First Sunday singing

First Sunday Singing at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County near Waxahachie opens its doors at 5 p.m. today. The musical lineup features the Wright Family, Tommy Brandt and others. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be snacks and desserts and a short devotion, with singing from 6-8 broadcast on KBEC 1390. There is no charge. Call (214) 317-0835 or visit http://www.fletcherjowers.com.

Walking prairie tour

The Ellis County Native Plant Society will take a walking tour of the Blackland Prairie preserve in Ennis from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The public is invited.

The group will gather at 2105 Country Club Drive, and drive to the preserve entrance about a half-mile away.

Maypearl roundup

Parents who were unable to attend the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten roundup for Lorene Smith Kirkpatrick Elementary School in Maypearl should call (972) 435-1010 and schedule an appointment prior to the end of the school year.

Pre-kindergarten students must be 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 and qualify in one of the following areas: eligible for the free or reduced lunch program based on proof of income, live in a home where English is the second language spoken, determined other health-impaired, live with a foster family or with a parent serving in the military. Only a 4-year-old program will be offered and will be full day. Transportation will not be provided. Kindergarten, students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1.

“Please be reminded that while neither program is mandatory, once a student is enrolled he or she is subject to attendance guidelines as outlined by state compulsory attendance regulations,” a spokesman said.

The following information will be required at the time of enrollment: proof of residency in the form of a utility bill with name and physical address, state-certified birth certificate, Social Security card, current immunization and a copy of parent driver license.

Parents may or may not have students accompany them to roundup since all screening will be done at the beginning of the next school year.

County bond

A presentation on the county $53.875 million bond will be given at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Italy Lions Club meeting, Monolithic Dome Institute, 177 Dome Park Place. The public is invited.

For more information on the meeting or the bond election, contact Commissioner Sims at (972) 483-7477 or heath.sims@co.ellis.tx.us.

Genealogical society

Ellis County Genealogical Society members will meet at the Woman’s Building from 5:30-5:45 p.m., May 7, and carpool to the Telico Cemetery, located near Ennis, for a visit.

“Cemeteries are a vital source of information to genealogists and are frequently the first place that a budding researcher visits,” a spokesman said. “In our efforts to serve the people researching Ellis County, Texas, ECGS has published a number of books that are essential to Ellis County research. The books, Ellis County Cemetery Records - Volumes I through Volume 11, cover almost every cemetery in the county and are sought by researchers throughout the United States.”

Other ECGS publications involve Ellis County census, Texas marriage records, Ellis County marriages, Texas death records, obituaries, Ellis County naturalization records and the “History of Boz - Early Settlers and their Relations,” by Jean Caddel.

For more information, write E.C.G.S Book Sales, P.O. Box 479, Waxahachie, TX 75169-0479.

Visitors are always welcome.

Art association

The next Ellis County Art Association general meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Ellis County Art Museum, 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

The demonstration is by Lynn Noelle Rushton, who focuses on work-a-day scenes from daily life. Both in oils and in the ancient hot wax medium of encaustic, Rushton’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo, regional and national juried shows. Her work can be viewed at:

www.wallyworkmangallery.com/lynn_noelle_rushton.lasso.

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, May 8, at the center, 219 Patrick St. Admission is $4; there will be a break for refreshments. The public is invited.

Beaded Candleholders

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, will create beaded candleholders from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. Bring a friend; snacks provided.

Relay for Life

The Ellis County Relay for Life will hold its team captain meeting on Thursday, May 10, in the Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak. Captains may register, make changes or turn in donations from 6:30-7 p.m. The general meeting will begin at 7.

All team captains for the 2007 Relay are urged to be in attendance. Anyone interested in learning more about Relay is urged to attend.

This year’s theme is “Fairy Tales - Making Dreams Come True … One Cure at a Time.”

The 11th annual Ellis County Relay for Life is set for June 8-9 at the Maypearl High School football field.

Contact Mary Ruth Mitchell, event co-chair, at (972) 938-8559 for more information about Relay for Life. To learn more about registering a team, contact Suzanne Baty at (972) 351-9558.

Ellis County Republicans to meet

The Ellis County Republicans executive committee meeting is from 7-9 p.m. May 10 at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce with Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams as featured speaker.

Williams will discuss pending legislation and upcoming election law changes that will affect Texas in next year’s elections.

Immunization clinic

The Baylor Immunization Clinic will be in the Marvin Elementary School cafeteria from 4:30-6 p.m. May 10. This is a free immunization clinic. Parents must bring their student’s immunization record with them.

Bond proposal

Friends of Ellis County PAC will present information on the county bond proposal at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, to the Waxahachie Rotary Club at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The public is invited.

Talent show

The Waxahachie High School talent show will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Fine Arts Center. Tickets to the show will cost $3 and will be available at the door.

Charmer banquet

The Cherokee Charmers will hold their banquet at 7 p.m. May 12 at Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy.

Charmer Booster Club

The Cherokee Charmer Booster Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 14 in room 159 at Waxahachie High School.

Adoption information meeting

A China and international adoptions information meeting at Nicholas P. Sims Library is set for 2-4 p.m. May 19. The meeting is free and open to the public. Anyone interested attending or learning more can contact Libby Randall at Hope Cottage at (214) 526-8721 or adoption@hopecottage.org. Hope Cottage is a not for profit agency.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will hold a play day at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with a rain out day scheduled for Saturday, May 26. The cost is $2 per event and all ages are welcome.

The arena is located at 1806 Bear Creek in Cedar Hill.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call club president James Logan at (972) 223-6119.

Relay fund-raiser

The Ellis County Relay for Life is sponsoring a fund-raiser with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

First prize is a $300 Visa gift card. Second prize includes four Texas Ranger baseball tickets with a parking pass. Third prize includes two Stars hockey tickets with a parking pass. Fourth, fifth and sixth prizes include a $100 gift card from Lowes, a $100 gift card from Belk’s and five hours of free limousine service donated by A Luxury Limo 4 U. Seventh prize is an appliance basket from HEB which includes a toaster, coffee maker, blender, coffee grinder and slow cooker. Eighth prize is an entertainment basket from Hastings. The basket includes a computer game, board game and gift certificate.

Tickets are $1 and are available from any committee or team member.

This year’s Ellis County Relay for Life will be June 8-9 at Maypearl High School football field.

Contact Mitchell at (972) 938-8559 for more information about this fund-raiser or further information about the Ellis County Relay for Life.

GED graduation

Contact Sina Taimanao at (903) 875-7464 or 7460 before Wednesday, May 30, to participate in the GED graduation ceremony at Navarro College, set for Friday, June 8. All those who passed their GED during the 2006-2007 school year and reside in Navarro, Ellis, Limestone or Freestone counties are invited to participate in this ceremony.

Relay for Life

The Ellis County Relay for Life will hold its team captain meeting on Thursday, May 31, in the Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak. Captains may register, make changes or turn in donations from 6:30-7 p.m. The general meeting will begin at 7.

All team captains for the 2007 Relay are urged to be in attendance. Anyone interested in learning more about Relay is urged to attend.

This year’s theme is “Fairy Tales - Making Dreams Come True … One Cure at a Time.”

The 11th annual Ellis County Relay for Life is set for June 8-9 at the Maypearl High School football field.

Contact Mary Ruth Mitchell, event co-chair, at (972) 938-8559 for more information about Relay for Life. To learn more about registering a team, contact Suzanne Baty at (972) 351-9558.

Pancake breakfast fly-in

The annual Mid-Way Regional Airport pancake breakfast fly-in will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, June 2. Breakfast tickets are $5 and children younger than age 8 are free with each paying adult. Admission and parking are free.

The event will feature classic airplanes and fighters, plane rides/discovery flights, remote control model flyers, the Classic Swing Band, Midlothian Classic Wheels and other attractions.

For more information, call (972) 923-0080 or visit online at www.mid-wayregional.com.

Paint Historic Waxahachie

Paint Historic Waxahachie will be held Saturday, June 2, around the courthouse square in coordination with the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes. Paint Historic Waxahachie is an activity of the Ellis County Art Association. The event is free and spectators are welcome to observe and interact with the artists. A 90-minute “quick draw” competition will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. The artwork produced during the competition will be sold at the live auction at the courthouse immediately after. Proceeds will benefit the Ellis County Art Museum.

For an event schedule and list of artists, call (972) 937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net.

GED graduation

GED graduation ceremony will be held Friday, June 8, in the Dawson Auditorium at the Navarro College - Corsicana campus.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will hold a play day at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, with a rain out day scheduled for Saturday, June 30. The cost is $2 per event and all ages are welcome.

The arena is located at 1806 Bear Creek in Cedar Hill.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call club president James Logan at (972) 223-6119.

Charmer leadership camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a dance/leadership camp with Showtime International on June 10-12.

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 for an appointment.

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.

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 for an appointment.

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 for an appointment.

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 for an appointment.