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Ellis County Elections Office Holds Voter Registration Drive on National Voter Registration Day 2017, in Time for Elections on November 7, 2017.



Ellis County Elections Office Joins Nationwide Push to Register Voters on September 26

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Ellis County Elections Office will join over 2,500 partners nationwide ( in hosting a National Voter Registration Day 2017 event at our office as part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.


National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

7:00AM – 7:00PM

Ellis County Elections Office

204 E Jefferson Street
Waxahachie, Texas 75165

 The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2017 state and municipal elections across the country by encouraging Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box. While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives, including the quality of roads and transit systems, the schools our kids attend, parks and greenways, public safety, and more. In Ellis County the November ballot will have the Constitutional Amendments, City of Cedar Hill, City of Glenn Heights, City of Midlothian, Waxahachie ISD and Ellis County Emergency Services District No 5 Elections. The last day to register to vote for the November 7th Elections is Tuesday, October 10th. More information on our website at or on

Started in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote.

Americans can register to vote at hundreds of events across the nation and online at Supporters can also follow National Voter Registration Day activities through social media on September 26 by searching #NationalVoterRegistrationDay.




Lighthouse for Learning Fall/Holiday Registration Under Way

The opportunity to learn through the Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning Community Education Program is here again.  Registration has begun and classes start Thursday, Sept. 21st.   The classes listed below begin in September.  Hundreds of on-line learning classes also available.  Please contact the WISD Community Education Office at  (972) 923-4631 or for more information.  To view the complete catalog and register on-line go to

Introduction to Microsoft Office Programs

This class will provide you with an overview of the Microsoft Office Suite of programs.  Included will be a review of the basic layout, navigation, and functions common to all office programs.  We will review the various version of Microsoft Office, the purpose of each program and which programs are included in each version.  You will create a basic word document using Microsoft Word, a basic spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel, and a basic slide presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Instructor:  Randy Ahlfinger

Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00

September 21 & September 28    two classes

Cost: $34.00


Introduction to QuickBooks

An introductory course of the QuickBooks accounting software, including setting up a new company and chart of account; recording transactions with customers, vendors, and employees.  Learn to create & manage lists as well as running reports.  This class is extremely hands-on, fun, and evokes a communicable environment.

Instructor:  Carolyn Duvall

6:00 – 8:00

Thurs. Sept. 21 – Oct. 12, Mon.10/23   five classes

Cost:  $62.00


Photography 101

Photography 101 is a beginning course in which students will be introduced to the basic operation of their SLR type camera. The course explains photography basics such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, as well as methods for taking creative control of your photographs. This course is geared toward those with DSLR type cameras with user-adjustable aperture, ISO and shutter speed.

Instructor:  Brent Hughes, Brent Hughes Photography

Thursdays   6:00-7:00

Sept. 21 – Oct. 5    three classes

Cost: $28.00


Introduction to Popular Social Media Applications

Learn to use popular social networks to make connections with family, friends, and acquaintances.  Stay connected to people, places, and interests using Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  It is preferred that the student provide their own internet capable device.

Instructor: Jennifer Hamby

Monday   Sept. 25


Cost: $16.00


Conversational Spanish I

Would you like to learn the basics of Spanish to communicate in the workplace, at home or in travels?  This course is for adults who have no previous conversational knowledge of Spanish- or who have not had Spanish -language training in many years.

Instructor: Rosa Robles

Mondays   6:30 – 8:00

Sept. 25 –  Nov. 27 (no classes 10/16, 11/20)   eight classes

Cost:  $72.00 + recommended workbook purchased by first class


Heartsaver CPR

Heartsaver CPR/AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking of an adult, child, and infant.  Upon successful completion, the participant would be issued an American Heart Association, Heartsaver CPR/AED card.

Instructor:  Kris Rencher

Monday   Sept. 25


Cost:  $45.00


Country Two Step Dance

Join professional dance instructors Cory & LaDonna Turner and learn the most popular Country Western Dance in Texas. You will learn beginner level patterns in a fun filled atmosphere.  This will be a partner dance class- encourage a friend to join you!  Slick soled shoes are recommended.

Instructor:  Cory & LaDonna Turner

Mondays 6:30 – 8:00

Sept. 25 – Oct. 9   three classes

Cost:  $29.00



This class is beneficial for all fitness levels.  Tai Chi is one of the oldest forms of group exercise.  It is a link of unchanging movements that have passed through the centuries of tradition.  Qi Gong is a variation of Tai Chi that focuses on stability and balance.  Both increase flexibility, improve strength, and cardiovascular fitness in a gentle way.  Students who have attended this class previously can perfect what they have already learned.  Please wear comfortable clothes that allow movement and athletic shoes. 

Instructor:  Utahna Green

Thursdays    7:00 – 8:00

Sept. 28 – Oct. 19    four classes

Cost:  $30.00


Beginning Tennis- Adults

This class is designed for newcomers to tennis or for people that have not played in a long time and need a refresher in skills.  The class will focus on the fundamentals of tennis, the forehand, backhand, serve, volley, and point simulation.  This will be a fun and engaging class that gives you the skills to be able to play “the greatest game in the world!” Classes taught WHS Tennis Courts on Indian Drive, Max 10 students

Instructor:  Nicholas Tanner, Head Tennis Coach

Mondays    6:30 – 7:30

Sept. 25 – Nov. 6 (no class 10/ 16)  six classes

Cost:  $50.00


Ellis County Children’s Theatre Acting Class – For the Serious Younger Actor

Students in grades 2-4 are invited to learn about elements of theatre and the acting skills necessary to become a confident actor.  Studies will include: stage directions, characterization, articulation, using body language as a tool, and much more!  Auditions to follow for the theatre productions.  Those who qualify will be included in the production.  This class is taught at WHS.  Limit 8 students. 

Instructor:  Noelle Carmen

Mondays & Thursdays    5:30 – 6:30

Sept. 21 – Nov. 2  (no class 10/ 16)  12 classes

Cost:  $125.00


Ellis County Children’s Theatre Acting Class – For the Young Actor with Previous Acting Training

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to learn about elements of theatre and the acting skills necessary to become a confident actor.  Studies will include:  stage directions, characterization, articulation, using body language as a tool, and much more!  Auditions to follow for the theatre productions.  Those who qualify will be included in the production.  This class is taught at WHS.  Limit 8 students. 

Instructor:  Chasity Willis

Mondays & Thursdays    6:30 – 8:00

Sept. 21 – Nov. 2  (no class 10/ 16)  12 classes

Cost:  $150.00


Basic Dog Obedience

Dog owners will learn basic commands which will enhance the pet-owner bond, using positive reinforcement.  This course will also cover behavioral problems.  Owners will need to bring their pet with a standard buckle collar and 4’-6’ leash.  Please bring vaccination certificates for pets as well as training treats.  Bring your pet for the first class so the training can begin! Limit 10 students.

Instructor:  Shanda Vance, M.S., CDT Dog Obedience Trainer/ Animal Behavior Specialist

Thursdays 6:00-7:00

Sept. 21 – Oct. 26   six classes

Cost:  $44.00


Landscape Design in Ellis County

Learn the secrets to successful landscaping in Ellis County. Subjects covered will be soil climate/temperature, rainfall, native and adapted plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, etc.  Class includes a PowerPoint presentation with photos and examples of designs and landscapes in Waxahachie and Midlothian.  Class is taught by the “Landscape Director” for the state of Texas on the board of TNLA (Texas Nursery and Landscape Association) and Ellis County Master Gardener.

Instructor:  Scotty Rigsby

Thursday, Sept. 21

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cost:  $14.00


Container Gardening

For those who only have a small space or patio, container gardening is the way to raise flowers or vegetables. A handout will be provided. The class will cover, Proper container size and shape/ How to add an olla (water device) to lessen hand watering/Proper soil mixture/Placement of container/Fertilizer/Light requirements and what to plant for the best results/more as time allows. This will include a demonstration and the planting of a container garden.

Instructor:  Jane Slone

Thursday Sept. 28

6:00 – 7:30

Cost: $14.00


Beginning Crochet

Join this beginning class as you learn to crochet!  You will learn how to make a “Hodge Podge Blanket” by making one big Granny Square.  Learn the basic chain stitch, double crochet, and cluster stitch – lots of fun to make.  Please bring size G hook and 4 skeins of 4-ply yarn in different colors. 

Instructor:  Virginia Ramos

Mondays   6:00 – 8:00

Sept. 25 –  Oct. 30 (no class 10/16)   five classes

Cost:  $50.00


Beginning Knitting

Have you always wanted to learn to knit?  Join this class and learn the basics of knitting in this dishcloth sampler!  We will practice several unique stitch patterns while creating dishcloths you can really use.

Please bring one pair size 7 knitting needles, one skein cotton yarn, scissors, darning needle.

Instructor:  Karen Kelly

Thursdays   6:00 – 8:00

Sept. 21 – Oct. 12    four classes

Cost:  $40.00


Bricks4Kidz, Ages 6-12

Calling all LEGO® Master Builders!  So many things we use each day are someone’s invention.  Introduce your child to the world of ideas, creativity, inventions, and patents. They will construct different familiar objects each week, such as a hand mixer, windshield wipers, and a conveyor belt, using LEGO® bricks. Each model is motorized for maximum movement and fascination!  After building the model, creativity is encouraged by modifying and customizing it.  At the end of class (time-permitting), they can build their own creations at our creative-build station!

Instructor:  Lisa Easdon

Mondays    6:00 – 7:00

Sept. 25 –  Nov. 6   (no class 10/16) six classes

Cost:  $60.00


Beginner’s Guitar

Learn the fundamentals of the guitar including playing cords and reading music.  Please bring a quality guitar (acoustic preferred, but not required), guitar picks, spiral notebook, and a pencil as you learn. Come join us for this fun beginner’s class as you also learn tuning, strumming and some basic study techniques to continue with once the course is over.  You can develop a skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.   Ages 10 and above.

Instructor:  David Young, guitarist & songwriter for 30 years

Thursdays    6:30 – 7:30

Sept. 21 – Oct. 19    five classes

Cost:  $35.00


History of the Foods Carried on Cattle Drives

Join David in this discussion of the history of food carried on cattle drives – from what kinds of foods were on the chuck wagon, to preparation and to storage.  See Dutch Oven Cooking coming up in October to prepare your own foods for outdoor living.

Instructor:  David Smith

Monday   Sept. 25


Cost:  $15.00


Watercolor for Fun!

Learn the basics of becoming a successful watercolor artist in 5 weeks.  Classes will be an hour and half long starting from learning techniques you can use, continuing into two full paintings! Students should bring two small plastic containers (min. 4 oz.) for water. You may choose to bring an apron or smock (optional).  All other supplies will be furnished by the teacher (pencils, paints, brushes and paper).   

Instructor:  Burl Sloan

Mondays    6:15 – 8:00

Sept. 25 – Oct. 30 (no class 10/16)  five classes

Cost:  $80.00


Mini Mouthfuls for Kids–Ages 5-12

Mini mouthfuls of deliciousness will be prepared in our kitchen! Come get a kid’s take on small bites!

The class will be taught in the WHS Culinary Arts Room.

Instructor:  Kathy Parker

Thursday Sept. 21

6:00 -7:00

Cost: $28.00