a beginning crochet class for adults in the meeting room at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 27. Class and materials are free to participants. Register at Nicholas P. Sims Library, 515 W. Main, Waxahachie, or call 972-937-2671.

Lawn and Garden Expo

The Ellis County Master Gardeners invites the community to its 10th annual Lawn and Garden Expo from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Neil Sperry will again be the keynote speaker.

Anyone who has a gardening-related business and who is interested in having a booth at the 2010 Expo is asked to contact James Kocian at 972-814-0699 or e-mail expo.ecmga@yahoo.com.

Meals-on-Wheels benefit

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will host a “Remember When” 1940s-style event with happy hour, reception, dinner, big band entertainment, dancing, live auction and prizes at Mid-Way Regional Airport on March 27.

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

Scholarship funds available

The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association is accepting applications for its annual scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 1.

Scholarships are available in the amount of $1,000-$2,000. To qualify the applicant must be a current or former resident of Ellis County, have an elected academic major in a horticulture-related field that includes, but is not limited to horticulture, agriculture, environmental science, forestry, botany and entomology, and be able to provide proof of acceptance and/or current registration at an accredited institution of higher learning.

For more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 701 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 3, Waxahachie, TX 75165 or call 972-825-5175. Visit online at http://ellis-tx.tamu.edu/ and click on publications.

Free tax preparation help

AARP volunteers will again offer tax preparation assistance to the community.

The services will be available from Feb. 2-April 15, according to the following schedule, which notes that counselors may not be present for the entire posted hours if no taxpayers are present for assistance.

•10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Ave., Ennis

•9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays at Nicholas P. Sims Library, 515 W. Main St., Waxahachie

The services are free and include electronic filing. Taxpayers do not have to be elderly or members of AARP. Married taxpayers should both attend. Complicated returns are not handled; however, some assistance is offered.

Taxpayers should bring their 2008 return in addition to all tax-related documents relating to their 2009 return.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needed

Waxahachie ISD is in need of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers to mentor a child. The time commitment is one lunch period a week or a twice-a-month meeting outside of school

“Help us serve more children,” a spokesman said.

For more information, contact Joannie Conger at 972-872-9466 or e-mail jconger@bbbstx.org.

Flu shots available

Free flu shots

Free H1N1 flu shots are available to the community from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Finley Seventh Grade Center, 2401 Brown St., Waxahachie.

For more information, call Kris Rencher, RN, at 972-923-4689, ext. 504.

H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine also is being offered by Texas Department of State Health Services, 3001 S. Washington, Suite D, Kaufman.

Call 972-932-2038 for information.

Project Graduation cards available

Project Graduation cards are now available for sale. They are available from any Waxahachie High School senior and also at the Daily Light. The cards provide a discount at a variety of local merchants. The funds raised go toward the annual graduation night party for seniors.

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy fundraiser

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy is selling discount cards that offer more than 20 local business discounts. The card is good through Dec. 31 and can be used as many times as one wants throughout the year. The cost is $10 per card and the funds raised directly benefit the academy, which is located at Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 N. Grand Ave., Waxahachie.

For more information, call 972-937-0440. Purchase the cards at the school office from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program

The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program is in need of volunteers.

“Sadly, there are people in our community, whether they be elderly with Alzheimer’s or adults suffering from mental retardation, who have no family members or friends to check on them periodically,” a spokesman said. “The legislature has provided that these persons should be appointed a guardian to make sure they are being provided for and to consent to medical treatment on their behalf.” 

The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program was created in 1997 with a grant from the Texas Guardianship Alliance. Since that time, more than 50 people have been provided with guardians. Only a small commitment of time is needed. 

People who are interested in serving can contact the Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program at 972-723-9815. Criminal background checks are conducted.