Senior citizens dance

There will be a senior citizens dance from 8 p.m.-midnight New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, at the Optimist building, 209 Patrick St. There will be black-eyed peas and cornbread and tickets will be $11 each. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night with the grand prize to be $100.

For ticket information, call Dave Eder at 972-921-1333 or the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center at 972-937-1784.

Calendars being collected

The City Federation of women’s clubs in Waxahachie is collecting calendars for patients at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Anyone with extra calendars can drop them off in a box inside the front door at the Waxahachie Daily Light, 200 W. Marvin.

Flu shots

Hope Clinic is offering flu shots to the public for $12 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Shots for babies to adults are now available.

Flu shots also are available at the nurse’s office at Waxahachie Junior High School during school hours Monday-Friday. Shots are $20.

Pinch pots

Nicholas P. Sims Library junior teens, ages 11-12, are making pinch pots from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

“Experience the properties of clay and create a pot with your own hands,” a spokesman said, noting the teens will complete the project from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Snacks are provided for both sessions.

Clay Hand Building Projects

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, are making clay projects from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

“Using potter’s clay, teens will create various projects while visiting with friends,” a spokesman said, noting teens will complete the project from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Snacks are provided for both sessions.

Auditions

Ennis Public Theatre will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, for its next production, “Proposals,” by Neil Simon.

Casting needs include two women, ages 18-27; three men, ages 18-27; one woman, age 40-58; one man age 45-58; one African-American man, age 44-58; and one African-American woman, age 38-55.

The show will run Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 1-23, with a 2:30 matinee Sunday, Feb. 24.

The theatre is located at 2705C N. Kaufman, Ennis. For more information, call 972-878-7529.

GED, ESL and literacy classes

Interested in preparing for the GED test, learning English as a second language or want to learn how to read or write? The Navarro College Adult Education program can help.

Free GED, ESL and literacy classes are offered in Corsicana, Ennis,

Fairfield, Ferris, Mexia, Midlothian, Red Oak and Waxahachie. Day and evening classes are available. Educational materials will be provided.

The first registration date for spring classes will be Jan. 7.  

To obtain a schedule or request additional information, contact the Department of Adult Education at (903) 875-7464 or 7460.

Oversight committee

The Ellis County Bond Oversight Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in the second floor courtroom of the Ellis County Courthouse. The committee reviews progress on the county’s facilities projects, including the courts and administration building and the jail addition.

For more information, call 972-825-5000.

Sims Library family movie night

Nicholas P. Sims Library will hold its family movie night from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. The movie will feature Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, with the storyline about the Wildcats’ return to prepare for a local talent show in this high energy musical. Admission is free.

Master Gardener training

Applications are now available for the 2008 Master Gardener Training program. The time commitment is from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of February. Trainees also will be asked to complete 75 hours of volunteer service before graduating.

Application forms are available on the Ellis County Master Gardener’s Web site at www.ECMGA.com or by calling 972-825-5175. Tuition for the program is $100. Deadline for application is Jan. 11.

Blood drive in Ennis

The Ennis Masonic Lodge will host a blood drive in cooperation with Carter BloodCare Center at Wal-Mart from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

“The Masonic blood drives are one of the biggest contributors to the supply of blood in the North Texas area,” a spokesman said. “The donations received also benefit the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. We encourage everyone to come out and give the gift of life.”  

For appointment times, call Ken Hackney at 214-395-1856 or just show up.  

“Your help and contributions are appreciated,” the spokesman said.

Computer class

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer an introduction to the Internet class from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 12. The class is open to anyone who has a library card at Sims, with pre-registration required. The class is limited to eight students and will be held in the reference room in the basement.

Call 972-937-2671 to register or stop by the library.

Nature Exchange Program

Pettigrew Academy will host the Dallas Zoo Nature Exchange Program from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 12, at 806 E. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie.

The event is free and open to the public. Children are invited to bring their nature items to trade, such as rocks, fossils, pressed leaves, flowers or any other nature-related item.

“Get points for your items and start your own account,” a spokesman said. “Spend the points in your account to take home a new treasure from nature.”

The event will include special snowflake and ice activities, along with food, games and crafts.

The same day, the academy also will offer a parenting class featuring inexpensive Montessori activities for preschoolers from 2-3:30 p.m. and an open house from 6-8.

Call 972-923-1633 to reserve a spot in the parenting class.

Free activity director course

Gardendale Hospice in Corsicana will sponsor a free long-term care activity director course to the first 20 applicants. This opportunity is open to any interested party. Upon completion of the course, applicants will be qualified to be an activity director in a long-term care facility.

An informational workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Gardendale Hospice, 753 W. 2nd Ave., Corsicana. Those interested must RSVP before the workshop to reserve a seat at 903-874-3232 or toll-free 888-580-3232.

Teen book club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s teen book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

“If you love to read and enjoy talking about books this is the place to be,” a spokesman said. The program is for ages 11-18.

Teen movie Saturday

Teen movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the meeting room.  This month’s movie stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood and Jason Biggs.

“Inspired by a true story, this action adventure takes place in the extreme wilderness of Antarctica,” a spokesman said. “Three members of an expedition are forced to leave behind their beloved group of sled dogs due to a sudden accident and perilous weather conditions. The expedition leader vows to return to rescue the brave and determined canines. Come enjoy popcorn and a movie at the library.”

DEAR Day

Waxahachie ISD will hold its 11th annual Drop Everything and Read Day on Friday, Jan. 25.

Volunteer readers are needed to read for about 15 minutes to grades pre-kindergarten to eighth. Sign up for 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. reading times.

Donations of books and or money (suggested $10 donation) are welcomed.

For more information, call the Partners in Education office at 972-923-4631, ext. 142, or stop by the administration office, 411 N. Gibson St.

In the event of inclement weather, DEAR Day will be held Friday, Feb. 1.

Children’s party

Ages 2-10 are invited to the “Think Snow” children’s party at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.  

“Join us for stories, crafts and a special film about snow,” a spokesman said.

Chili cook-off and dance

The seventh annual Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center chili cook-off and barn dance will be held Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3, at the Ellis County Expo Center.

The event features CASI-sanctioned chili cook-offs all three days, with junior, novice and bean competition also on Saturday. A celebrity mechanical bull-riding competition is Friday-Saturday, with a silent auction Saturday.

For more information about sponsorships, donations, judging and volunteer opportunities, contact the center at 972-937-1870.

Seed and seedling programs

The Ellis-Prairie Soil and Water Conservation District is offering several programs for the community.

The wildflower seed program offers two mixes and bluebonnet seeds, with 1-pound packages available.

The seedling tree program offers several evergreen and hardwood species available for conservation plantings. The deadline for seedling orders is Feb. 7.

Another program offers grass, legume and forb seeds for permanent pasture establishment, overseeding of existing pastures and wildlife food plots.

For more information, contact the district office at 1822 Farm-to-Market 66, Suite 102, Waxahachie or call 972-937-2660, ext. 3.

Ennis Czech Music Festival

The Czech polka bands of Ennis invite the public to the annual Ennis Czech Music Festival from 2-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sokol Activity Center, 2622 E. State Highway 34, Ennis.

“Listen and dance to five bands,” a spokesman said.  “The kitchen will be open if you get hungry, so come on out and let’s party. This is a great way to extend your support and appreciation for Czech music and heritage.”

Bands and times include Ennis Czech Boys at 2 p.m., Jak Se Do at 4, Harvesters at 6, Jodie Mikula Orchestra at 8 and Czech and Then Some at 10.

The cost is $5 per person, with children ages 14 and younger admitted free. Dress is casual, but Czech costumes (kroj) are welcome.

For more information, listen to the Sunday Morning Polka Show from 9-10:50 a.m. Sundays on KBEC 1390 or visit online at www.KBEC.com.

Hidden Miracles fundraiser

Hidden Miracles Ministry is hosting a fundraiser to raise funds to purchase equipment for its Respite Night program. The fundraiser will consist of raffling off tickets to win a custom room mural by local artist Jamie Kelly. The winner will pick the theme. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5 and are available at the Waxahachie Daily Light office. The drawing will be held Feb. 14 and the winner does not need to be present to win.

The winner must be the homeowner or have written permission from landlord.

For more information, call 972-937-6255 or e-mail hiddenmiracles@sbcglobal.net.

Magic show

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County presents an evening with Carson Entertainment on Saturday, March 1.

The evening will include grand illusions, exotic animals, audience participation and comedy magic.

“Help support our children,” a spokesman said. “Come experience the art of imagination. One-hundred percent of all ticket sales support CASA.”

The event will be staged at Shaffer Full Life Center Auditorium on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7.

Carson Entertainment has been voted Las Vegas’ No. 1 family attraction for two years running.

For tickets call, 972-923-9468 or e-mail jan@trinityrisk.com.

Meals-on-Wheels barbecue benefit

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will hold its annual barbecue benefit at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Loma Linda event pavilion in Rockett. Prizes, entertainment, food and fun will be offered. For more information, call 972-351-9943 or visit online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Reins of Life

Reins of Life and Lone Star Paralyzed Veterans of America are giving away an M3 BMW. Raffle tickets are $10 each and a limited number of tickets will be sold. The winner will be drawn at 3 p.m. April 19 at 3925 Forest Lane in Garland.

The car is a 1998 M3 BMW that has been completely restored. It has 45,000 original miles, a convertible soft top, 15-inch chrome wheels, GPS system, Alpine stereo system and an electronic ignition.

To view the car, stop by Vintage Bank from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

For more information, call 972-923-9045.