Daniel's Den will move to a larger housing facility during June, and all services (office, emergency shelter and transitional housing) will be located at 507 W. Jefferson. Anyone interested in helping with the move or donating household items is asked to call Joy Ranton at (972) 935-2363.
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.
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.
Pettigrew Academy in Waxahachie is offering a cooking camp from June 11-15. Learn about table setting, party planning, decorations and invitations for an Italian meal. Finish the week with a casual finger food for a family lunch with water slide and outdoor activities.
Vacation Bible school
First Baptist Church of Waxahachie offers vacation Bible school from 9 a.m.-noon June 11-14, with a wrap party from 6-8 p.m. June 14.
The school is open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. There is no cost to attend. Children who attend will receive a special gift plus a pack of sports cards for each day they are present.
The church is located at 315 N. Rogers St. For more information, call (972) 937-1940 or visit online at www.fbcwax.org.
The A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian will host a “Sail Away with Books” reading club for preschool through teens this summer from June 11-Aug. 11. The program will feature reading incentive prizes, guest speakers, free movies, crafts and story times.
For more information, call (972) 775-3417 or visit the library at 923 S. 9th St. in Midlothian.
Red Cross training
American Red Cross - Corsicana Branch will host American Red Cross volunteer training June 11-13 at Fire Station 1 training facility in Midlothian, located at 235 8th St.
The classes are basic classes a new volunteer will need to help a disaster victim in their community. American Red Cross has helped more than 75 families in Ellis County in the last 10 months.
Training topics, dates and times are as follows:
9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 11 — class introduction to disaster and community services overview 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 12 — fulfilling the ARC mission; translating compassion into community action 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 — disaster action team workshop.
Background checks will be required for all volunteers. All disaster training is free. For more information, contact Shelly Campbell at (903) 874-4551.
NARFE to meet
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Ellis-Navarro chapter 1191 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Ennis Corral. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend.
The annual meeting of the Auxiliary to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie will be held Tuesday, June 12, at First United Methodist Church. TB tests will be administered beginning at 9 a.m., with annual dues collected and refreshments served at 9:30. The meeting will begin at 10, with officers installed, annual reports given and new members introduced. All members are encouraged to attend.
“The Magical Mysterious Suitcase Science Show” with award-winning magician Del Sanders comes to Nicholas P. Sims Library from10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13. Sanders has performed for thousands of children with his startling and exciting effects involving science principles. All library events are free admission.
Teens, ages 13-18, are making tie dye projects at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. Elizabeth Barron with Glad Rags in Waxahachie is instructing the teens in this popular art.
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.
Flag burial event
Officer Wess Winn of the Waxahachie Police Department and his group of Explorers will be at Nicholas P. Sims Library on Flag Day for a flag burial demonstration from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 14. This activity is for ages 3-12.
Private applicator training
The Ellis County Extension Service will offer private applicator training Thursday, June 14, in the extension office at the sub-courthouse in Waxahachie. The license allows the license holder to buy and utilize restricted use and state limited use pesticides in their agricultural operations.
Registration is at 8:15 a.m., with the cost of manuals $40. Training is from 8:30 a.m.-noon, with the exam offered at 12:30 p.m. All activities should be complete by 3.
A photo ID is required. RSVP to the office to pick up materials prior to the class.
For more information, call (972) 825-5175.
‘Sylvia’ on stage
Ennis Public Theatre presents “Sylvia,” Friday and Saturday nights, through June 30.
Curtain time is at 8 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, June 24.
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.
Reins of Life will hold a benefit motorcycle poker run Saturday, June 16.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Starbucks in Waxahachie, with the run ending in Cedar Hill for an auction, bike show, live band and good food.
Volunteers are needed. For more information, call president Carol Anderson at (972) 923-9045.
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.
The Ellis County Aggie Moms invite all Ellis County Aggies and their families to the annual Howdy Party from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Park Meadows Baptist Church, 3350 U.S. Highway 77 North, Waxahachie.
This year’s guests will be the Aggie yell leaders and Reville.
Cookies and punch will be served.
“This is an opportunity to meet other Ellis County Aggies and families, hear and practice the Aggie yells and have your picture made with Reville (bring your camera),” a spokesman said. “Come and enjoy the fellowship of Ellis County Aggies and work on your Aggie spirit.”
For more information, contact president Debbie Higginbotham at
DDHigg@aol.com or call (972) 923-3933.
Christian Women’s Connection
Make reservations by Sunday, June 17, for the Wednesday, June 20, Christian Women’s Connection of Ellis County luncheon.
The “Summer Time Entertaining” luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Colonnade Restaurant located at the Waxahachie Country Club. The speaker for the month is Grace Pryor, who will speak on how circumstance changes with choices.
Debbie Brown, musician and singer, will present the feature “Cool Sounds.”
The cost of the luncheon is $13. Vouchers for nursery are available by asking when making reservations. For reservations, call (972) 923-1881 or (972) 937-9984.
Sign language class
Nicholas P. Sims Library will sponsor a sign language class from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the meeting room on the first floor of library. Beginners and experienced signers are invited to attend.
Sharon Brown, who has taught previous classes at the library, will be in charge of this class.
The class is for adults ages 18 and older. For more information or to sign up, call (972) 937-2671 or stop by the main desk.
Nicholas P. Sims Library presents a children’s event from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20. Todd Griffin brings the Southwest Dairy Farmers Mobile Dairy Classroom to the library for a fun and educational program. The 32-foot classroom features a fully operational milking parlor. This activity is for ages 3-12.
Nicholas P. Sims Library presents a children’s event from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 21. Todd McKinney the Magical Motivator performs “Books Ahoy,” complete with magic tricks, puppets and storytelling. This activity is for ages 3-12.
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.
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.
GED graduation ceremony will be held Friday, June 8, in the Dawson Auditorium at the Navarro College - Corsicana campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.