Blood drive to benefit council member

A blood drive will be held at Ovilla City Hall from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with all blood collected to be credited to the name of Michael Dickey, Ovilla City Council member, Place 2. Dickey was involved in a motorcycle accident Sept. 8 and remains hospitalized in serious condition at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Friends of NRA banquet and auction

The Ellis County Friends of NRA will hold its banquet and auction Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane in Waxahachie. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets may be purchased for $30 per person or $100 Big Shooter package – includes $30 dinners ticket, $200 worth of raffle tickets and a chance to win a Remington 1911 .45 caliber ACP pistol. Tickets may be purchased at Waxahachie Pawn, 912 Ferris Ave.; Shooter’s Edge, 1037 W. U.S. Highway Bypass, Suite A; or John C. Capps CPA, 309 Main St. in Maypearl.

For more information, visit www.friendsofnra.org/tx.

Bake sale at Omas Jiffy Burger

Community Life Church Youth will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 24. The sale will benefit the youth mission fund at Community Life Church.

For additional information, call 214-949-5725.

Zumba benefit to aid college fund

Friends and family of Jacob Aguilar, a junior at Waxahachie High School, will host a Zumba benefit to raise funds for Aguilar’s college education from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Optimist Youth Center, 219 Patrick St. in Waxahachie. There will be door prizes and raffles. Check in time is 5:30 p.m.

Early tickets are $10, $15 at the door. For more information or tickets call or text Lisa at 972-935-5604, Andy at 469-261-6980, Tracy at 469-774-9522, Elva at 972-921-7634 or Connie at 469-463-8216. Aguilar’s mother, Kelley Lynch Aguilar, passed away in April of this year.

National Alpaca Farm Days

Alpacas by Choice, 3745 Farm-to-Market Road 1446 in Waxahachie, will host an open house for everyone interested in alpacas from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Refreshments will be available. “This is your chance to experience these lovable, docile livestock,” a spokesman said.

Old Fashioned Singing at Chautauqua

The Waxahachie Old Fashioned Singing Project will provide several musical selections during the Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 1:50 p.m. This is the same group that performed in the Chautauqua Auditorium earlier this year and have agreed to bring back some of the “down home messages about faith and heaven.” The Chautauqua movement was founded by spiritual leaders and based its creation on educational enrichment, spiritual enlightenment and entertainment. In keeping with that tradition, the Waxahachie Chautauqua Preservation Society is proud to include the Waxahachie Old Fashioned Singing Project in its 2011 program at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park.

WHS Jazz Band at Chautauqua

The WHS Jazz Band will be performing at the Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 24.  The Jazz Band’s performance, set for 1:50 p.m., is part of a daylong program taking place at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner park.

The WISD Band Boosters will also be selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches and drinks during the event. All day tickets for this year’s Chautauqua Assembly are $20 for adults, $2 for students. This year’s Chautauqua Assembly theme is “Oil and Gas in Waxahachie and Surrounding Area” with programs beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.discoverculture.org.

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.

‘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.

Women of Victory support group

Women of Victory Ministries will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 100 Amanda Lane in Waxahachie. Women of Victory is a support group for women who have suffered abuse. For more information, contact 972-839-7579.

Teen Advisory Board at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The board allows teens to have a voice in teen services at the library.

“You will be able to tell us what books, videos, CDs you would like to see at the library and help plan teen programs. We want to know what you are interested in. Come join us for pizza at 5:45 in the meeting room,” a spokesman said.

The board is for ages 13-18 and meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday.

Teen Book Club at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will discuss “I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the teen loft located next to the upstairs Lyceum.

Waxahachie Night Out Oct. 1

Waxahachie’s National Night Out event will be held Oct. 1.

“We have six active neighborhood watch groups within Waxahachie and they will all be hosting parties for their individual neighborhood,” said Waxahachie Officer Wess Winn, who serves as the community service/crime prevention officer.  “I know in the past we have had city wide celebrations, but that is not what National Night Out is meant to be.

“Night Out originated in the neighborhoods and over the past few years many communities and police/sheriffs departments are making every effort to put it back into the neighborhoods,” he added.

For Waxahachie Police Department to sponsor a Night Out event in a neighborhood, it has to have an active neighborhood watch group.

For questions on how to form a neighborhood watch, visit the Waxahachie Police Department website at www.waxahachiepd.org.

Homecoming Pep Rally Oct. 6

Due to the current burn ban, the annual homecoming bonfire has been cancelled this year; however, WHS will host a community wide Homecoming Pep Rally at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at  Lumpkins Stadium.

For more information on homecoming activities, contact Kim Axtell at WHS at 972-923-4600.

Ovilla Heritage Day

The city of Ovilla will host its annual Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. The celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. with a parade from Ovilla Road (Farm-to-Market 664) at Ovilla Road Baptist Church to Main Street and then through downtown Ovilla to City Hall. Prizes will be offered in several categories for parade entries. More than 150 vendors and exhibitors have been invited to participate.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., entertainment will be provided by local choirs and talent as well as nationally recognized entertainers. There will be an entertainment zone that includes pony rides, a petting zoo, jump houses and an obstacle course.

Those interested in participating in the parade or as a vendor in Ovilla’s Heritage Day festival should contact Kim Gutierrez at the city of Ovilla by calling 972-617-7262 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Chautauqua Assembly Saturday

The Waxahachie Chautauqua Preservation Society will hold its annual Chautauqua Assembly on Sept. 24. The opening ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the traditional ringing of the assembly bell. The assembly program activities will take place in the Chautauqua Auditorium located in Getzendaner Park and is open to the general public. The theme for the Assembly is “Oil and Gas In Our Region. The program will include a presentation by Dr. Tommy Stringer, vice president for Institutional Advancement and director of Navarro College Foundation, who will present a short history of oil and gas in the Navarro/Ellis county area. 

In addition, there will be several speakers from Texas Christian University addressing the geology of Ellis and surrounding counties including the Barnett Shale gas field. A panel discussion will be held after the speakers conclude their presentations.

Admission to the melodrama is $5 and is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly, which can be purchased at the door for $20. 

All day student tickets to the assembly are $2.  For more information, visit the website at http://www.discoverculture.org.

Ferris Pioneer Days

Sponsored by the Lions Club of Ferris, the “Pioneer Days” festival began in 1974 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the city of Ferris. This year the parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and winds through Ferris’ small yet historic downtown. Throughout the day, live music surrounds street vendors who sell food, arts and crafts, paint faces for kids and offer various items for sale. Typically there are many activities for the kids, including a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, slides, pony carousel and a petting zoo. The grand marshal (called the pioneer of the year) is always a long time resident of Ferris who is honored for his or her service to the community. The evening dance will feature the popular MidTown Playboys.

Volunteers and vendors

needed for Senior Games

The final planning meeting for the 2011 Senior Games will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at Buffalo Creek Adult Living Facility, 1329 Brown St. in Waxahachie. The meeting is open to all participating vendors, participating facilities, and volunteers. Plans will be finalized for the games to be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin in Waxahachie.

Still needed are volunteers to assist in running the games, 11-13 events with two volunteers at each. Still needed are hamburger patties, hot dogs, buns, condiments, vegetables, chips, cheese, cookies, lemonade and ice, large foil pans, large trash bags, plates, cups, napkins and table cloths.

For more information, contact Debbie Jones at 972-938-9888 or Martha Kelley at 972-352-9100.

Off the Wall – art sale and garage sale

The Ellis County Art Association will hold an Off the Wall art sale and garage sale inside the Fine Arts Museum, 501 W. Main St. from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 6-8 and from noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

For more information, call 972-617-0911.