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March 2012

Spring is upon us and so are the Bluebonnets.  The Ennis Garden Club has predicted a banner year and it is evident with the gorgeous fields of blue you can see along the highways.  The chamber has had quite a few calls and visitors stop by for information about the best trails and April has yet to arrive.  Be sure to contact the ECVB at 972-878-4748 for up-to-date information about the trails.  They work closely with the Ennis Garden Club who monitors the trails regularly reporting to the ECVB the best routes to send our Bluebonnet visitors.  Don’t miss out on the beautiful Bluebonnet sites and be sure to bring your cameras.  I know the ECVB is looking to award prizes to the best Bluebonnet pictures.

EISD will be introducing a new program called the Texas Scholars – High School and Beyond Program.  Texas Scholars recognizes those students who graduate from a Texas High School having completed all the courses required for the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program and who have completed two courses eligible for college credit while in high school.  For the 2011-12 school year, EISD will be concentrating on the recognition portion and are looking for organizations to help with sponsorship.    For more information on the program please contact the Ennis Chamber or EHS Principal David Averett at 972-872-3500.

The weather has been wonderful and if you are looking for something to do this weekend there are a number of events planned locally.  The Ennis Arts Commission will present their 1st Annual Ennis Cultural Festival in the Park.  It will be held this Saturday, March 31st, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Park.  A number of entertainers will be performing including the Ennis Lionettes, Inspiration Inc’s – a 1940’s Salute to the USO, a Wild West Show by the Trinity River Desperados, Bandan Koro, Grupo Pakal Mayan Dance, Salute to Patsy Cline and others.  Admission is free, just remember to bring your lawn chairs and a picnic lunch.

Also on Saturday, March 31st, Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties presents “A Fabulous 40’s Fling” at the Midlothian Conference Center.  In addition to the 40’s themed entertainment, dinner will be served while listening to the sounds of the big band era.  You can also try your hand at swing dancing, all beginning at 7:00 p.m.   The proceeds go to “Serving the Children of Yesterday”.  Donations are accepted and volunteers are needed to deliver weekly meals.  Please call 972-351-9943 for more information.

Healing Hearts Center will also be hosting their 1st Gala, “Facing the Giants, Breaking the Silence”, this Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.  Healing Hearts is a non-profit Domestic and Sexual Violence Center serving Ellis County.  Susan Still will be the keynote speaker.  Ms. Still has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and 20/20 with Diane Sawyer.  For more information please contact Alecia Peters at 214-994-9497.

The Ennis Chamber along with Navarro College SBDC would like to invite the community to a presentation entitled “Turning Your Website and Social Media into an online Lead-Generating Machine in 5 Easy Steps”.  The presentation will be given by Eric Spellman, Owner and President of Spellman and Associates, a technology company offering online branding, social media management, website design, business IT services and network maintenance.  Eric will show you how to significantly increase traffic to your website, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. The low-tech concepts presented in this class, properly executed, can help you multiply the visitors to your site.  You will also learn how to turn your window shoppers into buyers and visitors into qualified leads.  To join us for the Free presentation and breakfast on Thursday, April 5th, from 8:00 to 9:30 am, please call the chamber at 972-878-2625 or email  Don’t miss out, call today.

The Ennis Chamber’s 6th Annual Bluebonnet BBQ Cook Off is being held April 20th and 21st  at the Knights of Columbus Hall.   The cook off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society and we have the Registration Forms at the chamber.  Check-in for the event participants will began Friday, April 20th, at noon.  Categories are Beef Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butt and ½ Chicken.  The entry fee for one or all meats is $75.00.  Awards will be presented.

If you would like to be a Judge for the BBQ event, please call the chamber at 972-878-2625.  We need at least 50 judges. The only prerequisite is that you “Come Hungry” and you will certainly leave happy!

The Ennis Garden Club’s Bluebonnet Festival will be held that same weekend downtown Ennis on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd in conjunction with the 40 miles of driving trails.  They will have Arts and Crafts and Food Vendors along with a children’s area.  It will be a great weekend for the family.

The Chamber is now accepting applications for the Polka Festival Arts and Crafts and Festival Parade being held Memorial Weekend.  Be sure to mark your calendars for May 25th, 26th, and 27th and join in all the festivities.  Our Parade Grand Marshal will be Miss Texas, Kendall Morris.  The Polka Festival will be celebrating its 46th Anniversary.

Please welcome our new Chamber Member Studio Classic Salon & Spa, Stefani Rhodes, located at 100 North East Main Street, Suite D, 972-875-6075.