Ennis Public Library

Library hours

Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Storytimes

Monday - day care centers

Tuesday - children’s day out

Wednesday - 3- and 4-year-olds at 10 a.m.; 2-year-olds at 10:30 a.m.

Friends of the Ennis Public Library are accepting donations. Leave books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and tapes at the library, 501 W. Ennis Ave.

Items of Interest

Navarro College is offering free English as a second language courses for the 2006-2007 school year. Classes are offered from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Ennis High School, 1405 Lake Bardwell Drive, and from 5-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday at Waxahachie High School, 1000 N. U.S. Highway 77. For more information, call (903) 875-7464 or 1-800-NAVARRO. Visit online at HYPERLINK "http://www.navarrocollege.edu/abe" http://www.navarrocollege.edu/abe.

Ellis County Aggie Moms exists to support Aggie students, each other and Texas A&M University. The club helps to keep families of Aggies informed of upcoming events in College Station, the opportunity to get to know fellow Aggie moms and to have fun.

For more information about Aggie Moms, contact Kerri Gleason, club president, at kgleason1@peoplepc.com or by calling (972) 935-0199.

East Side Church of Christ, 607 Martin Luther King Blvd., is offering family counseling at 6 p.m. for children and 7 p.m. for adults each Thursday. For more information, call Alex Weir at (619) 997-6968.

Outreach Health Services Ennis WIC Clinic, 2604 N. Kaufman St., Suite 3, will offer Texas Health Steps Exams from 8 a.m.-noon and from 1-5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Current Medicaid and shot record is required. For information, call (972) 875-0285.

Cowboy Church of Ennis schedule includes a Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m. Ladies bible study at 7 p.m. Monday night in the office area and a mens round table bible study and topical discussion at 7 p.m. in the main church area and when weather permits an arena barrel practice in the outdoor arena. Youth and pre-teen group meetings are held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the main church area and team roping practice is held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the outdoor arena, weather permitting. The men's Saturday morning breakfast is held at 7 a.m. at the Ranchouse Cafe, located on I-45 at Exit 242 in Rice.

Golden Circle Activity Center for senior citizens is located at 1700 N. Floyd St. Executive director is Mary Nell Glaspy. For more information, call (972) 875-6101.

Ennis ISD board of trustees meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the administration building, 303 W. Knox. Call (972) 875-9027.

Ennis City Commission meets at 6 p.m. in workshop, with the regular meeting at 7 the first and third Monday of each month at city hall, 115 W. Brown St.

Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Baylorworx in Northgate Plaza. Anyone interested in improving his or her public speaking skills is invited.

Ellis County Republican Women meet at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive.

The Democratic Men meet at 9 a.m. every Friday at the Democratic Party Headquarters, 215 E. Main St., Waxahachie.

The Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County meet every third Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Democratic Headquarters at 215 E. Main Street in Waxahachie.

DrinkingLiberally

People who are passionate about progressive politics are invited to DrinkingLiberally, a national, informal get-together “promoting democracy, one pint at a time,” according to Nathalie Guyol, local host. “We have no officers, no agenda and no speeches — just a great time talking about the world we live in and events of the week.”

The Waxahachie chapter, one of 200 around the country and 10 in Texas, meets at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at College Street Pub. Newcomers are welcome, no reservations are needed, and there is no charge to join. For more information, visit www.drinkingliberally.org or call (972) 935-9491.

The Bristol Volunteer Fire Department board of directors meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the fire station. The public is invited to attend.

VFW Post 7106 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 6 pm the second Tuesday of each month at 3100 N. Kaufman St. The group is accepting new members and encourages interested parties to contact the VFW post for more information. Members must have served in a foreign war or have a relative that has. Contact (972) 875-5479 for carpool information.

Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at First United Methodist Church.

SPJST Lodge No. 25 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month. Call (972) 875-5571.

Ennis Woodworkers Club meets from 7-10 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the junior high vocational building. Call (972) 875-3376 or (972) 878-0985.

Bluebonnet Patches Quilt Friendship Group meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church, 210 N. McKinney. The group also meets the third Thursday of each month for “sit and sew.” For more information, call (972) 875-1001.

“Changing the Community from the Inside Out” meets at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Ennis State Bank, 815 W. Ennis Ave. Meeting locations are subject to change. For more information, call Christine Rowe at (972) 342-7319 or pastor E.L. Gilmore at (214) 929-5060.

Ennis Rebekah Lodge No. 104 meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays at the IOOF Hall on South Kaufman Street.

IOOF Lodge No. 227 meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the IOOF Hall on South Kaufman Street.

Ennis Church of God invites the community to Wednesday services and activities beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call (972) 875-9710.

The Texas Department of State Health Services holds childhood immunization clinics from 10:30 a.m.-noon and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. every first Monday at Ferris First Baptist Church, 304 W. 5th St. and from 2-5:30 p.m. every first Wednesday at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ennis, 1211 S. Clay. For more information, call (903) 425-6969 or 1-800-746-8748. Fees are determined on a sliding scale based on household income. Call (972) 932-2038 for an appointment.

Early Childhood PTA meets from 9:30-11 a.m. second Wednesday of the month at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin, Waxahachie. For more information, call (972) 923-2494.

Women’s Resource Center, 900 W. Ennis Ave., Suite 119, is accepting donations of baby-related items. For more information, call (972) 878-0784.

The Methodist Active Adult Group meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. For more information, call (972) 875-7491.

Volunteers at the Trinity United Methodist Church are inviting everyone to visit their clothes closet, where clothes, shoes, and other items are available for needy families. The closet is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Donations are also accepted. The church is located at 1500 S. Hall St., Ennis. For more information, call (972) 878-7464.

Helping Hands of Ennis Spirit of Sharing Thrift Store hours are from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

All Ennis churches, clubs, fraternal halls, service groups and organizations can submit community-related events to the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau for consideration for display on the monitors at the Ennis Wal-Mart check-out counters. For more information, contact the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau at (972) 878-4748 or fax the information to (972) 875-1018.

Helping Hands of Ennis is in need of food and staple items for their outreach program. Donations of protein sources such as tuna, peanut butter, canned meats, powdered milk and any other items would be appreciated.

Volunteers are needed as part of the Ennis Regional Medical Center’s care team. Duties include working at the information desk, distributing magazines and assisting staff as needed. For more information, contact Billie at (972) 875-5343 or Marvin at (972) 875-3686.

Family First Hospice needs volunteers for the Ennis, Ovilla, Red Oak, Ferris, Midlothian, Venus, Corsicana, Bloomingrove, Desoto and Cedar Hill areas. Everyone is encouraged to share their free time with those in need, whether it is sitting with a patient that is ill or running errands for someone who is housebound. Contact Margie Norum at (972) 878-2273 or (972) 921-1550 for more information.

Curbside recycling takes place on the second Wednesday of each month. Yellow bags are available at city hall free of charge for those wishing to participate. No sorting is necessary. For more information on the program, contact city hall at (972) 875-1234.

Calendar of events

Dec. 6 - Dec. 15 - The Ennis Public Theatre presents "My Favorite Christmas" directed by Bill Rhoten. For show times or more info on the play contact the theatre at (972) 878-7529 or visit the Web site at www.ennispublictheatre.com

Dec. 9 - The 23rd annual Gryphon motorcycle club's Ellis County toy run will be held starting in Midlothian and ending at the Sokol Hall in Ennis around 11:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support the riders by donating toys. For more information on the event, call (469) 337-1028.

Dec. 11 - The Telico Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual Christmas dinner and social at the fire station beginning at 7 p,m. The dinner is for everyone that lives in the Telico VFD district.

Dec. 12 - The MAAG will hold its Christmas celebration in the Memorial Hall at First United Methodist Church beginning at 11:30 a.m. Kristi Copeland will share her musical talents by playing the harp and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. For more information, contact (972) 878-4069.

Dec. 14-16 - Grace Lutheran Church, 2402 W. Ennis Ave., will be holding an outdoor, live nativity scene from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring canned goods to benefit Helping Hands of Ennis in lieu of admission. The church is located 2402 W. Ennis Ave.

Dec. 20 - Inspiration Inc., a local non-profit performance ministry will present their adaption of the classic "Charlie Brown Christmas" beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Ennis Library. Admission to the event is free but organizers are asking for a donation of canned goods to benefit Helping Hands. For more information, contact (817) 789-8550.

Dec. 24 - First Presbyterian Church will be holding a Christmas Eve candlelight service beginning at 6 p.m. The service will include singing traditional Christmas hymns and will conclude with the lighting of the candles while singing 'Silent Night'. Everyone is invited to attend and may call the church office at (972) 875-3196 for more information. The church is located at 210 N. McKinney St.

E-mail your calendar items to candie.adams@ennisjournal.com for inclusion in countywide calendar of events!