Sims Writers’ Networking Group

The Nicholas P. Sims Writers’ Networking Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the library program room. The purpose of the group is to learn more about writing, publishing, marketing and selling in today’s marketplace. The guest speaker will be Jamie Harrington of Fort Worth. Harrington is a member of the DFW Writer’s Workshop and founder of WriteOnCon, a writing conference for kidlit writers.

She offers step-by-step guidelines for networking and using the Internet to advance your career as a writer. Harrington has been featured in Publisher’s Weekly for her contributions to the writing community. The program is free to the public.

Open house

Pettigrew Academy invites the public to attend an open house beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. A student program will begin at 7, with refreshments to be served afterward.

Pettigrew Academy is located at 806 E. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. For more information, call 972-923-1633.

Blood drive

The city of Waxahachie will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Parks and Recreation building, 401 S. Elm St.

For more information, contact Bonnie Battersby at 972-937-7330, ext. 143.

Police memorial service

The Red Oak Police Department, along with all Ellis County-based law enforcement agencies will host a National Police Memorial at Red Oak Police Department at 9 a.m. May 20.

The Dallas Police Department also will participate with an honor guard and its Air 1 doing a flyover.

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 May 20.

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.

English as a Second Language to meet at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library English as a Second Language meets each Monday through May 23. Sandra Coston, a teacher of both Spanish and English as a second language, teaches basic and intermediate English to adults in the library program room from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Instruction and materials are free to the public.

Sim’s Teen Advisory Board to meet

Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Advisory Board will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. “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 and programs you would like to see here. We want to know what you are interested in. Come join us. Pizza will be provided,” a spokesman said. Register by calling the library at 972-937-2671 or emailing teens@simslib.org. This is for ages 13-18.

Sim’s Teen Book Club to meet

Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Book Club will meet from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore will be the topic of discussion. The book club is for ages 11-18.

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.

Tour d’ Italia

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

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.

Flu shots

Flu shots available for adults and children.  Contact Texas Department of State Health Services at 972-932-2038 for appointment. Medicare/Medicaid accepted, sliding fee scale or $20 donation for adults. The clinic located at 3001 S. Washington, Kaufman.

Old Ferris photos wanted

The Ferris Main Street Board is asking anyone from the area that has any old pictures of Ferris or the brickyards to bring those to the Brick Festival and allow them to be scanned into a computer file that will be used to document Ferris history within the town as well as the old brickyards.  There will be a computer/scanner set up at the Main Street booth where these photos can be scanned and returned to the individual who brings them in immediately.

“We are sure that everyone has a lot of the town history and this is our first attempt to document those photos,” a spokesman said. “These photos may be used in advertisements, brochures or historical documentation.”

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.