Master Gardeners to Meet
Orange County Master Gardeners will hold their monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15 at the Salvation Army located at MLK and Strickland in Orange.
Jeff McMillan, horticulturist and owner of Almost Eden, an on line, retail mail order nursery in Merryville, La., will bring a presentation covering his nursery’s specialties – exotic, unusual and hard to find plants.  
“If you’re looking for somethng different, Almost Eden is the place,” says McMillan.
 Over the past 25 years, his nursery has collected a wealth  of plant species and now can share them via their on line catalog or through direct contact.
Mr. McMillan’s program promises an enlightening evening rich in gardening and plant information.  The public is welcome to attend. For more information contact Susan Childers at

Red Hot Flashers monthly meeting
The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society of Orange will hold their monthly meeting at the Bread Box on 10th st. in Orange, May 15, 2008, at 11:30 a.m.
The birthday lady is Lovely Lady: Ruth Fisher. Door prizes and visitors are welcome.
For additional information, phone Queen Helene, 886-1609.

P.A.W.S. to hold fundraiser
Bridge City P.A.W.S. (Public Animal Welfare Society) will hold a garage/link sale starting at 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 14 on West Highway 1442 (at the old firework stand, follow signs)
They are in need of garage sale household items, tools, furniture, baby stuff, etc. (no clothing please)
Link lunches are $5, which includes link on bread, chips, dessert, and drink. Orders are being taken for delivery. Call 409-988-8295 for more information or to order dinners.

Retirement Reception planned
Kaaren Kline, Counselor at Bridge City Middle School, will be retiring after 45 years of service. There will be a reception held in her honor from 3:30 – 5:00, Tuesday, May 20 in the Middle School Library at 300 Bower, Bridge City.
You are invited to attend.
Contact Betty Stephenson at 735-1581 for more information.

BC Class of 1998 reunion planned
The Bridge City Class of 1998 is making plans for the 10th reunion to be held July 25-26.
Information is now being mailed out. If you have any questions you may contact Courtney Huckabay Johnson at or 409-697-2710.
If anyone has information about the following classmates please contact Johnson:
Josh Anding, Richard Babington, Wendy Brandon, Jennifer Broffman, Celia Clanton, Laura Cockerham, Jeremy Cook, Bobbie Courtney, Cynthia Crumpler, Eric Derickson, Lana Foster, Shawn Garrett, Thomas Hickenbottom, James Hunter, Donald Killgore, Amanda McCorkle, Michelle McGreevy, Aaron Moon, Frank Morgan, Viet Duc Nguyen, Misty Peveto, Franklin Ply. Ernest Schexnider, Vanessa Smith, Sara Sullivan, Sarah Swiderski, Daniel Tatum, Hoa Tran, Amber Verrett, Nichole Ward, Monty Werner, Sara Windham.

Press Club Banquet in June
The Press Club of Southeast Texas will host the 17th annual Excellence in the Media/Newsmaker of the Year Banquet Friday, June 6, in the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library at Lamar University.
The scholarship fund-raiser includes a reception at 7 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
Newsmaker of the Year finalists are Brad Brown and Steve Forman, Paul Brown and David Teuscher, Tracy Byrd, Todd Monette and Deloris “Bobbie” Prince.
Other awards will honor print and broadcast journalists and public relations professionals.
Proceeds benefit the Press Club Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to Lamar University communication students.
Banquet reservations are $30 per person and may be made with Patricia Leger, (409) 658-8885.
Underwriting opportunities are available at levels ranging from $500 to $5,000. Information about underwriting is available from Caralee Thompson, (409) 347-0829.

LIT Summer I, II, III and fall enrollment begins
The Lamar Institute of Technology currently is enrolling students for its May mini-semester, and Summer I, II and II. The May mini-semester runs from May 8-29. Summer I is from May 30 through July 3, and Summer II, July 11 through Aug. 14. The Summer III session is from May 30 through Aug. 14.The fall semester begins Aug. 25.

LC-M Class of 1968 to hold reunion
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Class of 1968 is making plans for the 40th reunion to be held June 13-14.
June 13 activities will be held at the Orange Boat Club. The Orange Country Club will host the festivities on June 14.
Information is being mailed out. If you have questions you can contact Edna (Duke) Wilderson at 883-8523 or Harriet (Heny) Jacksong at 779-7097.
Anyone having information about the following classmates please contact Edna or Harriet:
Delores Borel Skinner, Gloria Chance Phillips, Susan Cox, Rhonda Davis, Joey Hoosier, Bill Hunt, Roy McCullough, Eddie McFarland, RIcky Mitcham, Beverly Parsons Feagin, Linda WIlkerson Tinsley, Charlotte Windham Juneau, Richard Wing.

Starks Mayhaw Festival May 15-17
Located in Starks, at the corner of Highway 12 and Highway 109, the Mayhaw festival will be held May 15-17. Admission is free. Festival hours are 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There will be food, games, crafts, music, rides and more.
For more information, call the festival chairman at 337.743.6297, the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337.436.9588, or visit

Registration for theater workshop in Orange
The Orange Community Players and the OCP Junior Board of Directors are pleased to announce the Young People’s Theater Workshop 2008. The theater workshop is for children aged 6-18. Beginning June 9, it ends with performances July 11-13.  
Workshops will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and include instruction on basic acting, auditioning, stage make-up, costuming, choreography, stage combat and reheasals for the performances, which will be held July 11 and 12 at 7:37 p.m., and July 13, at 2:37 p.m.  
Cost is $25.00 per child. For more information and registration information, contact Regina Patillo at

The Texas Renaissance Festival Announces Its New Performing Arts Festival At School Days

The Texas Renaissance Festival announces the inaugural year of the Performing Arts Festival at School Days to be held on October 28 and 29, 2008.
The Performing Arts Festival is a two-day adjudicated competition in classical theater and early music for students in the intermediate and secondary grades. Participants will be judged by experienced and accredited theater and music professionals and adjudication will be based on an impartial system.
Theater students will compete in various categories including monologue and soliloquy, duet and group acting and one-act play with performance selections taken from classical theater works such as those of Greek Drama, Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare and Moliere or modern works set in the classical period.
The Early Music Festival consists of both vocal and instrumental competitions in which students can perform works from the renaissance, baroque and classical music periods. Vocal ensembles of all sizes are encouraged to compete, including choirs, madrigal groups, quartets and trios. Instrumental groups may consist of bands, orchestra, brass, woodwind and string ensembles or other similar combinations.
The Performing Arts Festival is open to all public, private and home school organizations, but there are a limited number of competition slots available and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  No registration fee is required to participate in the Performing Arts Festival, though participants must purchase a School Days ticket for admission into the park. Reserved admission for students, as well as chaperones and educators, is $6.00. Gate pricing for tickets will be $8.00 for all. A lunch ticket will also be available for $8.00 during reservation times as well as at the Box Office on School Days. The last day to purchase tickets for the reduced price is October 3, 2008.
For more information please call 1-800-458-3435 or visit our newly renovated website at

Bridge City classmates sought
Bridge City classes of 1967, 1968 and 1969 are looking for the following classmates for the reunion in May. Contacts are Cyndy Church 409-882-4246, Phyllis McGee 409-745-2747, Janice Hamilton 718-7015 or Mickey Litton 670-5164.
Rosemary Vulenciano Simon, Carol Cullen Huffman, David Pitts, Craig Simmons, Stephen Edwards, Stanley Middlebrooks, Veronica Feuge Hill, Mike Barker, Jimmy Dumesnil, Sharon McKusker, Michael Simpson, Sheila Amen, Evelyn Calais, Rick Robb, Linda Parker, Becky Brown Breaux, Ronnie Wagner, Paul Ardoin, James Jordan, Sonny Bourque, Kenneth Franklin, Priscilla Pate, Leonard Riley, Blenda David, Becky Landry, Peggy Slaughter, Jeunnie McCune, Mike Whittington, Arthur Turner, Gerald Read and Margie Mathis.

Cardinal Baseball/Softball T-Shirts
The Cardinal Athletic Booster Club is now selling play-off t-shirts for baseball and softball.  You may purchase them from Lisa in the AD’s office between the hours of 9:00 and 3:00 beginning Wednesday, May 7. Do to a limited amount on the sizes and quantity, please call in advance to verify she has the size(s) you need at 735-1542.

“In Loving Memory” Support Group to meet
 The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory” a support group from mother’s who have lost a child will meet on May 20, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the North Orange Baptist Church located at 4775 16th Street, Orange.  We welcome any Mother, any age, who has lost a child for any reason.
 For additional information call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456 or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-2718.

Exchange Student program needs sponsors
Thinking About Welcoming an Exchange Student? Now’s the Time.
Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience, and it’s a wonderful way to bring more understanding into the world. If you’ve ever thought about welcoming an exchange student into your home and family, now’s the time to learn more. AFS, the leading international high school student exchange program, needs families in our community to host high school students for an academic year or six months. Students arrive in August.

All kinds of families can host–two-parent households with young children or teenagers, single-parent families, families with adopted children, foster parents, as well as couples and single people who do not have children or who have grown children. One of the most important characteristics of a host family is being eager and excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support, and comfort as you would to your own child.

AFS students come from more than 40 countries and represent many different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Local AFS Volunteers enroll students in high school and support students and their families to help both gain the most from their experience. In addition to host families, AFS needs people who are interested in becoming volunteer liaisons to work locally with families and their hosted students. Anyone interested in learning more about hosting or volunteering with AFS should visit or call 1-800-AFS-INFO. AFS Intercultural Programs/USA is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. The mission of AFS is to work toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.

Bridge City LIttle League Board Elections
Bridge City Little League will be holding its 2009 board elections Saturday, May 17th at one pm. All volunteers, and parents/guardians of children participating in this league are eligible to vote. Nominees from the floor must be present to accept the nomination.
BCLL has had one of its most successful seasons in 2008 and is looking forward to the All Star season starting on June 2 with the nine year old boys. The other leagues will be starting later in June.
BCLL will be hosting the Texas Sectionals for the ten-year-old boys and the 13-14 year old boys. These tournaments will start on July 11.