Catfish tournament

The city of Garrett Fire Department is hosting a catfish tournament from June 30 to July 1 for channel catfish at High View Marina at Lake Bardwell. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. June 30, with the first weigh-in set for 9 a.m. July 1. The entry fee is $20 per person with a 30-percent payout for the largest catfish. Door prizes will be given out and the fire department will sell barbecue sandwiches, chips and soft drinks. For more information, contact Loyde Junkin with the Garrett Fire Department at (214) 557-2201.

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.

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.

Afternoons in Hollywood

The Texas Baptist Home will host Afternoons in Hollywood throughout the summer for children in third through seventh grades to watch movies that present positive qualities, which will be discussed after each movie. Free water and snacks will be provided. Show time is 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, for “Cars.”

Reserve a spot by calling (972) 937-1321. Movies are provided at no cost through funds from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Senior center dance

Dave Eder and the Final Showdown Band will be the featured entertainment at a dance sponsored by the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the center, 219 Patrick St. Admission is $4; there will be a break for refreshments. The public is invited.

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.

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.

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 children’s event for ages 4-12.

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.

Coalition of Senior Partners

The Coalition of Senior Partners will meet at 5 p.m. June 29 at First Baptist Church. Entertainment will be provided by Serenity. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend and a dish to share.

For more information, call Leo Schumaker at (972) 923-2623.

Curriculum sale

The Ellis County Christian Home School Organization will host a home school used curriculum sale from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, June 29, at St. Paul Episcopal Church on Ovilla Road. Space is free, but limited. Admission is free.

For more information or to arrange for a table, call (972) 973-2607.

‘Sylvia’ on stage

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

Curtain time is at 8 p.m.

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.

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.

Red Cross volunteer training

The American Red Cross is offering volunteer training to be a part of a sheltering team from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30, at 108 S. 12th St., Corsicana. Three courses are included: “Fulfilling Our Mission,” “Shelter Operations” and “Community Services Overview.”

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

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.

Adoption information

Texas Baptist Home for Children presents the Heart Gallery of North Texas from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at 629 Farley St., Waxahachie.

The foster care and adoption information meeting will also feature Child Protective Services and local private child-placing agencies.

Attendees can view portraits of Texas children waiting for an adoptive home. Information will be available about how to become a foster or adoptive parent.

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.

Independence Day celebration

Central Presbyterian Church invites the community to its annual celebration of Independence Day with a worship service and picnic in Getzendaner Park on Sunday, July 1. The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chautauqua and the picnic will follow. The church is providing fried chicken and drinks and the congregation and guests are asked to bring a side dish or dessert that would feed a large family style gathering. All food brought for the picnic should not require refrigeration. Dress for the occasion is cool and casual.

Contact the church office at (972) 937-2924 with questions or in case of inclement weather.

Afternoons in Hollywood

The Texas Baptist Home will host Afternoons in Hollywood throughout the summer for children in third through seventh grades to watch movies that present positive qualities, which will be discussed after each movie. Free water and snacks will be provided. Show time is 2-4 p.m. on these dates:

Tuesday, July 3 - “Charlotte’s Web”

Tuesday, July 10 - “Herbie: Fully Loaded”

Tuesday, July 17 - “Happy Feet”

Tuesday, July 24 - “Freaky Friday”

Tuesday, July 31 - Academy Awards

Reserve a spot by calling (972) 937-1321. Movies are provided at no cost through funds from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Bellringing lesson

Rochelle Rabuin presents “Bells, Bells, Bells” for ages 3-12 at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 5. She will bring her large collection of bells for a hands-on bellringing lesson. Free admission.

Red Cross volunteer training

The American Red Cross is offering volunteer training to be a part of a disaster action team. The training is from 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, July 10, at 108 S. 12th St., Corsicana.

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

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.

Pet show

The annual Nicholas P. Sims Library pet show will be held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, on the library lawn. Children are invited to bring their pets on leashes or in cages. Special guests will be judges from the Ellis County SPCA. Free admission.

Creature Teacher

On Thursday, July 12, the Creature Teacher returns to Nicholas P. Sims Library for “Creatures of the Sea.” Ages 3-12 are invited to this entertaining program and special viewing of a sea fossil collection. Free admission.

Kid’s comedian

Kid’s comedian Brett Roberts appears from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. He uses humor and magic to teach children about pirate history, moral values and the importance of reading. Free admission.

Children’s program

The Craig family will present a children’s program at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 19. They will perform a living history program dressed in their 4-H award-winning apparel. Free admission.

BooCoos the Clown

BooCoos the Clown appears for a free children’s program at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25. This clown entertains with humor, magic and balloons. Free admission.

‘Readers’ Theater’

This summer’s Nicholas P. Sims Teens Program members will present “Readers’ Theater” for ages 3-12 from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 26. Free admission.

Summer Moonlight Movies

The city of Waxahachie Main Street Program is sponsoring a series of free movies that will be shown Friday nights in the historic downtown. The movies will be projected onto the side of the Plaid Donkey, located at the corner of Franklin and College streets. Start time for the movie is 9 p.m.

“Over the Hedge” will screen July 27 and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will finish out the series Aug. 24.

An evening Farmers Market will run in conjunction with the movies. Vendors will be set up at 7:30 p.m. for people to come shop for plants, fruits and vegetables. Many downtown merchants are also extending their store hours to accommodate moviegoers.

“Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and come downtown for a night of family friendly fun,” a spokesman said.

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.

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.

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.

Zooniversity

Zooniversity returns to the Nicholas P. Sims Library lyceum from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Allison Blankenship will introduce children to her exotic animals. They will learn where the animal lives, what it eats and how it survives. Free admission.

Guitar program

Diane Lewis presents the final Nicholas P. Sims Library children’s program for the summer from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. She will entertain ages 3-12 with her guitar and storytelling. Free admission.

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.

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 Moonlight Movies

The city of Waxahachie Main Street Program is sponsoring a series of free movies that will be shown Friday nights in the historic downtown. The movies will be projected onto the side of the Plaid Donkey, located at the corner of Franklin and College streets. Start time for the movie is 9 p.m.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will finish out the series Aug. 24.

An evening Farmers Market will run in conjunction with the movies. Vendors will be set up at 7:30 p.m. for people to come shop for plants, fruits and vegetables. Many downtown merchants are also extending their store hours to accommodate moviegoers.

“Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and come downtown for a night of family friendly fun,” a spokesman said.

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.