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 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.

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.”

For more information, call (972) 775-3417.

Spanish camp

Pettigrew Academy announces a Spanish camp will be offered from June 18-22 for beginners and near beginners. The emphasis will be on getting camp participants comfortable with some basic vocabulary and language through conversational Spanish.

Activities will revolve around the visual and culinary arts of the Spanish-speaking world.

“We will paint, cook and eat in Spanish,” a spokesman said. “Students will be video-taped in role-playing activities and will get the opportunity to see and hear themselves speaking Spanish.”

Swim party

The Cub Scouts will hold a recruitment swim party for boys interested in Scouting from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Presbyterian Children’s Home, 406 Brookside Road, Waxahachie.

Contact Wendy Kurten at (214) 902-6751 or e-mail wkurten@bsamail.org for more information.

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.

Tie dye

Junior teens, ages 11-12, will make tie dye projects at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Elizabeth Barron with Glad Rags in Waxahachie is returning to the library to teach the junior teens this popular art.

Mobile dairy

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.

Caregiver luncheon

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce will offer a free “Lunch & Learn” to residents and businesses of Waxahachie and surrounding communities. “Stress & Lifestyle with Eldercare Issues” will be held at noon Thursday, June 21, in the chamber boardroom, located at 102 YMCA Drive.

The class is designed for anyone who provides physical care, emotional support, financial assistance and other help to older adults. Seating is limited, so participants are asked to call and reserve a place.

For more information, contact Zanda Hilger at (817) 929-3535 or e-mail zanda@flash.net, or contact Meals-on-Wheels at (972) 351-9943 or e-mail info@mowjec.org.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the meeting room. This month the club will discuss “Half-Moon Investigations” by Eoin Colfer.

ARC volunteer meeting

The American Red Cross will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Gander Mountain Lodge in Corsicana. Nationally recognized ARC volunteer Harriet Halkyard will speak on her experiences.

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

Magical motivation

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.

‘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.

Auditions

Ennis Public Theatre will hold auditions for “You Can’t Get There from Here” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 23, at 2705C N. Kaufman, Ennis.

Women ages 22 to 65 and men ages 22 to 60 are needed.

The show will run Friday and Saturday from Aug. 3-25, with a matinee Sunday, Aug. 26.

For more information, call (972) 878-7529.

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.

Art and science camp

Pettigrew Academy in Waxahachie will offer an art and science camp from June 25-29. Camp participants will explore some of those intersections from Cro-Magnon man to the Space Age through group discussions and hands-on activities. Campers will look at astronomy, math, ecology and space travel through the eyes of cave painters, Renaissance masters and comic strip artists.

Drama camp

The first “So You Wanna Be a Star” drama camp will be held at Frank Seale Middle School in Midlothian.

The camp will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25-28 and from 1 p.m. until the show’s conclusion June 29.

Campers will learn theater skills through games and activities, including pantomime, improvisation, and prop and costume creation.

Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a show on the final day of camp. School district theater directors will teach the camp.

The cost is $100. For more information, contact Susie Rouw at (972) 217-1696 or Retha Pierce at (817) 992-9319. Campers should wear comfortable clothes and bring a sack lunch.

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.

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.

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 free community event.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Daniel’s Den

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.

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.

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.

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.