Mini Grand Prix

Get your engines going for Nascar-style go-kart racing fun this weekend in historic downtown Waxahachie. This is the fifth annual CNB of Texas Mini Grand Prix as hosted by the Waxahachie Lions Club and benefitting the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center and other Lions Club-supported charities.

On Friday, pre-race activities begin with a concert by Shy Blakeman and the Whickey Fever Band sponsored by 106.9 The Ranch. Along with the food and entertainment, the 20-plus racing teams will be on display, vying for pre-competition honors of best dressed, best-looking car and most spirited.

Also, the Downtown Merchants Association has set up its artificial ice skating rink across from City Hall on Rogers Street, with skating offered from 6-10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, activities begin with an exhibition race at 8:45 a.m. between two disc jockeys from 106.9 The Ranch, with qualifying heats for the mini grand prix set at 9. Lunchtime entertainment will be by the Dakota Butler Band, with a second exhibition race at 12:45 p.m. with Hurst Brothers Racing. At 1 p.m., qualifying heats resume, with the finals set for 3:30 p.m.The trophy presentation will be between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

Additional activities include a pre-Farmers Market opening, with several vendors in attendance on Saturday, as well as a Mustang Trends classic Mustang car show, an Ellis County SPCA adoption clinic, a Kids’ Zone, food vendors and a carnival.

Bristol Stomp

The Bristol Volunteer Fire Department will host its third annual Bristol Stomp dinner and dance on Saturday, May 19, at the fire station.

A barbecue dinner will be served from 6-8 p.m. Local band, Wild Card, will provide music for dancing and listening enjoyment from 7-11 p.m.

There will be door prizes, a silent, white elephant auction, a dunking booth, bounce house and plenty of fun for all.

The Bristol VFD serves Ellis County Emergency Services District No. 7.

Tickets for the event are $10 per adult and $5 for children younger than age 12. Advance tickets are available at the Bristol General Store or by calling Lisa Edwards at (972) 846-2944. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Coalition of Senior Partners

The Coalition of Senior Partners will meet at 5 p.m. Friday, May 18, at First Baptist Church. Newcomers and long-time residents of Waxahachie are invited to attend and bring a dish to share. For more information, call Leo Schumacher at (972) 923-2623.

Pee-Wee cheerleader signups

Pee-wee cheerleader signups for girls in first through sixth grade are from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 19, in the Waxahachie High School parking lot, with returning girls to register from 9-10:30 a.m. and new girls to register from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Registration fees are $100. Only cash and money orders are accepted and registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information, call (972) 937-6879 or e-mail kwebbstewart@msn.com.

Barbecue lunch, garage sale fund-raiser

Waxahachie chapter 599 Order of the Eastern Star will host a fund-raiser barbecue lunch and garage sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Masonic Lodge, 303 John Arden.

Lunch will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes brisket, two sides, drink and dessert. Cost is $5 per person.

Pancake breakfast

The Palmer High School drill team, the Show Stoppers, will have a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 19, at the school. There will be a basket auction, door prizes and a dance show. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Tabatha Baker at (972) 449-3138. The 2007-2008 school year will be the Show Stopper’s first year and all proceeds will go toward the purchase of uniforms.

Blood drive

Eta Omega will hold a blood drive for Carter BloodCare on Saturday, May 19, at the Ellis County Diagnostic Clinic parking lot, 501 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie. Donors receive a free T-shirt and a chance to win a free night at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine and a seven-day Royal Caribbean cruise. For more information, contact Patti Junkin at (972) 935-8655.

Adoption information meeting

A China and international adoptions information meeting at Nicholas P. Sims Library is set for 2-4 p.m. May 19. The meeting is free and open to the public. Anyone interested attending or learning more can contact Libby Randall at Hope Cottage at (214) 526-8721 or adoption@hopecottage.org. Hope Cottage is a not for profit agency.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will hold a play day at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with a rain out day scheduled for Saturday, May 26. The cost is $2 per event and all ages are welcome.

The arena is located at 1806 Bear Creek in Cedar Hill.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call club president James Logan at (972) 223-6119.

Open house

Century 21 Judge Fite Company and 60 other Century 21 offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area will conduct an open house weekend Sunday, May 20, featuring about 600 open houses.

The weekend will provide consumers with the opportunity to see several properties of interest at the same time and the chance to win free gas for a year by attending and filling out an entry form at any of the participating events.

For more information, call (817) 804-3282 or visit online at www.CENTURY21JudgeFite.com.