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The Orange Leader
The Orangefield Cormier Museum, located near Orangefield High School on FM 105 in Orangefield, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society will hold a meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Carnegie Meeting Room, 411 Pujo St. in Lake Charles, La. Contact Pat Huffaker at 337-477-3087 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Garage and Bake sale
The American Legion will have a garage and bake sale from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. We appreciate any donations for the garage sale. We need hangers if anyone has any. Donations can be dropped off at 108 E. Green Ave. at the America Legion Hall. For donations to be picked up, call Diane at 409-330-4142 or 409-313-0990 or Vanessa at 409-670-9944 or Millie at 409-779-3376.
Pastor Appreciation Service
The officers and members of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Orange cordially invite the community to celebrate their pastor’s 44th year of dedicated service with an appreciation service will be held in honor of Rev. and Mrs Calvin Coolidge Jones at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20. Dr. Stanley T. Hillard and his congregation from St. Luke Baptist Church in Houston, Texas is the guest for this occasion. Call the church office at 409-886-2089 for info.
The Vidor Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Membership Banquet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 1600 N. Main in Vidor. Tickets are $25 or a table of six for $150 and must be purchased in advance. Call 409-769-6339 for info or to charge by phone.
Best of Best Gospel Fest
The Best of the Best Gospel Fest will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at Joe Ware Plaza in Orange. Tickets are $15 and includes meal. Call 409-883-2611 for tickets and information.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. March will be held starting at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21. Lineup will be at at Turrett and 2nd Street. Procession will travel to the Orange County Courthouse for a short program, and then back to Mount Olive Baptist Church for a long program at approximately 1:30 p.m., Monday. The public is encouraged to participate and attend.
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.
Community Trash Off
The 18th Annual Community Trash Off will be held from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9. Participants will meet at Orange Lions Den Park. Teams consist of 3-5 participants and are limited to adults and children age 12 and older. All teams must be supervised by an adult. Individuals are welcome to show up on the day of the event and will be assigned to a team for the clean-up. Call 409-670-0803 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org for registration form.
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.
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.
Knit Together for Charity
Knit Together for Charity will meet from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Vidor Public Library, 440 E. Bolivar in Vidor. The public is invited.
Weekly Bible Study
Pastor C.W. Crawford and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 512 John St. in Orange, will hold a weekly Bible study at 6 p.m., every Tuesday. The public is invited.
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.
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.
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 Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, and 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.
The Genies, an Orange County Genealogy group, will have its monthly meeting at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Vidor Public Library, 440 E. Bolivar. Speakers are Katie Moak and Louise Jetton, authors of “Dueling Sisters.” A book signing will be held following meeting. The public is invited.
Finanical aid planning meeting
Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School will hold a college financial aid planning meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 in the library lecture room. Parents of seniors are invited to attend in order to receive valuable information about grant and loan opportunities, as well as the financial aid application process. Contact Jeanna Childress at 409-886-5821, ext. 1750 for info.
Mardi Gras Parade
The Krewe of Krewe’s Mardi Gras Parade will be held in downtown Orange on Saturday, Feb. 2. If you would like to participate and have a float in the parade, please call the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce at 409-883-3536. Entry fee is $100. Application deadline is Jan. 23. Mandatory drivers meeting at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 29.
Student Tax Talks
Lamar State College-Orange, in partnership with H&R Block, will offer FREE information program regarding income tax related issues with emphasis on Student Education Benefits from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, inside Room 125 of the Wilson Building, 506 Green Ave. in Orange. Topics include child credit for students who are parents, new tax laws, healthcare reform, education related tax savings, working teenagers as dependents and more. Seating is limited. Contact Lisa Cowart at 409-882-3321 or Lisa.Cowart@LSCO.edu to reserve a spot.
Green Thumb Series
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Orange County is offering Green Thumb Series training being held at St. Mary Catholic School. Classes are from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. Topics include sprouts, shoots, and roots; planning and preparing your garden area; container gardening, herb gardening and more. Cost $20 per person. Call 409-882-7010 to register.
Mardi Gras Ball
The Arc of Greater Beaumont will hold a Mardi Gras Ball with an evening of fun New Orleans style from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 for individuals age 18 years old and older that have intellectual and developmental delays. This Social Club event will be held at St. Giles, 7650 Park North in Beaumont. The cost is $3 for Arc and self advocate members. Call 409-838-9012 or e-mail email@example.com for info.
Southern Gospel concert
Orange First Church of the Nazarene invites you to come hear Southern Gospel singer and musician Brad White at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. A love offering will be received and there will be a covered dish potluck after the concert. Please come join us for a night of music and worship. For more information call OFCN at 409-883-4674.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 803 N. 28th Street, has scheduled a garage sale from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be held inside with large items displayed outside. Tables will rent for $20 each. For information or to rent a table contact Jenny Forsyth at 409-745-0696 or Sharon Bodin at 409-719-7792.
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.
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.
Indoor Garage Sale
The Heroines of Jericho will hold a Giant Indoor Garage Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, Jan. 26, inside the Gate City Masonic Lodge No. 31, 1017 Mill at John St. in Orange. The event will be held rain or shine, and the early bird gets the worms!
St. Mary Catholic School, 2600 Bob Hall Road in Orange, has an Open House scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Inflatables will be available for children to enjoy. For information or to schedule a tour of the school call Principal, Denise Willingham at 409-883-8913.
OC Republican Party
The Orange County Republican Party will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 29, instead of Jan. 22, at the Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne St. in Vidor. We will be discussing the 2012 election, where we go from there and issues we now face locally as well as nationally.
Bunco is Back
Join us at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, for Game Night at St. Mary Church Parish Hall, 909 Cherry St. in Orange. Snacks and prizes will be provided by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, but we want you to provide the fun. Bunco veterans are more than willing to share the fun with newcomers. If you can roll the dice and count to 6, then you already have the skills needed to play. No reservation is required, only a $5 donation.
The Bridge City High School Alumni Association will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, inside the cafeteria of Bridge City High School.
Senior Citizen Computer Classes
Lamar State College-Orange is offering free computer classes for senior citizens, ages 55 and older, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Wilson Building, Room 133, 506 Green Ave. in Orange. Course is designed for individuals who have never used a computer. Learn to turn on computer, navigate with a mouse, open programs, play games, surf the Internet, set up an e-mail account and send e-mail with attachments. Cach participant will have his/her own computer to use during class. There is a limited number of computers in the lab. Call 409-882-3321 to reserve your spot.
Glenn Pearson Basketball
Tip off for the Sixth Annual Glenn Pearson Basketball Alumni Tourney is 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, and all interested players should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to reserve a spot. Participation requirement is that the alumnus played Varsity basketball for and graduated from Bridge City High School. Participants should include in the e-mail their year of graduation, their coach name, and jersey size. Mr. Pearson plans to attend the event.
The Orange County Parks Department announces the trout release at Claiborne West Park on Thursday Feb. 7. Approximately 500 trout will be released each day. Park hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A fishing license and stamp are required. For more information call 409-745-2255.
Chuck Young Baseball Classic
The Chuck Young Baseball Alumni Classic will be held Saturday, Feb. 9. The event will begin with a Homerun Derby at 10 a.m. and there is a $20 entry fee. The alumni baseball game is scheduled for noon. Anyone interested in playing should contact email@example.com. More info can be obtained at the BC baseball website at http://bridgecitycardinalbaseball.webs.com/ or follow on twitter at @bccardsbaseball.
The American Legion Post 49, 108 Green Avenue, Orange, will hold a plate lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. The Cost is $8. The meal will consist of brisket, link, potato salad, beans, bread and dessert. Walk-ins are welcome and delivery is available. Orders and deliveries will be taken between noon, Wed., Feb. 13, and 9 a.m. Thurs. Feb. 14. Call 409-886-1241 to place an order.
Mystery Dinner Theater
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is holding its 3rd annual Mystery Dinner Threatre “Reading Aunt Louise’s Will", Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16. Cost for the Feb. 15 show for all ages is $20 per person and $150 per table of 8, which includes dinner and drinks (no alcohol). Tickets for the Feb. 16 show, for ages 21 and older only, are $40 per person, $300 per table of 8, and $50 to decorate table, dinner, drinks and wine will be served. Come by the Chamber office from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, or call 409-735-5671 to reserve a table.