BC Chamber holds link sale Saturday
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a link sale fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Walgreen’s parking lot off Texas Avenue in Bridge City.

Boat Club cookoff dates
The Orange Boat Club barbecue cookoff will be Saturday, April 17, for members and invited guests. Other features include a moon domino tournament at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, and a washerboard tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Cookoff entry fee is $100 per team. Advance sign-up sheets must be turned-in to John Clark by Wednesday, April 14, available at the club, 2206 Dupont Drive. Drawing for positions will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Teams may begin setting up Friday.
For more information, call Clark at 670-0107 or e-mail at jcauto1@sbcglobal.net.

Annual library book sale
Friends of the Orange Public Library are setting up for the library’s annual book sale which opens Tuesday, April 20 in the Ira Williamson meeting room of the library located at 220 N. 5th St., Orange.
Tuesday evening from 5-7:30 p.m. is for Friends members only…memberships will be sold at the door and are $5 per person or $10 per family. Library card membership is not required.
Public sale runs 10-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, April 22. (most articles 1/2 price or less starting at 5 p.m.); 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, April 23 (additional discounts all day).
Jennifer Wood, Friends chairperson for the sale, lists the following as categories of interest: fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, biographies, children’s, hobbies, travel, etc. Also available for sale may be some videos, CDs, and DVDs. All proceeds go directly to the library.

Dispose of hazardous waste Saturday
The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission is hosting a household hazardous waste and scrap tire collection event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday in the parking lot of the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center at 3401 Cultural Center Drive in Port Arthur.
During this free event, the SETRPC is collecting items that could cause damage to your health or the environment if they are disposed of improperly. Some of the items include paints, cleaners, antifreeze, car batteries, used oil, insecticides, swimming pool chemicals, and many others.  For a complete list of acceptable materials, contact Kara Stevens at (409) 899-8444 ext. 6603.
Scrap tires will also be collected during this event. There is no charge for a participant’s first eight tires. There will be a $1 charge for each additional tire.

Fishing tourney vendors

The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is calling vendors for the fifth annual Texas Cajun Heritage Festival with the second annual Speckled Trout USA Fishing Tournament. The events are planned May 15-16 at the city’s waterfront festival site off Simmons Drive.
To receive an application by mail, call 883-1011 or 883-1010, or drop by the CVB office at 803 Green Ave. behind Orange City Hall.

Cardinal booster banquet
The Cardinal Athletic Booster Club’s annual sports banquet and scholarship awards will be Monday, May 10, in the Bridge City High School Cafeteria from 6-9 p.m. Advance meal tickets are $12, available at the athletic department offices.
For more information, call Cil Dixon at 735-1542.

LIT registration
Lamar Institute of Technology will begin registration for the May Mini, Summer 1,2,3 and fall semesters on April 19 for all students.
Students will disabilities and graduating students can register for classes April 14-16.
The class schedule for all semesters can be found at www.lit.edu.
Students must have applied to LIT and been accepted before they may be advised and register for classes. For more information, call 880-8321 or 1-800-950-6989.

New DPS Web design
The Texas Department of Public Safety has a new look and feel.
The redesigned front page (www.txdps.state.tx.us) features easy-access links to the most-visited portions of the DPS web site, as well as a beefed-up search function to help users find other information quickly.
“We’re pleased with the new look and feel of the DPS web site and hope that our fellow Texans will enjoy using it,” said Brad Rable, deputy director of the DPS. “Our staff did an excellent job of designing a functional, pleasing Web site.”
The DPS Web site was last redesigned in early 2001.

New Bingo Session
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9854 is hosting a new morning bingo session at 10 a.m. on Thursdays at the Pelican Bingo Hall, exit 4 in Starks, La.
Each session will feature door prize drawings for cash, gas cards, t-shirts and tickets for the one karat diamond necklace to be given away for Mother’s Day. Come every Thursday and get extra chances to win.
Play with your choice of paper sheets or machines for $4,500 in payouts.
Money raised supports soldier’s families and community service projects.

LIT begins registration
Lamar Institute of Technology will begin registration for the May Mini, Summer 1, 2, 3 and Fall semesters on April 19 for all students. Students will disabilities and graduating students can register for classes April 14-16. The class schedule for all semesters can be found at www.lit.edu/.
Students must have applied to LIT and been accepted before they may be advised and register for classes.
For more information, call (409) 880-8321 or (800) 950-6989.

Wild game dinner slated
The Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church of Orange is sponsoring a “Men’s Wild Game Dinner” beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 24. The gathering will be held at the church’s property, located about 2.5 miles north of Interstate-10, on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange. Men will have the opportunity to visit, play games, and get to know each other. The dinner of wild game and fish will begin at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $5. Door prizes and a $250 Gander Mountain gift card will be awarded during the event.
For more information, visit the church’s Website, www.fbco.org, or contact the office during the day, 886-7461.

OF Kindergarten round-up scheduled
Orangefield Elementary will have their Kindergarten Round-up at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 11 in the elementary school cafeteria.
To be eligible for public school kindergarten, a child must be five (5) years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2010.
Parents of an eligible kindergartner are required to bring the child’s immunization record, a certified copy of their birth certificate (issued by the county in which they were born), and proof of residency (the top portion of an Entergy bill with your street name on it) to the registration. A copy of the child’s Social Security card is also requested. If you do not have a card, an alternate I.D. number will be issued.
A photocopy of all required documents must remain on file with the school:
If you have any questions, please call the school office at 735-5346.

Barbecue planned for Stable Spirit
Tuffy’s Eatery and Catfish Kitchen will cater a chicken barbecue dinner for Stable Spirit 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at Metropolitian Park located at 3625 Dowlen, Beaumont.
Stable Spirit is a non-profit organization that uses horses for therapeutic and life skills development goals. A wide range of mental and physical health benefits come from the use of Stable-Spirit services including: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Experiential Development, Hippotherapy and Equine Comfort Care.
Come out to enjoy the horses and food and learn more about how Stable-Spirit empowers positive change in people’s lives.
Discount pre-sale dinner tickets are available now for $6, or $8 on the day of event.
Proceeds support Stable-Spirit services and help provide financial assistance for those services.
Call 409-252-4548 or 409-794-1371 for pre-sale tickets or more information. Information is also available by e-mail at info@stable-spirit.org. Check out their Website: www.stable-spirit.org.

VFW hosts Loyalty Day
Americanization Day began in 1921 in opposition to Communists’ Russian Revolution Celebration. Nine years later, 10,000 Veterans of Foreign Wars members rallied at New York’s Union Square to promote patriotism. May 1 became Loyalty Day through a resolution in 1949 and in 1950 observances began. Congress enacted Public Law 529 proclaiming May 1 Loyalty Day In 1958.
Orange VFW 2772 will host a Loyalty Day Program from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, May 1.
A Flag Video on the Evolution and History of the American Flag will be shown followed by light refreshments.
The public is invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, call Chairman John Clark at 883-0264.

WO-SMS looking for mentors
Community members interested in becoming involved in the “Meeting at the Middle Mentoring Program” that partners mentors with middle school students enrolled in West Orange – Cove CISD’s 21st Century Afterschool Programs on Education, are invited to attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in the West Orange-Stark Middle School cafeteria.
The new program, which is being implemented now, will match WOS Middle School students to a mentor/volunteer for an academic year. Mentors and students will be matched according to similar interests and time availability.
Mentors are not private tutors. Mentors will offer their students encouragement and information for social, academic, and professional success.
Attend this introductory meeting to learn more about training, parent orientation, planned social activities, and mentor/student responsibilities. RSVP to Deborah Mitchell or Lorraine Shannon at 882-5437.

BC registration for kindergarten begins
The Bridge City Independent School District kindergarten registration gets underway April 26 and continues through May 7 for the 2010-2011 school year. All kindergarten students will register at the Hatton Elementary School campus office.
Students must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2010. A state certified birth certificate, complete immunization record, proof of residency in the Bridge City ISD and the student’s social security card are required.
Current students who will be five years old by Sept. 1, 2010 and will complete the 2009-2010 school year in PPCD, Speech or Pre-K are not required to register for kindergarten, they are automatically promoted.
Only complete packets will be accepted.
School personnel are asking anyone knowing parents of prospective kindergarten children to inform them of the registration dates. The office of Hatton Elementary School will be registering students from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day. For further information contact Hatton Elementary at 735-1600. This two week window is the only time for teacher request process.
Texas State Compulsory Attendance Law mandates student attendance in school once enrolled in Pre-K or kindergarten. Parents are subject to legal action and penalties for non-compliance with this law.

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 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 jcauto1@sbcglobal.net.

‘In Loving Memory’ to meet
The monthly meeting of “In Loving Memory,” a support group for mothers 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.

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 www.salemumcorange.org.

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.

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 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 kb4673n@gmail.com 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 suebard7@yahoo.com 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.

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, setac.org 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.

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.

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 bal@gtbizclass.com.
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

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 ryantcrowell@yahoo.com. 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 msanders@lcmcisd.org.