Community Briefs October 13th thru October 20th, 2018

Published 11:20 am Saturday, October 13, 2018

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

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.


American Association of University Women (AAUW) news

AAUW will have its second Galloping Gourmet of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at Tuffy’s Restaurant, Mauriceville, close to the intersection of Highways 12 and 62.  The Dutch treat dinner will offer the entire menu with a special private room for dining.  Please RSVP to Mary by Sunday, October 14, with text or phone at 832.632.4516 so she will know how many to expect.

Then, the book group from AAUW, Book-Ins, will have its October meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at the home of David and Anne Payne, featuring the Agatha Christie book, “And Then There Were None,” to be reviewed by Diane Grooters.  Call or text Anne at 409.313.7575 for directions, if needed.


Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) news

The William Diamond Chapter of the Orange DAR will hold its October meeting on Tuesday, October 16, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bridge City.

St. Paul’s is located on 1155 W. Roundbunch Road, also known as FM 1442. Hostesses are

Lois Ferrell and Anne Payne.  The speaker will be Jackie Huckabay of Bridge City,

speaking about Native Americans.  Call or text Katy for more details at 409.792.9816.  Revolutionary heritage paperwork is required for membership.


Golf Tournament

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) is hosting its 9th Annual Golf Tournament Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at Sunset Grove Golf Course and Country Club. GOACC will donate a percentage of net proceeds to Non-Profit of the Year recipient United Way of Orange County. For more information, help to register or to become a sponsor, contact Lauren at 409-883-3536 or


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. 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.


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.


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!!


Crisis Counseling Program

Southeast Texas Disaster Assistance and Crisis Response Services through Region 5 Education Service Center are 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.



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.


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.