Benefit CASA breakfast set
The annual Casa Ole’ breakfast for Advocates for Children, to benefit children’s interests in the CASA program, will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Jan. 27 at Orange’s Casa Ole’ Restaurant. Tickets are $10 each. Call 783-3310 for more information.

Chevron retirees to meet
The Chevron Retirees Association will meet at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at Robert’s Steahouse, 3720 W. Park Ave. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are cordially invited to attend for food and fellowship. The agenda includes election of officers and several other topics of interest to all retirees.

Parents’ nights planned by LC-M staff
An informational night for parents of incoming ninth-graders (those currently in eighth grade) will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School auditorium. All academic and extracurricular programs and opportunities that the High School has to offer will be discussed and questions answered. A tour of the Ninth Grade Academy will follow. School administrators encourage all parents of eighth graders to attend.
 Parents of upper classmen – those currently in ninth, 10th or 11th grades – will meet  at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the school auditorium for information to help them guide their children in the upcoming selection of courses for the 2009-10 school year. Discussion will include the advanced placement program, co-enrollment classes, and elective choices. There will be time for questions. For additional information call 886-5821.

Locks of Love drive announced
Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will hold their annual Locks Of Love drive on Feb. 12.
The haircut should be at least six to eight inches in length; 10 is preferred. Certified stylists perform the cut. Clean hair that has already been cut and is stored in a ponytail may also be donated.
Call 886-5821 ext. 1390 or 1730 to sign-up, or e-mail Babs Foster, Beverly Fikes or Kim Levens at, or
For more information about Locks of Love, please e-mail

Red Hat Society meeting
The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society of Orange’s January meeting will be Thursday at L’auberge Du Lac in Lake Charles. Members will meet at the West Orange Wal-Mart and leave at 11 a.m. Birthdays honored include Marceline Baca. For more information, call 886-1609.

Two WOS athletes finalists for Willie Ray Smith Awards
The Willie Ray Smith Awards Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Elegante Hotel in Beaumont.
This year West Orange-Stark has two recipients. Ortavious Hypolite is a finalist for outstanding offensive player and Kevin Robinson is a finalist for outstanding defensive player.
The cost of tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the door the evening of the banquet.

Blood Drive to be held at OFJH
The Life Share Blood Centers will have a mobile unit accepting donors from 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m,. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Orangefield Junior High Campus. 
Orangefield Junior High students can earn extra credit points for each blood donor they recruit.

Retired seniors’ meeting
The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will meet Jan. 20 at the Salvation Army Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange. Meeting time is 10 a.m. Members should bring a covered dish for the noon meal, soap for Orange Christian Services and prizes for bingo games. For more information, call 883-6161.

Support group to meet
 The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory,” a support group for mothers who have lost a child, will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 16th St. The group welcomes mothers of any age who has lost a child for any reason. For more information, call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456 or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-2718.

OF district sets early release
The Orangefield school district will have an early release on Friday. Times are: Elementary school, 1 p.m.; fifth grade, 1:10 p.m.; and the junior high and high school at 1:15. Also, officials say that Jan. 19 is now an instructional day, not a student holiday.

WO-S HS presents comedy
The West Orange-Stark High School Theater Department will present “Snow White in the ‘70s: A Comedy in Two Acts” on Saturday in the Black Box Theater. Showtimes are at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.

WO-S MS card pickup
Report card pickup times for West Orange-Stark Middle School will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Parents of may pick up their student’s report card in the school library, on the second floor of the main building, 500 N. 13th St.

Orange chamber banquet
The annual meeting and banquet of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 602 Sixth St. Cost is $35 per person, or $250 for a table of eight. Catering will be by the Old Orange Cafe. For more information, call 883-3536.

Baseball / softball registration
Registration continues through Jan. 24 for Orange Youth Baseball / Softball. Hours are 9 to 3 p.m. For location, or more information, call OYBS secretary Misty Bornholdt-Winder, 886-4517.
Registration fees are $50 for T-Ball, $65 for Shetland-Bronco, $80 for Pony and $65 for all softball. Parents get $10 off for each child registered after the first, as long as they live in the same home.

Baseball/softball clinic, barbecue
The Cardinal Athletic Booster Club’s annual baseball / softball clinic and barbecue, for players 5-12, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the high school’s baseball complex next to the football field on Osborne Drive. 
Preregistration will be at the Bridge City Intermediate Cafeteria in conjunction with the Little League baseball sign-ups on Jan. 17 and 24. Registration will also be conducted the day of the event starting at 10:30 a.m. at the ball field. Tickets for the barbecue will be available for purchase at all times. For more information, call 735-1542.

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 selling past yearbooks
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. To purchase a yearbook, 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.

Thrift shop re-opens
The Orange Thrift and Gift Shop of Orange re-opened for business Jan. 6. Specials at half-price 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.

BC alumni game reset
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 versus 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!”

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.