Homecoming Pep Rally Oct. 6 at WNGA parking lot

Due to the current burn ban, the annual homecoming bonfire has been cancelled this year; however, WHS will host a community wide Homecoming Pep Rally at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 to be held in the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy parking lot closest to Lumpkins Stadium. For more information on homecoming activities, contact Kim Axtell at WHS at 972-923-4600.

Volunteers sought 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.

Iris giveaway at Farmers Market

Ellis County Master Gardeners will host their annual iris giveaway at their booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 1.

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.

Family Movie Night

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents Family Movie Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. It’s Halloween and the mysterious mansion across town is the scene of some very spooky action. With the help of some unexpected new friends, join Disney’s irresistible talking puppies as they work together to save the world from Warlock the Magician’s dastardly deeds.

Harland Williams, Sierra McCormick, Elisa Donovan: Walt Disney, Directed by Robert Vince, Rated G; 2011. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email us at children@simslib.org

Tail Waggin Tutors

Nicholas P. Sims Library welcomes the Tail Waggin Tutors from noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. These special therapy dogs would love for your child to come and read to them. These special tutors will be available once a month during the school year to encourage children to improve reading skills. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org

ESL and GED classes

offered at Navarro College

The Navarro College Adult Education Program is offering free ESL and GED classes in Ellis County. Interested students 17 years and under need to contact the Navarro College Office of Adult Education at 903-875-7464. Interested students 18 and older need to attend the registration workshop, Saturday, Oct. 8, at Navarro College-Waxahachie, Building C, room 155. The workshop will start promptly at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the Navarro College Office of Adult Education Program at 903-875-7464 or 1-800-NAVARRO, ext. 7464.

One-day 4-H event

Saturday, Oct. 8, has been set aside for the second annual one-day 4-H event, which is a clothes drive to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. So what can you do?

First, you can begin by spreading the word and encouraging your family, friends and neighbors to begin cleaning their closets and bagging up clothes of any size, shoes, accessories (hats, belts, ties, purses, jewelry), bath/linens/bedding, books (no magazines or text books), toys, dishware, pots and pans, small electronics and household items.

Pack the clean clothes in garbage bags. Anything breakable should be packaged as if you were moving.

Bring your items by the Ellis County Extension Office at 701 S. Interstate 35E in Waxahachie from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, for the one-day Drive-Through-and-Donate Event. 4-H members and adult leaders will assist in unloading the donations.

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.

Czech Roots and Christmas Memories

The Texas Czech Genealogical Society will hold its fourth annual Czech Roots and Christmas Memories event on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at the Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center in Caldwell, Texas.

The informative and exciting day will begin with registration and morning refreshments at 8:30 a.m.

Full early registration for the entire day’s events, including lunch, for members is $25; for non-members is $35. (Early registration deadline is Oct. 1). After Oct. 1, full registration for members will be $30 and non-members will be $40. Registration at the door will be $45 for all attendees.

Full information and registration forms can be found at www.txczgs.org.

For questions, contact Bennie Stasny at 512-836-8084, or by email at blstasny@aol.com.