Waxahachie Rotary Club

The Waxahachie Rotary Club will meet at noon Thursday at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Visitors are always welcome.  “This week the program will be about ‘Gang Violence in Mexico’ and how it is dangerously close to our community,” a spokesman said.  

The Waxahachie Rotary Club is a community service club that supports many nonprofit organizations.

EarthKind seminar

Ellis County Master Gardeners Nancy Fenton, James Kocian and Jim Suggs will offer a seminar from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, on EarthKind landscaping principles and techniques. The workshop will be held at the Waxahachie Parks and Recreation Department building at 401 S. Elm. The workshop is free of charge and open to the general public and may be of particular interest to those employed in the landscaping industry. EarthKind is a methodology that combines the best of organic and inorganic techniques for different kinds of soil.

Republican executive committee to meet

The Ellis County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. Call 214-394-4961 for more information.

Items to be discussed include the new party headquarters at 303B S. Elm St., Waxahachie; March primary election; meeting of available candidates; and volunteers to staff the headquarters.

“This will be an extremely important meeting,” a spokesman said. “Please be sure to mark this event on your calendar.”

‘Bye, Bye, Birdie’

The Midlothian High School fine arts department will present “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24-26 and at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $7 for children and $6 for children and students. Tickets may be obtained by called 972-775-8237.

DEAR Day

Waxahachie ISD will hold its 11th annual Drop Everything and Read Day on Friday, Jan. 25.

Volunteer readers are needed to read for about 15 minutes to grades pre-kindergarten to eighth. Sign up for 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. reading times.

Donations of books and or money (suggested $10 donation) are welcomed.

For more information, call the Partners in Education office at 972-923-4631, ext. 142, or stop by the administration office, 411 N. Gibson St.

In the event of inclement weather, DEAR Day will be held Friday, Feb. 1.

Pancake, Chili Day

The Waxahachie First United Methodist Church covenant class will hold their annual Pancake and Chili Day from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the family life center at the First United Methodist Church.

Pancake meals will be served from 7-11 a.m. and chili meals will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Take-out is available. Homemade soup, casseroles and baked goods will also be available for purchase. This event is the class’ annual fundraiser and all funds raised go back into the community through outreach projects.

For more information, call 972-937-3801.

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.

Parenting seminar offered

Waxahachie Bible Church is sponsoring a parenting seminar from 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The “Parenting is Heart Work” interactive seminar is produced by the National Center for Biblical Parenting and will be presented by Mike Ballard. Visit www.biblicalparenting.org to learn more.

A children’s program will be provided for ages 5-12, including crafts, activities, stories and games. Children older than 12 are encouraged to sit in with adults.

The cost is $35 per couple or $20 for an individual and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Call the church, located at 621 N. Grand, to make reservations or for more information at 972-937-9550.

 Youth baseball registration begins

Online registration is underway 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.

Ellis County SPCA meeting

The Ellis County SPCA will hold an orientation meeting to share information about the animal shelter and available volunteer opportunities.

The meeting is scheduled from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, located at 102 YMCA Drive. The Ellis County SPCA is a private, nonprofit agency and is not affiliated with any other animal care associations or SPCAs.  

For additional information, call 972-935-0756 or e-mail spcakari@yahoo.com.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old unless a parent or guardian is volunteering with them.

Children’s party

Ages 2-10 are invited to the “Think Snow” children’s party at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.  

“Join us for stories, crafts and a special film about snow,” a spokesman said.

Free throw contest

Knights of Columbus chapter 8417 in Waxahachie will host its annual free throw contest at the YMCA beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. The event is for boys and girls ages 10-14; no entry fee is required. Winners will advance to regional and state competitions. Participants must bring a birth certificate.

For more information, call Isaac Martinez at 972-921-4657.

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.

Food for fines and Spanglish classes

A.H. Meadows Library is accepting non-perishable food donations to replace library fines during the month of January.

Each food item donated subtracts $1 from library fines. Donated food items will benefit Manna House. During the first week of January, 200 items were donated and delivered to Manna House.

Meadows Library also will offer Spanglish classes later in January. Ray Villareal, a certified teacher, will offer weekly lessons for English speakers to communicate in daily Spanish.

Call the library to reserve a spot at 972-775-3417.

Disaster Volunteer Training

American Red Cross is hosting a disaster action team workshop from 6-10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at 109 W. Franklin St. in Waxahachie. The workshop will prepare individuals to become part of the disaster action team, which responds to local disasters. The workshop will include information on disaster vehicles, communication equipment and necessary paperwork.

For more information, call 903-519-9549.

Friends of Sims Library

The Friends of Nicholas P. Sims Library service organization will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the meeting room. All interested in helping to promote the library and assist the library staff with their many community services and functions are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Future meetings will be held at 10 a.m. on the last Monday of each month. Members are asked to bring a book to donate to the upcoming book sale. Call the library for additional information.

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.

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.

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.