Blood drive

Waxahachie High School is hosting a blood drive from 1-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in the Fine Arts Center parking lot to benefit Jason Cox.

Cox, a WHS senior, was diagnosed with leukemia this summer and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant in October.

‘Art Rocks’ at Anderson Gallery

The community is invited to attend a special art show and reception, “Art Rocks,” at the Anderson Gallery, located in the Ellis County Art Association Fine Art Center.

The event is set for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, with a 1950s themed wine and cheese reception at the gallery, which is located on the lower level of the center, 501 W. Main St., Waxahachie.

Organizers are describing the event as a “far out artistic trip through the ’50s and ’60s.”

“There is hardly a facet of our present day lives that isn’t influenced by the powerful impact of these two decades,” a spokesman said. “Together, the ‘Boppers’ of the ’50s and the ‘Flower Children’ of the’60s changed the cultural climate in the United States and the world and are now our neighbors, politicians, clergy, teachers and CEOs.”

For more information, visit the association’s Web site at www.EllisCountyArt.net, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or call (972) 937-3414.

Symphony concert Saturday

The Waxahachie Symphony Association will host the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.

All WISD students will be admitted free to the concert. Adult single tickets are $12 at the door.

The performance is part of the 31st season Waxahachie Symphony Association Concert Series.

For more information, visit www.waxahachiesymphony.com.

Genealogical seminar

The Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society will host a seminar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church, 1233 N. Beltline Road, Mesquite, with a dutch treat lunch break from noon-1:30 p.m.

Topics of interest include researching Native American ancestries and reading old handwriting.

Advance registration is $25. Make check payable to Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society and mail to MHGS, P.O. Box 850165, Mesquite, TX 75185-0165.

Walk-in registration is $30. For more information, visit online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmhgs/page1.htm.

Bethlehem Revisited auditions

Interviews and auditions for Bethlehem Revisited will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, 102 YMCA Drive. In order to participate, one must attend all rehearsals and performances, take part in costume preparation and script memorization and be committed to producing a quality show.

Open positions needing audition include a physician’s apprentice, Joseph, roaming characters and a musical group. Open positions to be filled by interview include shepherd’s camp adult, girls age 10-15 for dyer/weaver huts and grape stompers, Herod’s entourage members, families to man empty huts with a trade or skill and individual adults.

Those interested in auditioning can contact Virginia Sevier at (972) 938-3352 or e-mail virgsevier@sbcglobal.net as soon as possible. An adult must accompany all children.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday and continues through Oct. 27. The market is located at the south end of the Ellis County Courthouse on Franklin Street between Rogers and College. Vendors have fresh vegetables and fruits, plants, crafts and wares for purchase. Smoothies and other refreshments are also available. Master Gardeners are on site every week to answer agricultural questions.