Valentine’s Day dance tonight

The Waxahachie Senior Center will hold a Valentine’s Day dance on Monday, Feb. 14 at the center, located at 122 Park Hills Lane, just off of U.S. Highway 77 South.

Bring your sweetheart or a just a group of friends and dance to the music of the Final Showdown Band from 7-9:30 p.m. Snacks will be served at 8 p.m. and a rose will be presented to every lady in attendance.

Admission is $5 and the event is open to the public.

For more information, contact the Waxahachie Senior Center at 972-937-8271.

Caregiver Support Group Meets

Pam Brandon becomes the new facilitator of Caregiver Support Group on Feb. 27. The organization meets in the class room 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 us work with doctors and/or any medical team. We gain the latest information on all types of disabilities to share with all caregivers so they may discuss this with the doctor.

WSA concert on Feb. 19

The Waxahachie Symphony Association will host a concert Saturday, Feb. 19 at the First United Methodist Church, 505 West Marvin, Waxahachie. 

The featured performer will be acclaimed organist Bradley Welch.  To purchase tickets, contact Ross or Holly Davis at 972-923-2373.  Chairpersons for the WSA are Lynn Nolte and Cindy Hess.

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.

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

Naturalist program

Applications for the Indian Trail chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program are available by calling the AgriLife Extension Service at 972-825-5175, e-mailing EllisTX@tamu.edu or by stopping by the office at 701 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 3, in Waxahachie.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays from mid-March through mid-June (excluding holiday and Lawn and Garden Expo weekends). The deadline for application submission is Feb. 15.  

Photo contest

The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association announces that its annual photo contest is under way, with the deadline for entries Feb. 15.

“Grab your cameras and get out in your yard,” a spokesman said. “Show Ellis County what you do best.”

Photographers can submit their entries online at www.ecmga.com.

“Vegetables and summer garden pictures are great, but don’t forget to include those great fall and winter photos too,” the spokesman said.

There is no cost to enter the contest – and photographers can enter up to five photographs.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place in each of two categories: “single specimen” and “in the garden.”

Each winner will receive a gift certificate from one of the following businesses: The Greenery in Waxahachie, Roland’s Nursery in Waxahachie and Earthtones Greenery in Midlothian.

Birth mom support group

Texas Baptist Home exists to protect the sanctity of human life and to promote the preservation of the family. As a part of the fulfillment of this mission, the home also endeavors to serve birth mothers who have placed their children for adoption.

The home is starting a support group for birth mothers that will meet from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 17 and March 24, at Daniel Center located at the Texas Baptist Home, 629 Farley St. in Waxahachie.

For more information, contact Megan Baldwin at mbaldwin@tbhc.org or call 972-937-1321.

Auditions

Ennis Public Theatre will hold auditions for “Forever Plaid” from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at its venue, 2705C N. Kaufman, Ennis.

Cast needs include four men, ages 21 to 58.

“Be prepared to sing two songs. The show is in the style of the Lettermen,” a spokesman said.

The show will run at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 15-May 7, with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. May 8.

For more information, call 972-878-7529.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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

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.