Fountain dedication at FBC

A new granite fountain, sculpted by world renowned sculptor Jesus Moroles, will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, on the south lawn of First Baptist Church, Waxahachie.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into Epton Hall of the church.

The ceremony will last about 30 minutes and is open to the public. For further information, contact the church office at 972-937-1940.

Cemetery cleanup

Effective March 21, the city of Waxahachie will begin a cleanup of Waxahachie City Cemetery. All items on graves that are not compliant with cemetery rules and regulations will be removed. The items will be labeled and stored for 30 days. People wanting to retrieve items can do so at the parks and recreation building at 401 S. Elm Street. For information, contact City Hall at 972-937-7330, ext. 181.

Project Graduation meetings

The Project Graduation committee has announced its schedule for upcoming meetings.

All senior WHS and WGH parents, as well as anyone in the community interested in helping out with this year’s event are encouraged to attend.

Project Graduation meetings will be held at the Waxahachie High School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. March 21, April 18, May 9 and May 23.

Aggie Moms to meet

The Ellis County Aggie Moms will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave. in Waxahachie. For more information, visit www.elliscountyaggiemoms.org.

Parent presentation at WHS

Waxahachie High School will host a parent presentation of the 2011-12 registration opportunities when the district returns from spring break.

The meeting will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Fine Arts Center. The meeting is for all current ninth- through 11th-grade students. The following points will be covered:

• Overview of course offerings and new catalogue

• Graduation requirement updates and upcoming changes by state law

• AP/dual credit opportunities on our campus

• Differences in AP and dual credit courses

• Vocational and career technical opportunities

• Community service

Students will hear the same information March 22 and 23 during their English or history classes.

Teen Advisory Board to meet at Sims

The Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Advisor Board will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. The TAB allows teens to have a voice in teen services at the library. Participants help in choosing books, videos, CDs and programs. Pizza will be provided at 4:15 in the meeting room. To register, call the library at 972-937-2671 or e-mail ya@simslib.org. TAB is for ages 13-18.

Retirement reception

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office will celebrate the career of Chief Deputy Charles Sullins, who is retiring after more than 40 years in law enforcement. A reception will held on the second floor of the historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie beginning at 2 p.m. March 23. The public is invited to attend. 

Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing

The first weekend of concerts at Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 (3-7 p.m.). Tickets for the concerts and “dinner on the grounds” are available at the project website (www.WaxaOFS.com) and by phone at 972-923-2709. Ellis County residents will receive a $5 discount by entering “LOCAL” as the coupon code.

The hour-and-a-half concerts of southern congregational music will be presented five weekends throughout the year; all concerts are identical. Tickets are available for concert only and for concert with dinner catered by Babe’s Chicken.

MOW fundraiser

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will hold its annual “Remember When … A Fabulous 1940s Fling” fundraiser Saturday, March 26, at the Texas Motorplex Champions Club in Ennis.

The event will feature big band sounds, entertainment, swing dancing, dinner and more.

For more information, call 817-558-2840 or visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Teen Book Club meets at Sims Library

The Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Book Club will meet from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the loft located next to the upstairs Lyceum. The book to be discussed is “Incarceron” by Catherine Fisher.

March Madness at Waxahachie Faith Family Academy

Waxahachie Faith Family Academy will host March Madness from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the large pavilion at Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. The academy will introduce its tuition- free school to the community. There will be food, fellowship and fun. Also on tap are a bounce house, games, music and an antique car show.

Attendees will hear highly qualified teachers read their biographies, meet UIL coaches and competitive student athletes and learn about school clubs and organizations – mixed martial arts, Beta Club, 4-H Club, Interact Club, Elementary Music Club and middle school athletics through the YMCA.

Everything is free.

Floral arranging at Sims Library

Floral arranging with Lesa Sherrell is offered by Nicholas P. Sims Library from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 26. The class will be held in the Sims Library program room. Instruction and materials are free of charge to the public, courtesy of Friends of Sims Library. Registration is required due to limited space.  Register at Sims Library or by writing adultlibraryservices@simslib.org.

Cancer research fundraiser

Rexanna’s Foundation for Fighting Lung Cancer will partner with Cedar Hill High School to host the “Run for a Purpose Legacy Run” in honor of coach David Milson on Saturday, March 26 at Cedar Hill High School. The event will include a 5K walk/run starting at 9 a.m. and Kids K fun run starting at 8:15 a.m. The event will benefit lung cancer research and raise awareness.

Milson spent 23 successful years coaching basketball at Cedar Hill High School with 676 career wins and two Class 5A state runner-ups in 2004 and 2009. Just weeks after his retirement in April 2010 he was diagnosed with lung cancer despite having never been a smoker and passed away on Jan. 31, 2011 at the age of 53.

Join the fun and family activities including a health fair, bounce houses and face painting. Immediately following the 5K, a special dedication ceremony will take place in memory of Milson.

All proceeds from Run for a Purpose Legacy Run go towards community college scholarships for students who have been impacted by cancer and for lung cancer research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

For details and registration visit www.runforapurpose.com or email Stephanie Kruger at krugersk@sbcglobal.net

Ellis County cleanup week

Ellis County commissioners have a limited number of vouchers to distribute toward its next weeklong cleanup event in March starting Saturday, March 26, and running through Saturday, April 2. Ellis County residents will be able to dispose of household trash, furniture, mattresses, yard debris and other similar items – as well as a limited number of passenger tires and e-waste items — at no cost to participants.

As the date gets closer, detailed information will be posted on the county website at www.co.ellis.tx.us – or call the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-825-5555.