Red Oak White and Blue cancelled; fireworks show will go on

Although the “Red Oak White and Blue” event has been canceled, Citizens National Bank of Texas will present the fireworks show from an undisclosed location at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30.

“The city of Red Oak regrets canceling the event, but is happy that CNB has decided to go on with the fireworks show,” a spokesman said. “We hope this will be part of an annual patriotic event for the city of Red Oak.”

Organizers encourage the Red Oak community to enjoy the fireworks show from their backyard or from the parking lots of local businesses. To see the fireworks, look toward the corridor between State Highway 342, I-35, Red Oak Road and Ovilla Road.

Organizers ask that those planning to view the show be courteous of businesses if they choose to park in a parking lot and not to park on private property. Viewers are asked not to drive toward the fireworks staging area, as there is no access or viewing area.

Drivers are asked to pull into parking lots and not to park along streets to view the show.

A rain out date for the show is set for 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1.

Free U.S. flags

In celebration of the nation’s independence, Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home is providing complimentary flags for the upcoming parade on Wednesday.

Flags will be available beginning Saturday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 4, at the funeral home.

Eggleston rodeo

Due to weather conditions, the eighth annual edition of the David Eggleston Memorial Rodeo has been moved from the Waxahachie Rodeo Complex to the Cowboy Church on U.S. Highway 287.

Coalition of Senior Partners

The Coalition of Senior Partners will meet at 5 p.m. June 29 at First Baptist Church. Entertainment will be provided by Serenity. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend and a dish to share.

For more information, call Leo Schumaker at (972) 923-2623.

Curriculum sale

The Ellis County Christian Home School Organization will host a home school used curriculum sale from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, June 29, at St. Paul Episcopal Church on Ovilla Road. Space is free, but limited. Admission is free. For information, call (972) 973-2607.

‘Sylvia’ on stage

Ennis Public Theatre presents “Sylvia,” Friday and Saturday nights, through June 30.

Curtain time is at 8 p.m.

Written by A.R. Gurney, “Sylvia” is a romantic comedy about a dog, the middle-aged New York couple that adopts her and the drama that results.

The theater is located at 2705C N. Kaufman St. in Ennis. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

For more information, call (972) 878-PLAY or visit online at

Guitar concert

Classical guitarist Stacy Arnold will present a solo guitar concert in the lyceum at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Arnold will perform music by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Morel, Pujol, Barrios and others.

Arnold is professor of guitar at Hill College and Navarro College (Waxahachie campus), where he teaches private instruction as well as guitar ensemble and class guitar. He has also served as professor of guitar at North Central Texas College and Southwestern Assembles of God University.

Volunteer training

The American Red Cross is offering volunteer training to be a part of a sheltering team from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30, at 108 S. 12th St., Corsicana. Three courses are included: “Fulfilling Our Mission,” “Shelter Operations” and “Community Services Overview.”

For more information, call (903) 874-4551.

‘Hot Dogs and Hot Rodz’ car show

Lights Galore and More is hosting “Hot Dogz and Hot Rodz,” a family-style event, at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at 1101 U.S. Highway 77. Call (972) 923-1188.

Venus Homecoming

Due to weather conditions and the forecast, the annual Venus Country Fair activities on the square have been cancelled.

The Cemetery Association homecoming activities will go on as planned at the Civic Center.

Adoption info

Texas Baptist Home for Children presents the Heart Gallery of North Texas from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at 629 Farley St., Waxahachie.

The foster care and adoption information meeting will also feature Child Protective Services and local private child-placing agencies. Attendees can view portraits of Texas children waiting for an adoptive home. Information will be available about how to become a foster or adoptive parent.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 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.

Independence Day celebration

Central Presbyterian Church invites the community to its annual celebration of Independence Day with a worship service and picnic in Getzendaner Park on Sunday, July 1. The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chautauqua and the picnic will follow. The church is providing fried chicken and drinks and the congregation and guests are asked to bring a side dish or dessert that would feed a large family style gathering. All food brought for the picnic should not require refrigeration. Dress for the occasion is cool and casual.

Contact the church office at (972) 937-2924 with questions or in case of inclement weather.

First Sunday Singing

Cowboy Church of Ellis County will host its First Sunday Singing featuring gospel music July 1.

Snacks and desserts and a short devotion will be offered at 5 p.m., with the singing from 6-8. The event is free and will be broadcast live on KBEC 1390. For information, call Fletcher Jowers at (214) 317-0835 or visit

Scott Riggan to sing

Ferris Avenue Baptist church will host Christian recording artist Scott Riggan during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday, July 1. Riggan will lead worship as well as share music from his new CD, “Bring Glory.”

Riggan recently toured China and has also toured East and West Africa. He returns to China for a third tour later this year. His recording of “I Love You, Lord,” was No. 1 in 2004 and remained on the charts for more than eight months. For more information, call the church at (972) 937-5301 or visit online at

Catfish tournament

The city of Garrett Fire Department is hosting a catfish tournament from June 30 to July 1 for channel catfish at High View Marina at Lake Bardwell.

Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. June 30, with the first weigh-in set for 9 a.m. July 1. The entry fee is $20 per person with a 30-percent payout for the largest catfish. Door prizes will be given out and the fire department will sell barbecue sandwiches, chips and soft drinks.

For more information, contact Loyde Junkin with the Garrett Fire Department at (214) 557-2201.