Donations needed

The Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center is getting ready for its annual garage sale fundraiser. Furniture, household goods, toys and children's clothing are needed to make the sale a success. Tax-deductible donations are now being accepted. Drop off donations at the center, which is located at 219 Patrick St., from 8 a.m.-noon weekdays.  Pickup for large items can be arranged for city residents by calling 972-937-8271.

Garage sale

Waxahachie chapter 599 Order Eastern Star will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at 303 John Arden in Waxahachie. There will be clothing, furniture and household items.  

There will also be barbeque lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The cost is $6 per person.

Open house

The Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center will hold an open house in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

The Waxahachie Mother's Club is sponsoring the lunch again this year.

Food drive

JCPenney in Waxahachie is holding a canned food drive through Sunday, May 4. Donations will go to local churches and food banks. Drop boxes are located at the front of the store for non-perishable items.

Scholarships

Ellis County Master Gardeners are taking applications for their annual scholarship program. Several scholarships of from $500 to $1,000 are available to graduating Ellis County seniors. Forms are available on the Master Gardener Web site at www.ecmga.com and at the county extension office at 701 Interstate 35E, Suite No. 3, Waxahachie, as well as from high school ag departments and teachers. The deadline is May 1.

Aggie golf

tournament

Sponsors and players are needed for the fourth annual Ellis A&M Aggie Club Golf Tournament to be held at Country View Golf Course in Lancaster on Friday, May 2. The tournament will be a four-person scramble format at $100 per person. Proceeds support the scholarship fund.

Contact Bob Slaydon at 972-723-2644 or visit the Web site www.ellisaggies.com.

Information meeting

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. May 22 at Waxahachie Bible Church.

RSVP to 972-937-0440.

Community-wide garage sale

Waxahachie High School is hosting a community-wide garage sale May 3 to raise money for its Sunshine Fund.

The fund is used to assist students experiencing financial aid or need.

The school is leasing spaces at the football stadium for $10 to the community.

“You can bring all of your garage sale items to one location instead of having strangers in your home,” a spokesman said. “We plan to make this a family event by providing a kid’s area, bounce house, face painting and, of course, concessions.”

For more information, contact Kim Kriegel at 972-617-5928 or e-mail kkriegel@wisd.org.

May 3 concert to aid Relay

As part of fundraising for this year’s Relay for Life, John David Dodd has put together “An Evening of Bluegrass” beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Midlothian Civic Center, next to the Dairy Queen on U.S. Highway 287. Groups scheduled to play are Ellis County Bluegrass, The Texas Prairie Band, Bluefield Express and the Midlothian Bus Barn Band. Concessions will be available, as well as a barbecue dinner. Admission and food will be by donation only to the Relay for Life.

For more information, call John David Dodd at 972-670-9040 or Sandi Grant at 972-723-2132.

WHS alumni jazz concert

All Waxahachie High School jazz band alumni are invited to  participate in the annual alumni jazz concert Thursday-Friday, May 15-16, at the band hall.

“This year will be slightly different from years past as we ask that any former WHS Jazz Band member make their way back to the high school for a really special night of outstanding music,” said Rich Armstrong, director of Waxahachie ISD bands.

Rehearsals for the concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday afternoon, with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We are inviting any and all WHS Jazz Band Alumni to join us,” Armstrong said. “This will be an opportunity for us to have one of the largest and most talented group of musicians on the stage simultaneously … and, you know, this just might be the ultimate jam session.”

Any former WHS jazz band student interested in participating can contact Armstrong at the band hall or e-mail him at rlarm@wisd.org.

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy will hold informational meetings on its university-model school at 7 p.m. May 22, June 26 and July 10.

“Are you interested in being more involved in your child’s education? Are you interested in your child being taught from a biblical world view? Come and learn more about our university-model school,” a spokesman said.

All meetings will be held at Waxahachie Bible Church.

RSVP to 972-937-0440.

Cell phone collections

The breast cancer three-day team, Koz for the Cure Foundation, is collecting cell phones and old cartridges. Drop off at Kozlovsky Collision Repair at 902 S. Kaufman, Ennis. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, call 972-351-4163.

Plein air event

The Ellis County Art Association will host its annual Paint Historic Waxahachie event from May 30-June 8. More than 30 landscape artists will paint on location for the 10-day period. Artists compete for prizes. An exhibition and sale are held June 7-8.

For more information, call 972-937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net. The association’s art center is located at 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.  

Summer art academy

The Ellis County Art Association will hold a two-week fine arts program for children from July 14-18 and July 21-25. Activities include drawing, painting and sculpture.

For more information, call 972-937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net. The association’s art center is located at 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.