Waxahachie Citizens Police Academy

The Waxahachie Citizens Police Academy has set its summer session dates for Thursdays, July 26-Sept. 27. Class times will be from 6-9 p.m.

Applications are being accepted now. For more information, call community services officer Wess Winn at (972) 937-9940, ext. 211, or e-mail wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.

Senior center dance

Dave Eder and the Final Showdown Band will be the featured entertainment at a dance sponsored by the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the center, 219 Patrick St. Admission is $4; there will be a break for refreshments. The public is invited.

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.

Afternoons in Hollywood

The Texas Baptist Home will host Afternoons in Hollywood throughout the summer for children in third through seventh grades to watch movies that present positive qualities, which will be discussed after each movie. Free water and snacks will be provided. Show time is 2-4 p.m. on these dates:

Tuesday, July 10 - “Herbie: Fully Loaded”

Tuesday, July 17 - “Happy Feet”

Tuesday, July 24 - “Freaky Friday”

Tuesday, July 31 - Academy Awards

Reserve a spot by calling (972) 937-1321. Movies are provided at no cost through funds from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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.

Pet show

The annual Nicholas P. Sims Library pet show will be held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, on the library lawn. Children are invited to bring their pets on leashes or in cages. Special guests will be judges from the Ellis County SPCA. Free admission.

Drug awareness/self-esteem

Waxahachie community services officer Wess Winn will talk about drug awareness and self-esteem to teens, ages 13-18, from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Nicholas P. Sims Library.

“You don’t want to miss this vital program,” a spokesman said.

Creature Teacher

On Thursday, July 12, the Creature Teacher returns to Nicholas P. Sims Library for “Creatures of the Sea.” Ages 3-12 are invited to this entertaining program and special viewing of a sea fossil collection. Free admission.

Kid’s comedian

Kid’s comedian Brett Roberts appears from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. He uses humor and magic to teach children about pirate history, moral values and the importance of reading. Free admission.

Children’s program

The Craig family will present a children’s program at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 19. They will perform a living history program dressed in their 4-H award-winning apparel. Free admission.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the meeting room to discuss “Messenger” by Lois Lowry.

Disaster relief team meeting

All people who are interested in learning more about Ellis Christian Disaster Relief Team are invited to attend a quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at First United Methodist Church, 800 S. 9th St., Midlothian.

The meeting will cover updates for potential volunteers, including disaster relief efforts, crisis response and recovery.

“Join us as we organize to meet the needs of small tragic events as well as larger-scale disasters within Ellis County,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call Larry Johnson at (972) 937-9320.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:10 p.m. July 21 in the meeting room. This month’s movie stars AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson and Zooey Deschanel. An 11-year-old boy has his life changed forever when he befriends the class outsider, a girl. Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia where they can create their own adventures with giants, trolls and other incredible creatures until tragedy ultimately befalls their friendship.

“Bring a friend and enjoy popcorn and a movie at the library,” a spokesman said.

BooCoos the Clown

BooCoos the Clown appears for a free children’s program at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25. This clown entertains with humor, magic and balloons. Free admission.

‘Readers’ Theater’

This summer’s Nicholas P. Sims Teens Program members will present “Readers’ Theater” for ages 3-12 from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 26. Free admission.

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.

“Over the Hedge” will screen July 27 and “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.

Computer classes

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer an introduction to the Internet class from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 28.

The class is open to registration for anyone who has a library card at Sims. Pre-registration is required for the class, which is limited to six people. The class will be held in the reference room on the basement level of the library.

For more information or to register, call (972) 937-2671 or stop by the library.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clients needed for Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs of Texas, a local, nonprofit organization, is now accepting applications from people who could benefit from a service dog. Dogs are trained to complete various tasks such as alerting to sounds, assisting in balance, opening doors and retrieval of items such as canes, phones and other objects, among others. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

For more information, call Cindy Roberts at (972) 617-3136 or e-mail bcrockett1@worldnet.att.net.

English as a second language

Navarro College is offering free English as a second language courses during the 2006-2007 school year. Students may start at any time. Classes are offered from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Ennis High School, 1405 Lake Bardwell Drive, and from 5-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday at Waxahachie High School, 1000 N. U.S. Highway 77. For more information, call (903) 875-7464 or 1-800-NAVARRO. Visit online at http://www.navarrocollege.edu/abe.

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.

Ombudsmen needed

The Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas Ombudsman Program has an immediate need for volunteers to help elderly and disabled residents throughout Ellis County. Volunteer ombudsmen advocate for the rights of residents in nursing and assisted living facilities. Volunteers also help identify and resolve complaints for, or on behalf of, residents or their families.

For more information, call Lisa Walker at 1-800-272-3921, ext. 1172, or e-mail Pat Borgfeldt at ppborgfeldt@aol.com.

Experience Works

Experience Works is a nonprofit organization that provides paid job training and free employment services to low-income older workers.

Experience Works is recruiting job-seeking individuals in the community who are 55 and older with limited income and who want to work an average of 20 hours a week.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.experienceworks.org or call (972) 230-7010 or toll free 1-877-781-9953.

Art association meeting

The Ellis County Art Association meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Ellis County Fine Arts Museum, 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie. Visitors are welcome.

Write On

Write On, a critique group for writers in all genres, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the anteroom of the Medical Building located at 201 Ferris, where Ferris meets Water Street.

For more information, call Pat Pratt at (972) 935-9685 or Wynette Green at (972) 723-3931.

Volunteers needed

Family First Hospice is calling for volunteers in the areas of Ovilla, Red Oak, DeSoto, Duncanville, South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Venus, Kaufman, Corsicana, Blooming Grove and Cedar Hill.

Volunteers offer a variety of services including sitting with patients while a caregiver is out of the house or running errands for patients or caregivers. First Family Hospice needs men, women and teens who can speak English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Margie Norum at (972) 878-2273.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian-based organization that has completed several homes in the Ellis County community for people who otherwise would not be able to afford a home of their own. Habitat for Humanity works every Saturday throughout the year (lunch is provided), and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information on contributing to Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County, visit the Web site at www.ellishabitat.org or call the local office at (972) 937-2797.

Preservation program

The Waxahachie Heritage Council meets at 7 p.m. the fifth Tuesday of each month at the fire station training room, 704 Water St. in Waxahachie.

For more information, e-mail oharrington@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

Volunteers needed

Waxahachie Resale is a nonprofit thrift store supporting the Women’s Resource Centers of Ellis County. If interested in volunteering, call Melanie Moore at (972) 923-2680. The store’s hours are from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

The shop is located at 1204 E. Ferris Ave. in Waxahachie.

Medical power of attorney forms

Blank forms and instructions for their completion for medical power of attorney for out of hospital DNR (do not resuscitate) are available at no cost at Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, 3650 S. Interstate 35E.

“Help your family by completing the forms and providing a copy to your physician,” a spokesman said. “Help your family to know your health care and end of life wishes by putting them in writing.”

For rent

The Ellis County Woman’s Building, located at 407 W. Jefferson, is available to rent for weddings, meetings, family reunions, etc. For more information or to make a reservation, call (972) 937-6845.

Free testing

The Women’s Resource Center of Waxahachie offers free pregnancy tests on a regular basis. No appointment is necessary.

Operating hours for the center are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. The center is located at 1204 Ferris Ave., No. E, Waxahachie. For more information, call (972) 938-7900.

Early Childhood PTA to meet

Mothers and caregivers of children from ages birth to 5 are invited to join the Early Childhood PTA at its meeting the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin, Waxahachie.

In addition to monthly meetings, the group schedules playgroups, children’s outings, family outings, mom’s night outs and dad’s night outs. Refreshments are provided and childcare is available.

For more information call (972) 923-2494 or email ecpta@ev1.net.

55 Plus Alive Group

The 55 Plus Alive Group of the Greater New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church meets at 500 Wyatt St., each first and third Thursday at 10 a.m.

There are field trips and different activities that people can organize and participate in.

For more information, call Johnnie B. Miller, president, at (972) 937-4975 or Minnie B. Grisby, secretary, at (972) 937-8345.

Volunteers needed

The Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center is seeking volunteers to serve as family greeters for the center. The family greeter volunteer will assist the center’s forensic interviewer in greeting each family. Each volunteer must complete a required volunteer application and background check. For additional information and questions, contact (972) 937-1870.

NAMI support group to meet

The NAMI Ellis County peer support group meets every Friday at 2 p.m. at Adapt in Waxahachie. Call (469) 337-7697 for more information.

Food and clothes closet

The food and clothes closet of the Lee Turner Ministries Life of Victory Global Outreach Center Inc. is open from 9-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday and from 3-5 p.m. Friday. The center is located at 1521 E. Main St.; the telephone is (972) 937-0323.

For additional information, call (972) 938-9013 or (972) 937-8345.

Toastmasters meetings

Toastmasters of Waxahachie meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Baylorworx in Northgate Plaza. Anyone interested in improving his or her public speaking skills is invited.

Ellis County Amateur Radio Club

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club meets each third Thursday evening at Cancun’s Amer-Mex Restaurant, located at 1585 U.S. Highway 77 North, Waxahachie. The dinner is Dutch treat and begins at 6:30 p.m. The meetings begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. and are held in the meeting room. All licensed radio amateurs, persons interested in amateur radio and the public are invited to attend.

Ellis County Cruising meeting

Owners of 1970 or older automobiles are invited to join the Ellis County Cruising Association at its meetings, the first Tuesday of every month, from 7-9 p.m. at the Red Oak Whataburger, located at Ovilla Road and Interstate 35. No dues are required - just show up!

For more information, contact Bobby Page at (469) 323-2536 or e-mail truckerpage@sbcglobal.net.

Bridge group

Duplicate bridge is played every Monday at 7 p.m. in the gathering room of the Waxahachie First United Methodist Church and is open to all who want to play bridge. This is ACBL-sanctioned and is sponsored by the Covenant Sunday School class.

For more information, call (972) 937-5896.

Indian Princess, Indian Guide programs

The YMCA Indian Princess and Indian Guide programs are seeking fathers that have been or are interested in being involved with the program and would like to join an advisory committee to come up with ideas for marketing and promoting the programs. Call the YMCA at (972) 937-9622.

Cherokee information

The sovereign Cherokee Nation Tejas is seeking Native American people and others with Native American ancestors. Anyone who is interested in joining is asked to contact the administrative office, 105 Mount Vernon St., Mabank. The mailing address is P.O. Box 5266, Mabank, TX 75147; the telephone is (903) 887-9500. Business hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Donations needed

Ellis County Community Achieving Real-life Empowerment Skills, a nonprofit organization, is gathering items for local women and children in need, such as maternity, baby, children and adult clothing and for office space, including, furniture, office equipment and office setup, with location for offices to be donated in Ellis County.

For more information, call Dalaine Fletcher at (214) 773-7191 or Denise Gibbons at (214) 773-2761.