Flu shots available

Flu shots are available for the public at the Waxahachie Junior High School nurse’s office. Shots are $20 each for adults or free for ages 17 and younger. Pay with cash or check made out to Waxahachie ISD.

Shots are available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, call (972) 923-4680, ext. 504.

DrinkingLiberally

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.

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 and 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.

‘Chillin’ 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 (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.

The dinner show is by reservation only and individual tickets are $18 each, payable in advance no later than Feb. 2. 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 (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, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce located on YMCA Drive.

Donations needed for Habitat sale

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 (972) 937-0783.