Proposed post office closure

The U.S. Postal Service is proposing the closure of the Avalon post office.

Residents are encouraged to attend a USPS-led community meeting at 2 p.m. June 1 at the post office.

Benefit car wash

A benefit car wash will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Chicken Express in Waxahachie on Highway 77. Donations are being accepted throughout the event to aid the family of Shana Owens, who was hit by a drunk driver on May 8.

Vendors and sponsors needed

The Waxahachie Lions Club will host the annual Mini Grand Prix on the downtown square on Saturday, July 16. The races feature Indy-style go-carts on a challenging course with hairpin turns and lots of spills and thrills.

Applications are available for food vendors (city permit required), craft vendors, and informational booths from non-profit organizations and others. Booth spaces are limited; electrical service is available for food vendors. Non-profit organizations will not be charged a fee. The races draw a large crowd and will run from about 7:30 a.m. until around 3 p.m.

The Lions Club is also seeking sponsors for the event from businesses and individuals, with proceeds benefiting the Hope Clinic, college scholarships and many other causes.

Applications and further information are available at the Lions Club website: http://www.waxahachielionsclub.org  (click on the “Lions Club Mini Grand Prix” link) or by contacting Tommie Worthy at 972-627-3447 or  tworthy00@gmail.com.

Vendors needed

The annual Mid-Way Regional Airport’s Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In will take place from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, June 4. Applications are now being accepted for vendor space. Vendor fees are $60 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth with a six-foot table, two chairs and two breakfast tickets. The event is expected to draw from 800-900 people. All booths are outside and electricity is not available. Vendors may bring a canopy, but will be responsible for setting it up and weighting it down in case of wind. Nonprofit organizations are welcome free of charge, but will be responsible for their own setups. No food or drink sales will be allowed.  Attractions include classic airplanes and fighters, flour drop, spot landing contests, helicopter rides, remote control model flyers, Midlothian Classic Wheels, Gold Wing Road Riders Club, kids trackless train and face painting.

For more information or an application request, contact Tammy Bowen at 972-923-0080. All applications must be turned in no later than May 16.

Teen Inc at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Inc is learning the basics of car maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, on the library parking lot. Teens like having the freedom and ability to drive their own car, but sometimes find car repair a little daunting. A local mechanic will go through basic car maintenance with the teens to help them keep their cars running smooth. 

Birth Mom Support Group

The 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, TBH wishes to serve birth mothers of adopted children. Women in any stage of life after placing are welcome and those women who have overcome the struggles that come when placing a child for adoption are encouraged to be a help and encouragement to younger birth moms. If you or someone you know is a birth mom and would like to be strengthened by the bond of common ground and experiences, attend monthly meetings as we come together monthly to share, grow, heal, and laugh.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month with the next one at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Daniel Center at the Texas Baptist Home, 629 Farley St. in Waxahachie.

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

Blood drive

The city of Waxahachie will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Parks and Recreation building, 401 S. Elm St.

For more information, contact Bonnie Battersby at 972-937-7330, ext. 143.

Summer volunteers needed at Sims

Looking for something to do this summer? Need community service hours for school? Nicholas P. Sims Library is the perfect answer. Sims Library is looking for volunteers ages 14-adult to help with shelving books, program set-up and other tasks. A volunteer meeting will be held at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, May 19, for those interested in helping out at the library this summer.

Veterans Networking Group to meet

The Veterans Networking Group meets at 6 p.m. the third Friday of every month at Zula’s Coffee House, 1804 W. Highway 287 Business next to the Texas Workforce office.

The next gathering is scheduled for May 20.

The group usually meets until 8 p.m. giving veterans a place to come and enjoy camaraderie, discuss most any topic, share what’s on their mind and as a networking group, try to assist by providing support, ideas, and solutions to their concerns/needs. 

Many veterans don’t know what their benefits are or where to go for answers to their questions. The group is a good source to have those questions answered. For more information, contact Mike Lamb at vetsnetgrp@att.net.

Fundraising dance

The Ellis County Shrine Club will host a fundraising dance from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Optimist Youth Center, 219 Patrick St. in Waxahachie. Proceeds benefit area charities. Music will be provided by Dave Eder and The Final Showdown Band. Tickets are $7.50 per person.

For more information, call 214-773-7931 or 214-912-7749.

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 meeting will be held at the Waxahachie High School cafeteria at 7 p.m. May 23.

ESL to meet at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library English as a Second Language meets each Monday through May 23. Sandra Coston, a teacher of both Spanish and English as a second language, teaches basic and intermediate English to adults in the library program room from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Instruction and materials are free to the public.

Sim’s Teen Advisory Board to meet

Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Advisory Board will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. “The TAB allows teens to have a voice in teen services at the library. You will be able to tell us what books, videos, cd’s and programs you would like to see here. We want to know what you are interested in. Come join us. Pizza will be provided,” a spokesman said. Register by calling the library at 972-937-2671 or emailing teens@simslib.org. This is for ages 13-18.

Walking and exercise

Take advantage of having a certified personal trainer to provide general fitness tips and walk with you during the Walks-a-hachie walking class. Class will meet at the large pavilion in Getzendaner Park from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7.

Check with your physician before beginning any rigorous exercise program. Don’t have a primary care physician? Visit FindDrRight.com or call 1-800-4BAYLOR. For questions about the Walks-a-hachie Health Safety and Wellness Campaign and Classes, call 972-937-7330, ext. 284.

Casting call for ‘Once a Pawn a Time’

“Once a Pawn a Time” is a 4-H Living Chess Production: Theater in the Round. It’s a fun story line with eye catching costumes that will be played at area libraries. The schedule is 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the Red Oak Library; 10:30 a.m. June 8 at the Cedar Hill Library and 10 a.m. June 10 at Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie. Child actors ages 8-18 are needed. Flexible rehearsals are held 4-6 p.m. in Red Oak and Waxahachie. No experience is necessary. For more information, contact Alex at 214-706-6101 or email kintraadventures.auinc@yahoo.com.

Tour d’ Italia

The Tour d’ Italia, held each year in Italy, Texas, is slated for June 18 in Italy. This is the 26th annual bicycle tour sponsored by the Lone Star Cyclists and has routes from 12 to 63 miles. Arts and crafts and other vendor booths also are set up as part of the event.

Scholarship opportunity

Texas Business and Professional Women – Oak Cliff chapter is taking applications for three scholarships to be awarded to women entering college or university for a second semester. Applications may be obtained by calling Rhonnie Tompkins at 972-935-9188. Deadline for return of the application is July 31.

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 972-351-9943 in Ellis County.