Project Graduation meeting

Project Graduation at Waxahachie High School will hold its first meeting for the graduating class of 2010 at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the cafeteria.

Project Graduation is a safe all-night party sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation and senior parents. It is held after the graduation ceremony at the Waxahachie Civic Center for any graduating senior of 2010.

All parents of a 2010 senior are encouraged to attend.

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.

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

Police Explorer applications sought

The Waxahachie Police Department Explorer Post No. 416 is accepting applications until Sept. 2 for anyone interested in joining.  Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.

Explorer meetings are held Monday or Tuesday nights and participants work special events throughout the year to raise money for the post.  Participants must attend 80 percent of meetings and events to stay eligible. The cost to join is $10, and then $5 monthly dues. Uniforms and belts are provided. The Explorer provides his or her black boots. 

For information, contact officer Wess Winn, post coordinator, at 972-937-9940 or stop by the police department (216 N. College St.) and pick up an application.  Applications must be returned to the police department by Sept. 2.

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.

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.

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 

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

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.

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

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