WISD board to hold hearing tonight

The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees will hold a hearing for public discussion of the annual Academic Excellence Indicator System report for the 2009-2010 school year. The regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in the Waxahachie ISD Mabel and Eva Grizzard Board Room, located at 411 N. Gibson Street. For additional information, contact David Truitt, deputy superintendent, at 972-923-4631.

College Financial Aid Workshop

to be held at WHS tonight

Do you need money for college? Counselors will assist Waxahachie High School seniors and their parents in filling out the Federal Application for Financial Aid at a workshop to be held in the WHS library from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21. 

Participants will need to bring their 2010 federal tax information. The applications will be completed online. 

“Please apply for a PIN number from www.pin.ed.gov as soon as possible,” a spokesman said. “Hope to see you on Feb. 21.”

For more information, contact the WHS counseling department at 972-923-4600.

Project Graduation meeting tonight

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. Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 9 and May 23.

Fire rating workshop

A meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, to discuss the Insurance Services Office fire rating in Ellis County. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the historic Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie.

The meeting will be presented by Jesse Williams, the PPC oversight officer from the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Philip Bradley, ISO Customer Service. They will discuss how ISO fire ratings are determined and what a community or neighborhood can do to receive a more favorable rating.

The public is invited to attend.

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.

Caregiver Support Group Meets

Pam Brandon becomes the new facilitator of Caregiver Support Group on Feb. 27. The organization meets in the classroom of the new Ennis Regional Medical Center, 2201 W. Lampasas, Ennis.

The group meets in affiliation with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas Area to aid family members who are caregivers for victims of health problems.

This offers their caregiver the ability to attend a medical information class. The class offers training on possible ways to offer better care, and ideas to help the group work with doctors and or any medical team.

The group gains the latest information on all types of disabilities to share with all caregivers so they may discuss this with the doctor.

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. on 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-tx-@tamu.edu

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 www.co.ellis.tx.us – 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.

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.

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.

‘Midlothian’s Got Talent’

Midlothian High School choir’s annual talent show, “Midlothian’s Got Talent,” will be presented March 5.

The choir department invites all Midlothian ISD students preschool through 12th grade to participate in “Midlothian’s Got Talent.”

“We are looking for all types of talent including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, bands, etc.,” a spokesman said. “Auditions will be held Feb. 22-24. Awards will be presented for preschool, elementary, middle school and high school divisions.”

See the blog at www.midlotalentshow.blogspot.com for more information or e-mail midlotalentshow@gmail.com. 

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.

TBH Craft Fair for Adoption

The Texas Baptist Home for Children will host its first annual craft fair to raise funds for the adoption department on Saturday, April 16, at the TBH campus in Waxahachie. Vendors, who would be interested in renting a booth, are needed. Products can include home made arts and crafts such as clothing or hand bags, jewelry lines, candles, food, etc. If you would like to learn more about how you can become a vendor, contact Megan Baldwin at 972-937-1321 or mbaldwin@tbhc.org to receive the vendor registration form.

Mock disaster drill

Red Oak ISD will hold a mock disaster drill Friday, May 13, at Shields Elementary School.

The district’s Crisis Management/Response Plan will be implemented during this drill.

Local emergency services including Glenn Heights, Red Oak, Ovilla, DeSoto, Lancaster, Midlothian and Waxahachie fire departments, will participate. During this drill, students and staff will be evacuated from the building. The “injured” will be treated at the scene and or transported by ambulance to local hospitals. The remainder of students and staff will be evacuated to another ROISD campus.

“This drill will not only help ROISD determine areas of the plan in need of improvement, but will also assist local emergency services by providing them a valuable training exercise,” a spokesman said. “Red Oak ISD would like to thank the community for their support and assistance in making our schools safe.”

Project Graduation cards available

WISD Project Graduation discount cards are being sold at several businesses throughout the community. The cards, being sold as the main fundraiser for this year’s post graduation event, provide more than $1,000 in savings on food, merchandise and services from participating merchants in the community.

Project Graduation is a structured alcohol and drug free party for graduating seniors provided as an opportunity to celebrate in fellowship and fun in a safe setting with food, activities and games provided for the grads throughout the night.

This year’s Project Graduation will take place on May 27 at the Waxahachie Civic Center for graduating WISD seniors. Project Graduation cards are being sold for $20 each and are available from WHS or WGH seniors, or at the following locations:

• Blooms & More, 406 W. Franklin

• Walton’s Total Car Care, 1530 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass

• H&H Grocery, 602 S. Rogers

• Waxahachie Daily Light, 200 W. Marvin Ave.

• Salon 507   110 Panorama, Waxahachie

Flu shots

Flu shots available for adults and children.  Contact Texas Department of State Health Services at 972-932-2038 for appointment. Medicare/Medicaid accepted, sliding fee scale or $20 donation for adults. The clinic located at 3001 S. Washington, Kaufman.

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, please 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 Fire Chief Eddie Duran at 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.

The renovation effort is being led by Bryan Johnson, with an estimate of $160,000 needed for the renovation. Johnson has said if $80,000 can be raised by the community, 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 4-6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Tuesday, 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.

Therapeutic riding program

Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, 767 Bethel Road, Waxahachie, offers horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. The evaluation and first ride are free.

For more information, call Emily Oliver at 972-937-7265 or e-mail oliver@ectisp.net.

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.