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January 17, 2013

Community Calendar of Events

Staff reports
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Cormier Museum

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.



Genealogical society

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 patswlgs@bellsouth.net 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.



Chamber banquet

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.



Vidor Rotary

The Vidor Rotary Club meets at noon, every Monday, upstairs in the Capital One building on North Main Street.



Orange AA

Want to stop drinking? Call the Orange AA at 409-779-4286.



Vidor AA

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.



Scrapbooking

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.



Alcoholics Anonymous

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.



Genealogy group

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.



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.



Garage sale

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

Narcotics Anonymous is here to help. Drug problem? We can help. Call 409-861-1161.



Pool tournament

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.



Pool Tournament

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!



Open House

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.



Trout release

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.



Fundraiser

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.