Red Oak ISD and Practical Parent Education will present the first meeting for Teens-N-Tots at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at Acorn Academy in Red Oak. For more information, call Yolanda Jimenez at (469) 437-1417 or Cindy Dooly at (469) 437-2537.


The fourth annual St. Joseph Catholic School Oktoberfest will be Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Ellis County Youth Expo, located at 2300 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass in Waxahachie.

The event will kick-off with the second annual 5K and Fun Run, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Game and vendor booths will open at 10 a.m., with performances and entertainment throughout the day. Events include a karaoke contest, washer tournament, back off, silent auction and drawings.

All proceeds benefit St. Joseph Catholic School.

To enter the 5K and Fun Run, karaoke contest, bake off, to reserve a booth or for more information, visit www.oktoberfestwaxahachie.com.

Taste of Red Oak

The city of Red Oak is inviting everyone to attend its first Taste of Red Oak event from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Red Oak Municipal Center.

There will be numerous local restaurants on site offering food samples, a silent auction, live entertainment and clowns to entertain children.

Tickets are $5 at the door, with children ages 12 and under admitted free. For more information, contact Lauren Whatley at (469) 218-1202.

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.

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.

Contact Ray or Dinah Weable at (972) 938-3059 or Sherry Dyess at (972) 938-1181.

Memorial golf


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.

Contact Russell Phillips at (972) 351-2215 or russell.phillips@swst.com.

SPCA in need of donations

The Ellis County SPCA is in need of donations including cat litter, paper towels, bleach, dish soap, monetary donations, laundry soap, trash bags and others.

The SPCA, which is located at 2570 Farm-to-Market 878, Waxahachie, has taken in almost 3,000 animals so far this year.

For more information, call (972) 935-0756.

Veterans sought

J.L. Smith, Veterans of Foreign Wars District 3 commander, is seeking veterans of foreign wars that reside in Red Oak and are interested in helping form a VFW post in Red Oak.

In order to form a new post, there must be 25 qualified veterans with completed applications and line officers for the post in order.

When naming the new post, organizers would also take suggestions for local soldiers killed while fighting in a foreign war.

Anyone interested in helping form the post, suggesting a lost soldier to name the building after or able to donate money for the building should contact Smith at (972) 617-6985 or (469) 235-5347.

Chamber auction

The Red Oak Area Chamber will host its auction at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Red Oak Municipal Building. This year’s theme is “Moonlight Serenade”.

Call (972) 617-0906.


information fair

Red Oak ISD is holding a community-wide health and information fair Saturday, April 12, 2008, in conjunction with the Education Foundation’s Gerry Ann North Walk/5K for Education at Red Oak Elementary School. Tables are provided, but tabletop displays, handouts, freebies are recommended.

The school is located at 200 Valley Ridge Drive. Contact Cindy Dooly at (469) 437-2537.

North Ellis County Outreach

The North Ellis County Outreach is now accepting holiday mailboxes for the Thanksgiving holiday to give to those families in need. Needed foods include frozen turkey, ham, or chicken, stuffing mix, dry potatoes, canned or dry gravy mix, cranberry sauce, two cans of salt-free green beans, two cans of salt-free corn, evaporated or dry milk, dinner rolls or cornbread mix, pie crust mix and pie filling. Foods can be dropped off the dates of Oct. 29 through Nov. 19 at 102 Waller St. in Red Oak. For more information, call (972) 617-7261.

Citizen’s Police Academy

The Red Oak Police Department will sponsor a Citizen's Police Academy organized by Detective Maggie McBride.

Citizens of Red Oak or those who work in the city of Red Oak are eligible to attend. Those planning to attend must be over 21 years of age, posses a valid Texas drivers license and successfully complete a background investigation.

The Citizen’s Police Academy classes will cover subjects such as patrol operations, tactical operations, crime prevention, criminal investigation, firearm safety and more.

The classes will be in intervals of two-hour courses once a week for five weeks. Start date is to be announced. Those interested in applying for the Citizen’s Police Academy can download applications from the city of Red Oak Web site, www.redoaktx.org. Click on the “Departments” tab at the top of the screen, go to the police department link and the link for the police application will be listed under the Police Menu tab.

For more information regarding the Citizens Police Academy, contact Detective McBride at (972) 617-7632 or email mmcbride@redoaktx.org.

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 that can speak English and Spanish.

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

Free informational sessions

Training Academy for Dental Assistants LLC in Ferris will hold free informational sessions at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Call (972) 842-2999.

MS Warriors

The MS Warriors, a multiple sclerosis support group, meets from 10 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of the month at the Waxahachie Bible Church, located at 621 N. Grand.

For more information on the MS Warriors, contact Sherri Valentine at (972) 617-7436, or visit the Web site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MS_Warriors.

Preschool story hour

The Red Oak Public Library hosts preschool story hour the second and third Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m.-noon.

The program is co-sponsored by the Red Oak Fire Department.

For more information, call the library at (469) 218-1230. The library is located in the Red Oak Municipal Building at 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak.

Volunteers needed

The Red Oak Health and Rehabilitation Center is looking for volunteers to visit and provide services to the 145 residents. Volunteers may offer a variety of services, including: helping with nail care, delivering mail to residents, reading to residents, playing piano in the dining room, playing games, giving musical performance, sending birthday cards, helping with fundraisers, giving pet therapy visits, helping with decorating halls.

Potential volunteers should contact Dana Rodes, activity director, at (469) 552-0500 or at drodes@scc-texas.com.

Clients needed for Assistance Dogs

The Assistance Dogs of Texas, a local, non-profit 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, retrieval of items such as canes, phones and other objects, etc. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a wonderful, helping companion, please call Cindy Roberts at (972) 617-3136 or e-mail bcrockett1@worldnet.att.net.

Free informational sessions

Training Academy for Dental Assistants LLC in Ferris will hold free informational sessions at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Call (972) 842-2999.

Ellis County Cruising meeting

Owners of 1970 or older automobiles are invited to join the Ellis County Cruising Association at its meetings, the second 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 Norma Epstein at normaepstein@yahoo.com or call (972) 217-1579 before 9 p.m.

Red Oak 4-H

The Red Oak 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the First United Methodist Church of Red Oak.

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., #E, Waxahachie. For more information, call (972) 938-7900.

55 Plus Alive Group

The 55 Plus Alive Group of the Greater New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is continuing and is organizing an independent Community 55 Plus Alive Group. The group will meet at 500 Wyatt St., each first and third Thursday at 10 a.m.

There will be 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.

Hospice volunteers needed

Training provided for caring volunteers throughout northern Ellis County and the southern Metroplex area who want to assist in providing support to families affected by life-limiting illness. Contact Angela D. Chatham at (214) 938-6941 or (214) 343-7900.

DeSoto Art League

The DeSoto Art League meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday September through May at DeSoto Presbyterian Church at 212 W. Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto.

For more information, contact Connie Tilden at (972) 576-8190.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NAMI support group to meet

The NAMI Ellis County peer support group meets every Friday at 2 p.m. at Adapt in Waxahachie. Call (972) 937-3762 for more information.

Radio club meeting

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club meets the third Thursday of each month at the Waxahachie Fire Department training room, 407 Water St., at 7:30 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. Anyone wanting additional information about the club and amateur radio licensing is welcome to attend.

Visit the club Web site at http://wd5ddh.

Shot clinic

Childhood and adult immunizations continue to be offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Come by the clinic at 3001 S. Washington (U.S. Highway 34) in Kaufman or call (972) 932-2038 for the location of a nearby clinic. Services provided on a sliding scale. The office is bilingual.

Art association meeting

The Ellis County Art Association general meeting is 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.

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.

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.”

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.