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.

Aggie Moms

The Ellis County Aggie Moms invite all Ellis County mothers of Aggies to their monthly meeting at First United Methodist Church banquet hall, 505 W Marvin, in Waxahachie, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Membership and attendance at any Ellis County Aggie Mom’s function gets one’s name in for a drawing for a book scholarship. The group will play Aggie Bingo, share Aggie brags and enjoy refreshments. For more information, contact president Debbie Higginbotham at 972-923-3933.

Thanksgiving dinner

The College Street Church of Christ invites the community to join its members for the 16th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone in the community that does not have family in town or does not have other plans is encourages to attend. This year’s dinner will consist of turkey and dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes and many other traditional sides as well as great deserts including pumpkin pie. Shut-ins who may not be able to come may call for a meal to be delivered to their home.

“We are always thrilled to host this annual dinner to show our love and care to the people of our community,” a spokesman said. “Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for people to be together and join in fellowship with each other. This gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy a great time together and is just one small way we can give back to the community.” The dinner will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

For more information on this or any other programs and or ministries of the College Street Church of Christ, or to request a meal to be delivered (limit five per home), call 972-937-8855 or 972-938-8855.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:50 p.m. Nov. 24. This month’s feature stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. In this third installment of the Spider-Man trilogy, Peter Parker has managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. When his suit suddenly turns black and enhances his power, it brings out a vengeful side that he must struggle to control while battling two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom. This movie is rated PG-13.

“Enjoy popcorn and a movie on the big screen,” a spokesman said. “As with all library programs, this movie is free of charge.”

Vendors, entertainers, sponsors needed

The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association will host its second annual Downtown Victorian Christmas Festival this year Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 around the historic courthouse square.

The association is looking for Victorian-themed vendors, entertainers and sponsors that are interested in being a part of this holiday family favorite event.

For more information on these opportunities, contact Virginia Sevier at 972-938-3352 or virgsevier@sbcglobal.net.

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

Friends of Sims Library

The Friends of Sims Library service organization will meet at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room on Nov. 26. All interested in helping promote the library and assist the library staff with their many community services and functions are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call the library for additional information.

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 Shirley Hedgepeth at 972-366-3110.

Christmas Market

The Waxahachie Junior Service League is now accepting applications for the annual Christmas Market to be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. For more information, call Jennifer Pope at 972-935-0255.

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.

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.

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.

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.