Utility bill assistance

Community Services Inc., which is based in Corsicana, Texas, is offering help with high-energy bills. An application is required; no faxed applications will be accepted.

Community Services Inc. serves Anderson, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties.

For more information, call 1-800-831-9929.

NARFE group to meet Aug. 9

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Ellis-Navarro County chapter 1191 will meet  at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Corsicana at Sirloin Stockade.

A representative from Corsicana Emergency Medical Corps will bring the program.

All active and retired federal employees, spouses and guests are invited to attend.

Midlothian immunization clinic

Caring for Children Foundation of Texas will hold a free immunization clinic from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Midlothian ISD, 100 Walter Stephenson Road.

All recommended and required vaccines will be provided by Texas Vaccine for Children Program (Medicaid CHIP, those who have no insurance or have insurance that does not cover vaccines or well care). Parents should bring all of their children’s immunization records and the child must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Project Graduation 2012 to meet

Project Graduation 2012 will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Park Meadows Baptist Church, 3350 U.S. Highway 77 North in Waxahachie.

All parents or guardians of 2012 seniors are invited to attend.

Immunization clinic

Texas Department of State Health Services holds monthly immunization clinics from 1:30-5:30 p.m. every first Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1211 S. Clay in Ennis and from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. every second Tuesday at First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 304 W. 5th St. in Ferris. No clinics on holidays. For information, call 972-932-2038.

GED graduation/honor society

induction at Navarro

The Navarro College Adult Education Program announces its GED Graduation and National Adult Education Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Wolens Special Event Center on the Navarro College-Corsicana campus.

Students who have attended Navarro College Adult Education Classes and have received their GED in the past year should contact Thelma Johnson at 903-875-7464 by noon Thursday, Aug. 4, if they want to participate.

Ellis County Christian

Homeschool information meeting

The Ellis County Christian Homeschool will host an information meeting and school year kickoff party at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Church of Christ, 1503 Country Club Road in Ennis . There will be information tables, two breakout sessions – CO-OP classes and homeschool curriculum – and a question and answer session in an informal gathering. Bring the family and enjoy a hot dog supper afterward.

RSVP to http://homeschool-life.com/tx/eccho/ under upcoming events.

WHS band car wash

The Waxahachie Band will host a car wash from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the parking lot in front of the Waxahachie High School. Car wash is free, donations are accepted to raise funds for the band.

Historic 5K run for REACH

REACH council will host the Historic 5K Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at 109 S. Jackson St. in Waxahachie. Registration is $15 for kids under 12 and $25 for runners or walkers ages 12 and up.

A late fee of $5 will be charged those registering on the day of the run. Proceeds from the event provide drug prevention programs for youth. For registration and information on the 5K and REACH, visit www.reachcouncil.org or call Nisa at 972-723-1053.

Master Naturalist Classes — Don’t Wait to Apply

Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will hold classes in disciplines such as geology, entomology and ornithology with related field trips beginning Thursday, Sept. 8. If you would like to become an active citizen volunteer who thinks nature should be part of our everyday life, not just somewhere to go on the weekends, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Waxahachie at 972-825-5175 or visit http://txmn.org/indiantrail/.

Applications must be received by Aug. 15. Texas Master Naturalist program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Navarro College Adult Education Program

The Navarro College Adult Education Program will offer free ESL and GED classes in Ellis County. Classes begin Aug. 22 and end Dec. 16. 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, Aug. 6, at Navarro College-Waxahachie, Building C, room 155. The workshop will start promptly at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the Navarro College Adult Education Program at 903-875-7464 or 1-800-NAVARRO, ext. 7464.

Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps to begin session Aug. 22

Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps, a Place of Grace, will begin its next session Aug. 22. Classes will include English taught by Jennifer Shipman and math taught by Jackie Goerig. The GED resources will enable students to prepare for the test. Scholarship funds are available to assist with testing fees.

Additional curriculum includes typing and computer classes – Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint – classes in money management, career focus, resume writing, communication, life enrichment, family skills and boundaries.

All materials are provided free as well as a continental breakfast and lunch each day. Classes meet for 16 weeks from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 972-937-6620 or 972-351-4947 to make an appointment.

Master gardeners to hold rain barrel class

The Ellis County Master Gardener Association will present a class on rainwater harvesting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Parks and Recreation Building, 401 S. Elm in Waxahachie. Register in person at Waxahachie City Hall, 401 S. Rogers, in the utility billing department downstairs.

Cost is $30 per person with all materials being provided.

Space is limited to 20 participants on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact John Smith at 972-937-7330, ext. 181, or Amy Hollywood at ext. 284.

WHS football alumni sought

Waxahachie ISD invites all varsity football alumni who played in Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium, 1972-present, to return and participate in a dedication ceremony of the renovated facility Friday, Sept. 9. Alumni who wish to participate must submit a reservation form by Friday, Aug. 19.

The district will host the ceremony at the stadium, which has undergone an extensive overhaul as part of a voter-approved bond package.

The football alumni will be seated on the track and will take part in the finale of the ceremony.

The event schedule for Friday, Sept. 9:

•6-7 p.m.: varsity alumni check-in at the stadium. Check-in is by decade (1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s). Alumni will be given a stadium pass and an alumni shirt if purchased.

•7:15 p.m.: alumni group photo on the field.

•7:45 p.m.: seating by decade on the track.

•8 p.m.: dedication ceremony begins.

For more information and a reservation form, contact district director of public relations, Nicole Mansell, at 972-923-4631 or email nmansell@wisd.org.

ROISD ribbon cutting

Red Oak ISD will have a ribbon cutting and open house for its Red Oak Junior High School campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at 154 Louise Ritter Blvd. The event will be held in the cafetorium.

Summer reading program

Why let the kids have all the fun? Read or listen to any book, audio book or ebook from Nicholas P. Sims Library to enter a weekly drawing for a $25 gift card for merchandise or restaurant meals, donated by the Friends of Sims Library and local businesses. The adult that turns in the most reading log entries by Saturday, Aug. 20, will win the grand prize, a color ereader, donated by Best Buy Waxahachie. Reading log entry forms are available at Sims Library, 515 W. Main, Waxahachie and online at www.simslib.org. Contact Nelda Curlin at adultlibraryservices@simslib.org for more information. The grand prizewinner will be announced at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Sims Library.

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.

Writing for Enjoyment group to meet

Writing for Enjoyment will meet from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at First United Methodist Church, 600 Daubitz Drive in Red Oak.

‘Mischief in the Magnolias’ at WCT

As part of the 2011 Chautauqua Assembly activities, the Waxahachie Community Theatre will present “Mischief in the Magnolias” starring Gary Clark as Colonel Beauregard “Lucky” Sweetwater and Sara Craig as his late wife, Merry May.  (She’s not dead – just never on time!)  The show also features Jessica Price as the attractive but socially awkward daughter, Truly Sweetwater, Brian Caudell as Slim Chance, and Jonathan Ivey as Hadley A. Heartburne.

This single-performance melodrama will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie.  Admission is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly (www.waxahachiechautauqua.org). Admission price without a Chautauqua Assembly ticket is $5 at the door.

 Contact the Waxahachie Community Theatre box office at 972-646-1050 or via email at wct.texas@gmail.com for more information.

Exhibitors wanted

Complimentary exhibitor booths are available for the annual Ellis County Employee Health Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Ellis County Youth Expo.

Ellis County is proactive in educating its employees about living a healthy lifestyle.

If you have a business that is health and or wellness related and are interested in presenting your business to the county’s 500-plus employees, contact Cynthia Varner at 972-825-5163 or via e-mail at Cynthia.varner@co.ellis.tx.us.

Ellis County Woman’s Building needs donations

The chair committee of the Ellis County Woman’s Building is asking for donations to replace broken chairs in the building. Donations in the name of a business or organization or individuals may be made by sending a check to Ellis County Woman’s Building Chair Fund, P.O. Box 2622, Waxahachie, TX 75168, attention: Susan Rominger.

Questions may be directed to Barbara Baty at 972-937-3039 or Mary Flowers at 972-723-0295.

Medicare Savings Program offered

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, in conjunction with the North Central Texas Area on Aging, hopes to reach Medicare-eligible clients who may need assistance with prescription drug coverage.

The Medicare Savings Program is geared to reach Medicare recipients who are financially eligible.

To find out if you qualify, call Meals-on-Wheels at 817-558-2840 in Johnson County and 972-351-9943 in Ellis County.

Friends of Sims Library Cookbook

The Friends of Nicholas P. Sims Library are organizing a fundraising cookbook to supplement the Friends’ membership dues for ongoing library expenses that are not met in the library’s budget. Ellis County cooks are invited to share favorite recipes to include in the book. Help the library continue to offer the public special events and materials for all ages. Recipe forms are available at the library and on the library website, www.simslib.org. The completed forms may be mailed or delivered to Sims Library, 515 W. Main, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

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, 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.

Bryan Johnson is leading the renovation effort, with an estimate of $160,000 needed for the renovation. Johnson has said if the community can raise $80,000, 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 3-6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 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.

For rent

The Optimist building on Patrick Street in Waxahachie is available for rent for a variety of activities. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Eder at 972-921-1333 or e-mail davelee75165@yahoo.com.

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 .0 at 972-878-2273.