Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club meets from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. This month’s discussion is on “Ranger’s Apprentice Book One: The Ruins of Gorlan” by John Flanagan. The club is for ages 11-18.

Daniel’s Den

Daniel’s Den will hold an open house at its new location, 507 W. Jefferson, on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The event begins at 2 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 4:30. The public is invited. RSVP is requested so refreshments can be planned.

Call (972) 938-0103 or e-mail danielsdenjr@aol.com.

Disaster action team

The Ellis County disaster action team will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Busy B’s Bakery, 1000 E. Main St., Midlothian. This is a local group of volunteers who respond to disasters in the community. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call Shelly Campbell at (903) 974-4551.

Glenn Heights senior citizens meeting

Glenn Heights senior citizens will hold a potluck luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the DeSoto Elks Lodge, 1316 S. Hampton Road.

Participants are asked to bring a favorite side dish and a friend. Barbecue and soft drinks will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (972) 223-1690, ext. 215.

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.

Texas Antique Alley and Maypearl Country Fair

Texas Antique Alley starts Friday, Sept. 21, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 23, from Maypearl along Farm-to-Market 66 to Farm-to-Market 916 to Grandview and Farm-to-Market 4 to Cleburne.

The event includes 25 miles of antiques, yard sales and store sales. In the city of Maypearl, Triple T Amusement Carnival will be set up behind Cowboy Bank and there will be rides, games and food.

Maypearl activities open at 3 p.m. Friday, at 11 a.m. Saturday and are from noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

On Friday, Sept. 21, there will be homecoming events including a parade at 2 p.m. through downtown Maypearl with the game at 7 p.m. at Maypearl High School.

This year, Maypearl will hold its annual Country Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22, in conjunction with Antique Alley. The fair will host a car show in the morning and a fashion show in the afternoon. There will be demonstrations by the Maypearl cheerleaders, the Dance Studio and other local talent. Live bands will perform in the early evening. Vendors are still welcome. For more information, call (817) 308-4797.

Gecko program

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents a free children’s program about geckos from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. John Edwards will be on hand to talk about the library’s mascots.

This program is for ages 3-10 and their families.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday 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. Master Gardeners are on site every week to answer agricultural questions.

Bridal Extravaganza

The fourth annual Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza will take place from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, with more than 50 bridal professionals on hand. Admission is $3 and guests may register for door prizes. There will be a fashion show and a variety of presentations.

A fashion show, presented by Distinct Elegance Bridal Boutique, Mr. Formal Tuxedo and My Wedding Veil, will be the highlight of the day. There will also be information and presentations on bridal invitations and floral arrangements.

Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education

The fall semester of Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education will begin Monday, Sept. 24. Classes will be available Monday and Thursday nights at Waxahachie High School in such areas as computer, conversational Spanish, welding, dance, art, cake decorating, crochet, knitting and identity theft prevention. ESL, GED, mystery shopper, dutch oven cooking, dog obedience, stained glass making, kids cooking, scrapbooking, gardening, holiday and many more also are offered.

The complete catalog may be viewed online at www.wisd.org or contact the WISD Community Education Office at (972) 923-4631. Catalogs are available and students may register at the administration building, 411 N. Gibson St.

Homecoming mums

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, will make homecoming mums from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

“Bring a friend for a fun time at the library,” a spokesman said. “Snacks will be served and, like all programs at Sims Library, there is no charge.”

Participants are asked to call the library to register at (972) 937-2671 so organizers know how many to plan for.

Fund-raiser music jamboree

Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps is sponsoring a fund-raiser music jamboree and silent auction to be held at Cowboy Church of Ellis County at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Performers who have donated their time and talent to help raise money are Fletcher Jowers, Suzanne Harris on the dulcimer, Lendell and Sean, the Walker Ladies Trio, 4 By Grace, In Hymn and Patrick & Kathy Bouldin’s Bluegrass.

Freedom Fund Banquet

The Waxahachie branch of NAACP will hold its 23rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth age 13 and younger.

For more information, call (972) 937-2077.

Chautauqua Assembly

The eighth annual Chautauqua Assembly begins at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, continuing into the evening. Keynote speaker will be WFAA-TV meteorologist Steve McCauley, who will talk about wind as a weather phenomenon at 1 p.m.

This year’s theme, “Explore the Magic, Mystery and Power of the Wind,” is carried out through the day’s different presentations. A barbecue dinner will be available at 6 p.m., with the annual pie social benefiting Waxahachie CARE following dinner.

At 7 p.m., the Dallas Wind Symphony will present an authentic Sousa reenactment concert.

All-day tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for students. Evening-only tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door only.

For more information, call (972) 937-8887 or visit online at www.waxahachie.chautauqua.org.

Annual chamber auction

The 2007 Waxahachie Annual Chamber Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Tickets are $40 per person. The event includes dinner and silent and live auctions.

For more information, call (972) 937-2390 or visit www.waxahachiechamber.com

Pumpkin patch

St. Joseph Catholic Church will hold its “Great Pumpkin Patch” from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Prices range from $1-$10 for the pumpkins. Other activities include games, stories and free recipes. Proceeds benefit the church’s confirmation program. Visitors and photographers of all ages are invited to attend the event, which is open to the community.

For more information, call Christin Barnes, youth ministries, at (972) 938-1953 or e-mail sjpyouthministry@sbcglobal.net.

Donations needed

The Ellis County Art Association’s annual garage sale and “Off the Wall” art sale will take place Oct. 12-13 at the Ellis County Fine Arts Museum. All proceeds from the sale benefit the center.

For more information, call Priscilla Parker at (972) 937-8365 or Mayme Olson at (972) 617-0911.

Bethlehem Revisited auditions

Interviews and auditions for Bethlehem Revisited will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. In order to participate, one must attend all rehearsals and performances, take part in costume preparation and script memorization and be committed to producing a quality show.

Open positions needing audition include a physician’s apprentice, Joseph, roaming characters and a musical group. Open positions to be filled by interview include shepherd’s camp adult, girls age 10-15 for dyer/weaver huts and grape stompers, Herod’s entourage members, families to man empty huts with a trade or skill and individual adults.

Those interested can contact Virginia Sevier at (972) 938-3352 or e-mail virgsevier@sbcglobal.net as soon as possible. An adult must accompany all children.

Memory Walk 2007

The annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 8:30. The walk begins at 9.

To start a team or make a donation, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at www.AlzDallas.org or call Dustin Holcomb at (214) 540-2411.

Midlothian Fall Festival

The Midlothian Fall Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on George Hopper Road. Activities include arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and martial arts demonstrations.

Other events include the chamber’s 5K race.

For more information, call the chamber at (972) 723-8600 or e-mail info@midlothianchamber.org.

Lord’s Acre Festival

Bethel United Methodist Church will hold its annual Lord’s Acre Festival on Oct. 20, featuring a barbecue dinner, quilt raffle and auction, including antiques, gift certificates, crafts, cakes and other items.

Hope Clinic fund-raiser

Hope Clinic will hold its annual Seats of Hope fund-raiser from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

‘The Music Man’

Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Tickets are available at the Ellis County Museum and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce. The price is $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. At the door will be an additional $1.

The production is underwritten by Citizens National Bank of Texas.

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.

Vendors, entertainers, sponsors needed

The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association will host its second annual Downtown Victorian Christmas Festival this year Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 around the historic courthouse square.

For more information on upcoming holiday events, visit www.waxahachiechamber.com or call (972) 937-2390.

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.