Bethlehem Revisited auditions

Interviews and auditions for Bethlehem Revisited will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. In order to participate, you must attend all rehearsals and performances, take part in costume preparation and script memorization and be committed to producing a quality show.

Open positions needing audition include a physician’s apprentice, Joseph, roaming characters and a musical group. Open positions to be filled by interview include shepherd’s camp adult, girls age 10-15 for dyer/weaver huts and grape stompers, Herod’s entourage members, families to man empty huts with a trade or skill and individual adults.

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.

Simply September

Make reservations by Sunday, Sept. 16, for the “Simply September” luncheon to be held by the Christian Woman’s Connection, in affiliation with Stonecroft Ministries, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Waxahachie Country Club.

Speaker for the month is Kim Mikeal, former sales executive, scuba diver, aerobics instructor, scrapbook enthusiast and mother of two. Her theme for the day is “Things Are Not Always What They Seem.”

Feature will be “September Serenades” with Ed Gipson, minister of music at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

The cost of the luncheon is $13 and is all-inclusive. Nursery vouchers are available when making reservations. To make a reservation or for more information, call (972) 923-1881 or (972) 937-9984 or e-mail windchime@charter.net.

Reins of Life classes

Reins of Life’s next class will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the riding arena. This will be the third session for this year and will continue every other Tuesday.

Volunteers are asked to be at the arena by 6:15 and the tack team is asked to be there by 5:45. The class will begin by 6:30. Riders are asked to reserve in advance. For more information, call (972) 923-9045. The arena is located at 1107 Lone Elm Road in Waxahachie.

Mentors needed

The WISD and Big Brothers Big Sisters need volunteers to serve as a Big Brother or Big Sister and spend one class period (usually lunch) each week with their assigned student.

Interested volunteers should contact Melissa Cobb at mcobb@wisd.org or (972) 923-4631, ext. 142, or Diana Phillips at dphillips@bbbsnt.org or (888) 887-2447, ext. 228, to sign up.

Air Force musicians to perform

Gateway Brass, from the United States Air Force Band of the West, will present a free community concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.

The performance is free of charge and open to the community.

Gateway Brass represents the U.S. Air Force by performing music for formal military ceremonies, educational clinics and public concerts. At every performance they offer the audience a wide range of musical styles.

Gateway Brass members hold degrees from universities across the nation and have vast experience performing with some of the finest ensembles and musicians in the world. The group performs more than 100 concerts annually throughout the Southwest.

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.

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

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.

Freedom Fund Banquet

The Waxahachie branch of NAACP will hold its 23rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth age 13 and younger. Each table seats eight guests and businesses are encouraged to purchase a table, place an ad in the souvenir booklet and or make a donation.

For more information, call (972) 937-2077.

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.

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.

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.

Faith Promise Gala

RSVP by Sept. 5 to attend the Ovilla Christian School’s Faith Promise Gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas. Adults only, with semi-formal attire requested. Entertainment will be by Dennis Swanberg, “America’s Minister of Encouragement.”

Reservations are required for this fund-raiser. Tickets are $25.

Call (972) 617-1177, ext. 714, for more information.

‘Art Rocks’ at Anderson Gallery

The community is invited to attend a special art show and reception, “Art Rocks,” at the Anderson Gallery, located in the Ellis County Art Association Fine Art Center.

The event is set for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, with a 1950s themed wine and cheese reception at the gallery, which is located on the lower level of the center, 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

Organizers are describing the event as a “far out artistic trip through the ’50s and ’60s.”

“There is hardly a facet of our present day lives that isn’t influenced by the powerful impact of these two decades,” a spokesman said. “Together, the ‘Boppers’ of the ’50s and the ‘Flower Children’ of the’60s changed the cultural climate in the United States and the world and are now our neighbors, politicians, clergy, teachers and CEOs.”

For more information, visit the association’s Web site at www.EllisCountyArt.net, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or call (972) 937-3414.

Genealogical seminar

The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will host a seminar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, 1233 N. Beltline Road, Mesquite, with a dutch treat lunch break from noon-1:30 p.m.

Topics of interest include researching Native American ancestries and reading old handwriting.

Advance registration is $25. Make check payable to Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society and mail to MHGS, P.O. Box 850165, Mesquite, TX 75185-0165.

Walk-in registration is $30. For more information, visit online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmhgs/page1.htm.

Reassembly Luncheon

All women of the community and women’s club members are invited to attend the Reassembly Luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Woman’s Building, 407 W. Jefferson St., Waxahachie.

Clubs include the Shakespeare, Century, DAR, Gingerbread Homemakers, Mothers and Garden. PJ Searsy will present the program, a dramatic presentation of “The Real Thing.”

Tickets are $12.50 each. Mail checks to Shawnee Harding, 200 Overhill Drive, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

College Day

High school students and their parents are invited to attend College Day at Palmer High School from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17. Several universities, colleges and tech schools from across the United States will be in attendance.

For more information, call school counselors Jackie Ivison-Minchew and Rhonda Gradberg at (972) 449-3487.

Oktoberfest

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.

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.

Freedom Fund Banquet

The Waxahachie branch of NAACP will hold its 23rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth age 13 and younger.

For more information, call (972) 937-2077.

Annual chamber auction

The 2007 Waxahachie Annual Chamber Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

For more information, call (972) 937-2390.

Midlothian Fall Festival

The Midlothian Fall Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on George Hopper Road. Activities include arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and martial arts demonstrations.

Other events include the chamber’s 5K race.

For more information, call the chamber at (972) 723-8600 or e-mail info@midlothianchamber.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.

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.