‘Guys and Dolls’

Midlothian High School theater will present the musical, “Guys and

Dolls,” at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in the school auditorium. General admission tickets are $7 and may be purchased in Meadows Library. Reserved seats are $10 and may be purchased in MHS theater room 411 or online at www.seatyourself.biz/mhs.

‘Mulan’

Canterbury Episcopal School in DeSoto invites the community to attend the middle school production of “Mulan.” 

There will be two performances, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.  Prices are $5 for adults and $1 for non-participating students. Call Canterbury for tickets at 972-572-7200.

 Canterbury Episcopal School is a college-prep school for grades K-12, located at 1708 N. Westmoreland Road. For more information, visit the Web site at www.thecanterburyschool.org.

Chili cook-off benefit

The Maypearl High School class of 2012 will host a chili cook-off at 9 a.m. Jan. 31. Judging will start at noon and will wrap up around 12:30 p.m.

A bake sale will be held in conjunction with the cook-off, with all proceeds benefiting the class’ after-prom party, which is a part of Project Graduation. Project Graduation is a party that allows students to enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

The entry fee is $25 and checks should be made payable to the class of 2012 at The Cowboy Bank in Maypearl. Cooks are required to bring their own cookware, tables, gas burners and other side dishes. Access to electricity is limited.

Tasting is $1 per tasting bowl or $5 for six tasting bowls.

Rules for the chili cook-off are available at www.maypearlclassof2012.com. For more information, contact Eastwood at 214-924-0795.

Jazz Café Saturday

On Jan. 31, the Waxahachie Civic Center will again be filled with the sights and sounds that accompany the Jazz Café: candlelight, dinner and dancing to the music of the Waxahachie Jazz Orchestra. 

Attendees will be treated to the cool strains of jazz accompanied by hot licks from an upright bass while enjoying an elegant dinner followed by dancing to the sounds of big band music and swing with surroundings reminiscent of the jazz cafés of years gone by. 

All proceeds from the event go directly into the Waxahachie ISD band program, benefiting all students in band grade six through grade 12. 

Pancake breakfast

and chili lunch

Covenant Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie will have its annual pancake breakfast and chili lunch Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Family Life Center, 505 W. Marvin. Serving will begin at 7 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m. The class will also offer casseroles, homemade soup and baked items for take-out. Proceeds will support numerous community and mission ministries.

Health and Fitness Expo

The American Fitness Instructors and Trainers Association will hold a free health and fitness expo Saturday, Jan. 31, at the SkillsNet building. A variety of vendors will be on hand, with several demonstrations scheduled. The event is free and the public is invited.

Forreston Cemetery Association to meet

The Forreston Cemetery Association will hold its annual board meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Forreston Baptist Church located on Pecan Street.

Ellis County Genealogical Society

Judy Allen Knight of Arlington will present the program for the Ellis County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Ellis County Woman's Building, 407 W. Jefferson, in Waxahachie. She will discuss how to organize a family reunion to bring the family together to celebrate their roots and get to know each other better.

Knight, who has organized 14 family reunions, has more than 30 years experience researching family history. She is a teacher of genealogy at Tarrant Community College.

She is also president of the Historic W.V.S. Allen Cemetery Association, past president of the MidCities Genealogical Society in Euless and past District 11 representative of the Texas State Genealogical Society.

All members of the ECGS are encouraged to attend and bring family members or friends to the meeting. Guests are welcome at all meetings. 

For more information on how to join the Ellis County Genealogical Society or learn about its activities, contact Sharan Farmer at sharanfarmer@yahoo.com or 972-646-5612.

Sims family movie night

Family Movie Tuesday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, in the meeting room. The animated adventure is rated PG and voiced by Mike Epps, Joel McHale and Jane Krakowski. Elliot and pals Boog, McSquizzy and the rest of the woodland creatures launch a full-scale rescue mission when Mr. Weenie the dachshund is kidnapped.