Free dump day offered

Pct. 2 Ellis County Commissioner Bill Dodson is offering a free dump day service from 8 a.m.-noon or until space in the trash containers runs out Saturday, March 29. The dump day will be held at the Bristol Volunteer Fire Department, located at 101 S. Old Walnut Road in Bristol. There is a limit of 10 tires. The county cannot accept Freon, car batteries, chemicals or liquids.  

For more information, call 972-825-5194 or visit www.co.ellis.tx.us.

Blood drive

Waxahachie Masonic Lodge No. 90 will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive to benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children at the Waxahachie Wal-Mart Supercenter from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29. T-shirts will be provided to all donors. As an added incentive, those who donate will be given a Waxahachie Masonic Lodge No. 90 sesquicentennial commemorative collector Coca-Cola bottle.

Cherokee Charmer alumni

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Cherokee Charmers. To celebrate, the Cherokee Charmers are holding an alumni reception at the 2008 Spring Show from 5:30-7 p.m. March 29 in the foyer of the Fine Arts Center at Waxahachie High School. Those who have memorabilia (pictures, awards, uniform pieces or other) they would like to share for display at the alumni reception or who have stories or memories to share can contact Cherokee Charmer director Lindsay Loftis Markert at lmarkert@wisd.org or 972-923-460,0 ext. 124.  

Motorcycle run

Buffalo Creek chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse will hold its second annual Buffalo Run on Saturday, March 29.

The donation is $15 per rider or $20 for two up. The run starts and ends at Rockett Café and Club, 5790 Farm-to-Market 813, Waxahachie. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with the first bike out at 11 and the last bike in at 3 p.m.

Other activities include a silent auction from 1:30-6 p.m. Need not be present to win. Door prizes will be given away; winners must be present. Entertainment starts at 3 p.m., with the Dallahachie Boys playing until 6, with Loose Cannons playing from 7-close of event.

For more information about the event, call 972-978-0641. To make a donation or for more information about BACA, call 214-535-9363.

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.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

Democratic Party county

convention

The Democratic Party county convention will be held Saturday, March 29.

The convention will start at 1 p.m., with registration and sign-in at noon. The location will be the family life center building behind First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin, Waxahachie.

Ellis County GOP

The Ellis County GOP county convention will be held March 29 at the Midlothian Conference Center, 1 Community Circle, Midlothian.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the convention to start at 10 a.m.

The party headquarters has opened and is located at 912 Ferris Ave. in Waxahachie, next door to Waxahachie Pawn.

Passport fair

Potter’s House and the U.S. Postal Service are offering a passport fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at 6777 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas.

The U.S. Department of State’s total, which is $100 for ages 16 and older and $85 for ages 15 and younger, may be paid with check or money order. Those who seek a passport must present a passport application, proof or U.S. citizenship, proof of identity and two identical passport photos, which can be taken on location for a $15 fee. The event is open to the public.

Community awareness

and prevention fair

Wal-Mart will host a community awareness and prevention fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-30 on the north side of its store. Several organizations will be on hand, including the American Red Cross, Ellis County Homeland Securities, an NOAA meteorologist, the Waxahachie Fire Department and others. The local fire department will display the city’s decontamination vehicle and rescue trailer.

For more information, contact the store.

Free seminar at First Baptist Church

A free seminar, “Your Wishes – Planning for the Inevitable” is offered at First Baptist Church of Waxahachie at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

“The public is invited to come learn about how best to make your wishes known concerning several important areas of your lives,” said Jerry Lemons, First Baptist minister to senior adults.

The seminar will explore making plans and letting wishes be made known concerning certain inevitable events in one’s future.

Chaplain Jerry Carter of Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie will discuss advanced directives such as medical power of attorney, living will and out-of-hospital do not resuscitate order.

Attorney Jim Jenkins will discuss the importance of having a will and how to ensure a will expresses one’s wishes.

Joe McKibbin will answer questions about making funeral plans.

“Make plans to attend and spread the word to others whom you feel would be interested,” Lemons said.  

Register by calling First Baptist Church at 972-937-1940.

First Lady Tea

Invitations have been mailed for the 60th annual First Lady Tea, sponsored by the Xi Alpha Gamma Phi and Eta Omega sororities.

At the event, JoAnn Johnston, the 2007 recipient, will present the 2008 First Lady of Waxahachie.

The tea will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building.

“Sixty years is a lot of history to be responsible for,” Xi Alpha Gamma Phi member and chairwoman for the event Deann Wells said. “I hope I can add some really special touches to this year’s tea to make it truly spectacular.”

Pat Hernandez with Eta Omega will co-chair the event.