Community Briefs and Calendar 5.5.18

Published 6:00 am Saturday, May 5, 2018

Go Texan fundraiser

The Orange County Go Texan Committee is having a benefit Saturday, May 5, to raise money for its scholarship fund. The event will be at the Orange Boat Club, 2206 DuPont Drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The band Country Outkasts will perform and crawfish will be sold. There will also be a silent auction, a live auction, dart board tournament and a 50/50 raffle
The local Go Texan Committee is one of 68 counties in the state allowed to participate in the Go Texan endeavor association with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The Orange County group participates to qualify with the Houston group so that a local student gets a college scholarship worth $18,000. In addition, the Orange County Go Texan Committee has awarded $10,000 in scholarships each year to local high school seniors.
Stephanie White at 281-203-9698 will give information for donation drop-off or pickup.


Parenting Class

Wells of Agape is holding a Parenting Class from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Life Church Orange located at 18389 Hwy. 62 in Orange. Lunch is provided. Requirement to receive a Certificate of Completion is $30 per person, cash only. One must attend from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to receive the certificate. To register or more information, Call Donna Wells at 4099-221-5425. If no answer, leave a message or text. Childcare is not provided.


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.


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


Saturday, May 5

First Saturday

Thrift and Gift will be open for First Saturday, May 5. All jeans, all 2X, 3X, 4X women’s and men’s clothing $1, scrubs 50 cents each, sleeveless blouses 50 cents. All this and more at 350 37th Street (between Salvation Army and Sabine Credit Union). Call 886-7649 for additional information.


Sothern Gospel Concert

The third annual Southern Gospel Concert Fundraiser benefitting C.A.S.A. of the Sabine Neches Region will be held Saturday, May 5 at Cowboy Church of Orange County at 673 FM 1078. Admission is free. Doors open at 5 .m. and concert begins at 5:30 p.m. It will feature SonLife Quartet of Jim Wesson, Ben Meadows, John Fornols and Ron Rosinger with music from Jim Wesson, J.T. Tant, Ashley Quarles, Darwin Hinson and Jessica Butchee.


SETRPC Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission will be hosting a household hazardous waster collection event Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ford Pavillion parking lot at 5115 IH-10 South in Beaumont. For more information call (409) 899-8444 ext. 6600.


Monday, May 7

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. Bring the project you are currently working on. If this is your first time to crochet, bring a G hook and one ball of 100% cotton yarn (Peaches ‘N’ Cream). Class is free and open to the public. Knitters welcome. For more information, contact Dawn through the Orange First Church of the Nazarene (ofcnazarene) Facebook page.


AAUW Scholarship Banquet and Silent Auction

AAUW Scholarship Banquet and Silent Auction is at 6 p.m., at Southern Charm Restaurant on Strickland in Orange, in same building where PK’s Grill once existed. Deadline for reservations to Diane Grooters and Silent Auction items is Monday, April 30, no exceptions.  Cost of meal is $20 per person, which includes choice of entree, salad, baked potato, bread, vegetable medley, cold   beverage, dessert bar, coffee, and gratuity. Speaker is Diane Grooters. Email: for reservations/RSVP May 2, please!


Tuesday, May 8

Networking Coffee

Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is holding a Networking Coffee at 8 a.m. hosted by Las Rosas Mexican Restaurant located at 2198 Texas Ave. in Bridge City.


OCF General Meeting

OCF May General Meeting and End of Year Banquet, 11 a.m., Old Orange Cafe, 914 W. Division Street.  Meal will be paid by OCF  and ordering from  menu will be  permitted.  Email reservations to Debbie, treasurer, or call Anne 313.7575 by May 1 to reserve place.  MUST HAVE RESERVATION!



Wednesday, May 9

Ribbon Cutting

Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. for CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children at 2120 Gloria Drive in Orange.


Ribbon Cutting

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. for CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children at 2120 Gloria Drive in Orange.


Golden K Kiwanis Meeting

Captain Frank Zuniga of the Orange Salvation Army will speak on the local Army group, the new store, and the Boys and Girls’ Club in Orange.  The meeting begins at 9 a.m. concluding at 10 a.m. in the large meeting room at the Salvation Army Building located at MLK and Strickland. Coffee provided.


Mah Jongg

Orange County Friends will play Mah Jongg, a game of Eastern tiles, 10 a.m.- 12 noon. Text Karen at

409.330.4077 for more information.