WO-C to host blood drive
The West Orange-Cove school district will host a blood drive will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Health Classroom at Anderson Elementary School. The community is invited to participate. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age, a minimum of 110 pounds and in general good health. All donors will be required to show proper ID.

VFW / Auxiliary list contest deadlines
Orange VFW Post 2775 and Ladies Auxiliary members urge all students planning to enter the Voice of Democracy Audio / Esssay for ninth-  to 12th-graders, Patriot’s Pen Essay for sixth-  to 8th-graders and Outstanding Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year contests to adhere to the deadline of Nov. 1. Materials were taken to the schools prior to the two hurricane evacuations. Local awards for first, second and third are: Voice of Democracy are $500, $300 and $200; Patriot’s Pen, $100, $75 and $50 bonds; and Teacher of the Year, a plaque. First-place winners of all three contests will advance to district level for more awards and the chance to advance to the state level of competition. For more information, call president Gail Duhon after 5 p.m. at 745-3743; or district chairperson Patricia Kemp at 886-2796.

Thrift shops kicks off holidays 
The Orange Thrift and Gift Shop, 350 37th St., will kick off the holiday season with its annual open house on Nov. 15. The bargain gym and shop will both be open. Vendors must make an appointment to bring their Thanksgiving and Christmas items in by calling the shop at 886-7649 Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The shop continues their two-for-one magazine and paperback book sales, fill a bag and many other specials throughout the shop.  Thrift and Gift is a nonprofit shop where seniors are able to take their handcrafted items for sales. The shop accepts donations to sell, which helps cover their overhead and expense. For more information, call 886-7649.

Theater Service Guild to meet
A Nomination Committee will be elected to select candidates for officer positions when the Lutcher Theater Service Guild meets at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 on the third-floor lobby of the theater. For more information, call Betty Bauman at 886-3733, or the theater at 886-5535.

Lamar-PA to offer QuickBooks course
The Continuing Education Department at Lamar State College-Port Arthur will offer a four-week computer course on QuickBooks Pro 2007, a software program for managing small business data, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Oct. 30. Instructor Linda Tait will cover account setup, navigation, estimates, invoices, bill paying, deposit recording, writing and printing checks and creating vendor, customer and employee accounts. Fee is $199. For information or to register, call 984-6230 or visit the college Web site at www.lamarpa.edu.

‘Ike’ meeting to address cattle concerns
Southeast Texas agriculture producers affected by tidal surge from Hurricane are invited to learn more about the effects of saltwater intrusion on rice and forage production, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the community building at Winnie / Stowell Chambers County Park in Winnie. A meal will be served at 6. Topics include: tax implications of herd dispersal, effects of high salinity levels in pasture and hay fields, renovation of pastureland affected by tidal surge, health and reproductive problems to be expected from stressed cattle, supplemental feeding of cattle for those producers who lost pastures, burning rangelands and debris accumulations, effects of tidal surge on rice and forage production in Louisiana, experiences of Louisiana beef producers after Hurricane Katrina and an update on government disaster recovery programs. The meeting will be conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Jefferson, Chambers, Orange and Liberty Counties.

Claybar to speak at Golden K
Orange Mayor Brown Claybar will address the Golden K Kiwanis Club at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Sunset Grove Country Club. Brunch will be served at 9:30. The group welcomes retired senior citizens looking for a service club geared to their age group to attend as guests. For more information, call 883-5761.

Seniors’ organization to meet
The Orange County Seniors will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Salvation Army Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange. Members should bring a covered dish for the noon meal, and bingo prizes and soaps for Orange Christian Services. All senior citizens are invited. For more information, call 883-6161.

Mobile disaster recovery site offered
The Southeast Texas Interfaith Organization for Disaster Recovery offers a free Disaster Recovery Project mobile site office at 1150 Texas Ave. in Bridge City from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Immediate assistance is provided and these services include mud outs, yard services of tree cutting and debris removal, blue tarps, and the removal of damaged indoor items. SETIO will also accept “needs” applications that will be assessed for eligible Long Term Recovery Assistance. SETIO is a faith-based organization that generates collaboration among diverse communities in Southeast Texas to achieve recovery from disasters and improve quality of life for all citizens. For more information, call (409) 982-1510.

WO-S Middle hosts parents night
West Orange-Stark Middle School will host a parent meeting regarding the Student Success Initiative at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the school cafeteria. Parents of all eight grade students are encouraged to attend. The Student Success Initiative requires eighth-grade students to pass the math and reading portions of the TAKS test in order to earn promotion to the ninth grade.

Alzheimer’s Association benefit
“Exorcising Ike: A Bewitching Blast on Broadway” will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Beaumont Chapter and the Triangle AIDS Network Oct. 31 at the law offices of Susan Oliver and Lynn Bencowitz, 2495 Broadway at Ninth Street in Beaumont. The event will feature costumes and prizes, live entertainment, auctions, dinner and  refreshments. Oliver and Bencowitz are hosting the fund-raiser to help the two nonprofit organizations in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the door or in advance from Alzheimer’s Association or TAN staff and board members. Supporters unable to attend may send contributions to P.O. Box 12279, Beaumont, 77726, with checks payable to Alzheimer’s/AIDS. For more information, call Bonnie Brooks at 832-8338 or Debra Brozak at 833-1613.

Boat club fundraiser
The Orange Boat Club will host elections, along with a with a barbecue benefit for members and invited guests, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the clubhouse docks and grounds off DuPont Drive. Members and volunteers who want to help before the election may visit the clubhouse between 9 a.m. and noon most days.

Orange Lions Carnival reset
The Orange Lions Club Carnival has been rescheduled for Nov. 5-8 at Lions City Park off MacArthur Drive. The annual event features food, games, rides and other entertainment. It was postponed because of damages caused by Hurricane Ike.

Investigators host scavenger hunt
The Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators’ first Ghostbuster’s Scavenger Hunt for Halloween will be Oct. 31 at Sertino’s Cafe, 5657 Eastex Frwy. in Beaumont. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. with a $10 fee. Half the proceeds will be redistributed in cash and prizes. Certain scavenger hunt items will be linked to mystery prizes, and drawings will yield “gore” prizes. Everyone must be checked back in by 9:30 p.m. for prizes at 10. Awarding of top prizes will be determined by teams completing the most tasks in the least amount of time. Teams of no more than five people may be formed. Each team must have a captain. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate and sign a release of liability. No local, state, or federal laws can be broken during execution of the hunt list. For more information, call 769-1457.

FUMC sponsors Halloween magic
Magician Cherie Kay will perform “A Night of Magic” from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Praise Center of First United Methodist Church, corner of Pine Avenue and Fifth Street in Orange. A nursery will be provided for children two years and younger. Following the show, the children will be treated to “Trunk or Treat.” They will be able to collect Halloween treats from the decorated vehicles in the church’s parking lot. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and bring a Halloween bucket or bag to collect treats.

VFW 2775 Auxiliary sets meeting
The Ladies Auxiliary to Orange VFW Post 2775 will welcome District 2 President Lorinda Gregory with a 6 p.m. covered dish dinner prior to the Oct. 21 meeting. Gregory will attend the 7 p.m. meeting and perform a yearly inspection of the Auxiliary. All members are urged to attend, bring a covered dish and meet with the president and old friends. For more information, call Jeanette Clark at 883-0264.

Stark Museum reschedules Fall Family Day
The Stark Museum of Art has rescheduled its Fall Family Day for Nov. 8, after two previous date changes because of Hurricane Ike. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will follow the public re-opening of the museum on Nov. 4. The Family Day will include family tours of the “30th Anniversary Treasures” exhibit, a mural painting activity and a scavenger hunt with prizes and refreshments. Guests should meet at the Stark Museum Education Center, 812 Green Ave. (across Seventh Street from the museum). Admission is free.
Amelia Wiggins, educator, remarked, “We hope families will enjoy a break from dealing with the effects of the hurricane upon our community. We see this as an event that promises some fun and opportunity for interaction. We encourage parents to bring their children, or this might be an opportunity for grandparents or godparents to have quality time with children.” She noted that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (409) 886-ARTS (2787) or go to www.starkmuseum.org.