1. Make a veteran and deployed soldier smile this holiday season. Stop by the Nicholas P. Sims Library on Nov. 9 and 10 to write a note thanking military persons for their sacrifice and service. These cards will be sent to soldiers that are currently deployed and veterans at the local Veteran Affairs hospital. A table will be set up with cards ready to write your thoughts and the library staff will take care of the rest. The library is located at 515 W. Main St. and is open from 9:30 a.m.—6 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m.—4 p.m. on Saturday. — Ashley Ford
2. The White Rhino Coffee Shop in Waxahachie will be hosting James Dunning in concert from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Dunning is the founder of the musical collaboration Lost Immigrants. Its Several of its albums include "Waiting on Judgement Day," and "Baptized: Live from the Hill Country." The White Rhino Coffee Shop is located at 414 W. Main Street. — Andrew Branca
3. World War II comes to life this weekend in downtown Waxahachie. Come join Historic Waxahachie Inc., the Ellis County Museum and Veterans' Day reenactors for a live WWII reenactment. Join over 130 Allied and Axis troops as they set up camp, meet with Waxahachie residents and charge into battle 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, go online at www.waxahachie.com. — David Dunn
4. In theaters this weekend is yet another movie version of Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic, this time “The Grinch” is animated and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch but he’s still plotting to steal the Christmas joy from Whoville in this PG-rated film; another reboot in theaters stars Claire Foy as hacker Lisbeth Salander in the R-rated action thriller “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story”; lastly for those who love a good action-horror flick, “Overlord” rated R, is set during WWII and tells the story of two American paratroopers who find themselves fighting an army of Nazi zombies on the eve of D-Day.
5. Did you know that the bestselling books “Water for Elephants” and “The Night Circus” started as National Write a Book in a Month projects? NanoWriMonth takes place every November and participants in this annual, Internet-based creative writing project attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. It’s never too late to start, so sign up at https://nanowrimo.org/sign_up and try getting a couple thousand words down this weekend.