Drawing tickets for sale

Tickets for the annual drawing benefitting Our Sunflower Friends are available for sale at the Waxahachie Sun offices, 200 N. Rogers, Suite B. This year’s prizes include a Polaris 2019 Ranger 500 UTV; a vacation package (including airfare) to Rome, Italy, or Jamaica; and a Mossberg Patriot 308 rifle and Springfield Armory XD 9 mm. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The drawing will be Saturday, Oct. 12. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. For more information, contact Vicki Grady at 469-226-3080.

Waxahachie 101 registration

The city of Waxahachie is registering participants now for its Waxahachie 101 educational pro-gram, which provides residents with an overview of city operations, visiting a different city de-partment each session during the nine-month program (September-May). Participants must be age 18 years or older, reside in Ellis County and able to attend meetings on a regular basis. Registration is first come, first served; class size is limited. Email Amy Borders at abor-ders@waxahachie.com for more information.


Saint Joseph Catholic School first day of school

Saint Joseph Catholic School, 506 E. Marvin, Waxahachie, will starts its 2019-2010 school year on Monday, Aug. 12. For more information and details, visit https://stjswaxtx.org.

Life Schools first day of school

Life Schools starts its 2019-2020 school year on Monday, Aug. 12. For more information and details, visit www.lifeschools.net.

WISD board to meet

The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the administration offices, 411 N. Gibson St. The meeting is open to the public, which is encouraged to attend.


P&Z commission to meet

The Waxahachie Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Council Chamber of City Hall, located at 401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie. The panel will hold a briefing session at 6:15 p.m., prior to the regular meeting in the City Council Conference Room. Both meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.


Waxahachie ISD first day of school

Waxahachie ISD starts its 2019-2020 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 14. For more information and details, visit the district’s website at www.wisd.org.

Animal Care Advisory Committee

The city of Waxahachie Animal Care Advisory Committee will meet in the training room at the Waxahachie Police Department, 630 Farley St., at noon Wednesday, Aug. 14. Agenda items include the closing of the Ellis County SPCA and a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 6 – Animals and Fowl. The meeting is open to the public, which is encouraged to attend.


Iris giveaway

The Ellis County Master Gardeners will have their annual “Iris Giveaway” at the Waxahachie Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Aug. 17. If you have iris beds that need to be thinned (every four to five years) and you plan to do that this year, the Master Gardeners will be happy to take them. You may either dig them up yourself or call the Master Gardeners, who will come to your location and dig them for you. By proclamation, the iris was made the flower of the city of Waxahachie several years ago, so it is the Master Gardeners’ privilege to be able to share these beautiful flowers with others. Call Dee Stroope at 972-268-2831 for scheduling.

Farmers market returns

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market will be open Saturday, Aug. 17. Market hours are from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with the market located at 410 S. Rogers St. Shoppers can find fresh locally grown produce, plants, jams, jellies, spices, hand made goods and much more.

The market will run every Saturday through Oct. 26. For more information about the market, including how to become a vendor, contact Anita Simpson at 469-309-4111.


Benefit for Jeff Winningham

Friends and family of recently retired law enforcement officer Jeff Winningham, who is fighting cancer, are holding a benefit for him from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Rockett Café, 5790 Farm-to-Market 813, Waxahachie. There will be a live auction, raffle and barbecue. Cover charge is $5. The event includes music by Jason Herrin, Jarrett Hinds, Tres Medlock with J.c. Francis, and Seabolt and Shanks with John Seabolt.


Faith Family Academy first day of school

Faith Family Academy, 701 Ovilla Road, Waxahachie, starts its 2019-2020 school year on Monday, Aug. 19. For more information and details, visit the website at www.faithfamilyacademy.org.


Book club

The book club at Three Rivers Coffee Company will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, to discuss “White Oleander” by Janet Fitch. The book club meets monthly and the community is invited to attend. Three Rivers is located at 2801 N. U.S. Highway 77, Suite 100, Waxahachie.

Advantage Academy first day of school

Advantage Academy, 701 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, starts its 2019-2020 year on Tuesday, Aug. 20. For more information and details, visit the website at www.advantageacademy.org.

ECRW to meet

The Ellis County Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the WoodmenLife facility, 610 Water St., Waxahachie. Guest speaker will be Angeline Juenemann, mayor of En-nis since May 2016 and the first female mayor in the city’s history.


Reservations due

Lunch reservations are due Sunday, Aug. 18, for the Wednesday, Aug. 21, meeting of the Ellis County Women’s Connection. The lunch is slated for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Waxahachie Country Club, 1920 W. U.S. Highway 287, at a cost of $13. Call 214-463-5064 or email barbjacobs19@yahoo.com for reservations. Members are encouraged to bring a friend. The speaker will be Yvonne King, who will use shopping as a metaphor of her real-life story of overcoming life-crippling circumstances. King is a former Christian radio producer and underwriter. The special feature will be a performance of the Ennis High School Lionette drill and dance team.


Customer appreciation event

Ellis County Auto Collision Repair will host its 10th anniversary customer appreciation event from 10 am.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3643 N. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie. Hamburgers, chips and drink to the first 150 attendees, with a snow cone truck on hand. Tickets are available now for a drawing that benefits Waxahachie’s first responders are available for $10, with the prize either a signed professional jersey or a rifle. Streets to Sheets will be on hand with animals available for adoption and will also benefit from the event.

ECCT Auditions

The Ellis County Children’s Theater holds auditions for child and adult roles in its next produc-tion, “Matilda,” from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at The Avenue Church, 1761 U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie. Participants should plan on staying the duration. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute song from any other musical (bring an accompaniment track) and a one-minute monologue – and learn the choreography routine posted on the ECCT website. Any child auditioning for the role of Matilda will be asked to sing portions of the song, “Naughty.” For more information, visit the website ecctheater.org.


Founder’s Day celebration

Waxahachie CARE will celebrate the birthday of its founder, the late Mattie Borders, from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 26, at its offices, 1208 Ferris Ave.


Ribbon cutting for 101 South College

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for 101 South College, a nonprofit social benefit organization, from 4-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at 101 S. College St.


Ennis Chamber auction

The 36th annual Ennis Chamber of Commerce will take place from 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sokol Hall, 2622 E. State Highway 34, Ennis. Activities include music, dinner and drinks, along with silent and live auctions. For ticket information, contact the chamber at 972-878-2625.


Church anniversary

The community is invited to the 75th anniversary celebration of University Church, 221 Solon Road, Waxahachie, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Guest speaker will be Dr. Gaylan D. Claunch, superintendent of the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God. Highlights will include recognition of guests, dignitaries and former pastors.

Reservations are required for the luncheon; call the church office at 972-937-7810 or email info@ucag.org.


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, Sept. 14, on the courthouse square. For more information, call 972-938-8085 or visit www.downtownwaxahachie.com.

Miracle League signups

Miracle League of Ellis County signups for the fall season are under way at www.waxahachieymca.org. The six-game season for ages 3 and older starts Saturday, Sept. 14. Registration is $35, which includes a hat and shirt. Games are played at the Miracle League Field at Optimist Park in Waxahachie. Buddies are also needed and may also sign up on the YMCA’s website.


Wildflower Walk

The Ellis County Master Naturalists will host a wildflower walk at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Mockingbird Nature Park, 1361 Onward Road, Midlothian. Join the Master Naturalists on a half-mile trail identifying wildflowers. The community is invited. Bring water and wear closed-toe shoes.


LCI Classic golf tournament

The LCI Classic golf tournament to benefit the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Waxahachie will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at Tangle Ridge Golf Course, 818 Tangle Ridge Drive, Grand Prairie. Lunch and registration are at 11 a.m., with the four-man scramble beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Players can also purchase drawing tickets and mulligans. Prizes presented and an auction held after the tournament.

Register online at https://www.strideevents.com/events/lci-classic/2019/register by Sept. 1 for $450/team. After Sept. 1, registration is $500/team. Sponsorship opportunities are available online at https://www.strideevents.com/events/lci-classic/2019/shopping. The tournament will benefit the purchase of new buses for the Boys & Girls Club.


Art exhibit opening

Webb Gallery, 209 W. Franklin St., Waxahachie, will host its next art exhibit opening from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The exhibit, “The Stink Eye,” features the work of artists Martha Rich, Esther Pearl Watson and Heather Sundquist. The gallery is open from 1-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.


Off the Clock

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce hosts its Off the Clock Networking Mixer from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Big Al’s Down the Hatch.


Chautauqua: Power of Sports

The Waxahachie Chautauqua presents the “Power of Sports” as this year’s theme, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park. Admission is free to the daylong celebration of sports, with sessions on history, technology, ethics, art, music, unified sports, a bocce tournament and more. The keynote is Tim Martin, director of Special Olympics of Texas. There will be exhibits and demos also. For more information, visit waxahachiechautauqua.org.

Trash can transformation

The annual trash can transformation will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie as part of the annual Waxahachie Chautauqua Assembly. This family-friendly event lets the community assist with transforming dozens of trash cans into works of art. Professional artists will be on hand to teach and guide participants. All age and skill levels are welcome; children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit waxahachiechautauqua.org.

Wish Upon A Paw

The eighth annual Wish Upon A Paw dinner and auction for the Ellis County SPCA will be held from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Midlothian Conference Center, 1 Community Center Drive.

Guests should wear their favorite ’80s attire or T-shirt and plan for a fun-filled evening that includes both a live and silent auction. Dinner will be provided by Villa Italiana. The online auction will open about five days prior to the event.

For more information, tickets and sponsorships, visit online at https://ecspca.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2019WishUponaPawDinnerAuction.


Farm Heritage Day

The third annual Farm Heritage Day will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, and feature interactive stations, exhibits and demonstrations of family farm life in Ellis County from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on fun and educational children’s activities. The event features support from the Master Naturalists, Ellis County Museum Inc. and Waxahachie Chautauqua Assembly. Admission is free.

Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm is located at 130 Cunningham Meadows Road, Waxahachie.


Vintage Market Days

Vintage Market Days will host its fall event, “Hello Fall,” on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6, at the Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie. Vintage Market Days South Central Texas is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor covered market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and more.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For ticket and other information, visit online at http://vintagemarketdays.com/market/so-central-texas/.


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 only $5 a carload, with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit organization. Activities include bounce houses, pony rides, live hamster balls, water balloon launch, video game truck, gaga balls, balloon artist, crafts, rock climbing wall, fire truck, police cars, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, face painting and a mechanical bull, all offering fun for kids of all ages. Raffle tickets also will be available for sale at one for $5 or five for $20, with the drawing to be held later that evening at the nonprofit’s Casino Night. Winners do not have to be present to win.

For more information, call Vicki Grady at 469-226-3080.

Casino Night benefit

Our Sunflower Friends of Ellis County will host its annual Casino Night from 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Ellis County Expo Center. Tickets are $30 per person or a table of eight for $200. Each ticket includes food, drink and $500 in casino cash. The food is provided by Pit Stop BBQ, with music by the Midtown Playboys.

Casino Night includes six different game tables as well as a silent auction and other fun activities. Tickets also will be available (one for $5 or five for $20) for a drawing that offers a 2019 Ranger Polaris, vacation package or handgun/rifle package. Winners do not have to be present to win.

The expo is located at 2300 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie. Purchase tickets at the door or online at www.oursunflowerfriends.org. For more information, contact Vicki Grady at 469-226-3080.

Brisket Cookoff

Our Sunflower Friends of Ellis County will hold its fifth annual Brisket Cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass. Three categories: brisket, chicken and pulled pork. Entry fee is $20 for one category, $40 for two or $50 for all three. Register by 10 p.m. Friday night by contacting Gary Teer at 972-249-7715.

Self-contained camping is available for participants on the grounds, which open at noon Friday, Oct. 11. First, second and third prizes offered, with a grand prize trophy for most points. Cash split of 60/40 with proceedings benefiting Our Sunflower Friends.


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.


WHS homecoming parade

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


SJCS Oktoberfest

Saint Joseph Catholic Church hosts its fifth annual Oktoberfest on the church grounds located 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.

Proceeds from the event will go toward continued expansion and improvement of Saint Jo-seph’s facilities so as to better serve our growing city and county.

For more information, visit https://stjosephwaxahachie.com/oktoberfest-2.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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. 15, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16, 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.


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.


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.


Small Business Saturday

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


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.


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.


‘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.

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 neal@waxahachiesun.com or call 214-673-3695.

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