Pink Ribbons and Hearts

The third annual Pink Ribbons and Heart Luncheon Dinah Weable breast cancer survivors event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

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.

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

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. Each table seats eight guests and businesses are encouraged to purchase a table, place an ad in the souvenir booklet and or make a donation.

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

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.

Project Graduation

All parents of 2008 seniors are invited to attend the kick-off meeting for 2008 Project Graduation. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in the Waxahachie High School cafeteria.

“We need participation from all senior parents,” a spokesman said. “Please plan to attend.”

Friends of the Library

The Friends of Nicholas P. Sims Library service organization will meet at 10 a.m. on the last Monday of the months of August through November in the library’s meeting room.

“Anyone interested in helping support and promote our wonderful library is invited and encouraged to attend,” a spokesman said. “We hope to see you at our next meeting on Aug. 27.”

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

Free GED, ESL and literacy classes

Navarro College offers free GED, ESL and literacy classes in Coolidge, Corsicana, Ennis, Fairfield, Ferris, Mexia, Midlothian, Red Oak and Waxahachie. Day and evening classes are available and educational materials will be provided.

The classes start Aug. 27 and walk-ins are welcomed for adults, ages 18 and older. To obtain a schedule or request additional information, contact the Department of Adult Education at (903) 875-7464 or 7460 or online at www.navarrocollege.edu.

Mosquito spraying

The city of Waxahachie vector control will spray for mosquitoes from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Aug. 28 within these boundaries: Quadrant 4 from Broadhead Road/Farley Street east to jurisdictional city limits south to East U.S. Highway 287 and Highway 287 Bypass; from Howard Road north to South College Street and Main Street north to Kaufman Street and East Marvin.

If there are any questions regarding spraying, call the city’s environmental health department at (972) 937-7330, ext. 151, or the vector control office at (972) 937-8389.

Turner Middle School orientation

Turner Middle School orientation will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

VOAD forming

Ellis County is creating a Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters humanitarian association of organizations who may be active in all hazards of a disaster or emergency.

Ellis County VOAD is intended to be a network for not-for-profit organizations active in disaster/emergency and provide an environment for members to network, build and sustain inter-agency, intra-agency partnerships that foster collaboration toward planning for and preparing for all-hazard disasters/emergencies.

The first meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at First Baptist Church, 315 N. Rogers St., Waxahachie.

For more information call Barry Bensmiller at (214) 538-1813 or visit online at http://www.nvoad.org.

Back 2 School Bash

First Baptist Church will host a free Back 2 School Bash for all seventh- through 12th-grade students from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy.

Activities include pizza, rock wall, mechanical bull and prizes.

Alzheimer’s support group

As part of its ongoing Alzheimer’s support programming, Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center will present Amy Durham of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Families, friends and the community are encouraged to attend this program outlining services available and an overview of the disease process. Additionally information and registration material will be available for the upcoming Memory Walk.

The program is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the center, located at 3650 S. Interstate 35E, Waxahachie.

For more information, call (972) 935-0090.

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.

Registration

Go! Dance and Tumbling Studios will hold registration and shoe fittings from 4-7:30 p.m. Aug. 29-30.

The studio is located at 1301 S. Kaufman, Ennis. For more information, call (972) 878-3255 or visit online at www.goacademy.net.

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.

Lunch is $12 per person; raffle tickets for a quilt donated by the Milford Senior Citizens Center also will be sold.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.