Used Girl Scout uniforms needed

Service Unit 215, of Red Oak and Ferris, is now collecting all used Girl Scout uniforms – Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadet and Senior. If your daughter has out grown her uniform or has bridged up, Service Unit 215 would like her uniform to share with another Girl Scout in the area. Contact Terry McAdams at 903-520-1004.

Red Oak High School Exes Reunion

The Red Oak High School Exes Reunion will take place at 10 a.m. May 24 at Red Oak Community Center. This reunion began in 1988 when the class of 1938 celebrated their 50th anniversary. Two years of graduates have been added at each reunion. This year will mark the addition of the classes of 1958 and 1959.

The tickets are $20 for each person attending. Make your reservations by May 15. After that date, tickets will be $25 each. Make checks payable to Red Oak High School Exes and mail it to Peggy Dickey; 110 S. Pecan Creek St.; Red Oak, TX 75154. Call 972-617-7074, 972-617-2921, 972-617-9365, 972-617-3406 or 972-935-9933.

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.

May 3 concert

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.

Plein air event

The Ellis County Art Association will host its annual Paint Historic Waxahachie event from May 30-June 8. More than 30 landscape artists will paint on location for the 10-day period. Artists compete for prizes. An exhibition and sale are held June 7-8.

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.

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.

Local senior citizens meetings

Local senior citizens gather from 9 a.m.-noon on the third Wednesday of the month at the Desoto Elks Lodge. Each event is free and open to the public.

The April meeting will begin with Steve Kellar, Waste Management, as speaker and will bring information regarding recycling and its importance to the environment. Following his presentation, it will be time to socialize, play cards and dominoes and have a bite to eat.

Call Connie Hearne at 972-223-1690 ext. 215.

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.

Story time

Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and Street Festival

The 57th annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails will take place April 1-30 with mapped bluebonnet trails. April 18-20, the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival will featuring arts and crafts exhibits, a kids’ fun area, bluebonnet souvenirs, free trail maps, food, historic downtown shopping, live music and a railroad museum.

The festival will run from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday, April 18 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20.

There is no cost for the trail map or the street festival.

The second annual Bluebonnet BBQ Cook Off will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall Friday and Saturday night. The hall is located at 850 South Interstate 45. The cook off benefits the Ennis Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau at 972-878-4748 or visit www.visitennis.org.

Preschool Story Time

Preschoolers and parents are invited to the Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library for stories, songs and crafts at Preschool Story Time held at 10 a.m. every.

Topics for April are:

April 29 – Marvelous Mothers

Daycare Story Time is held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday morning. Call 972-227-1080 to schedule your time.

Saturday Family Story Time is held on the first and third Saturday of each month.

The Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library is located at 1600 Veterans Memorial Parkway. All programs are free and open to the public. For information and directions, see the library’s Web site at www.LancasterTxLib.org or call the library at 972- 227-1080.

Homeschool question and answer session

The Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization will host a homeschool question and answer session at 7 p.m. April 26. The topic will be “Homeschooling Through High School.”

Both events will take place at the Church of Christ, 2633 Ovilla Road, Red Oak.

American Business Women’s Association

American Business Women’s Association Express Network of Waxahachie Will hold its monthly meeting at 5:45 p.m. April 24 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The cost is $25 for dinner.

RSVP to Stephanie Kinnison at 972-938-0703. Members are encouraged to bring coworkers and friends. Guests are welcome. For ABWA membership information, call Stephanie at 972-938-0703.

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, which is located at 2570 Farm-to-Market 878, Waxahachie, has taken in almost 3,000 animals so far this year.

For more information, call 972-935-0756.

Veterans sought

J.L. Smith, Veterans of Foreign Wars District 3 commander, is seeking veterans of foreign wars that reside in Red Oak and are interested in helping form a VFW post in Red Oak.

In order to form a new post, there must be 25 qualified veterans with completed applications and line officers for the post in order.

When naming the new post, organizers would also take suggestions for local soldiers killed while fighting in a foreign war.

Anyone interested in helping form the post, suggesting a lost soldier to name the building after or able to donate money for the building should contact Smith at 972-617-6985 or 469-235-5347.

Citizen’s Police Academy

The Red Oak Police Department will sponsor a Citizen’s Police Academy organized by Detective Maggie McBride.

Citizens of Red Oak or those who work in the city of Red Oak are eligible to attend. Those planning to attend must be over 21 years of age, posses a valid Texas drivers license and successfully complete a background investigation.

The Citizen’s Police Academy classes will cover subjects such as patrol operations, tactical operations, crime prevention, criminal investigation, firearm safety and more.

The classes will be in intervals of two-hour courses once a week for five weeks. Start date is to be announced. Those interested in applying for the Citizen’s Police Academy can download applications from the city of Red Oak Web site, www.redoaktx.org. Click on the “Departments” tab at the top of the screen, go to the police department link and the link for the police application will be listed under the Police Menu tab.

For more information regarding the Citizens Police Academy, contact Detective McBride at 972-617-7632 or email mmcbride@redoaktx.org.

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 that can speak English and Spanish.

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

MS Warriors

The MS Warriors, a multiple sclerosis support group, meets from 10 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of the month at the Waxahachie Bible Church, located at 621 N. Grand.

For more information on the MS Warriors, contact Sherri Valentine at 972-617-7436, or visit the Web site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MS_Warriors.

Preschool story hour

The Red Oak Public Library hosts preschool story hour the second and third Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m.-noon.

The program is co-sponsored by the Red Oak Fire Department.

For more information, call the library at 469-218-1230. The library is located in the Red Oak Municipal Building at 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak.

Volunteers needed

The Red Oak Health and Rehabilitation Center is looking for volunteers to visit and provide services to the 145 residents. Volunteers may offer a variety of services, including: helping with nail care, delivering mail to residents, reading to residents, playing piano in the dining room, playing games, giving musical performance, sending birthday cards, helping with fundraisers, giving pet therapy visits, helping with decorating halls.

Potential volunteers should contact Dana Rodes, activity director, at 469-552-0500 or at drodes@scc-texas.com.

Clients needed for Assistance Dogs

The Assistance Dogs of Texas, a local, non-profit 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, retrieval of items such as canes, phones and other objects, etc. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a wonderful, helping companion, please call Cindy Roberts at 972-617-3136 or e-mail bcrockett1@worldnet.att.net.

Free informational sessions

Training Academy for Dental Assistants LLC in Ferris will hold free informational sessions at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Call 972-842-2999.

Ellis County Cruising meeting

Owners of 1970 or older automobiles are invited to join the Ellis County Cruising Association at its meetings, the second 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 Norma Epstein at normaepstein@yahoo.com or call 972-217-1579 before 9 p.m.

Red Oak 4-H

The Red Oak 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the First United Methodist Church of Red Oak.

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.

55 Plus Alive Group

The 55 Plus Alive Group of the Greater New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is continuing and is organizing an independent Community 55 Plus Alive Group. The group will meet at 500 Wyatt St., each first and third Thursday at 10 a.m.

There will be 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.

Hospice volunteers needed

Training provided for caring volunteers throughout northern Ellis County and the southern Metroplex area who want to assist in providing support to families affected by life-limiting illness. Contact Angela D. Chatham at 214-938-6941 or 214-343-7900.

DeSoto Art League

The DeSoto Art League meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday September through May at DeSoto Presbyterian Church at 212 W. Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto.

For more information, contact Connie Tilden at 972-576-8190.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NAMI support group to meet

The NAMI Ellis County peer support group meets every Friday at 2 p.m. at Adapt in Waxahachie. Call 972-937-3762 for more information.

Radio club meeting

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club meets the third Thursday of each month at the Waxahachie Fire Department training room, 407 Water St., at 7:30 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. Anyone wanting additional information about the club and amateur radio licensing is welcome to attend.

Shot clinic

Childhood and adult immunizations continue to be offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Come by the clinic at 3001 S. Washington (U.S. Highway 34) in Kaufman or call 972-932-2038 for the location of a nearby clinic. Services provided on a sliding scale. The office is bilingual.

Art association meeting

The Ellis County Art Association general meeting is 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.

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.

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.”

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.