Home Builders skeet shoot today

The Ellis County Home Builders Association will hold its annual skeet shoot fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Ellis County Sportsman Club.

Registration is open for individual shooters ($75) or teams of five ($350), with all proceeds going toward the organization’s project to provide shelter for residents in need.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30, followed by a 1 p.m. start for shooting on the course.

Participants are required to bring their own shells.

The top shooter will win a $500 Bass Pro Shop gift card.

The Ellis County Sportsman Club is located at 470 W. Sterrett Road in Waxahachie.

To pre-register or for more information, contact David Hill at 972-935-2544, Ron Bowen at 214-354-0673, Christy Hamman at 214-802-5101, Misty Varsalone at 214-615-5012 or Gaylord Hanes at 972-935-2629.

Retired school personnel group to meet

The South Dallas County Retired School Personnel will hold its first meeting of the 2011-2012 year Sept. 21 in the DeSoto Belt Line Conference Center, 210 E. Belt Line, at 10 a.m.

The speaker will be Tim Miles from AMBA.

Photo scavenger hunt at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Inc. is taking a walking field trip to the downtown square for a photo scavenger hunt from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Teens will take pictures from a prepared list. Bring a camera or cell phone with a camera. Participants must have a permission slip signed by a parent before event. 

Blood drive to benefit council member

A blood drive will be held at Ovilla City Hall from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with all blood collected to be credited to the name of Michael Dickey, Ovilla City Council member, Place 2. Dickey was involved in a motorcycle accident Sept. 8 and remains hospitalized in serious condition at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Friends of NRA banquet and auction

The Ellis County Friends of NRA will hold its banquet and auction Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane in Waxahachie. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner tickets may be purchased for $30 per person or $100 Big Shooter package – includes $30 dinners ticket, $200 worth of raffle tickets and a chance to win a Remington 1911 .45 caliber ACP pistol. Deadline to purchase Big Shooter package is Sept. 15.

Tickets may be purchased at Waxahachie Pawn, 912 Ferris Ave.; Shooter’s Edge, 1037 W. U.S. Highway Bypass, Suite A; or John C. Capps CPA, 309 Main St. in Maypearl.

For more information, visit www.friendsofnra.org/tx.

Zumba benefit to aid college fund

Friends and family of Jacob Aguilar, a junior at Waxahachie High School, will host a Zumba benefit to raise funds for Aguilar’s college education from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Optimist Youth Center, 219 Patrick St. in Waxahachie. There will be door prizes and raffles. Check in time is 5:30 p.m.

Early tickets are $10, $15 at the door. For more information or tickets call or text Lisa at 972-935-5604, Andy at 469-261-6980, Tracy at 469-774-9522, Elva at 972-921-7634 or Connie at 469-463-8216.

Aguilar’s mother, Kelley Lynch Aguilar, passed away in April of this year.

Old Fashioned Singing at Chautauqua

The Waxahachie Old Fashioned Singing Project will provide several musical selections during the Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 1:50 p.m. This is the same group that performed in the Chautauqua Auditorium earlier this year and have agreed to bring back some of the “down home messages about faith and heaven.” The Chautauqua movement was founded by spiritual leaders and based its creation on educational enrichment, spiritual enlightenment and entertainment. In keeping with that tradition, the Waxahachie Chautauqua Preservation Society is proud to include the Waxahachie Old Fashioned Singing Project in its 2011 program at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park.

WHS Jazz Band at Chautauqua

The WHS Jazz Band will be performing at the Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The Jazz Band’s performance, set for 1:50 p.m., is part of a daylong program taking place at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner park.

The WISD Band Boosters will also be selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches and drinks during the event.

All day tickets for this year’s Chautauqua Assembly are $20 for adults, $2 for students. This year’s Chautauqua Assembly theme is “Oil and Gas in Waxahachie and Surrounding Area” with programs beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.discoverculture.org.

Carnival at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s annual end of summer reading carnival will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The carnival is sponsored by the Friends of Sims Library and is a wonderful celebration of reading that includes games and prizes for participants of the Texas Reading Club’s summer reading program.

Participants receive carnival tickets to be utilized at the event and reading certificates for their accomplishments. This program is an outside event presented on the front lawn of the library as part of the Sims Library’s Texas Reading Club events.

For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org.