Lighthouse for Learning

Lighthouse for Learning classes are available now, with registration ongoing throughout the semester. Students may drop by the Waxahachie ISD administration building to register or by calling the community education office at 972-923-4631, ext.142, for class and registration information.

Students my view the complete catalogue online by going to www.wisd.org.

Chamber annual meeting tonight

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual membership meeting and awards banquet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane. The keynote speaker will be Vicki Kelsey. Call 972-937-2390.

Magic show

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County presents an evening with Carson Entertainment on Saturday, March 1.

The evening will include grand illusions, exotic animals, audience participation and comedy magic.

“Help support our children,” a spokesman said. “Come experience the art of imagination. One-hundred percent of all ticket sales support CASA.”

The event will be staged at Sheaffer Full Life Center Auditorium on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7.

Carson Entertainment has been voted Las Vegas’ No. 1 family attraction for two years running.

Tickets may be purchased at the Waxahachie YMCA, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the Ellis County Museum in Waxahachie, Ennis Chamber of Commerce in Ennis, Alpha Material Handling in Midlothian and Brookshire’s Food Store in Red Oak.

Fort Worth Symphony to perform March 1

The Fort Worth Symphony and Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Pollock, will perform in the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center, 1000 N. U.S. Highway 77, at 7:30 p.m. March 1.  

Admission at the door is $12 for adults, with admission free for all Waxahachie ISD students.

Support for this performance is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.

For further information, contact Jim Chapman at jim@chapmanchapman.com or call the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce at 972-937-2390.

95th anniversary celebration

Farley Street Baptist Church is planning a special celebration for its 95th anniversary March 1-2. The celebration will begin with a kickoff meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy. There will be special music by prior music directors and talks by prior pastors. Videos depicting the church history will be presented and refreshments will be served.  

The main celebration will be at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center. Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the celebration and lunch will be served following.  All prior staff, employees and members are encouraged to attend.

Donations sought for Anna benefit

A special benefit has been scheduled March 1 for Anna Thomas, the daughter of Ennis Mayor Russell and Nancy Thomas. Donations are being sought for the event, which will include a silent and live auction and dinner. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ennis.

Tickets are $75 each, with corporate sponsorship tables available for $1,000. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the auction and cash bar opening, dinner at 6:30 and the auction ending by 9:30. Hansen will provide remarks at 7:30.

For information, call Jess Haupt at 972-875-1660 (work) or 469-285-3742 (cell) or Gus Jones at 972-979-3789 (cell).

Screening mammograms

The Baylor Sammons Mobile Breast Imaging Center will be in Ellis County to perform screening mammograms from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4 at Red Oak ISD Acorn Academy.

Schedule an appointment by calling 214-820-1700. Baylor will file claims with insurance companies.

For more information, call Sherry Fox at 214-820-8418.

Animal balloons

Junior teens, ages 11-12, will learn how to make animal balloons from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. Snacks provided.

Spring Fling ’50s Style event

The annual Spring Fling ’50s Style auction and dinner benefiting Waxahachie Preparatory Academy will take place Friday, March 7, in the Waxahachie Bible Church auditorium at 621 N. Grand.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 7. Tickets for dinner and admission to auction may be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children.

RSVP by March 5 by calling 972-872-9922 or e-mailing denamarshall@speednet.com.

Warmup horse show

Flying Dollar will host a warmup horse show Saturday, March 8, at its facilities in Italy.

Books open at 8:15 a.m., with the show starting at 9. The speed events won’t begin before 1 p.m. Entry fees are $5 per class or $35 for all day, with a $5 office fee.

Formal show clothing is not required, but must wear boots and long pants. All participants must wear safety helmets while on their horse. Training aids are allowed.

Age groups include 12 and younger and 13 and older.

Classes offered include halter, western, English, leadline and speed events. Ribbons and medals will be awarded.

Participants and spectators should bring their own chairs and call ahead if the weather is bad.

For more information, call Julie Hinz at 972-483-7774 or 469-337-9413.

Mobile mammography van

Methodist Health System’s mobile mammography van will offer mammograms at Methodist Midlothian Imaging Center on Monday, March 10 and March 24. Women age 35 and older with no breast implants or current breast problems are encouraged to be screened. Methodist accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and Medicaid. Payment is due at the time of service and payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Appointments are required.

To schedule an appointment, call 972-775-7410.  

Blue Jean Pillows

Teens, ages 13-18, are making blue jean pillows from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. Each teen will need to bring an old pair of jeans he or she no longer wears for this craft project. The legs of the jeans will be cut off and the pocket area used for the project. The library will provide all other materials to create a special pillow. The project will take two sessions, so teens will return Wednesday, March 26, to finish the pillows. Snacks are provided.

Easter egg hunt

The Waxahachie High School class of 1987 from East Waxahachie will host a citywide Easter egg hunt at noon Saturday, March 15, at Penn Park, located on Getzendaner Street.

“Everyone in the city is invited to attend,” a spokesman said. “The Easter egg hunt will consist of plastic eggs filled with prizes and candy. Children will also be able to take pictures with the Easter bunny.”

After the egg hunt, the class will also host a mini-carnival where kids will have the opportunity to play games and have their face painted.

For more information or to make a donation, contact the organization’s secretary at 214-316-8874.

“Cooking Up a Cure” cookbook fundraiser

Submit recipes in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who has lost his or her battle with cancer with $1 donation per recipe.

The cost of “Cooking Up a Cure” is $18.95. If pre-ordered and pre-paid by March 15, the cost is $15.95. Cookbooks will be available for purchase in May at the Plaid Donkey in Waxahachie and Uptown Café and Magic Mirror in Italy for $18.95.

Submit recipes and donations or cookbook orders to Karen Mathiowetz, 504 Venice Drive, Italy, TX 76651 by Feb. 28.

For more information, contact Karen Mathiowetz at (972) 483-7434 or Mathiowetz@sbcglobal.net.

Scholarship application

March 15 is the deadline to apply for the Ellis A&M Club scholarship for students planning to attend Texas A&M University. High school seniors and first-year A&M students who reside along Interstate 35 or western Ellis County are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients will be announced at muster April 21.

Contact Bob Garrett at 972-923-1959 or visit the Web site

www.ellisaggies.com for more details and an application form.

Annual Good Friday fish fry

Garrett Area Rural Fire Department will hold its annual Good Friday fish fry from 5-8 p.m. March 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Catfish, hush puppies, fries, beans, slaw, dessert and tea will be served. The cost is $7 adults and $5 children. Carryouts will be available. A silent auction and a drawing for picnic table, smoker/propane grill and wooden butcher-block table will be held.

Cherokee Charmer alumni

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Cherokee Charmers. To celebrate, the Cherokee Charmers are holding an alumni reception at the 2008 Spring Show from 5:30-7 p.m. March 29 in the foyer of the Fine Arts Center at Waxahachie High School. Those who have memorabilia (pictures, awards, uniform pieces or other) they would like to share for display at the alumni reception or who have stories or memories to share can contact Cherokee Charmer director Lindsay Loftis Markert at lmarkert@wisd.org or 972-923-460,0 ext. 124.  

Barbecue benefit

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will hold its annual barbecue benefit at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Loma Linda event pavilion in Rockett.

Prizes, entertainment, food and fun will be offered. For more information, call 972-351-9943 or visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Community awareness and prevention fair

Wal-Mart will host a community awareness and prevention fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-30 on the north side of its store. Several organizations will be on hand, including the American Red Cross, Ellis County Homeland Securities, an NOAA meteorologist, the Waxahachie Fire Department and others. The local fire department will display the city’s decontamination vehicle and rescue trailer.

For more information, contact the store.

Health and information fair

Red Oak ISD is holding a community-wide health and information fair Saturday, April 12, in conjunction with the Education Foundation's Gerry Ann North Walk/5K for Education at Red Oak Elementary School. Tables are provided, but tabletop displays, handouts freebies are recommended. The school is located at 200 Valley Ridge Drive. Call 469-437-2537.

Aggie muster

The annual Aggie muster will be held April 21 at Park Meadows Baptist Church in Waxahachie. Members are asked to bring a covered dish. Scholarship recipients will be announced. Registration for new members will also be available.

Contact Alan Maples at 972-923-0448 for details.

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.