Ducks Unlimited banquet

The annual banquet of the Ellis County chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be held Friday, April 25, at the Ellis County Expo on the U.S. Highway Bypass. The event is open to the public and will include door prizes, raffles, games of chance, silent and live auction and Cajun catered dinner. Price of banquet ticket includes one-year membership to Ducks Unlimited and one-year (six issues) subscription to Ducks Unlimited magazine. Advance tickets are $45 each and $70 per couple. At the door, they are $50 each and $80 per couple. Corporate tables and sponsorships are available. RSVP is not required, but encouraged. Contact John Reagan at 214-673-7264.

Ferris Brick Festival

The Ferris Brick Festival will be held in the Ferris town square Friday and Saturday with events beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

To kick off the festival, a “Mutt Strut” dog competition will be open to dogs to be judged in four categories, the best trick, best dressed, most vocal and dog most resembling its owner. There will be a carnival and entertainment lasting until 9 p.m. Friday.

Events continue Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and lasting until dusk. Saturday activities include a brick decorating contest, a grandparents brag contest, a baby crawling contest at 10 a.m., Little Mister and Little Miss Ferris Brick pageant at 11 a.m., and the Ellis County Brick Star Search competition for singers, dancers, actors and musicians at 3 p.m. Entertainment will include the carnival, karaoke and live music.

For more information on contest entries contact Melanie Queen at 972-842-8448 or stop by the Cash and Mail Emporium at 209 W. 6th St. to pick up entry forms.

Palmer youth ministry fundraiser

On Saturday, April 26, the youth ministry at First Baptist Church Palmer is having a town square fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m.

Activities include a barbecue dinner, live music and live and silent auctions of more than 100 items and services from across the community.

All proceeds will benefit ministry activities scheduled for the summer.

For more information, contact Tracy Johnson at 214-770-7547.

Zooniversity

Nicholas P. Sims Library welcomes Zooniversity for an adult program at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the meeting room.

Zooniversity is an exotic animal education program with more than 50 species in its care. In each Zooniversity program, a professional wildlife educator introduces attendees to the organization’s living animal ambassadors. This program is for adults only. There will be a children’s program July 23.

Workday event

Never-E-Nuff Acres, a horse rescue and sanctuary in Waxahachie, has been selected as a participating site in the Barbaro Legacy Event program. People are invited to participate in the workday project in coordination with Texas Friends of Barbaro, a group that honors the memory of the fallen famed racehorse.

Volunteers will help the rescue for a day by performing various chores such as the grooming of the resident horses, scrubbing feed buckets, cleaning and organizing the feed and tack shed and general site cleaning. A barbecue lunch will be served and a silent auction held to raise money.

Proceeds from the sale of commemorative T-shirts will be donated to Never-E-Nuff Acres.

The event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 at Never-E-Nuff Acres, which is located at 665 Arrowhead Road, Waxahachie.  

For more information, contact Never-E-Nuff Acres owner Dawn Walsh at 877-378-4630.

Homeschool Q&A

Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization will hold a question-and-answer session on homeschooling at 7 p.m. April 26, on “Homeschooling through High School.”

The session will be held at Church of Christ, 2633 Ovilla Road, Red Oak, (corner of Uhl and Ovilla roads).

The session is free, with everyone welcome.

Plein air workshop

The Ellis County Art Association will hold a plein air workshop for oil and watercolor with Cecy Turner from April 26-27. For more information, call 972-937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net. The association’s art center is located at 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

Bristol Opry

The community is invited to “Bluegrass at the Bristol Opry” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

The event will take place at the old Bristol schoolhouse, 100 Church St., Bristol. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.

The opry is presented by Bristol Cemetery Association and Caring Hands of Bristol.

For more information or to be a sponsor, call Jim Gatlin at 972-846-2211, Randall Willis at 972-666-2151 or Roland Jones at 9762-666-2273.