Community Calendar and Briefs 6.30.18

Published 7:37 am Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Quest for Schmeep!

The Orange Community Players Young People’s Theatre Workshop are performing the production, “The Quest for Schmeep!” In this production, heroes race against villains to be the first to find the Schmeep. The production will be performed at 7:37 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 and at 2:37 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Little Cypress Mauriceville High School Performing Arts Center located at 7327 Highway 87 N in Orange. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at or call 409-882-9137.


The World War I Homefront: Orange Goes Over the Top

The W.H. Stark House has a new exhibit that shares stories about how the Stark family and the people of Orange supported the efforts of the war. Learn about the active role the family took part in boosting the troops morale, helping the Red Cross and sending supplies to our troops abroad. The W.H. Stark House is located on 610 W. Main Ave. For more information call 409-883-0871 or visit


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.

First Saturday Sale

Thrift and Gift will hold its monthly First Saturday Sale on July 7, 2018. Donations have been wonderful! Come fill a bag of selected fabrics for $1, purses are half-priced, shoes $1, clothes for babies and children 50-cents, long and short pants for women and men with jeans included are $1. We are located off Strickland Drive between the Salvation Army and Sabine Credit Union at 350 37th Street in Orange. First Saturday hours are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 886-7649 for additional information.



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.


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:

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.


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.

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.


Saturday, June 30

Battle on the Border

The 2nd annual Disc Golf Competition, Battle on the Border, will tee off at 9 a.m. at The Nazz Disc Golf Course, located at 3810 Martin Luther King Jr Drive in Orange. Check in is from 7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Open Division is $50, Advanced Divisions $40, Intermediate Divisions $30 and Rec, Jrs., and Novice is $25.

The challenge will consist of two rounds of 18 holes. Lunch will be provided. This is a PDGA sanctioned singles tournament. Online registration available at


Sunday, July 1

All Church Picnic Family Fun Night

Orange First Church of the Nazarene is holding a picnic and family fun day. This event starts at 6 p.m. The church will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs. Condiments and drinks will be provided. Bring your favorite picnic side dishes, watermelon and deserts. Also, bring your favorite yard and table games. Orange First Church of the Nazarene is located on 3810 MLK Drive in Orange.


Monday, July 2

LifeShare Blood Drive

LifeShare will have a blood drive at Walmart in Bridge City. Hours for the drive will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The LifeShare bus will be on site. Walmart is located at 795 Texas Ave. in Bridge City.


Crochet Class

Crochet class will not meet this week due to the holiday. Class will resume on July 9.


Save the Date! Deep East Texas Archeological Society meeting 

 Vernon Parish Genealogical Society President Stanley Fletcher will discuss “Ferry Tells,” when he speaks to the Deep East Texas Archeological Society at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Iris and Anne Howard Civic Center on 213 East Court in Newton, Texas (75966).  Stanley will talk about all twenty-seven ferries on the Sabine River.  DETAS member Martha Palmer will be asked to add her thoughts.  For more information, please contact the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library at (409) 379-2109, Klaus Gehr at (337) 320-3829, or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  The public is invited to attend.


Tuesday, July 3

LifeShare Blood Drive

LifeShare will have a blood drive at Walmart in Orange. Hours for the blood drive will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The LifeShare bus will be on site. Walmart is located at 3115 Edgar Brown Drive in West Orange.


Wednesday, July 4

Golden K Kiwanis meeting

Golden K Kiwanis will NOT have its weekly meeting.  Instead, the club will have its annual Fourth of July picnic, this year hosted by Margaret Light, Golden K Kiwanis president.  More details will be forthcoming by email or by phone.  Membership dues are $38 per quarter for those interested in joining this group.


Orange Concert and Fireworks

The 4th of July Concert and Fireworks hosted by the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau will be held at the Riverfront Pavillon Wednesday, July 4. Mixx Fixxer will play from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and Dustin Sonnier from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Kids activities, food and drink vendors, bring your own cooler, no pets.


Thursday, July 5

Party Bridge

Party Bridge of OCF (Orange County Friends) will eat lunch at 11:30 a.m. and play bridge noon-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the Garden District Restaurant in Orange, across from LCMHS on Hwy. 87.  It costs $1 to play, and lunch is Dutch Treat.  Text 409.670.5026 to reserve a place to play.


Friday, July 6

LifeShare Blood Drive

LifeShare will have a blood drive at Market Basket in Mauriceville. Hours for the blood drive will be from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The LifeShare bus will be on site. Market Basket is located at 11916 State Hwy. 62 in Mauriceville.


Saturday, July 7

The 15th Annual Camp Fire – Orange Council Golf Tournament

An annual Camp Fire – Orange Council Golf Tournament will be held at the Sunset Grove Country Club. This event is sponsored by The Ferguson Law Firm. For more information call 409-883-8841 or visit


Sunday, July 8

LifeShare Blood Drive

LifeShare will have a blood drive at First Presbyterian Church located at 902 Green Ave in Orange. Hours for the drive will be from 9 a.m.. to 1 p.m. The LifeShare bus will be on site.



Monday, July 9

Orange County Senior Citizens meeting

Orange County Senior Citizens meets on the second Monday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army Building on the corner of Hwy. 90 and MLK. Bingo, prizes, and Pot Luck Lunch. Fun, Fun, Fun. For more information, call Derral 409-730-5722. All are welcome, hope to see you there.


How to Clean-up Your Credit Score Seminar

Lamar University Small Business Development Center is holding How to Clean-up Your Credit Score Seminar from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 9 located at 5091 Rolfe Christopher Drive in Beaumont. Cost is free. Register for seminars online at


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 as are crocheters of all levels. For more information, contact Dawn through the Orange First Church of the Nazarene (ofcnazarene) Facebook page.


Tuesday, July 10

QuickBooks for Beginners Seminar

Lamar University Small Business Development Center is holding QuickBooks for Beginners Seminar from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 located at 5091 Rolfe Christopher Drive in Beaumont. Cost is $60. Register for seminars online at


BC Networking Coffee

You are cordially invited to attend the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Networking Coffee Tuesday, July 10 at 8 a.m. hosted by CASA at 2120 Gloria Drive in Orange. Please come and support the Employee of the Month and Business of the Month being honored. For more information call (409) 735-5671.


Wednesday, July 11

Golden K Kiwanis meeting

AAUW (American Assn. of University Women, Orange Chapter President, Linda White of Vinton, Louisiana, will share her 2-month trip through parts of Europe in April and May of this year. She will give a visual presentation of points of interest. The public is invited to this 9-10 a.m. event in the Orange Salvation Army meeting room at the corner of MLK and Strickland. Coffee is served.


LifeShare Blood Drive

Orange First Church of the Nazarene will have a blood drive. Hours for the drive will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The LifeShare bus will be on site. Orange First Church of the Nazarene is located on 3810 MLK Drive in Orange.