Pre-kindergarten roundup

Marvin Elementary will hold its pre-kindergarten and Head Start roundup for 4-year-olds starting at 9 a.m. Monday, July 30, at Marvin Elementary. For more information, contact the school at (972) 923-4678.

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.

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.

Komen Foundation fund-raiser

A Texans Against Breast Cancer planning meeting to participate in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s Passionately Pink for the Cure fund-raiser will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at First Methodist Church in Midlothian.

Participants need only to wear pink Oct. 19 and donate $5.

“We are recruiting individuals to help plan the event and teams of individuals to participate in the event,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call Marsha Davidson at (214) 878-4350.

‘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.

Community dance

Ellis County 4-H will sponsor a dance at the Ellis County Expo Center from 7-11 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Cover charge is $5. The public is invited.

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.

Coalition of Senior Partners

The Coalition of Senior Partners will meet at 5 p.m. July 27 at South Prong Baptist Church to hear Irish singer Pat Moriarity. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information, call Leo Shumacher at (972) 923-2623.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 8 p.m. Friday, July 27. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

Sims summer reading deadline

All reading logs for the children’s summer reading club at Nicholas P. Sims Library must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28. No logs will be accepted after this date for free circus and carnival tickets or other prizes. The program portion will continue Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. through Aug. 2.

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.

Friends of the Library to meet

The Friends of Sims Library will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, in the meeting room.

“Anyone interested in helping support and promote our wonderful library is invited and encouraged to attend,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call the library at (972) 937-2671.

Immunization clinics

Ellis County WIC will hold immunization clinics for the upcoming school year.

A clinic will be held from 7-11:30 a.m. and 1-5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the Waxahachie office, 110 Amanda Lane. For more information, call (972) 937-4777.

A clinic will be held from 7-11:30 a.m. and 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the Ennis office, 2604 N. Kaufman No. C. For more information, call (972) 875-0285.

The shots are no charge for WIC participants. All others are $14.85 for the first immunization and $20 for two or more. All children receiving immunizations will be required to have a current immunization record. Immunizations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Meet and greet

All eldercare community administrators, directors and social workers are invited to a meet and greet with Amy Durham, new manager of family services for the Alzheimer’s Association from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (214) 878-0990.

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.

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.

After Hours Improv workshop

Nicholas P. Sims Library and After Hours Improv are teaming up to offer the youth of Waxahachie an opportunity to learn the art of improvisational comedy. The next workshop will be for kids ages 11-12 from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. The workshop focuses on working as a team, confidence building and the basics of improvisational comedy. Contact the library at (972) 937-2671 for more information.

Blood drive

Waxahachie Rotary Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive through Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Waxahachie Civic Center parking lot at the Carter Blood Mobile. Donors are urgently needed. Call Peggy Spalding at (972) 938-7345 to sign up.

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.

Homeschool information session

The Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization is hosting a question and answer session on homeschooling at 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

The session is for those considering homeschooling, new homeschoolers and experienced homeschoolers. Those interested can e-mail questions prior to the session to eccho@peoplepc.com or call (972) 775-8968.

The session will be held at Church of Christ, 2633 Ovilla Road, Red Oak. Exit Ovilla Road off of Interstate 35E, go west about one mile and turn left at Uhl Road. The church is on the southeast corner of Ovilla and Uhl roads.

Historic Waxahachie workday

As part of the continuing restoration of the calaboose and Wyatt house, Historic Waxahachie has scheduled a workday from 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 4. During the morning, volunteers will finish painting both buildings and help with general cleanup of the site. The calaboose and Wyatt house are located on North College Street across from the Waxahachie Police Department and next to the railroad tracks. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome and snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information, call Brad Yates at (214) 908-9009.

Book signing

Marilyn McLeod of Waxahachie will hold a book signing from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 4 at Hastings in Waxahachie.

McLeod has authored “Miracles Today???” which is a non-fiction inspirational book of answered prayers during her lifetime.

“My prayer is that ‘Miracles Today???’ will help Christians have a closer walk with God and will create a desire in non-Christians to have Jesus in their lives,” she said.

A widow, McLeod, 78, grew up in Minnesota and moved to Texas in 1953. She lived in Dallas for 47 years and moved to Waxahachie in 2000. She has four children, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

“Miracles Today???” is published by Publish America.

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, on the courthouse square in downtown Waxahachie.

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.

Barton town hall meeting

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, will hold a town hall meeting with residents to hear about issues that are important to them.

Barton will begin the meetings with an update on his priorities and activities in Washington, D.C., and will then open the floor to questions. The congressman invites all residents of the Sixth District to attend.

In Ellis County, the meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Waxahachie City Hall, 401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

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.

Bereavement luncheon

The Visiting Nurse Association will host its quarterly bereavement luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at First United Methodist Church on 208 S. Houston St. in Kaufman.

Clayton McCord, VNA hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator, will speak on “How Do I Know If I’m

Getting Better?” A catered lunch will be provided at no charge.

Call (972) 962-7500 or 1-800-345-0576 to make a reservation to attend.

Caregiver class

The Alzheimer’s Association will offer a caregiver class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Baylorworx, 507 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie. To register, call 1-800-272-3900.

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.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

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.

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.

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.

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.