Community Briefs for the 5th Week of 2020

Published 11:13 am Saturday, January 25, 2020



Orange County Aggie Mom Scholarship

The 2020 Orange County Texas A&M University Mothers Club scholarship application is available.  For a copy of the application, contact the local high school counselor and/or scholarship coordinator.  Applications are also available online 


Winter Field Day 

Orange Amateur Radio Club is holding its Winter Field Day at the Deweyville High School Saturday, Jan.  25 and Sunday, Jan. 26. The event has been named ‘The Jack Harrison Winter Field Day’ in memory of long-time operator, Jack Harrison. In his honor, the club will us his call sign, N5OIE, during the 24-hour event. The purpose of the event is to simulate activating of communications network during times of emergency or disaster. FCC licensed club members will set up radio stations whit hand-built antennas and make contacts with other radios operators around the world. Set up time at 8 a.m. Saturday and start at11 a.m. For more information contact Rocky Wilson at


Follies Community Kickoff Party

Come celebrate another Follies Year with us from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49 located at 108 Green Avenue in Orange. Sign up to be a part of the follies or just come out to sing, dance and mingle. Karaoke & D.J. by Michael Hudnall. $5 cover charge at the door or pre-purchased online at (online purchases include processing fees). Children 12 and under are free.


Do you have a loved one with a mental illness?

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be offering an eight week course to help family members cope with their loved ones who are suffering from Depression, Bipolar, Schizophernia, PTSD, etc. 

This eight-week course is seldom offered in Orange, and it is limited to the first 20 people who sign up. It will be once a week beginning in February 2020. It is free of charge. To sign up, call 409-617-3308 or email 


W.H. Stark House Tours

The W.H. Stark House is excited to announce 2nd Friday and Saturday Monthly Tours for the 2020 season on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Tours include all three floors of the main House, feature two recently restored rooms, and, as always, display original family furnishings, personal effects, and decorative arts.
Tours can accommodate a maximum of 7 people. Participants must be at least 6 years old and able to walk up and down 44 steps to take a house tour. For safety reasons, parents may not carry infants or younger children on the tour.

Register for a free tour online


OC Historical Society meeting

The Orange County Historical Society will have it’s first program of the year at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the conference room of the City of Orange Public Library. The program will be a ‘Show and Tell’ type. This is an opportunity for both members and nonmembers to talk about an article of historical significance or give an account of a historical event concerning Orange. We need participants, so come up with a subject and be prepared to make a short speech about it. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.


Upcoming Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Classes

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Orange County is having upcoming classes starting on January 25.

January 25: Bee Hive Building Class:  This is a free class that will be from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.  The topics will include: What woodware is best for you? How to assemble your boxes and frames.  General question.  Please RSVP by January 22. 

February 4:  Food Handler’s Training class:  This class is recommended for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food.  It will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will cost $20.

February 8:  Home & Body Essentials DIY Class:  In this class you will be making homemade soap and some other DIY home essentials.  This will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will cost $25 per person.  Please RSVP and pay before January 31. Class size is limited.

February 10-11:  Certified Food Manager’s Two-Day Course with Test: Classes are held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  This course costs $125.  Registration Deadline is January 28.  You may register by downloading the form at  You will send your form and payment to Texas A&M to the address that is on the form.

February 27:  Jam & Jelly Making Class.  Come and learn how to can Jam and Jelly.  You will get to take home your own jar after the class.  This class will start at 2 p.m. and costs $20.  Please register and pay by February 21. 

March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31:  Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes:  The is a free 5 class series that will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Join us in learning how to prevent type 2 diabetes, eat healthy, and much more to control your diabetes.  Please try to attend all classes in the series to get the full benefit of the series.

March 28:  Cooking Class for Adults with Rocky:    This class will be taught by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Rocky Bridges.  You will be preparing a 3-course meal, have fun while cooking healthy recipes, and there will be door prizes.  Class and reserve your spot as the class size is limited.  The cost of the class is $25 per person and must by paid by March 20. 

All classes will be held at the Extension office at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on FM 1442.  Call the office at 409-882-7010 to RSVP unless otherwise stated.


Parenting Class

Wells of Agape is holding a Parenting Class from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Family Worship Center located at 2300 41st Street (Old Bancroft School) in Orange, Texas. Lunch is provided. Requirement to receive a Certificate of Completion is $40 per person, cash only. One must attend from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to receive the certificate. To register or more information visit and select Services Tab or call or text Donna Wells at 4099-221-5425. If no answer, leave a message or text. Only need to register using one of the options. Childcare is not provided. 


2020 Hamfest

Orange, Jefferson Co. & Beaumont Amateur Radio Clubs is hosting 2020 Hamfest from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22 at Orange County Convention & Expo Center located at 11475 FM 1442 in Orange. Exit 869 from either direction off IH-10.

This event is ARRL Sanctioned. Location is the Orange County Convention & Expo Center

Talk in frequency 147.180 +600 PL 103.5

This is our annual event to promote Amateur Radio to the public and the buying, selling, or swapping of amateur radio gear. ARRL forums start at 8 a.m. and Ham radio license testing at 10 a.m. 

Admission is $8 per person. Kids under 12 are free.

Indoor Dealer/Vendor tables are $15.

Also, tailgating is free (limited space).

Friday night Hamfest BBQ dinner (three meat) is $15 a plate. Gumbo pulled pork and sandwiches for sale on Saturday.

Contact Rocky Wilson (409) 988-8906 email or their website 


Bridge City Founders Festival

The Bridge City Founders Festival celebrating 50 years and Growing Strong Together will be held Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. There will be food, games, activities, contests, fireworks, and more,

LC-M PSG 2020 meeting

Little Cypress – Mauriceville Project Senior Graduation 2020 meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Orange First Church of the Nazarene located at 

3810 Martin Luther King Jr Drive in Orange. We are thrilled to have anyone come and join our efforts in raising money to help and assist the fundraising efforts for their big event.


Anger Management Classes

Wells of Agape is holding Anger Management Classes start from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Family Worship Center located at 2300 41st Street (Old Bancroft School) in Orange, Texas. Requirement to receive a Certificate of Completion is $40 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 409-221-5425. 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. 


Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair

The Orange County Master Gardeners are holding their 7th Annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield. Hundreds of nursery and member grown plants will be for sale including many varieties of citrus, berries, Texas Superstars, perennials, natives, annuals, house and tropicals along with succulents, lilies and many other hard to find and unusual plants. Plant specialists and members will be available to answer questions and to assist you selecting your plants. Specialty booths will be set up with unique gardening and craft items. For more information check out or contact us at


GriefShare support group

Often friends and family want to help you, but don’t know how. That’s the reason for GriefShare. Our group is led by caring people who have successfully rebuilt their lives. We understand how you feel because we’ve been the same. We will walk with you on the long path through grief toward healing and hope for the future.

We will meet at Community Church on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.


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. 


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.


BC Chamber seeks nominations

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations from ALL members of the community for Employee or Business of the Month. To make a nomination, email:, fill out a nomination form online at, or call 409-735-5671. Include the person’s name, place of employment and why you feel they should receive the award.


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.


Be A Change Maker

United Way offers a Change Maker option to help. You can ‘round up’ your spare change with every credit or debit card purchase. Find out more by texting UWOC to 43506 or online



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.