SJCS open house

Are you looking for a school that teaches preschool-eighth grade, with strong and challenging academics, a strong fine arts program, where students, teachers and parents work together in a student friendly and safe environment? 

If so, you are cordially invited to St. Joseph School Open House from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1.

Open enrollment for the surrounding community begins Wednesday, March 2.

Now is the time to tour the school and meet the faculty and staff while openings are still available. 

If you prefer an individual tour, contact Maribeth May, SJS development director, at 972-937-9557 or 972-937-0956 or e-mail 

SJS is located at 506 E. Marvin, Waxahachie.

Black History Month Community Day

Black History Month Community Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.

“Your presence and participation will make the celebration a great day for all,” a spokesman said, inviting the community.

Ms. Red Oak Pageant

The 2011 Ms. Red Oak Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 26. The annual fundraiser benefits the Project Success Drug Education Program. This year the theme is “Red Oak Goes Hollywood.”

The pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Red Oak Performing Arts Center; tickets can be purchased at the gate, which opens at 5 p.m. with the playing of a Hero Named George video at 5:30 p.m.

Purchase pre-sale tickets at any campus for $2 students, $4 adults.

At the gate, tickets are $4 students, $6 adults. Children younger than 4 or seniors 65 and older admitted free; ROISD gold card holders admitted free. Food and drinks will not be allowed nor sold due to the event location.

For more information, call 972-617-4607.

Urban Wildscape Program

Jessica Alderson, urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will present a program on Urban Wildscapes sponsored by the Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.

The meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave. in Waxahachie at 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 28. The program is part of a series of Master Naturalist programs offered from 7-8 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month.

Enhancing your own natural resources in town is just as possible and enjoyable as in the country. Discover what kind of a garden is right for you. Questions and answers will follow the presentation. 

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 972-825-5175 or e-mail

Ellis County cleanup week

Beginning March 1, Ellis County commissioners will 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 – or call the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-825-5555.

Sunbeam Club to meet

The Sunbeam Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, to make plans for the End of the Line Reunion to be held April 29-30. The whistle will blow to start the meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Ennis Family Restaurant and Truck Stop on S. Kaufman Street.

Family movie night at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents family movie night from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. After super-villain Megamind kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man, he bocomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan, who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life. Animated feature voices by Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

Free children’s fire safety program

Children from age 3-8 years old are invited to attend a free fire safety program with “Freddy the Fire Safety Robot” presented by the Waxahachie Fire Department and sponsored by the Waxahachie Mothers Club. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is geared to young children and is often presented in school rooms. Those who are home schooled or not yet in school are welcome to attend the presentation in the Ellis County Woman’s Building at 407 W. Jefferson St., Waxahachie. Interested adults with children should arrive at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, for the 10 a.m. program which will last 30 minutes. To sign up, call Janet Jenkins at 972-938-3456.

Do Well Be Well – Diabetes

Do you need an education on diabetes? Do you need nutrition education? A program for people with type 2 diabetes will be held on Wednesdays, March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30. The programs will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Waxahachie Senior Center, 122 Park Hills Drive.

Sponsored by ArgiLife Extension and Family Care of Texas. Classes are free. To sign up, call 972-825-5175.

St. Patrick’s Day crafts at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents St. Patrick’s Day crafts for children ages 4-10. The event will feature children making Leprechauns and Pots of Gold. The program will be presented from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 5.

“Come have fun getting creative at the library,” a spokesman said.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Class

The Alzheimer’s Association and Family Care of Texas will host an Alzheimer’s caregivers class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Family Care of Texas, 2001 Bates Drive, Suite 200 in Waxahachie. The class is free. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Call 972-923-1853 to make reservation.

Choctaw Casino trip

The Waxahachie Senior Center will take a bus trip to Choctaw Casino on March 10. Cost is $10 per person. The buses will arrive in Waxahachie at 7 a.m. and depart the center at 7:30 a.m. sharp. The buses will board at 2:30 p.m. at Choctaw Casino and depart at 3 p.m. sharp. All seats must be paid for in advance.