Donations requested

Former players of Henry Curry’s baseball teams are planning to erect a memorial in his honor at Richards Park. Those who have been influenced by his efforts are requested to participate with financial support. Send contributions to the Henry Curry Memorial fund at Citizens National Bank of Texas, P.O. Box 717, Waxahachie, TX 75168.

For more information, call Billy R. Hancock at 972-937-5054.

“Help spread the word to teammates so that they may participate in this memorial. Any excess funds will be donated to the RBI Baseball Booster Club for improvements at Richards Park,” Hancock said.

Jazz Café tickets available

On Jan. 31, the Waxahachie Civic Center will again be filled with the sights and sounds that accompany the Jazz Café: candlelight, dinner and dancing to the music of the Waxahachie Jazz Orchestra. 

Attendees will be treated to the cool strains of jazz accompanied by hot licks from an upright bass while enjoying an elegant dinner followed by dancing to the sounds of big band music and swing with surroundings reminiscent of the jazz cafés of years gone by. 

“A $25 ticket will guarantee an elegant dinner followed by decadent desserts and coffee,” said Rich Armstrong, director of the Waxahachie Jazz Orchestra. “Then, around 8 p.m., the jazz orchestra will take the stage and provide music perfect for dancing  — big band, swing and even a salsa number or two. And, of course, don’t forget the Music Theatre Singers will be entertaining us as well.”

All proceeds from the event go directly into the Waxahachie ISD band program, benefiting all students in band grade six through grade 12. 

Tickets for the Jazz Café’ are available through Jan. 25 at Bealls, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Waxahachie Daily Light, Waxahachie High School band office and Waxahachie Veterinary Clinic.

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. 

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.

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.

Those registering by Jan. 23 will receive a $50 discount, with a regular booth priced at $200 and a premium booth priced at $275.

After Jan. 23, the 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.

Baylor Auxiliary to meet

The Baylor Auxiliary to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie will hold its semi-annual meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27, at First United Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting called to order at 10. Officers for the coming year will be elected. All members are urged to attend.

Clift to host Aim for Success

Clift Middle School announces that Aim for Success will present its sexual abstinence program to students Jan. 29. 

College Day 2009

Navarro College will host College Day 2009 from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in Gibson Hall on the Corsicana campus.

The annual event is an opportunity for high school and college students to start planning their college careers by visiting with representatives one-on-one from colleges and universities from across the state.

Some of the schools that participated last year were Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas Christian University, Texas Southern University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Woman’s University, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Tyler and West Texas A&M University, along with Parker College of Chiropractic and the Barbizon School of Modeling.

For more information, contact Keely Tucker, at 903-875-7331 or call toll-free at 1-800-NAVARRO.

Send e-mail questions to keely.tucker@navarrocollege.edu.

Renfro plans legislative forum

The Renfro Healthcare Family Council will host a legislative question and answer forum on aging services in Texas.

The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Renfro Healthcare Center, 1413 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

The 81st Texas Legislature is under way and Waxahachie will be affected by its outcome. The forum will focus on the issues that will affect the aging population in Waxahachie and steps individuals can take to be an advocate for the seniors in the community.

David Thomason, chair of the Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition, will be on hand to provide an update and steps for action.  For more information, contact Ginger Cole at 972-937-2440, Jane Vineyard at 972-938-9715 or Renfro Healthcare Center at 972-937-2298.

WISD Random Acts of Kindness Celebration

Waxahachie ISD will celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the high school’s Fine Arts Center.

The evening will include school choirs performing, a vignette by the high school theater department and a program by an FBI expert on cyberbullying. For more information, contact any campus’ school counselor.

Forreston Cemetery Association

The Forreston Cemetery Association will hold its annual board meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Forreston Baptist Church located on Pecan Street.      

‘Guys and Dolls’

Midlothian High School theater will present the musical, “Guys and

Dolls,” at 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in the school auditorium. General admission tickets are $7 and may be purchased in Meadows Library. Reserved seats are $10 and may be purchased in MHS theater room 411 or online at www.seatyourself.biz/mhs.

12th annual DEAR Day set Jan. 30

Waxahachie students are excited as they and 500 volunteers prepare for the 12th annual Waxahachie ISD Drop Everything and Read Day on Jan. 30.

Volunteers from around the community, businesses, organizations, churches, universities and PTO organizations will join WISD campuses and read to classrooms in this community-wide reading effort to emphasize the value and joy of reading by providing reading role models.

Volunteers and donations of books are needed.

Reading times are 15 minutes, with sessions at 8:45 and 10:15. 

To volunteer, contact Melissa Cobb at 972-923-4631, ext. 142.

‘Mulan’

Canterbury Episcopal School in DeSoto invites the community to attend the middle school production of “Mulan.” 

There will be two performances, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.  Prices are $5 for adults and $1 for non-participating students. Call Canterbury for tickets at 972-572-7200.

 Canterbury Episcopal School is a college-prep school for grades K-12, located at 1708 N. Westmoreland Road. For more information, visit the Web site at www.thecanterburyschool.org.

Chili cook-off

The Maypearl High School class of 2012 will host a chili cook-off at 9 a.m. Jan. 31. Judging will start at noon and will wrap up around 12:30 p.m.

A bake sale will be held in conjunction with the cook-off, with all proceeds benefiting the class’ after-prom party, which is a part of Project Graduation. Project Graduation is a party that allows students to enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

The entry fee is $25 and checks should be made payable to the class of 2012 at The Cowboy Bank in Maypearl. Cooks are required to bring their own cookware, tables, gas burners and other side dishes. Access to electricity is limited.

Tasting is $1 per tasting bowl or $5 for six tasting bowls.

Rules for the chili cook-off are available at www.maypearlclassof2012.com. For more information, contact Eastwood at 214-924-0795.

Pancake breakfast and chili lunch

Covenant Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie will have its annual pancake breakfast and chili lunch Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Family Life Center, 505 W. Marvin. Serving will begin at 7 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m. The class will also offer casseroles, homemade soup and baked items for take-out. Proceeds will support numerous community and mission ministries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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 team captain meeting

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will hold a team captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 16 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 announces scholarship fundraiser

Navarro College has announced plans for a scholarship fundraiser, Brilliance, in Ellis County in April.

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 and feature artwork and entertainment from various Ellis County High School art and music departments.

For more information on how to be involved, contact Casey Ballard at casey.ballard@gmail.com.

Relay For Life team captain meeting

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will hold a bank night only (no meeting) at 6:30 p.m. May 12 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.

Relay For Life

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.