Community Briefs for October 6, 2018

Published 11:40 am Saturday, October 6, 2018

Mystery Writing in OCCWG

The Orange County Christian Writers Guild is meeting this Tuesday, October 9th, 2018.  We meet the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7 pm and we hope to see you at our new location.  Our present project is writing a mystery short story collectively.  Everyone in the group gets to contribute to how the story is written, who the characters are, etc.  Our new location is at the City of Orange Neighborhood Facility Community Room, located at 303 N. 8th Street, Orange, Texas.  Park in the front parking lot and go thru the double glass doors.  Then just walk straight into the room thru the next double doors.  Please call 409 988-2588 for any questions.  Or you can email


Golden K Kiwanis news

Dr. Arlene Turkel, a professor at Lamar State College, Orange, will be the Golden K Kiwanis guest speaker on Wednesday, October 10, at 9:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army Building

Meeting Room, MLK, and Strickland in Orange.  She will speak about members of Golden K being offered the opportunity to submit short stories or poetry in the LSC-O anthology.  A speaker will accompany her from the college’s recruiting office who will tell the group of senior citizens about opportunities for them.


Orange County Friends (OCF) news

The OCF October General Meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, at

Southern Charm Restaurant, 1627 Strickland Drive, Orange 77630.  A Dutch treat luncheon will be offered from the menu.  The speaker will be Hannah Colletti, Volunteer and Operations Coordinator, Stark Art and History Venues, who will be sharing news of the various Stark venues, including the newly re-opened Shangri La, with a slide presentation.  Orange County Friends was previously known as Orange Newcomers.  Membership for one year is available for $15 per person, with checks made payable to Orange County Friends.  A directory will be distributed soon.   Activities include Day Bunco, Night Bunco, Party Bridge, Canasta, Book Club, Creative Corner (crafts), and Out and About.  Call or text Carolyn at 409.779.0208 for details regarding membership.  Please RSVP to Anne by text or phone for luncheon at 409.313.7575.

A new activity will begin for OCF on Tuesday, October 16, at 11 a.m. at Tuffy’s in Mauriceville called Games for Gals.  Various board games, cards, Skip-Bo, Uno, and dominoes will be played.  Call or text Diane if interested at 409.988.3243.

The OCF Out and About will have its first field trip for the year on Thursday, October 18, at Shangri La at 10:30 a.m. to view the scarecrows in the Scarecrow Festival in Orange.  Admission is free.  Plan to meet just inside the gate of Shangri La.  The group will decide where to dine for lunch as a group.  Please RSVP to Barbara by call or text to 409.746.1833 for reservation.

The OCF Book Club is moving right along with its second book of the year, “The Madonnas of Leningrad, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, in Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, corner of Strickland and MacArthur Boulevard.  The reviewer will be Diane Grooters.  In September, Grooters reviewed the book, “Ordinary Grace.”  Members eat and take part in the book review each month.  Call or text 409.988.5635 for more information.


Fresh Start to a Healthier You!

Better Living for Texans a part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Orange County invites you to join us for A Fresh Start to a Healthier You series. You will learn tips on saving money at the grocery store, food safety, and meal planning. We will be meeting at the Raymond Gould Community Center 385 Claiborne Street in Vidor once a week on Thursdays for four weeks, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, dates are October 11, and 18. This program is free and available to everyone. Please contact, Tommy Byers, 409-882-7010 for additional information or to sign up.


Hunter Education Safety Class

Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Safety Class Mon and Tues Oct 15 and 16 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Vidor High School Cafeteria. Must attend both evenings and must register online at Texas Parks & Wildlife website. Certification is required if you are at least 17 years old and were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, to hunt in Texas. You can become certified at 9 years old. Call 409-883-8118 to register and directions.

This is not just for hunters, anyone with firearms can benefit from this class.



The Greater Orange Area Literacy Services (GOALS) is now offering Reading, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Graduate High School Education (GED) tutoring to all adults 16 and older at no cost.  Volunteer tutors are willing to meet once or twice a week at various locations.

Please telephone the GOALS office at 409-886-4311 and ask for Rhonda to register.  You may email the office of GOALS at


Do Well Be Well with Diabetes

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Orange County is having a free Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes Series.  This is a 5-week series on every Monday in October (Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Join us in learning how to prevent and control your type 2 diabetes, eat healthy and much more.  Please attend all of the classes to get the full educational benefit.  The classes will be located at the Extension Office on 1442 in Orange.  Call the Extension office at 409-882-7010 to reserve your spot in the class.


Anger Management Classes

Wells of Agape is holding Anger Management Classes from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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.


VFW Auxiliary Garage Sale


Orange VFW Auxiliary Post 2775 will host their fall garage sale on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the VFW Hall on Highway 87 North(5303 N. 16th St) from 7 am until 2 pm.  Vendors will be able to set up on Friday, October 12th from 5 to 8 pm.  Rental for tables and/or space is $10 each.  Reservations can be made by sending a check for the proper amount to MARY SNAPP; 29 SANDRA LANE; ORANGE, TX 77632.  For further information contact, Mary between 10 am and 5 pm at 409-697-0380.


Hand Quilting Demonstration

Thrift and Gift Shop holds a free Hand Quilting demonstration from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., every Tues. and Thurs. at 350 South 37th Street in Orange (located in the old Salk School). For more information call 409-886-7649.


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.


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 the corner of MLK and Highway 90 in Orange. Bingo, Prizes, Potluck 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.