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For the last three months, the Ellis County Master Gardeners have been unable to host our annual Lawn and Garden Expo, teach in person, be present at farmers markets or even hold meetings.

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Substitute school teacher Emily Rolen said she was looking for a life purpose during the “stay safe, stay home” order issued earlier this spring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In their recent newsletter, the Ellis County Master Gardeners provided the following “to-do” list for July lawn and garden activities.

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“Frost/Nixon” is a great movie that captures a difficult period in American history and one that continues to give us lessons to learn from daily. The feelings and emotions that many Americans carried with them at the time are captured in this movie.

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Have you seen these baskets made from rolled magazine pages and offered at the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market? They’re strong and sturdy enough to serve as harvest baskets. The market is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 410 S. Rogers St.

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The Ellis County Republican Women will convene at the WoodmenLife Facility, 610 Water St., Waxahachie, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, with campaign manager at First Look Pregnancy Clinic, Julie Farrar, as the guest speaker.

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Be sure and stop in downtown Waxahachie to check out the colorful flowers growing in the planters courtesy of the city’s horticulture department.

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Register by Wednesday, July 8, for the Ellis County Art Association’s 15th annual Summer Arts Academy, which will be held from 9-11 a.m. Monday-Friday, July 13-17.

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Over the years, director Spike Lee has brought to light many historical events and issues that face the Black community. His latest film, “Da 5 Bloods,” centers on four Black Vietnam veterans returning to the country where they waged war as young men. The war had solidified their relationshi…

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A number of Scarborough Renaissance Festival artisans are taking advantage of the extended off-season (due to the cancellation of the 2020 season) to enhance existing shoppes and build some amazing new ones in the Village of Scarborough.  

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Waxahachie resident Heidi Phillips recently sat down for a visit with the Sun to talk about a fun group she formed on Facebook on May 15 after coming up with the idea in April.

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Due to concerns relating to COVID-19 and the community’s safety, the decision has been made to cancel the 23rd annual Crape Myrtle Festival & Parade, which had been scheduled for July 3-4.

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Theatre Rocks! has been thrilled to re-open theatre arts in Ellis County with its world premiere of “An Orphan’s Adventure” by H. Lee McMillion. Directors at the theatre were mindful of public concerns, with audiences for the June 5-20 live performances limited.

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Waxahachie Art Stash & Dash will hold its second mass event from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 20. Members are asked to save their favorite art pieces for this day if possible.

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The Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist, will meet via Zoom at 6 p.m. Monday, June 22, with the program to follow at 7 p.m. The link is https://zoom.us/j/9638901835; meeting ID is 963 8901 8375. To call in, dial 1-346-248-7799 and then enter 96389018375#US.

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“The King of Staten Island” is a film I think many people will connect with and see themselves in the eyes of the characters portrayed on screen. However, it seemed like there was more of the story that was promised but was left unfulfilled.

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Although its annual quilt show was cancelled, the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County will award the queen-sized quilt, “Les Petite Mansion de Noel – Little Christmas Houses,” at 3 p.m. July 18. Those interested in purchasing tickets (they come in packets of six tickets for $5), can make…

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Samantha “Shelley” Nance was a passionate, young, blooming artist from Ellis County in the early 2000s. She loved drawing and after graduating from Italy High School in 2007 began to pursue a degree in multi-media art and animation at the Dallas Art Institute, eventually hoping to move to Ca…

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The Waxahachie ISD Bookmobile is en route this summer, with students invited to grab a book and a craft packet provided by N. P. Sims Library.

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“Hoosiers” is one of those movies that, when I see it on television or through my streaming service, I have to sit down and watch. While the film centers on a basketball team from a small town, its story of inspiration and redemption goes beyond the court and it is still as powerful today as…

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KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM held its first-ever Memorial Day weekend radiothon that Friday, raising funds for two Ellis County-based food pantries. In a post on its official Facebook page, the Waxahachie-based radio station wrote, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, to our loyal listeners and business …

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Science fiction has the power to make you think, dream, explore and even laugh. If you’re lucky enough you get a movie that can combine some of these elements to make something truly entertaining. These elements came together to make the backbone of the film “District 9.”

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Here are more photos of members of the Waxahachie ISD transportation department who helped staff school buses to provide students with wi-fi access during the past few weeks of distance learning. Wi-fi buses could be found at Clift Elementary, Spring Park at Waxahachie Lake, in Forreston acr…

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The two students who represented Waxahachie ISD were Carolina Aleman from Wedgeworth Elementary and JD DeLay from Wilemon STEAM Academy. The two fifth-grade students were presented with this opportunity after Waxahachie ISD librarian Glenna Reisner and Wilemon STEAM Academy kindergarten teac…

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ENNIS – After a long delay, Theatre Rocks! invites the community to venture out and enjoy some laughs and an entertaining story with the world premiere of “An Orphan’s Adventure” by H. Lee McMillion, which runs June 5-20.

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Amongst the world’s current uncertainties, Waxahachie High School English II and creative writing teacher Theo Acker has ignited a much-needed spark in the community with her daily enlivening posts across various media.

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When 21 students from Life Middle School Waxahachie used their creative skills and talents to lead the residents of Waxahachie’s Brookdale Senior Living Center in an art class in late February, they knew their visit meant a great deal to the residents. But now, in the midst of a global healt…

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As the pandemic continues and changes daily life, one thing that has not changed is that our communities have basic human needs for essential items and services. One organization at the center of providing these goods and services to those who need it most is the Salvation Army of North Texas.

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Along with its sister Ellis County chambers of commerce, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce hosted a Prayer Parade around Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Waxahachie on Wednesday, May 13. The event was held to celebrate, appreciate and pray for those serving faithfully on the front …

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Rae Whitehead is an artist/illustrator and Waxahachie ISD teacher at Coleman Junior High making a career doing what she loves: creating art. She has changed students’ lives as she teaches them how to let out their creative muses and has impacted the community with her own personal works.