Community Briefs 9.30.20
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Old Fashion Food & Craft Show for Youth
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Orange County in conjunction with 2020 Orange County Livestock Show will be sponsoring the Old-Fashioned County Fair Food and Craft Show October 9. We would like to invite Orange County youth ages 8 to 18 to participate in the Food and Craft Show.
Youth can register through our website: https://orange.agrilife.org/ No Entry fees apply. Youth can enter as many category/classes they choose. Categories consist of Sweet, Treats, & Breads, Canning, Crafts (Leather, Metal, Woods, String Art), Fabric Skills, Homemade Personal Accessories, Fiber Arts, and Photography.
Entry must be checked in Friday, October 9 at T2 Arena & Event Center located at 3810 Old Peveto Road Orange. Check in time will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Top 3 Category winners per age division/class will receive one of the following ribbons: Blue, Red or White. The class winner will receive a Rosette and the Overall Grand Champion winner per age division will receive a buckle cup.
Contact the AgriLife office with questions, 409-882-7010. We look forward to showing our community the wonderful talents of our youth.
Stark Museum of Art reopens
After closing March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19 Crisis, Stark Museum of Art is reopening on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.
OC Master Gardener meeting
Thursday, October 15, we will resume in-person monthly meetings, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Ballroom on the Orange County EXPO at 11475 FM 1442, Orangefield. All those in attendance MUST wear a face covering. We will maintain six feet apart for social distancing and hand sanitizer will be available. The public is invited to our meetings. For more information please email the link above.
Museum of the Gulf Coast is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 700 Procter Street in Port Arthur. The local blood banks are critically low in their supply. In partnership with LifeShare, we will be hosting an indoors blood drive. We will be in accordance with local and state guidelines regarding COVID. Walk-in welcome or sign up at https://donor.lifeshare.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/216210
Pumpkin Patch, decorating contest
Total Care Bridge City will be busy in October with the “Pumpkin Patch”.
There will be a Pumpkin Decorating Contest with prizes for first, second and third-place. The entry fee is one canned food item along with the decorated pumpkin that can be dropped off at Total Care, located at 1650 Texas Avenue, between Oct. 1-Oct. 21.
There is also a free mini photo shoot on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 with the donation of one canned food item. Sign up for a time slot on the website at www.tcmedicalhome.com.
Pumpkin Patch viewing days will be Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 26-30.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is hosting a free Household Hazardous Waste and Scrap Tire Collection Event 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sat., October 24 at Bridge City Intermediate School parking lot at 1029 West Roundbunch Road in Bridge City.
The event is open to all southeast Texas residents.
During this free event, the SETRPC collects items that could pose health and environmental risks if disposed of improperly.
VFW Auxiliary Fall Garage Sale
VFW Post 2775 Auxiliary will host a fall garage sale on Saturday, October 10 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall at 5303 North 16th Street in Orange. Vendors will be allowed to set up Friday, October 9 from 5 p.m. ’til 8 p.m. Tables will rent for $15 or $20 if along with clothes racks or tent frames. Parking lot spaces will rent according to space needed. Make checks payable to VFW Auxiliary; send to Chairman Mary Snapp at 7927 Sandra Lane; Orange, Texas 77632. For further info, call Mary Snapp 409-697-0380 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Orange County Beekeepers Group Meetings
Meetings are suspended pending COVID-19 resolution. The Orange County Beekeepers Group normally meets the first Tuesday of each month 6 p.m. Anyone interested in Honeybees or Beekeeping is welcome to join us on Facebook, search Orange Texas Beekeepers.
We are a group of local beekeepers interested in spreading information about honeybees and the pollination service they perform. This group works with the Orange County Ag Agent to expand beekeeping opportunity in Orange. We also strive to aid and assist fellow beekeepers, any new beekeepers and the general public.
For information or assistance with Honeybee removals please contact the Orange County Agrilife office 409-882-7010.
South Texas State Fair
The South Texas State Fair will be held from March 25 – April 4, 2021.
Lamb, goats, swine and F1 heifer tag-in: TBD
Entry deadline for lambs, goats, swine and F1 heifers is December 1, 2020
Roaster pickup: January 22, 2021 (YMBL office)
Broiler pickup is February 12, 20201 (YMBL office)
Rabbit entry deadline is February 2, 2021
5K Ministries Food Pantry, located at 9125 Skeeter, Orange, TX 77632 at the corner of Hwy 62 and Skeeter 3 miles north of the intersection in Mauriceville, is open 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. For more information, call 409-745-7110