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.

Stew dinner set for Feb. 13

The Presbyterian Women of the First Presbyterian Church will be serving their delicious annual stew dinner immediately following the morning worship service, which begins at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb 13.  Free will offerings will be accepted. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy great food and fellowship, as we help support this worthy cause, a spokesperson said. First Presbyterian Church is located at 210 N. McKinney St. Contact the church office for more information at 972-875-3196.

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.

Healthy heart event Feb. 12

A healthy heart event has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.  Learn how to cook heart healthy meals with celebrity chefs Adair Smith and Lisa Amoriello and learn to keep your heart healthy from physicians Joseph Caruso, MD; Joshua Jacobi, MD; Alan Taylor, MD; Ketan Trivedi, MD; Michael Venincasa, MD; .and experts on the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center staff. You’ll enjoy heart health information and giveaways.

This free event will be held at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 East Broad Street, Mansfield, TX 76063. Space is limited. Call 877-637-4297 to pre-register or visit www.methodisthealthsystem.org/events.

Firefighter calendars available

The Waxahachie Firefighters Association calendars are still available at several locations: Waxahachie Daily Light, located at 200 W. Marvin Ave.; the Prescription Shop at 120 S. Grand Ave.; Planet Beach Tan, located at 1035 N. U.S. Highway 77; the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, located at 102 YMCA Drive; Chili’s Restaurant, 998 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass; Smoothie Factory, 1440 N. U.S. Highway 77; the Lord’s Gym, located at 1312 W. Main St.; Fire Station One at 407 Water St.; and Fire Station Three, located at 200 YMCA Drive.

If any other businesses are interested in selling calendars for the firefighters association, contact association president Don Alexander at 817-307-7123.

Valentine’s Day dance

A Valentine’s Day dance will be held, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the SPJST Hall in Ennis. The cost is $25 per couple; there will be food and a live disc jockey.

For more information, call 469-285-2930 or 214-642-3048.

Hunger summit

The North Texas Food Bank is hosting an Ellis County Hunger Summit from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Food bank officials said the summit’s intent is “to gather the Ellis County community as a whole to listen to their stories of food insecurity and emergency assistance needs and strengthen relationships between Ellis County member agencies, respective city/county officials and the NTFB.”

Attending the summit will be various nonprofits, officials, key community stakeholders and invited guests.

For more information about the summit, contact Kristin Bowman at kbowman@ntfb.org or 214-269-0695.

WECRSP to meet

West Ellis County Retired School Personnel resumes its regular meetings Tuesday, Feb. 8, with the next meeting at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Marsha Schaefer, a certified appraiser, will be the guest speaker. Schaefer has offered to hold an “Antique Roadshow” and appraise antiques as a part of her program. Members are invited to bring an antique for her to appraise to Ryan’s by 11:30 a.m. This will give her time to examine the pieces while the members have their lunch. Following the lunch at 11:30 a.m., the business meeting will be held and Schaefer will present her program and give the results of her antique appraisals.

As a reminder, members of West Ellis County Retired School Personnel are still working toward providing every first-grader at one of the local elementary schools with a book of his or her own.  Members should remember to bring a new book or a donation to support this project.

WISD 14th annual DEAR Day

Students are excited as they and 500 volunteers prepare for the 14th annual Waxahachie Drop Everything and Read Day on Feb. 11.

Volunteers from around the community, businesses, organizations, churches, universities and PTOs will join Waxahachie ISD campuses and read to classrooms in this community-wide reading effort to emphasize the value and joy of reading by providing reading role models.

Many volunteers have already committed to read, but many more will be needed for this special day.  Donations are also being made so that every elementary classroom in Waxahachie has at least one new book for the day.

Reading times are 15 minutes at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. 

To volunteer, contact Melissa Cobb in the Partners in Education Office at 972-923-4631, ext. 142.

Czech Music Festival weekend

The Czech polka bands of Ennis invite the community to the fifth annual Ennis Czech Music Festival at the Sokol Activity Center located at 2622 E. State Highway 34, just east of Ennis.

The festival is slated for 1:30-11:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and will feature five polka bands: Czech Harvesters at 1:30, Jodie Mikula Orchestra at 3:30, Czech and Then Some at 5:30, Ennis Czech Boys at 8 and Jak Se Do at 10. Tickets are $5, with ages 14 and younger admitted free.

Raffle prizes will be offered and the kitchen will be open. The dress is casual and Czech costumes are encouraged.

The intermission entertainment includes Sokol KHB Gymnastics at 3 and the Moravians band at 7. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. No reservations.

For more information, visit www.ennisczechmusicfestival.com or 972-878-4748.

A pre-party and polka jam session is planned from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the Sokol clubroom, with no cover charge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with those attending invited to bring a covered dish.

On Sunday, Feb. 13, the Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius celebration will begin with a polka mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church followed by a dinner and polka dance at KJT Auditorium.

For more information, visit www.stjohncc.net or www.kjt35.org.

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.

‘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