Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Taste of Texas
The Taste of Texas will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 2. Vendor tables and contestant tables are available for $20 each. Think you can cook? Enter your best dish or dessert. Call 409-330-0034 for info or to reserve a spot.
Thrift and Gift Special Sale
Thrift and Gift, located at 350 37th St. in Orange, will have a special sale from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2 in the shop, bargain room, gym and holiday room with select items on sale. Long sleeved blouses, sweaters, sweat tops and shoes will be $1. Toys will be reduced one-half. Baked goods on sale as well. Call 409-886-7469 for info.
Lutcher Stark Class Reunion
Attention all Tigers! The Lutcher Stark High School Classes of 1953 and 1955 will be hosting a reunion Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. Any classmates who graduated in the 1950s are invited to join us. Cost is $60 per person to attend both nights, $40 for Friday only, or $40 for Saturday only. Mayke checks payable to Wayland Payne and mail to 510 Lilac, Orange, Tx. 77630. Call 409-886-2548 for info.
The Vidor Rotary Club meets at noon, every Monday, upstairs in the Capital One building on North Main Street.
Want to stop drinking? Call the Orange AA at 409-779-4286.
The Vidor AA Group meets at 8 p.m., every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Call 409-651-0593 for details.
If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Call AA in West Orange at 409-886-8772 for info.
Bridge City Middle School will hold its annual Open House from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 4. All teachers will be available to meet and speak with parents. The BCMS choir will perform. Come out and enjoy this fun evening.
Vidor Historical Society
The Vidor Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 4, at in the Fellowship Hall of First Pentecostal Church at Camp and Wilson Streets.
Pine Forest City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 4, at City Hall, 305 Nagel St. in Pine Forest. The public is welcome to attend.
Bridge City Elementary will hold Open House from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5. All classrooms will feature student work on display. Each grade level will display items from spring and Texas themes. Title I teachers will host a parent meeting that will feature fun learning games parents can do with their child to promote reading and math.
The officers and Board of Directors of the Orange County Historical Society will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 in the Orange Public Library.
Community Christian School will have its annual Open House from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m, Tuesday, March 5, featuring exciting activities such as a silent and live auction with a professional auctioneer, Book Fair, Science and Art Fair, 5K & 1K Lion Pride Run sign-up, and much more. Go to Community Christian School’s website for information on the school at ccsorange.org or call Mrs. Morris for enrollment information at 409-883-4531 ext. 121.
Green Thumb Series
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Orange County is holding the 2nd group of classes in the Green Thumb Series called Plant Propagation and Botany. The topics of this series are: Plant Categories and Plant Processes; Plant Parts and Functions; Flowers, Fruits, Seeds, and Germination; Environmental Factors; and Plant Nutrition and Hormones. These classes are being held at the Mauriceville Community Center (Crawfish Festival Grounds) from 6 pm to 8 pm. Classes are as scheduled: March 5, March 19, and March 26. The cost is $30 per person for these classes and covers all materials. Please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 409-882-7010 to sign up for these classes.
Freedom to Change Ministry
Sixth Street Community Church of God in Christ, 1619 Sixth St. in Orange, will hold its 2nd Annual Deliverance Revival at 7:30 p.m., nightly, March 5 - March 7. Guest speaker is Marenda Malveaux of Lake Charles, La.
Vidor Runners and Walkers
Vidor Runners and Walkers meet at 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at Claiborne West Park. Runners and walkers of every age and level are invited.
Nederland Art Guild
Nederland Art Guild classes are held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Texas Artists Museum, 3501 Cultural Center Drive near the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur. Cost is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. During the month of March, Ann Hoffpauir of Orange will be the instructor. The class will do a still life of fruit and Ann requests that your canvas be a small one, either 11 X 14, or 12 X 16. For more information, call Doris at 409-728-1875.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange is offering free scrapbook classes at 4 p.m., each Tuesday. The community is invited to come join in. For more information contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.
Plate lunch fundraiser
American Legion Post 49, 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will hold a plate lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, March 7. Cost is $8 and meal consists of brisket, link, potato salad, beans, bread and dessert. Walk-in’s welcome and delivery available. For orders or delivery call 409-886-1241 after noon, March 6 and before 9 a.m., March 7.
Heroines of Jericho
The Heroines of Jericho will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 8 at Gate City Masonic Lodge No. 31, 1017 Mill at John St. in Orange. All Heroines and Knights are asked to be present.
AAUW Book Drive
The Orange Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is beginning its annual book drive to collect “gently used” books for their scholarship fund. All books, fiction, non-fiction, hardbound or paper back are acceptable. Books may be delivered to the Mann Insurance Agency at 1505 Park Ave. at 15th Street during regular business hours. If unable to deliver the books, you may call 409-886-5739 or 409-886-2194 to arrange for pickup.
St. Francis of Assissi Knights of Columbus Council 13825 will be selling fish dinners from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, March 8, March 15 and March 22 in the San Damiano Center, 4300 Meeks Drive in Orange. Meal is $8 and includes 2 pieces fish, french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, drink and dessert. Dine in or take out.
St. Therese Catholic Church, 1409 N. Sixth St. in Orange, will have catfish dinners available from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., every Friday during Lent. Meal is $8 and includes catfish, red rice, potato salad, green beans, cake and bread. Delivery available on orders of 5 or more. Call 409-883-3783 for orders.
Income Tax Assistance
AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered from 12:15 p.m. - 4 p.m., every Wedneaday and Friday at the Orange Public Library. Bring the following, all W-2 and 1099 forms, records of capital gains and losses, copy of 2011 tax return, receipts of medical expenses, major purchases and social security cards for dependents.
Narcotics Anonymous is here to help. Drug problem? We can help. Call 409-861-1161.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 803 N. 28th St. in Orange, will host a pool tournament beginning at 8 p.m., every Friday. Prize money will given to first and second place winners. Food will be available. Call Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793 for info.
VFW Post 8246, 2110 S. Main in Vidor, invites the public to its weekly pool tournament every Friday night. Ages 21 and older only. Call 409-768-1482 for info.
Saturday Adventure Series
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park in Orange, will hold its Saturday Adventure Series from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9. “Bare Bones” will fascinate children of all ages by learning about bones and the mysteries that skulls can reveal. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
Retired Teachers of Orange County will meet at 11 a.m., Monday, March 11 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. in Orange. Discussion of current session of Texas Legislature will be topic and Chester Moore will be guest speaker. A light lunch will be served following.
The monthly meeting of the Orange County Master Gardeners will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the Salvation Army building on the corner of MLK and Strickland in Orange. A potluck supper and the business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the meeting door prizes will be drawn. Any one interested in gardening is welcome to attend. Please visit http://txmg.org/orange for info.
Saturday Adventure Series
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park in Orange, will hold its Saturday Adventure Series from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 16. Become an organic gardener with “Aphids and Ladybugs, Garden Combat,” by exploring some of the problems gardeners face and natural solutions to distinguish between helpful and harmful insects. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension are partnering together to offer wisdom, power, control Orange County. A family-centered program taught by medical professionals that will be held once a week for seven weeks. All materials will be provided. The program is for anyone who wants to be healthy with diabetes? The classes are free and will provide free A1c Test for those who qualify. Classes will be held at North Early Learning Center, 801 Cordrey in Orange and will start Tuesday, March 19 and goes through Tuesday, April 30 from 9 am - 11 am. A Reunion Class will be held Tuesday, June 4. To enroll call the Extension office at 409-882-7010.
Community Ed. Classes
Vidor ISD offers the following classes this semester through their adult Community Education program: Baby Steps Computer, Beginning Computer, Basic Windows, Pinterest, Basic Digital Photography, Gemology, iPhone, Android phones, Windows Phones, Toning and Conditiong, Creating a Bouquet with Cookies, Dog Obedience, Piano in Three Hours, and a Galveston Field Trip. Call 409-951-8700 or visit www.vidorisd.org, Community Dropdown, Community Ed. link. Residence in Vidor is not required.
GED Test Dates
Vidor ISD announces that GED tests are changing beginning in January 2014. Those who are currently working on the test process must complete it in 2013 or start the process over from the beginning. The 2013 test dates for GED at the AIM Center High School are March 20 and March 21. Dates are subject to change, and more dates will be held each following month, so check with the testing centers at 951-8780. Examinees are expected to arrive on time. Testing begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. Doors will be locked at that time. Tutoring for the GED is also available in Vidor ISD. Call AIM Center High School for further information.
Saturday Adventure Series
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park in Orange, will hold its Saturday Adventure Series from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23. Join us to “Build a Birdfeeder” to welcome back the birds of spring. During this family-friendly program, participants will create traditional feeders and hummingbird feeders using recycled and natural materials. These take-home feeders will invite birds to your backyard. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
Woodworkers of SETX
The Woodwokers of Southeast Texas will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, March 25 at 1685 Ashley St. in Beaumont. People with an interest in woodworker are welcome to attend. Visit www.wwset.org for more information.
Team Captain meeting
The Orange County Relay for Life will hold a month Team Captain meetings on Monday, March 25. The Team Captain meetings will be held at the Lamar State College – Orange Wilson Building, Room 101. The April 25 meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. Additional team captain meetings are scheduled April 22. All Team Captain meetings are directed at planning for the Orange County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which will be held May 3 – 4, 2013 at Bridge City High School from 6:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “A Little Bit of Texas, A Whole Lot of Hope.” Individuals or teams interested in becoming involved with this event are invited to attend the meeting and register on-line at www.OrangeCountyRelay.org
Easter Egg Hunt
Cove Baptist Church of Orange, 1005 DuPont Drive, and its Preschool/Children’s Ministry team will hold its annual Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. - noon, Friday, March 29 for children ages toddler through sixth grade. There will also be face-painting, games, crafts, hot dogs and prizes. Call 409-883-4155 for info.
Saturday Adventure Series
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park in Orange, will hold its Saturday Adventure Series from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30 for a “Morning Bird Stroll.” For first time bird spotters, this program will focus on using binoculars and field guides, while avid birders share their knowledge and expertise. Adult participants and children 10 years of age and older are welcome to attend. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
Community Shoe Drive
KLBT 88.1 Community Shoe Drive benefiting Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls will kick off April 1st and the final Shoe Marathon Day will be May 10th at KLBT Radio’s headquarters. Join the community collect new shoes and socks for orphans and vulnerable children in Southeast Texas and all around the world!The drive is in need of drop off locations in Beaumont, Mid-County, Orange, Bridge City, Lumberton, Vidor, and Winnie. To register as a drop off location or participating church at www.buckner.org/shoes or call (866) 774-SHOE.
Saturday Adventure Series
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park in Orange, will hold its Saturday Adventure Series from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6. “Bird Ballet” will focus on the graceful activities of wading birds in Shangri La’s state-of-the-art heronry. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
The monthly meeting of the Orange County Master Gardeners will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at the Salvation Army building on the corner of MLK and Strickland in Orange. A potluck supper and the business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the meeting door prizes will be drawn. Any one interested in gardening is welcome to attend. Please visit http://txmg.org/orange for info.
Woodworkers of SETX
The Woodwokers of Southeast Texas will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, April 22 at 1685 Ashley St. in Beaumont. People with an interest in woodworker are welcome to attend. Visit www.wwset.org for more information.
The monthly meeting of the Orange County Master Gardeners will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at the Salvation Army building on the corner of MLK and Strickland in Orange. A potluck supper and the business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the meeting door prizes will be drawn. Any one interested in gardening is welcome to attend. Please visit http://txmg.org/orange for info.