WHS cheer clinic

Waxahachie High School will host a cheer clinic for grades kindergarten-sixth grade from 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 19. Registration is $20 if paid by Sept. 11. Registration after Sept. 11 is $25, with late registrations accepted at 8 a.m. the day of the clinic.

Mail name, address, telephone number, T-shirt size, grade and payment to WHS Spirit Club, attn: Nicole Brooks, 845 Alysa, Waxahachie, TX 75167. The fee includes the clinic, T-shirt and cheering at the WHS home football game Sept. 25.

Popsicles in the Park

Ellis County Early Childhood PTA is hosting its annual Popsicles in the Park membership drive at Getzendaner Park at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

ECECPTA is designed for moms of children younger than age 5, but all parents and family members are welcome.

“We are dedicated to improving the lives of young children and parents through education, community service and social interaction,” a spokesman said. “We endeavor to develop friendships for our children and ourselves as we support each other and our community. We are affiliated with the local, state and national PTAs.” For more information, visit online at http://www.ececpta.org.

Paint your own wind chime

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, are painting wooden wind chimes from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the meeting room. Teens will paint their own personal design on the wind chimes.

Jody Dean to speak at Rotary

Jody Dean, well-known disc jockey of the KLUV morning radio show known as “Jody Dean and the Morning Team,” will be the guest speaker at the Waxahachie Rotary Club’s meeting at noon Thursday at the Waxahachie Civic Center. 

Dean is known also as a newscaster for Channels 11 and 21 and was recently named the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys.” 

Guests are invited to attend as well as members. Dean will be introduced by immediate past president Edwin Farrar.

Barton to attend ECRP meeting

The Ellis County Republican Party will host an open meeting at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce at 102 YMCA Drive in Waxahachie at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Congressman Joe Barton is the featured guest. Concerned residents are encouraged to attend and network with other attendees and address issues of importance to them.

“Congressman Barton, local office holders and Republican precinct chairs will be present as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Republican Party,” chairman Nelson Baird said.

Gaming at the library

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents “Gaming at the Library” for ages 11-18 from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the meeting room.

Benefit fundraiser

A benefit fundraiser for an Ellis County family faced with medical bills for cancer treatment will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Nay Barn, located off of Farm-to-Market 1446 in Waxahachie. There will be barbecue and a silent auction. Ten 55 Band will play. The community is invited to attend.

Sims Library offers TexShare classes

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer a new advanced computer class on the TexShare databases from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 29. This is an advanced level class examining the TexShare databases available at the library. Students must either have completed the beginner and intermediate level computer classes or have equivalent computer experience to register. Every month, the library offers free computer classes, which are open to registration for anyone who has a library card at the library. 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.

Tickets on sale for NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

The Waxahachie branch of NAACP, chapter 6240, announces that its annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Tickets are on sale now for the banquet at $30 each. Pre-sale tickets are available through Sept. 1. After Sept. 1, tickets will need to be purchased at the door.

This year, the program will honor several outstanding high school seniors.

Nominations are being sought at this time by the NAACP, which is looking to recognize youth for their performance in high school, academics, extra-curricular involvement, community involvement and other criteria.

Nominations may be dropped by 206 U.S. Highway 77 South, Waxahachie, or mailed to P.O. Box 478, Waxahachie, 75168.

Tickets are on sale now for the banquet at $30 each. Pre-sale tickets are available through Sept. 1. After Sept. 1, tickets will need to be purchased at the door.

Ad space also is available in the annual banquet program at $100 for a full page, $50 for a half page and $35 for a quarter page. Call 972-937-3737 to have an ad in the program or for more information, Jefferson said.

The community is encouraged to attend the banquet, which will celebrate the NAACP’s 100th-year anniversary.

Go Van Gogh orientation Sept. 4

Go Van Gogh volunteer orientation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the Waxahachie ISD administration building. Go Van Gogh is a fine arts program presented to first- through fifth-graders in Waxahachie schools and presented in conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art. Art history presentations are given and art projects are made.

For more information to volunteer, contact Melissa Cobb, WISD Partners in Education coordinator, at 972-923-4631, ext. 142.

Girl Scouts registration

Girl Scouts of Ferris and Red Oak will hold a registration rally at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at First United Methodist Church on Red Oak Road. Membership is $12 per girl and also for adults wanting to join the leadership team. 

For more information, contact 903-520-1004.

Cub Scout fun day

Cub Scout Pack 232 will hold a fun day from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin St.

Boys in the first through fifth grades are invited to enjoy the games, mazes and a bounce house. The event is intended to recruit new boys to join Cub Scouts and to provide information for parents.

For more information, call Chris Wright at 972-921-1216.

Glenn Heights Family Festival

The Glenn Heights Family Festival will be a three-day event from Sept. 10-12 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the city’s founding.

The first day will take place from 3-10 p.m. in conjunction with Glenn Heights Family Night Out. On Sept. 11, the event activities will run from 3 p.m.-midnight. Firefighters, police, members of the armed forces, paramedics and emergency medical technicians in conjunction with Patriot Day will be recognized. Founder’s Day will be celebrated as part of a citywide celebration from 10 a.m.-midnight Sept. 12. People who helped to found the city and city staff will be recognized in a ceremony.

Each day there will be events for the whole family to participate in that include a rock climbing wall, a traveling educational natural show, a carnival, arts and crafts live music featuring a jazz band and fireworks. Food vendors also will be on site.

Red Oak Founder’s Day, Homecoming, and Alumni Night

Red Oak ISD, the city of Red Oak and the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the community to the annual Red Oak – The Stars Shine Bright 2009 Founder’s Day/homecoming weekend celebration Sept. 18-19.

Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, with the homecoming ceremony at Goodloe Stadium. The Red Oak alumni will gather to watch the Hawks take on the Whitehouse Wildcats. 

Saturday morning, Sept. 19, will introduce the first Hawk Hustle 5K Run, which will begin at the new Red Oak High School athletic complex. Registration begins promptly at 8 a.m., with start time at 8:30. 

The Founder’s Day/Homecoming Parade follows at 9 a.m.

“Afterward, families can enjoy a day of fun at the City Park, where there is an array of choices for all ages,” a spokesman said. “Arts and crafts, bounce houses as well as a variety of foods to tempt any appetite will add to making this another Red Oak Founder’s Day success.  Mark your calendar for a great family weekend.”

More information and registration forms for the Hawk Hustle and the Founder’s Day/Homecoming Parade can be found at www.redoakisd.org. 

Dump Day

The last of the Ellis County free dump days for this year will be held from 8 a.m.-noon (or until the Dumpsters are full) Saturday, Sept. 19.

The cleanup event is available to all Ellis County residents to dispose of trash, furniture, mattresses, yard debris and other similar large items.

The event will be in Midlothian at the Pct. 4 barn located at 1011 Eastgate Drive off of U.S. Highway 287.

A maximum of 10 passenger tires without rims are OK, but no tractor tires will be accepted. Latex paint is OK as long as the unused portion of the can is filled with cat litter to soak up the liquid. The lid must be securely put back on the can.

No Freon, chemicals or other liquids will be accepted.

For more information, call 972-825-5555 or visit online at www.co.ellis.tx.us.

Bridal Extravaganza

The sixth annual Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane, Waxahachie.

Admission is $3 per person. A fashion show will be held at 3 p.m. Other activities include a $500 gift certificate drawing and a dress giveaway.

For more information, call 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.

Master Gardener photo contest

The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association will hold a photo contest, with entries accepted through Jan. 31.

There is no entry fee and all entries will need to be submitted via the Master Gardener Web site at www.ecmga.com.

For more details, visit the Web site and select “photo contest” or call 972-825-5175. Prizes will be awarded.