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.
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old unless a parent or guardian is volunteering with them.
Jazz Cafe tickets available
The Jazz Cafe, a night of dining and dancing to big band sounds and blues, swing and jazz charts, not to mention a silent auction with items designed especially for this special night, will take place Feb. 9 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
The music of the Waxahachie Jazz Orchestra will be featured along with special guest artists James Davis and Keith Davis.
A new addition to the venue this year is the Music Theatre Singers from Cedar Valley College under the direction of Dr. Sam Germany. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Waxahachie Daily Light, Beall’s, WISD Administration Building, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Waxahachie Veterinary Clinic and the WHS Band Hall. For more information, contact Rich Armstrong at the WHS Band Hall.
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.
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.
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Festival
The women of St. Paul Episcopal Church will hold their 16th annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Festival at 5 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 bean, 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, contact the district office at 1822 Farm-to-Market 66, Suite 102, Waxahachie or call 972-937-2660, ext. 3.
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.
Proceeds will go to the new church building fund.
“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 email@example.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 HYPERLINK "http://www.KBEC.com" 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For tickets call, 972-923-9468 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-923-460,0 ext. 124.
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.
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.