Community Briefs for the 17th Week of 2019.

Published 9:40 am Saturday, April 20, 2019

Community Briefs for the 17th Week of 2019. To add your event, send an email to, put “briefs” in the subject line


Pre K and Kindergarten Roundup

Orangefield Elementary School, 10288 FM 105, is holding Pre K and Kindergarten Roundup from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24.

Parents, please bring:

  • Current immunization record
  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Child’s Social Security Card
  • Proof of residence (electric, water or gas statement)
  • Valid driver’s license of parent/guardian
  • Income verification (For Pre-K ONLY)

Future Kindergarten students must be turning 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2019. For our Pre-K program children must be turning 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2019 and meet income-based requirements.


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., Thursday, April 25 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. till 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 for help donating 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


Judge James B. Scales Memorial Golf Tournament

The Bridge City Chamber will hold the Judge James B. Scales Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 26, 2019 at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur.  Tee time is 8 a.m. for this four-person scramble. The cost is $60 per player which includes green fees, cart, beverages, food, and door prizes. Mulligans may be purchased for $5 each with a limit of two per player.     Hole sponsorships in the form of tee box signs are available for $100 each. All proceeds go to the Bridge City Chamber and Historical Museum formerly the Prairie View Teacherage. For more information or to register, call the chamber at (409) 735-5671 or Golf Tournament Chairman Jerry Jones at (409) 735-6801.  Registration forms can be found on the chamber’s website:



Orange County Radio Control Club meets each Tuesday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the club’s airfield located at 10623 Farm to Market Road 1442 in Orange. Guests are welcome as long as club members are present. Learn more about building and flying remote-controlled airplanes with other enthusiasts.



GOALS (Greater Orange Area Literacy Services) is interested in replacing several spots on the Board due to some who have moved or plan to move.  The mission of GOALS is to help those in Orange County who are unable to read to learn to read, to assist ESL (English as a Second Language) students with the learning of English, and to provide tutoring for those wishing to take the GED (General Educational Development) equivalency test to obtain a high school diploma.  GOALS is a nonprofit organization founded by Bonnie Hopperton 25 years ago.  The GOALS office may be contacted at 409.886.4311 and asking for Rhonda Powell, Director.  Powell also can give guidelines for those wishing to volunteer to tutor or possibly secure a spot on Board. 


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.


Clay Shoot

Mark your calendars for the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas 8th Annual Charity Clay Shoot on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1-In-100 Gun Club. Funds provide services for children’s programming. For more information, call 409-727-6400


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.


NAACP meeting

NAACP meets at 7 p.m., every fourth Thursday, at the WOCCISD Administration Building located at 902 West Park Ave. in Orange. All are encouraged to attend and join. To join, contact Franklin Gans at 409-221-8438.


Friends of the Bridge City Public Library meeting

Friends of the Bridge City Public Library meets once a month on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Join today for only $5 per year. As a member of the Friends, you can help with fundraisers, the summer reading program, decorate Library for the holidays, scrapbook events from the year and Bayou Buddy Storytime.