WGH 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 are available now and may be picked up in the WGH office, the counselor’s office at WJHS 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 or fax 972-923-4738 or e-mail the school’s headmaster, Portia Butler, at pbutler@wisd.org.

Donations needed

The Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center is getting ready for its annual garage sale fundraiser. Furniture, household goods, toys and children's clothing are needed to make the sale a success. Tax-deductible donations are now being accepted. Drop off donations at the center, which is located at 219 Patrick St., from 8 a.m.-noon weekdays.  Pickup for large items can be arranged for city residents by calling 972-937-8271.

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.

Bulletin boards

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, are making bulletin boards from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

“Create your own special bulletin board for your room or for a gift,” a spokesman said. Snacks provided.

Caregiver seminar

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will offer a free seminar, “Legal & Financial Issues,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Nicholas P. Sims Library, 515 Main St. in Waxahachie.

The session will focus on issues commonly identified as areas of confusion and stress for families of older adults. This seminar is for the adult child, spouse, relative, or friend helping an older adult who is limited or unable to care for him or herself. Participants will receive free materials and information.  

This session is sponsored in cooperation with Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties.  For more information, call Zanda Hilger at 817-929-3535 or e-mail  zanda@flash.net or call Meals-on-Wheels at 972-351-9943 or e-mail info@mowjec.org.

ABWA

American Business Women's Association Express Network, Waxahachie, will hold its monthly meeting at 5:45 p.m. April 24 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The dinner is $25. RSVP to Stephanie Kinnison at 972-938-0703. Members are encouraged to bring coworkers and friends. Guests are welcome.  For ABWA membership information, call Kinnison at 972-938-0703.

Candidates forum

The Ellis County Republican Women are sponsoring the Ovilla City Council candidates forum to be held at Ovilla Community Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24. Neal White of the Waxahachie Daily Light will serve as moderator. There are three places open and each is contested.

Town hall meeting

Pct. 2 County Commissioner Bill Dodson will hold a town hall meeting to receive input from residents about road concerns.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Ennis Public Library.

Arbor Day celebration

The city of Glenn Heights will celebrate Arbor Day at 9 a.m. April 25 at Community Park.  

A small ceremony and the planting of several trees will commemorate the national holiday and honor the role trees play.

Gifted education program

Waxahachie ISD is accepting parent and teacher nominations to consider students for the gifted education program, E.A.G.L.E. Those wishing to nominate their child, should pick up a parent permission for testing form and a parent observation inventory from their child’s school office. The forms must be returned to the school counselor on or before Friday, April 25.

For more information, call Dianna Gerik, advanced academics curriculum specialist, at 972-923-4727.

Workday event

Never-E-Nuff Acres, a horse rescue and sanctuary in Waxahachie, has been selected as a Barbaro Legacy Event. Ellis County residents are invited to participate in the event, which is a workday project in coordination with Texas Friends of Barbaro, a group that honors the memory of the fallen famed racehorse.

Volunteers will help the rescue for a day by performing various chores such as the grooming of the resident horses, scrubbing feed buckets, cleaning and organizing the feed and tack shed and general site cleaning. A barbecue lunch will be served and a silent auction held to raise money.

Proceeds from the sale of commemorative T-shirts will be donated to Never-E-Nuff Acres.

The event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 at Never-E-Nuff Acres, which is located at 665 Arrowhead Road, Waxahachie.  

For more information, contact Never-E-Nuff Acres owner Dawn Walsh at 877-378-4630.

Homeschool Q&A

Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization will hold a question-and-answer session on homeschooling at 7 p.m. April 26, on "Homeschooling through High School."

The session will be held at Church of Christ, 2633 Ovilla Road, Red Oak, (corner of Uhl and Ovilla roads).

The session is free, with everyone welcome.

Plein air workshop

The Ellis County Art Association will hold a plein air workshop for oil and watercolor with Cecy Turner from April 26-27. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cell phone collections

The breast cancer three-day team, Koz for the Cure Foundation, is collecting cell phones and old cartridges. Drop off at Kozlovsky Collision Repair at 902 S. Kaufman, Ennis. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, call 972-351-4163.

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.

Jeremiah Richey in concert

The Bobbisox Lounge, DeSoto, will feature Jeremiah Richey in a two-hour acoustic show from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

Richey will soon be returning to Nashville to wrap up loose ends from his participation in the CMT talent show, “Can You Duet,” and this event could possibly be his last local performance for some time.  

The Bobbisox Lounge will also host a “Can You Duet” watch party every Friday night while Richey remains a contestant.

The show airs on CMT at 7 p.m. every Friday.

Car Show to benefit cancer research

The 4th annual Walk For A Cure Car and Bike Show will take place Saturday, April 26,  hosted by Midlothian Classic Wheels.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and will be held at Wal-Mart in Midlothian (400 N. Highway 67) from 5-9 p.m. Top 25 awards will be presented plus a “Best of Show” award. Entry fees are $15. The first 50 entries receive dash plaques.  Also, door prizes, a 50/50 pot and a silent auction, hot dogs, Frito pies, hot links, nachos, chips and drinks will be sold for donations. For info call 214-587-1643 or 214-808-4019  or visit www.midlothianclassicwheels.com.

Magazine sales benefit WYB

Family and friends can subscribe or renew magazine subscriptions and help out area baseball at the same time. The Waxahachie Youth Baseball league is holding an online fundraiser in which any family — anywhere — can visit the league’s secure Web site, click on the magazine subscription button and subscribe or renew subscriptions to more than 650 popular magazines at discounted prices.

For each subscription, the league receives 40 percent of the purchase price.

To participate, visit www.wybonline.org and click on the “Magazine Store” button on the lower left side of the screen.

Shopper’s Delight

Local businesses are offering deep discounts through the Shopper’s Delight card. Cards can be purchased for $20 at the Waxahachie Daily Light office, Flowers by Patty, Pearman Oil and Northgate Hair Design. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation.

GED, ESL and literacy classes

Interested in preparing for the GED test, learning English as a second language or want to learn how to read or write? The Navarro College Adult Education program can help.

Free GED, ESL and literacy classes are offered in Corsicana, Ennis, Fairfield, Ferris, Mexia, Midlothian, Red Oak and Waxahachie. Day and evening classes are available. Educational materials will be provided. Registration is under way.  

To obtain a schedule or request additional information, contact the Department of Adult Education at (903) 875-7464 or 7460.

For rent

The Ellis County Woman’s Building, located at 407 W. Jefferson, is available to rent for weddings, meetings, family reunions, etc. For more information or to make a reservation, call 972-937-6845.

Hidden Miracles Children’s Church

Hidden Miracles offers a special needs class during second service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County.

“This is a great opportunity to come and enjoy service while children have fun in a safe environment,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call 972-937-6255.

St. Vincent DePaul Society

St. Vincent DePaul Society is a nonprofit organization that serves the less fortunate by providing assistance in the areas of housing, water, electricity and other. The society has a food pantry and clothing store, with services provided for free to those who qualify. A thrift shop helps raise money for the services. The shop is open from 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays and Fridays and is located on the property of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

For more information, call 972-923-9395.

Texas Buglers

Texas Buglers announces participation in the state of Texas Taps Tuition Voucher Program.

This program allows students in grades six through 12 to perform taps at military honors funerals held in Texas and receive a voucher of $25 per funeral to be used for higher education. Schools will honor the absent day as an attended day of school without penalty and will receive a reasonable amount of time to make up schoolwork. Texas Buglers will assist in this program by providing bugles and teaching the students how to play taps. Once ready, the buglers are informed of services near them that require their skills. This nonprofit organization relies solely on donations and does not charge for any service. People who are interested can visit www.texasbuglers.org to volunteer, donate or to request a bugler for a service.

ESL and GED classes

ESL and GED classes are offered from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Salvation Army, 620 Farley St., Waxahachie.

For more information, call the adult education office at Navarro College at 903-875-7464.

Mentors needed

The WISD and Big Brothers Big Sisters need volunteers to serve as a Big Brother or Big Sister and spend one class period (usually lunch) each week with their assigned student.  

Interested volunteers should contact Melissa Cobb at mcobb@wisd.org or 972-923-4631, ext. 142, or Diana Phillips at dphillips@bbbsnt.org or 888-887-2447, ext. 228, to sign up.

SPCA in need of donations

The Ellis County SPCA is in need of donations including cat litter, paper towels, bleach, dish soap, monetary donations, laundry soap, trash bags and others.

The SPCA is located at 2570 Farm-to-Market 878, Waxahachie.

For more information, call 972-935-0756.

Texas 42

A Texas 42 group plays from 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays in the life center at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie. The community is invited; beginners will be taught how to play.

Food stamp/Medicaid benefit outreach

A food stamp outreach coordinator with the North Texas Food Bank will conduct intake for food stamps and Medicaid the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Helping Hands of Ennis, 604 N.E. Main St., Ennis.

For more information, call 972-875-0218.

GED and ESL classes

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian is offering free GED and ESL classes, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Navarro Adult Basic Education or visit online at http://www.navarrocollege.edu.

Obituary research

Nicholas P. Sims Library offers obituary research for patrons who cannot visit the library in person. The library charges $5 per name and 20 cents per page for copies of obituaries or newspaper articles. The library cannot guarantee successful results, refund payment nor send research prior to payment.

For more information, call 972-937-2671.

Mothers’ milk bank

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has opened its fifth Metroplex location for donating milk at Outreach Health Services, 110 Amanda Lane, Waxahachie.

“There is a growing need for healthy breast-feeding women who want to share their excess milk,” a spokesman said. “This is due to the demand from hospitals and fragile infants for donor human milk.”

Donors undergo a screening process before donating the milk, which is pasteurized and stored in the Fort Worth milk bank. The milk is used in the care of premature and seriously ill babies across North Texas.

For more information, contact Amy Vickers at Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas at 817-810-0071 or Paula Livingston at Outreach Health Services at 972-937-4777.

Clients needed for Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs of Texas, a local, nonprofit organization, is now accepting applications from people who could benefit from a service dog. Dogs are trained to complete various tasks such as alerting to sounds, assisting in balance, opening doors and retrieval of items such as canes, phones and other objects, among others. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

For more information, call Cindy Roberts at 972-617-3136 or e-mail bcrockett1@worldnet.att.net.

Waxahachie branch of NAACP

Waxahachie branch of NAACP meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at 206 U.S. Highway 77 S. for the monthly meeting. Call 972-937-2077.

Ombudsmen needed

The Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas Ombudsman Program has an immediate need for volunteers to help elderly and disabled residents throughout Ellis County. Volunteer ombudsmen advocate for the rights of residents in nursing and assisted living facilities. Volunteers also help identify and resolve complaints for, or on behalf of, residents or their families.  

For more information, call Lisa Walker at 800-272-3921, ext. 1172, or e-mail Pat Borgfeldt at ppborgfeldt@aol.com.

Experience Works

Experience Works is a nonprofit organization that provides paid job training and free employment services to low-income older workers.

Experience Works is recruiting job-seeking individuals in the community who are 55 and older with limited income and who want to work an average of 20 hours a week.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.experienceworks.org or call  972-230-7010 or toll free 877-781-9953.

Art association meeting

The Ellis County Art Association meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Ellis County Fine Arts Museum, 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie. Visitors are welcome.

Write On

Write On, a critique group for writers in all genres, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the anteroom of the Medical Building located at 201 Ferris, where Ferris meets Water Street.

For more information, call Pat Pratt at 972-935-9685 or Wynette Green at 972-723-3931.

Volunteers needed

Family First Hospice is calling for volunteers in the areas of Ovilla, Red Oak, DeSoto, Duncanville, South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Venus, Kaufman, Corsicana, Blooming Grove and Cedar Hill.

Volunteers offer a variety of services including sitting with patients while a caregiver is out of the house or running errands for patients or caregivers. First Family Hospice needs men, women and teens who can speak English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Margie Norum at 972-878-2273.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian-based organization that has completed several homes in the Ellis County community for people who otherwise would not be able to afford a home of their own. Habitat for Humanity works every Saturday throughout the year (lunch is provided), and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information on contributing to Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County, visit the Web site at www.ellishabitat.org or call the local office at 972-937-2797.  

Preservation program

The Waxahachie Heritage Council meets at 7 p.m. the fifth Tuesday of each month at the fire station training room, 704 Water St. in Waxahachie.

For more information, e-mail oharrington@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

Volunteers needed

Waxahachie Resale is a nonprofit thrift store supporting the Women’s Resource Centers of Ellis County. If interested in volunteering, call Melanie Moore at 972-923-2680. The store’s hours are from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

The shop is located at 1204 E. Ferris Ave. in Waxahachie.

Medical power of attorney forms

Blank forms and instructions for their completion for medical power of attorney for out of hospital DNR (do not resuscitate) are available at no cost at Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, 3650 S. Interstate 35E.

“Help your family by completing the forms and providing a copy to your physician,” a spokesman said. “Help your family to know your health care and end of life wishes by putting them in writing.”

Free testing

The Women’s Resource Center of Waxahachie offers free pregnancy tests on a regular basis. No appointment is necessary.

Operating hours for the center are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. The center is located at 1204 Ferris Ave., No. E, Waxahachie. For more information, call 972-938-7900.

Early Childhood PTA to meet

Mothers and caregivers of children from ages birth to 5 are invited to join the Early Childhood PTA at its meeting the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin, Waxahachie.

In addition to monthly meetings, the group schedules playgroups, children’s outings, family outings, mom’s night outs and dad’s night outs.  Refreshments are provided and childcare is available.

For more information call 972-923-2494 or e-mail ecpta@ev1.net.

55 Plus Alive Group

The 55 Plus Alive Group of the Greater New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church meets at 500 Wyatt St., each first and third Thursday at 10 a.m.

There are field trips and different activities that people can organize and participate in.

For more information, call Johnnie B. Miller, president, at 972-937-4975 or Minnie B. Grisby, secretary, at 972-937-8345.

Volunteers needed

The Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center is seeking volunteers to serve as family greeters for the center. The family greeter volunteer will assist the center’s forensic interviewer in greeting each family. Each volunteer must complete a required volunteer application and background check. For additional information and questions, contact 972-937-1870.

NAMI support group to meet

The NAMI Ellis County peer support group meets every Friday at 2 p.m. at Adapt in Waxahachie. Call 469-337-7697 for more information.

Food and clothes closet

The food and clothes closet of the Lee Turner Ministries Life of Victory Global Outreach Center Inc. is open from 9-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday and from 3-5 p.m. Friday. The center is located at 1521 E. Main St.; the telephone is 972-937-0323.

For additional information, call 972-938-9013 or 972-937-8345.

Toastmasters meetings

Toastmasters of Waxahachie meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Baylorworx in Northgate Plaza. Anyone interested in improving his or her public speaking skills is invited.

Ellis County Amateur Radio Club

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club meets each third Thursday evening at the Waxahachie Fire Department central station, 407 Water St. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. All licensed radio amateurs, people interested in amateur radio and the public are invited to attend.

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club participates in yearly field day operations and other Ham related activities. The club is associated with the Ellis County RACES organization, which assists in emergency communications around the county. The monthly RACES training nets are on this same frequency at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

Call Robert Crosby at 972-617-5815 for more information.

Ellis County Cruising meeting

Owners of 1970 or older automobiles are invited to join the Ellis County Cruising Association at its meetings, the first Tuesday of every month, from 7-9 p.m. at the Red Oak Whataburger, located at Ovilla Road and Interstate 35. No dues are required – just show up!

For more information, contact Bobby Page at 469-323-2536 or e-mail truckerpage@sbcglobal.net.

Bridge group

Duplicate bridge is played every Monday at 7 p.m. in the gathering room of the Waxahachie First United Methodist Church and is open to all who want to play bridge. This is ACBL-sanctioned and is sponsored by the Covenant Sunday School class.

For more information, call 972-937-5896.

Cherokee information

The sovereign Cherokee Nation Tejas is seeking Native American people and others with Native American ancestors. Anyone who is interested in joining is asked to contact the administrative office, 105 Mount Vernon St., Mabank. The mailing address is P.O. Box 5266, Mabank, TX 75147; the telephone is 903-887-9500. Business hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Donations needed

Ellis County Community Achieving Real-life Empowerment Skills, a nonprofit organization, is gathering items for local women and children in need, such as maternity, baby, children and adult clothing and for office space, including, furniture, office equipment and office setup, with location for offices to be donated in Ellis County.

For more information, call Dalaine Fletcher at 214-773-7191 or Denise Gibbons at 214-773-2761.

Gifted education program

Waxahachie ISD is accepting parent and teacher nominations to consider students for the gifted education program, E.A.G.L.E. Those wishing to nominate their child, should pick up a parent permission for testing form and a parent observation inventory from their child’s school office. The forms must be returned to the school counselor on or before Friday, April 25.

For more information, call Dianna Gerik, advanced academics curriculum specialist, at 972-923-4727.