Shangri La open Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, May 31.
Starting at 2:45 p.m., a special ceremony will begin with the singing of “America, The Beautiful” by Raegan Grantham, a Lamar University student. The Rev. Scott McIntosh of North Orange Baptist Church will then present a Memorial Day message and be followed with Ms. Grantham singing the “National Anthem.” McIntosh is also a military chaplain. There will be a moment of silence after ringing of the Great Bell at Shangri La and the ceremony will close with the playing of “Taps” by Rebecca Kent, also a student at Lamar.
Patrons to the ceremony will be admitted free starting at 2:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to visit the gardens and take the Adams Bayou boat tour at regular rates. Boats will leave every hour on the hour. The Garden Store and Cafe will also be open.
For more information, go to or call 670-9113.

Farmers’ Market continues
The spring Farmers’ Market continues Saturday at the MacArthur Shopping Center in the Big Lot’s parking lot off MacArthur Drive in Pinehurst.
Starting at 7 a.m., the market will be open until all vendors have sold their produce.
“On May 29, we expect to have the following items: squash, cucumbers, snap beans, banana peppers (maybe), tomatoes (maybe), eggs, jams and jellies, and baked goods,” said Jean Fregia, one of the vendors helping to organize this season’s market.
“The produce varies from week to week, so don’t miss out on what’s available now,” she added.
As with the previous farmers’ markets, there is no charge for vendors. Baked goods are also welcome. The market will continue each Saturday until the crops are no longer available, probably sometime in mid-June or July, according to Fregia. The Texas AgriLife Extension Program again sponsors the event.
Selections will change as new crops come in. For more information, call Fregia at 745-4017 or 670-6121 or Jim Frazier at 276-1260.

Pond Management Seminar
Texas AgriLife Extension will host a Pond Management Seminar Thursday, May 27, at J.B.’s Barbecue on Old Highway 90 in Orange from 6-8 p.m.. Topics include, design and construction, stocking, and renovation along with Agriculture Disaster Recovery. 1.5 CEUs will be offered for those with Pesticide Applicators License. RSVP by calling the Orange County Extension Office at 882-7010.

VFW Auxiliary dues
The Ladies Auxiliary to Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 is collecting early dues for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
All dues will be taken to the state convention at the end of June and turned in during the annual Parade of Transmittals. Members are asked to mail their dues of $18 to Treasurer Patricia Kemp; 4700 London Circle; Orange, 77632. Make checks payable to LAVFW 2775 or Auxiliary 2775.

Discount food packages
McDonald Memorial Baptist Church will take orders for Angel Food Ministries on Wednesday, June 9, from 3-6 p.m. in the church office, corner of South and Broad Streets near Orange Lions’ City Park.
Distribution date is Saturday, June 26. A variety of food is available; beginning around $22. Cash or LoneStar cards are accepted.
For more information, call the church at 883-3974.

Tribute to OC vets
Orange First Church of the Nazarene’s seventh annual Tribute to Orange County Veterans will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 3810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Keynote speaker this year will be James E. Nier, executive director of teh Texas Veterans Commission. The tribute is fre to the public and will include the Southeast Texas Color Guard, Harmony Exporters of Southeast Texas Barbershop Chorus, Orange Community Band and the Patriot Riders Motorcycle Group.

WO-C early release
West Orange-Cove schools will observe an early release on the last day of school, Thursday, May 27.
North Early Learning Center, Anderson and Oates Elementary campuses will release at noon.
West Orange-Stark High School and WO-S Middle School will release at 1:15 p.m.
Buses will run.

Broadway Fun For Funds
The Orange Community Players present the 7th annual, Broadway Fun For Funds, an evening of song and dance from classic and current Broadway musicals, June 3-5, at the Orange Community Playhouse, 708 W. Division St.
The proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit the OCP building fund. The theater was heavily damaged from Hurricanes Rita and Ike. The historic building, next door to local landmark, Farmers Mercantile, and across from the Orange County Courthose, is still in need of major repair and restoration.
Hors d’ ouvres and wine will be served at 7 p.m., with curtain at 7:37 p.m. Desserts and coffee will be served at the intermission.
The cast of over 55, is directed by Brook Doss, assisted by choreographers John Gray, DeeDee Howell, and Mandy Dowden.
Tickets for the event are $25. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 882-9137.

Sanctus Real and Fireflight headline Lutcher concert
Four contemporary Christian bands are slated to play live at the Lutcher Theater Aug. 26. The first band takes the stage at 6 p.m. followed by three more “powerhouse” acts.
Headlining the evening is Grammy-nominated Sanctus Real, known for their successful merging of substance and style that is evident in their five albums that have garnered seven No. 1 radio singles (and six more that landed in the Top 5.)
Closely billed to Sanctus Real is Fireflight. The music of Fireflight has been featured on NBC television promos, ESPN’s “Winter X Games 13,” ABC, E! Entertainment’s “Style Network,” and “SyFy.” In 2009, Fireflight received a Dove Nomination for Artist of the Year and lead singer Dawn Michele was nominated in 2010 for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Along with Sanctus Real and Fireflight, the Lutcher Theater will also present two other up and coming Christian rock bands for this “back-to-school bash.” Run Kid Run and The Access are also slated to perform on the Lutcher stage.
Tickets go on sale June 1 and range from $35-$20. For reserve tickets, go to, call the Lutcher box office at 886-5535, drop by the box office at
707 Main Ave., Orange.

Men’s breakfast June 5
Little Cypress Baptist Church, 3274 Little Cypress Dr., will hold its monthly men’s breakfast 8 a.m. on June 5. There is no charge, and everyone is invited.