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. “A lot of us subscribe to magazines. I just renewed my TV Guide subscription and earned the league $10,” said Scott Allred, WYB board member. “The fundraiser is open to anyone, so tell your friends and tell your family members. All proceeds help provide youth baseball programs for the community.”

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

Youth baseball registration begins

Online registration is under way for the 2008 Waxahachie Youth Baseball league season. The league provides recreational baseball programs for youth age 5-18 in six age-based divisions.

Parents may register their children online at www.wybonline.org, or attend one of two in person registration events scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and again on Feb. 16 at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce on YMCA Drive. The season will begin around April 1 with games continuing through the end of May. Parents and players are also reminded WYB will again be hosting a senior division for students age 14-18, providing recreational baseball for high school students. For more information on the league, visit www.wybonline.org.

Season tickets available

Waxahachie Community Theatre announces season tickets are now available for the 2008 season, underwritten by Citizens National Bank of Texas. Prices for reserved seating are $45 for one ticket or $80 for two. The season ticket includes three shows: “GI Jukebox” in dinner theatre on Feb. 14-17, “Li’l Abner” on May 2-4 and “Fiddler on the Roof” on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.  

Tickets for the dinner theatre show may be purchased separately for $18 each. The dinner theatre show is by reservation only and these tickets should be purchased as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Order forms for season tickets and for separate dinner theatre tickets may be downloaded from the WCT Web site, waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com or call PJ Searsy at 972-723-6976 for more information or to obtain ticket order forms.

St. Joseph Catholic School open house

St. Joseph Catholic School is having an open house from 9-11:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, for all interested families for school year 2008-2009.  

“Stop by for a tour of the school and see all the strong academics in action,” a spokesman said. “There are selected openings for grades preschool-eighth grade.”  Any with questions can contact Maribeth May, development director, at 972-937-7557. St. Joseph Catholic School is located at 506 E. Marvin, Waxahachie.

Spirit night

January is Sanctity of Human Life Month and Chick-fil-A of Waxahachie will host a spirit night.  

Eat at Chick-fil-A from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, and a portion of the cost of the meal will go to the work of WRC Pregnancy Center of Ellis County. Diners must mention Sanctity of Human Life when ordering. WRC Pregnancy Center will be there to meet friends and supporters. Donations of diapers, wipes, formula and new baby clothes also will be accepted that night.

Transportation workshop

Ellis County Commissioner Pct. 2 Bill Dodson will host a transportation workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Ave.

“This informative workshop will focus on the transportation visions within the designated area of Ellis County, Pct. 2,” a spokesman said. “You will be provided with an overview of the anticipated growth of the area and your input will be valuable as we plan for the future.” Presenters at the workshop will include Bill Pierce, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, and Barbra Leftwich, Ellis County planner. Those attending are asked to use the back parking lot. RSVP if attending to 972-875-3241 or e-mail events@co.ellis.tx.us.

‘Peter Pan’ in performance

Waxahachie High School’s Music Theater Department will present the original Broadway production of “Peter Pan” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 2, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and children age 3 and older.

The cast of “Peter Pan” includes 50 high school students, 25 elementary students and is supported by local businesses such as Citizens National Bank, Adventure Graphics, Wheat Lumber Company, Cross Martial Arts and members of the local community. For additional information regarding the production, contact Gail Harrell at 972-923-4600, ext. 131, or e-mail gharrell@wisd.org.

Benefit garage sale

Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County will hold its annual garage sale 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the family life center of First United Methodist Church. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the center.

Arrangements for large item pick-up on Friday can be made by calling 972-937-7010. All donations are accepted. All proceeds from the garage sale go toward building homes in Ellis County. To volunteer to work on Fridays or Saturdays, call 972-937-7010.

Art and music

The Ellis County Art Association’s Anderson Gallery presents an evening of art and music beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

An artists’ reception with complementary hors d’oruvres starts the evening, with the exhibit, “Lost and Found – Love and Dreams,” a presentation of new work by members. “This theme-based show explores the loves and dreams of today and long ago. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception. At 7 p.m., Elvis tribute artist David Allen presents “Elvis” in the upstairs auditorium. Admission is $12. For more information, call 972-937-3414.

Chili cook-off and dance

The seventh annual Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center chili cook-off and barn dance will be held Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3, at the Ellis County Expo Center.

The event features CASI-sanctioned chili cook-offs all three days, with junior, novice and bean competition also on Saturday. A celebrity mechanical bull-riding competition is Friday-Saturday, with a silent auction Saturday.

For more information about sponsorships, donations, judging and volunteer opportunities, contact the center at 972-937-1870.

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Festival

The women of St. Paul Episcopal Church will hold their 16th annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Festival at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the church, located at 624 Ovilla Road, Waxahachie. The event serves as an outreach program and is open to the community.

Fried catfish, jambalaya, red beans, tossed salad, garlic bread and bread pudding with whiskey sauce will be served.

Entertainment will include music by the Lone Star Glory Band and a quilt raffle. Guests are encouraged to wear Mardi Gras beads and costumes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call the church at 972-938-2126.

Seed and seedling programs

The Ellis-Prairie Soil and Water Conservation District is offering several programs for the community. The wildflower seed program offers two mixes and bluebonnet seeds, with 1-pound packages available. The seedling tree program offers several evergreen and hardwood species available for conservation plantings. The deadline for seedling orders is Feb. 7. Another program offers grass, legume and forb seeds for permanent pasture establishment, overseeding of existing pastures and wildlife food plots. For more information, call 972-937-2660, ext. 3.

Transportation workshop

Ellis County Commissioner Pct. 4 Ron Brown will host a transportation workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Oak Leaf City Hall, 301 Locust Drive, Oak Leaf. Presenters include Bill Pierce, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, and Barbra Leftwich, Ellis County planner. Those attending are asked to RSVP to 972-825-5011 or e-mail events@co.ellis.tx.us.

Dance and casino

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church will host a Sweetheart Dance and Casino from 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 9, at the parish family center. “In conjunction with World Marriage Day, we will be honoring married couples,” a spokesman said. “Please submit a photo from your wedding along with your names, wedding date, place of ceremony and number of children to the church office or e-mail to dbernard@mytocn.com.” Tickets are $25 a person and include a barbecue dinner. Tickets are available after masses or by calling 214-682-0499. The St. Joseph youth group will provide childcare.

Ennis Czech Music Festival

The Czech polka bands of Ennis invite the public to the annual Ennis Czech Music Festival from 2-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sokol Activity Center, 2622 E. State Highway 34, Ennis.

“Listen and dance to five bands,” a spokesman said.  “The kitchen will be open if you get hungry, so come on out and let’s party. This is a great way to extend your support and appreciation for Czech music and heritage.”

Bands and times include Ennis Czech Boys at 2 p.m., Jak Se Do at 4, Harvesters at 6, Jodie Mikula Orchestra at 8 and Czech and Then Some at 10. The cost is $5 per person, with children ages 14 and younger admitted free. Dress is casual, but Czech costumes (kroj) are welcome. Door prizes will be offered.

For more information, listen to the Sunday Morning Polka Show from 9-10:50 a.m. Sundays on KBEC 1390 or visit online at  www.KBEC.com.

A pre-party and jam session will be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Sokol clubroom. No admission charged.

Computer class

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer an “Anatomy of an E-mail” computer class from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 9. This is an intermediate level class for those who would like to create and learn how to maintain an e-mail account.

The computer class is open to registration for anyone who has a library card at Sims Library.

Pre-registration is required for the class, which is limited to eight students and will be held in the reference room on the basement level of the library.

Call 972-937-2671 or stop by the library to register for the classes.

Hidden Miracles fundraiser

Hidden Miracles Ministry is hosting a fundraiser to raise funds to purchase equipment for its Respite Night program. The fundraiser will consist of raffling off tickets to win a custom room mural by local artist Jamie Kelly. The winner will pick the theme. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5 and are available at the Waxahachie Daily Light office. The drawing will be held Feb. 14 and the winner does not need to be present to win.

The winner must be the homeowner or have written permission from landlord.

For more information, call 972-937-6255 or e-mail hiddenmiracles@sbcglobal.net.

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 Shaffer 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.

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.

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.

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.