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.

Gifted and talented

Maypearl ISD is accepting parent or community nominations for the gifted and talented program. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible. Request a nomination form from the child’s teacher or at the office. If a student is already accepted into the program, he or she does not have to be screened again.

For more information, call Glenn Keifer at (972) 435-1010 at the elementary/intermediate level and Debra Griffin at (972) 435-1020 for the junior high or high school level.

Booths available

Booths are available at the upcoming Midlothian Shopping Extravaganza, set for 9 a.m.-3 pm. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Midlothian Conference Center.

The event is sponsored by the Great Visions charter chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

A wide array of vendors and exhibitors are anticipated. Registration forms are available online at www.midlothianabwa.com or by calling Tami Tobey at (214) 208-7575.

Proceeds benefit professional development programs for area women.

Friends of Sims Library

The Friends of Sims Library service organization will meet at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room on Monday, Sept. 24. 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. Future meetings will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 26 at the library. Call the library for additional information.

Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education

The fall semester of Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education will begin Monday, Sept. 24. Classes will be available Monday and Thursday nights at Waxahachie High School in such areas as computer, conversational Spanish, welding, dance, art, cake decorating, crochet, knitting and identity theft prevention. ESL, GED, mystery shopper, dutch oven cooking, dog obedience, stained glass making, kids cooking, scrapbooking, gardening, holiday and many more also are offered.

The complete catalog may be viewed online at www.wisd.org or contact the WISD Community Education Office at (972) 923-4631. Catalogs are available and students may register at the administration building, 411 N. Gibson St.

Baylor Auxiliary

Baylor Auxiliary will have a fall luncheon at First

Baptist Church, located at the corner of North Rogers and McMillan streets in Waxahachie at 11 am. Tuesday, Sept. 25. There will be a short orientation meeting and new yearbooks will be distributed. Reservations are necessary.

Open house at the fire department

Waxahachie Fire Rescue and KBEC Radio will host a ceremony to welcome two new pieces of fire apparatus and an MDA fund-raiser at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the main fire station, 407 Water St.

Members of the fire department invite the community to attend as the two new apparatus - a new fire engine and new grass fire rig - are officially placed into service.

KBEC staff members also will attempt to raise money to “get out of jail” as part of an annual MDA fund-raiser.

Homecoming mums

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, will make homecoming mums from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

“Bring a friend for a fun time at the library,” a spokesman said. “Snacks will be served and, like all programs at Sims Library, there is no charge.”

Participants are asked to call the library to register at (972) 937-2671 so organizers know how many to plan for.

Taste of Ennis

Helping Hands of Ennis is holding its 15th annual Taste of Ennis from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 850 S. Interstate 45, Ennis. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For more information, call (972) 875-0218.

Fund-raiser music jamboree

Ellis Christian Women's Job Corps is sponsoring a fund-raiser music jamboree and silent auction to be held at Cowboy Church of Ellis County at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Performers who have donated their time and talent to help raise money are Fletcher Jowers, Suzanne Harris on the dulcimer, Lendell and Sean, the Walker Ladies Trio, 4 By Grace, In Hymn and Patrick & Kathy Bouldin's Bluegrass.

Freedom Fund Banquet

The Waxahachie branch of NAACP will hold its 23rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth age 13 and younger.

For more information, call (972) 937-2077.

Chautauqua Assembly

The eighth annual Chautauqua Assembly begins at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, continuing into the evening. Keynote speaker will be WFAA-TV meteorologist Steve McCauley, who will talk about wind as a weather phenomenon at 1 p.m.

This year’s theme, “Explore the Magic, Mystery and Power of the Wind,” is carried out through the day’s different presentations. A barbecue dinner will be available at 6 p.m., with the annual pie social benefiting Waxahachie CARE following dinner.

At 7 p.m., the Dallas Wind Symphony will present an authentic Sousa reenactment concert.

All-day tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for students. Evening-only tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door only.

For more information, call (972) 937-8887 or visit online at www.waxahachie.chautauqua.org.

Annual chamber auction

The 2007 Waxahachie Annual Chamber Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Tickets are $40 per person. The event includes dinner and silent and live auctions.

For more information, call (972) 937-2390 or visit www.waxahachiechamber.com

Pumpkin patch

St. Joseph Catholic Church will hold its “Great Pumpkin Patch” from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Prices range from $1-$10 for the pumpkins. Other activities include games, stories and free recipes. Proceeds benefit the church’s confirmation program. Visitors and photographers of all ages are invited to attend the event, which is open to the community.

For more information, call Christin Barnes, youth ministries, at (972) 938-1953 or e-mail sjpyouthministry@sbcglobal.net.

Donations needed

The Ellis County Art Association’s annual garage sale and “Off the Wall” art sale will take place Oct. 12-13 at the Ellis County Fine Arts Museum. All proceeds from the sale benefit the center.

For more information, call Priscilla Parker at (972) 937-8365 or Mayme Olson at (972) 617-0911.

Pink Ribbons and Hearts

The third annual Pink Ribbons and Hearts Luncheon Dinah Weable breast cancer survivors event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie. The luncheon is free to any breast cancer survivor.

Planning for the event is under way and event organizers are seeking sponsors. Various levels of sponsorship are available, ranging from $100 to $1,500. Make donation checks payable to Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivor Event and mail to P.O. Box U, Waxahachie, TX 75168.

For more information, contact Ray or Dinah Weable at (972) 938-3059 or Sherry Dyess at (972) 938-1181.

Bethlehem Revisited auditions

Interviews and auditions for Bethlehem Revisited will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. In order to participate, one must attend all rehearsals and performances, take part in costume preparation and script memorization and be committed to producing a quality show.

Open positions needing audition include a physician’s apprentice, Joseph, roaming characters and a musical group. Open positions to be filled by interview include shepherd’s camp adult, girls age 10-15 for dyer/weaver huts and grape stompers, Herod’s entourage members, families to man empty huts with a trade or skill and individual adults.

Those interested can contact Virginia Sevier at (972) 938-3352 or e-mail virgsevier@sbcglobal.net as soon as possible. An adult must accompany all children.

Memory Walk 2007

The annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 8:30. The walk begins at 9.

To start a team or make a donation, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at www.AlzDallas.org or call Dustin Holcomb at (214) 540-2411.

Midlothian Fall Festival

The Midlothian Fall Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on George Hopper Road. Activities include arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and martial arts demonstrations.

Other events include the chamber’s 5K race.

For more information, call the chamber at (972) 723-8600 or e-mail info@midlothianchamber.org.

Lord’s Acre Festival

Bethel United Methodist Church will hold its annual Lord’s Acre Festival on Oct. 20, featuring a barbecue dinner, quilt raffle and auction, including antiques, gift certificates, crafts, cakes and other items.

Hope Clinic fund-raiser

Hope Clinic will hold its annual Seats of Hope fund-raiser from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

WRC Pregnancy Center of Ellis County, formerly the Women’s Resource Center, will celebrate “New Beginnings” at its roundup at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Texas Motorplex Champions Club.

“This barbeque dinner event will gather together friends from across the county who share the common mission of upholding the sanctity of life and supporting women and families in our communities confronted with unplanned pregnancies,” a spokesman said. “An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended.”

Tickets are $25. To sponsor a table of eight is $200.

For information, call (972) 938-7900 or (972) 878-0784.

‘The Music Man’

Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Tickets are available at the Ellis County Museum and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce. The price is $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. At the door will be an additional $1.

The production is underwritten by Citizens National Bank of Texas.

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.

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.

For more information on upcoming holiday events, visit www.waxahachiechamber.com or 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, 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.