Election deadline

Aug. 1 is the deadline to have one’s name on the Farm Service Agency County Committee election ballot. For more information on getting on the ballot, contact the local FSA office or U.S. Department of Agriculture service center.

Nomination forms are available online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Texas Rangers game

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau will host its annual Waxahachie Night at the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 8, when the Rangers play the Oakland A’s.

Dinner and unlimited refreshments will be served in the Corner Club from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Ballpark. The chartered bus will board at 4:45 p.m. and depart at 5 from the chamber office, located at 102 YMCA Drive.

Tickets are $50 per person and include transportation, terrace box seat on the third-base side, dinner and refreshments.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the chamber at (972) 937-2390.

Summer reading club

S.M. Dunlap Library in Italy is hosting its summer reading club for children at 2 p.m. every Thursday through June.

Adults are invited to attend.

Summer reading program

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian is offering its summer reading program at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Aug. 11. Various programs are planned and the public is invited to participate. The theme is “Sail Away with Books.”

Busy B’s Bakery will sell coffee and refreshments in the library’s Caf/ Corner during each of the programs.

For more information, call (972) 775-3417.

DrinkingLiberally

The Waxahachie chapter of DrinkingLiberally celebrates its second anniversary this Thursday at the College Street Pub in Waxahachie. There are now 210 chapters around the nation, with 11 of them in Texas. It is a national network whose Web site describes it as “promoting democracy one pint at a time.”

According to local host Nathalie Guyol, “We have no officers, no agenda and no speeches — just a great time talking about the world we live in and the events of the week.” People who are passionate about progressive politics are invited to stop by.

The Waxahachie chapter meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome, and there is no charge to join in. For more information, visit www.drinkingliberally.org or call (972) 935-9491.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the meeting room. This month the club will discuss “Half-Moon Investigations” by Eoin Colfer.

ARC volunteer meeting

The American Red Cross will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Gander Mountain Lodge in Corsicana. Nationally recognized ARC volunteer Harriet Halkyard will speak on her experiences.

For more information, call Shelly Campbell at (903) 874-4551.

Magical motivation

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents a children’s event from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 21. Todd McKinney the Magical Motivator performs “Books Ahoy,” complete with magic tricks, puppets and storytelling. This activity is for ages 3-12.

Coffee club

The Ellis County Democratic Men’s Coffee Club meets from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at 215 E. Main St. in Waxahachie. Everyone is welcome, and newcomers especially are invited to drop in for coffee and doughnuts, not to mention lively and informal conversation. There is no charge, and no reservation is required.

For more information, call Larry Harris at (972) 938-3090.

‘Sylvia’ on stage

Ennis Public Theatre presents “Sylvia,” Friday and Saturday nights, through June 30.

Curtain time is at 8 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, June 24.

Written by A.R. Gurney, “Sylvia” is a romantic comedy about a dog, the middle-aged New York couple that adopts her and the drama that results.

The theater is located at 2705C N. Kaufman St. in Ennis. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

For more information, call (972) 878-PLAY or visit online at www.ennispublictheatre.com.

Bardwell reunion

The Bardwell reunion is Saturday, June 23. Anyone who attended the Bardwell school or is a resident or has been a resident of the community is invited to attend. It will be held at the new Bardwell community center, which is located on Waxahachie Street. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a pot luck meal served at 5.

For more information, call Janell Thornton at (972) 937-5690.

Auditions

Ennis Public Theatre will hold auditions for “You Can’t Get There from Here” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 23, at 2705C N. Kaufman, Ennis.

Women ages 22 to 65 and men ages 22 to 60 are needed.

The show will run Friday and Saturday from Aug. 3-25, with a matinee Sunday, Aug. 26.

For more information, call (972) 878-7529.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and continues through Oct. 27. The market is located at the south end of the Ellis County Courthouse on Franklin Street between Rogers and College. Vendors have fresh vegetables and fruits, plants, crafts and wares for purchase. Smoothies and other refreshments are also available. Master Gardeners are on site every week to answer agricultural questions.

Art and science camp

Pettigrew Academy in Waxahachie will offer an art and science camp from June 25-29. Camp participants will explore some of those intersections from Cro-Magnon man to the Space Age through group discussions and hands-on activities. Campers will look at astronomy, math, ecology and space travel through the eyes of cave painters, Renaissance masters and comic strip artists.

Drama camp

The first “So You Wanna Be a Star” drama camp will be held at Frank Seale Middle School in Midlothian.

The camp will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25-28 and from 1 p.m. until the show’s conclusion June 29.

Campers will learn theater skills through games and activities, including pantomime, improvisation, and prop and costume creation. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a show on the final day of camp. School district theater directors will teach the camp.

The cost is $100. For more information, contact Susie Rouw at (972) 217-1696 or Retha Pierce at (817) 992-9319. Campers should wear comfortable clothes and bring a sack lunch.

Friends of Special Olympics

Friends of Special Olympics will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in room 200 at First Baptist Church, 315 N. Rogers St., Waxahachie.

“Come and be a part of a life-changing opportunity,” a spokesman said. “If you have a passion for children and adults with special needs and love sports, then there is a place for you.”

By-laws will be reviewed and plans made for 2007-2008.

Volunteers needed

As part of the Cities Readiness Initiative, Ellis County Homeland Security is recruiting volunteers to help deliver medicines and medical supplies from points of distribution sites in the event of a large-scale public health emergency such as a bioterrorism attack or flu pandemic. Volunteers will receive no-cost training and participate in a practice exercise.

Benefits of volunteering include:

You and your family get the medicine first. It’s an opportunity to serve your community and to make it safer and better prepared.

To volunteer, send an e-mail with contact information to cri.homeland.security@co.ellis.tx.us.

A training seminar is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the second floor courtroom of the Ellis County Courthouse.

Call (972) 923-5222 for more information.

Children’s cruise

Nicholas P. Sims Library will host Debbie Day from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27. Day will take kids on an action-packed “cruise” in a variety of educational and exciting interactive activities. This free activity is for ages 3-12.

Old-fashioned Fourth celebration

Nicholas P. Sims Library will celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, on its front lawn.

Old-fashioned games and ice cream will be offered at this free community event.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283.

Classical guitar concert

Classical guitarist Stacy Arnold will present a solo guitar concert in the lyceum at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Arnold will perform music by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Morel, Pujol, Barrios and others.

Arnold is professor of guitar at Hill College and Navarro College (Waxahachie campus), where he teaches private instruction as well as guitar ensemble and class guitar. He has also served as professor of guitar at North Central Texas College and Southwestern Assembles of God University.

Venus Homecoming

The annual Venus Homecoming and Country Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, on the square.

Activities include food, crafts, gift booths, children’s activities and more.

Prizes will be awarded in the car and tractor show at 2 p.m., with cook-off prizes awarded at 5 p.m. in five categories.

The parade is at 10 a.m., with prizes awarded afterward.

The event is sponsored by the Greater Venus Chamber of Commerce.

Meadows friends to organize

An organizational meeting for the A.H. Meadows Friends of the Library will be held at noon Tuesday, July 10. Meadows Library serves as Midlothian’s public and high school library and is housed in a 16,000 square foot facility on the Midlothian High School campus. The library is open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Meadows Library is a Texshare library, participating in a statewide reciprocal borrowing program with more the 500 other libraries. Any resident of Texas can receive a free Meadows Library card. The library includes a caf/ space that is available for public use by reservation. For more information, call (972) 775-3417 or visit http://library.midlothian-isd.net.

Charmer camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a choreography camp with American Dance Drill Team from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30-Aug. 2 in Williams Gymnasium at Waxahachie High School. Officers participate from 8 a.m.-noon, with the entire team from 1-5 p.m. July 30. Everyone participates from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2.

Daniel’s Den

Daniel's Den will move to a larger housing facility during June, and all services (office, emergency shelter and transitional housing) will be located at 507 W. Jefferson. Anyone interested in helping with the move or donating household items is asked to call Joy Ranton at (972) 935-2363.

Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza

The fourth annual Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Vendor applications are now being accepted. For more information, call April Ortiz or Jeanee Smiles at (972) 938-3434.

Caribbean cruise

Reservations are being taken for a February 2008 Caribbean cruise to benefit the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center. The cruise is sponsored by Blue Knights XXI, a law enforcement motorcycle club. The seven-day trip from Galveston will include stops in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The community is invited to participate.

Book the cruise by calling (817) 283-2461 and asking for the Gingerbread House/Blue Knights XXI cruise.

Summer day camp

Spring Creek Baptist Church is offering a summer day camp for children ages 4-11 through Aug. 24. For more information, call the church at (972) 938-7729.

Charmer home camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a home camp from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-9 in the little gym at Waxahachie High School. Team photographs will be taken Aug. 10.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283.