WO-S baseball alumni odd/even game
All former West Orange Chiefs, Lutcher Stark Tigers, and West Orange-Stark Mustangs are invited to play in an alumni baseball game at 5 p.m. Feb. 20. Teams will be divided according to graduation year, either odd or even. It will be a rag-ball game, so even old guys need to dust off their gloves, come out and play. Meet the 2010 Mustangs and visit with former players.
Cost is $25 which includes a T-shirt. Registration and warm-up is 4-5 p.m. at Mustang stadium
The concession stand will be open selling hotdogs, links, and all of your other favorite baseball foods. Admission is free.
The game is sponsored by WO-S Baseball Booster Club. For more information contact Annely Domas at 670-5309, Jesse Riojas at 313-1019 or Tony Dallas at 882-1943.

Time change for Cardinal baseball games
Monday’s Bridge City Cardinal sophomore baseball game against Port Neches-Groves time has changed to 6 p.m. Tuesday’s JV game as changed to 4 p.m. The varsity will play at 6 p.m.
All three games will be played at Bridge City.
The varsity game against Little Cypress-Mauriceville scheduled for Saturday the 20th has been moved to Friday the 19th and the time has been changed to 5 p.m. It will still be played at LCM.
BC JV and sophomores will play on the 20th against LCM at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively, in Bridge City.

KC offers fish dinners for Lent
 Knights of Columbus Council 13825 will be selling fried catfish dinners from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays during Lent  in the San Damiano Center, 4300 Meeks Drive in Orange.
Dinners are $7 and include 2 pieces of catfish, fries, hush puppies, cole slaw and iced tea. The dinners will continue through March 26.

BC KCs fry fish for Lent
Bridge City Knights of Columbus’ Lenten fish dinner (fried catfish, fries, coleslaw, hush puppies) begins Feb. 19. Meals will be served 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Fridays through March 26. Cost is $7 dine-in or take-out with delivery of 10 or more. Call in delivery or large orders Thursday evening or by 9 a.m., Friday at 735-4289 or 735-5725.

Author Norman German, an English teacher at Southeastern State University, will have a book-signing for “A Savage Wisdom” Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Frame House Gallery, 1640 Ryan St. in Lake Charles. The book tells the story of Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in the Louisiana electric chair. Valentine’s Day marks the 70th anniversary of the day Henry was picked up while hitchhiking in Orange by a Houston businessman. After crossing into Louisiana, she murdered the man. Bloody Marys and “Redemption Punch” will be served at the signing. German is a native of Lake Charles and formerly taught at Lamar University.

Vegetable seminar
A Texas AgriLife Extension Office vegetable seminar featuring Jerry Parsons, vegetable specialist from Texas A&M, will be Feb. 27 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Auditorium, 1225 Pearl St., Suite 200 in Beaumont. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program from 9-noon. Cost is $10 per person. To pre-register, or for more information, call 835-8461, or e-mail jefferson-tx@tamu.edu.

Event asks students’ choice
On Feb. 18 from 2-6 p.m., about 80 vendors at the Beaumont Civic Center will compete for the attention of some 1,000 Southeast Texas students, school administrators and campus food service staff. School buses from across the region will descend upon the 10th annual Region 5 Food Show and Tasting, “Be a Superstar with School Lunch.” The event, sponsored by the Region 5 Food Service Cooperative, will showcase new food and beverage items available to the many districts that participate in the cooperative.
Area school lunch programs have vastly improved over the years and this important event is the reason why. Food show attendees are given ballots as they enter the civic center. They visit each and every booth, try samples and then cast votes for their favorites in each category. Districts plan future purchases based on the voting and those favorites then appear on student food trays in the coming year. The successful Region 5 program serves as a model for other regions across Texas.

Traditional pancake supper
Orange citizens are invited to a traditional Fat Tuesday special supper, hot pancakes, provided by First United Methodist Church Orange Missions team. Proceeds help support local mission projects within the Orange community.
Pancakes will be served Feb. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Malloy Center across the street from FUMC’s main sanctuary, 502 N. Sixth St. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 maximum per family and are on sale Sunday mornings Feb. 7 and 14 in the Praise Center of the church or may be purchased from the church office. For more information, call the office at 886-7466.

Bengal Guards to meet
The Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards, years from 1935 to 1944, will meet at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19 at The Magnolia Tea Room on Strickland Drive.
All members are asked to attend. 

Sr. Citizens to meet
The monthly meeting of The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will beat 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Salvation Army Bluilding on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Strickland. Please bring bingo prizes.
Members are still collecting soap for Orange Christian Services.
Bring a covered dish to be shared for the noon meal. All members plan to attend. Seniors are welcome. 
For more information, call 883-6161. 

Auxiliary to collect coupons
The Ladies Auxiliary to Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 have answered the call from the Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey and voted to collect coupons for the 2,800 troops and their families. The coupons must be trimmed out and sorted into foods/non-foods and the face value total if possible.
They may be sent to Chairman Jeanette Clark, who will fill out the proper customs form and send them to our ‘adopted’ base.
For further information, call 409-883-0264 or email at jwrc@att.net.

Auxiliary seeks art entries
The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2775 is hosting the annual Young American Patriotic Art Contest for students 9th through 12th grades. Public, parochial, private and home-schooled students are eligible; foreign exchange students are not.
The art size must range from 8” X 10” to 18” X 24,” not including mat. No frames are allowed and art must be from the current year.
Local awards are checks of $75 for 1st place and $50 for 2nd place. First place will advance to the state level to vie for Bonds of $500, $300 and $200 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The first place state winner will advance to the national level in a bid for the top Scholarship of $10,000, plaque and airfare plus two nights lodging to attend the Ladies Auxiliary National Convention. The first, 2nd and 3rd place art will be featured in Ladies Auxiiary VFW Magazine, which goes out to every member. Fourth thru 8th place will also be on the Auxiliary Web Site.
Other national scholarships are $5,000-2nd place, $2,500-3rd place, $1,500-4th place and $500-5th through 8th place.
Deadline for all art is to be in the hands of the ladies auxiliary no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 31. Early entries are welcome. 
For further information and/or Official Entry Blanks and criteria, contact Patricia Kemp at 886-2796 or Jeanette Clark at 883-0264.

Thrift/quilt sales
At the Thrift and Gift Shop, old merchandise has been packed to make room for new. Handmade items featured include quilts, aprons, baby items, crocheted and embroidered pieces. Clothing has been reduced to half price.
 Head quilter Barbara Miles has announced the quilt to be raffled off July 13 can be viewed at the shop. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Favorite heirloom quilt tops are available for finishing estimates. The quilters are at the shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 886-7649 to make an appointment with Miles.

Course saves couples $60 on marriage license

The state fee for a marriage license is $60, plus up to $12 in local fees. Couples who complete a free eight-hour communication workshop at Lamar State College-Port Arthur will not have to pay the state fee and can forgo the normal 72-hour waiting period before taking their marriage vows.
The communication workshop, “Two-Gether in Texas,” is offered once a month on Saturday throughout the year, with the exception of August, November and December.
This year, the workshops are set for Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 8, June 26, July 24, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23.
The workshop is designed for engaged or married couples of all ages to teach them how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and maintain intimacy.
A couple who completes the workshop will receive a certificate to take to their county clerk when applying for a marriage license. The certificate is good for one year and serves as proof that the couple is eligible for the $60 discount off their marriage license fee.
The workshops run from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Room 422 of the LSC-PA Student Center, 1600 Procter St.
Admission is free, but reservations are required by calling Family Services of Southeast Texas at 833-2668 ext. 104.

Texas Exes host Muschamp
Coach Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator for the University of Texas, will speak when the Texas Exes Orange County Chapter hosts a scholarship fundraiser dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Grove Country Club, 2900 W. Sunset Drive. Featured will be all-you-can-eat fried shrimp and catfish buffet, beer/wine and soft drinks, cash bar and silent auction. A limited number of $3,000 and $1,500 donor tables is available by calling Ann Seals at 779-8330 or Michael Catt at 882-4269. Open seating is $50 for Texas Exes members and $55 for non-members.
Mail payment to: Susan Swan, 6410 Chasse Knoll, Orange 77632; and include an e-mail address or phone number for confirmation. The last day to buy tickets is Feb. 4 or until sold-out at 250 capacity.

Free Spanish diabetes class
Orange County Diabetes Prevention, Awareness and Health Education Program presents “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes to help them manage blood glucose in the ranges recommended by the American Diabetes Association. The one-day class is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vidor Family Pharmacy. To pre-register call the Orange County AgriLife Extension Office at 882-7010. To pre-register in Spanish, call 883-5392.

Monday Night Math   
West Orange-Stark Middle School math teachers invite parents of WO-S MS students to attend Monday Night Math sessions which are offered monthly throughout the school year.
The next sessions are March 22, April 12 and May 3. 
WO-SMS math teachers will meet with parents to answer questions relating to math concepts. The goal of the sessions is to assist parents in helping their children with math homework by reviewing math skills. The information will also be useful to parents in helping their student prepare for the TAKS test.
Monday Night Math session will be held from 5-6 p.m. in designated classrooms located on the first floor of the Stark Building. Parents will meet in the cafeteria for a brief time and then report to classrooms.
No children or students will be allowed to attend these “Parent Only” sessions.
Paranormal conference slated for March
The Texas Ghost Show, hosted by the Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators is scheduled for March 13 at the Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St., Beaumont. Guests include Brian Harnois of “Ghost Hunters” and “GHI,” “Ghostman of Galveston” Dash Beardsley, Father Andrew Calder from “Paranormal State,” Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard from “Monster Quest”, “Oprah of the Paranormal” Ericka Boussarhane, Brian and Anna Marie of ParaXRadio’s “Ghostology,” author and paranormal investigator, Larry Flaxman with ARPAST, author and psychic healer, Dr. Rita Louise and more.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $35 with lunch and VIP tickets for $75. For tickets got to www.TexasGhostShow.eventbrite.com.
A special $79 room rate is available at the MCM Elegante Hotel with group code TXSPI.
Booth space is still available for $75.
For more information, or to rent a booth, call Don Dennis at (409) 553-4456.

MCT annual meeting
MCT Credit Union will hold its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Port Neches Elementary.
There will be door prizes and giveaways.

LC Lions Valentine’s dance
The Little Cypress Lions Annual Charity Valentine’s dance will be Saturday from 7 p.m.-midnight at the VFW Post in Orange on Texas 87, one mile north of Interstate 10. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, available at the Jumping Bean, Lucy’s Cafe or Dixie Glass in Orange. Food and drinks will be served and entertainment will be by the John Thibodeaux Band.

AARP tax assistance
The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through April 14 and on Thursday, April 15. Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following:
• All W-2 and 1099 forms including Social Security Benefits statements
• Records of Capital Gains and Losses.
• Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, casualty and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents. Also a copy of their 2008 tax return. (A copy of the 2008 tax return is very helpful to the volunteers assisting in the preparation of the 2009 return.)
Electronic filing will be available.

Support offered for sexual assault survivors
The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas hosts a support group for female survivors of sexual assault at 5:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays at the Foundation of Southeast Texas in downtown Beaumont.
To RSVP, or for more information, call the center at 832-6530.

Cancer benefit
In a joint effort between three organizations at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, the sixth annual Locks of Love drive is underway.
The Family Career Community Leaders of America, Future Teachers Association and the Cosmetology Program will host the event for the group that makes wigs for young cancer patients.
To donate hair, appointments may be made by calling 886-5821, ext. 1730. Haircuts will be given Feb. 18 by certified stylists.

Mystery dinner theater
The Kirby-Hill House educational foundation’s 17th-season Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will present “Murder Me Once” at 7 p.m Feb. 20 and 26, and March 12, at the Kirby-Hill House Mansion, 210 W. Main St. in Kountze. A 5 p.m. Sunday matinee will be March 14. The play is written by John Rustan and Frank Semerano and used by special arrangement with the Samuel French group. Admission is $55. For tickets, call (409) 246-8000 or e-mail info@kirby-hillhouse.com.
Admission includes a meal, complimentary wine, shrimp and smoked salmon hors d’oeuvres. Prizes include a grand prize, door prizes and an award for the best dressed guest in vintage 40s fashions. Checks, VISA and MasterCard accepted.

Mission planned at St. Henry
St. Henry Church in Bridge City will host a mission conducted by Fr. Blaise Czaja from March 7-10.  Evening services will be held Sunday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. and morning services will be held Monday through Wednesday at 9 a.m.  For additional information please call the church at 735-2422.
 St. Henry is located at 475 W. Roundbunch Road.

Angel Food Ministries

McDonald Memorial Baptist Church invites the public to place food orders from Angel Food Ministries on Wednesday, Feb. 10, noon-6 p.m. in the church office, corner of South and Broad streets Orange Lions City Park.
Distribution date is Feb. 27. Cost per box is $30, and other choices of food are an additional cost. Cash or LoneStar card accepted. For more information, call the church office at 883-3974.

St. Mark monthly lunch

St. Mark Lutheran Church’s chili lunch will be Feb. 17 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at 945 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Dine-in and carry-out plates are $6 and include rice, Fritos, cheese, crackers and apple nut cake. This will be the last monthly lunch for a few months. The church hosts an antique car show and will serve sausage links/hot dogs March 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April will feature Easter Sunday services and the annual spring rummage sale April 23-24.
 For more information, call 735-8727, 722-6655 or leave a message at the church office, 735-4573.

Traditional pancake supper
Orange citizens are invited to a traditional Fat Tuesday special supper, hot pancakes, provided by First United Methodist Church Orange Missions team. Proceeds help support local mission projects within the Orange community.
Pancakes will be served Feb. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Malloy Center across the street from FUMC’s main sanctuary, 502 N. Sixth St. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 maximum per family and are on sale Sunday mornings Feb. 7 and 14 in the Praise Center of the church or may be purchased from the church office. For more information, call the office at 886-7466.