Easter beauty pageant
The Easter “Egg”stravaganza beauty pageant will be April 10 in Orangefield. Age groups range from 0-11 months to 16-up. The attire for ages 0-9 year groups is Easter wear or Sunday best; and for 10-up Easter wear, Sunday Best or formal. Awards will go to a queen, princess and first and second alternatives in each group with the queen and princess receiving crowns. Every child will receive a trophy for entering. Also offered is an Early Bird entry – those entering before March 22 will receive a rhinestone necklace on stage. The entry fee is $60, and $10 will be given to Heartbeats of Hope which helps families struggling with cancer. For entry forms, call Amy Williamson at (409) 651-4384 or e-mail swilli7435@yahoo.com.

Easter egg hunt
First Baptist Church of Orange, along with the Preschool/Children’s Ministry Team will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. April 3 on church property, about three miles north of Interstate 10 on Martin Luther King Drive. The event is planned for all children of the Orange community – toddler through sixth grade. In addition to the hunt, activities include face-painting, bounce houses, crafts, snack time and entertainment time. Children might find special eggs during the hunt that will include prizes. Also, attendance prizes will be awarded, such as a DVD player, a Nintendo DS Lite and Toys R Us gift cards. Event co-coordinators are Chris and Christi Kovatch. For more information, go to the church’s newly updated Web site, www.fbco.org, or call the church office during daytime hours, 886-7461.

Salem Holy Week events
Salem United Methodist Church, 402 W. John Ave., has announced its Holy Week programs and services for Easter.
 Holy Thursday services will be April 1 at 7 p.m. “The Jewish Passover Meal with Christian Parallels (Seder)” will be presented by Rabbi Joshua Tuab of Beth Israel Temple in Beaumont.
Good Friday services will be April 2 at 7 p.m., featuring discussion of the 12 Disciples with Mary and the Last Supper.
Easter Sunday begins April 4 with Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. (breakfast will be served), following by Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., children’s program at 10 a.m. and traditional Easter worship and choral communion at 11.

First Presbyterian Lenten lunches
First Presbyterian Church of Orange will offering a series of Lenten meditations to the community and church members Tuesdays March 16, 23, and 30 from noon-1 p.m. Lunch will be served.
The sanctuary of the Lutcher Building, 902 Green Ave., will be open for silent prayer and meditation. Printed devotionals will be available. Director of Music Darren Hoyland will play the 50-year-old Casavant 73 rank French-style pipe organ. Sack lunches will be provided in the Fellowship Hall of the Lutcher Building – dine in or out. Donations will be accepted.
For more information, or details on Holy Week and Easter services, go to www.firstpresorange.com or call the church at 883-2097.

St. Mark grab bag lunches      
To clear its freezer of pot luck dinner leftovers, St. Mark Lutheran Church will serve a limited number of the following meals from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17: chicken/sausage gumbo with rice and dessert; homemade chile with rice and dessert; two sausage links with bread and dessert. Cost is $5 and there are no guarantees on which lunch patrons will get. Dinners are available delivery, dine-in or carry-out. For more information, call 735-8727, 722-6655 or the church office at 735-4573.

LIT hosts math/engineering talk

Joseph F. Siebert will speak on “Five Equations that Changed the World” from 9-11 a.m. March 17 at the Beeson Auditorium of Lamar Institute of Technology.
Siebert retired from Dupont and is now with Exida Consulting. His talk will emphasize the importance of math in instrumentation and engineering careers.

Arts council taking applications

The Southeast Texas Arts Council will accept applications for the next grant cycle from eligible 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and humanities organizations. Information, instructions and application are available at the Web site, setxac.org or the office located at 700 North St., Beaumont. Deadline is May 1 by 5 p.m.
Workshops are scheduled for March 13, 10 a.m. at the Texas Artists Museum, 3501 Cultural Center Drive, Port Arthur, and at the SETAC office March 20, 10 a.m. to provide assistance with applications.
Fore more information, call 835-2787.

Master Gardener presentation
An Orange County Master Gardener’s program on Texas Superstars along with “How to Make a Mosaic Paver” will be March 20 at the Vidor Community Center, 385 Claiborne St. from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There will be a $10 fee per person and can be paid the day of the class. All supplies are included in fees. Everyone attending will take home the paver they completed.
 The class is limited to the first 15 to register. Register by calling 882-7010.

OCP auditions
The Orange Community Players will host auditions for the satirical comedy, “Urinetown:the Musical” March 15-16 at 7 p.m. at the Orange Community Playhouse, 708 W. Division Ave. Those interested in auditioning should prepare, memorize and perform a musical solo and bring their own recorded accompaniment. There will be readings from the script. The production will be directed by Kevin Doss. The show will be performed in early May, dates to be announced. The play is described as “an earnest fable of love, greed and revolution set in a town plagued by drought. A simple enough plot, complete with villain, hero and romance: a malevolent corporation controls the town’s public amenities; the president’s daughter falls in love with the leader of a rebellion.” Drawing from “West Side Story” and “Les Miserables” among others, the show spoofs the great American musical. Winner of three Tony Awards, 3 Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards.

Bengal Guards meeting
The monthly meeting of the Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards, years 1935-44 will be at J.B.’s Barbecue March 19 at 11 a.m. Final plans for the April reunion will be discussed.

Retired citizens’ meeting

The regular meeting of The Orange County Retired Citizens will be at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army, corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Strickland drives March 16. Bring bingo prizes as well as soaps for OCS. There will be a covered dish lunch at noon. All members plan to attend, as well as visitors. For more information, call 883-6161.

Entergy offers security lighting
Entergy Texas began offering security lighting to residential, commercial and industrial customers in January with a theme of “For Peace of Mind, Light it Up!”
“Security lighting is an important concern to our customers,” said Vernon Pierce, customer service director, Entergy Texas. “Thieves and burglars don’t like to go about their business where they can be seen. We are very pleased to add security lighting to our business and bring our expertise to bear for the benefit of our customers.”
Security lights begin with a 100-watt high-pressure sodium light suitable for a home. High-pressure sodium floodlights are also available in 100-, 400- and 1,000-watt sizes. Metal halide floodlights that provide high-resolution color are available in 1,000-watts. Small installation fees are charged, depending on the size of the light.
Customers are charged monthly for the lights with the charge added to existing bills. The charges vary depending on the light’s wattage and currently begin at about $10 per month. If a pole must be installed, an additional fee will be charged.
No fee is charged for regular maintenance and even if the light and pole are destroyed in a weather event, such as a hurricane, it will be replaced free of charge to the customer.
“We use industry standard products,” Pierce said. “They are fully tested, weather-resistant and commercial-grade. Our installers are fully trained electrical workers who keep safety first and foremost in their work.”    
Those interested in a security light may call 1-800-ENTERGY.

In Loving Memory meeting
The monthly meeting of In Loving Memory, a support group for mothers who have lost a child, will be March 16 at 6 p.m. at North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 16th St. Mothers of any age who have lost a child for any reason are welcome.
For more information, call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456; or Ruthie Hannegan, 735-27l8.

Theater Guild to hold meeting
The Lutcher Theater Service Guild will hold a general meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18.
For more information contact Les Jones at 409-883-5544 or the theater at 409-886-5535.