Community theater tickets on sale

Waxahachie Community Theatre 2009 season tickets are available now. The tickets are $45 each or two tickets for $80, and include three shows:  “Red, White, and Broadway” (a dinner theater), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Annie.” 

Dinner theater tickets for Feb. 13-15 may also be purchased separately for $20 each. Download ticket application forms from waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com or call PJ Searsy at 972-723-6976 for more information. 

Gingerbread House annual chili

cook-off and barn dance

The Gingerbread House will host its annual chili cook-off and barn dance Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8, at the Ellis County Expo Center in Waxahachie.

The event features three days of CASI-sanctioned chili cook-offs, novice and bean cook-offs, junior chili cook-off, celebrity mechanical bull riding and a dance and prime rib dinner Saturday evening.

Silent and live auctions also are slated for Saturday evening.

For sponsorship information, tickets, table reservations, donations and volunteer opportunities, call 972-937-1870 or e-mail john.eccac@ectisp.net.

Project Graduation discount cards

Project Graduation discount cards are available for sale now at the following merchants: Waxahachie Daily Light, Bennett’s Printing, Northgate Hair Design and Dr. Stan Parker’s office.

The cards feature discounts for a number of local merchants. All proceeds benefit Project Graduation for Waxahachie High School seniors.

Free children’s flu shots

Free flu shots for children are available at Finley Seventh-Grade Center, 2401 Brown St., during school hours Monday-Friday. Adult flu shots are available for $20.

For more information, contact school nurse Kris Rencher at 972-923-4680.

Ellis County Genealogical Society

Judy Allen Knight of Arlington will present the program for the Ellis County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Ellis County Woman's Building, 407 W. Jefferson, in Waxahachie. She will discuss how to organize a family reunion to bring the family together to celebrate their roots and get to know each other better.

Knight, who has organized 14 family reunions, has more than 30 years experience researching family history. She is a teacher of genealogy at Tarrant Community College.

She is also president of the Historic W.V.S. Allen Cemetery Association, past president of the MidCities Genealogical Society in Euless and past District 11 representative of the Texas State Genealogical Society.

All members of the ECGS are encouraged to attend and bring family members or friends to the meeting. Guests are welcome at all meetings. 

For more information on how to join the Ellis County Genealogical Society or learn about its activities, contact Sharan Farmer at sharanfarmer@yahoo.com or 972-646-5612.

Navarro bilingual financial aid night

The Navarro College Waxahachie campus – located at 1900 John Arden Drive - will host a bilingual Spanish presentation financial aid night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.

This special presentation is free to the public and invites the Hispanic community and others who are interested in pursuing higher education. College representatives will be on hand from financial aid, admissions, academics and other departments to discuss procedures on how to enroll and attend college.

Numerous bilingual speakers will be available for the event to assist in filling out all the necessary paperwork. For more information, call 972-923-6406, or send e-mail questions to terry.gibson@navarrocollege.edu.    

Sims family movie night

Family Movie Tuesday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, in the meeting room.

The animated adventure is rated PG and voiced by Mike Epps, Joel McHale and Jane Krakowski. Elliot and pals Boog, McSquizzy and the rest of the woodland creatures launch a full-scale rescue mission when Mr. Weenie the dachshund is kidnapped.

Adult event at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library is celebrating Love Your Library Month with a classic romantic movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

The movie will be shown in the big screen meeting room at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. 

Valentine treats will be served and all adults ages 18 and older are invited.   The program is free admission and sponsored by Friends of Sims Library.

Sims bear activity

Bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and create some special crafts and enjoy some chocolates at Nicholas P. Sims Library.

Children ages 2 to 10 are invited, along with their adults.

Czech Music Festival

The Czech polka bands of Ennis invite the public to the third annual Ennis Czech Music Festival from 2-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Sokol Activity Center, 2622 E. State Highway 34 in Ennis. Five Czech bands with Ellis County connections will perform. Czech & Then Some, 2 p.m.; Ennis Czech Boys, 4 p.m.; Jak Se Do, 6 p.m.; Czech Harvesters, 8 p.m.; and Jodie Mikula Orchestra, 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with ages 14 and younger admitted free. There will be door prizes and the kitchen will be open. “This is a great way to extend your support and appreciation for Czech music and heritage. Dress casual, but this also would be a great time to put on your kroj (Czech costume),” a spokesman said. For additional information, visit www.ennisczechmusicfestival.com or contact ennisczechmusic@yahoo.com.

Senior Day 2009

The fifth annual Senior Day for older adults will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the state Capitol in Austin.

Senior Day is a project of the Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition. For help in planning a group trip or further information, e-mail lender@theseniorsource.org or call 214-823-5700, ext. 6113. Visit online at www.tsac.org.

Annual ECTEFCU members meeting

The Ellis County Teachers and Employees Federal Credit Union invites all of its members to attend the 51st annual members’ meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the new wing of Ennis High School, 2301 Ensign Road. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4 p.m.

The credit union is located at 510B Second St., Waxahachie. For more information, call 972-937-4560.

The agenda includes election of three members to the board, a member to the supervisory committee and a member to the credit committee. Cash drawings will be held; members must be present to win.

The credit union serves more than 2,100 members: employees of Ellis County, employees of any Ellis County school system and employees of the cities of Ennis, Ferris and Waxahachie.

Instrumental duo to perform

The Waxahachie Symphony Association will feature a performance by 2Tone, an instrumental duo composed of Cindy Horstman and Michael Medina playing electric jazz harp and the bass.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Central Presbyterian Church, located at 402 N. College St. in Waxahachie. Tickets are available at the door.

The eight CDs and concert DVD by 2tone were produced by Medina and have received rave reviews including a top 20 popular music award on Amazon.com. The duo also been featured on the front page of CDBaby.

LifeStyles Home and Family Expo

Vendor registrations are being accepted for the 2009 LifeStyles Home and Family Expo and Taste of Waxahachie.

Sponsored by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, the event is slated for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Booth prices are $250 and $325, respectively.

For more information, contact Michelle R. Finch, membership director with the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, at 972-937-2390, or visit online at www.waxahachiechamber.com.

Cowboy Gathering March 6-7

The Texas Independence Day Celebration and Cowboy Gathering, at Jackson Hole, near Maypearl, will be held March 6-7. The gate will open for campers at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, with the concert to begin at noon, March 7.

The lineup includes country artists, cowboy poetry and buffalo soldiers.

Singers lined up for the show include Brian Burns, Mike Blakely, Tommy Alverson, Billy Cate, Fletcher Jowers, Brett Watts and Kevan Banford. Among the western poets set to appear are Charles Williams, Buck the Big Man and Teresa Burleson.

Included in the celebration will be food, vendors, western and Native American gift stores, hayrides, carriage, miniature train and pony rides, petting zoo, horse shoe and washer contests, face painting, antiques, hiking and music.

This particular event will see 10-percent of the profits donated to Relay For Life of Central Ellis County and the American Red Cross.

Jackson Hole is located three miles north of Maypearl off of Farm-to-Market 157. Turn left on Smith Road. The address for Jackson Hole is 458 Smith Road.

The cost is $10 per person at the gate and $10 per campsite.

For more information, e-mail Mark Miller at timelesstyle@ectisp.net.

Relay For Life team captain meeting

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will hold a team captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway.

For more information, contact event chairman Denise Owens at 972-742-3982 or dowens@comerica.com; event co-chairman Deede Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; or team chairman Nancy Edwards at 972-937-7950 or nedwards@wisd.org.

Daddy-daughter dance

The Knights of Columbus will host its annual daddy-daughter dance from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The event is open to all girls ages 3 to eighth-grade. The cost is $25 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Photos will be taken at 6 p.m. with dinner and dancing to follow.

RSVP to Isaac Martinez at 972-921-4657. Moms are encouraged to assist with decorations and serving throughout the evening.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door.

Book signing

Dr. Rob Tenery will be at Hastings at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, to sign copies of his book, “Dr. Mayo’s Boy – A Century of American Medicine,” which was published by Brown Books Publishing Group of Dallas.

Cool Cars Club

Cool Cars Club will have its weekly cruise-ins at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Braum Ice Cream Store, located at 504 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.

All cars are welcome.

Relay For Life team captain meeting

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will hold a team captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway.

For more information, contact event chairman Denise Owens at 972-742-3982 or dowens@comerica.com; event co-chairman Deede Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; or team chairman Nancy Edwards at 972-937-7950 or nedwards@wisd.org.

Navarro scholarship fundraiser

Navarro College has announced plans for a scholarship fundraiser, Brilliance, in Ellis County in April. For more information on how to be involved, contact Casey Ballard at casey.ballard@gmail.com.

In its inaugural year, the theme for Brilliance will be “Great Expectations: Setting the Standard for Higher Education in Ellis County.” The funds raised will go toward scholarships benefitting students from all Ellis County communities. Hosted at the Midlothian Conference Center, guests will partake in a gourmet dinner and silent and live auctions. The majority of support will come from corporate table sponsorships and individual ticket sales. The fundraiser is intended to involve the community in helping to support both high school students who are attending Navarro College through dual credit courses and also Navarro College freshman and sophomore students who need financial assistance in realizing their educational goals. The April 18 event will be a black-tie optional affair.

‘A Night Under the Stars’

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties presents “A Night Under the Stars” kickoff celebration for the kitchen campaign Saturday, March 28, at TXI Railport in Midlothian, where the new regional kitchen facility will be located.

The special guest will be Congressman Joe Barton, who will serve as honorary chairman of the Meals-on-Wheels “Kitchen Cabinet.” For more information, call 817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943. Visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Spring Tea

The Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its annual Spring Tea at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 W. Jefferson.

Relay For Life 2009

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cancer Society fundraiser from 7 a.m. May 15 to 7 a.m. May 16 at Waxahachie ISD Lumpkins Stadium. For more information, contact event chairman Denise Owens at 972-742-3982 or dowens@comerica.com; event co-chairman Deede Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; team chairman Nancy Edwards at 972-937-7950 or nedwards@wisd.org; team mentor youth Brittany Villanueva or brittnvill_09@yahoo.com; survivor chairman Karen Mathiowetz at 972-483-7434 or mathiowetz@sbcglobal.net; sponsorship Kelly Saunders at ksaunders@tbhc.org.

; luminaria Kenny Morris at 214-236-3041 or deedemorris@winnmeat.com; Webmaster Stephanie Poe at 972-740-8672 or stephaniepoe@sbcglobal.net.

RBI Club spirit stones

The Waxahachie RBI Booster Club has kicked off its spirit stone fundraiser. All proceeds from the sale of the carved and painted stone pavers benefit the Waxahachie High School baseball program.

The stones are $25 each and may be purchased from The Greenery, located at 3708 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie or by calling Janna Hopson at 972-977-4729.                                                                            

Cool Cars Club

Cool Cars Club will have its weekly cruise-ins at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Braum Ice Cream Store, located at 504 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.

All cars are welcome.

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 oliver@ectisp.net.

‘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.

Card and domino games

All senior citizens who would like to play 42 or Texas Hold ’em (no money involved) during a weekday should call the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center at 972-937-8271. A $10 membership fee for the center is the only requirement.

The center is located at 219 Patrick in the Optimist building and will relocate to its new location later this year.

Magazine sales benefit WYB

Family and friends can subscribe or renew magazine subscriptions and help out area baseball at the same time. The Waxahachie Youth Baseball league is holding an online fundraiser in which any family — anywhere — can visit the league’s secure Web site, click on the magazine subscription button and subscribe or renew subscriptions to more than 650 popular magazines at discounted prices.

For each subscription, the league receives 40 percent of the purchase price.

To participate, visit www.wybonline.org and click on the “Magazine Store” button on the lower left side of the screen.

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.

For rent

The Ellis County Woman’s Building, located at 407 W. Jefferson, is available to rent for weddings, meetings, family reunions, etc. For more information or to make a reservation, call 972-937-6845.

Hidden Miracles Children’s Church

Hidden Miracles offers a special needs class during second service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County.

“This is a great opportunity to come and enjoy service while children have fun in a safe environment,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call 972-937-6255.

St. Vincent DePaul Society

St. Vincent DePaul Society is a nonprofit organization that serves the less fortunate by providing assistance in the areas of housing, water, electricity and other. The society has a food pantry and clothing store, with services provided for free to those who qualify. A thrift shop helps raise money for the services. The shop is open from 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays-Saturdays and is located on the property of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

For more information, call 972-923-9395.

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 www.texasbuglers.org to volunteer, donate or to request a bugler for a service.

ESL and GED classes

ESL and GED classes are offered from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Salvation Army, 620 Farley St., Waxahachie.

For more information, call the adult education office at Navarro College at 903-875-7464.

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 42

A Texas 42 group plays from 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays in the life center at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie. The community is invited; beginners will be taught how to play.

Food stamp/Medicaid benefit outreach

A food stamp outreach coordinator with the North Texas Food Bank will conduct intake for food stamps and Medicaid the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Helping Hands of Ennis, 604 N.E. Main St., Ennis.

For more information, call 972-875-0218.

GED and ESL classes

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian is offering free GED and ESL classes, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Navarro Adult Basic Education or visit online at http://www.navarrocollege.edu.

Obituary research

Nicholas P. Sims Library offers obituary research for patrons who cannot visit the library in person. The library charges $5 per name and 20 cents per page for copies of obituaries or newspaper articles. The library cannot guarantee successful results, refund payment nor send research prior to payment.

For more information, call 972-937-2671.

Mothers’ milk bank

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas accepts donated breast milk at Outreach Health Services, 110 Amanda Lane, Waxahachie.

“There is a growing need for healthy breast-feeding women who want to share their excess milk,” a spokesman said. “This is due to the demand from hospitals and fragile infants for donor human milk.”

Donors undergo a screening process before donating the milk, which is pasteurized and stored in the Fort Worth milk bank. The milk is used in the care of premature and seriously ill babies across North Texas.

For more information, contact Amy Vickers at Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas at 817-810-0071 or Paula Livingston at Outreach Health Services at 972-937-4777.

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 bcrockett1@worldnet.att.net.

Waxahachie branch of NAACP

Waxahachie branch of NAACP meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at 206 U.S. Highway 77 S. for the monthly meeting. Call 972-937-2077.

Ombudsmen needed

The Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas Ombudsman Program has an immediate need for volunteers to help elderly and disabled residents throughout Ellis County. Volunteer ombudsmen advocate for the rights of residents in nursing and assisted living facilities. Volunteers also help identify and resolve complaints for, or on behalf of, residents or their families. 

For more information, call Lisa Walker at 800-272-3921, ext. 1172, or e-mail Pat Borgfeldt at ppborgfeldt@aol.com.

Experience Works

Experience Works is a nonprofit organization that provides paid job training and free employment services to low-income older workers.

Experience Works is recruiting job-seeking individuals in the community who are 55 and older with limited income and who want to work an average of 20 hours a week.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.experienceworks.org or call 972-230-7010 or toll free 877-781-9953.

Art association meeting

The Ellis County Art Association meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Ellis County Fine Arts Museum, 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie. Visitors are welcome.

Write On

Write On, a critique group for writers in all genres, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the anteroom of the Medical Building located at 201 Ferris, where Ferris meets Water Street.

For more information, call Pat Pratt at 972-935-9685 or Wynette Green at 972-723-3931.

Volunteers needed

Family First Hospice is calling for volunteers in the areas of Ovilla, Red Oak, DeSoto, Duncanville, South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Venus, Kaufman, Corsicana, Blooming Grove and Cedar Hill.

Volunteers offer a variety of services including sitting with patients while a caregiver is out of the house or running errands for patients or caregivers. First Family Hospice needs men, women and teens who can speak English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Margie Norum at 972-878-2273.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian-based organization that has completed several homes in the Ellis County community for people who otherwise would not be able to afford a home of their own. Habitat for Humanity works every Saturday throughout the year (lunch is provided), and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information on contributing to Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County, visit the Web site at www.ellishabitat.org or call the local office at 972-937-2797. 

Preservation program

The Waxahachie Heritage Council meets at 7 p.m. the fifth Tuesday of each month at the fire station training room, 704 Water St. in Waxahachie.

Volunteers needed

Waxahachie Resale is a nonprofit thrift store supporting the Women’s Resource Centers of Ellis County. If interested in volunteering, call Melanie Moore at 972-923-2680. The store’s hours are from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

The shop is located at 1204 E. Ferris Ave. in Waxahachie.

Free pregnancy testing

The Women’s Resource Center of Waxahachie offers free pregnancy tests on a regular basis. No appointment is necessary.

Operating hours for the center are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. The center is located at 1204 Ferris Ave., No. E, Waxahachie. For more information, call 972-938-7900.

Free vehicle car seats

WRC Pregnancy Center offers state of Texas-sponsored car seat safety classes. Free car seats are available for children from birth to 100 pounds when the parent attends the one-hour safety class. Classes are the second Monday and Thursday of each month. The English class is at 6 p.m. Monday. The Spanish class is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Call (972) 938-7900 and leave a message or a phone number to sign up. 

WRC Pregnancy Center is located at 1204 Ferris Ave., Suite E, Waxahachie.

Early Childhood PTA

Mothers and caregivers of children from ages birth to 5 are invited to join the Early Childhood PTA at its meeting the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin, Waxahachie.

In addition to monthly meetings, the group schedules playgroups, children’s outings, family outings, mom’s night outs and dad’s night outs.  Refreshments are provided and childcare is available.

For more information call 972-923-2494 or e-mail ecpta@ev1.net.

55 Plus Alive Group

The 55 Plus Alive Group of the Greater New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church meets at 500 Wyatt St., each first and third Thursday at 10 a.m.

There are field trips and different activities that people can organize and participate in.

For more information, call Johnnie B. Miller, president, at 972-937-4975 or Minnie B. Grisby, secretary, at 972-937-8345.

Volunteers needed

The Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center is seeking volunteers to serve as family greeters for the center. The family greeter volunteer will assist the center’s forensic interviewer in greeting each family. Each volunteer must complete a required volunteer application and background check. For additional information and questions, contact 972-937-1870.

NAMI support group to meet

The NAMI Ellis County peer support group meets every Friday at 2 p.m. at Adapt in Waxahachie. Call 469-337-7697 for more information.

Food and clothes closet

The food and clothes closet of the Lee Turner Ministries Life of Victory Global Outreach Center Inc. is open from 9-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday and from 3-5 p.m. Friday. The center is located at 1521 E. Main St.; the telephone is 972-937-0323.

For additional information, call 972-938-9013 or 972-937-8345.

Toastmasters meetings

Toastmasters of Waxahachie meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the lyceum on the second floor of  Nicholas P. Sims Library. Anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills is invited. Call Pat Moriarty at 972-670-2059.

Ellis County Amateur Radio Club

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club meets each third Thursday evening at the Waxahachie Fire Department central station, 407 Water St. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. All licensed radio amateurs, people interested in amateur radio and the public are invited to attend.

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club participates in yearly field day operations and other Ham related activities. The club is associated with the Ellis County RACES organization, which assists in emergency communications around the county. The monthly RACES training nets are on this same frequency at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

Call Robert Crosby at 972-617-5815 for more information.

Ellis County Cruising meeting

Owners of 1970 or older automobiles are invited to join the Ellis County Cruising Association at its meetings, the first Tuesday of every month, from 7-9 p.m. at the Red Oak Whataburger, located at Ovilla Road and Interstate 35. No dues are required – just show up!

For more information, contact Bobby Page at 469-323-2536 or e-mail truckerpage@sbcglobal.net.

Bridge group

Duplicate bridge is played every Monday at 7 p.m. in the gathering room of the Waxahachie First United Methodist Church and is open to all who want to play bridge. This is ACBL-sanctioned and is sponsored by the Covenant Sunday School class.

For more information, call 972-937-5896.

Cherokee information

The sovereign Cherokee Nation Tejas is seeking Native American people and others with Native American ancestors. Anyone who is interested in joining is asked to contact the administrative office, 105 Mount Vernon St., Mabank. The mailing address is P.O. Box 5266, Mabank, TX 75147; the telephone is 903-887-9500. Business hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Donations needed

Ellis County Community Achieving Real-life Empowerment Skills, a nonprofit organization, is gathering items for local women and children in need, such as maternity, baby, children and adult clothing and for office space, including, furniture and office equipment.

For more information, call Dalaine Fletcher at 214-773-7191 or Denise Gibbons at 214-773-2761.