Vendors and sponsors needed

The Waxahachie Lions Club will host the annual Mini Grand Prix on the downtown square on Saturday, July 16. The races feature Indy-style go-carts on a challenging course with hairpin turns and lots of spills and thrills.

Applications are available for food vendors (city permit required), craft vendors, and informational booths from non-profit organizations and others. Booth spaces are limited; electrical service is available for food vendors. Non-profit organizations will not be charged a fee. The races draw a large crowd and will run from about 7:30 a.m. until around 3 p.m.

The Lions Club is also seeking sponsors for the event from businesses and individuals, with proceeds benefiting the Hope Clinic, college scholarships and many other causes.

Applications and further information are available at the Lions Club website:  (click on the “Lions Club Mini Grand Prix” link) or by contacting Tommie Worthy at 972-627-3447 or

Vendors needed

The annual Mid-Way Regional Airport’s Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In will take place from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, June 4. Applications are now being accepted for vendor space. Vendor fees are $60 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth with a six-foot table, two chairs and two breakfast tickets. The event is expected to draw from 800-900 people.

All booths are outside and electricity is not available. Vendors may bring a canopy, but will be responsible for setting it up and weighting it down in case of wind. Nonprofit organizations are welcome free of charge, but will be responsible for their own setups.

No food or drink sales will be allowed.

Attractions include classic airplanes and fighters, flour drop, spot landing contests, helicopter rides, remote control model flyers, Midlothian Classic Wheels, Gold Wing Road Riders Club, kids trackless train and face painting.

For more information or an application request, contact Tammy Bowen at 972-923-0080. All applications must be turned in no later than May 16.

Walking and exercise

Take advantage of having a certified personal trainer to provide general fitness tips and walk with you during the Walks-a-hachie walking class. Class will meet at the large pavilion in Getzendaner Park from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

Check with your physician before beginning any rigorous exercise program. Don’t have a primary care physician? Visit or call 1-800-4BAYLOR. For questions about the Walks-a-hachie Health Safety and Wellness Campaign and Classes, call 972-937-7330, ext. 284.

Sims Writers’ Networking Group

The Nicholas P. Sims Writers’ Networking Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the library program room.

The purpose of the group is to learn more about writing, publishing, marketing and selling in today’s marketplace. The guest speaker will be Jamie Harrington of Fort Worth. Harrington is a member of the DFW Writer’s Workshop and founder of WriteOnCon, a writing conference for kidlit writers.

She offers step-by-step guidelines for networking and using the Internet to advance your career as a writer.

Harrington has been featured in Publisher’s Weekly for her contributions to the writing community.

The program is free to the public.

Open house

Pettigrew Academy invites the public to attend an open house beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. A student program will begin at 7, with refreshments to be served afterward.

Pettigrew Academy is located at 806 E. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. For more information, call 972-923-1633.

Teen Inc at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Inc is learning the basics of car maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, on the library parking lot. Teens like having the freedom and ability to drive their own car, but sometimes find car repair a little daunting.

A local mechanic will go through basic car maintenance with the teens to help them keep their cars running smooth. 

Birth Mom Support Group

The Texas Baptist Home exists to protect the sanctity of human life and to promote the preservation of the family. As a part of the fulfillment of this mission, TBH wishes to serve birth mothers of adopted children.

Women in any stage of life after placing are welcome and those women who have overcome the struggles that come when placing a child for adoption are encouraged to be a help and encouragement to younger birth moms.

If you or someone you know is a birth mom and would like to be strengthened by the bond of common ground and experiences, attend monthly meetings as we come together monthly to share, grow, heal, and laugh.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month with the next one at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Daniel Center at the Texas Baptist Home, 629 Farley St. in Waxahachie.

For more information, contact Megan Baldwin at 972-937-1321 or email

Blood drive

The city of Waxahachie will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Parks and Recreation building, 401 S. Elm St.

For more information, contact Bonnie Battersby at 972-937-7330, ext. 143.

Summer volunteers needed at Sims

Looking for something to do this summer?

Need community service hours for school?

Nicholas P. Sims Library is the perfect answer.

Sims Library is looking for volunteers ages 14-adult to help with shelving books, program set-up and other tasks.

A volunteer meeting will be held at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, May 19, for those interested in helping out at the library this summer.