Hunter Safety ClassTexas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class Field part will be taught from 6 p.m. til 10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28  in Orange. You must complete the online home study computer sections, print completed tests and bring them to class. Call Danny Odom to register at 883-8118.
This class is not just for hunters but, anyone who handles firearms can benefit from it.
Citations are issued for not following game laws.

Cormier Museum open Saturday
Orangefield ISD Superintendent Philip Welch has announced the Cormier Museum will be open free to the public 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. The museum is next door to the high school gym. For more information, call the superintendent’s office at 735-5337.

Farmers’ Market SaturdayProduce expected to be available at the Farmers’ Market on Oct. 24: Satsumas, collard and mustard greens (hopefully), okra, cucumbers (hopefully a few), green onions, black eyed peas, purple hull peas and cream peas (already blanched and frozen), yellow squash (already blanched and frozen), sweet potatoes, peanuts, in shell, pecans, in shell, cracked (hopefully), assorted jams and jellies, blueberry juice, assorted salsa, hot sauce, pickles and other canned vegetables
As always, get there early for the best selection.  Market opens at 7 a.m.

Bicycle rodeo
The Southeast Texas Hike and Bike Coalition is all about bicycle safety in Southeast Texas. Area school children and their parents are invited to a Bicycle Rodeo, training young people to ride safely and wear the proper equipment.
The SETHBC Bicycle Rodeos, held in co-operation with the local Emergency Nurses Association, offer one-on-one lessons and the opportunity to receive a free helmet for attending.   
This year’s rodeo is scheduled from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the old Academy store parking lot across from Parkdale Mall at 6250 Eastex Freeway. 
SETHBC volunteers will set up a chalk line course simulating many of the traffic situations encountered by people on bicycles. Parking for parents is available at an adjacent lot.
A demonstration called “Don’t be an Egghead” will show how helmets protect heads in a crash. Volunteers will adjust the free helmets to assure a proper fit. For more information, go to

Volunteers needed
The West Orange-Stark Middle School Guidance Office is seeking volunteers for a mentor program for students in grades six, seven, and eight.
Mentors who participate in the program will be asked to meet with a WO-S MS student 15-30 minutes per week for the remainder of the school year.
Training for the program will be provided at 10 a.m. Nov. 10  in the school’s Guidance Library.
To take part, or for more information, call Marti Smith or Billie Brown at 882-5522.

ACT registration
Registration is open for the Dec.12 ACT achievement test. Students must register before Nov.6. The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learning. The ACT also measures what students need to know to be ready for entry-level college-credit courses based on ACT College Readiness StandardsTM.
The ACT has four sections — English, mathematics, reading and science — and takes about three hours to complete. Students who take the ACT Plus Writing complete an optional writing test that requires an additional 30 minutes.
ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States.
Each test taker receives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of information to assist with high school course selection, college readiness, career planning, and college admissions.
The cost for the ACT test without writing is $32. When combined with the optional ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $47. Students who qualify may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor.
Most students register online at Students may also pick up registration forms from their high school counseling offices. Forms must be postmarked by Nov. 6. Late registration is available until Nov. 20 for an extra $21 fee.

Casa Olé teams w/ Gift Of Life

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, 10 area Casa Olé restaurants will donate a percentage of their sales to the Julie Rogers Gift of Life program Mondays in October.
“Gift of Life s a worthy organization who has demonstrated value to the community in the area of breast cancer education,” said Anne East, marketing coordinator for Casa Olé. “We wanted to be involved in a cause that would actively engage our customers and our organization in making a difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve.”
Casa Olé and Gift of Life urge residents to support area women with breast cancer screenings, follow-up medical care and education programs to save lives during October.

Car show/fundraiser

A Southeast Texas Cruisers Car Show to benefit St. Mark Lutheran Church in Bridge City will start at 1 a.m. Saturday at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce on West Roundbunch Road. Church members are still making repairs from Hurricane Ike damage. Features include drinks, hot dogs, “split the pot” and trophies. Proceeds will go to help buy pews for the sanctuary. Entry fees are $10 in advance and $15 the day of show. For advance tickets, mail to Car Show, 150 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City, 77611. For more information, e-mail Evelyn Brandon at, or call the chamber at 735-5671.

Open house
Precinct 2 Commissioner Owen Burton will host an open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28 at his offices in Mauriceville across from Market Basket. Upgrades were made to the complex there recently after the sheriff’s substation was damaged during Hurricane Rita. In addition to an improved substation the complex includes offices of state Rep. Mike Hamilton and Orange County Texas AgriLife officials. Free links and beverages will be served.

World Diabetes Day Nov. 14

Texas AgriLife Extension and Orange County Diabetes Prevention, Awareness and Health Education Program will be celebrating World Diabetes Day Nov. 14. The day-long event will be hosted at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on Interstate 10 east in Orange beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending with a one-mile diabetes walk at 3 p.m. There will be medical vendors, glucose screenings and a different activity each hour. The day consist of guest speakers, live entertainment, face painting, yoga, line dancing, cooking demonstrations, pet costume contest which includes a diabetes walk, and hula hoop contest.
The event is free with door prizes and goody bags and is open to everyone with or without diabetes. Bring the family for a day of fun.
Grant funding is provided by the Stark Foundation. For more information call the Orange Extension Office at 882-7010.

Community Christian holiday benefit
The public is invited to join Community Christian School in a spirit filled day of holiday fun fundraiser 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7.
Booths from local merchants, entertainment, gifts, crafts, plate lunches games, silent auction items and more.
Admission is $1 for adults and free for children.
Booth space is still available, according to school officials.
For more information call 883-9607 or 745-5444.

Active duty honors
Bridge City American Legion Post 250 will honor active duty military members from Bridge City and Orangefield in a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at Circle Drive Baptist Church, 100 Circle Drive. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Glenn Dutton will be the keynote speaker at the event, which honors families of active duty military members with Blue Star banners. The annual tribute is cosponsored by American Post 33, Claybar Funeral Homes and A-1 Peterson Plumbing. Applications for reserving the Blue Star Banner and a special certificate can be obtained at the Orange County Veterans Service Office on Farm Road 1442, online at or schools and participating businesses in Bridge City and Orangefield. Applications must be received by Post 250 no later than Nov. 1. Mail to Post 250, P.O. Box 1561, Bridge City, 77611.

BCI honors vets

The faculty and students of Bridge City Intermediate School cordially invites all area veterans of the Armed Services to a program in their honor to be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the BCI gymnasium.
A reception for all veterans will be held in the BCI library following the program.

Strutter Bootsters chili supper
The Bridge City Strutter Bootsters will be host a homemade, made-from-scratch chili supper at the Bridge City Middle School cafeteria before the Bayou Bowl Oct. 30 Cost is $5 per bowl with a choice of rice, crackers or Fritos. Tea and desserts will also be available. Tickets may be purchased from any Strutter in advance, or at the door the day of the show. Support the Strutters and enjoy a great bowl of homemade chili.

‘Hillbillies’ benefit comedy
“The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies: Jed Throws a Wingding,” a musical comedy featuring famous country hits, will be onstage at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2-3 in the First United Methodist Church Praise Center, 502 N. Sixth St. The dinner and performance is a benefit for humanitarian relief.
Seating is limited. The show features Brook and Kevin Doss, Cindy Reynolds, Donna Benefield, Donna and Doug Rogers, David and Pie Bridges, Cecil Allen and Janet Bland. 
For more information and to purchase a $25 tax deductible ticket call FUMC at 886-7466 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After hours, leave a message stating the date, number of reservations, name and contact number.
Proceeds will be used to fund and equip a Mobil Medical Clinic to be shipped to a Third World Country. This is the cooperative effort of area Methodist churches inuding Orange County United Methodist Men – FUMC of Orange, Faith, Salem and Wesley UMCs; Vidor, Deweyville and Mauriceville FUMCs; and St. Paul UMC of Bridge City.

St. Mark benefit
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Bridge City will host a comfort food fundraiser (for church repairs and a youth trip) serving meat loaf on Nov. 11. Plates are $6 and include buttered potatoes corn, bread and dessert for dine-in, take-out or delivery. To order in advance, call 735-8727, 722-6655 or 735-4573. Church officials said, “This day is also Veterans Day and we encourage you to order from us, bring supper home if you do not eat meat loaf for lunch and honor all our veterans.”