Discount food packages
St. Mark Lutheran Church will take orders for the Angel Food Ministry discount food program through 3 p.m. Friday at 925 Roundbunch Road.
The January menu features of a regular box for $30, sized to feed two adults and two children for a week; and a senior box with 10 fully-cooked meals. Senior box meals contain three ounces of protein, a starch, two vegetables or fruit and 10 desserts for $28.
Available with either of the above are a six-pound assorted meat combo box for $22; a four-and-a-half pound bacon-wrapped meat combo box for $21; a three-and-three-quarter pound T-bone special box for $21; a chicken combo box for $20 and a fresh fruit and veggie box for $21.
Full menus and order forms are available at the back door of the church next to the parking area. Returns orders by mail or place in the mail slot in the back door of the church. Orders can be returned in person from noon to 3 p.m. Methods of payment include money order, cash, check or the Lone Star Food Voucher Program.
Pick up time is from 8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 24.

Ladies’ tea time is Saturday

Another Ladies’ Testimonial Tea Time is set for Saturday at the home of Robin Story in Bridge City, 3462 Ancar in the Victory Gardens Addition.
Tea time begins at 6 p.m., with the testimonial 7. RSVP is preferred but not required.
For directions, turn right on Patillo Street from Texas 87, take a left at the first stop sign and take the curve to the right. The first street on the left is Ancar. For more information, call 313-1413 or 738-2855.

Bromeliad Society to meet Monday

The Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Garden Center building at Beaumont Botanical Gardens in Tyrrell Park. Refreshments will be served. For more information, or direction details, call 866-5721 or 892-4498.

AARP tax filing assistance

The AARP tax filing assistance program will be offered starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through April 15. Visitors should be ready to provide all W-2 and 1099 forms including Social Security benefits statements; records of capital gains and losses; letters documenting the amount of stimulus payment receiving; receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, casualty and theft losses, job expenses, sales taxes receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents; also, a copy of ;their 2008 tax return. Electronic filing will be available.

Beaumont book sale

Some 2,000 books will be available when the Beaumont Public Library hosts a used book sale, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Beaumont Civic Center. Prices range from 10 cents to $1 with specials throughout the day. Also, prints and sculptures will be for sale starting at $2.50.

Retired teachers’ meeting

Shangri La Executive Director Mike Hoke will speak when the Orange County Retired Teachers Association meets at 10 a.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. Members should bring a children’s book and a list of volunteer hours for 2008. Yearbooks may be picked up at the meeting. Refreshments will be served and door prizes given.

Baseball/Softball clinic and barbecue scheduled
The Cardinal Athletic Booster Club is holding it’s annual Baseball/Softball clinic and barbecue from 11:00 to 1:00, Saturday, Jan., 31, at the High School Baseball/Softball Complex next to the football field on Osborne Dr. for all baseball/softball players ages 5-12. 
Pre-Registration will be at the Bridge City Intermediate Cafeteria in conjunction with the Little League Baseball Sign-ups, Saturday Jan. 10, 17 and 24.  Registration will also be conducted the day of the event beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the High School Baseball Field.
Tickets for the Annual Barbecue will be available for purchase at all times. For any additional information contact Mrs. Dixon at 735-1542.

Democratic Party to meet
Nominations and elections of the Executive Committee are on the agenda when the Orange County Democratic Party meets Jan. 13. Time is 6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 2775 on North Texas 87 in Orange. For more information, e-mail party coordinator Mary Terry at

Service Guild to meet
The Lutcher Theater Service Guild will meet at 5 p.m. Jan. 8 in the lobby of the theater’s third floor. Members will be able to sign-up for upcoming shows.

LCM C.T.A. to hold meeting
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville C.T.A. (Classroom Teachers Association) organization will meet  at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8. The meeting will be held at Novrozsky’s Hamburgers, Etc., 501 16th Street in Orange. LCM CTA President Brigitte Mangham will conduct the meeting. All members of this organization are invited to attend. Updates about future events will be the topic of discussion including the District CTA meeting to be held Jan. 20, in which the Texas CTA President Jan Pate of Slaton will be attending.
For more information, contact your LCM campus representative or Myra Sanders, LCM CTA public relations chairman, 883-8764 or

Free diabetes support group

Orange County Diabetes Prevention, Awareness and Health Educational has provided its 2009 diabetes support group schedule. Sessions are free and will take place at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites off Interstate 10 East in Orange. Classes will be from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 11, March 11, May 6, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9 and Oct. 14. World Diabetes Day will be Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hotel. The annual Christmas gathering will be Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hotel. To preregister, call the Orange County AgriLife Extension Office at 882-7010.

BCHS has past yearbooks for sale

Bridge City High School has several copies of the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 yearbooks available for sale. The school also has a few of other years as well. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please e-mail or call 735-1554 after 2 p.m. They are also working on a special project with the past years’ books and have discovered that the school is missing 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1965. If anyone could let the school staff borrow books from those years for a few weeks, it would be appreciated.

Boating club resets meeting

The Orange Boating Club has rescheduled its regular meeting from the first of the year to 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the clubhouse off DuPont Drive. The club also plans a New Year’s Eve get-together for members and invited guests.

Thrift shop re-opened Jan. 6
The Orange Thrift and Gift Shop of Orange re-opened for business Jan. 6. Specials at half-price will include all books, magazines, material, lace, selected Christmas items and all clothing, except for coats. Also great buys on hand-crafted items will be in abundance. The quilters will also be taking orders to ‘quilt’ your tops. Shop hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn how to become a vendor, to volunteer at the shop or other information, call 886-7649.

BCISD seeking substitute teachers

Individuals interested in substitute teaching at Bridge City ISD should visit the office 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. 
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!”