Countdown to Christmas photos

Christmas past photographs will return to the Daily Light beginning Friday, Nov. 23. Photographs of children celebrating Christmas in past years may be submitted to or brought into the newspaper office, 200 W. Marvin St., Waxahachie. Ask for Amy Burk. Include the names and ages of the children in the photograph and the year the photograph was taken. The photos will run in the Looking Back portion of the records page on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call Amy Burk at 972-937-3310.

Veterans ceremony

Shackelford Elementary will hold its annual veterans ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the school gymnasium. The public is invited to attend.

Look Good Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will sponsor a Look Good Feel Better event for women at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Midlothian Health Center. The event will include a complimentary makeup kit, wigs, hats and scarves.

For more information, call 972-775-7418.

Flower power pens

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, are making flower power pens from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Snacks will be provided.

Teen book club

Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, to discuss “New Moon” from the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer.

“Come join us as we talk about this great book,” a spokesman said.

Master Gardener training

Applications are now available for the 2008 Master Gardener Training program. Texas Master Gardeners are trained members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens.

The time commitment is from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of February. Trainees also will be asked to complete 75 hours of volunteer service before graduating from the Master Gardener program.

Application forms are available on the Ellis County Master Gardener’s Web site at or by calling 972-825-5175. Tuition for the program is $100.

Class size is limited and attendance is required at all sessions to complete the program. Deadline for application is Jan. 11.

Pancake breakfast

The Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The cost of the pancake breakfast is $4 for adults and $3 for children and includes eggs, bacon, juice, milk and coffee.

The center is located at 219 Patrick St.

Children’s Book Week event

Nicholas P. Sims Library children’s department invites ages 3-10 to the Children’s Book Week party from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

“We will share information on book awards and our favorite books,” a spokesman said. “Children will design and make their own bookmarks.” Admission is free.

Lusk fund-raiser

A barbecue dinner and auction fund-raiser for the family of 4-year-old Donovan Lusk of Italy, who has Batten disease, is set for 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Sokol Activity Center in Ennis. Proceeds will go toward medical bills.

To donate auction items or for more information, call Robbie Jones at 972-921-4067.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:50 p.m. Nov. 24. This month’s feature stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. In this third installment of the Spider-Man trilogy, Peter Parker has managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. When his suit suddenly turns black and enhances his power, it brings out a vengeful side that he must struggle to control while battling two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom. This movie is rated PG-13.

“Enjoy popcorn and a movie on the big screen,” a spokesman said. “As with all library programs, this movie is free of charge.”

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

For more information on upcoming holiday events, visit or call 972-937-2390.

Friends of Sims Library

The Friends of Sims Library service organization will meet at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room on Nov. 26. 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. Call the library for additional information.

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.

Candlelight vigil

MADD Waxahachie will hold a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope for family members, friends and loved ones who have been killed or injured by drunk or impaired drivers from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Rogers Hotel, 103 E. Main St., Waxahachie.

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.

Oversight committee

The Ellis County Bond Oversight Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in the second floor courtroom of the Ellis County Courthouse. The committee reviews progress on the county’s facilities projects, including the courts and administration building and the jail addition.

For more information, call 972-825-5000.