Teen Book Club at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will discuss “I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the teen loft located next to the upstairs Lyceum.

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.

WHS Homecoming Pep Rally Oct. 6

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 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at  Lumpkins Stadium.

For more information on homecoming activities, contact Kim Axtell at WHS at 972-923-4600.

Volunteers needed 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.

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.

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. Speakers and topics for the day include: Brenda Lincke Fisseler, “Can You Prove It? How to Document and Cite Your Sources;” James Hejl, “Life in 1980 Behind the Iron Curtain Rule of Communist Russia” and “Relationship Charts Made Easy;” Edwin Wallek Jr., “Recalling Early Christmas Memories;” and Bette Stockbauer-Harris presenting, “Czech Letters of Jan and Ferdinand Pribyl,” as well as “Ferdinand’s Nativity Art.”

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.