Senior center dance at 7 p.m.

Dave Eder and the Final Showdown Band will be the featured entertainment at a dance sponsored by the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the center, 219 Patrick St. Admission is $4; there will be a break for refreshments. The public is invited.

Ellis County Republic Women to meet

The Ellis County Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce. The guest speaker will be Dean Kilmer, preaching minister for College Street Church of Christ and author of “Igniting the Moral Courage of America.” He will speak to the group about six ways to inspire people to live with integrity and to take action to reverse the tidal wave of negative values that is destroying the greatness of America. Both the program and the meeting are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Teens

Teens, ages 13-18, will have the opportunity for some hands-on science at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. April Roddy will demonstrate how science can be fun with a few hands-on science experiments the teens can try. Bring a friend to this program. Snacks will be provided.

Rotary to Meet Thursday

The Rotary Club of Waxahachie will meet at noon Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. This week’s program will feature Linda Elliott from the Rotary Club of Grand Prairie. Elliott is a Rotary District 5810 co-chairman of the Tuberculosis Eradication Initiative. She will be introduced by local Rotarian and program chairman Edwin Farrar.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library is organizing a Teen Book Club for ages 11-18 from 6-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.

“In this initial meeting we will talk about future books to discuss and get acquainted,” a spokesman said. “February’s book is ‘Eragon’ by Christopher Paolini, which will be handed out at the January meeting. Participants will be able to keep the books we read.”

Future meetings will be an hour in length to give time for discussion. This program is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of Sims Library.

For more information on the book club or the Friends, call the library at (972) 937-2671.

People who are passionate about progressive politics are invited to DrinkingLiberally, a national, informal get-together “promoting democracy, one pint at a time,” according to Nathalie Guyol, local host. “We have no officers, no agenda and no speeches — just a great time talking about the world we live in and events of the week.”

The Waxahachie chapter, one of 169 around the country, meets at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Courtside Bar & Grill, 200 S. Rogers, near the corner of Franklin, across from the courthouse in Waxahachie. Newcomers are welcome, no reservations are needed, and there is no charge to join. For more information, visit www.drinkingliberally.org or call (972) 935-9491.

Coffee club

The Ellis County Democratic Men’s Coffee Club meets from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at 215 E. Main St. in Waxahachie. Everyone is welcome, and newcomers especially are invited to drop in for coffee and doughnuts, not to mention lively and informal conversation. There is no charge, and no reservation is required.

For more information, call Larry Harris at (972) 938-3090.

DEAR Day

Waxahachie ISD will host its annual Drop Everything and Read Day on Friday, Jan. 26. This is the 10th annual DEAR Day.

For more information or to volunteer, call Melissa Cobb at (972) 923-4631.

Spelling bees

Maypearl Elementary and Intermediate schools will host its local spelling bee at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in the intermediate gym at 8:30 a.m. and an Ellis County spelling bee at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the elementary cafetorium.

Coalition of Senior Partners

The Coalition of Senior Partners will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at the First Baptist Church. Dave Eder and his group will play country and gospel music and serve as entertainment for the evening. Newcomers are welcome to join this nondenominational group.

Pets at the Sims

Jeremy Thomas and Katie Harder will bring a variety of pets to show and will offer information on the care of each animal from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. All youth are invited.

Pancake/chili day

Eat all day with the great cooks of the First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie, 505 W. Marvin, and take home dinner from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.

Beginning at 7 a.m., the pancakes, bacon and sausage will be cooking and ready to eat. Chili and soup will be served beginning at 11 a.m., with frozen casseroles and homemade baked goods also available for purchase. All items are available as takeout.

This annual fundraiser will benefit local charities and support the community programs housed in the Family Life Center of First Methodist Church.

For more information, call the church office at (972) 937-4400.

Reunion meeting

The biannual Oak Lawn/Turner High School reunion will be held this summer, with the first reunion meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at Joshua Chapel Church.

All exes who are interested in organizing the reunion are asked to be present. For more information, contact Edith Finley or Erma Newton for details.

‘Chilllin’ with the Charmers’

The Cherokee Charmers Booster Club will host “Chillin’ with the Charmers” from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy Solis Gym. The event will include performances by the Charmers showcase their competition routines. A chili lunch will follow. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children, with those younger than age 5 free.

Glamour Shots fund-raiser

The Waxahachie Masonic Lodge No. 90 will host a Glamour Shots fund-raiser from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the lodge, located at 303 John Arden Drive in Waxahachie. The cost of $25 pays for hairstyling, makeup and an 8-inch by 10-inch photograph. With the event scheduled close to Valentine’s Day, the lodge invites couples to be photographed.

All proceeds benefit the Waxahachie Masonic Lodge scholarship fund. For more information or to make reservations, call Eula Graham at (972) 935-9601.

Season tickets

Waxahachie Community Theatre announces that season tickets are available for the 2007 season, underwritten by Citizens National Bank of Texas. Prices for reserved seating are $45 per season ticket or $80 for two season tickets.

The schedule includes “A Slice of Salmon” in dinner theater Feb. 9-11, “Oklahoma” on May 4-6 and “The Music Man” on Oct. 26-28.

Season tickets must be purchased by Feb. 2. Individual tickets will be available during the season for the different productions, including “A Slice of Salmon,” which is the only dinner theater production.

The dinner show is by reservation only and individual tickets are $18 each, payable in advance no later than Feb. 2. Groups wishing to be seated together at the dinner theater must submit one order form for all of the tickets needed. Order forms and other information is available online at www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com.

For additional information, call director PJ Searsy at (972) 723-6976.

Balloon bouquets

The residents and staff at the Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center will be taking orders for Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets through Monday, Feb. 12.

Bouquets will consist of four small balloons surrounding and large, heart-shaped balloon and will cost $8 each. Proceeds will go into the activity fund for the residents.

Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation is located at 3650 S. Interstate Highway 35 E in Waxahachie. For more information or to place an order, call Pam Smith or Linda Markgraf at (972) 935-0090.

Baseball signups begin

Waxahachie Youth Baseball has begun online registration for its 2007 season.

WYB provides youth baseball programs for ages 5-17 in six age-based divisions: 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; and 15-17.

Online registration can be done at www.wybonline.org through Feb. 3.

The league will also hosts in person registration from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce located on YMCA Drive.

Donations needed

Donations are needed for Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County’s annual Giant Garage Sale set for Saturday, Feb. 3, at

First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin in Waxahachie.

Goods can be delivered to the church from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Feb. 2. Large item pickups can be arranged by calling Karen Nichols at (972) 937-0783.

All donations are tax deductible and the monies raised will be used to build homes for people in need throughout Ellis County. The garage sale will be one day only, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

Adult football league

Jan. 28 is the last day to register for the YMCA adult football league. Games will be played on Tuesday nights at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. The first game will take place Feb. 6 and the last game will take place in March.

The cost is $300 per team and covers referees and use of the sports complex. Adults age 16 and over can play and teams are coed.

There will be a coach/captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Waxahachie YMCA.

For more information contact Amy Sisler at (972) 937-YMCA.

YMCA program

The Waxahachie YMCA will participate in the Pay the Day membership program throughout January. The program reduces the joiner’s membership fee, which is usually $95, to a dollar amount of the date that an individual or family signs up for a membership. For example, if a family or individual joins the YMCA on Jan. 12, the joiner’s membership fee will be $12, rather than $95.

Those interested in a YMCA membership may visit www.waxahachieymca.org or call (972) 937-9622 for more information.

The Waxahachie YMCA is located at 100 YMCA Drive.

Valentine dance

The Red Oak High School marching band is hosting a Valentine dance for all Red Oak High School students from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the school cafeteria.

Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The price includes drinks and snacks.

The event will feature door prizes, contests and a live disc jockey.

Children's Valentine Crafts

Children ages 4-10 are invited to bring their creativity and join friends in making special Valentine crafts from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. All materials will be provided.

Ticket amnesty program

The Glenn Heights municipal court is offering its annual amnesty program for outstanding municipal warrants through March 31. The amnesty will include waiving the violation of promise to appear warrant, which in many cases alone will total a $310 fine.

“If you wish to participate you must pay the full amount of the original outstanding charges,” a spokesman said. “If you cannot make the full payment, the court is still offering payment arrangements for those who wish to clear their outstanding warrants.”

Individuals choosing to participate in this amnesty program will not be arrested on these warrants if they voluntarily appear at the municipal court clerk’s office to pay.

For further information, contact the court clerk at (972) 223-2107, ext. 256 or e-mail courtclerk@glennheights.com.

Free flu shots

There will be a free shot clinic from 4:30-6 p.m. the Feb. 8 at 1313 E. Main St., Waxahachie.

Entrepreneur Workshop

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you have a great idea for a new product or service? Do you want to be your own boss?

The city of Glenn Heights is hosting an entrepreneur workshop at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, in the Council Chambers at 1938 S. Hampton Road. The workshop is free to the public.

Vickie DeRouen, business development specialist with the Small Business Association, will be one of the speakers and will share general information on starting a successful business.

For more information, call Connie Hearne, economic development director, at (972) 223-1690, ext. 215.

Family Movie Night

The entire family is invited to enjoy a PG-rated animated movie on the large screen at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. This month the plot centers around Otis and his misfit farm friends and their fun in playing tricks on their humans. Eventually Otis has to take responsibility for the tasks to be done around the barn. Children may wear pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket. This and all library events are free admission.

Valentine dinner and auction

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy will hold its annual Denim and Diamonds Valentine dinner and auction Friday, Feb. 9.

Activities begin with silent auction viewing at 6 p.m., with fajitas catered by Acapulco’s served at 7.

Tickets are $10 for adults, with $5 tickets for children in sixth grade and younger. Preschool children are admitted free.

Tickets are available for purchase at the school office.

For more information, contact Joanna Bailey at (972) 923-3241 or Trisha Morrison at (972) 291-4136.

Sweetheart reception

Nicholas P. Sims Library will hold its annual sweetheart reception from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. All adults ages 18 and older are invited to bring their sweethearts and enjoy the fun, food and entertainment.

Call the library at (972) 937-2671 to be placed on list, or sign up at front desk.

Jazz Caf/

Tickets are on sale now for the Waxahachie jazz orchestra and band boosters’ second annual Jazz Caf/ fund-raiser Feb. 10 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

“Jazz Caf/ is an elegant evening of dinner and dancing to jazz and Big Band-era music featuring the WHS jazz orchestra and guest artist James Davis and Keith Davis. Tickets to this event will make a wonderful Christmas gift or Valentine’s Day present for someone special,” Waxahachie ISD director of bands Rich Armstrong said.

Senior Day at the Capitol

Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition will sponsor its fourth Senior Day at the Capitol at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

For help in planning a group trip or more information, call (214) 823-5700, ext. 227, or visit online at www.tsac.org.

Spaghetti supper

The Ovilla Service League will host a spaghetti supper from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Ovilla Road Baptist Church. All proceeds benefit the Ovilla Police Department.

Library program

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents the Japanese doll collection of Itske Stern in a program from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

This program is for adults ages 18 and older. Refreshments will be served; no signup is necessary.

For more information, call (972) 937-2671.

Waxahachie Symphony Association

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents Tin Roof Tango at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie, on March 3.

“Take five talented musicians, more than 30 acoustic instruments, music from six continents, a bit of dance and you have the recipe for Tin Roof Tango’s Big Acoustic World Show,” a spokesman said.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information about the Waxahachie Symphony Association, contact Edwin and Carol Farrar at (972) 938-0404 or edcarol@ectisp.net.

Lawn & Garden Expo

The Ellis County Master Gardeners Association will hold its annual Lawn & Garden Expo on Saturday, March 17, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Waxahachie Symphony Association

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents the Classic Brass of Texas at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 624 Ovilla Road, Waxahachie, on April 4.

“Known and praised for tailoring its concerts to audiences, Classic Brass performs refined yet accessible programs including Bach, Bozza, Gabrieli and Sousa in addition to jazz and Dixieland favorites,” a spokesman said.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information about the Waxahachie Symphony Association, contact Edwin and Carol Farrar at (972) 938-0404 or edcarol@ectisp.net.

Parenting class

Northside Elementary will host a parenting class on the topic, “Summer Safety,” from 7-8:30 p.m. April 23.

Parents will learn about water, insect and camping safety.

The class is free and