Palmer school festival

Palmer Intermediate School will hold its annual Back-to-School Festival and Meet the Teacher event from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Pancakes will be served from 9-10:30 a.m., with adult tickets $5 and student tickets $3. Meet the teacher activities will be from 10:45-11:30 a.m. A cake walk and bounce house are among the planned activities.

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.

Habitat of Humanity dedication

Habitat of Humanity of Ellis County will dedicate its newest house at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at 122 Parks School House Road.

Classic Wheels car show

Midlothian Classic Wheels will host a car show from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Lights Galore and More parking lot, 1011 N. U.S. Highway 77. The event will benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Blood drive

Eta Omega will hold a blood drive for Carter BloodCare on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Ellis County Diagnostic Clinic parking lot at 501 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie.

Donors will receive a free T-shirt and a chance to will a gift card. For more information or to schedule a time to donate, contact Patti Junkin at (972) 935-8655.

Ovilla blood drive

The 26th annual Ovilla blood drive will be from 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 7810 Shiloh Road.

“The need for blood has increased but the supply was diminished,” a spokesman said. “Sandwiches and goodies will be available for the donors.”

For more information, contact Jalayn Helm at (972) 217-3466.

‘The Music Man’ auditions

Auditions for Waxahachie Community Theatre’s presentation of “The Music Man” will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, for children ages 8-14. Adults, ages 15 and up, may audition at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28.

Call backs will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the same location. Auditions will be conducted at Red Oak ‘s First United Methodist Church, 600 Red Oak Road, and the first few weeks of rehearsal, beginning Sept. 10, will be at that location.

The cast then moves to the Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie for the final month of preparation. Show dates are Oct. 26-28 in the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park.

There will be a pianist present at auditions. Those auditioning are asked to bring sheet music and prepare one verse and chorus of any song. They may also use a recorded music track but must bring their own CD player. There will be cold readings from the script and all parts are open.

Also needed are a large chorus of males and females, teens who can sing and dance and volunteers to assist with set construction and painting, costuming, prop gathering and other tasks.

Call PJ Searsy at (972) 723-6976 for more information or visit the theatre’s Web site at

First Steps Preschool

First Steps Preschool will hold registration and open house from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 26, at 315 N. Rogers St., Waxahachie.

Belles and beaus meeting

The Waxahachie Symphony Association announces the opportunity for all interested Ellis County high school seniors to participate in the 2007-2008 Symphony Belles and Beaus Program, which is through the Waxahachie Symphony Association.

An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at First Christian Church, Waxahachie.

The program is designed for senior students interested in developing an appreciation of the arts, community service and social/life skills.

For the 2007-2008 year, the fee will be $300, which includes a $75 family subscription to the Waxahachie Symphony Association and a $225 participation fee. The fee covers the costs of all activities, as well as the cost of the belle or beau’s gala ticket.

For more information, call Cindy Hess at (972) 814-3621.