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 Tuesday

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.

Game Day at Sims

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.

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.

Wagon Wheel 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.

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.

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.

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. The Waxahachie H-E-B also 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.

Texas 42

A Texas 42 group plays from 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays in the life center at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie. The community is invited; beginners will be taught how to play.

Food stamp/Medicaid benefit outreach

A food stamp outreach coordinator with the North Texas Food Bank will conduct intake for food stamps and Medicaid the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Helping Hands of Ennis, 604 N.E. Main St., Ennis.

For more information, call (972) 875-0218.

GED and ESL classes

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian is offering free GED and ESL classes, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Navarro Adult Basic Education or visit online at http://www.navarrocollege.edu.

Obituary research

Nicholas P. Sims Library offers obituary research for patrons who cannot visit the library in person. The library charges $5 per name and 20 cents per page for copies of obituaries or newspaper articles. The library cannot guarantee successful results, refund payment nor send research prior to payment.

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

Mothers’ milk bank

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has opened its fifth Metroplex location for donating milk at Outreach Health Services, 110 Amanda Lane, Waxahachie.

“There is a growing need for healthy breast-feeding women who want to share their excess milk,” a spokesman said. “This is due to the demand from hospitals and fragile infants for donor human milk.”

Donors undergo a screening process before donating the milk, which is pasteurized and stored in the Fort Worth milk bank. The milk is used in the care of premature and seriously ill babies across North Texas. For more information, contact Amy Vickers at Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas at (817) 810-0071 or Paula Livingston at Outreach Health Services at (972) 937-4777.

Waxahachie branch of NAACP

Waxahachie branch of NAACP meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at 206 U.S. Highway 77 S. for the monthly meeting. Call (972) 937-2077.

Grace Recovery Group

The Grace Recovery Group, a group to support individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, meets at 8 p.m. every night at 107 S.W. Main Street in Ennis. For more information, call (972) 921-3275 or e-mail www.gracerecoverygroup.com.

Poetry group forming

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

After Hours Improv

After Hours Improv will host a comedy show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Texas Theater, 110 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Purchase tickets online at www.afterhoursimprov.com, at the box office or by telephone at (972) 937-9839.

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.

“It will be like hearing a robin’s song when Betty Dunn gives her musical review,” a spokesman said.

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.

O’Daniel 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.

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.

Zooniversity

Zooniversity is coming back to Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, with a program for adults ages 18 and older. The program will be held in the meeting room on the first floor of the library.

Zooniversity is a traveling wildlife education company that introduces adults to the world of exotic animals through more than 600 zoology enrichment classes, stage shows and exhibits each year. Zooniversity is privately owned, fully insured and federally licensed by the USDA.

Those wanting to attend are asked to sign up at the front desk or call (972) 937-2671 as seating is limited.