Relay For Life at WNGA tonight

Relay For Life of Central Ellis County, which begins tonight with a survivors’ reception at 6 p.m., will be held at Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy, 275 Indian Drive in Waxahachie.

The event was originally scheduled to be held at the Waxahachie Sports Complex on U.S. Highway 287 and Broadhead Road, but is being moved due to the possibility of storms.

Honoring Fallen Officers

In honor and remembrance of police officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice, the Ferris Police Department will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. this evening at the Fallen Officer Memorial in the Ferris Town Square.

In addition to honoring fallen officers everywhere, we will be honoring two officers who lost their lives while performing their duty in Ferris.

Patrolman Harry Marvin (Marty) Steinfeldt III?End of Watch: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002

Ellis County Constable James Ben Wicker?End of Watch: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1962

“We encourage everyone to attend this observance,” said Ferris Chief of Police Sam Love.  For further information, call 972-544-2233.

Veterans

Networking Group to meet

The Veterans Networking Group meets at 6 p.m. the third Friday of every month at Zula’s Coffee House, 1804 W. Highway 287 Business next to the Texas Workforce office.

The next gathering is

scheduled for this evening.

The group usually meets until 8 p.m. giving veterans a place to come and enjoy camaraderie, discuss most any topic, share what’s on their mind and as a networking group, try to assist by providing support, ideas, and solutions to their concerns/needs. 

Many veterans don’t know what their benefits are or where to go for answers to their questions. The group is a good source to have those questions answered.

For more information, contact Mike Lamb at vetsnetgrp@att.net.

Photo by Andrew Branca/The Daily Light

Circus in Waxahachie

Family Fun Circus is a one-ring European-style circus with old circus traditions. The ring is surrounded with seating and everyone is up close to the non-stop action.

The show is family owned and operated and travels to the smaller communities throughout the United States. Circus goers are able to enjoy the clowns, acrobats, aerialists and more. Each show lasts about an hour and a half, with the tent opening an hour early. There is a concessions area. The circus will be located at 628 Grand Ave. in Waxahachie, with show times at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Downtown Farmers

Market reopens

Downtown Waxahachie will be busy with activity this weekend for the start of the farmers market season.

Vendors selling everything for hand made pottery to produce to baked goods will have a lot to offer customers who browse their booths Saturday morning.

The vendors include seven with local produce, flowers and plants; pottery; jewelry; Mark Miller, known as the cobbler, who sells hats; Texas Longhorn Beef Co-op; and the Country Store, which sells homemade baked goods. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, May 21-Oct. 15, in downtown Waxahachie.

Taste of downtown

As part of Saturday’s activity around the square visitors can sample what downtown has to offer through the Taste of Downtown event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the College Street Pub, located at 210 N. College St., or at the Ellis County Museum, located at 201 S. College St. Visitors can go to 14 different businesses and sample different items such as food.

Businesses that are participating include 1879 Chisholm Gill, Boyce Gain and Feed, Odom’s Barbeque, Oma’s Jiffy Burger, Plato Loco, the Texas Theater, Whitley’s Philly Grille, Riley’s Bakery and Cafe, Doves Nest, Catfish Plantation, Gunbarrel Barbeque, College Street Pub, Chantilly Place Tea Room and the Soap Goddess. The day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the farmers market information booth.

Spring Fling

The fourth annual spring fling will take place in downtown on the corner of Jefferson and South Rogers streets. Antique dealers will sell items in an outdoor flea market. Sidewalk sales will be in and around the historic downtown. This will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

“These vendors will be showcasing some great antiques and collectibles and they will have terrific special prices as well,” said Diana Buckley, a vendor from My Father’s House Antique Mall, 300 S. Rogers.

Live music will be part of Saturday’s events with the Cedar Junction Bluegrass band playing on the courthouse lawn from 10 a.m.-noon. KBEC 1390 will do a live remote broadcast.

Randy Brown and Chad Rueffer will perform at the Ranch Coffee House located in the Rogers Hotel from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 100 N. College St.

There are also children’s activities planned that include several bounce houses and a face painter located at the corner of West Franklin and South College streets.

Benefit car wash

Saturday

A benefit car wash will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Chicken Express in Waxahachie on Highway 77.

Donations are being accepted throughout the event to aid the family of Shana Owens, who was injured in a car accident May 8.

Fundraising dance

Saturday

The Ellis County Shrine Club will host a fundraising dance from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Optimist Youth Center, 219 Patrick St. in Waxahachie. Proceeds benefit area charities. Music will be provided by Dave Eder and The Final Showdown Band. Tickets are $7.50 per person.

For more information, call 214-773-7931 or 214-912-7749.

Nature Walk at

Mockingbird Nature Park

Indian Trail Master Naturalists will sponsor a wildflower identification adventure at Midlothian’s Mockingbird Nature Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The two-hour walk will be led by Dallas Master Naturalist James Varnum, a regionally known tour guide. The walk is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the AgriLife Extension office at 972-825-5175.

Car show fundraiser for

John Luckau

Local business owner John Luckau was recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. He is in need of chemotherapy and radiation and the expenses are devastating. There will be a car and truck show held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at 507 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie to raise funds. Entry fee is $20. There will be trophies and prizes. A donation account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank under the name John Luckau or a Paypal account has been established: jdluckau@sbcglobal.net. For information, contact Blanca at 972-351-2840 or Becky at 972-375-1915.

WSA concert Sunday

The 2010-2011 Arts District Chorale Season, Beyond Here Lie Dragons: Maps and Territories, concludes with a performances of Broken Boundaries and Ancient Lands: An American Quilt, revealing aspects of the cataclysmic encounters of ancient and modern cultures in the Americas. Incorporating storytelling and a profound sense of place, the final subscription events of the Arts District Chorale’s 2010-11 Season again promise Extraordinary Music in Unexpected Ways.

The final performance takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at the historic octagonal Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie.

The May 22 performance is sponsored by the Waxahachie Symphony Association.

Each Arts District Chorale event draws on multiple arts disciplines in addition to great choral music and invites attendees to become participants in the experience as it unfolds. Renowned African-American historian, author and master storyteller Njoki McElroy will the event, exploring in song and spoken word the diversity of the American experience, in a musical patchwork quilt depicting an intimate and universal story of achievement and loss, hardship and exultation.

For tickets and information, visit the Waxahachie Symphony Association online at www.waxahachiesymphony.com.