WISD bands plan holiday concerts

With the holiday season upon us, the WISD band program has announced its schedule of holiday concerts for the community.

“The community has always been extremely supportive of our band program and this is one of the ways we can show our appreciation for all of their support,” said Rich Armstrong, WISD director of bands.

All concerts will be held at the WHS Fine Arts Center and will begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge. The holiday concert series includes:

Thursday, Nov. 29 — WHS Jazz Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 11 — The Waxahachie Junior High School Band Holiday Concert

Thursday, Dec. 13 — Waxahachie High School Band Holiday Concert

Saturday, Dec. 15 — All Region Jazz Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 18 — Turner Middle School Band Holiday Concert

The WHS band will also march in the Waxahachie Christmas Parade on Dec. 1.

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.

Countdown to Christmas pictures

Photographs of children ages infant-5 years old are being accepted for the annual Countdown to Christmas presentation. The countdown runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day on Page 1 of the Daily Light, with all photos to be given to Sharon Rexrode at the Daily Light. Bring photos to the Daily Light, 200 W. Marvin, e-mail to sharon.rexrode@waxahachiedailylight.com or mail to P.O. Box 877, Waxahachie, TX 75168. First-come, first-served. All information must be printed and legible. The needed information is the child’s name, age and names of parents.

For more information, call Sharon Rexrode at (972) 937-3310.

Photographs with Santa Claus

The Waxahachie Mother’s Club will offer photographs for all ages with Santa Claus.

Santa will be available at the Christmas Market in the Waxahachie Civic Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa also will be at the Kids Store at JCPenney from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16.

The money raised through this project benefits children in the Waxahachie area.

Christmas past photos

Christmas past photographs return to the Daily Light beginning Friday, Nov. 23. Photographs of children celebrating Christmas in past years may be submitted to amy.burk@thedailylight.com or brought into the newspaper office, 200 W. Marvin St., Waxahachie. Ask for Amy Burk. Include the names and ages of the children in the photograph and the year the photograph was taken. The photos will run in the Looking Back portion of the records page on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call Amy Burk at 972-937-3310.

Downtown Victorian Christmas Festival

The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association continues its second annual Downtown Victorian Christmas Festival on Dec. 1-2 around the historic courthouse square. The annual Candlelight Tour of Homes will feature four houses again this weekend, with Bethlehemisited opening its doors Friday evening, continuing through Sunday.

For more information on the holiday events, visit www.waxahachiechamber.com or call 972-937-2390.

Christmas craft

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, are making Christmas ornaments and homemade Christmas cards from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. “Come join us for this fun craft,” a spokesman said. “Snacks are provided.”

Transportation forum

The Ellis County Commissioners Court will host a transportation forum at the Waxahachie Civic Center on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The forum, which will last about two hours, will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., with speakers commencing at about 7.

Ellis County is part of a metropolitan planning area that includes several counties. The guest speakers will discuss Ellis County’s role and the impact of regional transportation planning, including topics such as Loop 9, State Highway 360, future federal funding, rail and the Dallas Logistics Hub.

‘My Favorite Christmas’

The Ennis Public Theatre presents the comedy drama, “My Favorite Christmas,” by Bill Rhoten in performance at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 15. A Sunday matinee will be held at 2:30 Dec. 9 and 16, with a Monday show at 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

The storyline relates how the Osborn family gets a visit from Santa, but who’s really in that suit? Young Ben’s doubts about Santa are dispelled, while little sister Angela learns the real meaning of giving. Both experience a Christmas they will never forget.

The theatre is located at 2705C N. Kaufman St., Ennis. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $6 for student rush. For more information, call 972-878-PLAY or visit online at www.ennispublictheatre.com.

Avalon VFD

fund-raiser

The Avalon Volunteer Fire Department is holding a barbecue meal fund-raiser from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at its facility on State Highway 55.

Christmas on the Square

The annual Christmas on the Square, sponsored by the Venus Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa arrives at 2 p.m. for photographs. Activities include food along with arts and crafts vendors and entertainment. For booth information, call 972-366-3110.

Pancake breakfast

First Steps, the children’s ministry of First Baptist Church under the direction of Lea Sullivan, will have an angel pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the church’s Epton Hall.

“Angels will show up during the breakfast at 9:30 a.m.,” a spokesman said. “The public is invited to stop by for pancakes prior to the Christmas parade.”

Christmas Market

The Waxahachie Junior Service League is holding its annual Christmas Market from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The event offers unique gifts, photographs with Santa, door prizes and more. Admission is $5, with children ages 10 and younger admitted free.

For more information, call Jennifer Pope at 972-935-0255.

Santa at the library

Santa will be at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to visit and read with children. All library events are free admission.

Parents shopping night out

First Baptist Ovilla is providing safe childcare from 5-10 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.

“We will offer dinner and entertainment for your children while you get your shopping done,” a spokesman said, noting the charge is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child.

For more information, call 972-617-5717 or e-mail sean@fbovilla.org.

Light the Town

For the enjoyment of Maypearl residents and those passing through, the city of Maypearl will “Light the Town” by turning on all of the Christmas lights downtown Dec. 3.

First Tuesday Family Movie Night

Nicholas P. Sims Library invites the community to its First Tuesday Movie Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. December’s movie features Academy Award-winner Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Based on Charles Dickens’ tale, this holiday favorite also stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other Muppet characters. Free admission for this G-rated film.

Town hall meeting

The North Texas Behavioral health Authority will hold a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Ellis County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St., Waxahachie. The purpose of this public meeting is to get local planning input from consumers, providers, stakeholders and any other interested people in the community on mental health and chemical dependency services.

“Give us your input on what is working now, what can be improved, your community needs and any other ideas on improving our mental health and chemical dependency system of care,” a spokesman said.

Mammogram screenings

The Baylor Sammons Mobile Breast Imaging Center will be at the Waxahachie Wal-Mart from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call 214-820-1700 or for more information, call Sherry Fox at 214-820-8418.

Hidden Miracles seminar

Hidden Miracles is hosting a free seminar title, “The Day After: Planning for the Future of a Person with Lifetime Special Needs,” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Cowboy Church of Ellis Church. This seminar will focus on financial, estate and family/legal needs for special needs families with guest speaker Steven C. Rhatigan.

Topics will include planning protocol, Social Security and waiver programs, care plan, financial plan, letter of intent, transition plan and Legal.

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

Christmas stroll in Waxahachie

Calling all parade enthusiasts - there’s going to be a new event in town this holiday season. Waxahachie’s Downtown Victorian Christmas Festival is introducing a new night-time lighted Christmas stroll through downtown. Think of cool brisk weather, carolers, lights, bells and bows and one has the makings for a Victorian Christmas stroll to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

For information, contact Virginia Sevier at (972) 333-1653 or Dianne Banks at 972-937-3310, ext. 12.

Candlelight vigil

MADD Waxahachie will hold a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope for family members, friends and loved ones who have been killed or injured by drunk or impaired drivers from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Rogers Hotel, 103 E. Main St., Waxahachie.

Mammogram screenings

The Baylor Sammons Mobile Breast Imaging Center will be at CNB at Brookshire’s in Red Oak from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call 214-820-1700 or for more information, call Sherry Fox at 214-820-8418.

Christmas in Maypearl

Maypearl businesses will be open and giving away free items from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14. Residents are encouraged to bring a toy for the Angel Tree. Carriage rides and pictures with Santa will be available at the feed store.

GWRRA Toy Drive

Gold Wing Road Riders Association, chapter W-2, will host its annual toy drive from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Citizens National Bank.

New wrapped toys or cash will be accepted with all toys and proceeds benefiting local charities.

“This toy drive is to simply help the kids in Ellis County,” a spokesman said.

Christmas celebration

Inspiration Inc. is inviting the community to “come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Ennis Public Library.

The nonprofit group will present its adaptation of the popular “Charlie Brown Christmas” followed by Christmas carols, praise dance and more.

Admission is free, with canned goods accepted as a donation for Helping Hands of Ennis. Seated is limited, so people are encouraged to come early.

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.

Master Gardener training

Applications are now available for the 2008 Master Gardener Training program. Texas Master Gardeners are trained members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens.

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 from the Master Gardener program.

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.

Class size is limited and attendance is required at all sessions to complete the program. Deadline for application is Jan. 11.

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.

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.

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.servingthechildren ofyesterday.org.