Community Calendar and Briefs 7.7.18

Published 7:08 am Saturday, July 7, 2018

“Getting Better” Grief Group

Best Hospice Care of Texas is holding the “Getting Better” grief group starting at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 – Tuesday, August 28. It will take place at Meadows Church of Christ located at 9195 Dishman Road in Beaumont.


Parenting Class

Wells of Agape is holding a Parenting Class from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 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.


Participants for Scrapbook Study Wanted
If you are 18 years of age or older, you can help The Portal top Texas History improve the way it digitize scrapbooks by participating in a research study examining how patrons prefer scrapbooks to be digitized and represented online. Participants will engage in a paper prototyping exercise that will last no longer than one hour. Those who complete a study session will receive a Portal to Texas History t-shirt (valued at $10) in appreciation of their participation. Those interested in participating can email Shannon Willis at


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.


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.


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 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.


Pumpkins and Pearls Fundraising Gala

Wells of Agape is hosting the Pumpkin and Pearls fundraising gala from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th. Early Bird Tickets will be sold through August 20th. Early Bird tickets will be $50 and Regular tickets will be $60. This event will be adults only. The guest speaker of the night will be Mayor Larry Spears Jr. Dress code for the event is “after 5” attire. The event will take place at The Garden District located at 7536 Highway 87 N. in Orange. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit or call 409-263-0132.



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.


Noon Lion’s Club meeting

Noon Lion’s Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Domino’s Meeting/Party room located at 2107 MacArthur Drive in Orange.


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.


Scheduling Progressing for Conference

The schedule of speakers for the Jasper County Genealogy Conference is progressing well, according to conference organizer Dickie Dixon.  A few of the hourly intervals for speakers are not firmed up, but Dixon has prospects for those.

Firmed up already are Linda Reynolds on “Voices from Small Places” at 10:00 a.m., Carolyn Spears on “The History of the Stone Fort and the Its Museum” at 11:00 a.m., Gary Rogers on “Lonesome Charley Reynolds:  A Little Bighorn Casualty” at 1:00 p.m., and Karen Kurth Hall at 2:00 p.m. on a topic to be decided.  In effect, the 9:00 a.m. slot has not been scheduled, and the 3:00 p.m. slot. For 9:00 a.m., Dixon will contact local Jasper speakers.  He is hoping for the 3:00 p.m. slot to have a speaker on DNA in genealogy.

The inaugural Jasper County Genealogy Conference is a joint effort between the Jasper County Historical Commission and Dixon. Co-chairs Linda Primrose and John Johnson have been very cooperative in nurturing the idea of a genealogy conference in Jasper.

The first day of the conference will be Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 138 Houston Street in the Jasper County Historical Commission Library in the Old Jail on the same block as the courthouse.  From 1-4:00 p.m. volunteers will help the public with their genealogy. The next day, on Friday, July 20, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., speakers on hourly intervals will discuss genealogical (family history) and heritage topics at the Courthouse Annex on 300 Houston Street.  (Parking will be available for Friday in the parking lot behind the Tax Assessor’s Office.)  Please RSVP by July 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  The conference for both days is free to the public.  For more information or to RSVP, please call (409) 384-6441 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  The public can e-mail the Jasper County Historical Commission at or Dickie at


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


Domino’s Grand Opening

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the grand opening for Domino’s at 9:30 a.m. at 2107 MacArthur Drive in Orange.


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


Healing after Harvey

The Mental Health Symposium is hosting Healing After Harvey from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9. This event is going to be held at Bowers Civic Center located at 3401 Cultural Center Drive in Port Arthur. You can register for this event at For more information call 409-784-5402 or visit Spindletop Center on Facebook.


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.


Altrusa Meet and Greet

Altrusa international of Orange Texas is hosting a meet and greet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will be at the Orange Train Depot located at 409 11th Street in Orange. A light meal will be provided. Please RSVP to reserve your seat at To learn more, visit



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.


Bubble Day

Bubble Day, a hands-on science program for young children, hosted by the Texas Energy Museum and the Beaumont Public Library, will be Wednesday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rogers Park Community Center, Dowlen Road at Gladys Avenue. Participants will be able to create and experiment with bubbles in different activities, such as creating bubble walls, making bubbles inside of bubbles, and being surrounded by a bubble. Encouraging learning science through fun, the program allows children to test bubble sizes, strength and color while discovering the physics of soap bubbles. This free “come-and-go” program is designed for children ages 3 to 8. For more information, call the museum at 409-833-5100.



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.