Walk Across Texas

The grand finale for Walk Across Texas will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Fine Arts Center at Waxahachie High School. At the event, awards will be presented for the team that logged the most miles during the eight-week period, for the individual that walked the most, and all participating will receive a certificate of completion. For more information, contact the county Extension Service office, 701 S. Interstate 35 E, Suite 3, Waxahachie, call (972) 825-5175 or e-mail rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu.

Donations needed

Donations are being sought to assist with May 19 commencement exercises for homeschool graduating seniors of Hillside Christian Academy, 106 N. Hillside in Red Oak.

For more information, contact Steve Tonick at (972) 576-0649.

Caribbean cruise

Reservations are being taken for a February 2008 Caribbean cruise to benefit the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center. The cruise is sponsored by Blue Knights XXI, a law enforcement motorcycle club. The seven-day trip from Galveston will include stops in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The community is invited to participate.

Book the cruise by calling (817) 283-2461 and asking for the Gingerbread House/Blue Knights XXI cruise.

Christian Women’s Connection

Make reservations by Sunday, May 13, for the Wednesday, May 16, Christian Women’s Connection of Ellis County, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, “Affordable Elegance” luncheon.

The speaker will be Lynne Luckey, who will discuss how she found a way to escape a lifetime of abuse. Backroom Toggs will present some “uptown fashions” at down home prices in a style show.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Colonnade Restaurant at the Waxahachie Country Club, 1920 W. U.S. Business 287. The cost of the all-inclusive luncheon is $13. Vouchers for the nursery are available when making reservations. For reservations, call (972) 938-9715 or (972) 937-9984 or e-mail NJL1943@aol.com.

Friends of Special Olympics

The Friends of Special Olympics invites the community to become involved with Special Olympics and its board of directors.

A meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the community conference room of First Baptist Church. Guests are asked to enter the building from Rogers Street, through the second set of wooden doors. For more information, call (972) 938-7490.

Green and White game

The annual Green and White spring football game will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Lumpkins Stadium. Admission is free. All Indian fans are invited.

Charmer Booster Club

The Cherokee Charmer Booster Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 14 in room 159 at Waxahachie High School.

Celebrating Nursing Home Week

Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center will celebrate Nursing Home Week, May 14-18. The week will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. followed by numerous activities, including wheelchair races, egg relay, a bake sale, balloon races, an auction, balloon volleyball and several others for the remaining of the week. Prizes also will be given out to staff and residents throughout the week.

Peace Officers Memorial Day

A special ceremony and roll call will be held from 12:15-12:40 p.m. May 15 at the Waxahachie Pocket Park at the corner of Franklin and College streets.

All Ellis County agencies will be represented.

GED and ESL classes

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian will offer free GED and ESL classes, beginning May 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Navarro Adult Basic Education or visit online at http://www.navarrocollege.edu.

Republican Women to meet

Ellis County Republican Women will host Dr. Whitney Fogle at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce on YMCA Drive. The program and meetings are open to the general public, and the community is welcome to attend.

Waxahachie Senior Center

The Waxahachie Senior Center will host a dance Tuesday, May 15. The Midlothian Bus Barn Band will begin the dance at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and covers the cost of the dance and light refreshment. The senior center is located at 219 Patrick in the Optimist Youth Building.

Teen Book Club

This month the Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Book Club is meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, to discuss “Pretties” by Scott Westerfeld.

“If you liked ‘Uglies’ you will love this second book of the trilogy,” a spokesman said. “Come join us and give us your thoughts on the book.”

Pancake breakfast

The Palmer High School drill team, the Show Stoppers, will have a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 19, at the school. There will be a basket auction, door prizes and a dance show. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Tabatha Baker at (972) 449-3138. The 2007-2008 school year will be the Show Stopper’s first year and all proceeds will go toward the purchase of uniforms.

Green and White Classic BBQ

The Waxahachie QB Club will sponsor its annual H-E-B Green and White Classic barbecue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 19. The barbecue, which will include barbecue brisket, potato salad, beans, bread, onions and pickles, will be held in conjunction with a seven-on-seven tournament.

Tickets are $6 each with all proceeds benefiting the club to sustain a level of excellence that has led to four district championships in the past five years. The supplies have been donated by the local H-E-B store.

The club has contributed in excess of $140,000 in the past seven years to the improvement of the facilities and equipment, as well as $21,000 in scholarships for the athletes of the football program. Club volunteers will donate their time and the support of our student athletes is greatly appreciated.

Contact a Waxahachie football player, coach or club officer for a ticket or for more information, call (972) 923-4606.

Adoption information meeting

A China and international adoptions information meeting at Nicholas P. Sims Library is set for 2-4 p.m. May 19. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Anyone interested attending or learning more can contact Libby Randall at Hope Cottage at (214) 526-8721 or adoption@hopecottage.org. Hope Cottage is a not for profit agency.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will hold a play day at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with a rain out day scheduled for Saturday, May 26. The cost is $2 per event and all ages are welcome.

The arena is located at 1806 Bear Creek in Cedar Hill.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call club president James Logan at (972) 223-6119.