Town hall meeting with Pitts

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, will hold two town hall meetings to provide Ellis County residents with an update on the 80th Legislature as well as other topics of interest.

The first town hall meeting will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Waxahachie City Council chambers, 401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie.

The second will be from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Ennis Public Library, 500 W. Ennis Ave., Ennis.

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call (972) 938-9392.

Barton town hall meeting

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, will hold a town hall meeting with residents to hear about issues that are important to them.

Barton will begin the meetings with an update on his priorities and activities in Washington, D.C., and will then open the floor to questions. The congressman invites all residents of the Sixth District to attend.

In Ellis County, the meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Waxahachie City Hall, 401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie.

Pizza at Double Dave’s benefits chamber

Double Dave’s Pizzaworks is supporting several charitable efforts; supporters should look for the charity’s donation bucket by the register. The community can support the 2007 Waxahachie Annual Chamber Auction by eating pizza every Friday through Oct. 5. Double Dave’s will donate 20 percent of every purchase to the auction, whether dining in or carrying out. Deposit the receipt into the designated chamber auction bucket at the register.

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.

Belles and Beaus

The Waxahachie Symphony Association is looking for senior parents to help with the Belles and Beau program.

For more information, call Cindy Hess at (972) 814-3621.

Charmer home camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a home camp from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-9 in the little gym at Waxahachie High School. Team photographs will be taken Aug. 10.

Summer reading program

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian is offering its summer reading program at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Aug. 11. Various programs are planned and the public is invited to participate. The theme is “Sail Away with Books.”

Busy B’s Bakery will sell coffee and refreshments in the library’s Caf/ Corner during each of the programs.

For more information, call (972) 775-3417.

Game Day

Teens, ages 13-18, will play games at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Each speed play round will last for five minutes and then players switch games.

“If you are ahead at that time you will receive points,” a spokesman said. “Join us for this fun gaming event.”

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market

Aug. 5-11 is National Farmers Market Week and the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market will host several special events Saturday, Aug. 11.

Arlene Hamilton with the Ellis County Master Gardeners will present a rainwater harvesting demonstration and the growers are sponsoring a watermelon seed-spitting contest.

“Come out and test your ability — first prize will be bragging rights,” a spokesman said.

Vendors will have fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, jams and jellies, salsas, spices, and many other products available for purchase. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer any agricultural questions.

After Hours Improv

After Hours Improv will host a comedy show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Texas Theater, 110 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Purchase tickets online at www.afterhoursimprov.com, at the box office or by telephone at (972) 937-9839.

Grace Recovery Group

Grace Recovery Group, a group to support individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, will celebrate its seventh anniversary at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at 107 S.W. Main St. in Ennis. Past and present members are invited to attend. For more information, call (972) 268-0117.

Summer celebration

Make reservations by Sunday, Aug. 12, for the “Summer Olympic Celebration” luncheon to be held by the Christian Women’s Connection of Ellis County, in affiliation with Stonecroft Ministries, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Colonnade Restaurant at the Waxahachie Country Club.

Barbara McKinney, a graduate of Baylor University and motivational and seminar speaker, will speak.

The cost of the luncheon is $13 and is all-inclusive. Nursery reservations are available when making a reservation. Call (972) 923-1881 or (972) 937-9984.

Bereavement luncheon

The Visiting Nurse Association will host its quarterly bereavement luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at First United Methodist Church on 208 S. Houston St. in Kaufman.

Clayton McCord, VNA hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator, will speak on “How Do I Know If I'm

Getting Better?” A catered lunch will be provided at no charge.

Call (972) 962-7500 or 1-800-345-0576 to make a reservation to attend.

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.

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.

An evening Farmers Market will run in conjunction with the movies. Vendors will be set up at 7:30 p.m. for people to come shop for plants, fruits and vegetables. Many downtown merchants are also extending their store hours to accommodate moviegoers.

“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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.