Donations needed

The Ellis County Art Association is accepting donations for its annual garage sale and “Off the Wall” art sale, which will take place Oct. 12-13 at the Ellis County Fine Arts Museum. All proceeds from the sale benefit the center.

The association is asking for gently used art items along with more general garage sale items. Frames and unframed art also are welcome.

Donated items may be brought to the museum, 501 W. Main St. in Waxahachie, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or call Priscilla Parker at (972) 937-8365 or Mayme Olson at (972) 617-0911 for more information.

Memorial fund established

The Cassidy Jones Memorial Fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, 1111 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

Jones, 16, lost his life in a traffic-related accident July 30. He would have been a junior at Waxahachie High School this fall.

Donations can be mailed to the bank or given to any teller. Funds raised will be used to plant a tree at the high school in remembrance of Jones.

For more information, contact bank manager Linda Johnson.

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.

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.

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 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.

Symphony concert Saturday

The Waxahachie Symphony Association will host the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.

All WISD students will be admitted free to the concert. Adult single tickets are $12 at the door.

The performance is part of the 31st season Waxahachie Symphony Association Concert Series.

For more information, visit www.waxahachiesymphony.com.

Genealogical

seminar

The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will host a seminar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, 1233 N. Beltline Road, Mesquite, with a dutch treat lunch break from noon-1:30 p.m.

Topics of interest include researching Native American ancestries and reading old handwriting.

Advance registration is $25. Make check payable to Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society and mail to MHGS, P.O. Box 850165, Mesquite, TX 75185-0165.

Walk-in registration is $30. For more information, visit online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmhgs/page1.htm.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday 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.

NARFE to meet

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association chapter 1191 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Ennis Corral in Ennis.

A musical program will be presented by Michael Howard, pastor of Cowboy Church of Ennis. All active and retired federal employees, their spouses and guests are invited to attend.

For more information, call Bob Kral at (903) 874-3092, Herbert

Shelton at (972) 937-3224 or G.W. Garrard at (972) 875-2264.

Parent night

Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy will host a parent night with visiting children’s author and counselor Karen Burnett at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

All Waxahachie ISD parents are invited to attend and hear Burnett, who will talk about empowering children to handle the everyday challenges they face at school, at home and in their neighborhoods.

Mental health crisis planning meeting set

A town-hall style planning meeting for mental health crisis intervention has been set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The meeting will be held in the second floor courtroom of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has called for regional plans to include services such as a crisis hotline and mobile outreach, walk-in crisis care, children’s inpatient crisis care, emergency psychiatric care with observation, crisis stabilization units, jail diversion and crisis residential treatment. Input from the community is sought. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit their ideas and concerns in writing by mailing them to Owens at 411 E. Jefferson St., Waxahachie, 75165, or faxing them to her at (972) 923-2445.

Friday Book Club

The Friday Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the home of Susan Gardenhire. The new 2007 directories will be available at this meeting.

Simply September

Make reservations by Sunday, Sept. 16, for the “Simply September” luncheon to be held by the Christian Woman’s Connection, in affiliation with Stonecroft Ministries, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Waxahachie Country Club.

Speaker for the month is Kim Mikeal, former sales executive, scuba diver, aerobics instructor, scrapbook enthusiast and mother of two. Her theme for the day is “Things Are Not Always What They Seem.”

Feature will be “September Serenades” with Ed Gipson, minister of music at the First Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

The cost of the luncheon is $13 and is all-inclusive. Nursery vouchers are available when making reservations. To make a reservation or for more information, call (972) 923-1881 or (972) 937-9984 or e-mail windchime@charter.net.

‘To Mend a Broken Heart’ benefit

The “To Mend a Broken Heart” benefit for 6-month-old Ayden Ray Johnson will be held Sept. 16 at the Ellis County Expo Center, located on U.S. Highway 287 next to Cowboy Church.

Ayden, who was born Feb. 22 to Travis and Stacy Johnson, was diagnosed with truncus arateriosus, a heart defect, and has undergone several surgeries.

Tickets are a minimum $25 donation, with children ages 12 and younger admitted free. Doors open at 3 p.m., with music to start at 4 and end at 9. Featured entertainment includes Fallon Franklin and Blake Powers at 4, Bart Crow Band at 5:30 and Eleven Hundred Springs at 7:30.

The silent auction ends at 7, when the live auction will be held. Other activities include poker tables, raffle, bounce house, face painting and pony rides. Food will include brisket, hot dogs and the fixings.

For more information or tickets, call (214) 202-5610.

Donations of money or items for the auctions are appreciated.

Ayden has a nonprofit fund set up at Citizens National Bank listed in the name of “Stephanie Lonon for the benefit of Ayden Ray Johnson.”

The mailing address is Citizens National Bank, attn: Stephanie Lonon, P.O. Box 717, Waxahachie, TX 75168.

For more information about the account, contact Lonon at (972) 351-5232.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aggie Moms

The Ellis County Aggie Moms invite all mothers of Ellis County Aggies to a salad supper at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the banquet hall of First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin in Waxahachie. The current members will provide supper. Aggie Moms gathers once a month to support its students, each other and the university. Members also keep the public informed of upcoming events in College Station, provide the opportunity to get to know and support fellow Aggie moms and to have fun.

For more information, contact Debbie Higginbotham at (972) 923-3933 or e-mail DDHigg@aol.com.

Air Force musicians to perform in Waxahachie

Gateway Brass, from the United States Air Force Band of the West, will present a free community concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.

The performance is free of charge and open to the community.

Gateway Brass represents the U.S. Air Force by performing music for formal military ceremonies, educational clinics and public concerts. At every performance they offer the audience a wide range of musical styles.

Gateway Brass members hold degrees from universities across the nation and have vast experience performing with some of the finest ensembles and musicians in the world. The group performs more than 100 concerts annually throughout the Southwest.

Antique sale

The 17th Antique Alley and Yard Sale will be held Sept. 21-23.

This country shopping extravaganza starts in Cleburne and continues via Farm-to-Market 4 South for miles.

“Since 1999, it’s been called a version of the yellow brick road and holds the promise of treasure along the trail,” a spokesman said. “As you attend the 17th show, expect to see over 500 vendors, both locally and from several other states offering antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, food and more. There are special shows, yard sales, fund-raisers and store promotions. Wear comfortable shoes and come to enjoy your weekend with us.”

Vendor booth spaces are available. For more information about participating, contact Debbie Whipp at (817) 641-0183 or whipp@hughes.net or Charlie Eubanks at (817) 558-4556 or eubanksfarm4@yahoo.com or visit http://alley.cleburne.com.

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.

Gecko program

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents a free children’s program about geckos from 3-4 p.m. Sept. 22. John Edwards, gecko expert, will be on hand to show and tell about the library’s mascots.

This program is for ages 3-10 and their families.

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.

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.

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.

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.