Thrift and Gift to host community garage sale

Save the day! Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thrift & Gift’s Community Garage Sale will take place. To reserve a space call 409-886-7649 for details. Sixteen plus spaces of merchandise will be available. Thrift & Gift will offer hot dogs, links, chips and drinks, and members and volunteers will sell baked goods. The shop and bargain will be open. This location is 350 37th Street off Strickland.

American Legion Post 208, VFW Post 9854 to honor Veterans

Members of American Legion Post 208 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9854 of Vinton will join together in a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30 in memory of and to recognize veterans who served our country honorably in past wars and conflicts. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Vinton City Hall. For more information please call: 337-589-6761,337-589-4664, and 337-589-6956.

OISD to make up for snow day

Thursday, May 26 will now be a full day of instruction for Orangefield ISD to make up for snow day. Friday, May 27 will be the last day of the 2010-2011 school year and will be early release with the Elementary and High School releasing at 1 p.m. and the Junior High at 1:15. Graduation will be held at F.L. McClain Stadium, Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Public invited to honor Orange County veterans May 29

The public is invited to join in the eighth annual tribute to Orange County veterans 6 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 3810 MLK Drive in Orange.
The program has been moved to 6 p.m. to avoid the mid-day heat. During the program, a display of the original bell from the U.S.S. Dyson, a destroyer built by Consolidated Steel Corp. in Orange in 1942, will be dedicated.

The patriotic tribute to all veterans and those serving in the military will include special speaker Col. Harland Merriam, pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Beaumont, the Southeast Texas Color Guard, the Orange Community Band, and the Patriot Riders Motorcycle Group.
For more information, call (409) 883-4674.

BCCC to host annual golf tournament

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual golf tournament on Monday, June 20 at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. The shot gun tee will be at 8 a.m. and is going to be a four man scramble. Cost to play is $50 per player or $200 per team. Hole sponsorships are also available. Prizes will be given.
Contact Angela Beck at 409-735-5671 for more information.

American Legion to host brisket lunch

On Thursday, June 2, the American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will host a lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch will include brisket, link, beans, potato salad, bread and dessert. The cost is $7 per plate. Walk-in’s are welcome and delivery is available. Call 409-886-9861 after noon on June 1 and before 9 a.m. on June 2 for delivery.

All proceeds go back in to the American Legion Post 49, which is a non-profit Veteran Organization.

Farmers’ Market expands to Wednesdays

The Orange County Farmers’ Market has opened for the season and expanded to include Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., in addition to the usual 6:30-10 a.m. on Saturdays.

The following items are now available: potatoes, green beans, squash (zucchini, yellow, and pattypan), greens, radishes, onions, beets, cucumbers, blueberries, a variety of jams and jellies, fresh eggs, honey, baked goods, and strawberry plants (Wednesday only).

The market is held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. For additional information, contact Texas AgriLife at 882-7010.

Bill Nickum Insurance to honor customers May 26

Bill Nickum Insurance is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day Thursday May 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are setting up our tent in the parking lot and serving hot link and drinks. Come by and join the fun!

Register for Young People’s Theater Workshop

Orange Community Players Inc. will hold registration for the 2011 Young People’s Workshop 3 p.m.-7 p.m., May 27.

This year’s production will be “Alice in Wonderland.” Adapted for the stage by Eva LeGallienne and Florida Friebus; the play is based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”

The workshop begins June 13 and will continue until July 10.

Sessions will be conducted 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday; with the exception of Wednesday. They will not meet on Wednesdays until the final week.

Participants must be 6 to 18 years old on July 1, 2011. They must be available to attend and abide by YPTW code of conduct. Parent/Guardian and youth attendance for orientation June 13 is mandatory.

Tuition for the program is $25 and non-refundable.

All tickets to productions are $5.

There may be additional costs associated with costumes and properties, but the parents and volunteers of OCP are very resourceful.

Orange Community Players, Inc. will never deny participation due to a financial issue. If you have concerns that you wish to confidentially address, or for more information please contact Codie Vásquez at 409-363-2541 or codiev@msn.

The theater is located at 708 W. Division Ave. in Orange, across from the Orange County Courthouse.

CASA to offer volunteer training classes

Advocates for Children, Inc. “A CASA Program” will have a volunteer training class beginning July 7 and concluding July 9. It will be 9 a.m until 5 p.m. daily at the Orange CASA office located at 2120 Gloria Dr. For more information call 409-886-2272 or go on-line at There are abused children in our region that need your help!

Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageant set for July 9

The 2011 Heavenly Hearts Summer Kings and Queens Charity Pageant will be held July 9 at the Bridge City Community Center in Bridge City. Entries will be accepted until June 24. Early entries receive large discounts on the entry fee.

Age divisions for boys and girls are from babies through adults with no residency requirement.
Heavenly Hearts is a state registered pageant title.

Crowns, trophies, embroidered sashes, plaques, and gifts will be awarded. Every contestant will receive a tiara.

This pageant will benefit the Bridge City – Orangefield Ministerial Alliance. Contestants and spectators are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food or personal hygiene item to distribute to the needy of the area, and will receive a discount on door admission with their donation.

For more information log on to the web site or check out the Heavenly Hearts Facebook page, or you may e-mail Businesses are welcome to advertise free of charge with a donation of any value to the event.

Orange VFW to offer free Wii Bowling

Orange VFW is offering free Wii Bowling for members and their guests on Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m. in the club room. Guests must be accompanied and signed in by a member of the VFW or Ladies Auxiliary. For further information, contact the Club Room after 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 409-886-9738.

Rape and Suicide Crisis Center to offer support group meetings

The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas will be hosting a support group for female survivors of sexual assault the first and third Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Foundation of Southeast Texas building, located at 700 North St. in downtown Beaumont.

To RSVP or for further information, please contact the Crisis Center at 409-832-6530.

WOS Class of 1971 plans reunion

The West Orange High School Class of 1971 has scheduled a 40th reunion for Saturday, July 9. The event will be held at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. E-mail and mail notices are forthcoming. Quite a few graduates have unconfirmed information.

The classes of 1970 and 1972 are also invited to attend.

For questions call Carolyn Reese Hankins at 409-886-8618 or Tommy White at 409-886-1176 or e-mail Judy Armstrong Brimm at

Last two classes of Stark High School to reunite in July

The classes of 1976 and 1977, the last two years of students who attended Lutcher Stark High School, are planning the 35th Reunion of the Class of ’76, while at the same time merging with the class of ’77.

Events will begin Friday, July 15, for a mixer of students and spouses, with Saturday and Sunday to be days of continued events. A golf scramble is planned for Saturday morning, with a disc jockey and food finishing off the evening events. Sunday brunch will be a morning for final closing.

If you know of anyone who attended those class years and is not aware of the reunion, please contact Denise Simoneaux Simmons at 409-735-6374, or Dana Zoch Mortimer at 409-313-7261.

 Also, teachers who taught during that time are welcome to attend by contacting the above numbers for information, as well.

Bridge City HS Class of 1991 to hold 20 year reunion

The 1991 graduating class of Bridge City High will hold their 20 year class reunion on the weekend of Aug. 12-13. There will be a private party at Madison’s in Beaumont at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12. A family skating party will be held at Spinnin’ Wheels in Orange at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13. The reunion will end with a party at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13. Early bird ticket prices are $40 for individuals and $75 for couples by June 15. Please go to their web site at for all details. For more information, e-mail Malinda Boudreaux, and Christy Dobranski at