Small Creations enrolling

Small Creations Development Center, 200 Parks School House Road, is enrolling for the fall. Age-appropriate programs and services are offered for ages 4 months through 12.

For more information, call (469) 245-7396.

Free immunization clinic

A free immunization clinic is offered from 4:30-6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Waxahachie Junior High School for children through age 18. Children should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and bring their immunization records or a note from a teacher requesting the needed immunizations.

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.

Junior high orientation packages

Orientation packages have been mailed for Waxahachie Junior High and any student who has not received one can pick one up Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Students should report as follows for orientation (alphabet is for the last name).

Seventh-grade orientation is Wednesday, Aug. 15: A-H 9-10 a.m., I-O 10-11 a.m. and P-Z 11 a.m.-noon.

Eighth-grade orientation is Thursday, Aug. 16: A-H 9-10 a.m., I-O 10-11 a.m. and P-Z 11 a.m.-noon.

“Please make sure that you bring your proof of residence when you come for orientation along with your orientation package,” a spokesman said.

Senior center dance

Dave Eder and the Final Showdown Band will be the featured entertainment at a dance sponsored by the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the center, 219 Patrick St. Admission is $4; there will be a break for refreshments. The public is invited.

Wellness program

Midlothian Imaging Center, part of Charlton Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, is offering free health and wellness seminars and events for the community.

“Look Good, Feel Better” will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. This is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is for women who are undergoing cancer treatments. The program is a makeup and skin care workshop by a licensed cosmetologist and includes a complimentary makeup kit, wigs and hats.

For more information or to sign up, call toll free at 1 (866) 483-3922.

Senior citizens meeting

GlennHeights senior citizens will have a meeting from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the DeSoto Elks Lodge, 1316 S. Hampton Road.

This month, Kelly Campbell with TXU will provide tips on energy efficiency.

Barbara Albright with Barbara’s Dance Studio who will lead and instruct the group on the latest line dancing steps. Albright holds a world title in the Classic Gold Intermediate Line Dance Championship given by the United Council of Country Western Dancers. She is a director of that organization and is the co-director of the Texas Line Dance Jamboree.

This event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call (972) 223-1690, ext. 215.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. This month’s discussion is on “Tomorrow, When the War Began” by John Marsden.

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.

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.

Coffee club

The Ellis County Democratic Men’s Coffee Club meets from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at 215 E. Main St. in Waxahachie. Everyone is welcome, and newcomers especially are invited to drop in for coffee and doughnuts, not to mention lively and informal conversation. There is no charge, and no reservation is required.

For more information, call Larry Harris at (972) 938-3090.

Horse show fund-raiser

The Ellis County Equine Youth Association invites all area horse kids to participate in the ECEYA Fund-raiser Horse Show on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy.

The show begins at 9 a.m. and includes halter, western, English, over fences, leadline and speed events.

Proceeds from the show help the youth group to pay for year-end awards and a field trip.

“As a schooling show, this is a great place for inexperienced youth to show or run speed events as a beginner,” a spokesman said. “Formal show clothes are not required; however, boots or proper riding shoes are a requirement.”

The cost of the show is $6 per event or $35 to ride all day.

Ribbons will be awarded through sixth place in all events. Local sponsors have also donated prizes that will be awarded randomly through a drawing of all participants and first place winners.

Flying Dollar Ranch is located at 230 Chambers Drive, off of U.S. Highway 77 between Forreston and Italy. There will be a concession stand and restrooms available. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs.

Call Julie Hinz at (972) 483-7774 for more information.

Fund-raiser for Justin Mitchell

First Baptist Church of Avalon will host a benefit concert/Mexican food dinner to raise money to cover the medical expenses of former Ellis County deputy Justin Mitchell at First Christian Church Christian Life Center, 1109 Brown St., from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Mitchell and his sons will soon need to travel to the Dumont UCLA Transplant Center in California where he will undergo an intestinal transplant.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6 and older. Children younger than age of 6 eat for free. Ticket prices include the meal, drink, dessert and concert.

Musical entertainment will include local musician Casey Needham as well as Houston group Branded Duo.

To make a donation in Mitchell’s name, contact Vintage Bank, 300 Highway 77N, (972) 935-5200.

For more information about the benefit, contact Melissa Gill at (972) 483-6156.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and continues through Oct. 27. The market is located at the south end of the Ellis County Courthouse on Franklin Street between Rogers and College. Vendors have fresh vegetables and fruits, plants, crafts and wares for purchase. Smoothies and other refreshments are also available. Master Gardeners are on site every week to answer agricultural questions.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 18. This month’s feature movie stars Ice Cube and Nia Long in this follow up to “Are We There Yet?”

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. The movie is rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

The Lions Club will be on hand to provide refreshments. Members will sell popcorn, snow cones and water.

“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.

Project Graduation

Project Graduation will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, in the high school cafeteria. All interested senior parents are invited to attend and start planning the safe, alcohol-free all-night party for the graduating class of 2008.

‘The Music Man’ auditions

Auditions for Waxahachie Community Theatre’s presentation of “The Music Man” will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, for children ages 8-14. Adults, ages 15 and up, may audition at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28.

Call backs will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the same location. Auditions will be conducted at Red Oak ‘s First United Methodist Church, 600 Red Oak Road, and the first few weeks of rehearsal, beginning Sept. 10, will be at that location.

The cast then moves to the Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie for the final month of preparation. Show dates are Oct. 26-28 in the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park.

There will be a pianist present at auditions. Those auditioning are asked to bring sheet music and prepare one verse and chorus of any song. They may also use a recorded music track but must bring their own CD player. There will be cold readings from the script and all parts are open.

A large chorus of males and females is needed as well as teens who can sing and dance. Volunteers to assist with set construction and painting, costuming, prop gathering and other tasks are always welcomed.

Call PJ Searsy at (972) 723-6976 for more information or visit the theatre’s Web site at www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com.

A large chorus of males and females is needed as well as teens who can sing and dance. Volunteers to assist with set construction and painting, costuming, prop gathering and other tasks are always welcomed.

Call PJ Searsy at (972) 723-6976 for more information or visit the theatre’s Web site at www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com.

Ellis County Early Childhood PTA

Ellis County Early Childhood PTA will hold its annual Popsicles in the Park event at 3 p.m. Aug. 29 at Getzendaner Park.

Membership is open to parents, expectant parents, grandparents and guardians of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Activities include opportunities to socialize and programs.

For more information, e-mail ECECPTAmembership@hotmail.com.

United Way campaign kick-off

The annual community wide campaign kick-off for the United Way of West Ellis County is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The Waxahachie Rotary Club will host the kick-off, with the community invited to attend.

For more information on the United Way of West Ellis County or to make a donation, contact executive director Richard Norman at (972) 723-9280.

Zooniversity

Zooniversity is coming back to Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, with a program for adults ages 18 and older. The program will be held in the meeting room on first floor of library.

Zooniversity is a traveling wildlife education company that introduces adults to the world of exotic animals through more than 600 zoology enrichment classes, stage shows and exhibits each year. Zooniversity is privately owned, fully insured and federally licensed by the USDA.

Those wanting to attend are asked to sign up at the front desk or call (972) 937-2671 as seating is limited.

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.

Trail ride

The Waxahachie Steppers will host their first trail ride Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at 305 S. Oak Branch Road, Waxahachie.

The gate opens at 2 p.m. Friday, with a fish fry and campout. The Saturday gate opens at 9 a.m., with the trail ride at 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person, with children younger than age 10 admitted free.

Activities include cards, dominoes, dance contest, bounce house and entertainment by a live disc jockey. Food and drinks will be sold

For more information, call Micheal West at (972) 921-2816, Cherry McKenzie at (972) 921-0144 or Joplin West at (214) 205-1813.

No dirt bikes or four-wheelers allowed. The event is not responsible for accidents.

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.

SeptemberFest

Common Ground Ministries is hosting its first SeptemberFest picnic at 604 E. Parks from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 8 for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun. There will be a live remote by KBEC, barbecue and all the fixings, cakewalks and live entertainment. Tickets are $5 and children younger than age 10 eat free.

For more information, call Common Ground Ministries at (972) 923-2224.

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.

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.

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.