Poetry group forming

Anyone interested in forming a poetry group can call Glenn Smith at (972) 938-3303.

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.

Homeschool information session

The Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization is hosting a question and answer session on homeschooling at 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

The session is for those considering homeschooling, new homeschoolers and experienced homeschoolers. Those interested can e-mail questions prior to the session to eccho@peoplepc.com or call (972) 775-8968. The session will be held at Church of Christ, 2633 Ovilla Road, Red Oak. Exit Ovilla Road off of Interstate 35E, go west about one mile and turn left at Uhl Road. The church is on the southeast corner of Ovilla and Uhl roads.

Historic Waxahachie workday

As part of the continuing restoration of the calaboose and Wyatt house, Historic Waxahachie has scheduled a workday from 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 4. During the morning, volunteers will finish painting both buildings and help with general cleanup of the site. The calaboose and Wyatt house are located on North College Street across from the Waxahachie Police Department and next to the railroad tracks. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome and snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information, call Brad Yates at (214) 908-9009.

Book signing

Marilyn McLeod of Waxahachie will hold a book signing from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 4 at Hastings in Waxahachie.

McLeod has authored “Miracles Today???” which is a non-fiction inspirational book of answered prayers during her lifetime.

“My prayer is that ‘Miracles Today???’ will help Christians have a closer walk with God and will create a desire in non-Christians to have Jesus in their lives,” she said. A widow, McLeod, 78, grew up in Minnesota and moved to Texas in 1953. She lived in Dallas for 47 years and moved to Waxahachie in 2000.

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.

Game Day

Teens, ages 13-18, will play games at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Each speed play round will last for five minutes and then players switch games.

“If you are ahead at that time you will receive points,” a spokesman said. “Join us for this fun gaming event.”

Barton town hall meeting

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, will hold a town hall meeting with residents to hear about issues that are important to them.

Barton will begin the meetings with an update on his priorities and activities in Washington, D.C., and will then open the floor to questions. The congressman invites all residents of the Sixth District to attend.

In Ellis County, the meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Waxahachie City Hall, 401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

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.

Grace Recovery Group

Grace Recovery Group, a group to support individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, will celebrate its seventh anniversary at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at 107 S.W. Main St. in Ennis. Past and present members are invited to attend. For more information, call (972) 268-0117.

Summer celebration

Make reservations by Sunday, Aug. 12, for the “Summer Olympic Celebration” luncheon to be held by the Christian Women’s Connection of Ellis County, in affiliation with Stonecroft Ministries, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Colonnade Restaurant at the Waxahachie Country Club.

Barbara McKinney, a graduate of Baylor University who travels extensively as a motivational and seminar speaker, will speak.

Ed Gibson, minister of music at First United Methodist Church will share “Golden Notes” with those in attendance.

The cost of the luncheon is $13 and is all-inclusive. Nursery reservations are available when making a reservation. Call (972) 923-1881 or (972) 937-9984.

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.

There are sponsorship opportunities as well.

For more information, contact Russell Phillips at (972) 351-2215 or russell.phillips@swst.com.

Senior center cruise

The Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center invites the public to join it on a Western Caribbean cruise departing Nov. 3 from Galveston and returning Nov. 8. The cost is $499 per person for an inside cabin and $599 per person for an outside cabin. For more information, call the center at (972) 937-8271.

“The cruise is not a fund-raiser but an opportunity for a fun-filled vacation,” a spokesman said.

Bereavement luncheon

The Visiting Nurse Association will host its quarterly bereavement luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at First United Methodist Church on 208 S. Houston St. in Kaufman.

Clayton McCord, VNA hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator, will speak on “How Do I Know If I'm

Getting Better?” A catered lunch will be provided at no charge.

Call (972) 962-7500 or 1-800-345-0576 to make a reservation to attend.

Caregiver class

The Alzheimer’s Association will offer a caregiver class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Baylorworx, 507 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie. To register, call 1-800-272-3900.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 18.

“Come in out of the heat and enjoy a good movie and popcorn with your friends,” a spokesman said.

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.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

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.