Donations sought to aid family

A benefit account has been established at Citizens National Bank of Texas to help the family pay its funeral expenses for Danny Grogan, who died July 30 at his parents’ home in Waxahachie. The combat Navy veteran did not have life insurance. Any donations above the cost of the funeral will be donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Family Assistance Fund.

Donations may be made at any CNB of Texas branch or mailed to:

Benefit Account for Danny Grogan

c/o Citizens National Bank of Texas

200 N. Elm St.

Waxahachie, Texas, 75165

Utility bill assistance

Community Services Inc., which is based in Corsicana, Texas, is offering help with high-energy bills. An application is required; no faxed applications will be accepted.

Community Services Inc. serves Anderson, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties.

For more information, call 1-800-831-9929.

4-H now enrolling for school year

The Red Oak 4-H Club is enrolling for the 2011-2012 school year. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Red Oak. The enrollee must be 9 years old or in the third grade through the age of 18. There are many projects available.

For more information, contact Tiffany Granzin, club manager, at 214-537-5748.

Immunization clinic

Texas Department of State Health Services holds monthly immunization clinics from 1:30-5:30 p.m. every first Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1211 S. Clay in Ennis, and from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. every second Tuesday at First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 304 W. 5th St. in Ferris. No clinics on holidays. For information, call 972-932-2038.

Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps to begin session Aug. 22

Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps, a Place of Grace, will begin its next session Aug. 22. Classes will include English taught by Jennifer Shipman and math taught by Jackie Goerig. The GED resources will enable students to prepare for the test. Scholarship funds are available to assist with testing fees.

Additional curriculum includes typing and computer classes – Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint – classes in money management, career focus, resume writing, communication, life enrichment, family skills and boundaries.

All materials are provided free as well as a continental breakfast and lunch each day. Classes meet for 16 weeks from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call 972-937-6620 or 972-351-4947 to make an appointment.

Master gardeners to hold rain barrel class Tuesday

The Ellis County Master Gardener Association will present a class on rainwater harvesting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Parks and Recreation Building, 401 S. Elm in Waxahachie. Register in person at Waxahachie City Hall, 401 S. Rogers, in the utility billing department downstairs.

Cost is $30 per person with all materials being provided.

Space is limited to 20 participants on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact John Smith at 972-937-7330, ext. 181, or Amy Hollywood at ext. 284.

Barton to speak at chamber luncheon

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton will provide a legislative update at the August business luncheon for the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Midlothian Conference Center.

The luncheon is $15 with advance reservation by noon Monday, Aug. 29, or $20 at the door. RSVP to the chamber at info@midlothianchamber.org or call 972-723-8600. The luncheon is sponsored in part by Ash Grove, Gerdau, Holcim (Texas) LP and TXI.

Writing for Enjoyment group to meet

Writing for Enjoyment will meet from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at First United Methodist Church, 600 Daubitz Drive in Red Oak.

Teen Inc. to make paper boxes at Sims

Teen Inc. will make paper boxes to store odds and ends from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Nicholas P. Sims Library. Boxes are constructed from old magazines. The activity is for ages 11-18. Snacks provided.

Gaming at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents “Gaming at the Library” for ages 11-18 from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the library’s meeting room. “Test your skills on Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. Come play with old friends or make new ones. You have to experience Wii on the big projection screen. We have ‘Just Dance’,” a spokesman said.

Blood drive Sept. 18

First Baptist Church of Maypeal and the Maypearl Fire Department will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 18. The church is located at 5744 Farm-to-Market 66. For more information, contact the church office at 972-435-3551.

Photo scavenger hunt at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Inc. is taking a walking field trip to the downtown square for a photo scavenger hunt from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Teens will take pictures from a prepared list. Bring a camera or cell phone with a camera. Participants must have a permission slip signed by a parent before event. 

Senior Center trip to Choctaw

The Waxahachie Senior Center will host a bus trip to Choctaw on Thursday, Sept. 22. Cost is $10 per person and must be paid by noon Friday, Sept. 9 along with completed WSC forms. Buses will start loading at 7 a.m. and will leave at 7:30 sharp. Buses will load for the return at 2:30 p.m. and will leave Choctaw at 3 p.m. sharp.

Carnival at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s annual end of summer reading carnival will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The carnival is sponsored by the Friends of Sims Library and is a wonderful celebration of reading that includes games and prizes for participants of the Texas Reading Club’s summer reading program. Participants receive carnival tickets to be utilized at the event and reading certificates for their accomplishments. This program is an outside event presented on the front lawn of the library as part of the Sims Library’s Texas Reading Club events. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org.

‘Mischief in the Magnolias’ at WCT

As part of the 2011 Chautauqua Assembly activities, the Waxahachie Community Theatre will present “Mischief in the Magnolias” starring Gary Clark as Colonel Beauregard “Lucky” Sweetwater and Sara Craig as his late wife, Merry May.  (She’s not dead – just never on time!)  The show also features Jessica Price as the attractive but socially awkward daughter, Truly Sweetwater, Brian Caudell as Slim Chance, and Jonathan Ivey as Hadley A. Heartburne.

This single-performance melodrama will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie.  Admission is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly (www.waxahachiechautauqua.org). Admission price without a Chautauqua Assembly ticket is $5 at the door.

 Contact the Waxahachie Community Theatre box office at 972-646-1050 or via email at wct.texas@gmail.com for more information.

Teen Advisory Board at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The TAB allows teens to have a voice in teen services at the library. “You will be able to tell us what books, videos, cd’s you would like to see at the library and help plan teen programs. We want to know what you are interested in. Come join us for pizza at 5:45 in the meeting room,” a spokesman said. TAB is for ages 13-18 and meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday.

Teen Book Club at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will discuss “I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the teen loft located next to the upstairs Lyceum.

Ferris Pioneer Days

Sponsored by the Lions Club of Ferris, the “Pioneer Days” festival began in 1974 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the city of Ferris. This year the parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and winds through Ferris’ small yet historic downtown. Throughout the day, live music surrounds street vendors who sell food, arts and crafts, paint faces for kids and offer various items for sale. Typically there are many activities for the kids, including a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, slides, pony carousel and a petting zoo. The grand marshal (called the pioneer of the year) is always a long time resident of Ferris who is honored for his or her service to the community. The evening dance will feature the popular MidTown Playboys.

ROPD Citizens Police Academy

Residents who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply for the next session of the Citizens Police Academy.

The registration deadline is Dec. 31 for the course, which will begin Thursday, Feb. 10.

The Citizens Police Academy is a free educational program that familiarizes the public with the nature of police work.

People who live or work in Red Oak are invited to apply. They must agree to a background criminal history check, be 20 years old or older and not convicted of a felony.

Eleven classes will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, with one class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The academy meets at the Red Oak public safety building, 547 N. Methodist St., Red oak.

To apply, visit the city of Red Oak website or contact officer Nathan Bickerstaff at nbickerstaff@redoaktx.org.

Ellis County Woman’s Building needs donations

The chair committee of the Ellis County Woman’s Building is asking for donations to replace broken chairs in the building. Donations in the name of a business or organization or individuals may be made by sending a check to Ellis County Woman’s Building Chair Fund, P.O. Box 2622, Waxahachie, TX 75168, attention: Susan Rominger.

Questions may be directed to Barbara Baty at 972-937-3039 or Mary Flowers at 972-723-0295.

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.

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.

Bryan Johnson is leading the renovation effort, with an estimate of $160,000 needed for the renovation. Johnson has said if the community can raise $80,000, 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 3-6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 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.

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.