Community Calendar and Briefs 6.16.18

Published 9:59 am Monday, June 18, 2018

July 4th BBQ/Membership Drive

Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 & Auxiliary, located on Highway 87 North, will host their Annual BBQ/Membership Drive for members, their immediate family and guests.  Serving will begin around noon.  There will be Membership Tables set up to collect dues and assist with signing up new members.  This is the beginning of our Fiscal Year and this is the perfect time to pay dues and get them out of the way before the holidays begin.  Post dues are $32 and Auxiliary dues are $20.

We are inviting any veteran who thinks he or she may be eligible to join the VFW or Auxiliary to bring proof of eligibility such as DD214 or other proof of overseas duty, such as Hostile Fire or Imiminent Danger Pay. To join the post is $33, then annual dues are $32 a year.

The auxiliary has new guidelinies and now can join up male relatives of an eligible veteran who does not have to be a member of the VFW.  Membership in the auxiliary is limited to husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and step children of a veteran eligible for the VFW.  If the veteran is a post member, no other proof is necessary to join the auxiliary.  Entrance fee for the Auxiliary is $25 then $20 a year after the first year.  The auxiliary is a ‘supporting force’ to the VFW and is a working group of members.

For further information contact Membership Chairman Jeanette Clark at 883-0264 or Auxiliary President Cathie Duhon at 883-6909.

Texas Master Naturalists training

The Sabine Neches Chapter will be conducting a training session this fall for persons interested in becoming Texas Master Naturalists.  The program is open to all persons interested in learning and playing an active part in conservation. Volunteers will receive a minimum of 40 hours of basic training from educators and specialists from places such as universities, natural resource agencies, nature centers and museums. Training topics include interpretation and management of natural resources, ecological concepts, eco-regions in Texas and natural systems management.  Interested persons can visit for signup information.


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 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


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.

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.


Monday, June 18

Medicare for All

SouthEast Texas Progressives and Golden Triangle Indivisible announced Texas native and National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author, Jim Hightower and Southeast Texas Progressives will be teaming up for a talk on Medicare for All which be held at 6 p.m. at USW Hall 13-243 located at 2490 S 11th Street, in Beaumont, on Monday, June 18. Also speaking at the event is Michael Cole of Orange.


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 behind the church. 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.


Tuesday, June 19

Ribbon cutting

Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 8 a.m. at K9 Devine Dog Grooming and Boarding located at 2784 Texas Ave. in Bridge City.


Meet and Greet
Campaign to elect Deborah Mitchell will hold a Meet and Greet from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Orange Train Depot Museum located at 1210 Green Avenue in Orange. Bring the family and meet Deborah
Refreshments served.


Wednesday, June 20

Golden K Kiwanis meeting

Dr. Sarah Boehme, Curator, Stark Museum of Art, will preview two new exhibitions at the museum, “Portraits from Cowboys of Color, Photographs by Don Russell,” and “Cowboy Legends and Life,” both opening June 16 and displayed through September 29.  The portraits are recent gifts to the Stark Museum of Art.  She will give a visual presentation of this special cowboy endeavor.  The meeting takes place 9-10 a.m. on Wed., June 20, in the meeting room at the Orange Salvation Army, corner of MLK and Strickland. The public is invited.  Coffee will be served.


How Businesses Obtain Credit Seminar

Lamar University Small Business Development Center is holding How Businesses Obtain Credit Seminar from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 located at 5091 Rolfe Christopher Drive in Beaumont. Cost is free. Register for seminars online at