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.

Retired school personnel group to meet

The South Dallas County Retired School Personnel will hold its first meeting of the 2011-2012 year Sept. 21 in the DeSoto Belt Line Conference Center, 210 E. Belt Line, at 10 a.m.

The speaker will be Tim Miles from AMBA.

Photo scavenger hunt at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Inc. is taking a walking field trip to the downtown square for a photo scavenger hunt from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Teens will take pictures from a prepared list. Bring a camera or cell phone with a camera. Participants must have a permission slip signed by a parent before event. 

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. Deadline to purchase Big Shooter package is Sept. 15.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Accepting nominations for G/T program at Maypearl ISD

Maypearl ISD is in the process of identifying students who qualify for the gifted and talented program. Students may be nominated for the program by parents, community members  and or teachers. Nomination forms are available in the school office at Lorene Smith Kirkpatrick Elementary and online at www.maypearlisd.org.

Completed forms should be returned to school by Friday, Oct. 14. Direct any questions to: Amanda Stinson, school counselor, LSK Elementary, 972-435-1010.

Global High PTO golf tourney Oct. 22

Waxahachie Global High Parent-Teacher Organization will host its 2011 Golf Classic Saturday, Oct. 22, at The Old Brickyard, 605 North I-45 Ferris, Texas.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start following at 12:45 p.m. The proceeds go to benefit the students of Waxahachie Global High.

For more information about sponsorships, volunteering or how to help, visit www.golfdistrictplanner.com/19527-WGHGolf or email globalhighgolf@gmail.com.

Fundraiser for WRC Pregnancy Center

WRC Pregnancy Center of Ellis County will hold its annual fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Creekside Church on U.S. Highway 287 between Waxahachie and Midlothian. The guest speaker is Kerby Anderson, National Director of Probe Ministries and radio host of “Point of View.” Tickets are complimentary, but reservations are required.

For information, call 972-938-7900 or 972-878-0784.

Seeds of Hope fundraiser for Hope

The Hope Clinic of Waxahachie will host its 13th annual Seeds of Hope fundraiser in the Midlothian Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.

“This is our one and only fundraiser every year,” CEO Dr. Mackie Owens said. “It’s centered around our ministry and our patients testimonials.” This year’s theme is Hope Through the Generations, representing the clinic’s treatment of patients from birth to senior ages. For more information, visit www.hopeclinicelliscounty.com or call 972-923-2440.

WPD Citizens Police Academy

Waxahachie residents are invited to apply for the next session of the Waxahachie Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy. The 10-week citizens police academy will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. every Thursday, Sept. 22-Dec. 1, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. The class meets in the conference room at the water treatment plant at 1900 Howard Road. Applications are available at the police department at 216 N. College St. or online at www.waxahachiepd.org. There is no cost to participate in the class but a background check will be performed on each applicant. The class size is limited to 15-20 students. For more information about the citizens police academy, contact community relations officer Wess Winn at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.

Sunshine Committee

accepting applications for craft fair

Waxahachie’s Sunshine Committee is accepting applications for the fourth annual Pre-Christmas Craft Fair. The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Waxahachie High School. All proceeds will benefit the high school’s Student in Need Fund. Contact Kim Kriegel at 972-617-5928 or kkriegel@wisd.org for an application.

Downtown Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market has moved to a new location in Singleton Plaza, located across from the Waxahachie Police Department at 216 N. College St. The market takes place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 15.

For more information about the market, contact Anita Williamson, downtown development director for the city of Waxahachie, at 972-937-7330, ext. 198, or awilliamson@waxahachie.com.