Community Calendar and Briefs 5.23.18

Published 11:41 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Volunteers Wanted

The Clifton Steamboat Museum is hosting a Volunteer Brunch Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the Clifton. We are looking for volunteers to greet visitors, help in the gift shop, lead story time, garden, decorate for special events, complete improvement projects and more. Individual and groups welcome. Student volunteers under 14 welcome with a chaperone. We look forward to you joining us however, if you cannot attend, please contact us about volunteering.


Memberships available

Memberships in AAUW are available for those with 2-year or 4-year degrees for $65 per year.  Friend memberships for those without a degree are offered for $25 per year.  AAUW is proud of its achievements, including the scholarships, a scholarship dinner with Silent Auction, books contributed to North Early Learning Center to a local AAUW-created program called Book of Their Own, another local AAUW-created program called Library Family of the Year in connection with the Orange Public Library, a monthly book club called Book-Ins, a dining club called Galloping Gourmet, a Christmas covered-dish party, and annual participation in Art in the Park. Years ago, AAUW ran a pre-school for young children and composed several cookbooks for fundraisers, as well as garage sales.  AAUW has been part of the Orange community for 69 years, forming in Orange in 1949.


Nehemiah’s Vision

We are gearing up for our Summer Volunteers!!! If you are in need of debris clean up please give us a SHOUT!! You can call our office at (409) 617-1038 or visit our website, click the “GET HELP” tab, fill out the form and someone will contact you for more information! Please help us spread the word!!


Run/Walk Series

Sea Rim Striders is holding it’s 2018 Summer Run/Walk Series. Volunteers are needed with prize drawings at end of summer for those who sign up to help! Gatorade, water, pizza and fruit at the finish line for each 5K Run/Walk. Free and open to the public. Schedule for events are listed below:

June 4     Beaumont         Gulf Terrace Hike & Bike

June 11   Port Arthur       Lamar State College – PA

June 18   Vidor                 Claiborne West Park

June 25   Beaumont         Tyrell Park

July 2     Beaumont        Gulf Terrace Hike & Bike

July 9     Port Arthur       Lamar State College – PA

July 16   Vidor                 Claiborne West Park

July 23   Beaumont         Tyrell Park

July 30   Orange               Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

August 6 Port Arthur       Lamar State College – PA


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.


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.


Horsemanship Clinic 101

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Orange County 4-H will be hosting the Horsemanship Clinic 101 Saturday, June 30, 8 a.m .to 2 p.m. at the Tin Top 2 (T2) Arena, 3810 Old Peveto Road in Orange. Deadline to register is June 20. The cost will be $15 per person and includes meal and supplies. Cogging papers are required to participate with your horse.  Sierra Hutchison, Orange County 4-H member will be teaching basic horsemanship skills and safety around horses. No Stud Horses allowed. You do not have to own a horse to attend. For additional information contact Orange County 4-H Office at 409-882-7010.


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.


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


Anger Management Classes

Wells of Agape is holding Anger Management Classes from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Life Church Orange located at 18389 Hwy. 62 in Orange (near State Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 105 intersection) 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.


Wednesday, May 23

Golden K Kiwanis meeting

Speaking to Golden K Kiwanis 9-10 a.m. at the Orange Salvation Army Meeting Room will be newly elected Orange Mayor Larry Spears, Jr. The Salvation Army Building is located at MLK and Strickland. Coffee will be offered.


Gallery Talk

City of Lake Charles is hosting a Gallery Talk on American Indians & Shadow Catcher: Selected Images of Edward S. Curtis by Dr. Ray starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center located at 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles. Free Admission.



Thursday, May 24

Ribbon Cutting

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. for Pineywood Sanitation located at 2004 Dupont Drive in Orange.


Sunday, May 27

Veteran’s Memorial Service

The Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza will have its memorial service honoring veterans from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27 at the Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza located at 3810 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Orange. If you would like to have an inscribed brick or engraved plaque in the name of your family or business, please send a message here and let us know. If you have already done one of the above and still want to contribute financially to continue these events, for upkeep, also make that note.


Monday, May 28

Crochet Class

The weekly Crochet Class held at Orange First Church of the Nazarene will not be held in observance of Memorial Day.


Wednesday, May 30

Golden K Kiwanis meeting

Local historian and retired Dupont engineer, Gerald Langham, will present a short program, “Reenacting the 1864 Red River Campaign,” to Golden K Kiwanis, 9-10 a.m., Wed., May 30, at the Orange Salvation Army facility’s meeting room, located at corner of MLK and Strickland/Hwy. 90.  Coffee is always available.


Thursday, May 31

Day Bunco

Day Bunco for Orange County Friends (OCF) will be held at 11 a.m. at Mi Casa Restaurant in Pinehurst off Strickland, near Matthew’s Jewelers and J Scott AFlorist.  The group will meet directly to the right in front area by door beside tables of four. Cost to play is $5 per person, with choice of any personal food purchase prior to play. Call or text 409.313.7575 for more information.  Yearly dues for OCF are $15 per year.



Monday, June 4

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 your current project. 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 welcomed. For more information, contact Dawn through the Orange First Church of the Nazarene (ofcnazarene) Facebook page.


Deep East Texas Archeological Society meeting

Dickie Dixon will discuss “The Excavation of Sheffield’s Ferry” when he speaks to the Deep East Texas Archeological Society at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Iris and Anne Howard Civic Center on 213 East Court Street in Newton Texas (75966). For more information please call Pam Wright at (409) 379-2109 Klaus Gehr at (337) 329-3829 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378. The public can email Pam at Klaus at or Dickie at


Friday, June 8

Orange means Safety

The 9th annual event Orange Means Safety is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Texas Travel center located at Interstate 10 at the Texas/Louisiana State Line in Orange (exit 880). Come meet the TxDOT Crash Dummies, the Port Arthur Alligator, Sparky the Fire Dog and more. Fun for all ages, hands on activities and refreshments.


Saturday, June 9

Book sale

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will have its annual used book sale on Sat., June 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., on the porch of the Lutcher Theater, right in the middle of the annual Art in the Park. Used books of every genre will be available at very low costs.  All proceeds go to scholarships each year for a graduating senior girl from both LC-M and WO-S High Schools.  Extra donations are always accepted.