O’field ISD sets early release day for Friday
Friday, Oct. 1 will be an early release for Orangefield ISD. The elementary campus will release at 1p.m. with the Junior High and High School campuses following at 1:15 p.m.. Monday, Oct. 4 is a district holiday.

Performing group holds fundraiser
The Orangefield High School Theatre Troupe will be having a car wash, link sale, and bake sale on Saturday at David Self Ford from 10a.m.-2p.m. The location is 1601 Green Ave. near the intersection of MacArthur Dr. and 16th St. in Orange.
The car wash cost is $5.
For more information, call 409-735-3851 or email scrosby@esc5.net.

LCM CISD to offer paraprofessional training program
Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD will offer a training program entitled, “Treasuring Our Paraprofessionals,” on Oct. 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2.
The purpose of the training is to assist applicants for teacher aide positions to meet the paraprofessional requirements set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act for schools receiving Title I funds. The training is open to the public for any person with a high school diploma, or its equivalent, who is interested in applying for teacher aide positions with the LCM District, but who has not completed a minimum of 48 college credit hours.
To register, access www.lcmcisd.org online and click the “Paraprofessional Training Information and sign-up” link under “What’s new on LCMCISD.org.
The fee for the training is $300 and is due Wednesday, Oct. 6, Please make checks payable to LCMCISD and mail or deliver them to: LCM CISD, c/o Jim Armstrong; 6579 FM 1130, Orange, Texas 77632.
For further information, please contact Jim Armstrong, Director of Student and Personnel Services at 883-2232 extension 2510. If available, please leave your e-mail when you call.

Heavenly Hearts Charity sets pageants for Saturday, Nov. 6
The Texas Star and Christmas Star Double Header Charity Pageant will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Texas Opry House in Magnolia.
Entries are being accepted now and will continue until Sunday, Oct. 10. Age divisions are from babies all the way to adult. The event is open to all areas and to both boys and girls. Awards are crowns, trophies, plaques, sashes, gifts, and much more. No one will leave empty handed and all young contestants receive a tiara just for taking part in this event.
The all proceeds will be given to Texas Children’s Hospital. Gifts will be purchased for the parents to give the children on Christmas Morning. Heavenly Hearts feels like this is the best way to help the children get the things they want for Christmas when the parents are faced with large medical bills.
Entry fee into this event is $100 and it will cover entry into both the Christmas Star and Texas Star. Raffle tickets for a $50 gift card to Target can be sold to pay the entry fee, or you may get a sponsor if you want to enter at no cost to you.
For more information log on to the web sight www.heavenlyheartspageants.com. Anyone can enter, purchase a raffle ticket, or make a donation by calling Kari Stringer 281-259-4437 or by email for a faster response karimstringer@yahoo.com. Businesses are welcome to advertise free of charge with any donation of any value to the event.

Bridge City High School Project Graduation needs volunteers
Project Graduation is underway but the parents of the senior class at Bridge City High School are greatly needed. Project Graduation is a wonderful way to keep kids safe the night of Graduation as well as them having a great time with all their classmates.
Meetings are held on the second Monday each month at 7 p.m. in the Bridge City High School Library. The senior parents are encourage to come to the meetings and help make the senior’s night even better. Call Karen Y. Stevens, President of Project Grad, for any questions at 409-284-3562.

Angel Food orders to be taken on Oct. 6
McDonald Memorial Baptist Church of Orange invites the public to place food orders from Angel Food Ministries on Wednesday, October 6. The times are 3 to 6 p.m. in the church office. Distribution date is Saturday, Oct. 30. A variety of food is available beginning at around $22. Cash or LoneStar card accepted.
The church location is the corner of South and Broad Streets, near the Lions Den Park. Area residents may contact the church office at 883-3974 for information.

LSC-PA Small Business Development Center plans October events
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center will present two free “Starting Your Own Business” workshops and two special workshops on business planning and growth during October.
SBDC consultant Conrad Cooper will lead the free business start-up workshops on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the Nederland EDC office, 1903 Atlanta Avenue; and Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 9 .am.-noon at the LSC-PA Small Business Development Center, 1401 Procter Street.
These 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.
SBDC consultant Ben Stafford will lead the “Demographic Data for Business Planning and Growth” workshops, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lamar State SBDC office; and on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6-9 p.m. at the Nederland EDC.
Admission to these workshops is $15.
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 information, call 984-6531.

BC Chamber to host Jackpot Night
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Jackpot Night on Saturday, Oct. 9 starting at 6 p.m. at the Bridge City Community Center.
There will be Bingo, Roulette, Slot Machines, Blackjack, and poker tables available for you to spend your “Jackpot” bucks at. Table sponsorships are still available.
Tickets can be pre-purchased for the event.
For more information, contact the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce office at 409-735-5671.

OHS teams to hold 5k/1k Fun Run
The Orangefield Cross Country and Track teams are hosting the 2010 Orangefield 5k/1k Fun Run on Saturday, Oct 16. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the 5k run/walk begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 1k run/walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The registration fee for the 5k run/walk is $10 and $5 for the 1k run/walk.
All proceeds to to the Cross Country and Track teams for uniforms and equipment.
Sponsors, donations, prizes and participants are greatly needed.

OHS Project Grad accepting applications for Holiday Vendor Fair
Orangefield High School Project Graduation is accepting applications for their Holiday Vendor Fair to be held at Lamar State College – Orange Student Center on Nov. 13. Retail vendors are allowed as well as hand made crafts.
For more information, call Martha Foley at 330-0686.

Senior Expo scheduled for October
The 11th Southeast Texas Senior Celebration and Consumer Expo is set for Thursday, October 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center – 701 Main Street. Adults of all ages are welcome to come enjoy free admission and free parking.
On the HealthSpring Main Stage, see Jerome the Magician, the Lamar University 17-piece Jazz Band, a style show with Dillard’s Department Store, celebrity models, Bingo with big prizes, special presentations and more.
The Consumer Expo will feature over 100 booth exhibitors, health screenings, live music from Rick Danna, refreshments, ACES Classic Cars, clowns, door prizes, lots of valuable information and fun.
The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Texas Benefits Counseling Program will be on hand to help with Medicare Part D Open Enrollment.
This event is a project of the Consumer Education Foundation of the Better Business Bureau, and sponsored in part by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission’s Ozone Action Days and Southeast Texas Transit.
For more information and to secure a booth space, call 409/835-5951 x117 or debbiebridgeman@bbbsetexas.org.

Blessing of animals planned
Trinity Lutheran Church, will hold an innerfaith blessing of animals ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. The ceremony will be conducted in remembrance of St. Francis Assisi’s love for all creatures.
Pastor Paul Zoch will offer a prayer thanking God for the trust shown us in giving pets to our care and asking that each pet be treasured.
Dogs should be on leashes. Cats and other pets should be in pet carriers.
Trinity Lutheran is located at 1819 North 16th, Orange.
For more information, call 409-883-3916.

LCHS Alumni Reunion 1953-1970 set
The Little Cypress High School Alumni Reunion will take place on Oct. 9. There is going to be great food, music, dancing and lots of people you haven’t seen in years.
The reunion will be held from 2 pm until 12 midnight.
There will be a reception from 2-6pm for visiting with old friends. Light appetizers and cold drinks will be served.
Dinner will be at 6pm and catered by Zydeco of Beaumont.
After dinner, there will be more visiting and dancing. Also, classes/teachers will be recognized and several presentations made. Each class will have dedicated tables. Get your reservations early to reserve your seat. There will be a memory wall dedicated for each class. Please contact Claudine Hogan, if you would like to have something on this wall.
The cost is $35 per person and checks should be made payable to:
Little Cypress High Reunion Fund
C/O Ken Lewis
595 Orleans St., Suite 500
Beaumont, TX 77701
For those out of towners staying in the area for this event, The Holiday Inn Express is located at 2655 IH-10 East and is accepting reservations for $79 per night. The telephone number is 409-882-9222. This includes free breakfast and use of the meeting room. To get that rate, please state that you are attending the Little Cypress High School Reunion.
The Hampton Inn at 2080 IH-10 West in Orange will also be prepared to accommodate reunion visitors. Reservations will be $59 per night for those who do not live in the area. This includes free breakfast as well. The telephone number is 409-883-2500. Be sure to mention the reunion to secure this low rate.
The Econolodge at 4301 27th St in Port Arthur also will offer a reasonable rate. Their number is 409-988-0110.
For more information, contact Mrs. Hogan at 409-883-8208 or via email at claudine41@sbcglobal.net.

Bromeliad Society to host fall sale
The Golden Triangle Bromeliad Society will hold it’s annual fall sale at Central Mall in Port Arthur on Saturday, Oct.2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Advice on how to grow Bromeliads will be available from the society members. For more information, call Mary Ellen Rinebold at 409-892-4498.

TWC warns against fee-for-filing scams
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) warns Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to be aware of unscrupulous business operators who may try to charge a fee to file unemployment claims. Filing for unemployment benefits through TWC, as always, is free.
Claimants who sign on for so-called “fee-for-filing” scams could later discover unemployment claims were never filed on their behalf. They also may have given their Social Security numbers to someone they believed to be a TWC employee.
Claimants should always seek online UI information through www.texasworkforce.org or by using the e-mail form found on TWC’s website.
TWC wants to ensure that UI benefits go to only those who qualify and to ensure that no one is taken advantage of by someone illegally posing as a TWC staff member or by unscrupulous business operators.
UI claimants also are reminded that TWC unemployment staff never perform home visits, ask for Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) or use text messages to contact claimants. Claimants should only give personal information when filing for benefits online at www.texasworkforce.org or when speaking to an unemployment benefit customer service representative on the Tele-Center phone filing system.
It is critical that UI claimants do not pay for a government service that is free.
The UI program, funded through employer taxes, provides temporary, partial-income replacement to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. TWC administers and oversees the collection of taxes from employers and the payment of UI benefits to qualified claimants.
To report possible fraud, call the TWC Fraud and Program Abuse Hotline at (800) 252-3642.

Smart Style hosts Clip for the Cure
Smart Style Family Hair Salon, located inside Wal-Mart on Edgar Brown Drive in Orange, is hosting Clip for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Haircuts will only cost $10.
100 percent of the net proceeds benefits the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
For more information, please visit www.clipforthecure.org.

Men’s breakfast slated for Oct. 2
Little Cypress Baptist Church will hold its monthly men’s breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The public is invited.
For more information call 883-8905.
The church is located at 3274 Little Cypress Dr.

Farmers Market is Saturday
The Orange Farmers Market is still going strong and autumn crops are coming in. This week expect to find: mustard greens, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, red okra, eggplant, purple hull peas (unshelled as well as already shelled, blanched & frozen), bell peppers, hot peppers, frozen blueberry juice, frozen muscadines, pickles and a variety of other canned vegetables, salsa, hot sauce, jams and jellies (including fig preserves), deer sausage and jerky, local honey, fresh eggs, baked goods, and dog cookies.
Located in the Big Lots parking lot on MacArthur Drive, the market is opening a half hour earlier at 6:30 a.m. and continues until the produce is gone, usually around 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Texas Renaissance Festival Classroom Scholarship opportunities available
The Texas Renaissance Festival provides classrooms with scholarship opportunities for the 2010 School Days event on Nov. 2 and 3.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is proud to provide scholarship opportunities so that every student can attend the 2010 School Days event. We believe that no child should be deprived of the educational experience offered at School Days due to economic hardship.
Scholarships are valued at up to $180 and include free Festival admission for up to 30 students and chaperones.
Email schooldays@texrenfest.com for an application. Completed applications must be returned and or post marked no later than Friday, October 1, 2010 via email, fax or regular mail. Scholarship recipients will be informed by phone or email if selected.
Email: schooldays@texrenfest.com
FAX: 936.894.2391
Mailing Address:
The Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774
Plantersville, Texas 77363

Discipleship classes offered
The First Baptist Church of Orange, 602 Green Avenue, has begun the fall schedule of discipleship classes for adults, youth, and children. On Wednesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m., a variety of classes are being offered at the church.
Before the discipleship classes begin, an evening meal, requiring reservations, will be served from 5:15.-6 p.m. Cost is $4 per adult, $2 per child, or $15 per family. Susan Childers is the church’s chef.
From 6-6:30 p.m., Pastor Barry Bradley leads a Bible study and prayer time. Also beginning at 6:30 p.m., worship minister John Bickham leads adult choir rehearsal.
For more information about the fall Wednesday events, contact the church’s office, (409)886-7461, e-mail, info@fbco.org, or visit the website, www.fbco.org.