Ellis County Genealogical Society

The Ellis County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 W. Jefferson, Waxahachie.

Guest speaker is Kelvin Myers, a professional genealogist and researcher-historian, who will speak on the topic, “The Hand that Rocked the Cradle Can Rule the World.”

Myers will discuss resources and sources in identifying female ancestors.

Refreshments will follow the presentation. Visitors are invited to attend.

Project Graduation

There will be a Project Graduation meeting Oct. 1 in the Waxahachie High School cafeteria to discuss the Shopper’s Delight cards and upcoming events. For more information, contact Doyce and Debbie Miles at doycemiles@hotmail.com.

Annual chamber auction

The 2007 Waxahachie Annual Chamber Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Tickets are $40 per person. The event includes dinner and silent and live auctions.

For more information, call (972) 937-2390 or visit www.waxahachiechamber.com.

Respite night

Hidden Miracles, a special needs ministry, will open the new season of respite night on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event is free and is geared toward the families of children with disabilities. Therapy horses will be on site for therapeutic riding.

For more information or to register, call Barbara McNeely at (972) 937-6255 or e-mail hiddenmiracles@sbcglobal.net.

Pumpkin patch

St. Joseph Catholic Church will hold its “Great Pumpkin Patch” from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Prices range from $1-$10 for the pumpkins. Other activities include games, stories and free recipes. Proceeds benefit the church’s confirmation program. Visitors and photographers of all ages are invited to attend the event, which is open to the community.

For more information, call Christin Barnes, youth ministries, at (972) 938-1953 or e-mail sjpyouthministry@sbcglobal.net.

First Sunday Singing

Cowboy Church of Ellis County will host its First Sunday Singing featuring gospel music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

Snacks and desserts will be available during intermission. There is no charge.

For more information, call Fletcher Jowers at (214) 317-0835 or e-mail firstsundaysinging@cowboyfaith.org or visit http://www.fletcherjowers.com.

WISD public forum

Waxahachie ISD will hold a public forum during its Oct. 8 meeting regarding House Bill 621 and the freeport exemption.

The public forum will follow the First Financial Integrity Rating hearing, also planned for the meeting.

For more information regarding HB621 and Waxahachie ISD, contact Teresa Thomas, assistant superintendent of finance at (972) 923-4631.

BACA to meet

The Buffalo Creek chapter of BACA meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Rogers Hotel in downtown Waxahachie.

October is Bring a Friend Month and will be the theme at the Oct. 8 meeting. For more information, visit www.bacausa.com.

Book signing

Children’s book author Lynn Sheffield Simmons will autograph her new book, “Sugar Lump’s Night Before Christmas,” along with her other books, “Sugar Lump, the Orphan Calf,” “Bo, the Famous Retriever,” “Jack Crow Said Hello,” “Bo and the Missing Dogs” and “Bo and the Night Intruder” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Hastings Entertainment, 791 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie.

Dance workshop

Registration is due Oct. 12 for the Midlothian Pantherettes’ dance workshop Oct. 16 and 18. The $25 fee includes a performance T-shirt, dance instruction, admission and performance during pre-game festivities at the Midlothian High School varsity football game Oct. 19.

Ages 4-13 are welcome to register. Registration forms are

available at Midlothian High School.

For more information, call the Pantherette office at (972) 723-9733 or Tina Denler at (972) 775-8226.

Donations needed

The Ellis County Art Association is accepting donations for its annual garage sale and “Off the Wall” art sale, which will take place Oct. 12-13 at the Ellis County Fine Arts Museum. All proceeds from the sale benefit the center.

The association is asking for gently used art items along with more general garage sale items. Frames and unframed art also are welcome.

Donated items may be brought to the museum, 501 W. Main St. in Waxahachie, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or call Priscilla Parker at (972) 937-8365 or Mayme Olson at (972) 617-0911 for more information.

VFW fund-raiser

The Waxahachie VFW will have a live band and dance fund-raiser to raise money to pay for a new roof for its building at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and every Saturday thereafter, with musical group Under Cover to perform at the first event.

Pink Ribbons and Hearts

The third annual Pink Ribbons and Hearts Luncheon Dinah Weable breast cancer survivors event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie. The luncheon is free to any breast cancer survivor.

Planning for the event is under way and event organizers are seeking sponsors. Various levels of sponsorship are available, ranging from $100 to $1,500. Make donation checks payable to Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivor Event and mail to P.O. Box U, Waxahachie, TX 75168.

For more information, contact Ray or Dinah Weable at (972) 938-3059 or Sherry Dyess at (972) 938-1181.

Bethlehem Revisited auditions

Interviews and auditions for Bethlehem Revisited will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. In order to participate, one must attend all rehearsals and performances, take part in costume preparation and script memorization and be committed to producing a quality show.

Those interested can contact Virginia Sevier at (972) 938-3352 or e-mail virgsevier@sbcglobal.net as soon as possible. An adult must accompany all children.

Memorial golf

tournament

The RBI Club invites the community to participate in the second annual “Classic Country” Mike O’Daniel Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Oct. 15 at the Waxahachie Country Club. The annual event is staged to support WHS baseball. The $85 entry fee per player includes cart, green fee and lunch. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

For more information, contact Russell Phillips at (972) 351-2215.

russell.phillips@swst.com.

Memory Walk 2007

The annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 8:30. The walk begins at 9.

To start a team or make a donation, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at www.AlzDallas.org or call Dustin Holcomb at (214) 540-2411.

Hazardous waste collection

The city of Waxahachie is holding another hazardous waste collection day for its residents.

The event will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the city’s convenience station at 499 Lions Park Road.

“The city of Fort Worth Crud Cruiser will be partnering with us once again to dispose of any hazardous household materials,” said Mary Del Buono with the Waxahachie environmental health department. “This includes liquids like pesticides, cooking oil, car oil, gasoline and paint.”

Residents who anticipate having more than 15 gallons of materials to dispose of are asked to contact the city to obtain a voucher so they can take their waste directly to Fort Worth’s environmental collections center.

Contact the environmental health department at (972) 937-7330, ext. 150.

Vendor registration

Vendor registration has begun for Midlothian Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Festival.

This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on George Hopper Road and will include arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and martial arts demonstrations.

Other events include the chamber’s 5K race.

Vendor booths are available for $50 without electricity and $100 with electricity and water for chamber members and nonprofit organizations. Others can reserve a booth for $60 without electricity and $110 with electricity and water. Booth space is on a first-come, first-served basis with payment received and only one vendor per booth is permitted. For more information, call the chamber at (972) 723-8600 or e-mail info@midlothianchamber.org. Applications can also be downloaded at www.midlothianchamber.org.

Lord’s Acre Festival

Bethel United Methodist Church will hold its annual Lord’s Acre Festival on Oct. 20, featuring a barbecue dinner, quilt raffle and auction, including antiques, gift certificates, crafts, cakes and other items.

Leadership Forum

Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne’s Inc. and franchiser of the world’s largest mall-based pretzel franchise, will join the monthly Leadership Forum at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Established in 1988, Beiler managed the business from a farmer’s market stand to a franchise organization with 150 corporate staff supporting more than 250 franchisees and their more than 850 locations worldwide. Beiler was named one of America’s 500 women entrepreneurs by Working Woman, Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Eastern College.

Hope Clinic fund-raiser

Hope Clinic will hold its annual Seats of Hope fund-raiser from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

“The Music Man”

“The Music Man” will be presented by Waxahachie Community Theatre October at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the historic

The classic musical includes a cast of about 50 people, with Shellie Lynch and Brad Reid playing the leads. The musical will be in the historic Chautauqua in Getzendaner Park. Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. At the door they will $1 more. Purchase tickets from any cast member or in Waxahachie at the Ellis County Museum, 201 S. College St., and the Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. In Midlothian, tickets are available at the office of Dr. Jerry Ellis, 404 W. Avenue G.

For more information, contact the director, PJ Searsy, at (972) 723-6976.

WRC Pregnancy Center of Ellis County

WRC Pregnancy Center of Ellis County, formerly the Women’s Resource Center, will celebrate “New Beginnings” at its roundup at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Texas Motorplex Champions Club.

“This barbeque dinner event will gather together friends from across the county who share the common mission of upholding the sanctity of life and supporting women and families in our communities confronted with unplanned pregnancies,” a spokesman said. “An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended.”

Tickets are $25. To sponsor a table of eight is $200.

For information, call (972) 938-7900 or (972) 878-0784.

Fall festival

Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, 3650 S. Interstate 35E, will have a fall festival from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Games will include cakewalk, ring toss, pin the tail on the pumpkin, beanbag toss, floating ducks, face painting and more. Prizes will be awarded. Residents will pass out candy.

‘The Music Man’

Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Tickets are available at the Ellis County Museum and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce. The price is $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. At the door will be an additional $1.

The production is underwritten by Citizens National Bank of Texas.

Cookbook tasting

The Waxahachie Junior Service League will have a cookbook tasting during the Bob Phillips Texas Country Reporter Festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Gift Baskets store.

Friends of Sims Library

The Friends of Sims Library service organization will meet at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room on Oct. 29. All interested in helping promote the library and assist the library staff with their many community services and functions are welcome and encouraged to attend. Future meetings will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 26 at the library. Call the library for additional information.

YMCA Fall Festival

Waxahachie YMCA, 100 YMCA Drive, will have a fall festival from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. There will be games, inflatable, pumpkin-carving contest, refreshments and “trunk or treat” from car-to-car in the parking lot.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Baptist Church, 404 Solon Road, will have a Harvest Festival from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be games, prizes, cakewalks, candy and a hayride. Costumes are optional. Bible character costumes encouraged.

Wild West Fall Festival

Farley Street Baptist Church will have a Wild West Fall Festival from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be fun and Bible learning, a western-themed atmosphere, stampede and a bonanza of activities and foot-stomping music.

Kidz Alley Fall Festival

Ferris Avenue Baptist Church’s Kidz Alley Fall Festival will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The festival is a trick-or-treat alternative where costumes encouraged, as long as they aren’t scary. Admission is free and includes games, prizes, candy, face painting, inflatables, stuffed animal walk, pony rides and concessions. The church is located at 1401 Ferris Ave., Waxahachie. For more information, e-mail melissa@ferrisavenue.org.

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.

Tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the first Friends of NRA dinner and auction at the Waxahachie Civic Center on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the event.

“We’re planning for a fun and exciting evening for the whole family,” committee chairman Robert Garcia said. “We’ve got a wide array of high quality auction items and door prizes for our guests.”

Proceeds will benefit the NRA Foundation and its program of work, including safety and education projects.

For ticket and more information on the event, call Joe Dillbeck at (972) 617-0202.

Booths available

Booths are available at the upcoming Midlothian Shopping Extravaganza, set for 9 a.m.-3 pm. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Midlothian Conference Center.

The event is sponsored by the Great Visions charter chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

A wide array of vendors and exhibitors are anticipated. Registration forms are available online at www.midlothianabwa.com or by calling Tami Tobey at (214) 208-7575.

Proceeds benefit professional development programs for area women.

Nature exchange to open

Pettigrew Academy is partnering with the Dallas Zoo on a nature exchange program.

The program kicks off Nov. 10, with activities including food, games, crafts, music and more scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon. Dallas Zoo officials will be on hand and the public is invited.

“Young children to early teens can bring items they find in nature, such as shells, rocks, pinecones and seeds, to trade,” a spokesman said. “The more they know about the item, the more points they get to use to take home something else from the exchange center. It is fun, educational and increases and awareness of our natural surroundings.”

The nature exchange will be a community service for all children in Waxahachie and the surrounding area. The room will be open to the public on the second Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon in November, January, March, May, July and September.

Pettigrew Academy is located at 806 E. Marvin, Waxahachie.

For more information or to exhibit, call (972) 923-1633.

Vendors, entertainers, sponsors needed

The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association will host its second annual Downtown Victorian Christmas Festival this year Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 around the historic courthouse square.

The association is looking for Victorian-themed vendors, entertainers and sponsors that are interested in being a part of this holiday family favorite event.

For more information on these opportunities, contact Virginia Sevier at (972) 938-3352 or virgsevier@sbcglobal.net.

For more information on upcoming holiday events, visit www.waxahachiechamber.com or call (972) 937-2390.

Friends of Sims Library

The Friends of Sims Library service organization will meet at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room on Nov. 26. All interested in helping promote the library and assist the library staff with their many community services and functions are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call the library for additional information.

Christmas Market

The Waxahachie Junior Service League is now accepting applications for the annual Christmas Market to be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. For more information, call Jennifer Pope at (972) 935-0255.

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.