Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Pre-Mardi Gras Dance
St. John Knights of Peter Claver Council and Court No. 164 present a pre-Mardi Gras dance starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Parish Hall, 620 53rd St. in Port Arthur. Admission is $7 per person at the door and entertainment is provided by DJ Mike. BYOB and ice chest welcome. Call 409-543-1152 for info.
The Vidor Rotary Club meets at noon, every Monday, upstairs in the Capital One building on North Main Street.
Vidor Historical Society
The Vidor Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, 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, Jan. 7, at City Hall, 305 Nagel St. in Pine Forest. The public is welcome to attend.
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.
Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees to meet
The Chevron, Texaco and Unocal Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Robert's Steak House, 3720 W. Park Ave. in Orange. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are invited to attend for a good “Dutch treat” meal, fellowship and a presentation by Paula Tacker, Orange County Extension Agent, on “Diabetes.” Information presented will be useful for those who have diabetes and those who have family members who have diabetes.
Mighty Pirates 4-H
The Mighty Pirates 4-H Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Raymond Gould Community, corner of Claiborne Street and I-10 East feeder road in Vidor. Call Cathy at 409-769-4346 for info.
The Orange African American Museum will hold a membership meeting 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 303 North 8th Street in Orange to update progress and discuss future plans for the museum. For more information contact Henry Lowe at 409-330-4243 or Gloria Anderson at 409-833-7251.
The City of Orange Historic Preservation meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the council chambers of the Orange Public Library’s Meeting Room Annex Building, 220 N. Fifth St. in Orange.
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.
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.
The Orange County Parks Department announces the trout release at Claiborne West Park on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and 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 plat lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. 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. Jan. 9 and 9 a.m. Thurs. Jan. 10. Call 409-886-1241 to place an order.
City council of Rose City will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at City Hall, 370 S. Rose City Drive. The public is welcome to attend.
The Master Gardeners of Orange County will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Salvation Army building located at the corner of MLK and Strickland in Pinehurst. The public is invited to attend.
Annual New Year Revival
Back to God Fresh Anointing Ministries, 1101 Park St. in Orange, invites the public to its Annual New Year Revival at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, and Friday, Jan. 11, and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13. Guest speakers include Pastor Quincy Armstead of Impartation Revival Center in Lake Charles, and Pastor Eldridge Robinson of Landmark Global Ministries in Groves. Call 409-779-3566 for info.
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.
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 Tuesday, Jan. 8, through Thursday, Jan. 10. The public is invited to attend and participate in this celebration. Call 409-883-8996 for info.
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.
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 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.
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.