Community Briefs for the 8th week of 2020

Published 10:11 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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


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.


25th Community Trash-Off

The 25th Annual Community Trash Off is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22. Registration forms available online at

Free Electronic Filing Tax Service

Jackson Community Center 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 $56,000. Date and time:  Beginning February 3, thru April 15, 2020. Open Monday thru Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 520 W. Decatur Ave. in Orange. By appointments Only. To schedule an appointment and for additional information please contact Elizabeth Campbell, Program Manager at (409) 779-1981 or email


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 at


2019 Income Tax Assistance

AARP Tax Filing Assistance will be offered starting 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, at the Orange Public Library.  IRS-certified volunteers will be available from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 15. April 15 is the last day to file 2019 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, etc).
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Records of any Capital Gains and Losses (stock shares, property)
  • 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 2019 return.


BC Chamber awarding scholarships

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce they will be awarding two $600 scholarships to Bridge City High School seniors and two $600 scholarships to Orangefield High School seniors. Applications are available at the high school counselor’s office, Bridge City Chamber office at 150 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City, TX 77611, or can be downloaded at Completed applications should be turned in to the respective high school counselor no later than Mar. 31, 2020.