Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
First Appreciation Service
El Bethel Baptist Church, 704 N. 12th St. in Orange, will celebrate its Pastor’s first appreciation service at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13. Nightly pre-annual services will be held Thursday, Jan. 10. The public is invited to attend and participate in this celebration. Call 409-883-8996 for info.
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.
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.
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.
BC Chamber Banquet
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will hold its 53rd Annual Taste of the Bayou Banquet at 6 p.m, Monday, Jan. 14 inside the Bridge City Community Center, 105 Parkside Drive. Tickets are $15 and table sponsorships are $125. The event is open to the public and attire is casual. Call the chamber at 409-735-5671 for more information.
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.
Bill Faye to Speak
Bill Faye, author of “Share Jesus Without Fear,” will be the guest speaker and trainer at Little Cypress Baptist Church, 3274 Little Cypress Drive on Sunday, Jan. 13. He will preach at the 10:30 a.m. morning service and lead a seminar from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. that evening. The public is invited.
Retired Teachers of Orange County will meet at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. in Orange. Guest speaker is John Paschall of Southeast Texas Better Business Bureau. January hostess will provide light lunch following meeting.
Retired Senior Citizens
The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14 at The Salvation Army Bldg. on MLK and Strickland. All members are urged to attend. Please bring a covered dish for the noon meal. We are still collecting soaps for Orange Christian Services. All seniors are welcome to attend. Call 409-883-6161 for more 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red Hat Society
The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society will meet at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, in the garden area parking lot of Wal-Mart to carpool to L’Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles, La. Birthday ladies are: Lady Cha Cha, Marcie Baca and Patty McKinley. Please do not bring door prizes. We will discuss how to celebrate winning first place in the Shangri La Christmas Tree contests for organizations. All ladies are welcome. For information call 409-883-1609.
Lutcher Service Guild
The Lutcher Theater Service Guild will hold a general meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, in the third floor lobby of the theater.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
St. Mary Catholic School, 2600 Bob Hall Road in Orange, has an Open House scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. For information or to schedule a tour of the school call Principal, Denise Willingham at 409-883-8913.
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.
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.