Farmers Market opens

The Orange County Farmers’ Market will open Wednesday, May 2 and will feature items such as Potatoes, squash, snow peas, purple onions, 1015 onions, blueberries, blueberry bushes, homemade jams and jellies, local honey, fresh eggs, homemade cookies, and more. It will be held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. Hours are 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays and 7-10 a.m., Saturdays. New vendors are welcome. The Market is sponsored by Texas AgriLife; for information call 882-7010.

BCHS Alumni meet May 3

A meeting of the Bridge City High School Alumni Association will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at BC High School prior to the scheduled open house and fine arts exhibition.

No meeting in May for OC Retired Senior Citizens

The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will not have their regular May meeting. Instead, they voted to attend The Rally Day on Tuesday, May 8 at the VFW Hall on Hwy 87. All Senior Citizen Members are urged to attend. Make plans to attend our regular June meeting on Monday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 883-6161.

American Legion to host plate lunch fundraiser

American Legion Post 49 will hold a plate lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at 108 Green Ave. in Orange. The cost is $7. The meal consists of brisket, link, potato salad, beans, bread and dessert. Walk-ins are welcome and delivery is available. Call 886-1241 after 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 3 for orders and delivery.

BCHS Alumni Association to meet May 3

The Bridge City High School Alumni Association has a meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the high school prior to the BCHS Fine Arts Exhibition and Open House.

Eagles to host birthday party for Robert Pittman

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, located at 803 North 28th Street, Orange Texas will host a birthday party for member, Robert Pittman, Friday, May 4. The local band, Guilty, will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. The entry fee is $5 a person. The party is open to the community. Come celebrate Roberts birthday and meet the other members of The Fraternal Order of Eagles. The ladies’ auxiliary will open the kitchen to sell frito pies and hot dogs. For more information contact Sharon Bodin at 735-8662 or cell 719-7793.

LCH Class of 1957 to host reunion

The Little Cypress High School Class of 1957 will hold a reunion on Saturday, May 5, at the Sunset Grove Country Club. A social gathering will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations should be mailed to Charles Bland, 430 Edgewood Drive, Montgomery, TX 77356. Dress is casual. Class members may call 883-3005 if they have questions.

Quantum-Touch® Level one workshop scheduled

Quantum-Touch is a powerful yet easy to learn natural healing technique. Through the use of breathing exercises and body awareness, the body’s own ability to heal itself is accelerated.

Join certified practitioner and level 1 instructor, Penny LeLeux in a weekend workshop to be held in Orangefield, May 26-27. Receive an early registration discount of $50 off regular workshop fees through May 4.

Call 409-728-5970 or e-mail for more information.

Benefit to be held at Eagles Aerie

A benefit will be held on behalf of Tommy Holley from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, 803 N. 28th St. in Orange.

He was the sole provider for his family and he leaves behind a wife and two daughters, ages 11 and 10. He had no medical or life insurance and his final expenses have put a financial strain on his family.

Barbecue plates will be sold for $7 (orders of five or more can be delivered). Items needed to be donated are briskets, links, potato salad, baked beans, bread, barbecue sauce, pickles, onions, paper plates, napkins, forks, knives and spoons.

Company can benefit by having their name displayed who attend the event.

There will also be a raffle ticket sale. The drawing will be at 4:30 p.m. The ticket purchaser need not be present to win. Donations are from $1 to $5.

Other donated items are needed for the silent auction as door prizes and in the raffle sale.

First prize is an outdoor LP gas barbecue grill. Second prize is a charcoal smoker and grill.

Donors will be listed on the event program and the merchandise given will be on display throughout the event. Donors will be invited to attend the event to meet prospective customers and possibly find a few bargains of their own.

Monetary donations may be made payable to: MCT Credit Union, P.O. Box 279, Port Neches, Texas 77651-0279. Their telephone number is 409-727-1446. Memo: Tommy Holley’s Benefit, account number 7068110-009.

To purchase a ticket before the event, to participate in the event, for more information, call Lauren Gartshore at 409-779-7409.

Habitat for Humanity hosts golf tournament

Greater Orange Area Habitat for Humanity will hold their annual charity gold tournament on Saturday, May 5 at Sunset Grove Country Club, 2900 Sunset Drive in Orange. The format is a two person best-ball. Cost is $100 for a two person team. Gross and net prizes will be awarded. Mulligans, drinks on the course and lunch are included for participants. Entry deadline is Tuesday, May 1. Contact Sunset Grove Country Club at 883-9454 for more information.

Thrift & Gifts Center to host garage sale

Thrift & Gifts outside garage sale is being planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The organization needs at least 20 vendors. Spaces will rent for $12 with sellers providing their tables and chairs. Gates will open at 7 p.m. for those setting up with sales beginning at 8 a.m. The shop and bargain room will be open. To reserve a booth or for more information, call 886-7649, or come by the Thrift & Gifts Center at 350 37th St. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

West Orange Spring Clean up set for May 11, 12

The City of West Orange will host their Spring Cleanup Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. Dumpsters available to residents behind the WO Fire Station

Residents may bring their debris on Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Proof of residency will be required at dump site. The City will provide assistance with unloading trucks/trailers of debris.

No hazardous materials, tires, batteries, paint etc will be accepted. Any items containing Freon must be drained of said Freon and tagged by individual certified to do such work. Appliances, furniture, metal and green waste will be accepted, but must be brought to the dump site. The city will be unable to make arrangements for any “special pickups.”

AgriLife to host canning classes

The Texas AgriLife Extension Office and Little Cypress Baptist Church are holding a FREE basic canning class on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Little Cypress Baptist Church. Learn to preserve your summer’s bounty and stretch your grocery dollars by canning your own produce. Learn about canning equipment, how to can and preserve safely, and resources for recipes and instructions. Call Little Cypress Baptist Church to register at 409-883-8905. The address is 3274 Little Cypress Drive; Orange, TX 77632

WOS Athletic Banquet set for May 16

The West Orange-Stark High School Athletic Banquet, which is catered by Moncla’s, will be at 6:30pm Wednesday, May 16 at the West Orange-Stark High School Cafeteria.

Male and female athletes from the current school year 2011-2012 will be honored. Each athlete will receive one free ticket. Parents and other family members may purchase tickets for $7 at the West Orange-Stark Athletic Office by May 10. For more information please contact the Athletic Department at 882-5530.

David Ess, Bridge City Strutter Golf Tournament set for May 19

David Ess and the Bridge City Strutters will be hosting their annual golf tournament. The tournament will have a shotgun star at 8 a.m. (sign-in will be at 7:30 a.m.) on Saturday, May 19, at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur. It will be an 18 hole, four-person scramble with prizes awarded. Entry fee is $200 per team, which includes the green fee, cart, food, drink and prizes.

Hole sponsorships are also available for $100, which includes a sign at the golf course and an ad in the Strutters Spring Review Program. Tournament entry deadline is May 8. For more information contact any Strutter, or call 735-8521 or 474-1395.

LCM FFA seeking past members for dinner

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) is looking for past FFA members and officers from Mauriceville, Little Cypress, and Little Cypress-Mauriceville from the school years 2002, 1992, 1982, 1972, and 1962. The FFA Banquet theme this year will be, “Back in the Day with FFA,” and the current officers would like to invite past members from 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years ago to attend the banquet. The FFA is asking that if you or someone you know was a past FFA member from one of these years, please contact Brandy Whisenant by calling 409-886-5821, extension 1040, or email with your contact information so that you can be given a formal invitation to attend. The dinner will be held on May 24. Reservations are required.

Heavenly Hearts Summer Charity Pageant to be held May 26

Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants announces it’s next event. The Summer Charity Pageant will be held on May 26 at the Bridge City Community Center in Bridge City. Entries are being accepted now and will continue until May 24. Early bird entry discounts are given to those that enter by May 5. Age divisions are from babies all the way to adult. The event is open to all areas and to both boys and girls. Attire is formal and summer wear. Awards are crowns, trophies, plaques, sashes, toys, 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 charity that will benefit from this event is the Bridge City Ministerial Alliance. Entry fee into this event if entered by the early bird deadline is $85. Late entries will be charged $135.

Raffle tickets for various donated items 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 Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants on facebook. Anyone can enter, purchase a raffle ticket, or make a donation by calling Kari Stringer 281-259-4437 (Must leave a message) or by email for a much faster response Applications can be mailed or emailed to you by sending your email address to the yahoo account. There are also applications available to pick up at the Ministerial Alliance. The alliance is open on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and they are located next to First Baptist Church on Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Businesses are welcome to advertise free of charge with any donation of any value to the event.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host pool tournament

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday starting at 8 p.m. Prize money goes to first and second place winners. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun. For more information, please call 409-886-7381.

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 Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.

American Legion hosts bingo on Sundays

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 49 at 108 Green Ave. in Orange hosts bingo every Sunday, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a bingo game on Easter Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 886-7202.

BCCC now accepting Business, Citizen of Year applications

Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Please submit all nominations in writing to Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 150 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, Tx. 77611. Deadline to submit nominations will be Feb. 8, 2012.

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 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: