Community Calendar and Briefs 3.24.18

Published 9:35 pm Friday, March 23, 2018

Anger Management Classes

Wells of Agape is holding Anger Management Classes from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Family Worship Center located at 2300 41st Street in Orange. It is the Old Bancroft School, room No. 35). Requirement to receive a Certificate of Completion is $30 per person, cash only. Must be paid prior to first class. One must attend all three Tuesday classes to receive the certificate. To register or more information, Call Donna Wells at 4099-221-5425. If no answer, leave a message or text.


Pinehurst Spring Clean up

Spring clean up will be from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday April 14 at the 2600 block of MacArthur in the parking lot of the old Sears building. Public Works employees will be on hand to help, however, hazardous materials such as paint, chemicals, tires, batteries, motor oil, etc., will not be accepted.


Spring Shred Day

Sabine Federal Credit Union with the City of Pinehurst will host Spring Shred day from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at 1939 Strickland Drive in Orange. Bring personal records, financial statements, tax returns, file folders to shred it and forget it.


Gold Tournament

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking teams and sponsorships for the 9th Annual Gold Tournament scheduled for May 7, 2018 at Sunset Grove Golf Course and Country Club. For more information visit


M.B. North class of 67 Reunion

M.B. North Class of 1967 will be celebrating their 50th “Golden” anniversary on March 23-25. This reunion would have taken place in November 2017, but Hurricane Harvey had a different idea. Four months later and we are back. We are small in numbers, but big in heart and determination. We were the last class to graduate from North before integration and status changes took place. We had about 90 students walk across the stage. At least half of us are still alive and well.

Lots of events have happened during our lifetime. We have seen assassinations, space shuttle explosions, terror attacks, shootings of innocent children, and others. Also, devastating hurricanes and flooding in a no flood zone. Last but not least, we have lived to witness our first black president of the USA. The class of 1967 could probably write a book, if we desired.

Our itinerary is as follows: Friday night, classmates gathering (chit chat), Saturday night (gala) VFW Hall and Sunday worship service (St. Paul CME) followed by a farewell banquet at Robert’s Restaurant. Our own Rev. Robert Wheeler will provide words of encouragement until we meet again. Thanks to all who helped make this reunion a success! Class of ’67 Rocks!


Collecting books

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) will have its annual used book sale on the porch of the Lutcher Theater at Art in the Park 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat., April 7.Book donations may be made at Looking Good Salon in the Northway Shopping Center next to Market Basket until April 2.

The owner of the salon, Paul Burch, volunteered to be a drop-off point this year.  For further details, please telephone:  409.886.5739 or 409.988.5602.

Donations accepted include gently used books, puzzles, board games, reference books, cookbooks, children’s books, religious books, mysteries, nonfiction, biographies, fiction, DVD’s, & CD’s. Monetary donations also appreciated.  A small silent auction will take place for AAUW during book sale.

All proceeds go for college scholarships for both a West Orange-Stark High School and a Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School female graduate.  The Orange AAUW Scholarship applications are available in the counseling office of each high school.

Shangri La to open three days

Shangri La Gardens will be open for three days only from April 19-21 (Thursday-Saturday) starting at 10:30 a.m. and lasting until 3:30 p.m. Free admission and free butterflies for the release on Saturday. Join us for this 3-day event to revel in the beauty of the garden and celebrate mother earth. Family friendly activities and games will take place each day culminating with a butterfly release at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Each day has a different theme. Thursday: Blooms; Friday: Bugs; Saturday: Butterflies. Local and regional organizations and businesses will be onsite hosting booths that provide information about earth-friendly products, services and opportunities. Games, activities, and engaging presentations provide entertainment for the entire family. Enjoy the gardens in full bloom and view baby birds on Ruby Lake.


Shootout on the Sabine

The City of Orange and Visitors Bureau will be hosting the fifth Annual “Shootout on the Sabine” DSRA Drag Boat Races May 19-20 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp. There will be no charge to attend the event. In an effort to promote tourism, the event will include 50 to 60- racers from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Depending on the classification, speeds of more than 100 mph are possible. Food, drink and adult beverage vendors will be on site serving a variety of items. A children’s activity area will also be available on site. Live entertainment by Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the boat ramp. Please note, no pets and no coolers will be allowed. For more information call (409) 883-1011 or online at


Seeking sponsors

The Bridge City-Orangefield Rotary Club is seeking sponsors for the Annual Bunny Run and Egg Hunt. Sponsorships start at $50. Funds raised go directly to local students from Bridge City and Orangefield schools in the form of scholarships. Forms for sponsorship can be found at


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.  Saturday, March 31, 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.


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:


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


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.


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


Clay Shoot

Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas will host the 7th Annual Clay Shoot with proceeds to benefit Children’s Programs. Sponsorships and teams are being accepted now. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Tickets are available at


Saturday, March 24

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 .


Happy Birthday Family Day

Celebrate good times at the Stark Museum of Art, 712 Green Ave. in Orange, during Happy Birthday Family Day! Join us from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. as we roll out the red carpet in honor of the museum’s 40th birthday and the 10th anniversary of Family Day! Enjoy art-making activities, a Museum dance party, face painting, cupcakes, raffles, coloring contests, and more! Free Admission. Additional parking available at 6th and Elm or in the Lutcher Theater parking lot.


AAUW’s Library Family of Year

AAUW’s Library Family of Year and Orange Friends of the Library meet at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s room inside library. The Justice Family will be honored as AAUW’s Library Family of the Year, which includes parents Janie and Matthew Justice and sons Merrick and Xavier. There will also be an Orange Friends of the Library meeting held. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.


Guys in Ties

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host Guys in Ties, Men of Excellence Mentoring Program at 1 p.m. at the Planning and Zoning Building located at 303 North 8th Street in Orange.


BWU convention

Black Women Unite will hold Women Empowering Women convention from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at LaQuinta Inns and Suites located at 108 Texas Ave. in Bridge City. Keynote speakers are Ta-Tanisha Pollard, Tiffany Overstreet, Michelle Cole, Kimberly Harvey-Jordan. Guest performer is Ingrea Aberra. $5 donation is requested with all proceeds to benefit the seed community.


409 Strong

Don’t miss the event of the year, 409 Strong — Rebuild…Recover…Renew.

Celebrate our community’s recover sponsored by the LC-M Education Foundation Saturday, Mar. 24 from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Orange County Expo and Convention Center. Join the county-wide community celebration in honor of our rebuilding, recovery and renewal post Hurricane Harvey. Free admission, live music/entertainment, family activities, face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, a silent auction of local goods, 409 Strong t-shirts and hats, local restaurants with specialty items for sale, a sweet shop with fresh baked goods for sale. Food vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info contact Jamia Harris (409) 988-3515 or Sherry Combs (409) 883-2232.


Keep Orange Clean

Hosted by Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Orange will be sponsoring the 2018 Keep Orange Clean event on Saturday, Mar. 24 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Volunteers are asked to please gather near Burton and 16th Street in the Kroger parking lot to register and receive clean-up materials. For additional information, please contact the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau at (409) 883-1010



Sunday, March 25

Symphony at Shangri La

Lutcher Theater and Shangri La Botanical Gardens are happy to announce Symphony at Shangri La featuring the Symphony of Southeast Texas is rescheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2018. The event was postponed from it’s original date due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

All are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch to soak up the alluring sights and sounds of spring and the performing arts at sunset. Lawn seating is available for $15.00 at or by calling the Lutcher theater Box Office at 409.886.5535.


Monday, March 26

St. Mary School Pre-K & Kindergarten Round-up from 7:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m. It’s Round-Up time for all 2018-2019 Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4 & Kindergartners. Come discover why we are an award-winning school. For more info call (409) 883-8913.


Crochet Class

Crochet Class at 6:30 p.m. at Orange First Church of the Nazarene, 3810 M.L.K. Jr. Drive in Orange. The class is in the Dining Room. Please bring a P hook and one ball of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn. You will need seven balls to complete the project, but only need to bring one to class. Class is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dawn through the Orange First Church of the Nazarene (ofcnazarene) Facebook page.


Tuesday, March 27

Curt Leger Benefit

A benefit for Curt Leger, hosted by Bridge City Bank Member FDIC-Equal Housing Lender will be held Tuesday, Mar. 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bridge City Bank on Strickland Drive in Orange. Please join us as we support our fellow banker Curt Leger. All funds raised will be given to Curt to assist with medical expenses. We will have Link Lunches available for $8 (link, chips, and drink), Delivery is available. Please email or call Kim Davis at (409) 338-4500.


Wednesday, March 28

Golden K Kiwanis meeting

Golden K Kiwanis welcomes Sandra Hoke of the Trashy Ladies as guest speaker, informing the non-profit group about the mission of Trashy Ladies, to rid the town of Orange of littered trash on roads, highways, ditches, drains, etc. The meeting commences at 9 a.m., ending at 10 a.m., located in the Orange Salvation Army Building, corner of MLK and Strickland.  Please note the time was previously published incorrectly in all media due to this writer.  The coffee pot will be full, and the public is welcome.  Only members should remember to bring several small or medium jars of peanut butter for the Salvation Army food pantry to provide protein.


Friends of the BC Library Fundraiser

The Easter Bunny will be at the Bridge City Library from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. taking photos. Pictures are $5 for a 4×6 and will be ready for pick up on Thursday March 29.


Thursday, March 29

Day Bunco

OCF (Orange County Friends, formerly Orange Newcomers) Day Bunco meets at 10 a.m. at home of Anne Payne, 4707 Frost Place, Orange 77630.  Each person is asked to bring a favorite snack such as cookies, cheese and crackers, chips and dip, Easter candy, etc.  Drinks will be provided by Anne, along with various sandwiches. Text/call 409.313.7575 for details.  Cost is $5 per person. Please call or text to reserve place. Easter treat bags will be distributed.  Dogs will be boarded.



Friday, March 30

Chamber Office Closed

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce office will be closed in observance of Good Friday.


Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Orange Easter Egg Hunt will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Riverfront Pavilion. The event is free. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp and will include three age categories, 0-1, 2-3, 4-6, and 7-8. There will be additional children’s activities such as a petting zoo, pictures with the Ester Bunny, balloons, and more. For more information contact the City of Orange Parks department at 883-1083.


Saturday, March 31

The 5th Annual Bridge City Rotary Club Bunny Run and Egg Hunt will take place. The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. The 1K run will start at 9 a.m. The Egg Hunt will immediately follow. For ticket info call (409) 313-0412 or (409) 313-4679.


Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter egg Hunt hosted by Keep It Clean Services will be held from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Lions Den Park in Orange. The event will include a live DJ, food, egg hunnt, egg dying and more.


Sunday, April 1

Easter Egg Hunt

MacArthur Baptist Church, 3600 Nightingale (across from Triple L Honda on Strickland), will hold a Gigantic Easter egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 1, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service (everyone is invited to attend). All children, elementary age or younger, are invited to attend. For more information call 409-920-4054