‘Julie’s Garage Sale III’

“Julie’s Garage Sale III” benefiting the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center will be held from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Vintage Bank parking lot.

Donations are accepted. For more information, call Julie Crownover at 972-965-2470.

Scholarships available

Ellis County Master Gardeners are taking applications for their annual scholarship program.  

Several scholarships of from $500 to $1,000 are available to graduating Ellis County seniors. The scholarships are funded in part by the Master Gardener Lawn and Garden Expo and are for students interested in horticulture-related fields.  

Forms are available on the Master Gardener Web site at www.ecmga.com and at the county extension office at 701 Interstate 35E, Suite No. 3, Waxahachie, as well as from high school agricultural departments and teachers. Related disciplines include biology, botany, entomology, chemistry, genetics, communications, crop nutrition, ag economics, business and other fields. The deadline for consideration is May 1.

Open house at the law library

The Ellis County Law Library will observe the 50th anniversary of the American Bar Association’s Law Day on Thursday, May 1.  

The public is invited to come by and see the law library, which is open to everyone from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The law library is located in Suite B105 in the basement of the Ellis County Courthouse, 101 W Main St., Waxahachie.

This year’s theme is “The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity.”

“The rule of law is not just a matter of concern to lawyers and judges, it affects people from all walks of life and in all fields of endeavor,” a spokesman said. “It is essential that all of us care about the rule of law and strive to be active participants in the civic life of a community.”

The public is invited to the open house May 1 for refreshments and learn about the law library.

Aggie golf tournament

Sponsors and players are needed for the fourth annual Ellis A&M Aggie Club Golf Tournament to be held at Country View Golf Course in Lancaster on Friday, May 2. The tournament will be a four-person scramble format at $100 per person. Proceeds support the scholarship fund.

Contact Bob Slaydon at 972-723-2644 or visit the Web site www.ellisaggies.com for details and entry forms.

‘Li’l Abner’

Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “Li’l Abner,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. May 2-3 and at 2:30 p.m. May 4. The musical will be in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park and features Shawn Quinney as Li’l Abner and Kate Rosewell as Daisy Mae.  

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. At the door, tickets are $2 more.  

Purchase tickets from any cast member or in Waxahachie at the Ellis County Historical Museum, 201 S. College St., and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. In Midlothian, tickets are available at the office of Dr. Jerry Ellis, 404 W. Main St.  

For more information, contact the director, PJ Searsy, at 972-723-6976 or check the Web site at www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com.

Pianist in concert

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents pianist Chu-Fang Huang in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College St. Huang was awarded first prize at the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition two months after being named a finalist of the 12th annual International Van Cliburn Competition. The association’s scholarship winners will perform before the concert.

Tickets at door: adult, $12, and student, $6. For more information, visit www.waxahachiesymphony.com.

Charity golf event

Walgreens Distribution Center in Waxahachie will host its annual charity golf event at the Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

This event is a fund-raiser and all proceeds will be donated to Goodwill of Dallas. The cost per person is $60, which includes all green fees, cart and lunch. Numerous free gifts and prizes will be given away and there will be four chances to win a new car for any participant who can score a hole in one, (sponsored by the Thornhill Auto Group in Waxahachie and Metroplex Toyota in Duncanville). Mayor Joe Jenkins will be on hand to greet participants.

Anyone who would like to participate or become a corporate sponsor is asked to contact Dennis Espinoza at 972-923-8747 or e-mail Dennis.Espinoza@Walgreens.com for further information.

Night of Theatre

Waxahachie High School drama department presents its sixth annual Night of Theatre on Saturday, May 3.

The state finalist WHS one act play cast and crew will present “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”

Also participating will be area finalist Mildred High School, which will perform “The Bald Soprano.”

Additional featured performances include the “Kicking Chicken Improv Brigade” and “Andrew and Jesse Go Broadway.”

The performances begin at 7 p.m. at the WHS Fine Arts Center. Admission is $5.

Garage sale

Waxahachie chapter 599 Order of the Eastern Star will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at 303 John Arden in Waxahachie. There will be clothing, furniture and household items.  There will also be barbecue lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  The cost is $6 per person.

Community-wide garage sale

Waxahachie High School is hosting a community-wide garage sale May 3 to raise money for its Sunshine Fund.

The fund is used to assist students experiencing financial aid or need.

The school is leasing spaces at the football stadium for $10 to the community.

“You can bring all of your garage sale items to one location instead of having strangers in your home,” a spokesman said. “We plan to make this a family event by providing a kid’s area, bounce house, face painting and, of course, concessions.”

For more information, contact Kim Kriegel at 972-617-5928 or e-mail kkriegel@wisd.org.

Relay for Life garage sale

Baylor Midlothian employees will hold a Relay for Life garage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at 2221 Clearview Drive, Midlothian. All proceeds will benefit the Baylor Midlothian Relay for Life team, Caring for Karen.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.main.acsevents.org/goto/baylor.midlothian.

Bicycle ride

The Cowboy Church Cyclists will ride at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3. The group rides out from the church on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month.   

For more information, contact Fletcher Jowers at 972-921-0825 or e-mail fletcher@fletcherjowers.com.

Great Gas Buy Down

Foundation of Life Church will hold its Great Gas Buy Down beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

“With gas prices on the rise, we know the people of our community are feeling the financial crunch,” a spokesman said. “In an effort to help ease some of this burden, Foundation of Life Church will be investing $2,000 into our community by rolling back the pumps 50 cents per gallon at H-E-B.”

The event will continue until the funds are depleted. All fuel grades are included, with a 25-gallon maximum per vehicle.

“We want to be a blessing to our community and hope this helps many,” the spokesman said.

May 3 concert to aid Relay

As part of fundraising for this year’s Relay for Life, John David Dodd has put together “An Evening of Bluegrass” beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Midlothian Civic Center, next to the Dairy Queen on U.S. Highway 287. Groups scheduled to play are Ellis County Bluegrass, The Texas Prairie Band, Bluefield Express and the Midlothian Bus Barn Band. Concessions will be available, as well as a barbecue dinner. Admission and food will be by donation only to the Relay for Life.

For more information, call John David Dodd at 972-670-9040 or Sandi Grant at 972-723-2132.

Benefit luncheon

A taste of Italy for lunch benefiting First Ovilla student ministries will be held May 4 at Ovilla's Ristorante Italiano.  

“The restaurant serves fresh, affordable, all-you-can-eat Italian food in a fun lively atmosphere,” a spokesman said. “Come be a part of First Ovilla student ministries ‘Teen Idol’ as they entertain you with your family and friends.”

The doors open at noon. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children younger than age 5 eat for free.

The restaurant is located at 803 E. Main St.

Food drive

JCPenney in Waxahachie is holding a canned food drive through Sunday, May 4. Donations will go to local churches and food banks. Drop boxes will be located at the front of the store and all non-perishable items are welcome.

Applications due

Waxahachie Global High, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Academy, has 100 spaces available for the 2008-09 school year. Each year, one grade and 100 students are added with a maximum capacity of about 400 students by fall 2010. Applications may be picked up in the WGH office, the counselor’s office at the junior high or downloaded from the school Web site at www.globalhigh.org. Applications are due by Friday, May 9. Students entering ninth grade are eligible to apply. The application process includes filling out an application and scheduling an appointment with school personnel. School visits may be scheduled by calling the office.

For more information, call 972-923-4761, fax 972-923-4738 or e-mail the school’s headmaster, Portia Butler, at pbutler@wisd.org.

‘Scots on the Rocks’

Something wickedly funny this way comes. From May 9-10, Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization’s theatre troupe presents “Scots on the Rocks,” a hilarious spoof of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Singing witches, three murderous stooges and a Macbeth bearing a strange resemblance to legendary funnyman Lou Costello keep the laughs coming.

These free performances begin at 7 p.m. at the lyceum, the theatre located upstairs at Nicholas P. Sims Library, 515 W. Main St. The troupe will also perform during student days at Scarborough Faire.

Featuring 22 homeschooled students, the play has been adapted and is performed with permission from author Richard Nathan.

For more information about ECCHO or the performances, e-mail elliscountychristianhomeschool@gmail.com.

Peace Officers Memorial Day

Peace Officers Memorial Day will be recognized in a special ceremony May 15 at Waxahachie Pocket Park.

All Ellis County agencies will be represented at the ceremony, which will be from 12:15-12:40 p.m. at the park, located at the corner of Franklin and College streets.

The community is invited.

WHS alumni jazz concert

All Waxahachie High School jazz band alumni are invited to  participate in the annual alumni jazz concert Thursday-Friday, May 15-16, at the band hall.

“This year will be slightly different from years past as we ask that any former WHS Jazz Band member make their way back to the high school for a really special night of outstanding music,” said Rich Armstrong, director of Waxahachie ISD bands.

Rehearsals for the concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday afternoon, with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We are inviting any and all WHS Jazz Band Alumni to join us,” Armstrong said. “This will be an opportunity for us to have one of the largest and most talented group of musicians on the stage simultaneously … and, you know, this just might be the ultimate jam session.”

Any former WHS jazz band student interested in participating can contact Armstrong at the band hall or e-mail him at rlarm@wisd.org.

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy will hold informational meetings on its university-model school at 7 p.m. May 22, June 26 and July 10.

“Are you interested in being more involved in your child’s education? Are you interested in your child being taught from a biblical world view? Come and learn more about our university-model school,” a spokesman said.

All meetings will be held at Waxahachie Bible Church.

RSVP to 972-937-0440.

Career Day

Red Oak Elementary School will hold its annual career day for second through fourth grades Wednesday, May 28.  

Anyone who would like to share about his or her work or who knows someone who would, is asked to contact Cindy Dooly at cindy.dooly@redoakisd.org or call 469-437-2537.

“Our students love to watch brief demonstrations, see photos or video clips, receive goodies and so on,” a spokesman said.

“If you cannot attend, you are also welcome to send a letter, pictures, or video about your work. Please help our kids explore the world of work, so that they will be more motivated to do their best at their current ‘job.’ ”

Plein air event

The Ellis County Art Association will host its annual Paint Historic Waxahachie event from May 30-June 8. More than 30 landscape artists will paint on location for the 10-day period. Artists compete for prizes. An exhibition and sale are held June 7-8.

For more information, call 972-937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net. The association’s art center is located at 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.  

Summer art academy

The Ellis County Art Association will hold a two-week fine arts program for children from July 14-18 and July 21-25. Activities include drawing, painting and sculpture.

For more information, call 972-937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net. The association’s art center is located at 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.