Southeast Texas Stand Down 2010
 The Department of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the Task Force for the Homeless and county Veterans Service Offices, including Orange County VSO, are sponsoring the Southeast Texas Stand Down 2010 scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 16, at the Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church, 3755 Fannett Rd., Beaumont. This year’s event focuses on homeless and homeless veterans in the Golden Triangle area. However, many service organizations are expected to participate. Booth space is free. Applications are available at the Orange County VSO.
“Stand Down” is a military terminology referring to a brief period when a soldier leaves a combat area for rest and recuperation. Southeast Texas Stand Down provides access to specialized resources to help homeless and homeless veterans. For more information, contact the Orange County VSO at 745-1535.

Library hosts summer reading program
The Orange Public Library registration has begun for the 2010 Summer Reading Program, “Catch the Reading Express,” Wednesdays, June 9 through July 21. The library is offering a Read-to-Me program for children going into kindergarten and younger and a Texas Reading Club for those children going into the first through sixth grade.
The Read-to Me Program is a 30 minute story time from 10:45-11:15 a.m. held in the Children’s Room. Stories will be read by a variety of guest readers. A reading log will be given to record the amount of time spent listening to stories. “Library Bucks” are given to each child who attends the program and to those who tern in the reading logs on July 21.
The Texas Reading Club is held in the library meeting room from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and is for children going into first through sixth grade. This program features a variety of show, crafts and reading incentives. Children participating in the Texas Reading Club also receive “Library Bucks” for participation and turning in their reading logs on July 21.
Parents are asked to stay in the library while the children attend the programs.
This year’s Texas Reading Club programs include: June 9 – Julian Franklin’s “Catch the Reading Express”; June 16 – “Mad Science: Spin Top and Boom”; June 23 – The Stark Museum of Art; June 30 – Moody Garden’s Traveling Rainforest Trunk; July 7 – Shangri La: All About Owls; July 14 – Fun with Tae Kwon Do; July 21 – Library Store and Carnival.
Also, there is a young adult program 6-7:30 p.m., on Tuesdays, June 8 through July 27, for students going into the seventh through 11th grades.
The library would like to thank the Malloy Foundation, the Friends of the Library, Sonic, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Papa John’s, Dominoes, Walmart and Houston Astros for sponsoring our program and reading incentive prizes.
For more information contact the library at 409-883-1086.

Fundraiser for the Blind
A snow-cone fundraiser will be held 2-7 p.m., June 12, at Shave Ice Delight, located on the corner of Lansing and Western Avenue in West Orange. Proceeds will go to the Texas Federation of the Blind.
The Texas Federation of the Blind meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army located on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange.
Anyone interested in joining this organization, blind, sight-impaired, or sighted, may contact Joann Priddy at 409-781-5683 or Stump Weatherford at 409-313-0827.

Cowboy Church Play Day
The inaugural Cowboy Church of Orange County Play Day is set for Saturday, June 26, at the new arena on the Cowboy Church grounds at 673 Farm Road 1078.
Events will include Cloverleaf Barrels, Straight Barrels, Flag Race, Pole Bending and an Egg and Spoon Race. Cost is $25 for any five events, with a two set limit (total of 10 runs per person). There will be five age groups: 0-5 years; 6-9 years; 10-13 years; 14-18 years; and Adult (19 and over).
Entry call-in dates are June 16-17 from 6-9 p.m. Call Mike Gallier at (409) 698-6165 or Debbie Vance at 745-0656 to enter. On-site registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. on June 26 with events to follow at 6:30.
A current negative Coggins test on each horse is required to enter the grounds. All participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability. A parent or guardian must sign for minor children.
For more information, go to or call one of the numbers listed above.

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 went 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.

Granger kicks off Automart’s 30th
To celebrate Automart’s three decades in Orange County, Al Granger and the staff at Automart will give away more than $5,000 in prizes every Friday through July 9, strictly for customers who have purchased a vehicle from Automart during the last 30 years.
Those customers may stop by Automart in Orange and register to win a prize. The next giveaway is scheduled for Friday, June 11. Customers who buy this month are also eligible for the  drawings.
Automart will host an anniversary event July 17 and everyone is invited to food, drinks and live music.
This month’s first giveaway saw Cassie Jones of DeRidder, La., win a Toshiba Laptop compliments of Automart and Extreme Auto Interiors.

Free Line Dance Classes
Line Dance/Exercise Class will be held 6-7:30 p.m. every Monday evening at Salvation Army, 1950 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange.
The class is for women only.  Beginners are welcome.

Bromeliad Society to meet
Master Gardener Lee Freeland will talk on “Snakes In Your Garden” when the Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, June 14, at the Garden Center building at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park, off Fannett Road in Beaumont. Refreshments will precede the meeting.
Call 866-5721 or (409) 892-4498 for more information, or for directions.

Project Graduation kicks off
Bridge City High School Project Graduation 2011’s first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 14, at the high school library.
“We need a large turn out to get the year started,” said Clay Ozio in a release.
For more information, call Ozio at (409) 293-8598.

Senior citizens’ meeting
Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will meet Monday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Members should bring a covered dish, soaps for Orange Christian Services and bingo prizes. Senior citizen guests are welcome. For more information, call 883-6161.

In Loving Memory
The monthly meeting of In Loving Memory, a support group for mothers who have lost a child for any reason, will be on June 15 at 6 p.m. at North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 16th St. For more information, call Nancy Mericle at 746-3012 or 738-5456, or Ruthie Hannegan at 735-2718.

Auxiliary meeting canceled
The Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 has canceled its June 15 meeting in preparation for the state convention. The next meeting will be July 6 with Jeanette Clark presiding.
Members are urged to pay their dues early so they can be taken to state. Mail $18 to Patricia Kemp at 4700 London Circle, Orange, 77632 and earmark your check “2011 dues.”
Also, post and auxiliary members will place flags on veterans’ graves at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in honor of Flag Day and those who have fallen. Congress passed the First Flag Act June 14, 1777, adopting the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag.

Child care conference
Child care providers in east Texas will have the opportunity to earn 7.5 hours credit for participating in the second annual East Texas Child Care Conference to be held Saturday, June 26, at the Community Church in Jasper sponsored by AgriLife Extension Service offices in Jasper, Newton and Tyler counties.
Cindy VanDevender, Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Jasper County, says that the program is designed to help the staff of day care centers, home-based child care providers, and anyone who works regularly with children such as Sunday school teachers, scout leaders and librarians.
This year programs will include learning behavior management that you can apply to life, not to just problematic behaviors in the classroom, help children to communicate before verbal skills are developed by learning sign language, and the fun of the day is a trip to our local Farmer’s Market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
“We hoped by offering this one-day program that these child care providers would be able to update their knowledge on many topics without having to go too far afield or spend too much money,” VanDevender said.
FCS Extension agents from the three counties will teach Healthy Habits, Healthy Kids. They will demonstrate a number of fun activities children will enjoy while they learn. The program includes lots of “make and takes” for participants to bring back and begin using immediately.
A minimal registration fee is charged to cover morning refreshments, lunch and all educational materials. Register by June 11 by calling (409) 384-3721.

LC-M TAKS tests
The exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test will be conducted at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, 7327 N. Texas 87 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the following dates:
• July 13 – English Language Arts.
• July 14 – Math.
• July 15 – Science.
• July 16 – Social Studies.
Individuals no longer enrolled in a Texas Public School and who wish to register to take the exit level TAKS Test may pick up a registration packet at the LC-M High School Counselor’s office or call Pearson Educational Measurement at 1-800-252-9186. A student can register for the TAKS test online by accessing TEA’s Web site at Completed registration forms must be received in Austin no later than 5 p.m. June 11, Registration forms received after this deadline may not be processed. The Texas Education Agency and NCS Pearson will not be responsible for registration forms delayed or lost in the mail. To ensure that individuals are registered, forms should be sent by either registered mail or certified mail. Questions concerning the exit level test should be directed to the Texas Education Agency, Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536.
Interested persons may call Jenna Childress at 886-5821, ext. 1750 for details.

LSC-PA business events
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center will present a free “Starting Your Own Business” workshops during April. SBDC consultant Conrad Cooper will lead the Tuesday, June 22, workshop from 9 a.m.-noon at the Nederland Economic Development Commission office, 1903 Nederland Ave.
The free business start-up workshops cover business plans, funding, employees and taxes for first-time business owners. Attendance at one workshop is required prior to a new business owner’s first one-on-one meeting with a SBDC business consultant.
The SBDC offers individual consulting for small business owners at no charge. The center helps prospective business owners by providing financial analysis, loan preparation assistance and help in setting up a business plan Reservations are required for all SBDC events. For reservations, or more information, call 984-6531.

BC class of ‘65
Members of the Bridge City High School class of 1965 meet first Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Robert’s Restaurant in Orange.  Class members and guests are welcome at the informal gatherings. For more information, call (409) 963-4859, or Brenda, (409) 735-2918.

IRS grant applications
The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant programs, which will allow some organizations to apply for annual funding for up to three years.
Applications will be accepted through July 9. Previous grant recipients will have the option to apply for up to three years of annual funding, which would reduce the amount of paperwork they must complete over a three-year period. This annual funding will also help recipients with budget planning.
The 2011 application packages and guidelines will be available on the IRS Web site by June 1. More information about the TCE and VITA grants is available in Publication 4680, TCE and VITA Grant Programs.
The IRS in 2010 awarded 24 TCE grantees $6.1 million and 147 VITA grantees $7.44 million. Through mid May, the two grant programs filed more than 2.1 million returns at almost 9,000 sites nationwide.
The TCE program was established in 1978 to provide tax counseling and return preparation to persons age 60 or older and to give training and technical assistance to the volunteers who provide free federal income tax assistance within elderly communities across the nation.
The VITA Grant program was established in 2007 to supplement the VITA program, which was created in 1969. VITA provides underserved communities with free tax filing assistance. The grant program enables VITA to extend services to underserved populations in hardest-to-reach urban and non-urban areas, to increase the capacity of targeted taxpayers to file returns electronically, to enhance training of volunteers and to improve the accuracy rate of returns prepared at VITA sites.

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. Items include squash, cucumbers, snap beans, eggs, jams and jellies and baked goods, and possibly banana peppers and tomatoes,” said Jean Fregia, one of the vendors organizing this season’s market.
 Produce varies from week to week. There is no charge for vendors. 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.
For more information, call Fregia at 745-4017 or 670-6121 or Jim Frazier at 276-1260.

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.

OF ‘60 reunion
The Orangefield High School Class of 1959 is invited to attend the reunion celebration of the class of 1960 during a 50th anniversary party on Saturday, June 12. For more information, call Beverly Campbell Brown (409) 920-5448; Joann Godeaux Bradley (409) 745-1521; Jerry Lunsford, 745-2057; Robbie Self McCabe, 745-1503; or Jean Carolyn Wolfe Dugas (409) 988-9031. Cut-off date is May 23.

Cormier Museum open June 12
The Paul Cormier Museum will be open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 12, in conjunction with the annual homecoming. The public is invited.

Video game course
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will offer a Video Game Design and Development course this summer for high school juniors and seniors and 2010 graduates interested in video gaming.
The program will be presented Monday through Friday, June 14-18. Students can attend in morning classes (9 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4 p.m.).
Cost is $40. Registration and payment must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, June 9. For more information, or to register, call 984-6418.

Peltier fundraiser
A fundraiser for Debbie Peltier, former owner of Handle Bar West, is being organized. Peltier has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. The benefit will feature a golf tournament Saturday, June 26, at Terrell Park in Beaumont. Sponsors and players are needed.
Also, on Sunday, June 27, The West Bar and Grill, 6445 Calder Ave. in Beaumont, will host a day of live music, raffle and silent auction. Donations and sponsors are needed, along with prizes for the drawings and auction.
For more information, call 866-4733 or e-mail

Discovery 2010 begins June 21
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will present its annual Discovery program June 21-25 for area students entering third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade in the fall.
Discovery 2010 is a week of hands-on enrichment courses on topics ranging from clay sculpting to computers and music to Spanish. Classes meet from 1-4:30 p.m. daily with students attending two classes. Each class is kept to a maximum of 15 students and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The cost of the program is $100, which includes all supplies, a T-shirt and a drink each day. The instructors are Lamar State faculty and staff members, teachers from area school districts and community members with expertise in the topics being presented.
The Game Programming class studies simple game program that can be played on computers. The Body Tours class will study the fundamentals of anatomy by dissecting worms and other animals.
Other classes offered this year include “A Taste of Music,” “Art,” “Clay Sculpting,” “Computer Animation,” “Computer Graphics,” “Junior Chefs,” “Science Explorers,” “Scrapbooks and Stamping,” “Spanish” and “Woodcrafters.”
Discovery 2010 also will feature classes such as “Models Inc.” where students study manners and self-improvements, and Publishing Wizards, a class in which students study the history of their last name and create a book about their name.
Businesses and organizations in the area contribute to the success of the Discovery program by donating money to provide scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to participate in the program. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution may call 984-6230. The registration deadline is Friday, May 28.
For more information, call 984-6230 or 984-6316.

Fire safety/prevention camp
Applications are being accepted for the Fire Museum of Texas’ Fire Safety and Prevention Summer Camp 2010.
Session one runs June 21-25 for children ages 4-6 years. The second session, for ages 7-10 years, is June 28-July 2. Both sessions run 9 a.m.-noon and costs $60.
Class is limited to the first 20 children per session. No late or first day of camp registration will be accepted.
To register, print and complete the registration forms found at (please include T-shirt size).
Mail to: Fire Museum of Texas, 400 Walnut, Beaumont, 77701.
The camp is sponsored by the Young Mens’ Business League. Volunteers are needed. For information, call 980-3927.

Stark reunion reset
Members of the Lutcher Stark Senior High School classes of ‘49’, ’50 and ‘51 plan a reunion Thursday and Friday, June 17-18, rescheduled from an earlier date. Letters are being 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.