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.

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.

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.

For more information and registration, visit online at or e-mail

Clients needed for

assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs of Texas, a local, nonprofit organization, is now accepting applications from people who could benefit from a service dog. Dogs are trained to complete various tasks such as alerting to sounds, assisting in balance, opening doors and retrieval of items such as canes, phones and other objects, among others. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

For more information, call Cindy Roberts at 972-617-3136 or e-mail

SPCA in need of donations

The Ellis County SPCA is in need of donations including cat litter, paper towels, bleach, dish soap, monetary donations, laundry soap, trash bags and others.

The SPCA is located at 2570 Farm-to-Market 878, Waxahachie.

For more information, call 972-935-0756.

Texas Buglers

Texas Buglers announces participation in the state of Texas Taps Tuition Voucher Program.

This program allows students in grades six through 12 to perform taps at military honors funerals held in Texas and receive a voucher of $25 per funeral to be used for higher education. Schools will honor the absent day as an attended day of school without penalty and will receive a reasonable amount of time to make up schoolwork. Texas Buglers will assist in this program by providing bugles and teaching the students how to play taps. Once ready, the buglers are informed of services near them that require their skills. This nonprofit organization relies solely on donations and does not charge for any service. People who are interested can visit to volunteer, donate or to request a bugler for a service.

TexShare Databases

computer class

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer a new advanced computer class on the TexShare Databases from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30. This is an advanced level class examining the TexShare Databases available at Sims Library. Students must either have completed the beginner and intermediate level computer classes or have equivalent computer experience to register.

Sims Library offers free computer classes every month that are open to registration for anyone who has a library card. 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. 

‘Cooking for a Cure’

“Cooking For a Cure” is on sale for $20, with proceeds benefiting Ellis County Relay for Life. Cookbooks may be purchased in Waxahachie at the Plaid Donkey, 107 W. Franklin, or in Italy at the Uptown Cafe, Magic Mirror or Bobbie’s Salon. Supplies are limited, so purchase early.

For more information, contact Karen Mathiowetz at 972-483-7434.

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 For more information, contact Leanne Brindle at

Ellis County veterans on DVD at Sims Library

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 

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

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

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

Beauty and the Beast Jr. at Red Oak Junior High

Red Oak Junior High will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. at 7 p.m. May 29-30, at the ROJH cafetorium.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Preschool children are free. Tickets may be purchased from the Red Oak Junior High choir office or fromthe cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast Jr.

For more information, contact Mechelle Foster at

Therapeutic riding program

Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, 767 Bethel Road, Waxahachie, offers horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. The evaluation and first ride are free.

For more information, call Emily Oliver at 972-937-7265 or e-mail

GED, ESL and literacy classes

Interested in preparing for the GED test, learning English as a second language or want to learn how to read or write? The Navarro College Adult Education program can help.

Free GED, ESL and literacy classes are offered in Corsicana, Ennis,

Fairfield, Ferris, Mexia, Midlothian, Red Oak and Waxahachie. Day and evening classes are available. Educational materials will be provided.

Registration is under way. 

To obtain a schedule or request additional information, contact the Department of Adult Education at 903-875-7464 or 7460.

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.