Blood drive

Waxahachie Rotary Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive through Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Waxahachie Civic Center parking lot at the Carter Blood Mobile. Donors are urgently needed. Call Peggy Spalding at (972) 938-7345 to sign up.

Scholarship applications

Business and Professional Womens Oak Cliff Club has three scholarships available for women who have already completed one year of college. Applications are available now. For further information and applications, call Rhonnie Tompkins at (972) 935-918 or Josephine Emmett at (214) 941-0129.

Waxahachie Citizens Police Academy

The Waxahachie Citizens Police Academy has set its summer session dates for Thursdays, July 26-Sept. 27. Class times will be from 6-9 p.m.

Applications are being accepted now. For more information, call community services officer Wess Winn at (972) 937-9940, ext. 211, or e-mail wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.

Donate while you dine

Double Dave’s Pizzaworks will host a “donate while you dine” event benefiting Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties on Monday, July 16.

By mentioning Meals-on-Wheels when making a purchase, Double Dave’s will donate 20 percent of the purchase proceeds to Meals-on-Wheels.

Double Dave’s Pizzaworks is located at 791 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie. For more information on Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County, call (972) 351-9943 or visit www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

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.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the meeting room to discuss “Messenger” by Lois Lowry.

Disaster relief team meeting

All people who are interested in learning more about Ellis Christian Disaster Relief Team are invited to attend a quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at First United Methodist Church, 800 S. 9th St., Midlothian.

The meeting will cover updates for potential volunteers, including disaster relief efforts, crisis response and recovery.

“Join us as we organize to meet the needs of small tragic events as well as larger-scale disasters within Ellis County,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call Larry Johnson at (972) 937-9320.

Native Plant Society

The Ellis County Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Waxahachie parks and recreation department, 401 S. Elm St., in Waxahachie. The public is invited.

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.

Quilt show

The Creative Quilter’s Guild of Ellis County presents its annual quilt show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, at the Midlothian Conference Center. More than 100 quilts will be on display, with vendor booths, a charity auction, door prizes and raffle also offered.

General admission is $5, with $4 for seniors ages 60 and older. Husbands accompanied by a paying spouse receive free admission.

For more information, call (972) 291-8729 or visit online at www.cqguild.org.

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.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:10 p.m. July 21 in the meeting room. This month’s movie stars AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson and Zooey Deschanel. An 11-year-old boy has his life changed forever when he befriends the class outsider, a girl. Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia where they can create their own adventures with giants, trolls and other incredible creatures until tragedy ultimately befalls their friendship.

“Bring a friend and enjoy popcorn and a movie at the library,” a spokesman said.

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.

Komen Foundation fund-raiser

A Texans Against Breast Cancer planning meeting to participate in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s Passionately Pink for the Cure fund-raiser will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at First Methodist Church in Midlothian.

Participants need only to wear pink Oct. 19 and donate $5.

“We are recruiting individuals to help plan the event and teams of individuals to participate in the event,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call Marsha Davidson at (214) 878-4350.

‘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 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.

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.

Sims summer reading deadline

All reading logs for the children’s summer reading club at Nicholas P. Sims Library must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28. No logs will be accepted after this date for free circus and carnival tickets or other prizes. The program portion will continue Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. through Aug. 2.

Computer classes

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer an introduction to the Internet class from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 28.

The class is open to registration for anyone who has a library card at Sims. Pre-registration is required for the class, which is limited to six people. The class will be held in the reference room on the basement level of the library.

For more information or to register, call (972) 937-2671 or stop by the library.

Friends of the Library to meet

The Friends of Sims Library will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, in the meeting room.

“Anyone interested in helping support and promote our wonderful library is invited and encouraged to attend,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call the library at (972) 937-2671.

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.

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.

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.

After Hours Improv workshop

Nicholas P. Sims Library and After Hours Improv are teaming up to offer the youth of Waxahachie an opportunity to learn the art of improvisational comedy. The next workshop will be for kids ages 11-12 from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. The workshop focuses on working as a team, confidence building and the basics of improvisational comedy. Contact the library at (972) 937-2671 for more information.

Blood drive

Waxahachie Rotary Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive through Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Waxahachie Civic Center parking lot at the Carter Blood Mobile. Donors are urgently needed. Call Peggy Spalding at (972) 938-7345 to sign up.

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.

National Night Out

The Waxahachie Police Department celebrates National Night Out, a crime prevention and awareness event, Tuesday, Aug. 7, on the courthouse square in downtown Waxahachie.

Local, state and federal agencies will be present at the Waxahachie event, and the Waxahachie Police Department has invited local businesses and organizations geared toward crime prevention - such as alarm companies, dog protection training, military recruiting, crime victims’ assistance and others - to participate. Children’s activities will be offered, along with refreshments. The event is free to the public.

Volunteers, donations and sponsors are welcomed for the event. For more information, contact community services officer Wess Winn at (972) 937-9940, ext. 216, or e-mail wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.