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.

Urban Griot at Lancaster library

De Cee Cornish, the Urban Griot, will present stories and music for all ages at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library. African drums will be on hand for a participatory learning experience as well as exciting entertainment.

These events are free of charge and open to the public. The library is located at 1600 Veterans Memorial Parkway, in the Lancaster Community Park. 

For more information and directions, see the library’s Web site at www.lancastertxlib.org or call 972-227-1080.  

Special Olympics meeting

Special Olympics will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Waxahachie High School cafeteria. All parents of children with special needs are encouraged to attend.

Anyone who is interested in Special Olympics also is invited.

New officers will be chosen and plans for the upcoming track meet will be discussed.

For more information, call 214-445-7676.

Grand opening

Red Oak ISD will host a grand opening for its new Red Oak High School athletic complex at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, with free hot dogs for those who attend.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 6, with softball and baseball games and tennis exhibitions to follow.

Baylor Auxiliary board to meet

The executive board of the Auxiliary to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the conference room of Baylor Medical Plaza, 1305 W. Jefferson. All board members are encouraged to attend.

Internet safety for teens

Teens, ages 13-18, will learn about Internet safety from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. Wess Winn, community services officer with the Waxahachie Police Department, will present the program to the teens.

‘Pride and Prejudice’

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 26-28 by the Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization in the lyceum, located upstairs at Nicholas P. Sims Library, 515 W. Main St., Waxahachie

Each of the performances is free and open to the community. For more information, contact elliscountychristianhomeschool@gmail.com or see http://sites.google.com/site/elliscountychristianhomeschool/.

Bristol Opry

The Bristol Opry will host a country music show at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the old Bristol schoolhouse, located at 100 Church St. in Bristol. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. The Bristol Cemetery Association and Caring Hands of Bristol are sponsoring the event. 

For information or to be a sponsor, call Jim Gatlin at 972-846-2211, Randall Wills at 972-666-2151 or Roland Jones at 972-666-2273.

Benefit concert

A benefit concert for Manny Martinez will be held at The Pump, 200 E. Jefferson in downtown Waxahachie, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

The musical extravaganza, consisting of several bands and soloists, is sponsored by the Waxahachie High School Student Council, with music to begin at 7. Advance tickets are $5 and will be on sale by the student council at school. Ticket price at the door is $7.

The concert lineup opens with Dakota, with Baithouse Stompers to perform at 7:40 followed by Jennifer Fiedler at 8:20.

Among Angels will perform at 9, with Lynn Haven at 9:50 and concluding with Greenlightgo at 10:30. A snack bar will be available to the concert audience.

For more information, contact Calla Beach at 214-405-3700.

100th birthday reception

A 100th birthday celebration for Eva Hobbs Tate will be held at Renfro Health Care Center, 1413 W. Main, Waxahachie, in the sunroom from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The community is invited.

Tate will turn 100 years old March 1. The family requests no gifts.

Weather spotter training

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth presents its annual Skywarn Severe Weather training from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Midlothian Conference Center.  The training is held in partnership with Ellis County Office of Emergency Management and is free and open to the public.

The program will discuss spotter operations, recommended reporting procedures, thunderstorm formation, severe weather production and features associated with severe storms. The presentation will also review tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features and safety when thunderstorms threaten.

The two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format, featuring numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.

For more information on severe weather and the National Weather Service, visit the Fort Worth Forecast Office’s Web site at http://www.weather.gov/fortworth. 

For more information on the Ellis County SKYWARN group and emergency communications, visit the Ellis County Amateur Radio Club’s Web site at www.wd5ddh.org. 

For brochures or more emergency preparedness, visit the Ellis County Office of Emergency Management Web site at www.co.ellis.tx.us.

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.

David Dodd benefit

A benefit for David Dodd will be held from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie.

Bands will play from 5-9, with a jam session from 9-10. Special guest emcee is Ron person, with musical groups L and N with John and Gene, Wayne Earls Band, Ellis County Bluegrass, Blue Field Express and Good News Band set to perform. Sound is by Bill Galloway.

Admission is $5 per person; concessions will be available. For more information, to make donations or to volunteer, contact Nolen or Beth Vest at 972-935-6343 or 972-935-6583.

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.

King Tut at the library

Nicholas P. Sims Library will present a King Tut children’s program to allow children to learn about the life of the boy king. The event will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 7. Museum replicas from the exhibit will be on display and each child will make a necklace craft and take home a King Tut coloring book. Children ages 2 to 10 are invited along with adults.

Ellis County Women’s Conference

Ellis County Women’s Conference at Waxahachie Bible Church

Women are invited to attend the “Outpouring of Love” Ellis County Women’s Conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Waxahachie Bible Church. The event is hosted by several Ellis County churches and ministries. Tickets are $15 and include the day’s speaking and breakout sessions as well as breakfast and lunch.

“Come for the opportunity to connect, participate, volunteer and pray,” a spokesman said.

For more information and to register, go to www.reconciledtopray.com/conference or call Shanya Matthews at 214-693-5218.

Waxahachie Police Explorers

The Waxahachie Police Department Explorer Post 416 is accepting new applications for anyone interested in joining the program. 

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, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.

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 need to be completely filled out, signed and returned to the police department by March 4.

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, 791 U.S. Highway 77 North 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.

Women’s conference

Women are invited the Outpouring of Love Ellis County Women's Conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 7 at Waxahachie Bible Church as hosted by Ellis County churches and ministries. 

Tickets are $15 and include the dspeaking and breakout sessions as well as breakfast and lunch. 

For more information, visit online at www.reconciledtopray.com/conference or call Shanya Matthews at 214-693-5218.

LifeSkillEd retreat

Lisa M. Hill, executive director/founder of LifeSkillEd, has announced a retreat for youth, ages 8 to their mid-20s, for Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at Heritage Baptist Church, 1000 Butcher Road in Waxahachie. Life skills will be the focus of the retreat.

The following Web sites can be used to register for the retreat, find out information about the organization, and to make individual donations in support of the organization:

http://www.regonline.com/skillsretreat (online registration direct link)

http://www.lifeskilled.org (general information about LifeSkillEd and basic information about retreat)

http://www.regonline.com/ripple10 (online $10 individual donation form)

Anyone needing additional information can contact Hill at 214-949-0171.

Sims Family Movie Night

Family Movie Tuesday at Nicholas P. Sims Library will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. March 10 in the meeting room, with “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” to be shown. The film is rated PG and is voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Alex the Lion meet the rest of his family in Africa but has trouble communicating after his time at the Central Park Zoo.

Bridal show in Red Oak

Red Oak Municipal Center will host its first Red Oak Bridal Show from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

The community is invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Weddings Etc., the city of Red Oak and Kinney Studios. Admission is $3.

The event will include door prizes, vendor giveaways, cake and food tastings, bridal and tuxedo fashion show and bridal bazaar. More than 50 vendors will be on hand to present the latest in fashion, décor and wedding services.

For more information, call Lauren Whatley at 469-218-1202.

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.

Benefit sale at the library

A benefit sale will held at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 21. Items for purchase include library furnishings and collectibles. All proceeds will help fund library materials and programs for children, teens and adults, including the annual Easter egg hunt and summer reading program. For more information about the sale, call 972-937-2671.

Barbecue and chili cook-off

Alvarado Elementary North’s faculty and staff will hold a fundraiser barbecue and chili cook-off for Relay For Life on March 27-28 at Tres Rios Ranch in Glen Rose. Full camping, hookups and cabins are available. Prize money will be awarded. For more information, call Lori Nunez at 817-781-5082.

Meals-on-Wheels benefit

Meals-on-Wheels is hosting a “Night Under the Stars” kickoff celebration for its kitchen campaign. The event will be held March 28 at the proposed site of the regional kitchen facility at TXI Rail Port in Midlothian. There will be a reception and dinner with Congressman Joe Barton.

A ticket for the reception and dinner is $100, for the dinner only is $50. The reception starts at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7:30.

For more information, call 817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943. Additional information can be found online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Pancake breakfast

Shields Elementary fourth-graders will host their 11th annual Bluebonnet Café from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, in the cafeteria. The deadline for reservations is March 26.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger. The ticket includes pancakes and bacon with coffee, milk and orange juice.

“This event is run by the kids and offers the fourth-graders a wonderful opportunity to be involved in raising money for their party,” a spokesman said. “The kids host this event, serve the food, bus tables, run the cash register and do the advanced preparations.

“Parents get to sit back, enjoy the food and delight in seeing their kids being so responsible,” the spokesman said.

Donations are welcomed if unable to attend.

For reservations, call Michelle Campbell at 972-217-1719.

‘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.

Special Olympics track meet

Special Olympics of Ellis County will hold its annual meet April 9 at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.

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.