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The Culinary Arts students from the CTE Hospitality & Tourism Cluster would like to announce  “The Reservation” opens its doors this year on September 20th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

On the menu is:

The Reservation’s Big Fat Burger with all the fixins, their famous house made seasoned fries and homemade banana pudding. Click the following link to make “reservations!” 


Also, Culinary Arts students will be teaming with the Horticulture and Fine Arts to present the “Farm to Table on the Square” Event on November 4th,  5:00-8:00 pm. Chef Joel Skipper’s culinary students will prepare a four course meal, using locally sourced food items,for an outdoor dinner on the Historic Downtown Waxahachie Square.  For more information and to purchase tickets go to the following website


Cosmetology students will host their first “Open Salon” this month on  September 21st.  Appointments begin at 4pm and end at 8pm. Clients need to enter the building through the CTE office.  A student will be positioned in the reception area. Clients may email Renetta Key or Debbie Gant to schedule appointments or contact by phone, 972-923-4614. You may also email for an appointment at Open Salon Nights allow students to practice their skills and prepare for their upcoming state board exam. **Upcoming dates include; October 19 and November 16.**



It’s not too late to join Lighthouse for Learning Fall/Holiday classes!

Please contact the WISD Community Education Office at (972) 923-4631 or email for information.  The complete catalog may be viewed on-line or to register on-line go to  Registration and catalog information available at the WISD Administration Building at 411 N. Gibson Street.

Advanced Excel Tips and Tricks

In this advanced level Excel class, we will be working with advanced functions, as well as, data tools, pivotal tables, mail merge and charts.

Instructor:  Randy Ahlfinger

Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00

Nov. 30 & Dec. 7    two classes

Cost:  $34.00


Country Waltz Dance

Join professional dance instructors Cory & LaDonna Turner and learn the Country Waltz!  The Country Waltz is a progressive dance that moves around the dance floor.  It is a fun and easy dance to learn.  This will be a partner dance class – encourage a friend to join you.  Slick soled shoes are recommended.  See you on the dance floor!

Instructor:  Cory & LaDonna Turner

Mondays   6:30 – 8:00

Oct. 30 – Nov. 13

Cost:  $29.00


All About Trees

Do you have trees or are planning to add trees to your property? This class will go over the various trees that do well in Ellis County, including native trees. Subjects covered will be, what to look for in the Nursery, how and where to plant and how to care for your trees after planting. Pruning basics is included which cover when and how to prune. Next to your house, trees are the next most important investment on your property; learn how to protect that investment.

Instructor:  Alan Paxton

Monday, Oct. 30


Cost:  $14.00


How to Have a Beautiful Lawn in Ellis County

Does your yard have brown instead of green or unidentified weeds? Then this class is for you! You will learn what is the best turf for your yard, how to test the soil before fertilizing and the proper use of herbicides/insecticides. Using proper technics for watering so not to waste water or kill your grass.

Instructor:  Mike Peters

Thursday Nov. 9


Cost:  $14.00


Fall Succulent Holiday Decorating

Ideas on how to bring a fall favorite, the Famous Pumpkin to life with normal succulents and create a beautiful fall decoration that will last for months.

Instructor:  Mary Brower

Monday Nov. 13


Cost.  $14.00


Gardening in Ellis County Soils

Good soil is crucial to successful gardening. Most soils in Ellis County are either heavy clay or shallow and rocky, and both pose problems for the home gardener. But there is hope! This class will offer insight into how you can improve your soil for growing vegetables, flowers and other landscape plants. Participants will learn about the different soil types, their properties, and how to modify or amend soils to improve your gardening experience. We will also talk about soil testing, and selecting the best fertilizers (synthetic vs. organic) to meet plant needs. Whether you are a rookie or a veteran gardener, this class will give you a head start on next season’s gardening!

Instructor:  Monty Gearner

Monday Dec. 4


Cost:  $14.00


Beginner Hand Embroidery

Join this class and learn to hand embroider a Christmas Tree.  Learn four basic stitches, as well as embroidering with beads.  Keep for yourself or for gift giving! Fabric, embroidery thread, needle, beads, and frame will be included with the supply fee.  Please bring small scissors.

Instructor:  Virginia Ramos

Mondays    6:00 – 8:00

Nov. 6, 13, 27th     three classes

Cost:  $30.00 + $8.00 supply fee pay to instructor


Floral Design

Design and take home a fall floral arrangement.  Learn skills to use again to create centerpieces for your holiday celebrations.  Supply fee will cover vase and flowers for you to take home. Please bring clippers or scissors.

Instructor:  Faith Anne Pitts, Fox & the Fleur Custom Floral Designs

Thursday    7:00 – 8:00

Nov. 16    one class

Cost:  $15.00 + $30.00 supply fee pay to instructor


Holiday Mosaic

Achieve a beautiful, stained-glass look with the ease and fun of mosaics! We will be mosaic’ing a glass block using the glass-on-glass method. Put lights inside to illuminate the pretty glass! Choose from a wide variety of tumbled glass, tiles, gems and more. There will be several grout colors to select from. If you have never made a mosaic before – no problem! We will show you how to nip the glass, adhere the pieces & will do a grout demonstration. This is a project great for all levels. Warning…once you mosaic, you might be hooked! **A grout kit will be sent home – adhesive will need to dry at least 48 hours.**

Classes will be held at Mosaic Madness 211 South College Street, downtown Waxahachie.

Instructor:  Claire Beckner

Monday  Nov. 13  6:00 – 8:00

Cost:  $55.00 includes all materials


Mommy & Me Cake Decorating

It’s the perfect time for Mom & Daughter or Mom & Son bonding!  Learn some basic cake decorating skills and easy ways to make cute cupcakes for the next birthday. 

Bring 1 dozen cupcakes to each class.

Instructor:  Susan Howard

Mondays    6:30 – 8:00

Nov. 6 & Nov. 13    two classes

Cost:  $ 16.00 + $10.00 supply fee pay to instructor


Learn How to Draw

Drawing is a fun skill to have & it challenges new parts of the brain.  This class will help you learn new and fun techniques to improve your drawing.  We will practice the use of various types of line shading to create volume, composition, negative space, and color.  Both realistic and abstract styles will be explored.  Supplies:  white drawing pad 12”x18” or larger, 2B, 4B, 6B and ebony pencils, white eraser, sharpener, blending stump, and chalk pastels.  Ages 13 and up.

Instructor:  Kathryn Bradley

Mondays    6:00 – 8:00

Nov. 6 –  Dec. 11  (no class 11/20)  five classes

Cost:  $40.00


Kids in the Kitchen Snack Art #2 – Ages 5-12

Snack Art #1 was such fun, so we are going to do it all over again but with different snack creations!  We will use familiar and healthy ingredients, follow simple recipes, and create some awesome fun edible crafts! This class will be taught in the WHS Culinary Arts Room

Instructor:  Kathy Parker.

Thursday, Nov. 16

6:00 – 7:00

Cost:  $28.00


Kids in the Kitchen Christmas Confections Ages 5-12

Come help celebrate this most delicious season by preparing sweet Christmas confections that will tempt all of the senses! This class will be taught in the WHS Culinary Arts Room.

Instructor:  Kathy Parker

Thursday Dec. 7


Cost:  $28.00


Holiday Mommy & Me Gingerbread House

There is nothing more fun at Christmas time than decorating and baking with your children.  This class offers both! Enjoy a few rare hours with your child and create a memory for the season and for years to come.  We will put together a homemade gingerbread house and decorate it with colorful candy, royal icing, sparkling snow and more.  All this on a decorated board so it is easy to transport, move around and display.  Fees cover 1 parent/1 child age limit 5 & up.   Registration deadline Nov. 27th, limit 8 total.

Instructor:  Heidi Perkins

Monday   6:00 – 8:00

Dec. 4    one class

Cost:  $51.00 (supply fee included)