Drive One 4 UR School
Ford Motor Company and David Self Ford Lincoln Mercury are partnering to help raise money in support of all five Orange County high schools Project Graduation programs. Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Help raise up to $6,000 for the schools by test-driving a Ford or Lincoln Mercury vehicle at the David Self dealership located at 1601 Green Ave. in Orange.
At this one-day event $20 will be donated to one of the five Orange County high schools for every person from a unique household who test drives a Ford vehicle. Each test drive will last approximately five minutes.
In 2009, the David Self Ford Lincoln Mercury Drive One 4 UR School event raised $4180 for community high schools.
* Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license.
* Limit one test drive per household.
* Interviews are available with David Self Ford Lincoln Mercury representatives.
* Vehicles available for test drive include: 2010 Ford Edge, Escape, Expedition, Focus, Fusion, F-150 and Mustang or 2010 Lincoln MKX, MKT and MKZ.

Breakfast with the Bishop to be hosted April 24
The 19th annual Breakfast with the Bishop will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 24 at St. Anne Church in Beaumont. This is an annual fundraiser for Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas and has a goal of raising at least $30,000 for the charitable agency.
Bishop Curtis Guillory of the Diocese of Beaumont, fellow clergy and religious sisters help serve the meal, some of which will be prepared by Chef Bryan Lee of Bryan’s 797 and Bistro LeMonde.
KBMT-TV news anchor Jackie Simien will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will also feature music performed by Chuck Isles and an auction, including a chance to purchase the apron worn by Bishop Guillory.
Tickets can be purchased for $20. Corporate or individual sponsorships can be arranged by contacting Catholic Charities at (409) 924-4421 or by visiting their website Proceeds from the breakfast provide funding to the eight programs of Catholic Charities.
Annually, a Humanitarian Award is given to an individual for their positive impact on the community. This year’s recipient will be Dean Terrebonne, former President/CEO of Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas.
Terrebonne concluded a decade of leadership of the agency in September 2009. During his tenure as President/CEO, the agency served over 125,000 clients and their families and expanded to eight program services.
In its most recent fiscal year, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas assisted 18,253 clients through an array of programs assisting children and families, the hungry, immigrants, those displaced by disasters and those in general need, while expending 96 cents of every dollar donated directly on program services.

Barbecue fundraiser for Jr. Cowpokes
A barbecue dinner will be held May 2-3 at Jewel Cormier Park to raise money for the state qualifiers of the Orange County Youth Rodeo Team. Sunday the dinner is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, dinner orders of 10 or more will be delivered. Meals consist of one half of a barbecue chicken, butter and onion potatoes and beans for $7.
For more information or to place an order call 963-9909.

Safety, health, wellness fair
Lamar State College-Orange will host a Safety, Health, and Wellness Fair Thursday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the LSC-O Student Center. There will be door prizes, snacks, and booths with information and services that benefit students, faculty and the community. Currently, the list of organizations set to attend includes nearly 20 companies and organizations. For more information, call 882-3384.

Senior Citizen Rally Day
Texas Agrilife Extension Orange County and Committee on Aging will be hosting the 41st annual Senior Citizen Rally Day Tuesday, May 11, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2772 in Orange from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This years theme will be “Under the Big Top.” The event is free to all senior citizens. Guests are encouraged to dress according to theme. Feature include fellowship bingo, health screenings, entertainment and free lunch. Anyone interested in having a booth or placing an ad should call the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 882-7010.

WO-S athletic banquet
The West Orange-Stark High School Athletic Banquet catered by Moncla’s will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the West Orange-Stark High School Cafeteria.
Male and female athletes from the 2009-10 year will be honored. Each athlete will receive one free ticket. Parents and other family members may purchase tickets for $7 at the West Orange-Stark Athletic Office by May 7. For more information, call the WO-S athletic office, 882-5530.

Oceguera fundraiser
A benefit for Bridge City leukemia patient Chastin Oceguera, son of Regina and Beto and sister of Cameron Oceguera, will be Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Winfree Baptist Church on Texas 62. Features include barbecue, an auction and bake sale. Also, a rag ball tournament benefit for Chastin is set for 8 a.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Bridge City Little League field. To register teams, or for more information, call Tamina Hogg at 745-3887.
Donations can also be made at any Capitol One Bank by mentioning Chastin’s name. For questions, call Marisa Owens, 626-2567.

Stark HS reunion
Members of the Lutcher Stark Senior High School classes of ‘49’, ’50 and ‘51 plan a reunion for June 11 -12. Letters are being prepared to be mailed to members’ last known address. To report an address change, call the appropriate class representative: 1949 – Fred Fontenot, 886-3978; 1950 – Betty (Estes) Duhon, 886-3150; 1951 – Mary (Broom) Morgan (979) 330-5350 as soon as possible.

LC-M job fair
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district will host a job fair Saturday, April 24, at Little Cypress Intermediate School, 2300 Allie Payne Road from 9 a.m.-noon.; for anyone interested in employment with LC-M: teachers, paraprofessionals, child nutrition, maintenance, special programs, technology, transportation or volunteers. Those interested can pre-register online at For more information, call Dr. Jim Armstrong at 883-2232, ext. 2510.

Credit union challenge
Young credit union members can prove they understand the importance of saving by participating in the month-long National Youth Saving Challenge this April at Sabine Federal Credit Union on Strickland Drive in Orange.
Sabine FCU invites youth to participate in the seventh annual saving challenge, to encourage young members to open new accounts and make savings deposits throughout the month. All participating credit unions will tally the total amount and number of deposits, as well as the number of new accounts opened by young members during the month and report their results to the Credit Union National Association to determine national level figures.
Last year 397 participating credit unions reported $26,529,081 million in deposits from 139,669 young members. Additionally, credit unions also welcomed in 10,006 new member accounts.
The saving challenge originally began in conjunction with National Credit Union Youth Week, which takes place this year April 18-24. Youth Week was created as an opportunity for credit unions across the country to focus on the financial needs of young people and provide financial literacy education. The event is considered a focal point for teaching the benefits of saving and goal setting as well as inviting young people to open saving accounts at their credit union and make deposits this week and throughout the year.
Sabine FCU has many plans to celebrate the saving challenge and youth week, including several special drawings, “goody bags” for new youth accounts and cookies and punch in the lobby.

St. Mary readies Spring Festival
The gates to the 76th annual St. Mary Spring Festival will open at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 24. Games and carnival rides, great food, live entertainment, raffle and auction items will be featured.
The 2nd annual “Can You Dig It?” Beach Volleyball Tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. Five-player teams representing local businesses and organizations will go head-to-head to see who can command the sand and take home the coveted championship trophy and “spirit stick” (for the team with the most enthusiastic fans in the stands).
Defending 2009 champions, The Sand Mann Team from Mann Insurance, and Team Lanxess, winner of last year’s “spirit stick,” will be returning. The championship game will be played at 5 p.m. Registration is $200 per team and includes five complimentary tee-shirts. Substitute players are welcome.
Other festival highlights include sweet treats from the St. Mary Altar Society, a beautiful garden booth, performances by local talent, area dance and martial arts schools, games for all ages and so much more. Saturday’s festivities will end with a live auction at 6 p.m., followed by Mass led by the Rev. Joseph Daleo.
On Sunday, the gates will open at 11 a.m. with a community luncheon and live music by Key West. Festivities will end with the conclusion of the silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by announcement of the raffle and silent auction winners, including the grand prize drawing for the Dixie Chopper tractor at 6 p.m.
For more information call the school at 409-883-8913 or email for more information on the volleyball tournament, call the school or email

VFW bingo
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9854 hosts a new morning bingo session at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Pelican Bingo Hall, exit 4 in Starks, La.
Each session features 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. Patrons may play with their choice of paper sheets or machines for $4,500 in payouts.
Money raised supports soldiers’ families and community service projects.

Wild game dinner
The Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church of Orange’s “Men’s Wild Game Dinner” begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the church, about 2.5 miles north of Interstate 10 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange. Features include fellowship and games. A wild game and fish dinner begins at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $5. Door prizes and a $250 Gander Mountain gift card will be awarded.
For more information, go to the church’s Web site,, or call the office during the day, 886-7461.

OF kindergarten round-up
Orangefield Elementary’s Kindergarten Round-up starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, in the elementary school cafeteria.
To be eligible for public school kindergarten, a child must be 5 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 street name on it) and a copy of the child’s Social Security card. If you do not have a card, an alternate ID number will be issued.
A photocopy of all required documents must remain on file with the school:
For more information, call the school office at 735-5346.

Stable Spirit fundraiser
Van Choate’s Tuffy’s and Catfish Kitchen will cater a chicken barbecue dinner for Stable Spirit from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at Metropolitan Park, at 3625 Dowlen in 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.
Discount pre-sale dinner tickets are available for $6 in advance or $8 the day of the event.
Proceeds support Stable-Spirit services and help provide financial assistance.
Call (409) 252-4548 or (409) 794-1371 for pre-sale tickets or more information. Information is also available by e-mail at or at

VFW Loyalty Day
Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2772 will host a Loyalty Day Program from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the post on North Texas 87.
A presentation on the evolution and history of the American flag will be shown followed by light refreshments. For more information, call Chairman John Clark at 883-0264.
Americanization Day began in 1921 in opposition to Communists’ Russian Revolution Celebration. Nine years later, 10,000 VFW members rallied at New York’s Union Square to promote patriotism. May 1 became Loyalty Day through a resolution in 1949.

BC kindergarten registration
The Bridge City Independent School District kindergarten registration gets underway April 26 and continues through May 7 for the 2010-11 school year. All kindergarten students will register at the Hatton Elementary School campus office.
Students must be 5 on or before Sept. 1. 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 5 by Sept. 1 will complete the 2009-2010 school year in PPCD, Speech or Pre-K are not required to register for kindergarten. Only complete packets will be accepted.
School personnel are asking anyone knowing parents of prospective kindergarten children to inform them of the registration dates. Hatton will register students from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. For more information call Hatton offices 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.

Fishing tourney vendors
The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is calling for vendors for the fifth annual Texas Cajun Heritage Festival with the second annual Speckled Trout USA Fishing Tournament. The events are planned for 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.

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.

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 ‘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).

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 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.

‘Guns ‘n Hoses’
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. Thursday, 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 40th 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 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 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

Benefit BBQ, rag ball event
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. 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.

New DPS Web design
The Texas Department of Public Safety has a new look and feel.
The redesigned front page ( 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.