Orange County Farmer’s Market open Wednesday, Saturday

The Orange County Farmers’ Market is open for the season on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown.

The following items are now available: okra (red and green), purple hull peas, watermelon, bell peppers, eggplant, hot peppers, fresh muscadines, blueberries (frozen), blueberry juice, jams and jellies, fig preserves, salsa, chow-chow, local honey, fresh eggs, homemade cookies and bread, boudain, jerky, sausage (jalapeno, green onion, smoked, and Italian), house plants and more.

The vendors really appreciate small bills if you have them.

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.

Red Hot Flashers to meet Aug. 16

The Red Hot Flashers Red Hat Society will meet Aug. 16, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Games will be played and an Activity Director will be named.

Birthday ladies are: Lady Southern Belle: Mary Mazoch, Lady Mary, Mary Guillot, Lady Lyda Rose, Marilyn Oldani, and  Lady Butterfly, Joyce Poisel. These birthday ladies will wear crowns, pick out door prizes first and have special birthday pictures made.

All ladies are welcome to attend. For information, please call 409-886-1609.

Cormier Museum to open Aug. 18

The Orangefield Cormier Museum will be open Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

CASA Dinner Theater set for Aug. 18

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will host a dinner theater show, “The Altos…Just like the Sopranos…only lower” presented by the Port Arthur Little Theatre Players, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange.

Tickets cost $60 per person or $100 per couple. For reservations call please call 888-640-3426.

Funds raised will allow CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to continue its mission of advocating for children in the court systems. CASA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Tax ID 76-0414882) which consists of trained volunteers who advocate for abused, neglected, or abandoned children by being their “voice” in court. CASA seeks safe, permanent placement for these children.  This is their key fundraiser for the year and any contribution is vital to their program. Purchase two tickets and get a FREE TABLE AD!

Sunset Grove Country Club is located at 2900 W. Sunset Drive in Orange, Texas.

Hunter Education Safety Class set for Aug. 20

Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class Field part will be taught Monday, Aug. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. in Orange. Those interested must complete the online home study computer sections, print completed test and bring them to class. To register, call Danny Odom at 409-883-8118.

This class is not just for hunters but anyone who handles firearms can benefit from it.

OC Republican Party to meet Aug. 21

The Orange County Republican Party will meet on Aug. 21 (one week earlier than normal). The meeting will take place at the Hamilton Banquet Hall, 10861 Hwy 62 in Mauriceville. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., so come a little early to fellowship with each other and get to know other Republicans in the County.

Orange Gun Club to host annual fundraiser

Orange Gun Club Presents their Annual 4-H Fundraiser & Dove Warm Up, Saturday, August 25 starting at 9 a.m. Skeet-Trap-5 stand. Free Lunch for Shooters, non-shooters $10. Trophies for Youth HOA and runner up, Adult HOA and runner up and Team trophies for first thru third place. 100  bird shoot, five man team – $500. Single shooter – $100, will be placed on a team. Squad times according to sign up time. Will have several raffle. Questions contact Wayne Walker 409-988-6003 or Louis Bazan 409-718-5580.

AAUW Fall Kick-off Pizza Party

The American Association of University Women’s Membership Pizza Party will be at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 28 at Margaret Light’s house located at 1200 Smith Street in Orange.

Guest speakers will be Gary Stelly and Margaret Toal of KOGT radio.

Anyone interested in attending the pizza party, please call the Membership Committee members such as  Lois Ferrell at 409-886-2194 or  409-988-3784; Sally Peveto at 409-330-4383 or 409-988-4181; or Margaret Light at 409-886-8684. To join the AAUW, the membership requirement is an Associate or higher degree from a college or university. Those without the qualification can still enjoy participation opportunities through a “friend membership.”

OC Master Gardeners to meet Sept. 13

The Orange County Master Gardener Association will have their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. for those wishing to come early. Those interested in gardening are welcome to attend the meeting which is held at the Salvation Army Building on the corner of MLK and Strickland Dr. in Orange. Door Prizes are drawn at the end of the meeting. For more information please check their website

American Legion to host Blue Star Salute

The American Legion in Orange is looking for parents, spouses and children of active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

On American Legion Day, Sept. 16, local Post 49 will host a Blue Star Salute program at 2 p.m. to recognize these people for the sacrifices that they, as well as their service members, make for us during the war on terrorism.

Family members of active duty service members in the greater Orange area are asked to contact J. David Derosier at 409-330-9373 or Connie Velasquz at 409-883-9912.

Anyone interested in showing their own support for these people are encouraged to join the American Legion for the Blue Star Salute at Sunday, Sept. 16 at 108 Green Avenue in downtown Orange.

Luther Stark class of 1954 to host reunion

The former Lutcher Stark High School class of 1954  will be having their 58th class reunion on Sept. 28 and 29. The two-day event will be held at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Letters have been mailed and notice via e-mail have been sent to those on file. The reservation deadline is Aug. 15. If you have not received notice, please contact Joette Evans Webb at 883-9432, 920-8683 or e-mail at

VFW to host garage sale Sept. 22

Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 Ladies Auxiliary will host a garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 a.m. to noon.  Tables can be rented for $10 each, payment is required when the reservation is made. For more information, please contact President Cathie Duhon at 409-883-6909 or 409-553-6180, or go by the VFW Clubroom after 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Do Well, Be Well Diabetes Education offered

Texas AgriLife Extension Orange County will be offering Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes Classes for adults with Type 2 Diabetes. The classes will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 27. It is important to attend each week to receive the full education. The classes will be held at Baptist Orange Hospital fifth floor classroom. Call the Extension Office 882-7010 to register. There is a $10 recommended donation for the session.

Living Well Classes offered Free

Texas AgriLife Extension Orange County, Better Living for Texans will be offering Living Well classes. These free classes are for those learning how to prevent diabetes and skills for healthy weight management. Classes will be held on Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 27. The classes will be held at Baptist Orange Hospital fifth floor classroom. Call the Extension Office 882-7010 to register.

Lutcher Stark class of 1962 50th reunion

The Lutcher Stark High School class of 1962 will hold their 50th class reunion from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange.

Friday evening will be a casual get-together. Saturday will be their main event, with a business-casual buffet dinner, program, visiting, dancing and music by Jim Dunaway.

For more information, please contact Sally Ragland Townsend,

Boy Scouts Troop 62 to host annual flag fundraiser

The Boy Scouts of Troop 62 is now accepting subscriptions for commemorative flag displays in and around North Orange (near Hwy. 87 and Meeks Drive) between IH-10 and South Teal Road. The 3’ by 5’ flags will be displayed on the five flag days of the year (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Patriots Day [9/11] and Veterans Day). The flags will be displayed no later than 9 a.m. on the commemorative day, picked up before dusk and stored until the next flag day.

An initial $75 tax deductible donation ($50 for renewals) is required. Money orders and checks must be received 14 days prior to posting day in order to ensure timely service. All proceeds go to support Scout activities and programs throughout the year.

For subscriptions, contact Bubba Plexico, Troop 62 Scoutmaster, at 214-770-0568; or Chris Wright, Troop 62 Fundraising Chair, at 409-882-9972.

KOCB searching for community projects

Keep Orange County Beautiful has access to limited funding to assist the cities of Orange County, or the county itself, in disposing of abandoned tires dumped on the side of the roads.

Such a project provides a discernible environmental benefit of providing proper disposal of these tires and reduces health threats associated with illegally dumped tires. These dump sites can become breeding grounds for mosquitos and rodents that carry diseases, plus tire fires can result in the contamination of surface water, ground water and soils.

Funds may also be available to clean up trash dumps on public property.

If you or your community affiliations have potential projects that fit this description, please bring them to the attention of the KOCB board at 330-9373.

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.

Fibromyaligia support group meetings postponed

The fibromyaligia support group that meets every first, third and fifth Thursday of every month at Second Baptist Church, 340 Bland Drive in Bridge City has been temporarily cancelled. The next meeting will be publicized soon.

The group is for patients, families and friends. The contact person is Joseph Henry at 886-0075.

Mauriceville AA meets

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Mauriceville at the United Methodist Church on Highway 12. For more information call 409-670-6265.

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.

KOCB announces the “Litter Button” as a way to report littering in Orange County

J David Derosier, chairman of Keep Orange Beautiful, announced at a recent Kiwanis Club meeting that KOCB added a ‘Litter Button’ to their website.

By clicking on the ‘Litter Button,’ the user gets transferred to a Texas-wide website sponsored by Keep Texas Beautiful and has the ability to enter the information about the littering that they observed – including the date, time and location of the littering AND the license plate of the offending vehicle.

The information is turned in to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Report a Litterer program. Submissions are strictly confidential. The litterer will not be able to find out who submitted his or her name.

After the report is processed, the litterer will receive a letter in the mail reminding them about the incident and a Don’t Mess with Texas litter bag. Information about state litter laws will also be included. Depending on monthly volume, the report could take two to four weeks to process.

The litterer will not receive a ticket. Texas law enforcement officials are the only people authorized to enforce the litter abatement act.

The ‘Litter Button’ is brought to you by Keep Orange County Beautiful by way of Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation. Good organizations working together to make this a better place to live.

First UMC to host ‘Last Blast’

Everyone is invited to attend LAST BLAST at First United Methodist Church in Orange on the corner of 5th and Pine from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

There will be a prayer walk, free bibles, hot links, hot dogs and other treats, bounce houses, bingo, door prizes and booths with information on area services. There will also be lots of free children’s items including socks, underwear, school supplies, gently used shoes, school uniforms and children’s books.

The community is invited to join in the fun as parents and students prepare for the beginning of another school year.

Back to God to give free school supplies

Back to God Fresh Anointing Ministries, located at 1101 Park Street in Orange, will be giving out free school supplies to needy families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 in their parking lot. ID will be required.

If rainy weather is expected, the school supplies will be distributed in the fellowship hall.

For more information, please call Pearlie Gunn at 409-883-0333 or 409-670-9039.

Cowboy Church to host last Playday Buckle Series

Cowboy Church of Orange County will be hosting its next Playday Buckles Series, Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 20.   Events will be cloverleaf barrels, poles, straight barrels, and speed race.  Buckles will be awarded for overall high point for each age group, also first, second and third place awards.

Three of the four events and two of the three playdays must be completed to be eligible for the awards. Mutton bustin’ will also be awarded a buckle and prizes. Special classes include lead line and stick horse race with awards given also. All participants must compete in two of the three playdays to be eligible for awards. Sleeved shirt required, also current negative coggins and a signed release.

For more information, contact Jackie at (409)423-9724, or visit the Cowboy Church of Orange County website.

Go Green for God seeks uniforms

The Go Green for God committee at the First United Methodist Church in Orange would like to recycle gently used school uniforms at the “Last Blast” program on the church grounds on Aug. 18.

If you have gently used uniforms your child has outgrown, you can bring them by the church office at 502 6th Street in Orange. Your donations will go to help someone in need.

St. Paul UMC to sell cookbooks

St. Paul United Methodist Church is selling homegrown, local cookbooks. All of the recipes come from members. The cookbook has tried and true recipes. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to our mission funds. Please call the church 735-5546 or come by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up a copy.