Special notes

Canned pet food drive

First Financial Bank Texas is holding a canned pet food drive to benefit the Animeals program administered by Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties. Drop off donations at any First Financial location in Johnson and Ellis counties through Friday, Oct. 11. Donations also can be made through Amazon Wish list at http://a.co/6DfskDc.

Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band selling tickets

The Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band is selling tickets for a Cowboys Game Day Experience that includes one-night hotel, two tickets to the Dec. 29 Cowboys vs. Redskins game, admission to the Bill Bates Tailgate Party, luxury shuttle service, a $400 cash card and more. Tickets are $20 each; purchase from any WHS band member.

THURSDAY, OCT. 10

Preservation commission to meet

The Waxahachie Heritage Preservation Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the council chambers at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers St. The meeting is open to the public, which is encouraged to attend.

FRIDAY, OCT. 11

Screams

Screams Halloween Theme Park is open from 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12. Offering five haunted houses, a haunted graveyard, live entertainment, food court, shops and pubs. For information and tickets, visit screamspark.com. Located at 2511 Farm-to-Market 66, Waxahachie.

‘On Golden Pond’

Theatre Rocks! in Ennis presents Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” in performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12, at 505 N.W. Main St. Tickets are $15 adults and $12 for seniors/students. For more information, call 972-878-5126 or visit www.theatrerocks.com.

The Pumpkin Hach

The Pumpkin Hach, Waxahachie’s newest pumpkin patch, is open from noon-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, on North U.S. Highway 77 behind Chicken Express and in front of Atwoods. Pumpkins are $5-$15; a donation for admission benefits Waxahachie FFA.

Saturday activities (Grand Opening Day) will include small pumpkin painting, games and DJ entertainment from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food trucks and more will be on site.

Sunday activities include a petting zoo on site from noon-5 p.m.

For vendor opportunities, direct message The Pumpkin Hach’s Facebook page. Located at 2801 N. U.S. Highway 77.

Pumpkin painting for free

Three Rivers Coffee Co. is providing free paint for children to paint their holiday pumpkins. Purchase pumpkins at The Pumpkin Hach (located nearby) or bring from home. Stop by from noon-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays or from noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Located at 2801 N. U.S. Highway 77, Suite 100.

Brisket Cookoff

Register by 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, for the fifth annual Our Sunflower Friends of Ellis County Brisket Cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass. Contact Gary Teer at 972-249-7715. Brisket, chicken and pulled pork contests. Single entry is $20; $40 for two; $50 all three.

SATURDAY, OCT. 12

Pancake breakfast

The Ellis County Republican Women will host their annual pancake breakfast and silent auction from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Roof Top Event Center, 101 W. Ennis Ave.

Farmers Market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 410 S. Rogers St. Shoppers can find fresh locally grown produce, plants, jams, jellies, spices, hand made goods and much more. It’s also Kid’s Craft Day; Master Gardeners will have small pumpkins for children to decorate and take home.

Sardis UMC Lord’s Acre

The community is invited to attend Sardis United Methodist Church’s annual Lord’s Acre celebration starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Activities include a country store, refreshments and a Christmas store. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., a turkey and dressing lunch is served; the live auction is at 1 p.m.

Waxahachie FUMC Lord’s Acre

Waxahachie First United Methodist Church holds its annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Fest from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the church, 505 W. Marvin Ave. Pre-sale tickets are $15; $20 at the door. Dinner catered by Cotton Patch at 6 p.m., with a live auction at 7 p.m. The community is invited.

Family Festival

Our Sunflower Friends of Ellis County hosts its fifth annual Family Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie. Admission is $5 a carload. Activities include bounce houses, pony rides, water balloon launch, video game truck, crafts, rock climbing wall and more. Concessions on site. For more information, call Vicki Grady at 469-226-3080.

Riverwalk Jazz Band to perform in concert

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents its second concert of the 2019-2020 season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park. Tickets at the door or online at waxahachiesymphony.com.

Casino Night benefit

Our Sunflower Friends of Ellis County hosts its Casino Night from 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie. Tickets are $30/person or a table of eight for $200. Each ticket includes food, drink and $500 in casino cash. Food by Pit Stop BBQ, with music by the Midtown Playboys. Six game tables, silent auction and other activities. Purchase tickets at the door or at www.oursunflowerfriends.org. Contact Vicki Grady at 469-226-3080.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16

The Reservation

Waxahachie High School’s student culinary program’s restaurant, The Reservation, will be open to the public from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Entrée is $10; dessert is $3; complimentary beverages. Cash or check. To be placed on the emailed reservation invite, email chef Joel Skipper at jskipper@wisd.org. The invite informs you of the upcoming dates and menus.

THURSDAY OCT. 17

WHS Athletic Hall of Fame

The Waxahachie High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Coleman Junior High Fine Arts Center, 1200 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie.

Global HS FAFSA Night

Global High School will hold its FAFSA Night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the school cafeteria. Financial aid counselors will be on hand to assist students and parents in filling out the Free Application Federal Student Aid form. Those attending need to bring their 2018 federal income tax return and W2s. For more information, follow @BoundWISD.

FRIDAY, OCT. 18

WHS homecoming parade

The Waxahachie High School homecoming parade starts at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in downtown Waxahachie.

Class of 1974 reunion

The Waxahachie High School class of 1974 will have a float in the homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 18, and a reserved section at the game that evening. Members will also meet up at Fuzzy’s Tacos from 8 p.m.-midnight Friday. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the class will meet from 7-11 a.m. at the Cottonwood Venue at 813, 4241 Farm-to-Market 813. Donations accepted; BYOB. The classes of 1972-1973 and 1975-1976 are invited to attend any of the class of 1974 activities. For more information, contact D’On Hensley at dchensley@hotmail.com.

Screams

Screams Halloween Theme Park continues its season from 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19. Offering haunted houses and graveyard, entertainment, food, shops and pubs. For more information and tickets, visit screamspark.com. Located at 2511 Farm-to-Market 66, Waxahachie.

‘On Golden Pond’

Theatre Rocks! in Ennis presents Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” in performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at 505 N.W. Main St. Tickets are $15 adults and $12 for seniors/students. For more information, call 972-878-5126 or visit www.theatrerocks.com.

The Pumpkin Hach

The Pumpkin Hach, Waxahachie’s newest pumpkin patch, is open from noon-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, on North U.S. Highway 77 behind Chicken Express. Pumpkins are $5-$15, with a donation accepted for admission to benefit Waxahachie FFA. Saturday activities include a free movie night at 7 p.m., with popcorn provided by Railport Brewing Company and tea provided by Chicken Express.

Pumpkin painting for free

Three Rivers Coffee Co. is providing free paint for children to paint their holiday pumpkins. Purchase at The Pumpkin Hach (located nearby) or bring from home. Stop by from noon-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays or from noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Located at 2801 N. U.S. Highway 77, Suite 100.

Parents’ Night Out

Ability Tree Texas will host a Parents’ Night Out event from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Friday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Dec. 6, at 1311 Ferris Ave., Waxahachie. This event is for families of children with special needs. Fun, safe and sensory-friendly activities are provided for children of all ages, while parents are able to enjoy a couple of hours out. Spots are limited. Reserve a spot by searching “Ability Tree Texas” on Facebook, and click the events tab.

SATURDAY, OCT. 19

Oktoberfest

Saint Joseph Catholic Church hosts its fifth annual Oktoberfest on the church grounds at 600 E. Marvin, Waxahachie, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Oktoberfest is an all-day fun-filled family entertainment event featuring live music, exceptional food, kids’ games, a car show, bingo, raffle, pumpkin patch, face painting and much more. For more information, visit https://stjosephwaxahachie.com/oktoberfest-2.

Farmers Market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and every Saturday through Oct. 26 at 410 S. Rogers St. Shoppers can find fresh locally grown produce, plants, jams, jellies, spices, hand made goods and much more. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

Pop-Up Horticulture

The Ellis County Master Gardener’s Pop-Up Horticulture returns to the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 19, with a program on “Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter.” This is a free offering, with the community invited to stop by anytime between 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Midlothian Fall Festival

Join the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce for its 42nd annual Fall Festival from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the MISD Stadium, 1800 S. 14th St. The 5K Cupcake Run will benefit the Heroes of Midlothian Foundation, starting at a.m. The Fall Festival offers free admission and plenty of fun for the entire family, with an inflatable kids’ zone, food court, local dog show and more than 200 vendors among the many activities. A blood drive will also be held on site.

WHS Ex-Students’ Association luncheon

The Waxahachie High School Ex-Students’ Association will hold its annual membership meeting and awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the high school, 3001 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass. Tickets are available online at waxahachieexstudents.org.

Fish Sticks Comedy Improv

101 South College coffee house in downtown Waxahachie presents Fish Sticks Comedy Improv – described as “tender, flaky, funny improv with a purpose” – at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Proceeds benefit 101 South College and Soma Waxahachie’s #morelikeheaven benevolence campaign for October. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; seating is unassigned. For more information and tickets, visit www.101soco.com.

Fundraising event

Baby Sabrina’s Mission is hosting a fundraiser from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Waxahachie Pharmacy, 401 N. U.S. Highway 77, Suite 23B.

Fall Festival at the library

Sims Library in Waxahachie hosts its annual Fall Festival from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Admission is free; the event is held rain or shine.

Activities include face painting, slime making, fall-themed carnival games, Halloween crafts, a popcorn bar, a cupcake walk and a photo booth.

Children are encouraged to wear their costumes to compete for prizes in the costume contest. Winners of the pumpkin decorating contest will be announced from the decorated entries at the festival. For more information, visit www.simslib.org.

Fall Festival

Brown Street Church of Christ hosts its Fall Festival from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Free nachos, selfie booth, trunks and games.

Ally Venable in concert

The community is invited to hear Ally Venable perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Big Al’s Down the Hatch, 200 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie. Tickets are free. For more information, visit bigalsdownthehatch.com.

SUNDAY, OCT. 20

Country Music & BBQ

The Ellis County Museum will host a Country Music & BBQ fundraiser from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the home of Steve Chapman, 1602 Alexander Drive, Waxahachie. Music will be Mark Gorman and his band. Reservations are $50 per person, with the community invited to attend and learn more about upcoming plans for the Ellis County Museum.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23

The Reservation

Waxahachie High School’s student culinary program’s restaurant, The Reservation, will be open to the public from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Entrée is $10; dessert is $3; complimentary beverages. Cash or check. To be placed on the emailed reservation invite, email chef Joel Skipper at jskipper@wisd.org. The invite informs you of the upcoming dates and menus.

THURSDAY, OCT. 24

‘Peter and the Star Catcher’

The Waxahachie High School drama department presents “Peter and the Star Catcher” in the Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Oct. 24-25, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Purchase at the door or online at www.whsdramadept.org. Directed by Andy Reynolds.

FRIDAY, OCT. 25

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in performance

The Waxahachie Community Theatre presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park. Single performance and season ticket information is available online at www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com or email wct.texas@gmail.com.

Screams

Screams Halloween Theme Park wraps up its 2019 season from 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26. Offering five haunted houses and “a whole lot more,” patrons can also enjoy a haunted graveyard, live entertainment, food court, shops and pubs. For more information and tickets, visit screamspark.com. The park is located at 2511 Farm-to-Market 66, Waxahachie.

‘On Golden Pond’

Theatre Rocks! in Ennis presents Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” in performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at 505 N.W. Main St. Tickets are $15 adults and $12 for seniors/students. For more information, call 972-878-5126 or visit www.theatrerocks.com.

The Pumpkin Hach

The Pumpkin Hach, Waxahachie’s newest pumpkin patch, is open from noon-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, on North U.S. Highway 77 behind Chicken Express and in front of Atwoods. Pumpkins are $5-$15, with a donation accepted for admission. There will be a variety of activities, with the event benefiting Waxahachie FFA.

Pumpkin painting for free

Three Rivers Coffee Co. is providing free paint for children to paint their holiday pumpkins. Purchase at The Pumpkin Hach (located nearby) or bring from home. Stop by from noon-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays or from noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Located at 2801 N. U.S. Highway 77, Suite 100.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26

Texas Country Reporter

The 24th annual Texas Country Reporter Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in historic downtown Waxahachie. Join Kelli and Bob Phillips, hosts of the weekly show for this one-day arts and music festival that features more than 250 booths. Admission is free. The evening’s concert begins at 6, with country music legend John Anderson and others taking the stage.

Farmers Market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market wraps up its spring-summer-fall season with a “Trick or Treat” day for all from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 410 S. Rogers St. Shoppers can find fresh locally grown produce, plants, jams, jellies, spices, hand made goods and much more, including some beautiful autumn decorations and great Christmas gift ideas.

FUNdraiser Show & Costume Contest

Ellis County Equine Association will host a Youth FUNdraiser Show & Costume Contest from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Flying Dollar Ranch, 230 Chambers Drive, Italy. There will be show classes, speed events and a costume contest for entrants and their horses.

Fall Carnival

The Avenue Church hosts its annual Fall Carnival from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at its Waxahachie campus, 1761 U.S. Highway 77. Free rides, inflatables and family fun. Concessions will be available on site. The community is invited.

Autumn Daze

The city of Ennis hosts its annual Autumn Daze on Saturday, Oct. 26. The farmers market finale features a variety of children’s activities, vendors, food, craft beer garden, live music and more. Free admission. For more information, call 972-878-4748.

MONDAY, OCT. 28

Master Naturalist program

The Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will meet Monday, Oct. 28, in the family life center of First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. There will be a 6 p.m. business meeting followed by a 7 p.m. program presented by Rebecca Schumacher, bat rehabilitator and Texas Master Naturalist.

TUESDAY, OCT. 29

Navarro Fall Festival

The Navarro College Waxahachie Campus presents its annual Fall Festival from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the parking lot behind Building C. This free trunk-or-treat event is geared toward families and children featuring free candy, games, food and drinks, a balloon artist, face painting, hay rides and more. This costume party includes a family-friendly DJ and dancing for all ages.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30

The Reservation

Waxahachie High School’s student culinary program’s restaurant, The Reservation, will be open to the public from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Entrée is $10; dessert is $3; complimentary beverages. Cash or check. To be placed on the emailed reservation invite, email chef Joel Skipper at jskipper@wisd.org. The invite informs you of the upcoming dates and menus.

Pumpkin Party

Waxahachie First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., hosts its annual Pumpkin Party from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. The family fun carnival includes dinner, bounce house, snow cones, cake walk, crafts, carnival games and photo booth. The community is invited.

THURSDAY, OCT. 31

Trunk-n-Treat in the Park

Boys 2 Men Mentors will host a Trunk-n-Treat in the Park at Lee Penn Park, 404 Getzendaner St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Activities will include bounce houses, face painting and food vendors.

Trick or Treat on the Square

The Waxahachie Downtown Merchant Association hosts its annual Trick or Treat on the Square from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Halloween on Harbin

Participating residents of the Harbin Street neighborhood host their annual Halloween on Harbin Street from about 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. The community is invited to enjoy the family-friendly decorations and pick up some treats.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2

Rhymes & Rhythms on the Prairie

A campfire, a guitar, a cowboy poet out at Kachina Prairie, wouldn’t ya know it. David Smith will be the featured speaker at a special gathering of the Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists on Saturday, Nov. 2, that will feature, fun, games and food. Kachina Prairie is located at 1816 W. Baldridge St., Ennis.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The Ellis County Marine Corps League Detachment 1452 presents its 244th Marine Corps Birthday Ball from 5:30-11:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Champions Club, Texas Motorplex, 7500 U.S. Highway 287, Ennis. The community is invited to attend; proceeds benefit the detachment’s Project Faith fund to assist veterans. Tickets are $50 each and available for purchase at https://mcbirthdayball-2019-ecodet1452.eventbrite.com or by emailing glen.parker@gmail.com.

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues inside this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

Farm 2 Table on the Square

The annual Farm 2 Table on the Square will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, on the east side of the historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie. The event helps promote the Waxahachie High School culinary department and raise money for scholarships. For ticket information, contact Anita Simpson at asimpson@waxahachie.com or Arlene Hamil-ton at a.p.hamilton@att.net.

Bark and Brew

Railport Brewing Company in Waxahachie will host its second annual Bark and Brew from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Shannan Womack at 469-360-5383 for more information.

Food drive

DL Treasures Indoor Flea Market, 103 State Highway 342, Red Oak, will host a food drive from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, for 4:19 Food Pantry Vendors Tent. For each item donated, a 1-percent coupon will be given that’s good toward any item(s) purchased in the flea market. The community is encouraged to support the food drive.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Nov. 9. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

Pie social and nature center fun

Pettigrew Academy will host its annual pie social and Settles Nature and Science Center event for children from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 9. Located at 806 E. Marvin. The event is free, with all welcome to stop by.

SUNDAY, NOV. 10

Pie Palooza

November is Homelessness Awareness Month and the community is invited to attend the annual, family-friendly Pie Palooza hosted by the Local Homeless Coalition in Ellis County from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie.

There will be pies to buy, throw and eat, along with a silent auction, face painting, bounce houses, fun games and live music. Activities also include pie baking and pie eating contests. Cookbooks will be available for sale. For more information, email pie_palooza@elliscountyhomeless.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13

WX Leaders Summit

The second annual WX Leaders Summit will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane. Tickets can be purchased for $35 at www.wxleadership.com.

For more information, visit the Facebook page @WXLeadersSummit.

$5 Jewelry Sale

The Baylor Scott & White Auxiliary (Waxahachie campus) will host its fall $5 Jewelry Sale on Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 13-15, in the hospital’s main lobby. Much more than jewelry is available for sale, with the community encouraged to drop by and do some Christmas shopping.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15

Parents’ Night Out

Ability Tree Texas will host a Parents’ Night Out event from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Dec. 6, at 1311 Ferris Ave., Waxahachie. This event is for families of children with special needs. Fun, safe and sensory-friendly activities are provided for children of all ages, while parents are able to enjoy a couple of hours out. Spots are limited. Reserve a spot by searching “Ability Tree Texas” on Facebook, and click the events tab.

SATURDAY, NOV. 16

Old Fashioned Craft Show

Waxahachie ISD’s Coleman Junior High hosts the Old Fashioned Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the campus, 1000 U.S. Highway 77. Admission is $3, with 100-percent of the money raised going to the WISD Student in Need Fund.

Contact Kim Kriegel at kimkrie@aol.com for more information, including booth/vendor signups.

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Nov. 16. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

MONDAY, NOV. 18

Master Naturalist meeting

The Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will meet Monday, Nov. 18, in the family life center of First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. There will be a 6 p.m. business meeting followed by a 7 p.m. program presented by Stephanie Hebert, natural resources specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Bardwell Lake.

Hebert’s topic will be “Ecology in Your Backyard: Bardwell Lake.” This is a free program and open to the public, which is encouraged to attend. For more information, call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 972-825-5175 or email information@itmnc.com.

FRIDAY, NOV. 22

Festival of Trees

The seventh annual Festival of Trees, “A Home for the Holidays,” benefitting Ellis County Habitat for Humanity will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23, at Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 N. Grand Ave. The event includes a silent auction (that wraps on Saturday) and lots of fun family activities, including Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, email elliscountyhfh@gmail.com or call 972-937-2797.

SATURDAY, NOV. 23

Junk in the Trunk

Downtown Waxahachie will host its quarterly Junk in the Trunk, a community-wide resale event, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, on the courthouse square. For more information, call 972-938-8085 or visit www.downtownwaxahachie.com.

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Nov. 23. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30

Small Business Saturday

The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association encourages the community to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30.

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Nov. 30. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

TUESDAY, DEC. 3

Christmas Parade & Ceremony

The annual Waxahachie Christmas Parade and Community Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in downtown Waxahachie. Activities include CNB of Texas train rides, EWEPet petting zoo and pony rides, other children’s activities and photos with Santa Claus.

THURSDAY, DEC. 5

Navarro College presents ‘Beauville’

Navarro College is bringing “Beauville” to its local communities this holiday season. “Beauville” is the college’s twist on Whoville from Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and features its bulldog mascot, Beauregard. This one-day, free, whimsical event will feature games and craft stations for kids, cookie decorating, a children’s train, the Grinch, pictures with Santa and more. This magical journey will begin in Building A on the Navarro College Waxahachie Campus and will run from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

Bethlehem Revisited

Bethlehem Revisited will be open from 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8, and Dec. 13-15, at 402 N. College St., (behind Central Presbyterian Church). Admission is free; donations are welcome.

Step back in time and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did on the night of Christ’s birth. On your journey to the site of the nativity, you will meet innkeepers, merchants, craftsmen, tradesmen, clergy and many other citizens as they portray daily life in the city of Bethlehem, complete with sheep, camels and donkeys. You can also visit Herod’s court and await the nightly parade of the three kings bringing their treasures to Bethlehem’s newest citizen.

Christmas Market

The annual Waxahachie Junior Service League Christmas Market shopping event will be held Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Shop more than 100 unique vendors for a great cause.

The exclusive, “VIP Party” shopping event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The $25 ticket includes catered food from Waxahachie favorites, two drinks, first dibs shopping and a $5 raffle ticket. Tickets go on sale in October and will sell out so buy early to guarantee a spot.

Shopping continues from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, with tickets available online or at the door. Photos with Santa will be offered Saturday morning. All proceeds benefit more than 20 nonprofits and all school districts of Ellis County through donations and scholarships. Visit online at waxahachiejsl.org.

Parents’ Night Out

Ability Tree Texas will host a Parents’ Night Out event from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at 1311 Ferris Ave., Waxahachie. This event is for families of children with special needs. Fun, safe and sensory-friendly activities are provided for children of all ages, while parents are able to enjoy a couple of hours out. Spots are limited. Reserve a spot by searching “Ability Tree Texas” on Facebook, and click the events tab.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

‘The Nutcracker’

“The Nutcracker” with The Lake Cities Ballet returns to Waxahachie for performances at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, in the Waxahachie High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at whsdramadept.org.

FRIDAY, DEC.13

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ in performance

The Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “Miracle on 34th Street” in performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park. Single performance and season ticket information is available online at www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com or email wct.texas@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Dec. 14. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Dec. 21. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

SATURDAY, DEC.  28

Winter farmers market

The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market continues this winter, offering a variety of items from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through the end of December. The winter market is indoors in the former coffee shop at the farmers market location, 410 S. Rogers St. Check it out Saturday, Dec. 28. For more information, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.

SATURDAY, FEB. 29

Hermitage Piano Trip to perform in concert

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents its third concert of the 2019-2020 season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Hagee Auditorium at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Tickets are available online or at the door. For more information, visit waxahachiesymphony.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Mercury to perform in concert

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents its fourth concert of the 2019-2020 season at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Hagee Auditorium at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Tickets are available online or at the door. For more information, visit waxahachiesymphony.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to perform in concert

The Waxahachie Symphony Association presents its final concert of the 2019-2020 season at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Hagee Auditorium at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Tickets are available online or at the door. For more information, visit waxahachiesymphony.com.

Let The Sun shine on your event! If your organization, group or church is planning an event, please let us know and we will include it in our “Under the Sun” calendar. Email information to joann@waxahachiesun.com.

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