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Saturday, Aug. 29
DeSoto talent search
The DeSoto Arts Commission is seeking singers, dancers, musicians and other talented performers for the Seventh Annual DeSoto Star Search Competition. Open auditions for the competition are Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. An appointment is required in order to audition as well as a $5 audition fee. DeSoto Star Search is an annual talent show sponsored by the DeSoto Arts Commission. This year’s show is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corner Theatre at DeSoto Town Center. For more information or to reserve an audition time, contact Kathy Jones 972-230-9648.
Kids Fishing Tournament
The 2009 Kids Fishing Tournament is Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. – noon at Briarwood Park & Pond, 1625 W. Beltline Rd., DeSoto. Registration fee is $5. Attendees must bring your own equipment. For more information contact the Parks and Leisure Services Department at 972-230-9651.
Monday, Aug. 24
Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps to meet
The next session of the Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps will begin on Monday, Aug. 24. Any woman interested in improving her life, job skills and communicating ability should call Kathryne between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Limited amount of seating is available. All classes, materials and lunches are free. Located at 315 S. Rogers St. in Waxahachie. Please call 972-937-6620 or 972-351-4947.
Aug. 31 – Sept. 10
Southwest Children’s Choir will be holding auditions (by appointment only) for children between the ages of 7 and 12 (as of Sept. 1, 2009.) Visit our Web site www.swchildre nschorus.org for more information, call 214-649-3231 or e-mail info@swchi ldrenschorus.org to schedule an audition.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 3
USS Columbus Reunion
The shipmates from the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12/SSN-762 Reunion will be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the Holiday Inn Select in Nashville, Tenn. Please contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505, 260-486-2221 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern or email: hope439 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Series Baseball Team
Age 13U Super Series Baseball Team seeking additional players for Fall/Summer Season. Must be 13 and under before May 1, 2010. Contact Tim @ 214-924-8422.
Saturday, Aug. 22
Mammals – Furry Friends of Bear Creek
Take a walk on the wild side and join the Bear Creek Nature Park Aug. 22 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. as they host Mammals-Furry Friends of Bear Creek. Kids of all ages can take a tour of the park and learn about the interesting mammals living in the 189 acre environment by participating in stories and exploration. Bear Creek Nature Park is located at 1000 Bear Creek Rd. Cost: $3 (adults), $2 (6-12 years), free (5 and under.)
Saturday, Sept. 5 & Tuesday, Sept. 8
Sign up for fall tennis leagues and lessons
Sign up for fall leagues and lessons with the Midlothian Tennis Association will be Sept. 5 at Brookshire’s in Midlothian from 10 a.m. – noon and Sept. 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information call 972-775-4544 or visit the Web site at www.mid tennis.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
Starting a small business
The Navarro College Small Business Development Center will sponsor a free seminar on How to Start a Small Business on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Citizen’s National Bank Community Room located at 310 N. 9th St. in Midlothian. This seminar is free but pre-registration is required. To register, call the Navarro College SBDC at 972-923-6425 or email sbdc@navar rocollege.edu.
Tuesday, Sept. 22
The Texas Roadmap: Writing a winning business plan
The Navarro College Small Business Development Center will sponsor a session on Writing a Winning Business Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Citizen’s National Bank Community Center located at 310 N. 9th St. in Midlothian. Cost of the workshop is $20 and is for anyone wishing to start a business or already in business. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the Navarro College SBDC at 972-923-6425 or email sbdc@navarrocol lege.edu.
Red Oak Masonic Lodge #461 kicks off U.S. Flag program for 2009
The Red Oak Masonic Lodge is now offering American Flags to the citizens of Red Oak. For an annual subscription fee of only $30 per flag (5 for $25 each) the brothers of the Red Oak Masonic Lodge will install a 3’x5’ American Flag on a steel pole at your location early on the morning of the holiday and then take it down at the close of the day. All funds raised are tax-deductible and go to several Masonic sponsored programs, including the Dallas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, please call our Lodge Flag Chairperson Danny Douthit at 972-617-2007, Gerald Peck at 214-587-9610 or Billy Ray Dickey at 972-897-8351 or mail your check to Red Oak Masonic Lodge #461.
Red Oak Public Library holds Story Time
The Red Oak Public Library will hold Story Time every Wednesday of each month from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18
How to get government contracts
The Navarro College Small Business Development Center will sponsor a workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Prosperity Bank located at 500 North IH35 in Red Oak. The cost of the workshop is $25 and pre-registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the Navarro College SBDC at 972-923-6425 or email sbdc@navarr ocollege.edu.
Wednesday, Aug. 19
Red Oak Area Chamber Luncheon at the New Shields Elementary.
Sunday, Aug. 23
Shields Elementary Grand Opening.
Thursday, Aug. 27
The Texas Roadmap: Writing a winning business plan
The Navarro College Small Business Development Center will sponsor a session on Writing a Winning Business Plan on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Prosperity Bank located 500 North IH35 in Red Oak. Cost of the workshop is $20 and is for anyone wishing to start a business or already in business. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the Navarro College SBDC at 972-923-6425 or email sbdc@navarrocoll ege.edu.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Founder’s Day, Contact Shelley Oglesby at ROACC 972-617-0906.
Monday, Oct. 5
RO Education Foundation Golf Tournament, contact Terri Yates 972-977-2434.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
ROACC, Business over Coffee 7:30 -9 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14
ROACC Annual Auction, contact Shelley Oglesby at ROACC 972-576-3466.
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorers for youth 15-20, are meeting on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who would like to know more please call 972-921-4400.
Games at Sims Library
For several years, Sims Library has offered chess on Friday afternoons for area youth. They are now adding different games to this fun time at the library. Along with chess and checkers, participants will be able to play Sorry, Uno, Skip-bo and Boggle. If you have a favorite game, bring it along. Ages 10 and under play from 3 - 4 p.m. and ages 11-18 play from 4 - 5 p.m. every Friday afternoon.
Aug. 6 - Sept. 2
Cowboy Church of Ellis County holds Youth Night
This summer the Cowboy Church of Ellis County has been conducting a program called Youth Night at the Park or YNAP. There will be free hot dogs, snow cones and sports. YNAP will continue from July 22 to Sept. 2 beginning at 6 and going until 8:30 p.m. on every Wednesday night at Getze-ndaner Park in Waxah-achie. Anyone from third to 12th grade and parents are welcome to attend.
August - December
TEXAS THEATER - Texas Music
Mark David Manders – Aug. 7. Eddie Irving’s Classic Swing Band – Aug. 8 Bob Livingston-Aug. 13. Waxahachie Music Review Aug. 29. The Tejas Brothers Sept. 4. Billy Ewing & Texas Rose Sept. 4. Texas Theatre Grand Opening Sept. 5. Ed Burleson Sept. 10. FastLane-Eagles Tribute Sept. 12. Dan Roberts Sept. 17. Tony Pierce Oct. 1. Don Edwards with special guest Buck "The Big Man" Helton – Oct. 3 BlacktopGypsy Oct. 8. Doug Moreland Oct. 15. Ray Wylie Hubbard Oct. 22. Davin James Dec. 10. The Texas Theater is located in Historic old Downtown Waxahachie; 110 W. Main St., Waxahachie 972-937-1993. The show starts at 7 p.m., tickets are $10 at the door.
Waxahachie Workforce Center host Job Clubs
For the entire Month of August the Waxahachie Workforce Center will hold Job Clubs for all those in Ellis County from 3 to 4 p.m. Every Tuesday – "General Job Club" Every Wednesday – "Manufacturing/Warehouse Job Club" Every Thursday – "Administration/Office Support Job Club Every Friday – "Construction/Maintenance Job Club"
Saturday, Aug. 15
Teen Movie Saturday
Teen Movie Saturday at Sims Library will be Saturday, Aug. 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the library’s Meeting Room. This month’s feature stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban. Genetic superman Khan, aided by his renegade followers, sets a deadly trap for his old enemy, Admiral Kirk. Come watch this class while enjoying popcorn and a movie with your friends.
Wednesday, Aug. 19
Junior teens to play board games
Junior teens, ages 11-12, are playing board games on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 4 – 5 p.m. at Sims Library. Bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon of games at the library.
Thursday, Aug. 20
Teen Book Club
Sims Library Teen Book Club is meeting Thursday, Aug. 20 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Teen Room. This month we are discussing "The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas" by John Boyne. Join us as we discuss this moving book.
Wednesday, Aug. 26
Paint your own wind chime
Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, will be painting wooden wind chimes on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the library’s Meeting Room. Teens will paint their own personal design on the wind chimes.
Thursday, Aug. 27
Gaming at the library
Sims Library presents "Gaming at the Library" for ages 11-18 on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the library’s Meeting Room. Test your skills on the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. Bring your own controls if you like.
July – August
In the spirit of the 1990’s though the 1950’s, the City of Wilmer presents the July-August Chautauqua Series. It will start at 7 p.m. at the Wilmer Community Center. July 14 – Indians of Texas: Pre-European Contact Period; July 24 – Indians of Texas: European Contact Period; Aug. 4 – Other Peoples come to Texas 1820 – 1872; Aug. 11 – African & Asian influences 1872 – 21st Century. The lecture series is open to everyone.