NHRA at Texas Motorplex

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are back at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis this weekend.

The event will include top fuel, funny car and pro stock races of both the Full Throttle Series and Lucas Oil Series.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets start as low as $30 for a full day’s worth of NHRA action.


Ovilla Heritage Day

The city of Ovilla will host its annual Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. The celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. with a parade from Ovilla Road (Farm-to-Market 664) at Ovilla Road Baptist Church to Main Street and then through downtown Ovilla to City Hall. Prizes will be offered in several categories for parade entries. More than 150 vendors and exhibitors have been invited to participate.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., entertainment will be provided by local choirs and talent as well as nationally recognized entertainers. There will be an entertainment zone that includes pony rides, a petting zoo, jump houses and an obstacle course.

Those interested in participating in the parade or as a vendor in Ovilla’s Heritage Day festival should contact Kim Gutierrez at the city of Ovilla by calling 972-617-7262 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.



The Waxahachie Chautauqua Preservation Society will hold its annual Chautauqua Assembly on Sept. 24. The opening ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the traditional ringing of the assembly bell.

The assembly program activities will take place in the Chautauqua Auditorium located in Getzendaner Park and is open to the general public. The theme for the Assembly is “Oil and Gas In Our Region.” The program will include a presentation by Dr. Tommy Stringer, vice president for Institutional Advancement and director of Navarro College Foundation, who will present a short history of oil and gas in the Navarro/Ellis county area. 

In addition, there will be several speakers from Texas Christian University addressing the geology of Ellis and surrounding counties including the Barnett Shale gas field. A panel discussion will be held after the speakers conclude their


Music will be provided by the Waxahachie Jazz Band and will conclude with an evening performance by the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Jazz Band. 

The Waxahachie Community Theater will present a short melodrama  “Mischief in the Magnolias” at 4:30 p.m. 

Admission to the melodrama is $5 and is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly, which can be purchased at the door for $20. 

All day student tickets to the assembly are $2.  For more information, visit the website at http://www.discoverculture.org.

‘Mischief in the

Magnolias’ at WCT

As part of the 2011 Chautauqua Assembly activities, the Waxahachie Community Theatre will present “Mischief in the Magnolias” starring Gary Clark as Colonel Beauregard “Lucky” Sweetwater and Sara Craig as his late wife, Merry May.  (She’s not dead – just never on time!)  The show also features Jessica Price as the attractive but socially awkward daughter, Truly Sweetwater, Brian Caudell as Slim Chance, and Jonathan Ivey as Hadley A. Heartburne.

This single-performance melodrama will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie.  Admission is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly (www.waxahachiechautauqua.org). Admission price without a Chautauqua Assembly ticket is $5 at the door.

 Contact the Waxahachie Community Theatre box office at 972-646-1050 or via email at wct.texas@gmail.com for more information.

Old Fashioned Singing at Chautauqua

The Waxahachie Old Fashioned Singing Project will provide several musical selections during the Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This is the same group that performed in the Chautauqua Auditorium earlier this year and have agreed to bring back some of the “down home messages about faith and heaven.” The Chautauqua movement was founded by spiritual leaders and based its creation on educational enrichment, spiritual enlightenment and entertainment.

In keeping with that tradition, the Waxahachie Chautauqua Preservation Society is proud to include the Waxahachie Old Fashioned Singing Project in its 2011 program at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park.

WHS Jazz Band at


The WHS Jazz Band will be performing at the Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The Jazz Band’s performance, set for 1:50 p.m., is part of a daylong program taking place at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner park.

The WISD Band Boosters will also be selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches and drinks during the event.

All day tickets for this year’s Chautauqua Assembly are $20 for adults, $2 for students. This year’s Chautauqua Assembly theme is “Oil and Gas in Waxahachie and Surrounding Area” with programs beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.discoverculture.org.

Bake sale at

Omas Jiffy Burger

Community Life Church Youth will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 24. The sale will benefit the youth mission fund at Community Life Church.

For additional information, call 214-949-5725.

Zumba benefit to aid

college fund

Friends and family of Jacob Aguilar, a junior at Waxahachie High School, will host a Zumba benefit to raise funds for Aguilar’s college education from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Optimist Youth Center, 219 Patrick St. in Waxahachie. There will be door prizes and raffles. Check in time is 5:30 p.m.

Early tickets are $10, $15 at the door. For more information or tickets call or text Lisa at 972-935-5604, Andy at 469-261-6980, Tracy at 469-774-9522, Elva at 972-921-7634 or Connie at 469-463-8216.

Aguilar’s mother, Kelley Lynch Aguilar, passed away in April of this year.

National Alpaca

Farm Days

Alpacas by Choice, 3745 Farm-to-Market Road 1446 in Waxahachie, will host an open house for everyone interested in alpacas from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Refreshments will be available. “This is your chance to experience these lovable, docile livestock,” a spokesman said.

Carnival at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s annual end of summer reading carnival will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The carnival is sponsored by the Friends of Sims Library and is a wonderful celebration of reading that includes games and prizes for participants of the Texas Reading Club’s summer reading program.

Participants receive carnival tickets to be utilized at the event and reading certificates for their accomplishments. This program is an outside event presented on the front lawn of the library as part of the Sims Library’s Texas Reading Club events. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671 or email children@simslib.org.