Farmers’ Market to reopen
Orange Farmers’ Market will open for the spring season May 1.  It will be held on Saturdays at the MacArthur Shopping Center (in the vicinity of Big Lots) from 7 a.m. until the produce is gone.
The season will begin with tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, snap beans (maybe), blueberries and juice, jams and jellies, and baked goods. As always, availability of the garden items is subject to weather conditions.
 Stop by and check it out.

Thrift and Gift sale

Vendors at Thrift and Gift are preparing for a Spring Fling Sale which begins Tuesday, April 13. Featured will be all kinds of unusual items such as collectibles, decorative pieces, books, pictures, lamps, mirrors and more.
“Mr. B” wants to remind his customers that the bargain room is open from 10 a.m.-noon every opening day. He is featuring wooden picture frames at low prices. Spring and summer clothing and shoes in the shop are half of the marked price.
Hours are from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The Thrift and Gift is located at 350 37th St. in the former Salk Elementary. Call 886-7648 for directions.

Angel Food Ministries at St. Mark
Orders for April Angel Food Ministry reduced price food boxes are now being taken at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City. Order deadline is at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 13.
Various boxes are available, ranging in price from $16 for the after school fruit box to $35 for the seafood variety box. The signature box continues to be $30 and the senior/convenience box is $28.
Full menus and order forms are available at the back door of the church next to the parking area. Further information and ordering instructions are attached to the menus.
Methods of payment accepted are cash, check, money order or Lone Star Voucher. All payment is due at the time of order. Call 409-313-6479 for further information or to arrange payment by Lone Star Voucher.
Orders will be available for pickup from 8 to 9 a.m., Saturday, April 24.

Orange Boat Club cookoff

The Orange Boat Club barbecue cook-off will be held on Saturday, April 17. Members and their invited guest are encouraged to come and enjoy the festivities on Friday evening and all day Saturday.
The entry fee is $100 per team. Advance sign-up sheets for the cook-off must be turned-in to John Clark by April 14 and are available at the Boat Club facility located at 2206 Dupont Drive.
Drawing for positions will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday April 15. Cook-off teams may begin setting up on Friday morning, April 16.
For additional information contact John Clark at 409-670-0107 or by e-mail at

‘In Loving Memory’ to meet
The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory,” a support group for mother’s who have lost a child, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at North Orange Baptist Church located at 4775 16th St., Orange.
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 at 735-27l8.

Thibodeaux to speak
Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux will talk on “The State of Orange County” in an American Association of University Women program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the second floor conference area of the Lamar State College-Orange Library.
 A question and answer session will follow. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m.

Salem UMC April events
Salem United Methodist Church will host the Usher Board annual meeting at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 18. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Anthony Haney, associate minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Orange. All usher boards and the public are invited to attend.
An appreciation service honoring the Rev. Dr. Carolyn McCall will be hosted at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 25. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Kenneth Levingston, pastor of Jones Memorial UMC in Houston. The public is invited.
For more information, call the church at 883-2611 or go to

OC Dems to meet
The Orange County Democratic Party will be having their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s in Mauriceville. The state convention will be discussed. Attendance is encouraged.

Retired seniors’ meeting
The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, April 12, at the Salvation Army Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. This is a change in the regular meeting day. Members should bring soaps to be donated to Orange Christian Services, bingo prizes and a covered dish. Visitors are welcome.

Bengal Guards reunion
Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards from the years 1935-44 will have their 2010 reunion at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Sunset Grove Country Club. After the reunion there will be a display of Bengal Guard memorabilia at the Heritage House in Orange. Also, if anyone that attended last year’s reunion and did not get to go on the tour of Shangri-La Botanical Gardens, it will be available to them.

Strutters golf tourney
The annual David Ess/Strutters Golf Tournament will be Saturday, May 15, at Belle Oaks, 15075 Country Club Drive in Beaumont.
A hole sponsor fee is $100 and includes two advertisements – a sign on the golf course and an ad in the Strutters Spring Revue program. The team fee is $200.
 For more information, sign up a team or hole sponsorship, call 735-1501 or 735-8521.

Strutters dance clinic
The Strutters Clinic is a dance workshop for Pre-K through eighth-grade students, set from 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 24, at the Bridge City High School Gym.
The Bridge City Strutters Dance/Drill Team will teach participants stretch technique and a jazz dance. Participants are invited to dance in the Strutters Spring Revue on Saturday, May 8, at the Lutcher Theater in Orange.
The cost is $30, which includes a “Future Strutter” T-shirt and Spring Revue ticket. Checks are payable to BCHS. Registration deadline is Friday, April 9. Those who sign-up after the deadline are not guaranteed a T-shirt.
To register, call 735-1501 or 735-8521. Registration forms are also available at all Bridge City schools or from a Strutter.

Retired teachers’ meeting
The retired teachers of Orange County will meet at 11 a.m. April 12 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. in Orange. Bingo will be played. Snacks are provided by April hostesses.

WO-C computer classes for parents
West Orange-Cove CISD’s 21st Century After School Centers on Education program will offer basic computer classes for parents on Fridays in April.
Classes will be at the West Orange-Stark Middle School Computer Lab from 6-8 p.m. April 9, 16, 23, and 30.
Classes are free, and space is limited. Advance registration is preferred by calling 882-5405.

OF class of ‘60 seeks info
The Orangefield Class of 1960 is seeking information on classmates for a 50th reunion celebration on June 12. If you have not received a letter, contact Beverly Campbell Brown at or (409) 920-5448.
Information is sought on: Linda Fox McClanahan, J.W. Lewis, Elizabeth Sybalsky, Billy Taylor, Jerry Furlough and Jerry Richardson.

GOACC tourney, expo
The Greater Orange Chamber of Commerce will host a Golf Tournament and Business Expo May 3 at Sunset Grove Country Club. There will be a morning game with registration at 7 a.m. and tee-off at 8; and an afternoon game with registration at noon and tee-off at 1.
Sponsorships include:
• Hole-In-One: $750 – includes two teams, one hole sign and one golf cart sign.
• Double Eagle Sponsor: $500 – includes one team, one hole sign and one golf cart sign.
• Birdie Sponsor: $350 – includes one team and one hole sign.
• Tent Sponsor: $1,500 – Exclusive rights to setting up, have sign with company name and logo, food provided by the chamber.
• Hole Sponsor: $100 – Sign at hole.
• Beer Cart Sponsor: $250.
• Cart Sponsor: $50 – sign on one cart
The Business Expo will be from 10-a.m-7 p.m. Booth cost is $100 for an 8- by 8-foot booth with 6-foot table.
A networking event will be from 5-7 p.m.
The chamber also plans a Small Business Expo, being discussed now by a 12-person planning team to help facilitate business connections, promote the growth of companies and help the Greater Orange Area business community evolve with the changing economic climate.

Jazz, blues festival

Grammy-nominee and Blues Award Winner John Lee Hooker Jr. will perform for the 2010 Beaumont Jazz and Blues Festival, set for the Jefferson Theater on Fannin Street in Beaumont May 8 starting at 1 p.m. Food booths and arts and crafts will highlight vendors’ offerings.
Other performers will be Barbara Lynn, Dean James, Jimmy Simmons, Shawn Pittman, Ashlynn Ivy, Rhett Butler, J. Sylvester, Lil Brian and the Remember When Orchestra.
Tickets are $8 at the gate.
For more information, call the Southeast Texas Arts Council at 835-2787 (ARTS).

Jazz/blues art contest

The Southeast Texas Arts Council will host a jazz and blues-themed art contest to be exhibited at the 2010 Beaumont Jazz and Blues Festival.
The deadline to submit artwork is April 20 to win a one-of-a-kind Fender guitar signed by the performers at Beaumont’s 2010 Jazz and Blues Fest, including John Lee Hooker Jr.
Submit a picture of the entry by e-mail at or by mail at P.O. Box 3925, Beaumont 77704. Exhibition space is limited so all entries will be subject to pre-judging. Contestants chosen will be responsible for shipping their artwork and will be contacted with further information. The festival will be at the Jefferson Theater on Fannin Street in Beaumont on May 8 starting at 1 p.m. Final judging will be a people’s choice vote.

Railroad Days Festival

Country music hitmakers Confederate Railroad will perform at this year’s Louisiana Railroad Days Festival April 8-10 on the grounds of the DeQuincy (La.) Railroad Museum. Other highlights include a barbecue cookoff, beauty pageants, arts and crafts, a model train show, parade, children’s activities and gospel singing. Hours are 5-11 p.m. April 8, 2-11 p.m. April 9 and 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. April 10. Confederate Railroad will play from 8-9:30 p.m. April 9. Park admission is free. For more information, call the DeQuincy Federated Service League at (337) 786-2823, or 786-8241.

Orangefield ‘60 reunion

The Orangefield class of 1960 seeks information on the following classmates for a 50th reunion on June 12: Linda Fox McClanahan, J.W. Lewis, Elizabeth Sybalsky, Billy Taylor, Jerry Furlough or Jerry Richardson. To report information, or for details on the reunion, call Beverly Campbell Brown at (409) 920-5448; or e-mail

Habitat charity golf tourney
The deadline to enter the Greater Orange Area’s Habitat for Humanity’s annual charity golf tournament is April 27. The event is May 1 at Sunset Grove Country Club. Format is two person best-ball, and cost is $100 for a two-person team. Gross and net prizes will be awarded; and mulligans, drinks on the course and lunch are included for participants. To register, or for more information, call Sunset Grove at 883-9454.

SETAC grant 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, or the office located at 700 North St., Beaumont. Deadline is May 1 by 5 p.m.
A workshop is set for 10 a.m. Saturday in the SETAC office to provide assistance with applications. For more information, call Sue Bard, executive director, at 835-2787.

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

LC-M car show
The Bear Cave Cruisers Car Show to benefit Project Safe Graduation is set for April 10 at LC-M High School. Organizers are seeking volunteers and parents to help. For more information contact Mike Hennigan at or 670-3741.

Relay for Life meetings
Orange County Relay for Life team captain meetings will be April 19 and 27.
All team captains, as well as individuals interested in starting a team, are encouraged to attend. Team captain meetings are held at Lamar State College-Orange’s Wilson Building, Room 134.
Additionally, the Orange County Relay for Life Planning Committee will have meetings on the following dates: March 15, April 26-27. All individuals interested in assisting in the planning of the Orange County Relay for Life event scheduled to be held Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1 are welcome to attend.
Planning meetings are held at Baptist Hospital Orange in the Schofield Room.
Meetings begin at 6 p.m.

LC-M hosts Hoses/Guns
The Orange Fire Department (Hoses) squares off against the Orange Police Department (Guns) for a basketball game in their annual basketball game at 7 p.m. April 22 at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, 7327 N. Texas 87 in Orange.
The two teams will battle it out for the traveling trophy in this annual family event.
Proceeds benefit Project Safe Graduation.
Advocate volunteers
Rape and Suicide Crisis of Southeast Texas needs volunteer advocates to provide direct services to survivors of sexual assault in a medical setting as well as individuals in general crisis through their 24-hour hot line.
Comprehensive training is provided.
Anyone interested should contact the Crisis Center at 832-6530.

Call for art entries
The Beaumont Art League will accept entries for the Neches River Festival Show and Competition 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7-14. A reception sponsored by Munro’s will be 2-4 p.m. April 18.
Call 833-4179 or stop by the league grounds at 2675 Gulf St. in Beaumont during regular hours for more details.

WO Chiefs’ 40th reunion
The West Orange Chiefs Class of 1970 plan a 40-year reunion on May 1. The event will be at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange from 6:30-11:30 p.m. and a cost of $35 per person. The classes of 1968-72 are also invited.
The Holiday Inn Express (882-9222) and Hampton Inn (883-2500) offer discounts for a minimum of 10 reservations.
For more information, call Charlene Edgerton Steele (409-791-7828), Beth Tinney Vacek (883-2378) or Mike Vaughn, (409-781-5136).

Art League offers art classes
The Beaumont Art League will offer a workshop titled “The Fabric of Your Imagination: An Acrylic Collage Workshop” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on two consecutive Saturdays, April 24 and May 1 at 2675 Gulf St. in Beaumont.
The instructor, artist Mary E. “Beth” Dupree, will lead students through the fascinating process of arranging cloth on canvas, securing the fabric to the surface with acrylic medium and augmenting the work with acrylic paints.
“This workshop is perfect for both veteran artists and those folks who want to do art but are scared because they don’t think they can draw or don’t think they’re creative,” said BAL Director Janna Fulbright. “The honest truth is that everyone is creative. The boom in scrapbooking and crafting has proven that. So, this is a perfect ‘entre’ into artwork for people who think they’re not up to it.”
“We just want people to get loose and have a ball,” said Fulbright. “And at the end, you’ll have something wonderful to hang on the wall.”
The workshop is $70 for BAL members and $75 for non-members. Deadline for securing a spot in the class is Saturday, April 17. BAL requires a 50 percent non-refundable deposit to reserve a seat in the class. Class size is limited to 15 students. Materials are not included in the cost of the workshop, but the costs are minimal.
For more information on “The Fabric of Your Imagination,” call 833-4179 or contact BAL via e-mail at
Shirley McCraw Peel will teach a series of oil painting classes for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced artists. She will cover portrait, still life, landscape and figure painting for $50 per month. Classes are Monday 9:30-11:30 a.m., 1-3 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. Adult begginer classes will be held 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays.
For more information call 409-899-1930.
Albert Faggard painting classes will be held 9-11 a.m. on Thursdays for beginner, Intermediate and advanced students. Students can work in any medium. Classes are $75 per month. For more information call 409-350-1048

Vegetable, greenhouse workshop
 Texas AgriLife Extension office will offer a free workshop on Tuesday, April 13. from 10 a.m.-noon at the Neighborhood Facility Building, 303 N. Eighth St. in Orange. This workshop will be part of a live “Webinar” broadcast covering vegetables and greenhouse crops. Question and answer session will be conducted. Items featured are; requirements for setting up a new horticultural business, crop economics, marketing strategies, site selection, sustainable production practices and more. To register contact the Orange County Extension office at 882-7010.
Benefit BBQ, Rag Ball Extravaganza

Jessica Frazier was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on Feb. 1. Since then, she has gone through many tests and has started chemotherapy at MD Anderson in Houston. She will have four months of chemotherapy, followed by a month of radiation. This event will help her with expenses during this difficult time in her life.
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday, April 24.
Barbecue plates will include: brisket, sausage, beans, potato salad, bread, pickles and onions for $8. There will be pre-sale tickets available, or you can purchase the plates on the day of the event. The Barbecue can be picked up at the Orange Crush Softball Fields (WESCO Park) from 11-2.
A rag ball tournament will also be hosted (rag ball is softball with balls that aren’t as hard).
The tournament will be double elimination. Tee-shirts will be awarded to the winning team. Teams must have at least four girls on the field. Cost per team is $125. No balls or umpire fees. There will also be a Home Run Derby.
To sign up, call Ryan Crowell, (409) 920-0009 or If you want to play but do not have a team, contact Ryan and he will find a team for you.
Matching shirts are not required for your team to wear. However, Chad Kemp at Dominion Forms will make team shirts for this event at a discounted price. Help is needed for this event and greatly appreciated. Organizers want to thank John Harrell and Orange Crush Softball for donating the field.

LC-M teachers’ meeting
Election of new officers will be on the agenda at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Classroom Teachers Association’s spring meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the library on the Little Cypress Junior High campus. LC-M CTA President Brigitte Mangham will preside. Other business includes a report from the Texas CTA convention delegates and 2010 scholarship information. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Myra Sanders, publicity chairman, 883-8764; or e-mail