Community Calendar 3.10.18

Published 9:12 am Saturday, March 10, 2018

Friends of the Orange Library meeting

Friends of the Orange Library, Inc. will hold their annual business meeting of members and visitors at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 24, in the Ira Williamson meeting room of the Orange Public Library located at 220 Fifth Street in Orange. Information on the Orange Public Library’s annual used books sale and Scholastic Book Fair will be announced. Both of these events are sponsored by the Friend’s organization. The American Association of University Women will present the year’s Library Family of the Year. Light refreshments will be available. The public is invited.


NAACP Banquet

The NAACP Annual Scholarship Award Banquet will be at 6 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church in the Rosa Watson Life Center. Guest speaker is Sixth Street Community Church Pastor Anthony Thomas who was MLK Gala Man of the Year and also named Superintendent of East Coast District in Texas Gulf Coast Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. The theme for this year’s event is Pursuit of Excellence. The banquet is a fundraiser for scholarships granted by the NAACP. Tickets to the event are $25 person. Table sponsors are welcomed. Platinum tables are $1,000, Gold $750, Silver $500, and Bronze at $300. For tickets call Terrie Salter at 409-338-1449, Brenda Cook at 409-779-8219 or at 409-886-2700, Carolyn Mayfield at 318-990-9240, Evera Enard at 409-886-1854 or Tina Moffett at 409-338-8528.


Mystery Dinner Theater

Southeast Texas Hospice will host Mystery Dinner Theater featuring ‘And The Old Man Died’ at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Tickets are $30 per person. For reservations call 409-886-0622 or 800-749-3497.


2018 South Texas State Fair

The South Texas State fair will be held March 22 – April 1, 2018 in Beaumont.


Lenten Fish Dinners

The Bridge City Knights of Columbus is having Lenten Fish Dinners with fried fish, French fries, cole slaw and hush puppies Friday’s during Lent from Feb. 16 through Mar. 23. It is $9 per dinner. It is dine-in or take-out from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For deliveries, call orders in before 9 a.m. on Fridays. For more info call KC Hall (409) 735-5725 or Alton Terro (409) 237-1234.


Now enrolling

St. Mary Catholic School is currently enrolling PreK3 through 8th grade for the 2018 – 2019 school year


Spring Indoor Garage Sale

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 Auxiliary will host a Spring Indoor Garage Sale on Saturday, April 21, at the VFW Hall at 5303 N. 16th Street.  Vendors can set up Friday, April 20 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Saturday doors will open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. For reservations, send a check to VFW Aux. 2775 to Chairman Mary Snapp at 7927 Sandra Ln; Orange, TX 77632 for the number of tables at $10 each.  For further information you may call Mary at 409-697-0380 between 10am and 5pm.  Early Registration guarantees a spot.


Judge James B. Scales Memorial Golf Tournament 

The Bridge City Chamber will hold the Judge James B. Scales Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur.  Tee time is 8 a.m. for this four person scramble.  The cost is $60 per player which includes green fees, cart, beverages, food, and door prizes.  Mulligans may be purchased for $5 each with a limit of two (2) per player.     Hole sponsorships in the form of tee box signs are available for $100 each.  All proceeds go to the Bridge City Chamber and Historical Museum formerly the Prairie View Teacherage.  For more information or to register, call the chamber at (409) 735-5671 or Golf Tournament Chairman Jerry Jones at (409) 735-6801.  Registration forms can be found on the chamber’s website:


Lenten Fish Fry

St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus Council 13825 is selling fish dinners in the San Damiano Center (behind the Church) located at 4300 Meeks Drive from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following Lenten Fridays: March 16 and March 23. Dinner includes two pieces of fish, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drink and dessert for $8.


Nehemiah’s Vision

If you are in need of assistance repairing/rebuilding your home please visit our website at and click on the GET HELP tab or call our office at (409) 617-1038.


Special Angels Rodeo Fish Fry Fundraiser

Special Angels Rodeo will be holding our Annual Fish Fry and Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, April 5, 2018. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW on North 16th Street in Orange. There will be live entertainment, live and silent auctions, door prizes, and much more. This event is a fundraiser for the Special Angels Rodeo, and adaptive sports rodeo for special needs individuals of all ages, regardless of disability. Tickets are available at Farmer’s Mercantile, 702 W Division Avenue in Orange. Individual tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple.


BC Chamber to award scholarships

Attention all Bridge City and Orangefield High School seniors.

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce they will be awarding two $500 scholarships to Bridge City High School seniors and two $500 scholarships to Orangefield High School seniors. Applications are available at the student’s high school counselor’s office, Bridge City Chamber office at 150 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City, TX 77611, or can be downloaded from the chamber’s website: Completed applications should be turned in to the respective high school counselor no later than April 6, 2018. For more information, contact your high school counselor or call the Bridge City Chamber at (409) 735-5671.


Electronic tax filing assistance

Jackson Community Center (JCC) has fast refund and electronic filing are available to eligible families and individuals earning up to 54,000 or less.   Open Monday thru Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. thru April 18, 2018, by appointements only. JCC is located at 520 West Deactur Ave. in Orange. To Schedule an appointment and for additional information please contact Elizabeth Campbell, Program Manager at 409-779-1981 or email


Walk and Talk to be held in Vidor

Better Living for Texans is offering a better way to learn tips on getting healthy by joining us for our Walk & Talk series that will be held at the Raymond Gould Community Center park. We will meet on Thursday mornings, March 15, and 22, at the Gazebo beginning at 9 a.m. We will be discussing exercise tips, beneficial foods, and a healthier body and much more. For questions or to sign up call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 409-882-7010.


Annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair

The Annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair sponsored by the Orange County Master Gardeners Assn. will be held Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield. We will have a HUGE variety of plants available to choose from. We are still looking for Vendors who are interested in participating in selling their crafts at our event. For more information about participating, please email For more information about the Plant Fair please check our website .


Food, Fun, & Fitness 8 Week Challenge

Kick start Your Monday’s to a Healthier You!  Fallon Foster, County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Health, will hold free classes for 8 weeks on Mondays, January 29th – March 26th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  You will have 30 minutes of exercising and 30 minutes of nutrition education.

To register call the Extension office at 409-882-7010.


United Way of Orange County is working on a Harvey Commemorative Book

Harvey was definitely a storm that Orange County will never forget. While pictures don’t really do it justice, we are trying to capture some photos of the severe impact that Harvey left on our area. We are working on a commemorative book, which will be available for purchase. The proceeds from this book will go to our Disaster Relief Fund. This book will not only show photos from the flood, but it will also show the recovery efforts after the storm. We would like to recognize some of the volunteers and highlight events which were held to help Orange County get back on track. But we need your help! We need more photos and stories from the people of Orange County.

Please submit your photos and stories via email to

Photographers will receive photo credit.

Photographers will not receive any financial compensation.

Pictures should only be submitted by the person who took the photo.

Photos must be received by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Submission of photos does not guarantee publication. Harvey Commemorative Book pre-order and purchase information will be sent at a later date.


NAACP meeting

NAACP meet at 7 p.m., every fourth Thursday, at the WOCCISD Administration Building located at 902 West Park Ave. in Orange. All are encouraged to attend and join. To join, contact Franklin Gans at 409-221-8438.


Friends of the Bridge City Public Library meeting

Friends of the Bridge City Public Library meets once a month on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Join today for only $5 per year. As a member of the Friends you can help with fundraisers, the summer reading program, decorate Library for the holidays, scrapbook events from the year and Bayou Buddy Storytime.


OC Texas AgriLife collecting UPC labels

We’re collecting UPC labels for our Youth Cooking Camp. Please join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s H.O.P.E. Committee (Helping On Purpose Everyday) by collecting Best Choice UPC Labels from your local Market Basket. We appreciate your support! Labels can be dropped off at the AgriLife Office 11475 Farm to Market Road 1442 in Orange or call, (409) 882-7010.



AARP Tax Filing Assistance will be offered starting 12:15 PM, Friday, February 2, at the Orange Public Library. IRS-certified volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 13, and Tuesday, April 17.  April 17 is the last day to file 2017 taxes.

Anyone coming for assistance should bring the following:

Proof of identification (photo ID)

Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents

Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents

Wage and income statements (Form W-2, Social Security, 1099-R, 1099-Misc, W2G).

Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

Records of any Capital Gains and Losses

Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

A copy of last year’s federal and state returns is very helpful in the preparation of the 2017 return.


LAMPS Conference

LAMPS Conference will be held 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Hosted by First Church of Orange, 3406 Edgar Brown Drive in Orange. Keynote Speaker is Sis. Kathy Corson speaking on -Ladies • Abused • Mentally • Physically • Sexually, (and Substance, Self, Spiritually). For more information call Kathy Corson at 318-268-5442, Vickie Hodges at 281-433-4976 or Laura Aranda at