Scrapbooking event to benefit Salvation Army food pantry

A scrapbooking event has been scheduled for Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it will be held for at the Salvation Army, located at 1950 Martin Luther King Drive in Orange. The cost is $10 per person. Lunch and Snacks will be provided as well as games and prized. Beginners and pros are welcome. Those interested can pre-register by call Bonnie at 409-883-4232 or they can register at the door. This event is to benefit the Salvation Army food pantry.

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 market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown.
The following items are now available: Tomatoes, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, a variety of peppers, frozen blueberry juice, a variety of jellies, fig and pear preserves, squash relish, picante sauce, pickled mixed vegetables, pickled beets, green tomato pickles, canned tomato juice, Gulf shrimp, fresh eggs, local honey, baked goods, blueberry bushes, and house plants. Stock up on the jellies and canned items while you can…they make great Christmas gifts.
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.

Bayou Outlaw Roller Girls to compete on July 16

The Bayou Outlaw Roller Girls presents “Scars and Stripes Forever: United We Skate” on Saturday, July 16. The Bayou Outlaw Roller girls will play against the Cenla Derby Dames at the Spinnin’ Wheels Roller Rink, located at 9896 Hwy 87 in Orange.
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and the bout starts at 4 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $8, tickets at the door are $10 and kids ages ten and under are free. For Pre-sale tickets, please call 409-313-1779.
The Afterpary will take place at Cotton’s Cay, located at 8379 North Hwy 87 in Orange.
A portion of the proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross. This is a BYOB event, no glass containers. Don’t forget your chairs!
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BCISD to administer Credit by Examination

Bridge City ISD, in accordance with Chapter 74.24 TAC, will administer the Texas Tech University Credit by Examination Tests. Testing dates will be December 6, 7 and 8, 2011 and June 5, 6 and 7 2012. Students in grades first through fifth will be allowed to take each of the five tests (Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies) at the elementary level without prior instruction. The student must score at least 90 on each of the five four tests to be considered eligible for grade level acceleration. Students in grades sixth through 12 will be permitted to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course for which they have had no prior instruction. Students must score at least 90 on the test to receive course credit. Additional information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting Gina Mannino at:

American Legion of host pool tournament

The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a ten player maximum. The community is encouraged to join in the fun and free food to help support the Veterans. For more information, call 409-330-4847.

Free Diabetes Class Offered in July

Orange County Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes Coalition of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is offering diabetes classes to be held July 18 through July 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in Vidor. This is a free educational program for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The primary goal is to help participants learn how to manage their blood glucose in the ranges recommended by the American Diabetes Association. It is recommended to attend all five classes to receive the full educational benefit of the course. For location and to pre-register contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 409-882-7010 or 409-769-2400 ext 7010.

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.

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

Families Sought to Host High School Exchange Students

SHARE! is looking for HOST PARENTS to host international exchange students for the 2011/2012 fall semester or school year. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have spending money for their personal experiences. Host families provide a bed, meals, as well as friendship, understanding, and a genuine desire to share the American way of life.
SHARE! families are diverse! Traditional two-parent families (with or without children), single parents or adults, and retired couples are wonderful host families. High school aged boys and girls from over 20 countries will be arriving late August to attend local high schools while living with their host family. Persons interested in hosting or obtaining more information can contact Yvette Coffman at 800-941-3738 or visit