Community Calendar and Briefs 4.25.18

Published 5:31 am Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FREE Mayhaw Berries At The BC Chamber of Commerce

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the mayhaw trees at the chamber are full of ripening berries.  They will continue to ripen for the next few weeks.  The Chamber invites the community to help themselves to the ripe berries while they last.  The trees are located next to the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce at 150 W. Roundbunch Rd., Bridge City, TX.  For more information, call 409-735-5671.


OC Historical Society meeting

The Orange County Historical Society will have it’s second quarterly program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the conference room on the second floor of the Lamar Orange Library. The speaker will be local attorney Jerry Pennington who will expand on some court cases and other related topics from a bygone era. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public.


Walk in the Past

Heritage House is holding a historical Walk in the Past at Evergreen Cemetery from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Hear about some of Orange County’s most notables and learn about their fascinating history. The event is free for Heritage House members and their dependent family. Admission for non-members is $5 each or $10 for families. Memberships will be available at the gate.


 Lutcher Stark High School Class of 1953 Reunion

The Lutcher Stark High School Class of 1953 will celebrate it’s 65–Year Reunion from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, with a noon meal at Robert’s Restaurant located at 3720 West Park Ave. in Orange. You will be able to select your meal from their excellent steam table selections or order directly from their Restaurant Menu and you pay for your meal at that time. For additional information contact: Bobby Vincent at 409-543-5478 or Billie Sterns Downey at 409-735-4610. Special Invitation extended to graduates of Classes 1950 – 1959


Mother’s Day at the W.H. Stark House

Family is the heart of The W.H. Stark House! Celebrate the important women in your life this Mother’s Day with free tours of this historic home, May 11 and May 12 in downtown Orange from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mothers receive a complimentary herb plant for their garden. Tours are free and begin every 20 minutes. We encourage you to reserve one of these popular tours in advance by calling 409-886-2787 ext. 3032, or emailing All tours start at the Carriage House at 610 W. Main Avenue (just behind The W.H. Stark House) and parking is available in the Lutcher Theater parking lot. Stairs are an essential part of the tour. Admission is limited to individuals 6 years and older. This tour takes approximately 45 minutes.


49th Annual Senior Citizens Rally Day

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Committee on Aging invites all Senior Citizen’s to join us for our 49th Annual Senior Citizens Rally Day. This year’s theme is Feelin’ Groovy to be Healthy. We encourage our Senior Citizens to dress up in 60’s & 70’s clothing but it is not require. Rally Day is free to all and will be held, Tuesday, May 8 and will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on FM 1442. There will be entertainment by Heart to Heart Band featuring Brit Godwin, Health vendors and health screenings, over 25 door prizes, bingo, photo booth, free lunch and fun for all Senior Citizens. Please bring any old eye glasses you may have lying around and donate them to the Lions Eye Bank of Texas. Vendors who have services available for our Senior Citizens we encourage you to be a vendor. This day is free to our Senior Citizens so we ask that vendors do not bring items to sell. For further information on our Senior Citizen Rally Day, call the AgriLife Extension office at 409-882-7010.

Orange Academy of Beauty

Orange Academy of Beauty (OAB) will be accepting applications from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 1-June 1. We are not federally funded, at this time, however the first 30 students to enroll, will pay $250 down and make payment arrangements for the balance. OAB is located at 802 West Park Ave. in Orange. For more information call 409-216-7393


Become a Certified Texas Master Gardener

Want to be a Master Gardener? Now is your chance! The Orange County Master Gardeners Association will be starting a new class June 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Orange County EXPO Center, 11475 FM 1442 in Orangefield. Classes will run each Thursday at this time with the addition of some Saturday classes and/or field trips. There will be several optional out of town overnight field trips. Classes will continue thru September 13. The fee is $100 which will include your Master Gardener training handbook, supplies and speaker fees. If you miss a class, don’t fret, we have ways for you to make them up. For more information you may check our website and click on How to Become a Master Gardener. Or you can email to register for the classes. If you are unable to email, you may call 409-882-7010 and they can have someone contact you.


Crisis Counseling Program

Southeast Texas Disaster Assistance and Crisis Response Services through Region 5 Education Service Center is offering assistance with identifying needs and resources as well as referrals for available disaster assistance resources and crisis counseling for those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Call 409-951-1771 for more information.


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.


Hurricane Harvey recovery

Were you affected by Hurricane Harvey? Do you need assistance with a recovery plan, including home repairs? Do you have unmet or basic needs because of flooding? Contact the Tri-County Disaster Rebuild SETX Case Management Team. Case managers are ready to work with you to begin addressing your recovery needs. Call 409-241-9700 or email


CASA informational meeting

The second Tuesday of each month, CASA holds an information meeting to answer questions on how to become a CASA representative. The meetings are at 6 p.m. at the CASA office located at 2120 Gloria Drive in Orange. To reserve a seat, call 409-886-2272.


Youth Summer Programs Offered by AgriLife Extension

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Orange County will be offering several programs for youth this summer.  The registration for the programs will be online at and you will select the tab for the program interested in. If you do not have computer access, please call the AgriLife office the day registration opens. Classes fill up quickly so do not wait to register.

Starting in June we will have our Youth Cooking Camp for ages 8-14, June 11-15th, 10 a to 2 pm. The Youth will be cooking 8 recipes a day for 3 day then will have a food challenge on the 4th day and awards on Friday. Cost is $45 per child, limited scholarships available. Cooking camp is limited to 60 youth.  Registration opens online May 1st.

The 3rd Annual Michael Hoke Memorial Outdoor Awareness for Kids is Free with lots of Fun, food and nature will be held June 21st at Claiborne West Park, 9 am to 2 pm. Deadline to register is June 8th online or by calling the AgriLife office.

Registration for July classes will open online June 1st. July will start with Good Table Manners, “Please” and “Thank you” along with Etiquette, this will be a three day class held July 16th-18th, 9 am to 1 pm, Cost is $10 per child with lunch provided. Open to ages 8-18. Youth Canning Class will be held July 19th, 9 am to 2 pm for ages 8-14. Cost will be $25 per child. They will be canning strawberry jam and making homemade bread. Next class will be Sewing 101 for beginners only, July 23rd-25th, 9 am to 2 pm, cost is $20 per person, kids will bring their own lunch and drink.

The last program for the summer will be Clover Kids Camp for ages 5-8, July 31st-August 2nd, 1 pm to 4 pm cost will be $25 per person. The youth will have hands on cooking, sewing, robotics and science. If you have any questions about our summer programs, please feel free to contact the AgriLife office at 409-882-7010.


Orange County senior citizens meeting

Orange County senior citizens are meeting on the 2nd Monday every month at 9:30 a. m. at Salvation Army Bldg. on corner of MLK and Highway 90 in Orange. Bingo, Prizes, Pot luck Lunch. All are invited to attend. For more information please call, Dermal at 730-5722.


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.


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


Wednesday, April 25

Orangefield Student and Employee of the month

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the Orangefield Student and Employee of the month at 9 a.m. at Orangefield High School located at 10058 FM 105 in Orangefield.


Golden K Kiwanis Meeting

Judy Jensen, of Orange Christian Services (OCS), will speak to Golden K Kiwanis Club on the non-profit she directs from 9 a.m. -10 a.m. in the meeting room of Salvation Army, corner of  MLK/Old 90 (Strickland).  Coffee will be provided.


Bridge City Student and Employee of the month

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the Bridge City Student and Employee of the month at 9:45 a.m. at Bridge City High School located at 2690 Texas Avenue in Bridge City.


Thursday, April 26

Countryland Open House

You’re invited to an Open House at Countryland Properties new Bridge City location at 600 Texas Ave. Thursday, April 26 from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Coffee and light Hors d’oeuvres, meet the team, tour the new office and learn how they can help. For more information call 7355671.


Friday, April 27


A ground breaking ceremony will be at 10 a.m. for Market Basket #42 located at 11859 Hwy. 62 in Mauriceville.


OCP Performs

“Dixie Swim Club,” a play benefiting the Orange Community Players, is at 7 p.m. at the Betty Greenberg McMillan Studio Theater, in Beaumont, $30 per person. Proceeds to OCP to help in rebuilding from Harvey.  Directed by Diana Hill of Orange.



Lutcher Starl Class of ’61 Reunion will begin Friday night, April 27. We will meet at Spanky’s on Friday nite for those that would like to attend & visit, have an appetizer & glass of wine, beer or cocktail, etc. Class Reunion Dinner is 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Robert’s Steak House. WE are reserving a private area at Two Amigo’s afterwards. Everyone will have an opportunity to visit & enjoy a beverage of their choice. Breakfast is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 30 at Ten West Diner (Old Gary’s Cafe). Please RSVP as soon as possible or

Text Sharron at 832-444-2188. Looking forward to seeing everyone!


Saturday, April 28

Bass Fishing Tournament

The Orange County second annual back to school Bass Fishing Tournament will be held Apr. 28-Safelight- 3 p.m. at the Orange Boat Ramp. There is a $100 entry fee with maximum of two people per boat. Prizes awarded to largest stringer. High school teams welcomed with team captain and wearing school colors. Enter at Rambo Outdoors, 2313 MacArthur Drive in Orange. The first place prize is $1,000 followed by second ($700), third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($150). Official rules and guidelines can be found at: For more information contact Felipe Edgerton at (409) 382-3105.


Celebratory Tea Party and Appreciation Service

Orange Church of God at 1911 N. 16th Street in Orange will be honoring and celebrating their own, gifted Lady Tina Moffett. The Celebratory Tea Party will be Saturday, Apr. 28 starting at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Lady Francesca (Fran) York from First Lady of Pillar of Glory of Houston. The Apreciation Service will be Sunday, Apr. 29 starting at 4 p.m. with the guest speaker being Lady Kabrina White from First Lady of From the Heart of Houston.


St. Mary Spring Festival

The Spring Festival is one of St. Mary’s long-standing traditions. For 85 years, families have gathered in the school grounds to eat, play, and work hard to raise funds that keeps the school’s doors open year after year. The event will be held Apr. 28-29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic School at 2600 Bob Hall Rd. in Orange.