Flu shots

Hope Clinic is offering flu shots to the public for $12 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Shots for babies to adults are now available.

Flu shots also are available at the nurse’s office at Waxahachie Junior High School during school hours Monday-Friday. Shots are $20.

Calendars being collected

The City Federation of women’s clubs in Waxahachie is collecting calendars for patients at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Anyone with extra calendars can drop them off in a box inside the front door at the Waxahachie Daily Light, 200 W. Marvin.

Toy drive

Ryan’s and the Kiwanis have partnered in sponsoring a toy drive to benefit children in need in Ellis County. Toys will be collected at Ryan’s in a large box located inside the restaurant. Each customer that donates a toy will receive a free beverage. Donated toys will be distributed by the Waxahachie Fire Department prior to Christmas Day. For more information, call 972-351-3377 or e-mail bene22@flash.net.

Shopper’s Delight

Local businesses are offering deep discounts through the Shopper’s Delight card. Cards can be purchased for $20 at the Waxahachie Daily Light office, Flowers by Patty, Pearman Oil and Northgate Hair Design. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation.

Countdown to Christmas

Photographs of children ages infant-5 years old are being accepted for the annual Countdown to Christmas presentation. The countdown runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, with all photos to be given to Sharon Rexrode at the Daily Light.

Bring photos to the Daily Light, 200 W. Marvin, e-mail to sharon.rexrode@waxahachiedailylight.com or mail to P.O. Box 877, Waxahachie, TX 75168.

First-come, first-served. All information must be printed and legible. The needed information is the child’s name, age and names of parents.

For more information, call Sharon Rexrode at (972) 937-3310.

WISD band plans holiday

concerts

With the holiday season here, the Waxahachie ISD band program has announced its schedule of holiday concerts for the community.

All concerts will be held at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center and will begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The WISD band holiday concert series includes:

Tuesday, Dec. 11 — Waxahachie Junior High School band holiday concert

Thursday, Dec. 13 — Waxahachie High School band holiday concert.

Saturday, Dec. 15 — All Region Jazz concert

Tuesday, Dec. 18 — Turner Middle School band holiday concert

Dunaway Elementary choir concert

The Dunaway Elementary choir will present “An All-American Christmas” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the cafeteria. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Mammogram screenings

The Baylor Sammons Mobile Breast Imaging Center will be at CNB at Brookshire’s in Red Oak from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call 214-820-1700 or for more information, call Sherry Fox at 214-820-8418.

Grinch Exchange

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, are participating in a Grinch Exchange from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Each teen is encouraged to bring a $3-$5 gift to exchange.

“Participants will have the opportunity to steal each others selected gifts,” a spokesman said. “This is a perfect opportunity to make new friends. Snacks will be provided.”

Choirs in concert, silent auction

The Midlothian High School choirs will present a silent auction and holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 13. The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. outside the auditorium and the concert will begin at 7:30.

“Many items have already been donated to make this a worthwhile auction,” a spokesman said.

Pinning ceremony

Advantage Academy of Waxahachie and the Kiwanis Club of Waxahachie will present the Advantage Academy Key Club of Waxahachie to the community from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at First Assembly Fellowship hall, Waxahachie.

Kiwanis officials, including Division 2 Lt. Gov. Barbara Powers will be present and member of the community including city officials, teachers, parents, club sponsors chamber officials and members and local clubs and social service agencies are encouraged to attend. Key Club officers will be inducted and members will be pinned.

RSVP to Marilyn Benedict at 972-351-3377. For more information about the Key Club or Kiwanis, visit www.keyclub.org or www.kiwanis.org.

Christmas in Maypearl

Maypearl businesses will be open and giving away free items from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14. Residents are encouraged to bring a toy for the Angel Tree. Carriage rides and pictures with Santa will be available at the feed store.

Friday Book Club

Friday Book Club will meet Dec. 14 in the home of Susan Kosoris. Colleen Boudreaux will be the guest reviewer. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. and the review will begin at 10:30.

Parents night out

Ferris Avenue Baptist Church will host a parents night out from 6-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at 1401 Ferris Ave.

“This event is for parents to have a date night, do some shopping and have some fun while we watch your kids,” a spokesman said.

To pre-register, call 972-937-5301. The cost is $15 per child, with a maximum charge of $30 per family.

‘My Favorite Christmas’

The Ennis Public Theatre presents the comedy drama, “My Favorite Christmas,” by Bill Rhoten in performance at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 15. A Sunday matinee will be held at 2:30 Dec. 16, with a Monday show at 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

The storyline relates how the Osborn family gets a visit from Santa, but who’s really in that suit? Young Ben’s doubts about Santa are dispelled, while little sister Angela learns the real meaning of giving. Both experience a Christmas they will never forget.

The theatre is located at 2705C N. Kaufman St., Ennis.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $6 for student rush.

For more information, call 972-878-PLAY or visit online at www.ennispublictheatre.com.

Photos with Santa Claus

Again this year, the Waxahachie Mother’s Club will offer photographs for all ages with Santa Claus.

Santa will be available at the Kids Store at JCPenney from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec.16.

The money raised through this project benefits children in the Waxahachie area.

After Hours Improv Comedy Show

After Hours Improv Comedy Show will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Texas Theater, 110 W. Main St., Waxahachie. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and younger.

Purchase tickets online at www.AfterHoursImprov.com, at the box office or by phone at 972-937-9839.

Parents shopping night out

First Baptist Ovilla is providing safe childcare from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

“We will offer dinner and entertainment for your children while you get your shopping done,” a spokesman said, noting the charge is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child.

For more information, call 972-617-5717 or e-mail sean@fbovilla.org.

GWRRA Toy Drive

Gold Wing Road Riders Association, chapter W-2, will host its annual toy drive from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Citizens National Bank.

New wrapped toys or cash will be accepted with all toys and proceeds benefiting local charities.

“This toy drive is to simply help the kids in Ellis County,” a spokesman said.

‘Christmas at Grace’

The community is invited to attend “Christmas at Grace” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Grace Church of Ovilla, 519 Westmoreland.

The evening will feature the church’s youth group and worship team.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. when the youth group holds its annual chili cook-off. Judges from the community will decide the best chili with prizes for four places. There are no entry fees. The worship team will then lead a sing-along of Christmas carols.

“This will be fun for the whole family,” a spokesman said, noting the event concludes with the annual dessert auction fund-raiser.

“The dessert auction will raise money for the church planting mission trip this summer to Venezuela,” the spokesman said. “We have 43 students and adults participating in the trip. This is a great time to get some creative desserts for the holiday season or just enjoy them that night by sharing with everyone at your table. Come celebrate with us as a family of Grace.”

For more information, visit online at www.gracechurchovilla.org or call 972-617-0429.

Seed and seedling programs

The Ellis-Prairie Soil and Water Conservation District is offering several programs for the community.

The wildflower seed program offers two mixes and bluebonnet seeds, with 1-pound packages available.

The seedling tree program offers several evergreen and hardwood species available for conservation plantings. The deadline for seedling orders is Feb. 7.

Another program offers grass, legume and forb seeds for permanent pasture establishment, overseeding of existing pastures and wildlife food plots.

For more information, contact the district office at 1822 Farm-to-Market 66, Suite 102, Waxahachie or call 972-937-2660, ext. 3.

Free photographs with Santa

As a thank you to the community, Whataburger in Midlothian is offering free photographs with Santa Claus from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. The restaurant is located at 1320 E. U.S. Highway 287.

For more information, call 972-775-2323.

Senior dance

Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center will hold a dance from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. Flashbacks will perform songs from the 1940s to the 1970s.

“Come out and dance to the ’50s, rock and roll, big band era and old country,” a spokesman said.

The cost is $4 per person.

Christmas celebration

Inspiration Inc. is inviting the community to “come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Ennis Public Library.

The nonprofit group will present its adaptation of the popular “Charlie Brown Christmas” followed by Christmas carols, praise dance and more.

Admission is free, with canned goods accepted as a donation for Helping Hands of Ennis. Seated is limited, so people are encouraged to come early.

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.

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 www.ECMGA.com 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.

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.

Nature Exchange Program

Pettigrew Academy will host the Dallas Zoo Nature Exchange Program from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 12, at 806 E. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie.

The event is free and open to the public. Children are invited to bring their nature items to trade, such as rocks, fossils, pressed leaves, flowers or any other nature-related item.

“Get points for your items and start your own account,” a spokesman said. “Spend the points in your account to take home a new treasure from nature.”

The event will include special snowflake and ice activities, along with food, games and crafts.

Chili cook-off and dance

The seventh annual Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center chili cook-off and barn dance will be held Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3, at the Ellis County Expo Center.

The event features CASI-sanctioned chili cook-offs all three days, with junior, novice and bean competition also on Saturday. A celebrity mechanical bull-riding competition is Friday-Saturday, with a silent auction Saturday.

For more information about sponsorships, donations, judging and volunteer opportunities, contact the center at 972-937-1870.

Ennis Czech Music Festival

The Czech polka bands of Ennis invite the public to the annual Ennis Czech Music Festival from 2-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sokol Activity Center, 2622 E. State Highway 34, Ennis.

“Listen and dance to five bands,” a spokesman said. “The kitchen will be open if you get hungry, so come on out and let’s party. This is a great way to extend your support and appreciation for Czech music and heritage.”

Bands and times include En Czech Boys at 2 p.m., Jak Se Do at 4, Harvesters at 6, Jodie Mikula Orchestra at 8 and Czech and Then Some at 10.

The cost is $5 per person, with children ages 14 and younger admitted free.

Dress is casual, but Czech costumes (kroj) are welcome.

For more information, listen to the Sunday Morning Polka Show from 9-10:50 a.m. Sundays on KBEC 1390 or visit online at www.KBEC.com.

Meals-on-Wheels barbecue benefit

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will hold its annual barbecue benefit at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Loma Linda event pavilion in Rockett. Prizes, entertainment, food and fun will be offered. For more information, call 972-351-9943 or visit online at www.servingthechildren ofyesterday.org.