First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church invite children to Power Lab: Discovering Jesus’ Miraculous Power!
“This year our churches are bubbling with excitement as we explore Power Lab,” says Leighia Barron and Kelly Dischler, VBS Directors. “Power Lab provides fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for kids of all ages. Each day kids will sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble Test Tube Treats, take on a Daily Challenge to share Jesus’ amazing power in their lives, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s word, and create Bible Point Crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Power Lab is an exciting way for kids to learn more about Jesus’ power. Each day concludes at Faith Fusion Finale-a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join us daily for this special time at 11:30. We hope Power Lab will get everyone fizzing with excitement about Jesus in our community.” Power Lab begins on June 16th and continues through June 20th. Meet at First United Methodist Church’s new Praise Center, each day from 9:00 – 12:00. First United Methodist Church is located at 502 6th Street with the Praise Center located behind the church facing Pine Street. For more information, call FUMC at 886-7466

Registration for Summer II and fall classes underway at LIT June 6, 2008

Lamar Institute of Technology students can currently register for Summer II and fall classes. Summer II is from July 11 through Aug. 14. The fall semester begins Aug. 25. For more information, call student services at (409) 880-8321.

Busy Longhorn Weekend

The pot in the Cowboy Calcutta will start off at over $1200 Friday June, 6th as Indoor Bullriding returns to the Texas Longhorn Club arena. “That pot could go to over $2,000” exclaimed rodeo Director Coleman Peveto speculating what the bidders would do Friday night. The Calcutta pot is as high as it is because there wasn’t a winner at the last rodeo last month. Any spectator can bid on any cowboy and the Calcutta takes place in the Longhorn Legends Sports Saloon and Gameroom Friday evening prior to the nights Bullriding action. According to Peveto cowboys from all over the country have been calling in and registering to ride in this next Longhorn series that will cap off the summer season. As an extra treat rodeo fans will be treated to the high energy sound of Southwind-featuring Aimee Breaux on the Legends stage Friday night. Admission is free for ladies 21 and up and $8 for men.

Saturday night is “Party” night at The Longhorn with DJ Moose in the house kicking off the party with drink specials, games and prizes all night long. Both Friday and Saturday night The Longhorn unlocks the pool tables for free pool until 10PM. Saturday admission is $5 for 21 and up and $10 for minors 18-20.

Ralph Richardson and His Hall of Fame Playboys entertain Sunday afternoons in June on the Longhorn Legends Stage. The live music comes from a time before cell phones, microwave ovens and deadlines. Those wanting to remember a relaxing time of friendly neighbors, barn dances and a “take-it-easy” lifestyle will thoroughly enjoy the music from Ralph Richardson. Sunday the doors open at 2PM and the band starts at 3. Admission is $7 per person or $13 per couple at the door.

Celebrate Shangri La Exhibition Ends June 28 at Stark Museum of Art

ORANGE, Texas, June 3, 2008 – Time is running out to view the Celebrate Shangri La exhibition at the Stark Museum of Art. The exhibition, which features works from the Stark Museum of Art collections, depicts the flora and fauna that can be seen at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, which opened this past March in Orange, Texas. The exhibition completes its three-month run on June Saturday, 28, 2008.

On view are selected works of John James Audubon, including the double elephant folio of The Birds of America from his personal collection as well as individual prints from the publication. A rare copper plate used to produce Audubon’s Swallow-Tailed Hawk is also on display, along with one of the resulting prints.

In addition to the works by Audubon, the exhibition features prints by early naturalists responsible for some of the first records of American natural history, including Thomas Say’s American Entomology or Description of the Insects of North America. Say’s entomological record is the first American book published on the subject and a recent acquisition in the Stark Museum of Art.

Other works in the exhibition include examples from the porcelain American Bird series by Dorothy Doughty as well as the watercolor Amaryllis Starkii by Morris Henry Hobbs, which depicts the amaryllis named in honor of Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark. Additional artists highlighted are Athos Menaboni, William Bartram, Mark Catesby, Paul Jones, William Sharp, Edward Marshall Boehm, and more.

The Museum also helps children understand the connection between art and nature with an interactive matching game that encourages them to compare counterparts in art and photographs of nature.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public at no charge Tuesday through Saturday. Hours are from 10 AM–5 PM. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or see

“In Loving Memory” Support Group to meet

The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory” a support group for mother’s who have lost a child will meet on June 17th 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 735-27l8.