Blood drive

The Waxahachie Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center parking lot. Those who register to donate at this blood drive will get a free

T-shirt and be entered in the Carter BloodCare Great Gas Giveaway. Weekly winners will be drawn for $100 worth of free gas. One grand prize winner will drive away with one year’s worth of free gas. Call Peggy Spalding at (972) 938-7345 to schedule a time to donate.

For more information about blood donation call 1-800-DONATE-4.

Rotary to meet

The Rotary Club of Waxahachie meets at noon Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The program will be about the Wednesday’s Child program, with Debby Kirkpatrick presenting. Rotarian and program chairman Edwin Farrar will introduce Kirkpatrick, who is with Wednesday’s Child.

St. Joseph Catholic School open house

St. Joseph Catholic School will hold an open house for selected openings for grades age 3 kindergarten through eighth grade from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. The school offers a small and nurturing atmosphere along with strong academics, music, band, technology, Spanish (primary grades), weekly church services and a small teacher to student ratio. All are invited to visit the school. For more information, call Maribeth May, development director, at (972) 937-7557 or (972) 937-0956.

Forreston Cemetery Association

The Forreston Cemetery Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Forreston Baptist Church on Pecan Street.

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.

Homeschool graduation

A group will gather at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the coffee shop at Hastings to discuss a commencement ceremony for homeschoolers in Ellis County and the surrounding areas. The ceremony is set for May 19 at the Waxahachie Bible Church. All graduating homeschoolers and their parents are welcome to attend. For more information, call Lisa Tonick at (972) 576-0649.

Health Fair

A health fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the fellowship hall of Graham St. Church of Christ, located at 304 Graham St. in Waxahachie.

Representatives from the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, VA Hospital, ETMC Ambulance Services, First Alert and other medical service providers will be on hand to offer free blood pressure screening, blood sugar monitoring, heart attack and stroke prevention education, diabetes education and monitoring, cancer information and the information regarding the importance of hand-washing.

For more information, contact Erma F. Newton at (972) 938-1853 or Delores Price at (972) 937-1306 or (817) 881-3141.

Fund-raiser

The Garrett City Fire Department will host a fund-raiser from 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 10, at the American Legion Hall in Ennis. Loose Money will play live music and barbecue with all the trimmings will be served. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and may be purchased by calling City Hall at (972) 875-5893.

Balloon bouquets

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

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

Pleasant Manor is located at 3650 S. Interstate 35E 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 host in-person registration from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 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.

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 Valentine crafts from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Nicholas P. Sims Library. All materials will be provided.

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 on 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 state 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.

Spelling bee

Maypearl Elementary and Intermediate schools will host the Ellis County spelling bee at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the elementary cafetorium.

Valentine’s Day Event

The Waxahachie Civic Center is cordially inviting everyone to come out and enjoy the most romantic day of the year from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14. Presenting Valentine’s Day “Sweetheart of a Wedding”, this event will feature Vegas-style weddings, 12 hours of love all day long. This is an opportunity to renew wedding vows or schedule a wedding. Sweetheart wedding packages are $500.00, which will include a decorated wedding chapel with guest chairs and cake table for photos, clergy to perform ceremony ‘bride and groom’ to provide valid marriage licenses, an 8 inch wedding cake, and more. Each ceremony is limited to 25 guests and one hour per group. All registered couples will be eligible for a romantic honeymoon package created by the Hampton Inn & Suites. For more information for reservations, contact Jeanee Smiles at (972) 938-3434 ext. 203 or jsmiles @waxahachie.com

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 and Garden Expo

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

Brownie Scout food drive

Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 2529 is supporting Waxahachie CARE by planning their community project of a food drive from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 in H-E-B’s parking lot. Everyone is encouraged to participate and stock aside canned goods to benefit the drive, which do not have to be donated until the day of the drive. For more information, contact Troop Leader Carol Ann Hewson at (972) 923-1348.

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 open to the community.