Proposed closure

The U.S. Postal Service is proposing the closure of the Avalon post office. Residents are encouraged to attend a USPS-led community meeting at 2 p.m. June 1 at the post office.

Sims Summer Reading for Adults

Why let the kids have all the fun? Read or listen to any book, audiobook, or ebook from Nicholas P. Sims Library to enter a weekly drawing for a $25 gift card for merchandise or restaurant meals, donated by the Friends of Sims Library and local businesses. The adult that turns in the most reading log entries by Saturday, Aug. 20 will win the grand prize, a color eReader, donated by Best Buy Waxahachie. Reading log entry forms are available at Sims Library, 515 W. Main, Waxahachie, and online at www.simslib.org. Contact Nelda Curlin at adultlibraryservices@simslib.org for more information. The grand prize winner will be announced at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Sims Library.

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: http://www.waxahachielionsclub.org  (click on the “Lions Club Mini Grand Prix” link) or by contacting Tommie Worthy at 972-627-3447 or  tworthy00@gmail.com.

Zoo’s Wild Wonders at Sims Library

The Fort Worth Zoo presents Wild Wonders at the Nicholas P. Sims Library, from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Wild Wonders features a variety of birds, reptiles and mammals in a program that is both entertaining and educational for ages 4 -10. Wild Wonders is sponsored by the Friends of Sims Library. This program is an outside event presented on the front lawn of the library. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email us at children@simslib.org.

Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Sherry Jones, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, presents an information session on diabetes from 10 a.m.-noon on June 2 in the Nicholas P. Sims Library program room. Learn the latest facts and resources on preventing and treating diabetes. Take home helpful hand-outs. The library is located at 515 W. Main in Waxahachie. All Sims Library programs are free admission to the public.

Doll house program at Sims Library

Learn all about doll houses at Nicholas P. Sims at Nichols P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 3. Program will be held outside on the front lawn as part of Sims Library’s Texas Reading Club events. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org.

American Indian Genealogy

“American Indian Genealogy” will be the topic of a free seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Historic City Hall, located at 127 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro.  The event is being sponsored by Hill County Genealogical Society.  A Dutch-treat lunch at local restaurants will be held from noon until 1 p.m.

LaCata Starr Brown, who is of Cherokee, Shawnee and Scottish descent, will be a guest speaker.  She is a teacher, storyteller, artist, lecturer of American Indian history and culture and occasionally dances at PowWows.  She is also a member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Fort Worth Genealogical Society and Cherokee Historical Society.

D. Aaron Holt, Archivist Technician for the Fort Worth National Archives and Records Administration, will outline what information is available at the archives.  He will also offer tips on how the public can access the information.

To register for seating call Cleo Young Davis, VP/Program Chairman for HCGS, at 254-582-3603 or email her at cleodavis@sbcglobal.net by Wednesday, June 1.

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, June 7.

Check with your physician before beginning any rigorous exercise program. Don’t have a primary care physician? Visit FindDrRight.com 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.

Hope Clinic’s Summer Kick Start

Hope Clinic offers a healthy weight loss seminar for teen girls from 5-6:30 p.m. June 13-16. There will be exercise, cooking, prizes and fun. To sign up, call 972-923-2440 ext. 2522.

Casting call for ‘Once a Pawn a Time’

“Once a Pawn a Time” is a 4-H Living Chess Production: Theater in the Round. It’s a fun story line with eye catching costumes that will be played at area libraries. The schedule is 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the Red Oak Library; 10:30 a.m. June 8 at the Cedar Hill Library and 10 a.m. June 10 at Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie. Child actors ages 8-18 are needed. Flexible rehearsals are held 4-6 p.m. in Red Oak and Waxahachie. No experience is necessary. For more information, contact Alex at 214-706-6101 or email kintraadventures.auinc@yahoo.com.

Tech Petting Zoo on eReaders  at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library now offers free ebook lending to library cardholders. A hands on ereader petting zoo, including library ebook downloading information, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-1p.m.  Tuesday, June 7, and from 5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, in the program room, located at 515 W. Main, Waxahachie. Drop by this free event for demonstrations and comparisons of the many ereaders now available. The program is presented by Best Buy Waxahachie.

Project Graduation 2012 to meet

A meeting for Project Graduation 2012 will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Park Meadows Baptist Church located at 3350 U.S. Highway 77 North in Waxahachie.

Preparations for Project Graduation discount cards for next year have begun and will be one of the items on the agenda.

Project Graduation’s goal is to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free party for a graduating seniors.

All parents or guardians of 2012 seniors are encouraged to attend.

Clowns take reading seriously at Sims Library

Want to learn what it takes to soar on the flying trapeze or just what goes into those cream pies that the clowns throw? Then join Kelly, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassador of Laughter, for some serious fun from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at Nicholas P. Sims Library located at 515 W. Main St. in Waxahachie.

Veterans Networking Group to meet

The Veterans Networking Group meets at 6 p.m. the third Friday of every month at Zula’s Coffee House, 1804 W. Highway 287 Business next to the Texas Workforce office.

The next gathering is scheduled for June 17.

The group usually meets until 8 p.m. giving veterans a place to come and enjoy camaraderie, discuss most any topic, share what’s on their mind and as a networking group, try to assist by providing support, ideas, and solutions to their concerns/needs. 

Many veterans don’t know what their benefits are or where to go for answers to their questions. The group is a good source to have those questions answered.

For more information, contact Mike Lamb at vetsnetgrp@att.net.

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. June 16 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 mbaldwin@tbhc.org.

Tour d’ Italia

The Tour d’ Italia, held each year in Italy, Texas, is slated for June 18 in Italy.

This is the 26th annual bicycle tour sponsored by the Lone Star Cyclists and has routes from 12 to 63 miles. Arts and crafts and other vendor booths also are set up as part of the event.

Writing for Enjoyment group to meet

Writing for Enjoyment will meet July 5 at the Red Oak United Methodist Church.

Scholarship opportunity

Texas Business and Professional Women – Oak Cliff chapter is taking applications for three scholarships to be awarded to women entering college or university for a second semester. Applications may be obtained by calling Rhonnie Tompkins at 972-935-9188. Deadline for return of the application is July 31.

Medicare Savings Program offered

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, in conjunction with the North Central Texas Area on Aging, hopes to reach Medicare eligible clients who may need assistance with prescription drug coverage.

The Medicare Savings Program is geared to reach Medicare recipients who are financially eligible.

To find out if you qualify, call Meals-on-Wheels at 817-558-2840 in Johnson County and 972-351-9943 in Ellis County.

Friends of Sims Library Cookbook

The Friends of Nicholas P. Sims Library are organizing a fundraising cookbook to supplement the Friends’ membership dues for ongoing library expenses that are not met in the library’s budget. Ellis County cooks are invited to share favorite recipes to include in the book. Help Sims continue to offer the public special events and materials for all ages. Recipe forms are available at the library and on the library website, www.simslib.org. The completed forms may be mailed or delivered to Sims Library, 515 W. Main, Waxahachie, Texas 75165.

Old photos sought

The Midlothian Area Historical Society is seeking old photos of Midlothian. 

“If you have old photos that you would like to share with us to help us expand our historical pictorial records, contact the society at midlothianhistory@hotmail.com or you may call Kathy Robinson at 972-723-2755,” a spokesman said.

Scholarship account in memory of Shelley Nance

A benefit account has been set up at Citizens National Bank to establish the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship that will be given to a deserving graduate of Italy High each year. Nance, who passed away Sept. 11, 2009, was a 2007 graduate of Italy High School.

Donations can be made at any Citizens National Bank branch to the account for the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed year-round to assist with the maintenance of the Lake Bardwell Multi Use Trails.

The trails encompass 26 miles around the lake, located on U.S. Corps of Engineers property. Accessed at Waxahachie Creek Park, the trails are available to horseback riders, hikers and mountain bike riders. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Use fee is $3 per vehicle.

Interested parties may sign up to help via the Yahoo! Egroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bardwell_Lake_Trails/ or can search Facebook for “Lake Bardwell Multi Use Trails.” Any questions can be directed to one of these groups.

Donations are always needed as well to help pay for the constant maintenance. Donations may be sent to: TETRA Bardwell Trail Project c/o BBVA Compass Bank, 1712 W. Ennis Ave., Ennis, TX 75119-3750.

Volunteer firemen needed

The Ferris Volunteer Fire Department is looking for people who would like to volunteer a few hours a week to serve the community.

Those interested can attend a department meeting, which is held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at fire station No. 1, located at 203 S. Church St. in Ferris. For more information, contact Fire Chief Eddie Duran at 972-842-2898.

Optimist Building CD benefit

The Final Showdown Band is selling a compilation CD of its most requested songs to help raise funds for the restoration of the Optimist Youth Center Building located at 219 Patrick St.

The renovation effort is being led by Bryan Johnson, with an estimate of $160,000 needed for the renovation. Johnson has said if $80,000 can be raised by the community, he will donate the remaining $80,000.

The Final Showdown CD is available at the Waxahachie Daily Light office, 200 W. Marvin Ave. The CD is being sold for $10 each, with all proceeds from CD sales going to the renovation fund. Donations to the fund may also be made at Citizens National Bank of Texas, c/o Optimist Building Fund.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needed

Waxahachie ISD is in need of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers (minimum age 16 and driving) to mentor a child. The time commitment is one lunch period a week or a twice-a-month meeting outside of school

“Help us serve more children,” a spokesman said.

For more information, contact Diana Phillips at 972-765-4163 or dphillips@bbstx.org.

Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program

The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program is in need of volunteers.

“Sadly, there are people in our community, whether they be elderly with Alzheimer’s or adults suffering from mental retardation, who have no family members or friends to check on them periodically,” a spokesman said. “The legislature has provided that these persons should be appointed a guardian to make sure they are being provided for and to consent to medical treatment on their behalf.” 

The Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program was created in 1997 with a grant from the Texas Guardianship Alliance. Since that time, more than 50 people have been provided with guardians. Only a small commitment of time is needed. 

People who are interested in serving can contact the Ellis County Volunteer Guardianship Program at 972-723-9815. Criminal background checks are conducted.

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.

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 4-6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, call 972-938-7900.

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 214-609-2396.

For rent

The Optimist building on Patrick Street in Waxahachie is available for rent for a variety of activities. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Eder at 972-921-1333 or e-mail davelee75165@yahoo.com.

Therapeutic riding program

Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, 767 Bethel Road, Waxahachie, offers horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. The evaluation and first ride are free.

For more information, call Emily Oliver at 972-937-7265 or e-mail oliver@ectisp.net.

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 who can speak English and Spanish.

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