Orange Community Band to meet every Thursday

The Orange Community Band rehearses every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 4103 Meeks Drive in Orange. They are in need of players for the following sections; flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, and percussion, but ALL are welcome! The band performs Veteran’s Day, Christmas, Memorial Day, and Independence Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.

Hunters Education Safety Class set for Sept. 23

Texas Parks and Wildlife will host a Hunter Education safety class on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will finish on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested must attend both sessions. Certification is required for those 17 years and older and were born on or before Sept. 2, 1971 to hunt in Texas. Children nine years of age and older can become certified. To register, call Danny Odom at 409-883-8118.
This is not just for hunters, anyone with firearms can benefit from this class.

Farmers’ Market held Wed. and Sat.

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: Watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers, green onions, banana peppers, peas, okra, a variety of jams and jellies, canned vegetables, fresh eggs, local honey, blueberry juice, baked goods, granola, house plants, and blueberry plants.
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.

Service League of Orange Community Needs

The Service League of Orange is now accepting requests from NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ONLY for application forms to receive financial assistance through their Community Needs Committee. The Service League encourages projects, events, and activities that primarily target the good of all of the entire “Orange County” community. To qualify you must be able to supply verification that you are a non-profit organization along with your Service League Needs applications.
Your community Needs application and verification of non-profit status must be returned to the Service League by Oct. 1.
Applications can be obtained by calling Carolyn Lemons to 409-670-1839 or Pat Jordan at 409-886-1795.

BCHS Alumni Association to meet Sept. 29

The Bridge City High School Alumni Association will meet on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bridge City High School Library.
Plans will be finalized for alumni activities for Homecoming 2011 and for the Classic Cardinal Reunion planned for Saturday, Oct. 8. (Classic Cardinals are those who have been graduated from BCHS 50 + years. Those needing information may contact for ticket information.)
Homecoming 2011 activities will salute graduates of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, and all former drill team members and their support personnel.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host dance Sept. 24

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 2523 will host a dance and party with Jesse Domingue and Jesse and Company. The dance will take place at 803 N. 28 in Orange on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The cost will be $5 for singles or $8 per couple.

Orange VFW to give continuing education scholarship

The Orange VFW Post 2775 Ladies Auxiliary is taking applications for a $1,000 “Continuing Education Scholarship” offered by the National Ladies Auxiliary VFW. To qualify,
the applicant must be a member for at least a full year, or be a spouse, son or daughter of a qualified member.
Entries must be at least 18 and pursuing a college degree or career direction at a technical school. Four scholarships are presented by National to each of four conferences. Scholarships are paid directly to the College or Tech School, in the student’s name, for use during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
For an application and criteria, contact Chairman Jeanette Clark at 883-0264 or email at

Cardinal Athletic Booster Club offering ‘parking pass’

The Cardinal Athletic Booster Club is offering a “Parking Pass” for all Home Football Games for $20. The pass will reserve you a space in the parking lot in front of the Athletic Field House. Please contact Cil Dixon Athletic Directors Secretary at 350 Bower Drive or 409-735-1641 if you would like to purchase one.

Bridge City Heritage Festival set for Oct. 1

The Historical Museum of Bridge City is hosting the Bridge City Heritage Festival on Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bridge City Community Center grounds. There will be live musical entertainment, carnival rides, antique cars, crafts and exhibits, a silent auction, bingo, children’s games and much more. For those interested in a craft/exhibit or food booth space, please contact Paige Williams at 409-738-3743, Tracey Broussard at 409-344-2341, Lisa Beuhler at 409-988-9999 or by email at to receive a vendor packet.

Heritage House receives new shipment of ‘Picturing Orange’

Heritage House Museum is proud to announce; A new shipment of the History Book, Picturing Orange has been received and is ready for sale to the public. This very interesting and pictorial history of Orange County is the hard work of Dr. Howard C. Williams of Orange. Buy your copy at The Heritage House Museum office, 905 W. Division in Orange, Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The price is $38 including tax.
Those wishing to have a copy mailed to you or to someone else, please send the information with an extra $10 for shipping and handling and we’ll be happy to mail it.

Orange Lions Carnival to begin Oct. 5

The Orange Lions Charity carnival is scheduled for Oct. 5-8 and Oct. 12-15 at Orange Lions city park. Carnival begins at 6:30 p.m. nightly except Oct. 8, which is kiddie day. Gates will open at 4 p.m. on that day only. As an extra added attraction this year on opening night carnival attendees may bring a canned good of food and exchange it for one free ride ticket. Tickets are for rides only and limited to one ride ticket per person.
For more information, please call Carnival Chairperson Tony Dallas at 409-882-1943, Stump Weatherford at 409-313-0827 or Pam Scales Crew at 409-313-7779.

American Legion to 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.

Orange Ladies Auxiliary getting ready for Garage Sale on Oct. 22

Orange Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2775 are renting tables at $15 each for a Garage Sale to take place at the VFW Post on Highway 87 North on Saturday, Oct. 22. There will be 40 Tables to rent at $15 each, on a first come first serve, CASH ONLY, basis at the time of rental. There will be no refunds.
Doors will open to vendors for setting up from 6 to 8 a.m. and open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for customers. No food or beverage will be allowed; no electricity is available and vendors must take their leftovers with them. Deadline is Oct. 8. For further information, contact President Cathie Duhon at 409-553-6180 before 2 p.m. or Senior Vice President Jeanette Clark at 409-883-0264.

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.

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: