Farmers Market/Cotton Fest Saturday

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday and continues through Oct. 27 and is located at the south end of the Ellis County Courthouse on Franklin Street between Rogers and College streets.

This week’s market will be held in coordination with the annual Cotton Fest.

“Come celebrate the role the cotton industry has played in the history of Waxahachie and Ellis County,” a spokesman said.

Entertainment will be provided by the Lone Star Glory Band. Cotton picking and ginning demonstrations will be held. Other activities include balloons for children and T-shirts for sale.

Vendors will 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.

Pancake breakfast

The Waxahachie Senior Center will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The cost of the breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee is $4 per adult and $3 for children.

The center is located in the Optimist Youth Building at 219 Patrick St. This month’s breakfast is sponsored by Pearman Oil.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. This month’s feature movie stars Wilmer Valderrama, Brett Kelly and Tyler J. Williams. A huge blizzard has shut down Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Five unaccompanied minors are determined to have fun running wild inside the terminal, joyriding on golf carts and plummeting through baggage chutes all while outwitting and outrunning an uptight airport official and his gullible assistant. Bring a friend and enjoy popcorn and a movie.

Kiwanis family event

Kiwanis will host a family event open to the public from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Chautauqua Auditorium Activities include a silent auction with many items and a free talent show for children ages 3-6, 7-11 and 12-17. Trophies will be presented for first, second and third place winners in all three age groups. To register, call Diana Campbell at (972) 923-9360 or Fran Leddy at (972) 841-9017 and leave a name and telephone number.

The money raised will be used to support scholarships and community service programs.

For more information, call Marilyn Benedict at (972) 351-3377.

Volunteers needed

Habitat of Ellis County needs volunteers from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at its new site at 514 Highland in Waxahachie. The lot will be cleaned and trees will be trimmed. Lunch will be provided.

Call (214) 405-2666 for more information.

Ice cream social

An ice cream social will be held for the Rockett community at RBC, 2870 Farm-to-Market 983 at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

Simply September

Make reservations by Sunday, Sept. 16, for the “Simply September” luncheon to be held by the Christian Woman’s Connection, in affiliation with Stonecroft Ministries, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Waxahachie Country Club.

Speaker for the month is Kim Mikeal, former sales executive, scuba diver, aerobics instructor, scrapbook enthusiast and mother of two. Her theme for the day is “Things Are Not Always What They Seem.”

Feature will be “September Serenades” with Ed Gipson, minister of music at the First Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

The cost of the luncheon is $13 and is all-inclusive. Nursery vouchers are available when making reservations. To make a reservation or for more information, call (972) 923-1881 or (972) 937-9984 or e-mail

‘To Mend a Broken Heart’ benefit

The “To Mend a Broken Heart” benefit for 6-month-old Ayden Ray Johnson will be held Sept. 16 at the Ellis County Expo Center, located on U.S. Highway 287 next to Cowboy Church.

Ayden, who was born Feb. 22 to Travis and Stacy Johnson, was diagnosed with truncus arateriosus, a heart defect, and has undergone several surgeries.

Tickets are a minimum $25 donation, with children ages 12 and younger admitted free. Doors open at 3 p.m., with music to start at 4 and end at 9. Featured entertainment includes Fallon Franklin and Blake Powers at 4, Bart Crow Band at 5:30 and Eleven Hundred Springs at 7:30.

The silent auction ends at 7, when the live auction will be held. Other activities include poker tables, raffle, bounce house, face painting and pony rides. Food will include brisket, hot dogs and the fixings.

For more information or tickets, call (214) 202-5610.

Donations of money or items for the auctions are appreciated.

Ayden has a nonprofit fund set up at Citizens National Bank listed in the name of “Stephanie Lonon for the benefit of Ayden Ray Johnson.”

The mailing address is Citizens National Bank, attn: Stephanie Lonon, P.O. Box 717, Waxahachie, TX 75168.

For more information about the account, contact Lonon at (972) 351-5232.