Community Briefs for the 7th Week of 2019.

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Community Briefs for the 7th Week of 2019. To add your event, send an email to; put “community briefs” in the subject line.


Annual Spring Garage Sale

Orange VFW Auxiliary Post 2775 is taking reservations for their Annual Spring Garage Sale on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Highway 87 North.  Vendors will be allowed to set up on Friday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Tables and/or spaces will rent for $10 each.  To make a reservation, send a check made out for the number of table/spaces you want.  PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO VFW AUX 2775 and mail to Mary Snapp; 7927 Sandra Lane; Orange, Texas 77632…include your name, address, telephone number and any special needs.  For further information, call Mary Snapp at 409-697-0380 and leave a message for a callback. 


Murder Mystery Dinner – Death Near Dead Man’s Holler

 Y’all put on your boots, chaps, and ten-gallon hats for a rootin’ tootin’ shotgun shootin’ good time at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Murder Mystery Dinner, Death Near Dead Man’s Holler.  Leave the little ones at home and enjoy the adult only entertainment with dinner, drinks and a show on Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Bridge City Community Center.  Prizes will be awarded for best cowboy and cowgirl.  Tickets are $40 per person or a table for 8 is $300.  Tickets are going fast so don’t wait to get yours!  For reservations, call the chamber at 409-735-5671 or go to the chamber’s website:



Better Living for Texans programs

The Better Living for Texans Assistant, Tommy Byers, with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is holding 3 free programs:

  • Fresh Start to a Healthier You

Raymond Gould Community Center

6 p.m. till 7 p.m.

February 19, 26

Join us for this free program, and learn about tips on saving money at the grocery store, as well as meal planning.

  • Walk and Talk

Raymond Gould Walking Track

Beginning at 9 a.m.

March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24

We will discussions on exercise tips, beneficial foods, you are encouraged to bring a friend.

  • Be Well, Live Well: A Program on Healthy Aging

Orange County Event and Expo Center

6 p.m. till 7 p.m.

March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1

Learn how to reduce your risk of disease, engage in a healthier lifestyle, and be independent.

For more information on these programs, and to let us know you are attending, please contact Tommy Byers at 409-882-7010.


Grief Support

Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas offers Spring 2019 Grief Support at its Orange office located at 1502 Strickland Drive Suite 4 in Orange.

Sessions are 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23, May 7 and May 21. There is a $10 materials fee. Childcare is not provided. To register call 409-727-6400 or email


Free Electronic Filing Tax Services

Jackson Community Center, 520 W. Decatur Ave. in Orange, will be offering Free Tax Assistance through Lamar University Community Tax Center. Fast refund and electronic filing are available to eligible families and individuals earning up to $54,000, beginning February 2, thru April 15, 2019.  Open Monday thru Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every other Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

By appointment only. To schedule an appointment and for additional information please contact Elizabeth Campbell, Program Manager at (409) 779-1981 or email


2018  Income Tax Assistance

AARP Tax Filing Assistance will be offered starting at 12:15 p.m., Friday, February 1 at the Orange Public Library.  IRS-certified volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 12 and Monday, April 15.  April 15 is the last day to file 2018 taxes.

Anyone coming for assistance should bring the following:

Proof of identification (photo ID)

Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents

Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents

Wage and income statements (Form W-2, Social Security, 1099-R, 1099-Misc, W2G).

Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

Records of any Capital Gains and Losses

Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

A copy of last year’s federal and state returns is very helpful in the preparation of the 2018 return.