WHS Jazz Band at Chautauqua

 The WHS Jazz Band will be performing at the Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 24. 

The Jazz Band’s performance, set for 1:50 p.m., is part of a daylong program taking place at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner park.

The WISD Band Boosters will also be selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches and drinks during the event.

All day tickets for this year’s Chautauqua Assembly are $20 for adults, $2 for students. This year’s Chautauqua Assembly theme is “Oil and Gas in Waxahachie and Surrounding Area” with programs beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.discoverculture.org.

Retired school personnel group to meet

The South Dallas County Retired School Personnel will hold its first meeting of the 2011-2012 year Sept. 21 in the DeSoto Belt Line Conference Center, 210 E. Belt Line, at 10 a.m.

The speaker will be Tim Miles from AMBA.

Photo scavenger hunt at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Inc. is taking a walking field trip to the downtown square for a photo scavenger hunt from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Teens will take pictures from a prepared list. Bring a camera or cell phone with a camera. Participants must have a permission slip signed by a parent before event. 

Blood drive to benefit council member

A blood drive will be held at Ovilla City Hall from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with all blood collected to be credited to the name of Michael Dickey, Ovilla City Council member, Place 2. Dickey was involved in a motorcycle accident Sept. 8 and remains hospitalized in serious condition at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Friends of NRA banquet and auction

The Ellis County Friends of NRA will hold its banquet and auction Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane in Waxahachie. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner tickets may be purchased for $30 per person or $100 Big Shooter package – includes $30 dinners ticket, $200 worth of raffle tickets and a chance to win a Remington 1911 .45 caliber ACP pistol. Deadline to purchase Big Shooter package is Sept. 15.

Tickets may be purchased at Waxahachie Pawn, 912 Ferris Ave.; Shooter’s Edge, 1037 W. U.S. Highway Bypass, Suite A; or John C. Capps CPA, 309 Main St. in Maypearl.

For more information, visit www.friendsofnra.org/tx.

Carnival at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s annual end of summer reading carnival will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The carnival is sponsored by the Friends of Sims Library and is a wonderful celebration of reading that includes games and prizes for participants of the Texas Reading Club’s summer reading program. Participants receive carnival tickets to be utilized at the event and reading certificates for their accomplishments. This program is an outside event presented on the front lawn of the library as part of the Sims Library’s Texas Reading Club events. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org.

Ovilla Heritage Day

The city of Ovilla will host its annual Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. The celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. with a parade from Ovilla Road (Farm-to-Market 664) at Ovilla Road Baptist Church to Main Street and then through downtown Ovilla to City Hall. Prizes will be offered in several categories for parade entries. More than 150 vendors and exhibitors have been invited to participate.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., entertainment will be provided by local choirs and talent as well as nationally recognized entertainers. There will be an entertainment zone that includes pony rides, a petting zoo, jump houses and an obstacle course.

Those interested in participating in the parade or as a vendor in Ovilla’s Heritage Day festival should contact Kim Gutierrez at the city of Ovilla by calling 972-617-7262 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Teen Advisory Board at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The board allows teens to have a voice in teen services at the library.

“You will be able to tell us what books, videos, CDs you would like to see at the library and help plan teen programs. We want to know what you are interested in. Come join us for pizza at 5:45 in the meeting room,” a spokesman said.

The board is for ages 13-18 and meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday.

Teen Book Club at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will discuss “I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the teen loft located next to the upstairs Lyceum.

Chautauqua Assembly Sept. 24

The Waxahachie Chautauqua Preservation Society will hold its annual Chautauqua Assembly on Sept. 24. The opening ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the traditional ringing of the assembly bell.

The assembly program activities will take place in the Chautauqua Auditorium located in Getzendaner Park and is open to the general public. The theme for the Assembly is “Oil and Gas In Our Region. The program will include a presentation by Dr. Tommy Stringer, vice president for Institutional Advancement and director of Navarro College Foundation, who will present a short history of oil and gas in the Navarro/Ellis county area. 

In addition, there will be several speakers from Texas Christian University addressing the geology of Ellis and surrounding counties including the Barnett Shale gas field. A panel discussion will be held after the speakers conclude their presentations. 

Music will be provided by the Waxahachie Jazz Band and will conclude with an evening performance by the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Jazz Band. 

The Waxahachie Community Theater will present a short melodrama  “Mischief in the Magnolias” at 4:30 p.m. 

Admission to the melodrama is $5 and is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly, which can be purchased at the door for $20. 

All day student tickets to the assembly are $2.  For more information, visit the website at http://www.discoverculture.org.

‘Mischief in the Magnolias’ at WCT

As part of the 2011 Chautauqua Assembly activities, the Waxahachie Community Theatre will present “Mischief in the Magnolias” starring Gary Clark as Colonel Beauregard “Lucky” Sweetwater and Sara Craig as his late wife, Merry May.  (She’s not dead – just never on time!)  The show also features Jessica Price as the attractive but socially awkward daughter, Truly Sweetwater, Brian Caudell as Slim Chance, and Jonathan Ivey as Hadley A. Heartburne.

This single-performance melodrama will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie.  Admission is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly (www.waxahachiechautauqua.org). Admission price without a Chautauqua Assembly ticket is $5 at the door.

 Contact the Waxahachie Community Theatre box office at 972-646-1050 or via email at wct.texas@gmail.com for more information.

Waxahachie Night Out Oct. 1

Waxahachie’s National Night Out event will be held Oct. 1.

“We have six active neighborhood watch groups within Waxahachie and they will all be hosting parties for their individual neighborhood,” said Waxahachie Officer Wess Winn, who serves as the community service/crime prevention officer.  “I know in the past we have had city wide celebrations, but that is not what National Night Out is meant to be.

“Night Out originated in the neighborhoods and over the past few years many communities and police/sheriffs departments are making every effort to put it back into the neighborhoods,” he added.

For Waxahachie Police Department to sponsor a Night Out event in a neighborhood, it has to have an active neighborhood watch group.

For questions on how to form a neighborhood watch, visit the Waxahachie Police Department website at www.waxahachiepd.org.

Ferris Pioneer Days

Sponsored by the Lions Club of Ferris, the “Pioneer Days” festival began in 1974 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the city of Ferris. This year the parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and winds through Ferris’ small yet historic downtown. Throughout the day, live music surrounds street vendors who sell food, arts and crafts, paint faces for kids and offer various items for sale. Typically there are many activities for the kids, including a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, slides, pony carousel and a petting zoo. The grand marshal (called the pioneer of the year) is always a long time resident of Ferris who is honored for his or her service to the community. The evening dance will feature the popular MidTown Playboys.

Off the Wall – art sale and garage sale

The Ellis County Art Association will hold an Off the Wall art sale and garage sale inside the Fine Arts Museum, 501 W. Main St. from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 6-8 and from noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

For more information, call 972-617-0911.

Volunteers and vendors needed for Senior Games

The final planning meeting for the 2011 Senior Games will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at Buffalo Creek Adult Living Facility, 1329 Brown St. in Waxahachie. The meeting is open to all participating vendors, participating facilities, and volunteers.

Plans will be finalized for the games to be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin in Waxahachie.

Still needed are volunteers to assist in running the games, 11-13 events with two volunteers at each. Still needed are hamburger patties, hot dogs, buns, condiments, vegetables, chips, cheese, cookies, lemonade and ice, large foil pans, large trash bags, plates, cups, napkins and table cloths.

For more information, contact Debbie Jones at 972-938-9888 or Martha Kelley at 972-352-9100.

Accepting nominations for gifted/talented program at Maypearl ISD

Maypearl ISD is in the process of identifying students who qualify for the gifted and talented program. Students may be nominated for the program by parents, community members  and or teachers. Nomination forms are available in the school office at Lorene Smith Kirkpatrick Elementary and online at www.maypearlisd.org.

Completed forms should be returned to school by Friday, Oct. 14. Direct any questions to: Amanda Stinson, school counselor, LSK Elementary, 972-435-1010.

Global High PTO golf tourney Oct. 22

Waxahachie Global High Parent-Teacher Organization will host its 2011 Golf Classic Saturday, Oct. 22, at The Old Brickyard, 605 North I-45 Ferris, Texas.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start following at 12:45 p.m. The proceeds go to benefit the students of Waxahachie Global High.

For more information about sponsorships, volunteering or how to help, visit www.golfdistrictplanner.com/19527-WGHGolf or email globalhighgolf@gmail.com.

Fundraiser dinner for WRC Pregnancy Center

WRC Pregnancy Center of Ellis County will hold its annual fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Creekside Church on U.S. Highway 287 between Waxahachie and Midlothian. The guest speaker is Kerby Anderson, National Director of Probe Ministries and radio host of “Point of View.” Tickets are complimentary, but reservations are required.

For information, call 972-938-7900 or 972-878-0784.

Seeds of Hope fundraiser for Hope Clinic

The Hope Clinic of Waxahachie will host its 13th annual Seeds of Hope fundraiser in the Midlothian Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.

“This is our one and only fundraiser every year,” CEO Dr. Mackie Owens said. “It’s centered around our ministry and our patients testimonials.”

This year’s theme is Hope Through the Generations, representing the clinic’s treatment of patients from birth to senior ages.

For more information, visit www.hopeclinicelliscounty.com or call 972-923-2440.

WPD Citizens Police Academy

Waxahachie residents are invited to apply for the next session of the Waxahachie Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy. The 10-week citizens police academy will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. every Thursday, Sept. 22-Dec. 1, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. The class meets in the conference room at the water treatment plant at 1900 Howard Road. Applications are available at the police department at 216 N. College St. or online at www.waxahachiepd.org. There is no cost to participate in the class but a background check will be performed on each applicant. The class size is limited to 15-20 students.

For more information about the citizens police academy, contact community relations officer Wess Winn at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.

Sunshine Committee accepting applications for craft fair

Waxahachie’s Sunshine Committee is accepting applications for the fourth annual Pre-Christmas Craft Fair. The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Waxahachie High School. All proceeds will benefit the high school’s Student in Need Fund. Contact Kim Kriegel at 972-617-5928 or kkriegel@wisd.org for an application.

Downtown Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market has moved to a new location in Singleton Plaza, located across from the Waxahachie Police Department at 216 N. College St. The market takes place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 15.

For more information about the market, contact Anita Williamson, downtown development director for the city of Waxahachie, at 972-937-7330, ext. 198, or awilliamson@waxahachie.com. 

Utility bill assistance

Community Services Inc., which is based in Corsicana, Texas, is offering help with high-energy bills. An application is required; no faxed applications will be accepted.

Community Services Inc. serves Anderson, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties.

For more information, call 1-800-831-9929.

Disaster assistance for producers

Ellis County was declared eligible for Farm Service Agency disaster emergency loans June 24. Generally, that means farmers who have lost at least 30 percent of their production due to drought, excessive heat, high winds and wildfires are eligible for FSA loans. Proceeds from crop insurance are taken into consideration when determining eligibility.

FSA farm loan manager, Bashir Duale, is urging farmers who are interested in receiving an emergency loan to submit their applications early rather than waiting until near the deadline, which is Feb. 24. The longer farmers wait, the more chance there is for long delays, he said, saying, “If the applications come in early, we can avoid backlogs and speed up the process.”

The FSA office is at 1822 Farm-to-Market 66, Suite 100, in Waxahachie. The telephone number is 972-937-2660.

4-H now enrolling for school year

The Red Oak 4-H Club is enrolling for the 2011-2012 school year. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Red Oak. The enrollee must be 9 years old or in the third grade through the age of 18. There are many projects available.

For more information, contact Tiffany Granzin, club manager, at 214-537-5748.

Immunization clinic

Texas Department of State Health Services holds monthly immunization clinics from 1:30-5:30 p.m. every first Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1211 S. Clay in Ennis, and from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. every second Tuesday at First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 304 W. 5th St. in Ferris. No clinics on holidays.

For information, call 972-932-2038.

Cookbook fundraiser

Central Baptist Church of Italy is selling a cookbook to raise funds for a new people mover. The book is a three-ring binder featuring recipes from some of the church’s best cooks, past and present.

“We are very excited about the project, I know our congregation will benefit from the people mover and the community will benefit from the recipes … it’s a win-win,” pastor Todd Gray said. “We hope everyone will order a cookbook for themselves and also order several for gifts. We expect delivery before Christmas.”

The price is $17.95 if pre-ordered and prepaid. Books can be shipped out of the area for an additional $4.95. Make checks payable to Central Baptist Church and mail to P.O. Box 750, Italy, TX 76651 or drop them off at the church office at 113 S. Ward St. The deadline to order the cookbook is Sept. 15. For more information, call 972-483-7474.

ROPD Citizens Police Academy

Residents who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply for the next session of the Citizens Police Academy. The registration deadline is Dec. 31 for the course, which will begin Thursday, Feb. 10.

The Citizens Police Academy is a free educational program that familiarizes the public with the nature of police work. People who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply. They must agree to a background criminal history check, be 20 years old or older and not convicted of a felony.

Eleven classes will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, with one class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The academy meets at the Red Oak public safety building, 547 N. Methodist St., Red Oak.

To apply, visit the city of Red Oak website or contact officer Nathan Bickerstaff at nbickerstaff@redoaktx.org.

Ellis County Woman’s Building needs donations

The chair committee of the Ellis County Woman’s Building is asking for donations to replace broken chairs in the building. Donations in the name of a business or organization or individuals may be made by sending a check to Ellis County Woman’s Building Chair Fund, P.O. Box 2622, Waxahachie, TX 75168, attention: Susan Rominger.

Questions may be directed to Barbara Baty at 972-937-3039 or Mary Flowers at 972-723-0295.

Medicare Savings Program offered

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, in conjunction with the North Central Texas Area on Aging, hopes to reach Medicare-eligible clients who may need assistance with prescription drug coverage.

The Medicare Savings Program is geared to reach Medicare recipients who are financially eligible.

To find out if you qualify, call Meals-on-Wheels at 817-558-2840 in Johnson County and 972-351-9943 in Ellis County.

Old photos sought

The Midlothian Area Historical Society is seeking old photos of Midlothian.

“If you have old photos that you would like to share with us to help us expand our historical pictorial records, contact the society at midlothianhistory@hotmail.com or you may call Kathy Robinson at 972-723-2755,” a spokesman said.

Scholarship account in memory of Shelley Nance

A benefit account has been set up at Citizens National Bank to establish the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship that will be given to a deserving graduate of Italy High each year. Nance, who passed away Sept. 11, 2009, was a 2007 graduate of Italy High School.

Donations can be made at any Citizens National Bank branch to the account for the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed year-round to assist with the maintenance of the Lake Bardwell Multi Use Trails.

The trails encompass 26 miles around the lake, located on U.S. Corps of Engineers property. Accessed at Waxahachie Creek Park, the trails are available to horseback riders, hikers and mountain bike riders. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Use fee is $3 per vehicle.

Interested parties may sign up to help via the Yahoo! Egroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bardwell_Lake_Trails/ or can search Facebook for “Lake Bardwell Multi Use Trails.” Any questions can be directed to one of these groups.

Donations are always needed as well to help pay for the constant maintenance. Donations may be sent to: TETRA Bardwell Trail Project c/o BBVA Compass Bank, 1712 W. Ennis Ave., Ennis, TX 75119-3750.

Volunteer firemen needed

The Ferris Volunteer Fire Department is looking for people who would like to volunteer a few hours a week to serve the community.

Those interested can attend a department meeting, which is held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at fire station No. 1, located at 203 S. Church St. in Ferris. For more information, contact 972-842-2898.

Optimist Building CD benefit

The Final Showdown Band is selling a compilation CD of its most requested songs to help raise funds for the restoration of the Optimist Youth Center Building located at 219 Patrick St.

Bryan Johnson is leading the renovation effort, with an estimate of $160,000 needed for the renovation. Johnson has said if the community can raise $80,000, he will donate the remaining $80,000.

The Final Showdown CD is available at the Waxahachie Daily Light office, 200 W. Marvin Ave. The CD is being sold for $10 each, with all proceeds from CD sales going to the renovation fund. Donations to the fund may also be made at Citizens National Bank of Texas, c/o Optimist Building Fund.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needed

Waxahachie ISD is in need of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers (minimum age 16 and driving) to mentor a child. The time commitment is one lunch period a week or a twice-a-month meeting outside of school

“Help us serve more children,” a spokesman said.

For more information, contact Diana Phillips at 972-765-4163 or dphillips@bbstx.org.

Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program

The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program is in need of volunteers.

“Sadly, there are people in our community, whether they be elderly with Alzheimer’s or adults suffering from mental retardation, who have no family members or friends to check on them periodically,” a spokesman said. “The legislature has provided that these persons should be appointed a guardian to make sure they are being provided for and to consent to medical treatment on their behalf.”

The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program was created in 1997 with a grant from the Texas Guardianship Alliance. Since that time, more than 50 people have been provided with guardians. Only a small commitment of time is needed.

People who are interested in serving can contact the Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program at 972-723-9815. Criminal background checks are conducted.

Waxahachie Care

Waxahachie Care is a community food pantry that helps those in need and emergency situations with food, utilities and gas and also helps the elderly with special needs. The nonprofit agency is located at 609 Kaufman St. in Waxahachie. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-noon Friday. Call 972-923-2273 for information.

Free pregnancy testing

The WRC Pregnancy Center of Waxahachie offers free pregnancy tests on a regular basis.

No appointment is necessary.

Operating hours for the center are 3-6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, call 972-938-7900.

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 214-609-2396.

For rent

The Optimist building on Patrick Street in Waxahachie is available for rent for a variety of activities. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Eder at 972-921-1333 or e-mail davelee75165@yahoo.com.

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.