English as a Second Language at Sims

Nicholas P. Sims Library English as a Second Language meets each Monday beginning March 7. Sandra Coston, a teacher of both Spanish and English as a second language, teaches basic English to adults in the library program room for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Instruction and materials are free to the public.

Genealogical meeting tonight

Ellis County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 7, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 W. Jefferson, Waxahachie. The guest speak is Bill Covington, who is an instructor of social studies at Waxahachie Global High School, teaches world geography, world history and U.S. history. Covington’s talk on “The Ethnic Troops of the Continental Line” will focus on the Scots, the Irish, the African-American and other soldiers who fought in the American Revolution against the troops of the British Empire. Uniformed as a Continental soldier of the late war period of the American Revolution, Covington will also display the clothing, arms and accoutrements used by the common soldier.

The genealogy meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

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.

Heirloom Club to meet

The Heirloom Club of Waxahachie will host its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the home of Rita LeNoir. Jan Jenkins will present a program.

West Ellis County Retired School Personnel to meet

The West Ellis County Retired School Personnel will meet at Ryan’s Steak House Tuesday, March 8. Members can begin serving themselves at 11:30 a.m. and the program will start at noon. LaWynn Rogers, District 10 president, will attend and address the group on what the Texas Legislature is planning for retired teachers’ benefits in the year ahead. The second speaker will be Utahna Miller from Baylor Works. She will speak about fitness and nutrition for seniors. For additional information, contact Bette Reaser at 972-937-7406.

Sims Great Books Discussion Groups

The Nicholas P. Sims Great Books Discussion Group meets in the Sims Library program room on the second Tuesday of each month. The group will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. March 8 to discuss “The Social Contract” by Jean-Jacques Rousseau from the Great Books FoundationSeries1, with leader Glen Rowe. Newcomers are always welcome.

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.

For more information, call 972-937-8271.

Maypearl ISD pre-K/Kindergarten Roundup 2011-2012

Lorene Smith Kirkpatrick Elementary School will conduct pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup at the elementary campus on March 8 and 9 between the hours of 8-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Pre-K students must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 and qualify in one of the following areas:

• Eligible for the free or reduced lunch program based on proof of income

• Live in a home where English is the second language     

• Determined other health impaired

• Live with a foster family

• Parent or parents are currently serving in the military

Pre-K will only offer a 4-year-old program and will be half day. Transportation will not be provided for pre-K students. Kindergarten   students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1.

The following information will be required at the time of enrollment:

• Proof of residency in the form of a utility bill with name and physical address      

• State-certified birth certificate

• Social security card

• Current immunization

• Copy of parent driver license.

Parents may or may not have students accompany them to roundup since all screening will be done at the beginning of the next school year. Neither program is mandatory; however, once a student is enrolled they are subject to attendance guidelines as outlined by state compulsory attendance regulations.

To schedule an appointment, call 972-435-1010. Those unable to attend on this date should call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Classical guitar concert at Sims Library

Stacy Arnold, head of Classical Guitar Studies at Navarro College, will perform a classical guitar concert from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Nicholas P. Sims Library Lyceum, 515 W. Main, Waxahachie. Admission is free. A sought after solo performer and teacher, Arnold holds a master’s of music degree from Southern Methodist University. He has been a featured performer with the Waxahachie Symphony Association, City Arts Festival in Dallas, Frisco Arts Festival and the West Fest Musical Festival.

Spring break horsemanship camp

A fun, spring break adventure with horses is offered at Flying G Ranch for youth ages 6-17. Horsemanship day camps are offered on a daily signup basis for $30 per day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 14-18. Extended time is available for early drop-off or later pickup. Overnight camp with evening riding and campfires are offered as well. Flying G Ranch is a 120-acre nonprofit Christian horse camp facility started in 2001. Other activities include time learning about horses, brushing, saddling and bridling, group trail rides, group games, crafts and Bible devotions. To register or for more information, go to www.flyinggranch.org or call 214-284-6425.

Sim’s Writers’ Networking Group

The Sims’ Writers’ Networking Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the Nicholas P. Sims Library program room. The purpose of the group is to learn more about writing, publishing, marketing and selling in today’s marketplace. All levels of writers are invited, and you do not need to have published to attend. Kathy Ericksen, published author, leads the group.

Relay For Life meeting

Relay For Life Central Ellis County will hold a team captain’s meeting on March 17 at the Red Oak Municipal Center, 200 Lakeview Parkway in Red Oak. If you would like to register a team, join a team or need more information regarding Relay, contact team chair Denise Owens at 972-742-3982.

Ride for Emotional Healing

Freedom Counseling Associates, a nonprofit organization, invites all bikers to particpate in the first annual Ride for Emotional Healing fun ride to provide counseling services for individuals who have experienced trauma and to reach people struggling with emotional pain and darkness.

Rain or shine, the ride will take place March 19 with first bike out at 10 a.m. and last bike in at 2 p.m. Passports will be given to each participant to collect stamps along the route, four stickers, which will give chances to win several prizes. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, food, music and much more.

Freedom Counseling is located at 408 W. Ave. F in Midlothian. For additional information, call 972-742-6958 or 972-742-8557.

American Majority training March 12

The Ellis County tea party is hosting the American Majority as they present a training session for grassroots activists and another session for those that may interested in becoming a candidate for an elected office.

The training will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the LaQuinta Inn located at 311 Stadium Drive in Waxahachie. Activist training will include a study of the political system as it is, how we got here, and what we can do about it; changing the political power structure one precinct at a time; and how to harness the social networks to further the cause. This session runs until 1 p.m. and a box lunch will be provided.

In addition to the activist training, candidate training will include fundraising methods, creating your message and getting out the vote for election day.

The cost is $30 for activist training and $55 for candidate training, with a $5 discount if pre-registered online by March 10. For more information and to register, go to www.elliscountyteaparty.org/ or http://americanmajority.org/ websites.

Project Graduation meetings

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

Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing

The first weekend of concerts at Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 (3-7 p.m.). Tickets for the concerts and “dinner on the grounds” are available at the project website (www.WaxaOFS.com) and by phone at 972-923-2709. Ellis County residents will receive a $5 discount by entering “LOCAL” as the coupon code.

The hour-and-a-half concerts of southern congregational music will be presented five weekends throughout the year; all concerts are identical. Tickets are available for concert only and for concert with dinner catered by Babe’s Chicken.

Floral arranging at Sims Library

Floral arranging with Lesa Sherrell is offered by Nicholas P. Sims Library from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 26. The class will be held in the Sims Library program room. Instruction and materials are free of charge to the public, courtesy of Friends of Sims Library. Registration is required due to limited space.  Register at Sims Library or by writing adultlibraryservices@simslib.org.

Cancer research fundraiser

Rexanna’s Foundation for Fighting Lung Cancer will partner with Cedar Hill High School to host the “Run for a Purpose Legacy Run” in honor of coach David Milson on Saturday, March 26 at Cedar Hill High School. The event will include a 5K walk/run starting at 9 a.m. and Kids K fun run starting at 8:15 a.m. The event will benefit lung cancer research and raise awareness.

Milson spent 23 successful years coaching basketball at Cedar Hill High School with 676 career wins and two Class 5A state runner-ups in 2004 and 2009. Just weeks after his retirement in April 2010 he was diagnosed with lung cancer despite having never been a smoker and passed away on Jan. 31, 2011, at the age of 53.

All proceeds from Run for a Purpose Legacy Run go towards community college scholarships for students who have been impacted by cancer and for lung cancer research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

For details and registration visit www.runforapurpose.com or email Stephanie Kruger at krugersk@sbcglobal.net

Ellis County cleanup week

Ellis County commissioners 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.