Veterans Appreciation Day

The Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Committee will host a special tribute to veterans Saturday at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The Classic Swing Band will begin performing musical selections at 9:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10.

As in past years, the program is dedicated to all veterans and will include special presentations honoring those from our communities who have served their country. This year’s ceremony also will highlight the stories of World War I soldier Joseph Ira Green of Five Points-Bethel, World War II sailor Ezelle Bailey of Lone Elm and World War II pilot Edgar McElroy of Ennis.

The program will conclude with a special wreath presentation at the Ellis County Veterans Memorial, located in front of the civic center, followed by a fly-over of vintage war planes by the Commemorative Air Force.

The tribute is open to the public free of charge and all Ellis County veterans and their families are encouraged to attend.

WWII re-enactment downtown

WWII re-enactment groups from six states present “Liberating Nancy, France,” relates to the U.S. military’s efforts to liberate France as part of the city of Waxahachie’s remembrance of Veterans Day.

All activities being held during the weekend’s events are open to the public, with the community invited to attend.

The re-enactors will take part in an Oktoberfest evening at College Street Pub on Friday and will then the Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The downtown activities will feature live music, WWII radio and news broadcasts, aircraft flyovers, military vehicles on the move and on display, Axis and Allied displays and camps, functioning HQs, interaction with WWII-era civilians and military, celebrations, patrols, vendors and more. The reenactment battle will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday by the old railroad depots, lasting for about an hour. The majority of re-enactors will stay through Saturday night, leaving Sunday morning.

Ellis County Museum special exhibit

The Ellis County Museum is hosting a special exhibit of World War II items in conjunction with the Veteran’s Day activities taking place Nov. 10-11. Members of the “Kilroy’s Boys” re-enactment group are setting up the exhibit in the museum, which will feature European Theater of Operations uniforms, equipment and weaponry. The exhibit will only be up Saturday and Sunday. Specific campaigns included in the exhibit will be North Africa, Italy, the invasion of Europe (D-Day) and France. There will also be an area featuring German and Nazi paraphernalia. The museum hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Theater students’ garage sale

Waxahachie High School theater students will have a garage sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in front of the school. All money raised will go toward the group’s trip to New York City.

Garage, bake sale

The Palmer Lions Club and Community Action Group will have a garage and bake sale Saturday, Nov. 10, in downtown Palmer.

County offers free dump days

Take advantage of upcoming free dump days to dispose of trash and even tires at no charge. County Commissioner Pct. 3 Heath Sims is offering this service to all Ellis County residents from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 10, or until space in the dumpsters runs out. The dump day will be held at Ellis County Pct. Barn No. 3, located at 933 College St. in Italy. Limit 10 tires. The county cannot accept Freon, car batteries, chemicals or liquids.

For more information call 972-825-5555 or visit www.co.ellis.tx.us.

Nature exchange to open

Pettigrew Academy is partnering with the Dallas Zoo on a nature exchange program.

The program kicks off Nov. 10, with activities including food, games, crafts, music and more scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon. Dallas Zoo officials will be on hand and the public is invited.

“Young children to early teens can bring items they find in nature, such as shells, rocks, pinecones and seeds, to trade,” a spokesman said. “The more they know about the item, the more points they get to use to take home something else from the exchange center. It is fun, educational and increases an awareness of our natural surroundings.”

The nature exchange will be a community service for all children in Waxahachie and the surrounding area. The room will be open to the public on the second Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon in November, January, March, May, July and September.

Pettigrew Academy is located at 806 E. Marvin, Waxahachie.

For more information or to exhibit, call 972-923-1633.

Book signing

Patricia Dent Carr will sign her book of inspirational poetry, “Until Glory is Girded about thy Soul,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Hastings.

Annual membership art show

The Ellis County Art Association opens its annual membership art show and sale Nov. 10 at 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

The event begins with a wine and cheese reception from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Beginning at 7, Elvis impersonator David Allen will present his show, “Eras of the King,” in the upstairs auditorium.

Tickets at the door for Allen’s show are $12, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the center.

For more information, call 972-937-3414 or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net.

After Hours Improv

After Hours Improv will host its comedy show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Texas Theater, 110 W. Main St., Waxahachie. Tickets are $10 for adults. Purchase online at www.afterhoursimprov.com, at the box office or by phone at 972-937-9839.

Benefit garage sale

The Ellis County SPCA will hold its third annual garage sale from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10. Confetti's Tent and Event Rentals of Ennis is sponsoring this event, which will be held under a large tent next to the animal shelter facility, located at 2570 Farm-to-Market 878 in Waxahachie.

From 10 a.m.-noon Friday, KBEC will do a live broadcast remote from the event. Donations will be accepted at the shelter from 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4 and from noon-5 p.m. Nov. 6-8. All donated items are tax-deductible and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the homeless animals of Ellis County.

Delegate training

The Texas Democratic Party, in conjunction with the Ellis County Democratic Party and State Democratic Executive Committee members JoAnn Jenkins and Danny Trull, will hold a delegate selection training from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Ellis County Democratic Headquarters in Waxahachie.

“If you’re interested in getting more involved with the Democratic Party, this is your chance to learn about the convention process and find out how you can represent Texas at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver,” a spokesman said. “We hope to see you there.”

Veterans Day service

Central Presbyterian Church invites the public to its annual celebration of Veterans Day with a worship service honoring veterans and armed forces personnel Sunday, Nov. 11.

The celebration worship service will begin at 11 a.m. in the Chautauqua Auditorium at Getzendaner Park and will be led by ret. U.S. Navy Capt. Pat Merrill and the Rev. Kathy Forschner.

This service will include the time-honored “Olde Glory” presentation. For more information or in case of inclement weather, call the church office at 972-937-2924.

Johnny’s Birthday Toy Drive and Fund-raiser

The first Johnny’s Birthday Toy Drive and Fund-raiser will be held from 3:30-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Nay Barn at 1550 Buena Vista Road (Farm-to-Market 1446).

Activities include party games, cake and goodie bags. Those attending are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to local Ellis County charities and or make a cash donation ($5 or $10 is suggested) to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A raffle for a remote control John Deere tractor will be held and tickets may be purchased at Boyce Feed and Grain or at Ark Country Store.

The event is held by the Dineen family and their Bible study group to honor their son, the late Johnny Dineen IV.

For more information, visit www.dineenfamily.org.