Honoring Fallen Officers

In honor and remembrance of police officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice, the Ferris Police Department will hold a candlelight vigil at 6:00 PM on Friday May 20, 2011 at the Fallen Officer Memorial in the Ferris Town Square.

In addition to honoring fallen officers everywhere, we will be honoring two officers who lost their lives while performing their duty in Ferris.

Patrolman Harry Marvin (Marty) Steinfeldt III?End of Watch: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002

Ellis County Constable James Ben Wicker?End of Watch: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1962

“We encourage everyone to attend this observance,” said Ferris Chief of Police Sam Love.  For further information, call 972-544-2233.

Proposed closure

The U.S. Postal Service is proposing the closure of the Avalon post office. Residents are encouraged to attend a USPS-led community meeting at 2 p.m. June 1 at the post office.

Blood drive

The city of Waxahachie will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Parks and Recreation building, 401 S. Elm St.

For more information, contact Bonnie Battersby at 972-937-7330, ext. 143.

Summer volunteers needed at Sims

Looking for something to do this summer? Need community service hours for school? Nicholas P. Sims Library is the perfect answer. Sims Library is looking for volunteers ages 14-adult to help with shelving books, program set-up and other tasks. A volunteer meeting will be held at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, May 19, for those interested in helping out at the library this summer.

Police memorial service

The Red Oak Police Department, along with all Ellis County-based law enforcement agencies will host a National Police Memorial at Red Oak Police Department at 9 a.m. May 20.

The Dallas Police Department also will participate with an honor guard and its Air 1 doing a flyover.

Benefit car wash

A benefit car wash will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Chicken Express in Waxahachie on Highway 77. Donations are being accepted throughout the event to aid the family of Shana Owens, who was hit by a drunk driver on May 8.

Nature Walk at Mockingbird Park

Indian Trail Master Naturalists will sponsor a wildflower identification adventure at Midlothian’s Mockingbird Nature Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The two-hour walk will be led by Dallas Master Naturalist James Varnum, a regionally known tour guide. The walk is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the AgriLife Extension office at 972-825-5175.

Car show fundraiser for John Luckau

Local business owner John Luckau was recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. He is in need of chemotherapy and radiation and the expenses are devastating. There will be a car and truck show held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at 507 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie to raise funds. Entry fee is $20. There will be trophies and prizes. A donation account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank under the name John Luckau or a Paypal account has been established: jdluckau@sbcglobal.net. For information, contact Blanca at 972-351-2840 or Becky at 972-375-1915.

Nature Walk at Kachina Prairie Park

Indian Trail Master Naturalists will sponsor a nature walk at Kachina Prairie Park in Ennis at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 23. The walk will be led by Dallas Master Naturalist James Varnum, a regionally known tour guide. For additional information, call the AgriLife Extension office at 972-825-5175. The walk is free and open to the public.

Help preserve chimney swift population

Chimney swifts, those mysterious birds that frequently reside above fireplaces, are in serious decline. Learn the actions you can take to preserve the chimney swift population. Indian Trail Master Naturalists will host a meeting from 7-8 p.m. Monday, May 23 at First United Methodist Church banquet hall, 505 W. Marvin Ave. in Waxahachie.

Vendors and sponsors needed

The Waxahachie Lions Club will host the annual Mini Grand Prix on the downtown square on Saturday, July 16. The races feature Indy-style go-carts on a challenging course with hairpin turns and lots of spills and thrills. Applications are available for food vendors (city permit required), craft vendors, and informational booths from non-profit organizations and others. Booth spaces are limited; electrical service is available for food vendors. Non-profit organizations will not be charged a fee. The races draw a large crowd and will run from about 7:30 a.m. until around 3 p.m. The Lions Club is also seeking sponsors for the event from businesses and individuals, with proceeds benefiting the Hope Clinic, college scholarships and many other causes. Applications and further information are available at the Lions Club website: http://www.waxahachielionsclub.org  (click on the “Lions Club Mini Grand Prix” link) or by contacting Tommie Worthy at 972-627-3447.

Vendors needed for Fly-In

The annual Mid-Way Regional Airport’s Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In will take place from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, June 4. Applications are now being accepted for vendor space. Vendor fees are $60 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth with a six-foot table, two chairs and two breakfast tickets. The event is expected to draw from 800-900 people. All booths are outside and electricity is not available. Vendors may bring a canopy, but will be responsible for setting it up and weighting it down in case of wind. Nonprofit organizations are welcome free of charge, but will be responsible for their own setups. No food or drink sales will be allowed.

Attractions include classic airplanes and fighters, flour drop, spot landing contests, helicopter rides, remote control model flyers, Midlothian Classic Wheels, Gold Wing Road Riders Club, kids trackless train and face painting.

For more information or an application request, contact Tammy Bowen at 972-923-0080. All applications must be turned in no later than May 16.