Magic show benefit for CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County presents an evening with Carson Entertainment on Saturday, March 1.

The evening will include grand illusions, exotic animals, audience participation and comedy magic.

“Help support our children,” a spokesman said. “Come experience the art of imagination. One-hundred percent of all ticket sales support CASA.”

The event will be staged at Sheaffer Full Life Center Auditorium on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7.

Carson Entertainment has been voted Las Vegas’ No. 1 family attraction for two years running.

Tickets may be purchased at the Waxahachie YMCA, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the Ellis County Museum in Waxahachie, Ennis Chamber of Commerce in Ennis, Alpha Material Handling in Midlothian and Brookshire’s Food Store in Red Oak.

Expo Saturday

The largest event of its kind in Ellis County, the Lifestyles Home and Family Expo offers 60,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and fun for the whole family and takes place Saturday, March 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. This year's event will feature a new attraction, A Taste of Waxahachie, that showcases samples from Waxahachie’s finer restaurants.

More than 130 vendors will be on hand. Other attractions include entertainment, door prizes, fashion and shopping, autos and home improvement, free massages and health screenings.

Children’s activities include face painting; character greetings from Pickles, the Chick-fil-A cow, and Truman the Dragon from Kidsville News; magic and balloons with Dusty the Clown; a mobile puppet show by Foundation of Life Church; and a Lowe’s build-a-project kids’ clinic.

Taste of Waxahachie will include restaurants with booths set up in the Crape Myrtle Room, where they will serve up samples from frozen custard to pastas and sandwiches for guests to taste free of charge. G Texas Catering will offer a special wine and cheese tasting from 2-5 p.m.

Live performances will take place on the main stage throughout the day. The entertainment will include magician Gary Carson, who will preview his show, “Art of Imagination,” at 12:55 p.m. The full show will be performed that evening at Sheaffer Full Life Center on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus as a benefit for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County.

The Waxahachie Junior High School symphonic I band will perform its UIL pieces at 9:30 a.m. and numerous other shows will be presented throughout the day.

The Lifestyles Home and Family Expo will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Admission is $3 for adults; children 10 and younger are free.

Fort Worth Symphony to

perform Saturday

The Fort Worth Symphony and Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Pollock, will perform in the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center, 1000 N. U.S. Highway 77, at 7:30 p.m. March 1.  

Admission at the door is $12 for adults, with admission free for all Waxahachie ISD students.

Support for this performance is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.

For further information, contact Jim Chapman at or call the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce at 972-937-2390.

95th anniversary celebration

Farley Street Baptist Church is planning a special celebration for its 95th anniversary March 1-2. The celebration will begin with a kickoff meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy. There will be special music by prior music directors and talks by prior pastors. Videos depicting the church history will be presented and refreshments will be served.  

The main celebration will be at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center. Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the celebration and lunch will be served following.  All prior staff, employees and members are encouraged to attend.

Donations sought for Anna benefit

A special benefit has been scheduled March 1 for Anna Thomas, the daughter of Ennis Mayor Russell and Nancy Thomas.

Donations are being sought for the event, which will include a silent and live auction and dinner. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ennis, with special guests, Channel 8 news anchor Gloria Campos and sportscaster Dale Hansen, who will serve as emcee.

Tickets are $75 each, with corporate sponsorship tables available for $1,000.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the auction and cash bar opening, dinner at 6:30 and the auction ending by 9:30. Hansen will provide remarks at 7:30.

For more information, call Jess Haupt at 972-875-1660 (work) or 469-285-3742 (cell) or Gus Jones at 972-979-3789 (cell).

Girl Scout cookie sale

Brownie Girl Scout Troop 531 will be at the Red Oak Brookshires from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 for their annual cookie sale.  Cookies are $3.50 per box.

Church anniversary

First Presbyterian Church of Ferris will celebrate its 150th anniversary service at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2.

The celebration will include introductory remarks from the Rev. David Sparks, pastor of the church, followed by a presentation of the church’s history by former state Rep. and life-long member of the church, Virginia Duff. The church extends an invitation to the public to attend.

First Sunday Singing at Cowboy Church

The First Sunday Singing will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Cowboy Church of Ellis County. Serving as master of ceremonies is Hall of Fame DJ Larry Scott and long time Chuck Wagon Gang member and Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Jim Wesson, who will lead the music.

The lineup includes Friends By Grace, Southern Gospel Music Association Group of the Year 2005; Dan Roberts, Academy of Western Artists Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year; Tommy Brandt, winner of the Christian Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year 2006; Leslie Sagraves; and others.  

Snacks and desserts will be served. There is no charge for admission.

The singing will be broadcast on KBEC 1390 and via the Internet.

The event is sponsored by the Cowboy Church of Ellis County and Midlothian Funeral Home.