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. 

County Seat BBQ Cook-off and Washer Tournament

The first County Seat BBQ Cook-off and Washer Tournament will be held May 30 at the Ellis County Expo Center in Waxahachie. The event will benefit the Texas Traveler’s 14U girls fast-pitch softball team of Ellis County.

The cook-off will feature brisket, pork spare ribs, half-chicken and jackpot beans as sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. The entry fee is $75 one or all plus one cooked brisket and $10 jackpot beans.

Check in is from noon-1 p.m. for the washer tournament, with boards and washers provided. Entry fee is $25 per team.

Live entertainment will be provided by Dakota Butler (1 p.m.), Southern Chance (2 p.m.), Dallahachie Boys (5 p.m.) and White Noise Band (7 p.m.).

Concessions will be available. Admission is $5, with children age 12 and younger $3.

Downtown Farmers Market

Vendor applications are being accepted for the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market.

For more information, contact Anita Williamson, downtown development director for the city of Waxahachie, at 972-938-2101, ext. 198.

Dog-behavior class

The Education Committee of the Ellis County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a dog-behavior class,  “Why does my dog do that and what can I do about it?” from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at First United Methodist Church of Red Oak, 400 W. Red Oak Road in Red Oak.

This class is for humans only; the instructor will have a dog to demonstrate some training techniques and dog behavior.

The class is free, but donations toward the programs of the Education Committee will be accepted. 

For directions to the church, go to www.fumcro.org. For more information, contact Leanne Brindle at lee.brindle@gmail.com.

Downtown Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market will open to the public at 8 a.m. May 30, with booths open until 1 p.m. Vendors will have on hand different types of produce in all shapes, sizes and colors. In addition to produce, vendors also will sell such food-related items as canned preserves, jellies, jams and salsas. 

The Master Gardeners will have an information booth with representatives on hand to answer questions.

For more information or an application to become a vendor at the farmers market, visit the city of Waxahachie’s Web site at www.waxahachie.com or contact Williamson at 972-937-7330, ext. 198.

For more information and registration, visit online at www.centralscore.com or e-mail csccookoff@sbcglobal.net.

Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A in Waxahachie will host a fundraiser and send-off party at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, in support of Texas Fallen Heroes and its founder and chairman, Walter Coleman, as he embarks on a walk across the state of Texas in support of U.S. military personnel who have been killed in action.

The goal of Texas Fallen Heroes is to create a monument in Texas to honor American military personnel who gave their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The restaurant will donate $1 per customer the day of the fundraiser. Members of the Patriot Riders, Ellis County Honor Flight, the National Guard and the Waxahachie police and fire departments will be present.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.TexasFallenHeroes.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.

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.

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.

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.