Community Briefs for the 16th Week of 2019

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Community Briefs for the 16th Week of 2019


Cajun Chicken Fundraiser

Orange County Disaster Rebuild has partnered with Tuffy’s Eatery for a Cajun Chicken Fundraiser from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Orange County Convention and Expo Center. Plates include Cajun Chicken with blackberry sauce, sausage link, green beans, potato salad and roll for $10 a plate. Delivery is available for orders of 10 plates or more. Orders are due by April 22. For more information, call 409-745-9748. Fax orders to 409-745-1523 or email 

All proceeds will go towards assisting individuals and families with unmet needs from Tropical Storm Harvey.



The Cajun French Music Association of LA Inc. Gulf Coast Cajun Chapter is giving two scholarship awards again this year to two Orange County High School Seniors. Please see your school counselor for the applications and instructions. They must be returned no later than May 10, 2019. Return them to the address on the bottom of the application.


Book Sale 

The Gamma Upsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher honorary sorority will hold a huge book sale on May 3 from 6-7 p.m. and May 4 from 8 a.m. til 1 p.m. at First Methodist Church, 501 N. Main Street in Vidor.

The sale will offer hardbacks for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, and some plants and garage sale items.  Proceeds provide a scholarship to aid a young person in obtaining a degree in education.


Local Beekeeping Event

The Beaumont area Beekeepers Group will be putting on their annual free beekeeper’s event 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 5446 Beaumont Drive in Kountze, Texas. This event called SpringSting is free to the public and all area beekeepers (donations can be made to assist the group). If you plan to attend, please bring PPE as there will be many events where the bees may become a little excited, also bring lawn chairs.


10th Annual Golf Tournament

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament is May 6 with morning registration at 7 a.m. GOACC will donate a percentage of Net Proceeds to the Non-Profit of the Year Recipient, Gulf Coast Cajuns Chapter. For more information, help with registering or becoming a sponsor contact Lauren at the GOACC at 409-883-3536 or


Employment Courses

Vidor ISD Community Education and the Vidor Chamber of Commerce are hosting a series of courses to help you get a job.  Classes are only $5 each, so join us on Thursday evenings in the Vidor High School library at 6:30.  Coming up:  April 18 Facebook for Business and Beyond, and April 25 Customer Service. 


Anger Management Classes

Wells of Agape is holding Anger Management Classes start from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 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 and covers all three nights. Must be paid prior to first class. One must attend all three Tuesday classes to receive the certificate. To register or more information, visit and select Services Tab or call or text Donna Wells at 4099-221-5425. Or text your name and the class you wish to pre-register for at the same number. If no answer, leave a message or text


Senior Citizen Rally Day 50th Anniversary Celebration

We invite all Senior Citizens to join us for our red carpet event in celebration of our Golden Era of Health Senior Citizen 50th Anniversary Rally Day Tuesday, May 14th, at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Committee on Aging are celebrating Hollywood style so feel free to put your fancy clothes and celebrate with us. The doors will open at 9 am for our Seniors to visit over 40 health vendor booths followed by bingo, many door prizes, photo booth, free lunch and live music entertainment. The celebration will end at 1 p.m. Please bring all unused eyeglasses to donate the Lions Eye Bank of Texas.


Getting Healthy

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Orange County is holding a couple of getting healthy programs.  They can be taken as 2 programs that work together or you can take just one or the other:


Walk Across Texas Kick-off:  This is a free program that will start on April 22 at 5:30 pm.  Walking is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to get fit.  Start now and reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.  Join other Texans and Walk Across Texas! towards a healthier lifestyle.

Step Up, Scale Down:  In just 12 weeks, find the path to better health through this course based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines and scientific research.  Form habits to help you maintain a healthier weight, stay active, and reduce your risk for chronic diseases!  This program starts on April 23 at 5:30 pm and costs $40.


Both programs will be held at the Orange County Extension Office at 11475 FM 1442, Orange.  Please call 409-882-7010 to register and if you have any questions.


BC Public Library Seeking Donations

The Bridge City Public Library is having our annual Summer Reading Program, “2019 Universe Stories.” The Texas Reading Club is designed to encourage youth to read for pleasure and to promote library usage. The library is asking local patrons and businesses to help to donate to our program. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Deadline for donations is May 31. The library will mention all our donors in our local newspaper after the Grand Finale in July 2019. If you have any questions, call Kelle Miller at 409-735-4242.


Walk and Talk

Raymond Gould Walking Track

Beginning at 9 a.m.

April 17, 24

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