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The Orange Leader
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The Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas will hold a benefit to raise money for children and youth in crisis situations starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the 1 in One Hundred Gun Club, 1228 FM 421 Road in Lumberton. Sponsors and participants can give financial support to young people in crisis situations while enjoying an exciting sporting event.
A free 8-week Diabetes Empowerment Education Program will be held from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 7 - March 28, at Carter Chapel CME Church, 549 W. 8th St. in Port Arthur. RSVP by Feb. 4 by calling 409-384-2099.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More info can be obtained at the BC baseball website at http://bridgecitycardinalbaseball.webs.com/ or follow on twitter at @bccardsbaseball.
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.
Red and White Tea
The Senior Gospel Seasoned Choir presents 28th Annual Red and White Tea from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Life Center of Mount Olive Baptist Church, 106 W. Park Ave. in Orange featuring guest Marsha Guillory, owner of Marsha G’s Boutique. There will also be private collections featuring hats and ladies of the city. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Bishop Larry Phillips Sr. and Gateway Christian Church, located inside Econo Lodge at 2900 Interstate 10 in Orange, invite the public to Sunday morning worship at 11 a.m. and Wednesday worship at 7 p.m. Prophet Alvin Alves will be guest speaker at 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 10.
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: February 26, 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.
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.
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.
Retired Teachers Assoc.
The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 11 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. in Orange. Speaker is Mary Behnke of Habitat for Humanity.
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 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.
A meeting of the Orange African-American Museum will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the community building at 303 N. 8th St. in Orange. Call 409-330-4243 or 409-883-7251 for information.
First United Methodist Church or Orange invites everyone to attend a Pancake Supper from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Malloy Center on 5th Street. All funds raised during this meal will be used throughout the year to support the church missions.
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 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.
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., 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.
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.
First United Methodist Church of Orange invites everyone to attend an Ash Wednesday Service at noon and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Slade Chapel on Elm Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Lenten soup will be served after the noon service and at 5 p.m. before the 6 p.m. service.
4-H Shooting Sports
Orange County 4-H shooting sports has a new club manager, Wayne Walker, who also announced that Colby Buckle will be the club manager for the new rifle club. Both clubs are open to boys and girls 9 years of age to 18 years old. Claybusters 4-H shotgun club will hold their first meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12. Claybusters meet at the Gun Club, 929 Liston in Orangefield. Contact Wayne Walker at 409-988-6003 for more info.
St. Francis of Assissi Knights of Columbus Council 13825 will be selling fish dinners from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, 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.
First United Methodist Church invites the public to “Love Never Dies,” a Valentine dinner theater event on Friday, Feb. 15, in the Praise Center. Dinner will be served by the Orange County United Methodist Men and some of the greatest love songs ever written will be performed by the cast. Tickets are $25. All profits will go toward the Mobile Medical Mission project of The Orange County UMM, the second such venture in recent years. Call 409-886-7466 for tickets and reservations.
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.
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 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.
Black History Month program
Lamar State College-Orange celebrates Black History Month with Jabali Afrika, “The Rock of Afrika Comes to America,” from noon - 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the student center. Call Wendy Elliott at 409-882-3097 for info.
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 $7 and meal consists of fried rish, potato salad, cole slaw, green 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.