WHS Pep Rally Oct. 6 at WNGA

Due to the current burn ban, the annual homecoming bonfire has been cancelled this year; however, WHS will host a community wide Homecoming Pep Rally at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 to be held in the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy parking lot closest to Lumpkins Stadium. For more information on homecoming activities, contact Kim Axtell at WHS at 972-923-4600.

Family Movie Night

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents Family Movie Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. It’s Halloween and the mysterious mansion across town is the scene of some very spooky action. With the help of some unexpected new friends, join Disney’s irresistible talking puppies as they work together to save the world from Warlock the Magician’s dastardly deeds. Harland Williams, Sierra McCormick, Elisa Donovan: Walt Disney, Directed by Robert Vince, Rated G; 2011. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email us at children@simslib.org

Senior Games on Oct. 7

The 2011 Senior Games will 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.

Tail Waggin Tutors

Nicholas P. Sims Library welcomes the Tail Waggin Tutors from noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. These special therapy dogs would love for your child to come and read to them. These special tutors will be available once a month during the school year to encourage children to improve reading skills. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org

ESL and GED classes

offered at Navarro College

The Navarro College Adult Education Program is offering free ESL and GED classes in Ellis County. Interested students 17 years and under need to contact the Navarro College Office of Adult Education at 903-875-7464. Interested students 18 and older need to attend the registration workshop, Saturday, Oct. 8, at Navarro College-Waxahachie, Building C, room 155. The workshop will start promptly at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the Navarro College Office of Adult Education Program at 903-875-7464 or 1-800-NAVARRO, ext. 7464.

One-day 4-H event

Saturday, Oct. 8, has been set aside for the second annual one-day 4-H event, which is a clothes drive to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. So what can you do? First, you can begin by spreading the word and encouraging your family, friends and neighbors to begin cleaning their closets and bagging up clothes of any size, shoes, accessories (hats, belts, ties, purses, jewelry), bath/linens/bedding, books (no magazines or text books), toys, dishware, pots and pans, small electronics and household items.

Pack the clean clothes in garbage bags. Anything breakable should be packaged as if you were moving. Bring your items by the Ellis County Extension Office at 701 S. Interstate 35E in Waxahachie from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, for the one-day Drive-Through-and-Donate Event. 4-H members and adult leaders will assist in unloading the donations.

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.

Czech Roots and Christmas Memories

The Texas Czech Genealogical Society will hold its fourth annual Czech Roots and Christmas Memories event on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at the Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center in Caldwell, Texas.

The informative and exciting day will begin with registration and morning refreshments at 8:30 a.m. Speakers and topics for the day include: Brenda Lincke Fisseler, “Can You Prove It? How to Document and Cite Your Sources;” James Hejl, “Life in 1980 Behind the Iron Curtain Rule of Communist Russia” and “Relationship Charts Made Easy;” Edwin Wallek Jr., “Recalling Early Christmas Memories.”

Full early registration for the entire day’s events, including lunch, for members is $25; for non-members is $35. (Early registration deadline is Oct. 1). After Oct. 1, full registration for members will be $30 and non-members will be $40. Registration at the door will be $45 for all attendees. Full information and registration forms can be found at www.txczgs.org. For questions, contact Bennie Stasny at 512-836-8084, or by email at blstasny@aol.com.

Fundraiser dinner 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 Clinic

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.

Immunization clinic

Texas Department of State Health Services holds monthly immunization clinics from 1:30-5:30 p.m. every first Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1211 S. Clay in Ennis and from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. every second Tuesday at First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 304 W. 5th St. in Ferris.

No clinics on holidays.

For information, call 972-932-2038.

Free pregnancy testing

The WRC Pregnancy Center of Waxahachie offers free pregnancy tests on a regular basis.

No appointment is necessary.

Operating hours for the center are 3-6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, call 972-938-7900.

Waxahachie Care

Waxahachie Care is a community food pantry that helps those in need and emergency situations with food, utilities and gas and also helps the elderly with special needs. The nonprofit agency is located at 609 Kaufman St. in Waxahachie. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-noon Friday. Call 972-923-2273 for information.

How may we help?

If you have a community program or a notice to share with Daily Light readers, e-mail Jim Perry at jim.perry@wninews.com or call 469-517-1455.

Ferris Night Out Saturday

The Ferris Police Department and the Ferris community will join together to observe National Night Out during the Oct.1 Pioneer Day on the square in Downtown Ferris.

“It is normally observed on the second Tuesday evening in October in Texas - but we believe we can reach more of our citizens during the Pioneer Day event,” said Ferris chief of police Sam Love. 

The objectives of the 28th Annual National Night Out are to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs especially our neighborhood Crime Watch Program, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back in Ferris.

Fall Festival

Nicholas P. Sims Library celebrates the season with the Fall Festival. Join the library for pumpkin decorating and crafts from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

The program will be presented on the library lawn and is open to all ages.

For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org

ROPD Citizens Police Academy

Residents who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply for the next session of the Citizens Police Academy. The registration deadline is Dec. 31 for the course, which will begin Thursday, Feb. 10. The Citizens Police Academy is a free educational program that familiarizes the public with the nature of police work. People who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply. They must agree to a background criminal history check, be 20 years old or older and not convicted of a felony.

Eleven classes will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, with one class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The academy meets at the Red Oak public safety building, 547 N. Methodist St., Red Oak. To apply, visit the city of Red Oak website or contact officer Nathan Bickerstaff at nbickerstaff@redoaktx.org.