Community Briefs 11.4.20

Published 12:50 am Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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FOOD Board Meeting

The bi-monthly board meeting of the Friends of the Orange Depot will be held on Thursday, November 12, at 5:30pm at the Orange Train Depot, 1210 Green Avenue and 11th Street in Orange.

As at the last board meeting, we will honor the pandemic protocols such as masks, social distancing and no food or drinks.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own drinks.

Members and volunteers are encouraged to come to participate in planning for a Christmas event and hear updates on our exhibits and other matters.

Currently allowed to be open 75%, the Depot is still accepting reservations for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and meetings.  Please call Rose at 409-330-1576 to schedule an event.  Other information can be found on the website,


State-wide Veterans Job Fair

For the first time ever, the state’s annual “Hiring Red, White & You! (HRWY) Veterans Job Fair” will be held on virtual platforms.

The 9th Annual Hiring Red, White & You! Veterans Job Fair is this Thurs., Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is hosted by Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, Governor Greg Abbot, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission, along with other workforce development boards and partners.

To participate in the virtual event, Veterans and employer need to pre-register at Workforce Solutions website,, or by calling Workforce & Community Liaison Pamela Wise at (409) 719-4750.



Gumbo Meal

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 West Roundbunch Road in Bridge City, will sell gumbo meals from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Gumbo is $9.50, Frozen Quart $12, and Frozen Pint $6. Take-out and delivery are available. Call 409-735-4573 or email


Parenting Class

In order to keep our clients and volunteers safe, we will be doing our upcoming Parenting class on November 14 via ZOOM.

This will be an all-day class 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you have someone that needs to register, they can go to

Under the classes and services tab click on Parenting class. There will be instructions there as well as a link for them to click on to register.

We will send them information on what they will need to do prior to the date of the class. This will be our last Parenting class of 2020. We will resume in 2021.


Soup Kitchen

First Presbyterian Church, 902 Green Ave. in Orange, hosts a Soup Kitchen from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Orange County 4-H Pecan Sales

Orange County 4-H are now taking pre-orders for our Annual Pecan Fundraiser. The second order deadline is Friday, November 9th and will be in a couple weeks before Christmas.

Place your orders today and pay when you pick up your order at the AgriLife office, 11475 FM 1442 Orange.

Orders can be place through any of our 4-H youth/clubs and through the AgriLife office by calling 409-882-7010.


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


Food Pantry

5K Ministries Food Pantry, located at 9125 Skeeter, Orange, TX 77632 at the corner of Hwy 62 and Skeeter, three 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


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 at


Fly Ins

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.


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.