VFW Christmas / New Year’s Eve parties
The adult Christmas get-together” for VFW / Auxiliary members and spouses, is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Orange VFW Post 2775 on North Texas 87. Also, Post 2775’s annual New Year’s Eve party will be from 8:30 p.m.-“until” Dec. 31 at the post home. Tickets are $10, available at the VFW Club Room after 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and at the door if seating is available. Party favors will be furnished. For more information, call the post after 3 p.m. at 886-9738.

BC chamber hosts support sessions
Spindletop Disaster Mental Health Services will sponsor a free and confidential support group for individuals and families who have been affected by Hurricane Ike. The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will host the event. “The meetings started this past week and we had a great session sharing our frustrations, triumphs and concerns,” said Janelle Sehon, executive vice president of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. “Together we can learn to face our post-disaster feelings.” The next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Chamber office, 150 W. Roundbunch Road. Persons interested in individual sessions may call 839-2220, 839-2284 or 735-5671.

LC-M early release announced
Little Cypress-Mauriceville school will release students and staff early on Dec. 19 for the Christmas Holiday. Mauriceville and Little Cypress Elementary schools will be let out at 12:30; Little Cypress Junior High at 1:15; Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School at 1:30; and Mauriceville Middle School at 1:35.

GOACC to show off renovations
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce with be holding their monthly Business Connection in conjunction with an open house to show of the newly renovated offices they have been removed from since Hurricane Ike.
Thy will be showing off their new digs at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the same location at 1012 Green Ave., Orange. Breakfast will be provided.
GOACC will be moving back into their offices on Friday. Renovations were by Chuck Stidham of Clayton Anderson Restoration.
For more information, call Chamber president Sabrina Gray at 883-3536.

Give the gift of life … blood
A blood drive will be take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1401 W. Park Ave. in Orange. The LifeShare Mobil Unit will be open for donors.
For more information, call Marv Howland at 745-3427.

BCISD seeking substitute teachers
The Bridge City Independent School District will close for the Christmas holidays Dec. 22 through Jan. 5.
Individuals interested in substitute teaching at Bridge City ISD should visit the office after the holidays at 1031 W. Roundbunch Road to pick up an application, or call 735-1603 and ask for Virginia Fox.
Potential teachers must attend orientation to be put on the substitute list, and all information must be turned into the district office before applicants can attend.  

Medicare plans explained
Free community workshops will help eligible persons learn more about Medicare’s open enrollment period and the options available to them through SelectCare of Texas. The annual enrollment period ends on Dec. 31. These workshops will provide information to seniors, and their caregivers, so they may choose a plan that best suits their needs.
Seniors eligible for Medicare for the first time (ages 65 and older), those already enrolled considering switching plans and all Medicare-eligible persons are invited to attend.
The workshops are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays, Dec. 11 and 18, at the  Southern Magnolia Tea Room, 1627 Strickland Dr., Orange

MCTCU – Sounds of the Season
Students from area schools will be performing Christmas music at Orange County MCT Credit Union locations. The public is invited.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Bridge City Branch: Bridge City Middle School will perform at 9 a.m. Dec. 18 at 4837 Texas 87.
Orange Branch: West Orange Stark Middle School will perform  at 1 p.m. Dec. 17.
The credit union is located at 5401 N. 16th St.

Red Hot Flashers to meet
The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society of Orange will host their Christmas meeting at  at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Brown Center in Orange. This meeting is for members only. Members should contact Marilyn Oldani if they have not paid their dues.
Members are to bring a $10 gift for exchange. Secret Pal members will exchange gifts and draw again for the next six months. The birthday ladies for December are: Lady Sis, Allie Rush: Lady Shiann, Shirley Ann Wolfford: and Lady Lilac, Kitty Mouton.
For more information, call 886-1609.

BC Alumni Game rescheduled
The second annual Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball Game has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2.
In an “odd years versus even years” matchup, the game will feature Troy Woodall vs. Glenn Pearson.
“Last year there were over 40 participants and we expect more this year,” said Tony Knight, Bridge City head basketball coach. “Come out and see if the old guys still got it!”

Thrift group seeks quilt tops
The Orange Thrift and Gift Shop Quilters are seeking tops to quilt. Evelyn Adams and her group of five regulars and two fill-ins quilt Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Orange Thrift and Gift Shop in Orange, 350 37th St. To view quilts in progress or make an appointment for an estimate, call Adams at 886-7649, or visit the shop Tuesdays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The shop is also offering all clothing at half price through Dec. 19.
The shop will be closed for the holidays Dec. 20-Jan 6.

Free diabetes classes
Texas AgriLife with grant funding by the Stark Foundation will offer a free “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” class from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12-15 and 20 in Orange. “Do Well, Be Well” is an educational program for people with Type 2 diabetes. The primary goal is to help participants learn how to manage their blood glucose in the ranges recommended by the American Diabetes Association. This session will focus on nutrition, and it is recommended that participants attend all sessions.
To register, call the AgriLife Extension office at 882-7010.