Bridal event Feb. 18 at Belk Department Store
Calling all brides and grooms for an evening of wine and cheese, wedding cake, entertainment and prizes at Belk department store in Waxahachie from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.
“The Engagement Party” is a corporate-wide wedding registry event.
“We have two in-store and three outside bridal events each year,” said Shirley White, manager of the home department and event coordinator. “We have a great registry and friends and family can go online to check the registrations for fine china, dishes, bedding, appliances – everything they will need.”
Attendees will receive a $25 Belk gift card for registering and will be eligible to win $1,000 cash, two airline tickets for domestic travel, one of five $1,000 Belk gift cards, two nights at the Baltimore Inn and an 18-inch saltwater pearl necklace (a $900 value).
Local vendors to attend include Blooms and More, Professional DJ’s Inc., Kufflynx formalwear, Busy B’s Bakery and Patton Leather Rhythm Band.
“This is the first Engagement Party event the Belk organization has had,” White said. “(We are) giving away great prizes.” Vendors will also provide door prizes the evening of the event. Couples can register online or at the store. For additional information, call 972-937-0347.
Meet and greet tonight
A meet and greet for Cheryl Chambers, who is a candidate for Ellis County treasurer, will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Waxahachie Country Club. The public is invited.
Global prom fundraiser
The Global High Prom Committee will hold a fundraiser at Applebee’s restaurant from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.
Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the school’s first-ever prom. Tickets for a $6 pancake breakfast are being sold and will be available at the restaurant on the morning of the event.
Inspiration Inc. Arts in the Community is looking for actors to participate in “God’s Trombones” a collection of sermon/poems by James Weldon Johnson, author of “The Negro National Anthem.” Especially needed are male voices for this reader’s theater production.
“If you enjoy dramatic reading and would like to be a part of the production, contact Fran Anderson at 972-872-2865 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,” a spokesman said.
Rehearsals are held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.
Lighthouse for Learning Registration
The opportunity to learn through the Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning Community Education Program is here again. Registration has begun and classes start Monday, Feb. 22. Online learning is also available.
For more information, contact Melissa Cobb at 972-923-4631, ext. 142, or e-mail email@example.com.
To view the complete catalog or register online, go to www.wisd.org. Students may also walk in or mail in registrations to the Waxahachie ISD administration building at 411 N. Gibson St. New classes begin and
Free income tax assistance
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program offer free tax help if you qualify. The VITA Program offers free tax help to low to moderate income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.
In Ennis, a VITA site is open this tax season at the Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Ave., available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Sims Library offers computer classes
Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer free computer classes for the community throughout 2010.
Classes are one-day from 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of the month. The four core classes are Intro to Internet (Feb. 13 and Oct. 9), Anatomy of an E-mail (March 13 and Nov. 13), Computer Confidence (April 10 and Dec. 11) and Basic Computers (Sept. 11). Additional advanced classes will be offered as well.
The computer classes are open to anyone with a Sims Library card. Pre-registration is required for the classes, which are held in the reference room on the basement level of the library.
Call 972-937-2671 or stop by the library to register.
Preserve America in partnership with The Texas Historical Commission’s Main Street program announces a free, full-day preservation seminar Feb. 18 featuring Noré Winter of the nationally acclaimed Winter & Company of Boulder, Colo. Winter has been involved with Main Street programs since the National Trust initiated the concept in the 1980s. He is known across the country for his expertise in design, preservation, sustainability and community livability.
The seminar will be held at the Texas Theater in downtown Waxahachie, 110 W. Main St., Waxahachie, and will cover two main segments: Basic Principles of Design on Main Street (morning) and Current Planning Issues on Main Street (afternoon). The seminar is open to anyone with an interest in downtown revitalization and historic preservation.
Choir Boosters to meet
Waxahachie Choir Booster Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the WHS Fine Arts Building.
For more information, call 972-923-4600, ext.131. registration is available throughout the spring.
Council No. 8417 of the Knights of Columbus will hold its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Parish Family Center of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waxahachie. The event is open to girls ages 3 years-ninth-grade. Cost is $30 per couple and $5 per additional daughter(s). Photos, dinner and prizes will be provided. RSVP to Isaac Martinez at 972-921-4657.
Waxahachie crime prevention meeting
The Waxahachie Police Department will host its next citywide crime prevention meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the council chambers at City Hall.
Topics will include crime prevention, how to form a neighborhood crime watch and current trends.
For more information, call community services officer Wess Winn at 972-937-9940.
Benefit dinner and auction
The Ovilla Service League will host its annual dinner and auction at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Ovilla Road Baptist Church. This year’s beneficiary is the Ovilla Fire Department. Dinner will be catered by Spring Creek Barbeque and will be served beginning at 6. A cakewalk will follow. A silent auction will take place during dinner and will end shortly after dinner service ends. The silent auction includes “many interesting, unique and handmade items,” a spokesman said. The live auction includes some special opportunities from the fire department, like a ride on a fire truck. Another item from the fire department is dinner prepared by the firefighters and served in the new fire station. A flight on a private aircraft featuring a tour of the area has been donated by a local resident and businessman. Four lucky people will be able to attend a day at the drag races.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 3 to 12 and are available from any Ovilla Service League member, at Ovilla City Hall and from the Ovilla firefighters.
The time is near for the Waxahachie Symphony Association’s next concert. Pianist Gabriela Martinez, a Van Cliburn finalist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at First United Methodist Church. Tickets are available at the door: $12 for adult, $10 for senior adult and student younger than age 18 free.
Ennis Public Theatre will hold auditions for “Always … Patsy Cline” by Ted Swindley from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the theater, 2705C N. Kaufman, Ennis.
Casting includes one woman, age 25-45, in the title role. Actress must sing and bring track and or sheet music, preferably to a song from the show.
A second female role for age 28-55 will also be cast. This is a non-singing role. The show will feature performances at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, April 16-May 8, with a 2:30 p.m. show Sunday, May 9.
Call 972-878-7529 for more information.
Noche de informacion
Latinos Unidos Para Educación in conjunction with Navarro College and Ennis High School, presents Noche de Información at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Ennis High School commons located at 2301 Ensign Road.
This bilingual presentation is free and invites the Hispanic community to gain information on banking, education, health, immigration, employment and the law. Informational tables will be available after the presentation for additional assistance. Information on entering college and completing financial aid applications will also be included. Free childcare will be provided as well as refreshments and entertainment. For more information, call Mary Moseley or Maria Christon at 972-872-3510. For information on joining the LUPE council, call 972-937-7612 and ask for Terry Gibson or Carmen Gomez.
Private applicator training
The County Extension Office will hold its next private applicator training from 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the county sub-courthouse in Waxahachie. The cost of materials is $40. The private applicator license allows the license holder to buy and utilize restricted use and state limited use pesticides in his or her agricultural operations.
For further information, contact Mark Arnold, County Extension Agent-Agriculture/Natural Resources, 701 South I-35 E, Suite 3, Waxahachie; call 972-825-5175; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHS hosts Black History Month
“The History of Black Economic Empowerment” is the theme of the 11th annual Waxahachie High School Black History Month Community Day Celebration, which gets under way in February.
The event, which is free to the public, will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 27 in the school’s Fine Arts Center.
Co-chairing the event are WHS teachers, Cynthia High, resource math instructor, and Beverly Swett, content mastery instructor. Swett said space for approved displays of creative expressions and community outreach programs would be available throughout the event. Interested individuals or groups need to complete a participation form by Feb. 10. All approved participants are requested to attend a rehearsal from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Fine Arts Center.
For information about how to obtain a participation form or for more details, call High at 972-923-4600, ext. 135, or Swett at 972-923-4600, ext. 140. To receive a registration form, e-mail Swett at email@example.com.
Help fight cancer one bite at a time by entering the Crockpot Cookoff to be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Getzendaner Park Pavilion. Entries from the public are welcome. Categories include pinto beans, soups and chili. Entry fees are $15 per crockpot. “The public is invited to come for all you can eat and sample the wonderful tastes of Waxahachie,” a spokesman said.
Admission is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. There will be a bounce house and kids games. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. RSVP to enter to 972-825-1589. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Mr. & Ms. Red Oak pageant
The stars will be shining bright on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the 2010 Mr. & Ms. Red Oak Pageant. This year, the event will feature five women and four men working to earn the title of Mr. & Ms. Red Oak. “The pageant is heating up as contestants from schools around Red Oak ISD are preparing to bring the crown home to their school or department,” a spokesman said. “The event is a fun filled night of laughs, laughs and more laughs as dedicated staff members the Red Oak area strut their stuff.” The annual fundraising event benefits the Project Success Drug Education Program. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Red Oak High School cafeteria and tickets can be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $5 adults and $3 for students, with younger than 6 and older than 65 free. For more information, contact Red Oak ISD Police Department at 972-617-4607.
Sabrina McDonald will teach a beginning crochet class for adults in the meeting room at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 27. Class and materials are free to participants. Register at Nicholas P. Sims Library, 515 W. Main, Waxahachie, or call 972-937-2671.
Lawn and Garden Expo
The Ellis County Master Gardeners invites the community to its 10th annual Lawn and Garden Expo from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Neil Sperry will again be the keynote speaker.
Anyone who has a gardening-related business and who is interested in having a booth at the 2010 Expo is asked to contact James Kocian at 972-814-0699 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will host a “Remember When” 1940s-style event with happy hour, reception, dinner, big band entertainment, dancing, live auction and prizes at Mid-Way Regional Airport on March 27.
For more information, call 972-351-9943 or 817-558-2840. Visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.
Scholarship funds available
The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association is accepting applications for its annual scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 1.
Scholarships are available in the amount of $1,000-$2,000. To qualify the applicant must be a current or former resident of Ellis County, have an elected academic major in a horticulture-related field that includes, but is not limited to horticulture, agriculture, environmental science, forestry, botany and entomology, and be able to provide proof of acceptance and/or current registration at an accredited institution of higher learning. For more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, 701 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 3, Waxahachie, TX 75165 or call 972-825-5175. Visit online at http://ellis-tx.tamu.edu/ and click on publications.
Free tax preparation help
AARP volunteers will again offer tax preparation assistance to the community.
The services will be available from Feb. 2-April 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays at Nicholas P. Sims Library, 515 W. Main St., Waxahachie
The services are free and include electronic filing. Taxpayers do not have to be elderly or members of AARP. Married taxpayers should both attend. Complicated returns are not handled; however, some assistance is offered.
Taxpayers should bring their 2008 return in addition to all tax-related documents relating to their 2009 return.
Big Brothers Big Sisters needed
Waxahachie ISD is in need of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers 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 Joannie Conger at 972-872-9466 or e-mail email@example.com.
Flu shots available
Free flu shots
Free H1N1 flu shots are available to the community from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Finley Seventh Grade Center, 2401 Brown St., Waxahachie.
For more information, call Kris Rencher, RN, at 972-923-4689, ext. 504.
H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine also is being offered by Texas Department of State Health Services, 3001 S. Washington, Suite D, Kaufman.
Call 972-932-2038 for information.
Project Graduation cards available
Project Graduation cards are now available for sale. They are available from any Waxahachie High School senior and also at the Daily Light. The cards provide a discount at a variety of local merchants. The funds raised go toward the annual graduation night party for seniors.
Waxahachie Preparatory Academy fundraiser
Waxahachie Preparatory Academy is selling discount cards that offer more than 20 local business discounts. The card is good through Dec. 31 and can be used as many times as one wants throughout the year. The cost is $10 per card and the funds raised directly benefit the academy, which is located at Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 N. Grand Ave., Waxahachie.
For more information, call 972-937-0440. Purchase the cards at the school office from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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.