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.

College Career Night

The Waxahachie High School counseling department will host its annual college career night from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

This is an open invitation to all Ellis County high schools, students and parents who are interested in college information to visit with the more than 75 representatives from a variety of colleges, universities and career institutions that will be in attendance. There will also be two financial aid presentations in the library, with the first presentation from 6:30-7 and the second from 7:30-8.

Information will be provided for parents and college bound students from grades seven-12.

A senior information meeting will be held in the Fine Arts Center for senior students and their parents.

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

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. Tuesday, 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.

Ellis County VOAD

Ellis County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at First Baptist Church, 315 N. Rogers, Waxahachie. By-laws, membership, officers and other topics will be discussed.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club meets from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. This month’s discussion is on “Ranger’s Apprentice Book One: The Ruins of Gorlan” by John Flanagan. The club is for ages 11-18.

Daniel’s Den

Daniel’s Den will hold an open house at its new location, 507 W. Jefferson, on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The event begins at 2 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 4:30. The public is invited. RSVP is requested so refreshments can be planned.

Call (972) 938-0103 or e-mail

Disaster action team

The Ellis County disaster action team will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Busy B’s Bakery, 1000 E. Main St., Midlothian.

This is a local group of volunteers who respond to disasters in the community. Newcomers are welcome.

For more information, call Shelly Campbell at (903) 974-4551.

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 or Charlie Eubanks at (817) 558-4556 or or visit


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

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.

Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education

The fall semester of Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education will begin Monday, Sept. 24. Classes will be available Monday and Thursday nights at Waxahachie High School in such areas as computer, conversational Spanish, welding, dance, art, cake decorating, crochet, knitting and identity theft prevention. ESL, GED, mystery shopper, dutch oven cooking, dog obedience, stained glass making, kids cooking, scrapbooking, gardening, holiday and many more also are offered.

The complete catalog may be viewed online at or contact the WISD Community Education Office at (972) 923-4631. Catalogs are available and students may register at the administration building, 411 N. Gibson St.

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 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 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

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 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.