Screams Theme Park will open Friday, Sept. 28, for five weekends. The park is open from 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, as well as from 7:30-11 p.m. Sunday Night, Oct. 28. Guests may visit all four haunted houses multiple times and stay until the park closes at 1:30 a.m. for the ticket price of $19.99.

Admission includes the Ghoulish Graveyard, Maze of the Macabre, Spooky Hollow Children’s area (for children 12 and under, closes at 10 p.m.), karaoke stage and roving characters. Additional excitement is provided by the Mythical Monster Museum and Trail of Terror, Screams Caf/, Taboo Tavern, Hot Seat Extreme, Vegatabul Justice, games of skill and rides.

Tickets are available at the gate. Discount coupons are available at Long John Silver’s restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Discount group ticket packages are available for groups of 10 or more and include one free ticket for every 10 that are purchased. Group tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available at the gate.

For more information, call (972) 938-3247 or visit

Fund-raiser music jamboree

Ellis Christian Women's Job Corps is sponsoring a fund-raiser music jamboree and silent auction to be held at Cowboy Church of Ellis County at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Performers who have donated their time and talent to help raise money are Fletcher Jowers, Suzanne Harris on the dulcimer, Lendell and Sean, the Walker Ladies Trio, 4 By Grace, In Hymn and Patrick & Kathy Bouldin's Bluegrass.

Great Investment Gala

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy invites the community to attend its seventh annual Great Investment Gala benefiting its students on Friday, Sept. 28. The event will be hosted at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The punch reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a steak dinner, catered by Carino’s Italian Grill, to follow.

“It is our desire to introduce you to our wonderful school,” a spokesman said. “If you have a love for Christian education and want to see a Christian school thrive in Ellis County, please join us for this special Great Investment Gala.”

There will be an opportunity to contribute to this ministry, but is not required. Sitting is limited and an RSVP is requested to (972) 937-9790. This is an adults-only event and semi-formal is preferred.

Band scholarship fund-raiser

Allen Samuels Autoplex of Ennis is sponsoring the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band in the Dodge Hometown Scholarship Program — which is designed to raise scholarship funds for local high school bands throughout the state of Texas.

WHS Band Boosters will have tickets available at Bealls from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

“We invite everyone to visit us, not only at Bealls on Saturday and Sunday, but at the football game on Friday night as well,” said Ronnie McMahan, president of the WHS Band Boosters. “All that’s required is to complete the information on the back of the ticket. You receive a T-shirt and are automatically entered into the state-wide drawing for a 2008 Dodge Mega Cab Truck,” McMahan said. “Participants are encouraged to make a $5 contribution, of which the band receives the entire amount.”

For further information, contact Rich Armstrong, director of WHS bands, at Waxahachie High School.

Freedom Fund Banquet

The Waxahachie branch of NAACP will hold its 23rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth age 13 and younger. Each table seats eight guests and businesses are encouraged to purchase a table, place an ad in the souvenir booklet and or make a donation.

For more information, call (972) 937-2077.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday and continues through Oct. 27. The market is located at the south end of the Ellis County Courthouse on Franklin Street between Rogers and College. Vendors have fresh vegetables and fruits, plants, crafts and wares for purchase. Smoothies and other refreshments are also available. Master Gardeners are on site every week to answer agricultural questions.

Chautauqua Assembly

The eighth annual Chautauqua Assembly begins at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, continuing into the evening. Keynote speaker will be WFAA-TV meteorologist Steve McCauley, who will talk about wind as a weather phenomenon at 1 p.m.

This year’s theme, “Explore the Magic, Mystery and Power of the Wind,” is carried out through the day’s different presentations. A barbecue dinner will be available at 6 p.m., with the annual pie social benefiting Waxahachie CARE following dinner.

At 7 p.m., the Dallas Wind Symphony will present an authentic Sousa reenactment concert.

All-day tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for students. Evening-only tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door only.

For more information, call (972) 937-8887 or visit online at

Bibles, Broncs and Bulls event

Cowboy Church of Ellis County is inviting the community to take part in the Bibles, Broncs and Bulls event Saturday, Sept. 29.

The free event will include a bullfight, bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, live music, a free dinner and fun for the whole family.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and chutes open at 8.

The event is produced by Riding 4 Christ Rodeo Ministries.