Community Briefs 17 October – 24 October 2018

Published 3:36 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Special Angels Rodeo Volunteers

Special Angels Rodeo will be at T2 Arena & Event Center located at 3810 Old Peveto Road in Orange. To volunteer, Get VOLUNTEER form:, FORMS TAB, VOLUNTEER

EACH  Volunteer must complete, sign and submit all packet pages.

For more information, email; or fill out our contact form:

Orange County Special Angels Rodeo

702 W Division Ave

Orange, Texas  77630

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Haunted School

Deweyville Project Safe Graduation 2019 is hosting Haunted School at 272 Spur Street in Deweyville from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Oct. 20, and 22 as well as from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 31. Entry fee is $5.


Orange County Friends (OCF) news

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.


Golf Tournament

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) is hosting its 9th Annual Golf Tournament Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 at Sunset Grove Gold 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 registering or becoming 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 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 on line at Texas Parks & Wildlife web site. 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. 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.


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 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.


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.