Italy’s 4th Annual Christmas Festival Vendors and Parade participation forms

Image: Italy’s downtown Christmas Festival is planned for December 3, 2011.

The 4th Annual Italy Christmas Parade and Festival will be Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The parade will begin at 10:00am and will travel down Main Street, Italy.  Vendors will be located along Main Street and inside the McConnell Building (101 E. Main Street, Italy).  Vendor booth and parade float forms are available with this article or at City Hall.

Pancake breakfast planned to honor Italy city employees


On Saturday, November 19 at 8:00am the Italy Church of Christ will have a pancake breakfast in honor all of the Italy City employees.  The church is located at 601 S College Street in Italy.  Everyone is invited to come and thank our city employees and enjoy a great breakfast.

Community Thanksgiving Barbecue planned


The Italy Ministerial Alliance in partnership with the Italy ISD has planned a community Thanksgiving Barbecue for Sunday, November 20th.  This event will be held at the Stafford Elementary sports field from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. It will be complete with bounce houses, fun children’s activities and of course, lots of food!

Trick or Treat on Main Street!


Local businesses along Main Street in Italy will have Trick or Treating on Monday, October 31, 2011. Take time to stroll the downtown streets from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and allow your little goblin to get some goodies for our local vendors.  One business will even be “treating” with free hot dogs!

Italy’s own perform in Bye Bye Birdie

Image: Father and daughter, Gary and Tess Clark are busy getting ready for the big performance.

Picture yourself back in the 1950’s when the military draft was in full swing. You are crazy about the rock-and-roll singer Conrad Birdie who just got drafted. Conrad is coming to your town of Sweet Apple, Ohio to give one lucky girl from his fan club a real “last kiss” on the Ed Sullivan Show before going into the Army.

Lord’s Acre Dinner and Live Auction, October 22


The First United Methodist Church will have its annual Lord’s Acre Dinner and Live Auction on Saturday, October 22 at the church at 129 Harpold St.  A barbecue brisket lunch with home cooked beans, slaw, bread, and a variety of desserts will be served at 11:00 a.m.

2011 IHS Homecoming schedule of events


IHS Homecoming 2011 is Friday, October 7. Both Italy ISD campuses will be releasing early on Friday so everyone can join in on the celebration.  A last minute change to the schedule—the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band will perform their halftime show before the game (7:00pm).  This change is due to the need of more time during halftime for the homecoming court presentations.

ECEYA Horse Show Fun and Playday

Image: Stafford Elementary 2nd grader Sadie Hinz and her Pony of the Americas gelding Cinnamon would like to invite all area horse kids to a fun day of competition at the Ellis County Equine Youth Association Fundraiser Show and Playday.

The Ellis County Equine Youth Association invites all area horse kids to participate in the ECEYA Fundraiser and Fun Horse Show on Saturday, September 10, at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy, Texas. The show begins at 9 a.m. and includes halter, western, English, leadline and speed events.

Spaceships, Meteors, and Moonlight

On August 12th and 13th, as the Moon waxes full, the International Space Station will glide over US towns and cities during the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Italy’s own perform in Aesop’s Foibles

Image: Kimberly Hooker and Sydney Lowenthal are ready to put on a great show.

Sydney Lowenthal and Kimberly Hooker are performing in the play Aesop’s Foibles at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University. This will be Sydney’s third play with the Waxahachie Community theatre and Kimberly’s first.

A Bang Up Job on the 4th of July


Consider the facts. The Burn Ban is almost state-wide, county-wide for sure, and the 4th of July is just around the corner. Safety is always a key point during this holiday. Instead of raiding a local fireworks stand, which might be illegal, and blasting the countryside with potential fire danger, let’s all go to the safe fireworks shows already scheduled.

Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend in Milford

Image: Shelby’s Jewelry
One of last years booths at the Milford Arts & Crafts Fair.

Milford’s second annual Arts & Crafts Fair will be held this Saturday, June 4th from 9:00am – 5:00pm.Located in the park off of Hwy 77 in Milford, Texas, the fair will have lots of vendors, shopping, crafts for kids, face painting, creative gifts, food and fun for all.  Make plans to attend.

Avalon Homecoming June 11

June 11 is the date for the biennial homecoming at the Multipurpose Center in Avalon, sponsored by the Avalon High School Ex-Students Association.

Fund Raiser Opportunity at the Tour d’Italia

Calling all church groups, riding clubs and scouting organizations!  Are you looking for a good fund raising activity?  Well if so, I’d like to invite you to plan a bake sale and come sell your homemade pies, cakes, cookies and brownies to over 1,000 hungry cyclist participating in the 26th Annual Tour d’Italia on Saturday, June 18th.  Simply bring your tables, wrap up all your yummy baked goods and set up outside at the High School by 9:00 am and then watch those funds add up.

Italy’s own in the Waxahachie Community Theatre production of Annie


Waxahachie Community Theatre will present “Annie” starring Meredith Johnson as Annie, Jerry Ellis as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, Deborah Pappas as Miss Hannigan, and Randy Preston as “Rooster.” Italy will be represented in the production by the entire Clark family, Gary and Nan and daughters Sydney Lowenthal (3rd grader at Stafford Elementary) and Erika Larsen.

Looking for Summer Fest vendors and volunteers


The 2011 Tour d’Italia and Summer Fest is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. Every year, the Tour d’Italia raises funds which benefit Italy High School, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other North Texas charities. This year, the Tour d’Italia enters its 26th year and it will be bigger and better than ever!

Mayor’s Egg Hunt a success

Image: Special Delivery — The Easter Bunny (E.B.) took a minute from his busy egg coloring schedule to help the Mayor at the egg hunt.

The Easter Bunny made an appearance at the Upchurch Field on Saturday much to the delight of over 125 children of Italy. Special Delivery in the Italy Fire Department’s fire truck, E.B. came to help with the festivities. Hiding eggs is his specialty and this time was no different.

Tour d’Italia Bike Ride and Summer Fest


Every year, the Tour d’Italia raises funds which benefit Italy High School, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other North Texas charities. This year, the Tour d’Italia enters its 26th year and it will be bigger and better than ever!

Invitation to Easter egg hunt at Dunlap Library

I would like to invite the children of Italy and their parents to the 28th Annual Dunlap Library Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 at 9 o’clock. Children up to ten are invited to join us for a morning of family fun. We’ll have three groups; tiny tots in the children’s room, ages 3-5 in the front yard, and ages 6 to 10 in the back yard.

Plans underway for 2nd Annual Milford Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, June 4, 2011, Milford will have its 2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. The event will be held at the Milford Park off of Hwy 77 in downtown Milford. Hours will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm. There will also BBQ Cook-Off sponsored by the Police & Fire Department held in conjunction with this event.

How about some spring activities?

Image: Bluebonnets grow next to the water — The bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes nestle up to the bank of Bardwell Lake at Mustang Park.

Driving up and down the highway, your eye moves to the right and left looking at the brilliant Bluebonnets, spots of red Indian Paintbrushes and patches of Primrose. Spring in Texas is beautiful. Do you want to see some sights?

Relay For Life Planned

The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County is set for May 20-21, 2011. Last year’s event raised $130,000 for the American Cancer Society and there were 701 participants on teams. This year’s goal is 750 participants and $150,000. At present there are 232 participants and $23,055 raised.

Italy Masonic Lodge benefit raffle underway

I recently discovered that the Italy Masonic Lodge is having a raffle. The purpose of the raffle is to raise funds for renovations to their historic downtown Italy building. With the great prizes being offered and a worthwhile purpose, supporting the Italy Masons is a must do.

3rd Annual Lions Club BBQ Cook-off scheduled for February 25 & 26


The third annual Italy Lions Club BBQ Cook-off in scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 25th and 26th. This event is sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society. As in years past, the cook-off will be staged at the Upchurch Ball Park at 201 E. Dilworth Road in Italy. New this year will be a kids cook-off on Friday evening.

February Activities in Texas

Image: Hearts, Flowers and Little Bit of Dust — Traveling in February could be romantic if you find the right place to go in Texas.  Take a moment and look at the various ideas you can choose from for a fabulous weekend getaway.

In and amongst the young lovers, heart throbs and twitterpated couples wandering starry-eyed in our midst, there are many activities listed in Texas for the 28 days of February. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the planner.

Quadrantid meteor shower early January 4, 2011

The Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the year’s best, producing more than 100 meteors per hour from a radiant near the North Star. In 2011 forecasters expect the shower to peak sometime between 21:00 UT (3:00 pm EST) on January 3 and 06:00 UT (01:00 am EST) on January 4. The peak is brief, typically lasting no more than an hour or so. Observers who wish to try to catch it are advised to look during the hours before local dawn on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, when the shower’s radiant is high in the sky.

Time is ticking away

The sands of time are pouring through the hourglass…that sounds like a soap opera but totally true. The end of 2010 is coming and 2011 will begin-all this week! Hard to believe. Do you have your evening set up? How will you bring in the new year? Here are a few suggestions.